Are there any candidates anywhere who share my views?
It seems that our entire political system is
now so polarized that there is absolutely no room for logic, compromise, or
understanding. Unlike Canada who has
about five viable parties which encourages compromise and varying views, we are
stuck with just two viable parties who are more interested in defeating the
other party than working on promising legislation for the good of the State or
Can anyone give me the name of the candidate who will satisfy my
Here is what I would like to see in a politician:
When asked if they support the Affordable Healthcare Act, I
would like to see an answer that starts out saying that something needed to be
done to encourage affordable health care and that Obama Care may not be perfect
but it does get thousands of people out of the ER where costs are at least 10X
higher than a private physicians office. That ER cost is often passed directly on to the
state taxpayer. Coverage has been
expanded to cover our young adult children and to cover people with
pre-existing conditions which my son is greatly appreciative of as now he has treatment
and medicine for his Crohen’s issue after 20 years of pain and dysfunction. He can now be gainfully employed and have his
own health care benefits. Of the six
employed people in my family no one has been forced to pick some government
insurance plan. We all enjoy our own plans. If the Affordable Health Care plan needs
modifying, do so by sharing ideas and compromise not by ranting that it needs
When asked if they support a “Balanced Budget” amendment, I
would like them to say “yes” with provisions of over-riding it under certain
limited circumstances. I would also like
to see it include a “No budget, No pay” clause for the entire legislative house
including all support people.
When asked if they support higher taxes on the rich, I would
like to see them acknowledge that there is no need to raise the taxes but that
if the tax code were revised to eliminate tax loopholes and subsidies that many
wealthier individuals would pay more, which bring them more in line with the
general, middle class taxpayer. Many candidates
have signed a “no tax increase” pledge which would prevent them from supporting
the closing of loopholes and elimination of subsidies. This pledge sounds good on the surface but not
when closely examined. Reducing the IRS by 90% would probably be a great start.
Why should I have to pay someone to fill out my tax form because they are
beyond my comprehension?
When asked if they would vote to extend the debt limit, I
would like to hear that there is always the possibility of the need to raise
the limit. A pat “Yes” or “No” is
essentially a lie.
When asked if they support gay marriage, I would like to
hear some detailed reasoning why or why not.
Our government rules already make it illegal to discriminate based on a
dozen criteria, which includes sexual orientation, yet we continue to do so in
this circumstance. This is not a mandate
that any religion must venture outside of their religious teaching. It simple recognizes a lawful union and
requires everyone to likewise recognize it. If religions which to discriminate or
participate within their own church walls, they certainly have that right.
When asked if they support legal access to abortion, I would
like to hear them give a complex answer with examples. As a medical procedure, abortions should be
covered by health care. No one in their
right mind is “in favor” abortion. Women
do not get pregnant with the intent of have an abortion. The issue of abortion should initially be a
discussion between the woman and her physician. Later, the father and other
family should be involved as well as any involved religion. In most cases, it is not an issue that
involves government intervention. You will never be able to find a law or a
rule that will cover all circumstances of the pregnancy. The complete eliminations of funding for
agencies that help women with health issues as well as birth control, as
opposed to having an abortion would be a great dis-service to women everywhere.
When asked what they would support in order to increase the
job market opportunities, I would like just one politician to admit that
government does not generate a great number of jobs but can provide a better environment
for the private business sector to encourage the hiring of more people.
When asked about education, I would like to see the federal government
out of the education business. This
should be something that is strictly a state issue. Here in Maine we have had several machine
companies close their doors, not do to lack of business but do to the lack of
qualified employees in the machinists trade. Believe it or not candidates, not
everyone is qualified to go to college, nor do all students what to go to
college. Maine, like many other states,
is finally realizing that there is a real need for people who want to be entrepreneurs
or work in other skilled trades that don’t require a college education. Is there any college out there that teaches
lobster trapping, or composite hull fabrication for fishing boats?
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