At the Federal level, we had a status quo result, The Presidency didn’t change. The Senate looks to be nearly the same, as does the Republican House. Counting continues in a number of states, but not enough to turn the control of either house. (Florida is still counting the 2008 ballots).
There was no mandate, the country remains split nearly evenly between Liberal and Conservative.
The Republicans learned from this race that you have to raise even more money, and start the negative campaign almost a year before the election. The Democrats began their attack ads on Romney back during the primaries. The divide and conquer process also works, workers vs non-workers, men vs women, takers vs givers. Hate is the name of the game.
With the campaigns spending over a Billion dollars in advertising over the last 8-9 months, it will now only get worse in the future.
In Massachusettts, the majority of voters decided that they preferred partisanship and gridlock to bipartisanship by electing an untried, unexperienced Harvard Professor, Liz Warren, over Scott Brown. By doing so, they have no right now to complain about Washington “not working together,” as they have contributed to the problem considerably. They own it.
Continuing the trend, they also voted for Joe Kennedy III, a young man with nothing to show for himself.. other than the name of a crumbling family dynasty. No experience with running a business or a community. What does he bring to the table?
Its just another sad statement.
Here in Dracut, we can hold our heads high in that we saw through most of this and voted well. Romney and Brown came in with strong wins here, as did the questions of “Right to Repair” and “Medicinal Marijuana.” I would have preferred “Death with Dignity” as well (although state-wide this is still very close.. only 40,000 vote difference with 93% of precints reported), but as Meatloaf says.. Two out of Three ain’t Bad.
In the Colleen Garry, Cathy Richardson race, Colleen Garry won with strong support.
I’m not surprised by this, Garry votes a strong Conservative agenda. Richardson really didn’t propose a strong reason to vote for her. And when this campaign went negative, everybody stopped listening, so any arguments later on were lost.
In the Barry Finegold/Paul Adams race, Finegold easily won it as I had expected. He is known throughout the town, respected by town and community leaders, and works for town and regional needs.
At the town meeting, we voted to support the spending of $850,000 on land for an elderly housing project. I don’t mind that. The land will belong to the town.. so we’re transferring one asset to another. No loss there. I just don’t see the federal funding available for a long time to actually build anything. (Remember, we’re at annual deficits of over a TRILLION dollars now with a fiscal cliff that will have over 7 TRILLION of impact over the next 10 years.. and thats just at the federal level).
With the Affordable housing part of the Community Preservation Act requirement now fulfilled, maybe its time for us to look at stopping or reducing our participation in this program. A 2% surtax being collected every year has succeeded in assassing $8 million dollars in an account with us having no plans for most of it. And it grows another $7-800,000 a year. With all the other taxes going up next year, maybe its time to reduce this optional one.
The Greater Lowell Tech renovation project was approved to go to a ballot vote as well. I think you can load up the Town Meeting to pass something like this, but getting the people to vote themselves a tax increase is going to be hard.
Then again, the proponents were smart enough to push for a ballot vote in December. If it had gone forward to January everyone would have already seen the beginning of the tax increases in their paychecks with the payroll tax decrease coming to an end (everyone who works is about to lose another 2% of their pay to the government). The property tax increases due to the high school project will start showing up in February as well I believe.
And if anyone thinks I’m going to ever vote to increase my taxes.. think again.