Maine Candidates Part II

Posted: 22/05/2008 in Uncategorized
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With the June primaries right around the corner I thought I’d start to take a look at what we’ve got to pick from for candidates. I’ll start out with the Senate race and work my way down. As far as the Presidential goes, I believe I’ll be voting for John McCain. On 21 May I started to list my reasons for supporting or not supporting each of these candidates.

Here’s the Maine Senate race card;

Susan Collins (R) Incumbent (presented on 21 May ‘08)

Tom Allen (D) Congressman, Ex-Portland Mayor & Attorney

Tom Ledue (D) Educator

Laurie Dobson (Independent) Landscape Contractor, Ex-Journalist & Peace Activist

Herb Hoffman (Independent) Retired Psychologist, Army Veteran & Peace Activist

Dexter Kamilewicz (Independent) Realtor, Peace Activist & ’06 Congressional Candidate

Bill Slavick (Independent) Peace Activist, Retired Journalist, Army Veteran & ’06 Candidate

There are a lot of issues swirling around, just like clothes in a washing machine. Have you ever sat in a Laundromat and watched all of those clothes spinning around? It’s kind of boring until you actually sit and think about what’s happening behind that little glass door. It’s just like politics. Each item of clothing is an issue.

The issues spin and swirl around, getting all tangled up with each other, only to separate and become tangled up with another issue. Each item of clothing has at least some level of dirt on it, otherwise it wouldn’t be in the washer. And some have more dirt than others. But as the process continues the dirt gets washed out of the clothing and hopefully gets sucked down the drain, leaving a clean article of clothing. And then sometimes something unexpected happens.

Sometimes there’s a bit of really tough grease that doesn’t get totally cleaned off. Sometimes it gets rubbed into another article of clothing, and then you end up with two dirty pieces. And then there’s the odd occasion where you put a new piece in and the dye washes off, tainting all of the clothing in the washer. I hate when that happens. But either way, the cycle stops and you have to dry the clothing. You know, I’ve found that the biggest problem with stains is that they tend to get set in and impossible to get rid of once too much heat is applied to them. Sometimes this happens in the washer. You used the mid range instead of the cold and the water was too hot. Or as more often happens, you don’t check the stain after washing and just throw it in the dryer.

Yep, politics is kind of like doing the laundry.

Tom Allen

I did some digging around on Tom to see whether I’d like him as a Senator. Found out I’d rather not, and in fact, I’m not sure as I like him as a congressman anymore either. Allen’s got some good experience behind him which makes him a good candidate, but his standing on some of the major issues just rubs me the wrong way. His listed experience suggests he should be acting in one manner, but his voting record and stands of some issues indicates he’s acting in another manner.

Let’s take the big issue of the war in Iraq. He’s blatantly against the war. I can’t say as I blame him for that. It’s not something I find pleasing myself. But he’s an elected representative and should be representing us in a dignified responsible manner. Instead, he rides along on the Pelosi wagon spreading tension and strife amongst the house.

His experience with military matters dictates that he should have learned at least something of tactics and logistics, but he insists on the tragic notion of posting a deadline for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. One of the basic precepts of military operations is that you don’t let your enemy know what you’re doing. By setting a deadline, the purpose of strategy is thrown out the window. Several things happen when you put a limit on what can happen in a military situation.

For one thing, you open a doorway for the enemy to return to doing exactly what they were doing before invasion. In the case of Iraq, this is not a good thing. If you don’t believe me, just ask some of those Kurds that were gassed. Oh wait, that’s right too, you can’t. they’re all dead. So much for the idea that there were no weapons of mass destruction.

Another big issue I differ with is the recently passed/vetoed/passed{maybe not}? Farm Bill. Tom Allen voted in favor of this monstrously expensive boondoggle of a subsidy package. In crunching some of the early numbers, the bill started out somewhere around 260 to 270 billion dollars, but now it’s up to 307 billion dollars. According to some suggestions, Maine itself only stands to receive 7-10 million dollars from the package, not including the food stamps and nutrition benefits.

But the more important parts of the package are all of the earmarks that have been tacked onto it, bloating the price we taxpayers have to pay for it. One in particular from out west affects Maine in a negative way. That would be the little piece that allows our good business citizen Plum Creek Timber to make 250 million off of us by way of an engineered grant. See for more details on this little big deal.

But the irony is that Tom claims on his website located at;,22,31 that he supports the PAYGO, or practices that state that for every dollar of spending the Congress passes, an equal dollar of savings must be found. The practice claims that the Federal deficit must not be increased. And yet this Farm Bill will increase the deficit by tens of billions of dollars every year. By voting Yea on this bill, he voted Yea for increasing your tax burden, pushing us further towards the brink of an unrecoverable recession.

A third major reason I cannot support Tom Allen is that he has thrown total support behind Barak Obama. Barak Obama is not a Presidential candidate I can even consider supporting. There are a lot of reasons for that, which I won’t go into here as it would take too much space. One of the greatest tragedies of the political story in the US is it’s gradual decline into a Socialist State under the guidance of the left leaning liberals in this country. Tom Allen seems bent upon following that path, in spite of the ultimate damage it will cause to the stability and future of these United States.

There are other minor issues as well, but if it weren’t for these three major issues, I might be persuaded to support him. But because of these three issues, I can’t. So my vote for Tom Allen is no.

Job 5:4-6 (King James Version)

4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.

6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;


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