What’s All the Fuss About Midterm elections?

 [Hammond]-U.S. midterm voters choose who makes decisions that touch millions of American lives. These issues range from taxes and national security, to social security benefits and medicare. So why are midterm elections so important?

 With elections looming around the corner, voters will help determine whether Republicans or Democrats will run the House and the Senate. The party in power in each house runs the committees, the most powerful organizations in Congress. Committee members control which bills come to a vote, and that means the bills that committees approve could directly affect you.

After the elections on Tuesday, GOP might capture the house, which means Obama’s agenda may be in jeopardy.

Senior education major Krista Combs says, “Maybe if the GOP takes over the House, people will start being held responsible for their own actions instead of waiting on government bailouts!”

Perhaps the most important issue for college students surrounds the higher education budget cuts. Many students across the country are asking how does it affect them? 

 Lately tuition at colleges and universities has sky-rocketed as the recession has taken its toll on the states. Schools have responded by increasing fees, canceling classes, cutting student programs and laying professors off. Students around campus are definitely voicing their opinions and planning a rally to raise awareness to this problem.

Southeastern student Andrew Sylvest says, “Jindal is only allowed to cut education and healthcare. It is better for the state for the education to lack than it is for massive healthcare cuts and people to get sick and die. The only way to fix that mess is to repeal the Stelley Plan and change the laws where budget can be cut across the board instead of just healthcare and education.”

The Stelley Plan reduces or shifts state sales tax on food for home consumption and utilities to increase state income taxes.

” I don’t think it will affect education regardless of who controls the House. They are all so worried about the economy and trying to get elected and re-elected that education has been forgotten until unemployment numbers get better and people are happier about the economy,” Sylvest says.

The constitution states that the U.S. House districts be adjusted every decade to ensure equal representation based on population shifts. It is based on the Census done every 10 years. When a state has to change even one seat, all the districts in the entire state have to be redrawn. This helps to ensure that every member of the House has an equal population district. This election, Louisiana will lose one seat.

 Sophmore student Zach Ledet says, “More items are accomplished when there is a large majority in DC. there is less to argue about and more things happen for the country. It is up to the voters to create a 360 party effect if they want to see what one party has accomplished deleted. Education is a state problem, not a federal problem, unless large amounts of money is allocated toward Louisiana education, which is unlike the GOP.  We have to rely on guys like the Governor to stop asking the Louisiana education system screw us over.”

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