Dear freshman U.S. senator-/U.S. representative-/state officeholder-elect:
Whether you coasted to victory or eked out a win by just a few votes, you have a mandate: Fix this mess.
We’re frustrated, we’re angry and we’re afraid. We’ve lost our jobs, our homes and our retirement nest eggs — or we think we might before long — and many of us are having a tough time trying to feed our families. And we don’t even want to think about paying for our kids to go to college.
You’ve been elected pretty much for one reason — because your predecessor failed. You have one term to fix this mess. If you fail, you’ll likely be shown the door as well.
We need jobs. We need income to put food on the table, pay the bills and start rebuilding our retirement savings. We need confidence. We need to see improvement so we can believe that better days are ahead for our families and ourselves.
Now get ready to go to work.
Tom Fetters is a copy editor at The Daily Reporter. We call him “everyman.”