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Politics is Life

Like it or not, Politics is Life.

Politics permeates every aspect of our lives and has become an inescapable part of our daily existence. Nearly everything we encounter or engage with has been politicized in one way or another. From bodily autonomy, to healthcare, to education, to how we live our daily lives. It quite literally impacts our well-being as human beings and Americans.  

As such, LIVE. LOVE. LOCAL. MICHIGAN™ will tackle the issue of politics head-on, both at the state level and local levels throughout Michigan. We will – on occasion – also discuss national politics when warranted.

Allow me to highlight a few key points as to why we have taken on what is a touchy subject for so many.

Firstly, why is politics such a touchy subject for so many, especially those from Gen X and Boomer generations? Cultural norms, polarization and divisiveness, and respect for privacy all play a role because older generations view discussing politics as intrusive and impolite. I’m also going to go so far as to say that prior to the last handful of years, people who were not well informed tended to not share political opinions out loud. Oh, how the times have changed!

What is politics?

Politics, at its core, is concerned with the exercise of power, decision-making, and the distribution of resources within a society. As such, it intersects with numerous domains of human activity, shaping policy, regulation, and societal norms that impact our lives; thus, why it is ever important to have conversations about politics out loud and in the open.

It is important to note and recognize that the politicization of various aspects of life does not mean that everything is inherently partisan or ideological. At least, it shouldn’t be. However, I think that anyone paying attention over the last few years can make a solid argument that it has become such. But I digress on this point for the sake of this article.

Rather, I will highlight the interconnectedness between political decisions and the issues that impact individuals’ lives.

Let’s look at a few examples to highlight exactly how Politics is Life.

Healthcare

When we look at healthcare and the availability, accessibility, and affordability of healthcare services within the United States’ public sector we immediately see how healthcare services are influenced by political decisions and policies that are directly driven by insurance lobbyists and corporations in our current healthcare structure.

Healthcare funding, insurance regulation, and public health initiatives all have political dimensions that directly impact individuals’ well-being.

Medical bills are the top reason for bankruptcy filings in the United States. As of 2022, medical bankruptcy statistics show that 17% of adults with healthcare debt have been forced into bankruptcy or lost their home due to the debt. This is almost 1 in 5 adults losing their home due to healthcare debt. In the United States of America. The wealthiest nation on earth.

The United States has the most expensive healthcare of any country, with costs skyrocketing with no end in sight. National hospital expenditures totaled over $1 BILLION in 2020. Projections by the Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that healthcare expenditures will reach approximately $6.2 TRILLION in 2028, a staggering 50% INCREASE from 2020!

Here are a few more sobering statistics.

  • 66.5% of ALL bankruptcy filings are directly caused by medical expenses, making it the leading cause for bankruptcy filings.
  • The average age of a medical bankruptcy filer is 44.9 years of age.
  • 40% of Americans fear they will not be able to afford healthcare in the upcoming year.
  • As of 2022, 14% of Americans with medical debt planned to declare bankruptcy later in the year due to it.
  • 20% of medical bankruptcy filers report prescription drugs as their largest expense.
  • Medical issues that lead to work loss cause 44% of bankruptcy filings.
  • The average monthly household income for bankruptcy filers is about $2,600.
  • In 2019, the latest stats on this, Americans borrowed an estimated $90 BILLION to pay for healthcare. Translation: they went into debt to pay off debt.
  • 60% of medical bankruptcy filers have at least some college education.

The statistics go on-and-on, but I believe what I stated proves my point: Politics is Life.

Education

This is another area where politics plays a signification role. The curriculum taught in schools, the allocation of resources to educational institutions, and decisions about educational policies are all subject to political debate and influence, especially in 2023. The goal and priorities of education are shaped by political perspectives, impacting the knowledge and values important to future generations.

We are living in an era of history repeating itself with the modern-day book burning in the form of banning books from public and school libraries. Where legislatures at the state level are starting to mandate and rewrite history to their liking. Where we are penalizing teachers and threatening them with persecution and prosecution for simply teaching our children. Where propaganda and blatant lies are being perpetuated to exclude and harm students. Where guns have entered the classroom in a plethora of mass shootings resulting in the slaughter of far too many of our children. One is too many.

Politics is Life.

The Economy

The economy and job market are deeply intertwined with politics. Policies related to taxation, trade agreements, labor laws, and economic regulations have direct implications for business, employment opportunities, and income distribution.

Economic decisions made by political leaders can significantly impact individuals’ financial well-being and shape the overall economic landscape.

According to payscale.com, the top ten employers in the United States (Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, FedEx, Target, Kroger, UPS, Starbucks, Berkshire Hathaway, UnitedHealth Group) pay their unskilled worker force, which is a majority of their workforce – on average – between $11 – $19/hour. Only UPS and Berkshire Hathaway have average pay above $18/hour. UPS reporting $18.45/hour as average and Berkshire reporting $19.54/hour. All of these hourly wages offer people the opportunity to live in poverty and rely on public assistance to help make ends meet and raise their families.

According to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, Dollar General, and McDonald’s are the top employers of beneficiaries of federal aid programs like Medicaid and food stamps, also known as SNAP.

Based on the most recent statistics (2020), 70% of the 21 million federal aid beneficiaries work full time.

US taxpayers are quite literally forced to subsidize the largest and most profitable corporations in America as they sit on “welfare” while their CEOs, top executives, and shareholders are awarded tens of millions annually.

Politics is Life.

Social Factors

Social issues, cultural practices, personal identities, matters such as civil rights, gender equality, LBGTQ+ rights, immigration policy have all been politicized and are at the center of political debate and sweeping legislation, which influence all our lives and freedoms.  


While some people (many people) may prefer to separate politics from their daily lives, the reality is that political choices and actions have far-reaching consequences. Understanding and engaging with politics is a necessary part of being an American – our civic duty if you will – in order to advocate for our interests, to help shape policy and contribute to the broader societal discourse on what freedom actually means and ensure that we all have the privilege to be free through a fair and just social contract.

And we are here for exactly that.

Our goal with this section is to start conversations and contribute to that broader societal discourse because it is quite evident that conversations surrounding politics, how it affects our daily lives, and what freedom truly means is something that is missing in public discourse today.

Politics is Life. And we are going to talk about it.

Tamara Graham
Tamara Grahamhttps://livelovelocalmi.com
With an adventurous spirit and a burning desire to make the world work for all of us, Tamara encourages others to embrace self-love, compassion, empathy, understanding, and an ever important sense of humor. With over 30 years of diverse marketing experience, including a decade in publishing, she brings a fresh and innovative perspective to the industry. Her concept revolves around experiential magazines that captivate both online and in print. Tamara's visionary project, LIVE. LOVE. LOCAL. MICHIGAN™, unveils the wonders of our breathtaking home state, igniting love and admiration among Michiganders for where they live. By fostering this deep connection, she inspires a genuine appreciation and love for where we live!
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