Whichever candidate finally leaps (or crawls) to victory on this election day you can bet on this: his presidency will look nothing like the picture he is painting today!

Reality will set in and the next four years will be driven not by the candidate’s plans, wishes, dreams or promises, but by the hard realities of our National debt, our depressed economy, International tensions, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the freak who acts as mouthpiece for the Ayatollahs in Iran, the less-desirable whims of Kim Jong-Il and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and the hundreds of other potential disasters that “ping” the White House every day.

After the massive bailouts, if the new president acts responsibly, there will be little or no money for the new programs and/or incentives he is promising today; on the other hand, if the new president is irresponsible out National debt may grow to a point that we will, for all intents and purposes, be owned by the countries who have loaned us the money to continue functioning — most notably China.

Who should Govern?

I am admittedly biased against an Obama presidency because of his socialist tendencies and because of the fact that, even as a Junior Senator, he has the most Liberal voting record in the Senate (BTW: that is a documented fact, not just an idle claim of the Republican Party. Under an Obama presidency, I’m firmly convinced, the next 4 years could get very ugly.

BUT

I also dread a McCain presidency because, besides being a maverick, he is also the great compromiser. John McCain can find the good side in any bad argument. I’m not saying that McCain is unprincipled, I’m suggesting that his principles are so broad that they will be able to encompass some unsavory choices. Under a McCain presidency, the next four years may not be too much better.

Attitude Adjustment

So whatever the next four yours bring, I’m in for an Attitude Adjustment because, whatever happens I have no choice but to accept it and try to make the best of it. That, however, is not to say that I will not protest loudly in e-mails, calls, letters and blog posts — I realize that government changes very slowly, but a good public outcry tends to speed it up.

I would bet that, after the January inauguration you’ll find yourself in the exact same position.

Just as a personal note: I’ve found that 12 to 24 ounces of my favorite malt beverage every night after work (never more than that) makes lifes little transitions much easier and some say that it’s even ‘good for you.’.

News Links:

Welt Online (Germany): What Obama and McCain say they will do

Miami Herald: Economy, relationship with Congress would influence how either candidate governs

Blog Links:

The Fox Forum: Economic Freedom Is Threatened By Both Obama and McCain

Money Smart Life: Barack Obama vs John McCain – What Will They Do With Your Money?

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