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How the Democrats can lose

 

February 10. Obama can tie the broom to the periscope. His clean sweep, including the Virgin Islands three delegates that in this close race could actually make a difference.

He is continuing to win caucuses in a landslide in Washington, Nebraska, and Louisiana.

 

I am afraid that the Democrats can still snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. So far any Democrat candidate that doesn’t drool and sit down to a meal of kitten parts on TV could still beat any Republican team in the coming elections unless we become like them. The R’s have so far refused to investigate corruption and war profiteering. Our own Susan Collins doesn’t make a peep when a company making Kevlar helmet liners that don’t meet specifications is awarded a huge contract to replace the defective liners they sold in the first place. They have cut funds for the poor and children. Bush vetoed a bill that would have investigated war profiteering. The R’s long line of hypocrisy, convictions, and their wide stance on so many issues has made the D’s job easy so far.

 

I both applaud and fear the close race that Hillary and Obama are running a race that looks like Obama could come to the nomination nearly even or even with a few more votes yet no candidate will have a clear majority.

What happens if the Clinton juggernaut twists arms and makes deals to get the Super Delegates to vote for Hillary, even if they have to vote against the will of the majority in their own states?

If Hillary wins the nomination by arm twisting the Democratic Party will have lost the high ground and we will have given the R’s all they need. They will be able to claim that just like Bush, she lost the nomination but has had herself declared the winner in a back room deal.

McCain says that another hundred years in Iraq is fine with him so no matter who the Democratic candidate is I will vote for him or her in the hope that this country will get off this road of endless war.

February 10th, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Democrats | one comment

Democrats and Republicans agree, children are the enemy.

 

This letter was sent to every elected member of the Maine legislature, the Governor, and it has been published in several Blogs and submitted to the several newspapers.

I will probably lose my house after July 1, 2008 and it is a direct result of cuts in the foster adoptive care stipend.

Starting thirteen years ago my wife and I adopted three special needs children through DHHS. Asthma, immune deficiencies, fetal alcohol syndrome, severe psychological problems due to neglect and abuse were some of the issues the children brought with them. The challenges were too severe for my youngest son, he died two years ago and my other children, my wife and I still mourn his loss.

My remaining children are unable to attend a regular school and are being successfully home schooled by my wife.

We purchased our home in Stetson based on the stipend that the State of Maine guaranteed in writing to our bank. The rate was guaranteed until the children reached eighteen years of age, and I will be glad to provide a copy for anyone that is interested.


Within one year of purchasing our home the State cut the stipend rate in half, and all clothing allowances were eliminated.

This was over an eleven thousand dollar a year cut in the family income and understandably made things harder, yet we continued and tightened our belt.

Two years ago we were forced to refinance our home in order to bring our payments in line with our reduced incomes and again the State provided a guarantee to our mortgage company that the income levels would continue until our children were eighteen years of age.

Psychological help, camps, therapy for these children were deleted in order to balance the budget with no concern for the harm done.

Now the legislature proposes yet another cut that between my two children will come to nearly seven thousand dollars a year. We will no longer be able to pay our mortgage after losing eighteen thousand dollars a year in income. We will no longer be able to provide the type of surroundings that our children need.

If you are a Republican you are against tax increases, yet an eleven thousand dollar tax has been forced on a family of four and now an additional seven thousand dollar tax is proposed.

If you are a Democrat, you are pledged to protect those who need support. If children can not be placed in the foster adoptive care system the will be cared for by agencies at a far greater financial and human cost.

I can live through anything, but my children will be facing the shame of bankruptcy and the loss of the secure life they have known for years.

I beg a fair hearing. The proposed budget cuts will fall on foster & adoptive parents and will harm the children they have promised to protect and support.

Please consider how much has already been done to jeopardize foster and adoptive care and please reconsider your decision.

Thank You

Thomas Maher

www.UnionMaine.BlogSpot.com

Trust me, I work for the government.

January 20th, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Democrats | no comments