A Husband's Guide to : Crestfallen

Crestfallen synonyms : depressed, dejected, despondent

I am crestfallen due to the election.  I am crestfallen due to the President being re-elected.  I am fundamentally concerned about the direction of this country.

I normally like to keep this blog focused on marriage but to be honest I am upset about the election so I am going to vent and I promise to return to regularly scheduled topics next post.

I have been struggling with a post for several months now.  The post was on my opinions regarding taxes, specifically, how I feel the country is looking towards those people who do well to contribute more.  It is a very hard post for me to write because is centers around how both my wife and I got to where we are now financially.  My wife went to school for over 2 years to be a CRNA and during her time focusing on school I focused on my career.  During that time we both made HUGE sacrifices, sacrifices that hurt our marriage by driving a wedge between us.  We are still recovering from that time, but the benefit is that we now make enough money to realize some dreams.  But now with the current political climate, the one benefit that we achieved is at risk.  The problem with a post like that is most people will read it and feel like I am complaining about a situation that most people would love to be in.  The majority of Americans it seems, would look at me and say, "how dare you complain, you make more than most people, of course you should give more back to the country!"  However, I feel like my wife and I made good decisions and sacrificed many things to get where we are today and the idea that we should give a higher percentage of our income to the government because we are successful makes me so angry.

I do not think the President is a Muslim.  I do not think the President is not a US Citizen.  I do not think the President is the anti-christ.  But I do think the President is wrong on domestic issues.  Unemployment increased under President Obama.  Our debt increased under President Obama.  People on welfare increased under President Obama.  All of these facts made me believe that he did not deserve a second term.  But what really scared me was what he said to "Joe the plumber" back in 2008.  He just wanted to "spread the wealth around."  All of that is going to come to fruition in his second term and some of that wealth is coming from me.  I do not mind paying my share of taxes, but I do mind being the target of a smear campaign that ensures my success is a reason to take from me.

I could go on to an exhaustive degree but I will save you, gentle reader from that fate.  Instead I thank you for reading, and I will be praying for the President, hoping that his decisions make this country a better place, hoping that we come out of this rough economy and grow back into the super power I know we can be.

-TheHusBlog

4 Response to "A Husband's Guide to : Crestfallen"

  1. I wouldn't say how dare you because you're entitled to your opinions. I'd encourage you to not only pray for the President but the nation to move beyond the splintering, Congress to stop bickering, and everyone moving forward together. The President alone can't undo anything that has been done and will need the cooperation of many as well as the patience of us all to change anything.

    I appreciate your post. Thank you.

    Unknown says:

    Wow! You took the words right out of my brain! I worked my way through college, going parttime at night. Took me 8 years to get a 5 year degree. I took a tough major, while my friends took courses that allowed them to play the xylophone in the hallways for one class. I was miserable for a lot of those 8 years, but I stuck with it and graduated with no debt. I didn't have kids, instead putting my energies into my career. I'm doing okay now. I'm one of the few people I know who went from living in a mobile home to living in a 6 bedroom house in a fashionable part of town. I pay more taxes than most people. I don't mind that, but the idea that only me (and people like me) should contribute to getting us out of the deficit and debt we find ourselves in is something I do mind very much. The sacrifices need to be across the board, not just asking more from me (and people like me) because I can shoulder those sacrifices. If my fellow citizens aren't going to allow me to enjoy the fruits of my sacrifices in college and in my career, then build me a time machine so that I can go back and take an easier major, get a bunch of student loans, party during college, get an easier job, and have children.

    Unknown says:

    And I'm not so crestfallen that this particular president was reelected as much as I am that a majority of this country seems to feel that a minority of this country (the top 10% earners) should bear the brunt of fixing the deficit and debt.

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