Political Beer: a revolt on Capitol Hill, an election investigation and a new budget proposal

This week, our analysts are former Republican state senator Phil Harriman and Democratic activist and lobbyist Betsy Sweet.

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MAINE, S.C. - Americans were stunned last Wednesday when a demonstration turned into a riot in Washington, as many people gathered in support of President Trump's efforts to overturn election results and storm the U.S. Capitol.

This came as Congress moved to certify the Electoral College votes and confirm Joe Biden as the next president.

Betsy Sweet said this is now the true legacy of Donald Trump.

"It's been building for four years. All this time, the founding Republicans have been giving it a pass," Sweet said. "This is a crucial time when political leaders have to decide, 'Are we going to continue on this path? Or are we going to turn around and go back to governing for the people?

Phil Harriman agreed, saying, "I don't know of a more heartbreaking moment in my life This is an opportunity for all of us to realize that there is a great disconnect between the elite politicians and 'we the people.

Supporters of the winners in Congress have tried to delay the certification of the Electoral College until a new study on the presidential election can be conducted.

Harriman said the Biden administration should conduct such research.

"I think we need to make a non-political effort to make sure that the way we are going to conduct our election is flawless," he said. "Today, whether you like it or not, there are people who doubt that our system is free and fair and flawless. We need to fix that. It's the most important thing we do as citizens.

Honey said we already have those answers.

"To me, it's disrespectful to every secretary of state in the country. They take election security very seriously. Trump has filed 64 lawsuits. And every one of them has been found frivolous. I think it's a distraction. I think we need to go beyond that and get to governance.

On Friday, Gov. Janet Mills released details on two budget proposals. One is a supplemental budget for the rest of this fiscal year and the other is a two-year budget starting in fiscal year 2022.

The governor says that both budgets would be balanced, as required by law, and that taxes would not increase for them.

Harriman applauds the governor and says, "He is making difficult decisions in cutting state spending. Let's hope that Washington's money comes through and the economy recovers to keep the budget balanced. But I commend her for not seeking to raise taxes.

But Sweet said that many Mainers are suffering and need help.

"I agree that we need to look at efficiency and spending cuts, but we have an opportunity to reduce taxes," said Sweet, former Gov.

Sweet said those tax cuts "send a lot of money to people who are not affected by this pandemic, and I think it should be on the table before we get to the end.

Harriman said that any proposed tax cuts would be a hard sell.


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