In an unprecedented sweep, both the nation and the state of New Hampshire have swept Republicans out of office in favor of Democrats. Now, Democrats, both in Washington and in the state have to govern with integrity and intelligence. This means that Democrats will need to balance the budget without raising taxes, provide accountability to what were formerly unaccountable one party governments, and provide relief for the middle class.
It is crucial that Republicans be stopped from telling voters that only they are for a balanced budget, only they can protect us from terrorists, only they can discipline themselves. They had the chance and blew it. Now Democrats have to show the nation they can govern, they can discipline themselves, they can make government work.
And they are in position to succeed. Republicans don’t really believe in government and it shows. Going all the way back to Calvin Coolidge, we have seen Republican administrations put people in position of power who see government cynically as a way to make money for themselves or for their friends. Democrats can and must do better.
Kevin Bresland of Chesterfield made a good point about Charlie Bass today in a letter to the editor in the Keene Sentinel. Bresland points out that Bass has not shown leadership on the Iraq war.
“Charlie Bass doesn’t present any original ideas or advice to his constituents; he just recycles the tired rhetoric of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld machine.”
He goes on to point out that Bass has not taken the time to investigate the war either.
Since the start of the war, many congressmen have felt responsible enough to spend thousands of hours in Iraq. They do this to see for themselves what the troops are faced with and what the possible solutions may be. These congressmen meet with soldiers from their home states and provide on-the-spot support and assessment of conditions on the ground.
When they return they then meet with constitutes and the families of the deployed and answer questions face to face.
Charlie Bass has yet to make a single trip; he has not spent one minute in Iraq. His military affairs liaison explained to me that the congressman has not had the “opportunity” to go.
As Bresland says, “It is time for a change.”
Just received a spam entitled “open vacancies.” Duh?
This is my fourth attempt at a blog. The key is to keep it short. So I will.