The Presidential Race has shown Americans that this country is in very bad shape.
As a voter or anyone who has been paying attention to the Presidential Race, particularly on the Republican side, it is easy to assume that our country is in a deep, deep hole.
But that is where our problem lies because we tend to believe everything we hear from both sides of the political spectrum and often forget how far we have come. So let’s look at the facts:
1. Gas is at the lowest price in years.
As far as commodities the American people care about, gas prices are near the top of that list. In July of 2008, gas was an astounding $4.41 a gallon! It’s 2016 and gas prices are now well under $2.00 which are the lowest since the early years of George Bush’s presidency. As Americans, this luxury should not be taken for granted.
2. Unemployment has been cut in half since 2009.
After the Recession and the major outsourcing of jobs to China in the 2000s, unemployment was flirting with 10%. If you as an American did not know someone who was unemployed or laid off, you were really one of the few or living under a rock. Right now, unemployment has just dipped below 5%! As an American it is hard to say you are not proud of that statistic.
3. Government spending is at the lowest in decades.
The deficit is the money the government makes minus the money the government spends in one year. In the 2009 fiscal year, the government spent almost $1.5 trillion according to the Congressional Budget Office. By 2014, that number was decreased by almost $1 trillion!
Although the national debt has continued to rise slowly over the years, it is good to know that tax money and revenue the government creates is not aimlessly being spent across the board.
4. Troops are coming home from Iraq.
After over a decade of war in the Middle East, the United States have seen many troops return home to their friends and families. As much work that needs to be done in our country to ensure that our brave veterans receive the help they need when they come home, both financially and mentally, it is important to hear that America’s focus has been shifted to much bigger issues abroad the world.
5. ISIS is on their heals.
Amongst the critics of President Obama to destroy the Islamic State via global coalition, ISIS is being shrunken by armed forces. Not to mention how hard it is to get a global coalition together with countries that have not been our allies for a long time.
Watching a Republican Debate, you can often hear Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz arguing that we need to get overseas and destroy ISIS as quickly as possible and with as much force as humanly possible. Although it is easy to agree with that, and ISIS does need destroyed in the worst way, the approach President Obama has taken is a very viable route.
“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, (ISIS) through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said in 2014.
Many people have expressed their anger in regards to why ISIS is not destroyed yet, but the thing is America needs to protect the lives of the innocent people that surround ISIS territory and hiding grounds. The main goal is to destroy this terrorist group with as few Syrian casualties as possible, and that is the need to take every small victory and continue to have small victories until America and the Middle East, together, arise on top.
The big thing to take from this is that the world we live in, especially in this country, is not as bad as the media and politicians make it out to be. Take it with a grain of salt, as there is still much that needs to be done to perfect an imperfect nation.