Editor’s note: Sal Guarisco is the director of video production and operations at The Guarisco Group, LLC. He is a Republican voter from Atlanta and voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. To hear from a Democrat voter, click here.
I’m disappointed that Mitt Romney lost, to say the least. I was hoping that he would be the one to restore the financial certainty and confidence that had been lost in the last four years.
I’m saddened that my daughter and future generations will be saddled with the crushing debt incurred over the last four years combined with even more debt over the next presidential term. A considerable part of our debt is to China. How do we enforce our national security against someone we owe and are beholden to?
I don’t see much change in the next four years. I think the only mandate that is the result of this election is gridlock as the House of Representatives adds even more Republican seats. Everyone knows that bipartisanship is when the Democrats get what they want with the help of the Republicans. No matter if it's the Republicans who need something or the Democrats who need something, bipartisanship means that the Democrats always get what they need with the help of the Republicans and the Republicans get none of what they need and are usually demonized by the Democrats.
As a small business owner, I see my costs going up as a result of higher taxes and even higher health care costs because of Obamacare. I’ve already seen my living expenses rise by 60% in the last four years with no expectation of relief. I don’t see any job prospects for the 23 million unemployed or under-employed.
For those who said that they’re “moving out of the U.S.” I can understand the sentiment: They feel the country has changed beyond the point of recognition. They feel they can’t support a country with 100 million people on welfare and food stamps while being asked to pay more and more because some politician has deemed that what they’ve earned legally and honestly is more than what they need.
My advice to President Obama is to remember that he governs 100% of the 314 million Americans, not just the nearly 60 million who elected him. I think he needs to move to the center to reach everyone, not just his base. That is my hope for the future.