The Morning After...
Canyon Lake residents, barring unforeseen circumstance, are awakening Wednesday morning, November 3, knowing who will be president of these United States for the next four years.
But whether our new president is Republican George Bush or Democrat John Kerry, the commander-in-chief will face some clear challenges in his term of office.
The nation's rising health care costs and the one out of eight Americans who do not have health insurance will certainly be high on the list.
The decline in both the quantity and quality of American jobs, especially as it relates to certain jobs being done outside the country as well as possible minimum wage changes may also be addressed.
Social Security seems to be a program whose days are numbered, at least at its current levels. Taking care to guarantee a fair benefit level while not exceeding American workers' ability to pay for it, will not be an easy task.
And, of course, homeland security and the war in Iraq will continue to need attention. Hopefully both can be well-managed, again without penalizing future generations with a huge national deficit to pay back.
No, it will not be an easy task for the commander-in-chief of the United States and all of our elected officials.
We wish them all the very best.