Election 2022: who will voters decide to oppose? | News, Sports, Jobs

There are many things that could be top of mind for 2022 voters when they head to the polls on November 8.

Their choice for the main issues will likely determine which party will be more successful. Republicans hope they will pick the economy, along with crime and immigration. Second, they hope the public will blame President Biden for anything that hasn’t gone well in these areas.

It is a tradition to say that voters generally vote according to their portfolio. That will likely be true in 2022, as living expenses have outpaced income gains for millions of Americans.

They are going to want something to change. Republicans want change to involve less government. They want the free market to stimulate economic growth.

If voters keep it that simple; they are likely to blame President Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Some might wonder, however, if it is fair to blame the government when the United States is a die-hard capitalist country.

I’m surprised there aren’t more anti-corporate themes in Democratic campaigns. They could blame the corporate powers that be, which unfortunately never have to answer to the general public.

They could reach voters by portraying corporate executives as the ultimate middlemen of the 21st century. Managers decide what price to pay for their goods. They have put in place the supply chain networks that have been strained in many ways.

Perhaps the reason we don’t hear much about this is a concern about how it might backfire on moderate voters, swing voters who are needed to win close races.

Millions of people work for companies. They may not always like their jobs, but the bottom line is that they need those jobs to put food on the table. They are unlikely to support candidates who go overboard in portraying the corporate sector as villains.

It is easier to blame the politicians. They can’t vent their anger at their supervisors or executives (unless they want to lose their jobs), but they can vote to fire incumbents.

If Democrats can’t get enough voters to blame the private sector for the economy, their best bet is to hope they can appeal on other issues. There are many to choose from.

Abortion is on people’s minds. People haven’t forgotten George Floyd. There is also education, the environment, energy policy, the war in Ukraine, the consequences of COVID, consumer debt and housing costs.

With immigration, we have the idea of ​​humane treatment at the border. Then there is the potential to prevent violence with measures such as expanded mental health services and more background checks.

The list could go on and on if I gave him more than a minute or two to think about. It’s hard to know how all of this will balance out in the minds of most voters.

In some cases, that might not be decided until they go to the polls. Small things like a higher-than-expected grocery bill or an extra health care expense could tip someone one way or the other.

It’s a year where most people seem to think that neither party is perfect. The 2020 election was a watershed moment, with an incumbent president removed and an all-Democratic majority elected to Congress.

Now, a very divided general public must decide whether or not it is time to turn back the clock, if such a change can be a step towards greater unity. We know from history that it can work in America to have a divided federal government.

Between 1969 and 1993, Republicans completely occupied the White House for all but four years, while Democrats controlled Congress for all but six years of a Republican majority in the Senate.

The difference between then and now is that there is so much more partisanship, so much more an attempt to persuade voters that the other side is bad. It’s gotten to the point where friendships can depend on whether people are liberal or conservative.

One way to change this could be to learn about the issues, to know the logic underlying each of the two components. It’s important that we don’t get all of our information from one place, especially from a radical media source with an agenda. We need information that will allow us to form an opinion.

— Jim Muchlinski is a longtime journalist and contributor to the Marshall Independent

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