A couple of weeks ago, the United States was shell-shocked. Wall Street plummeted, leaving many Americans in a state of awe and panic. Likewise, the election of this year is likely to go down in history as the most controversial ever. Both Senators McCain and Obama are showing their true colors when it comes to the economic crisis. They believe that ripping each other’s throats out is going to steady the free-falling economy. A war between the presidential candidates is not what we need.
Only a few days ago, the DOW Jones dropped yet again, falling under 9000 points in five years. America is not the only country feeling the pressure, but others like Japan are suffering because of this massive drop in the stock markets. This is truly frightening.
As a college student, I am literally depending upon the president of the United States to wake me from this nightmare. College students, not only in America but in other countries as well, are going to pay the penalties of the corruption that has engulfed Wall Street. It is them, and only them, who are to blame for this terrible crisis.
How are we (college students) supposed to pay for school? How can we receive loans, when there is no money for us to have? If Wall Street doesn’t turn around, college students are going to have to say goodbye medical school and, hello “Do you want fries with that?”
And in the back of everyone’s mind is the election: McCain or Obama? It’s safe to say that we are being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, but which is the right choice to make? It’s impossible to know.
They both have their accusations and are pointing fingers at one another when they could be focusing on saving America. Instead they are referring to each other as “That one,” and making complete fools of themselves. Is either of them the kind of leader we want to lead our great nation during this time of distress?
It’s hard to say what’s a good choice and what’s a bad choice, but we are gifted with the power of knowledge and understanding. If we use our brains the way God intended we can figure this mess out.
Until then, we are all just a number, waiting our turn in line for disappointed hopes and dreams. Way to go America.
Heather Baker is a 2008 graduate of Washington County High School and is currently majoring in journalism at the University of Kentucky. She is the daughter of Michael and Denise Baker of Willisburg.