The stock market is down 5% since the election. Normally, I would attribute that to noise, but the trend started when the polls stopped trending for Romney.
On the international front, more bad news dogs the President, as his Benghazi story continues to unravel, thread by thread. Does anyone remember the audacity of hoping that people would believe an amateur video caused the death of the American ambassador? Another Washington leader is caught in a sex scandal that is distracting attention from pressing matters. Israel is again faced with a de facto undeclared war.
Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act continues to squeeze businesses, with multiple companies announcing layoffs, reduced hours or price hikes as a result. Is it just marketing? I don't think companies would cut hours if it didn't reduce their costs under the act. It's harder to manage the greater number of part-timers that result.
Can you honestly tell me anything that seems better because of the re-election of the President?
Didn't think so.
Sorry for the light blogging. It's not because of the election, but work and school have combined for a heavy load of late. I lack prior familiarity/experience with the material in my current course. Work has been crazy as my employer, the executive branch of the federal government, makes penny-wise and pound-foolish decisions in a frantic effort to cut costs. One example, restricting who can have mobility solutions like laptops, blackberrys and cell phones. However, if we had more telework that such devices enable, we could reduce space costs which would more than pay for the mobility solutions. Alternatively, we could deploy virtual desktop solutions that would allow people to use their own devices, but spending on new solutions is restricted to one program office which is swamped with the pressures of letting a new contract that will basically continue current practice. This is a microcosm of why government should be put in charge of as little as possible.