AT LEAST YOU CAN’T CALL the State House boring. The Bettencourt fiasco kept everything in the news with all of its little twists and turns and it is too long and complex to try to explain in a blog posting; but, if you run a Google check it should all come up.
This past Weds. Session was more like a wake than a pre ending to the legislative session. House leadership was, in my opinion, trying to run for cover not only on the Bettencourt; but, also who authorized Bob Mead to collect mileage for driving around the state trying to get republicans to run for state rep. I think we all know who authorized it; but, I don’t think it will ever see the light of day.
The Seacoast Newspapers did an editorial board with the Speaker and Bettencourt and concluded they either lied or told half truths. In fact it was probably one of the most negative editorials I have ever read; but, very accurate. It was right after that the law school scandal broke with Bettencourt.
The political sign up period is a week away and I still haven’t seen anything positive being said about Republicans; unless it is we cut the budget and spending. I think the voters know that republicans do that; but, what is problematic is what about our ethics and character?
This next election is going to be about keeping spending down (at least within our revenue estimates), truthfulness, character, integrity and moral fiber. We have to bring civility and integrity back into the state house and the political discussions; there are times you can cut the tension in Concord with a knife.
I’m a firm believer that talking is always more fun than fighting and we are not always doing a lot of talking. The house seems to run on orders instead of discussions; everyone in the house has the right to contribute to the process and by leaving people out is a huge disservice to them and their constituents who have a right to be heard and represented.
I think this is all going to change in the next election; most of the freshmen will be gone as well as others who have shown such a blind loyalty to the speaker. I want to see people who can think, analyze and use common sense to come to a conclusion, not people who say, “What does leadership want?” We don’t need PHDs in Concord just people who will listen and have common sense.
I’m a Republican (independent one at that) and want to see how the democrats are going to attack us in the next election. There can be a case made that because of how the democrats ran the house when they had the majority is why they were thrown out and got us into the current mess.
We need to think outside the box for lowering insurance costs (we will never curb their greed) but can come up with better ways of delivery. We need to balance our budget cuts in education to what we want to accomplish in the long run and need to have the teachers involved in helping to keep costs down; without their input the budget cuts will be forced on them and that is not good. We need to totally revamp our consumer protection laws, special interests have been attacking them for years and we need to dig in and fight back to protect our constituents. If we can focus on just a handful of issues we can get more done with the right leadership. There is nothing that we can’t do if we all work together.