Elections have consequences. All over the great state of Maine and the United States, voters elected candidates who campaigned on protecting the middle and working classes by allowing the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest among us to expire. The President of the United States was one of these candidates. Compromise is required, but it's time to stop playing politics with people's lives. We the people sent our representatives to Washington to address our nation's challenging finances with common sense. Restoring tax rates on the most wealthy to a time when the nation looked prosperity in the face makes sense. Protecting the services that prevent our most vulnerable citizens from becoming destitute makes sense. We must simply ask our representatives to do the work of the people without drama or delay.
—Rep. Craig Hickman, Winthrop, Maine