Yesterday while waiting for a doctor appointment, a woman with a wee one in one of those car cradles you carry came in. The little one was wrapped up in a number of blankets and the woman unwrapped him once out of the cold. The little one wiggled around as babies will do and soon managed to pull off his sock and with his foot touching his chin he studied his toes intently. Now with nearly an eighty year age difference between the baby and myself, what was easy for him was impossible for me. I was looking at the future and if I looked in a mirror about all I would see was the past.
Upon returning home I was reading the Republican budget outline for 2016 and how a balanced budget was for our grandchildren. I thought about the baby and wondered which he would choose. A balanced budget or food, shelter, health care, education plus clean air and water. He has no voice in the matter.
Lindsey Graham said if he were president he would send the military to force congress to increase the military budget. He seems to feel we need a much more powerful military. Cotton and fellow Republican senators sent a letter to Iran saying no deal, no way. Israel wants the United States to use military action and no negotiations. Remember, Cheney and Romney sold the notion to George that they could nation-build seven countries in five years with military force. The Middle East would just love to be Christian right wing democracies. The notion didnít work even if George did land on a carrier and proclaim mission accomplished. Here we are over ten years later with even more unrest in the Middle East than there was. The Republicans just canít let the idea of controlling the world go. This is just my opinion, but if Graham would use the military to control Congress than why canít the President send in the troops to clean out the obstructionist Republicans.
Good day every one. I have noticed that since the election everyone has been very quiet. Has anyone looked at the governorís new budget? Now Le Page is as smart as they come. Low income tax sounds great but here is what we get. An increase in property tax. Higher sales tax with an increase in items taxed. A tax on hospitals that will increase medical cost. There are undoubtedly other items he will use to make up for lost revenue. Maine has the oldest population in the country as well as many people with low incomes. In my opinion the governorís end game is to drive out poor, the old who are not well to do or in other words, if you are not well to do, leave. Remember the comment ďI will buy them a one way ticket to MassachusettsĒ. I guess the boy who grew up on the street and pulled himself up to the highest office in Maine should be commended for the accomplishment and maybe now doesnít want to remember how it was then. I think he wants a state made up of only the wealthy and well to do. Good luck governor, smarter men then you have tried to establish everything from the perfect race to the perfect society. To my knowledge all have failed.
With the New Year upon us I wonder. Will there be less division and more thought to the welfare of this country? Will we see more compassion and understanding? Will all people rich and poor strive to make a better world? Only time will tell. May everyone have a safe happy holiday and great wonderful year to come.
After reading the paper, lessoning to the news and reading the comments on D U it sounds like Democrats are still trying to figure out what happened. I live in Somerset county and it happens to be one of the poorer counties in the state. Yet before the election every lawn had a Le Page sign. Half these people were receiving some form of assistance yet they just couldn't connect or understand it was their head on the chopping block. No they just knew it was the other people who should be cut from assistance. My father used to tell me there is nothing more dangerous then a fools who thinks they are smart.
A week and a day a go I had a post entitled a week from today. I listed three thoughts I hoped people would consider on how they voted. I also said I doubted it would happen. Democrats and bears did not fare well in this election. There was a comment by Senator Bernie Sanders on the D U a few days ago stating we were headed to being a third world country and I tend to agree with him. If and when it happens the people who refused to consider the thoughts I noted in my other post will also be too stupid to figure out why we are a third world country.
This morning I watched Hannity on Fox News. Every progressive should watch Fox a few times a week just to see what they are up to. His theme for today was how the Democrats are dividing the country. How we are pitting African Americans and Hispanics against conservatives. How we are turning women against Republicans who have the best interest of the other sex fore front in their minds. How we are pitting the poor against the rich for no good reason. He also had other examples but these were the high points. If being opposed to gerrymandering districts and voter suppression is divisive then I am guilty. If believing in equal pay for equal work, the right to health care and the right to personal choice for women is dividing the country I admit to it. If the division between rich and poor is unsustainable as the Fed has said, or if I feel that Paul Ryanís budget is the blue print for a third world country, and Hannity feels this is being divisive then I am guilty as charged. But for the record I am damn proud of it.
A week from today people will have the opportunity to vote if they have not already done so. I would hope they would consider three things before they cast their ballot. First consider the country and world as it is now and will be in the future. Take into consideration population change. The availability of resources and how automation plus technology are changing life. Look to elect people who have a vision for the future and not trying to return to the past. Second look past one issue. There may be one item such as abortion, climate change, gun rights to name a few that you have very strong feelings about. Look at your candidateís position on all issues because you will get the complete package. If you find other things you object to you will live with them also. Third remember the people you elect will make the laws, rules and regulations you live by. They are not for the other person but for everyone. This includes your parents, children, relatives and your best friend. You donít get to pick and choose who they apply to. This is what I would hope people base their vote on but I donít expect it will. If they make a choice and receive what they donít like, they will not admit it but continue to blame someone else.
I keep reading and hearing about redistricting and changes in voter laws by the Republicans. They say it is to prevent fraud and better representation. My guess it is more to end democracy and establish a Republican dynasty. This is however just the way I see it.