Full participation during inquiry
Here is the quid pro quo I want: Full cooperation from the State Department in exchange for Hunter Biden’s and whoever else’s testimony that the Republicans request. Let all sides be allowed to pursue a full reckoning during this historic inquiry.
I need to refute Sen. Stacey Guerin’s claim in a recent OpEd in the BDN that “Maine women and children benefited tremendously” from Republican control of state government. The truth is that, after Republicans gained control of both chambers and the governor’s office in 2010, Maine slid downhill.
In 2011, when 35 percent of children living in poverty were receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Maine imposed a lifetime limit. That more than halved the percentage receiving aid ( to 16 percent) by 2015, eliminating assistance for approximately 16,000 children.
During that time, Maine ranked last nationally in its ability to administer SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Five times, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed MaineCare expansion, preventing thousands of Mainers from receiving healthcare.
By 2014, Maine ranked 37th in the nation for infant mortality and was the only state whose infant mortality rate rose compared with the previous decade.
How has the state “benefited” from high infant mortality and greater childhood poverty?
Shades of Melville
For sea-loving people, does the character John Claggart from the Herman Melville novel “Billy Budd” remind you of the current master-at-arms? Accusations without grounds, actions without consequences, fabricated news of success, demeaning of all other opinions, dividing the political world into black and white?
Partisanship and privilege
President Donald Trump is a rich, white, old male. In that regard, he has always been above the law. The law often does not prosecute the rich and powerful.
The Republican Party represents many elite, rich, white old males. The impeachment inquiry is an existential threat to their long established privileges. The partisanship exhibited during the hearings has less to do with actual conservative versus liberal philosophy, and more to do with the elite refusing to relinquish one iota of their despotic control.