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An expectation of a new president - Johnny Jackson

I would have proudly cast my vote for John McCain as president of the United States of America, and it would have been my first official vote ever as an adult.

This was eight years ago, though, when McCain was attacked as being a little too center of right. Despite being an upstanding American, with so many of those qualities we whine about not having now, he was not get his party's nomination.

I believed, then, as I believe now, that he would have been a person able to speak on behalf of the collective. With McCain, I cannot figure, there ever would have been a voting controversy (remember Florida?).

He would have been my choice, if any. Alas, he wasn't his party's nominee.

Fast forward several years, and I have found a potential issue with McCain among those to mention about presidential candidates.

At 71, he may be one of the oldest presidential candidates to ever run for the office. He would be 72, taking the oath, should he win. Barack Obama, for instance, is 46 and would be 47 taking office. Even Hillary Clinton is more than a decade younger than McCain.

My dilemma here now, as a voter, is whether to consider the man's age as a hindrance to his ability to govern effectively. It would seem like a petty issue compared to "who is more knowledgeable about efficient foreign policy, who has the pulse of sound economic policy, or who is surer on defense."

My next concern is what may well bring this country out of its current economic funk, that has us all sitting on our hands and hoping for the best in the long run.

Economic downturns are normal and come as frequently as waves against the barren beach. Recessions are equally so, in that they are to be expected.

In my lifetime, I have noticed that economic change has been steered mostly by technology, specifically new technology. The most obvious and recent economic change that I can think of was during the dot.com era, when all things computer-based seemingly drove this nation's economy.

Here now, I think the most obvious answer in turning this economy around and driving it the next 15-20 years lies in 'green' technology.

Enough has been said about the particulars of taxation, governmental spending, Iraq, and the like. But not enough has been addressed in the realm of 'green' technology for me.

I will likely be using the same basic technology that drove this economy in the late '90s some 40 years from now, as I/we owe so much to it.

In that regard, I would like to be able to use some basic form of 'green' technology for the next 40 years. That sort of technology is obviously overdue, and I see nothing but good that could come of it.

I am looking for our next president to champion 'green' technologies, and I am waiting for one of our so-called leaders to speak out about it as much as they do everything else in the interest of my generation, and those who are younger.

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at jjackson@henryherald.com or at (770) 957-9161.