A blue Christmas
I’m not enough of a political historian to know why and when the colors blue and red were designated as the colors of the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively, but it has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that Democrats are determined to have a blue Christmas. The late rock-in-roller Elvis Presley crooned, in that Christmas classic “Blue Christmas”, assuring his estranged lover that he would have a blue Christmas without her. The lyrics of this song were meant to invoke images and emotions of sorrow and loneliness. Democrats, on the other hand, seem quite content to have a blue Christmas without you.
Democrats have ignored the will of the people for years on the issue of LURC. Now that the people have given the Republicans a chance to free rural Maine from this onerous regulatory beast, Republicans seem reluctant to make the right choice for Maine. In the last legislative session, the opportunity was available to rid Maine of this burden. Moderate Republicans entranced by the beckoning sounds of that hazy blue light followed it like so many moths to the flame and voted instead to form a commission to study the effects LURC on the State of Maine. It seems that forty years of economic devastation wasn’t enough.
So the commission was formed and produced a compromise, which doesn’t seem to reflect the will of so many in rural Maine that cried for repeal. There is a provision for Counties to opt out, but already Democrats are working to eliminate that. If the moderate Republicans hold true to their pattern of obstruction, the future looks very blue indeed. Mainers will be left with only promises of change but nothing to show for it. This may prove to be a very blue Christmas for Democrats, a Christmas where the will of the people is ignored. A gift Democrats thrive upon.
DHHS is facing a 212 million dollar shortfall. The Governor has produced a plan to deal with it. It asks that all healthy, childless adults be taken off the taxpayer dole. The crazy thing about this plan is that it almost sounds like commonsense. But Democrats and their media allies have produced the same old tired pictorials of the many defenseless the Republicans will hurt, like the front-page picture of a man who lives in need of oxygen. The media and the liberals would have us believe that this is healthy male. I’m sorry but the word “healthy” does not immediately conjure up images of a man who is confined by a need for oxygen. Talk about your redefinitions.
Once again, the Democrat party is practicing diversionary tactics because they do not want the will of the people to be enacted. If so, it will spell the end of bureaucracy. Reformation will portend the targeting of fat-cat politicians and their corrupt agendas. The Democrats have a lot to hide and hold on to. They are determined to have a blue Christmas without you the people.