Comments for: Gov. LePage’s first State of the State: ‘We must put politics and gridlock aside’

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 8:06 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 24, 2012, at 9:23 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage set out an ambitious but familiar agenda during his first State of the State address on Tuesday, defending the achievements of his first year while pledging to tackle high energy costs, create more educational opportunities and continue government belt-tightening. He also met his critics …

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  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage’s speech was a GRAND SLAM!! He even extended an olive branch to Emily Cain, so let’s hope she reciprocates by offering her support in moving Maine out of the gutter.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. It was a classy gesture.

      • Anonymous

        What makes you want to live this kind of life?

        • Anonymous

          What makes you bitter about everything ? Along lifes way you can choose to be angry or you can choose JOY regardless of lifes situation you are in

          • Anonymous

            What makes you want to do this to yourself?
            You go ahead and hang on tight to your ankles. I think people like you can’t comprehend the kind of horror that is coming our way via this turd in the governor’s seat. I want to personally take care of a few people like you who are bringing this down on us and empowering this turd before I go. There will be war. This has gone on too long for any other solution. You do know that.

            And you keep your happy little grin on while I get medieval on your asss.

    • Anonymous

      What makes you want to do this to yourself?

    • Anonymous

      Uh,  no……he kind of had to offer an olive branch,    he knew that he had been had, and he knows that his administration is in need of a boost.   There’s nothing nice about Le Page, especially when he wants to wheel and deal and attempt to not follow a process.

    • Anonymous

      You must be referring to the gutter Lepage has put us in.

    • Anonymous

      Yes

      Since Emily knows the Welfare/State Aid System so well after growing it the last 10 years, she should be able to give him 120 million worth of cuts and bail him out.

  • Well done Governor! No teleprompter needed when you speak from the heart. Let’s get to work! Loved it!

    • Anonymous

      yes harry!  dont you, we wish we had a president that was genuine as is lepage? teleprompters get one hell of a workout with  obama, don they??? hahaa  obama is sickening.

      • Anonymous

        Caught some of the State of the Union address tonight.  Obabma never looked down!  Some peripheral vision!  About as good as Bill Bradley in his prime.  Gee, maybe he doesn’t use a teleprompter much, maybe just with an outline.  Maybe?

        • Anonymous

          Suspended, razor-thin, glass teleprompters. Nearly invisible, but not quite enough to make us forget that our President can’t even grant us an hour of his unscripted thoughts.

          • Anonymous

            Can I assume you don’t like LePage because he’s white…”

            How about because he is a bully ? 
            Now,  he is a bully with good speech writers, 
            but is there any new business to be discussed yet ?

          • Anonymous

            Your repeated copying & pasting of someone elses’s words really highlights your intelligence. Such a troll.

          • Anonymous

            That is your best reply ? 

          • Anonymous

            If you only knew.

          • Anonymous

            Calling me a Troll is against the terms of use of this site. Name calling is not allowed. B bye now!

        • Anonymous

          Obama knows how to delivery a speech,  but he’s a democrat,   and he’s a black man,  so he gets no credit here.

          • Anonymous

            Funny how YOU are the one throwing the race card. Dispicable.

          • Anonymous

            Can I assume you don’t like LePage because he’s white…”

            How about because he is a bully ? 
            Now,  he is a bully with good speech writers, 
            but is there any new business to be discussed yet ?

          • Anonymous

            For you to make an assumption that negative comments are made about Obama because of his skin color are absolutely ignorant and out of bounds to those of us who simply don’t like his policies and believe he’s dangerous to our country because of them!!  Can I assume you don’t like LePage because he’s white, has gray hair, or wears glasses?  If you want to stand behind a candidate that’s great, that’s America.  But do not lower yourself to using racism as an excuse to make a point.  That’s something you’d claim LePage would do after all.

          • Anonymous

            Can I assume you don’t like LePage because he’s white…”

            How about because he is a bully ? 
            Now,  he is a bully with good speech writers,
            but is there any new business to be discussed yet ?

          • Anonymous

            If you’re going to respond you may want to get the context.  I was responding the post above about people not liking Obama simply because he’s black.  I was asking if I could assume RusJan doesn’t like LePage because of those reasons.  Just to spell it out, I was asking if I could make the same general assumption based on race, ect.  If you want to jump down my throat do me a favor and know what you’re talking about first.

          • Anonymous

            Otay, boss. 
            So, we all agree, based on the record LePage is a bully and it is acceptable to dislike him , and disagree with his approach because of that, then.
            Good, I’m so glad you cleared that up.
              
            So do you have any other demands or conditions that you need to impose upon me ? Just spell them all out, Boss, so I can continue to work with you, here. 
            Thanks in advance.

          • Anonymous

            Can I assume you don’t like LePage because he’s white…”

            How about because he is a bully ? 
            Now,  he is a bully with good speech writers, 
            but is there any new business to be discussed yet ?

          • What does being a democrat and African American have to do with his speaking abilities?

          • Anonymous

            Some people have to say that he can only be that articulate because of his use of a teleprompter to maintain their delusions, Jennifer, which are not racist, because they say so. 

            Just ask them, you’ll see.

          • Anonymous

            The best part of all of that was seeing Gabby Gifford doing so well…best wishes to her for a full recovery..she is working so hard to do that~

          • Anonymous

            you have to do something to get credit..so far he has done NOTHING~except get us in more debt!

          • Anonymous

            The moment you play the race card, you really have nothing to say.

            Note to players of the race card. Not only do you show you have no point, you are in fact actually promoting racism.

          • Right rusjan, keep using the excuses and racism.  Shows that all you are capable of is whining.

        • Anonymous

          His speech was so boring and same old same old I fell asleep~

      • Anonymous

        Ronald Reagan was a master at using a teleprompter and never gave a speech without one. George W. Bush preferred large index cards because he often got a nervous, deer-in-the-headlights look while using a teleprompter.

        One thing that Obama does that neither of those two could do well is write his own speeches. You may not like the content, but they are well-written and delivered.

        • Anonymous

          Jon Favreau: President Obama’s Speechwriter. Salaried White House Staffmember, $172,000/year.

          Get your facts straight!

          • Anonymous

            Former Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe, moderating a panel of
            former White House speechwriters this morning at the Bipartisan Policy
            Center, relayed the story of Favreau’s hiring as Obama’s chief writer.
            “He was very nervous about working for a president who could write all
            of his own speeches much better than he could, and so he says to
            Robert Gibbs, ‘Why do you need a speechwriter?’ And Gibbs said to him,
            ‘If we had 48 hours in a day, we wouldn’t need you at all.”

        • gaily

          He does not write his own speeches.  He interjects words as he sees fit.  And he reads very well.

      • Anonymous

        It’s because Obama can read English. Sheesh!

    • Anonymous

      Speak from the heart???? He read a speech someone else wrote. That’s why it was fairly civil!!!

      • Anonymous

        I feel love in the air.

        • Anonymous

          It is just his new speech writers, and can’t last.

        • Anonymous

          It’s probably just gas. We were just exposed to a lot of hot smelly air.

      • Anonymous

        And you don’t think that Le Page’s speech writer didn’t write his?         Puuhleez!

        Of course both the President and the Governor have speech writers, And I’ll guarantee that Le Page didn’t write his, because it certainly doesn’t sound like we are used to hearing. Ask Bennett, she’ll say that it was from his “gut”,. meaning it came out of his pocket, that’s about it.

        Let’s take a gander at what he promised when he was campaigning, and what he has done. I’ll give you a hint, not well.

        • Anonymous

           If you kids dont stop fighting you are going to go to bed without your supper!!!

          • Anonymous

            Most of us are going to be going to bed without supper if we don’t get rid of this retarddedd governor and his supporters ASAP. Not just for one night, but every night.

    • Anonymous

      The teleprompter was in french…….   how would you know if there wasn’t a teleprompter or not?      Unless you are one of the House pages,  you aren’t close enough to see them.

      • Anonymous

        I sure love liberals. Preaching tolerance of diversity– then bashing people who are bi-lingual. I can smell your hypocritical, elitist stench from here!

        • Anonymous

          I made the joke a couple of days ago.    I’m not a liberal.   I’m bi-lingual.    And I have yet to meet a democrat that is elitist,   that’s saved for the rich guys,  democrats aren’t rich.   Your hypocrisy is oozing from your rich parents that probably have a trust fund or two for you.

          • Anonymous

            Most absurd comment I’ve ever read. Offensive, shameful and full of lies! Democrats aren’t rich? So, President Obama is not rich? Nancy Pelosi is not rich? Stephen King is not rich? Oprah is not rich? Warren Buffett is not rich? Bill Gates is not rich? ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

            I am the child of two Maine high school graduates who have worked extremely hard to maintain middle class status. No trust fund, whatsoever. I’m about to graduate with a degree I have paid entirely by MYSELF through scholarship and loans. Your insults and lies are laughable!

          • Anonymous

            I hope you are getting paid.    Because you aren’t making any sense.       How can  you maintain a middle class,    when both sides acknowledge that it’s diminishing?    

            You’ve paid entirely by yourself?, really? what are your payments, or have you even STARTED paying yet.

            You seem to know it all, what is the very last action the Legislature can do on a bill prior to it being considered by the Governor or even awaiting his signature, which the Governor of couse, doesn’t have to sign or veto.. You do know that the Governor doesn’t have to sign anything?

          • Anonymous

            they can snag an enacted bill right from the Governor’s desk,   even if it is right in front of his eyes  by a Joint Resolution started by the House in which the bill originated and confirmed by the other body.     And the resolution gets ample readings and consideration.  So even if the two chambers disagreed, one or both can postpone any executive action.

          • Anonymous

            You clearly did not read my previous comment, or else you wouldn’t be so confused. I am a full-time student who, YES, has a job. I held the same job for four years. I also already explained that I have paid for my education myself – no help from parents – but a lot of help from scholarship! What about that is so hard to comprehend?

            Thank you for ignoring the many, many absurdly wealthy Democrats I cited. Your lack or response ENTIRELY proves my point. You offer nothing to this conversation except accusations and insults. Come back with some substance.

          • Anonymous

            Student will finally grow up at some point and really learn what life is all about.

          • Anonymous

            Such bias from you … Dispicable (sic) … I can smell your hypocritical, elitist stench from here!

          • Anonymous

            Have you considered the possibility that you are in way over your head, the people you are attacking would have been your only friends or employers, and nearest I can tell, you should stay away from bennies, alcohol, opiates, and bathsalts.

          • Anonymous

            You poor, disadvantaged thing, you!

            You still believe in that “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” myth, eh?

            Keep on dreamin’! Maybe someday you’ll have billions stashed away like the corporate power brokers who influence the policy you’ve unquestioningly swallowed.

          • Anonymous

            I happen to have successfully paid my way through a four-year degree. I don’t believe that makes me disadvantaged at all– but go ahead and make your jokes!

          • Anonymous

            I’m so proud of you.

            Please, point us to your blog and newsletter so that we can subscribe.

            Scratch that – I think we know where to find your blog already.

          • Anonymous

            Probably the wal mart blogger.

          • Anonymous

            You can take the “probably” out of that…

          • Anonymous

            You are to be commended…good job and good wishes to you~

          • Anonymous

            If one is to be judged by who his enemies are, you have won the argument hands down.

            Kudos to you for your articulate defense of individual initiative and personal responsibility in the face of the childish attacks by the usual members of the hive.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you, friend.

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            Are you aware that scholarships, be they publicly funded or privately funded (where the donor typically gets a tax break) are all burdens to other taxpayers?  In a similar vein, if you are attending a public college or university you are clearly receiving a public subsidy.  If you are going to a private institution your education is subsidized, though a bit more indirectly, due to that institution’s nonprofit status, which allows them to avoid taxes on their “surplus revenues,” property, etc.  Plus I know of no private college whose students do not utilize Pell grants, subsidized loans & similar programs, which are a major source of their funding stream.

            I read the canons of Libertarianism over five decades ago, and though the fantasy they project is enticing, they are no more appropriate for governing than are the canons of Communism.  They lead to a false sense of autonomy and profoundly un-Christian behaviors toward others…

          • Anonymous

            My scholarships are privately funded, and believe me- their tax break does not affect you at all. How insulting. You fund welfare, unemployment, methadone clinics and public salaries- yet you have the nerve to complain about how motivated students fund their education? What planet are you from?

            And who brought up Libertarianism?

          • Anonymous

            When I write an annual check to the UMaine Alumni Association for their scholarship fund, because they have 501c3/nonprofit status, I can write that off…deduct that amount on my taxes.  So others are having to pay a bit more in taxes, effectively subsidizing your private scholarships.I paid my 1st three years tuition from monies saved from potato-picking/planting and the sale of a half-dozen dairy cows I bred out of my 4-H project (a Holstein heifer named “Big Brookie Sunnyside”).  My mother was only able to send me $50/month.  To cover books and living expenses I held up to three part-time jobs at the same time, graduating with a double major.

            And if you are unaware of how Libertarian billionaires have been paying to create our current political gridlock, from underwriting the Tea Party to “investing” in ultra conservative politicians – as has been the case in Maine with at LEAST five members of the Maine Senate and the so-called Maine Heritage Policy Center – much of which is part of the public record, you are apparently not following a course of study that offers much in the way of critical analytic thinking, or for that matter, in current affairs.

            Best of luck in your studies…

          • Anonymous

            I am fully aware of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. I know people who are involved with the organization. However, it’s not anything we discuss in class. My field of study is ALL critical analysis- but it not focused upon the political bickering within the Maine Senate. I’m not a Political Science student. That being said, it has absolutely nothing with what I was discussing on this thread. Hence my question as to why you brought it up during my discussion about how I fund my education that you so rudely interrupted with your insults.

            Parting question… have you ever heard of Cynthia Dill? So long!

        • Anonymous

          RU really a student? You might want to look into community college or trade school. Conservatives are against funding college in general. Or perhaps you are wealthy enough with the help of your wealthy parents to afford a first class post secondary education….excuse me, I laughed so hard my supper came up and I had a cafe coronary. Go learn something and quit wasting my tax payer dollars. They skim over $20K off me to pay for you before I get a dime. You are welcome to your opinion, but until you can pay for it, keep it to yourself. That’s what good conservatives say isn’t it? Keep it in your pants until you can pay for it?

          • Anonymous

            MoRees, you can’t actually believe that you’ve contributed $20,000 to my education? I’m laughing right now. You actually haven’t contributed a DIME to my college education, thanks. Keep the foolish comments coming. It makes the rest of us look so smart.

          • Anonymous

            Might I assume you have the resources to pay 100% of your college expenses, no Work-Study, Pell grants, GI Bill, or subsidized student loans?  If so, you are indeed fortunate…

          • Anonymous

            As I mentioned three times already, I was very fortunate to be able to fund 80% of my schooling through academic scholarship. So, yes, you are correct that I am fortunate, but I earned every cent. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

          • Anonymous

            The 10 to 15 libs that live on this BDN site cannot handle your common sense and initiative to succeed on your own. They are spewing even more name-calling, hate, and negativism than usual.

      • jimbobhol

        At the Begin the PBN reporters said he would NOT be using the teleprompter’s. You must have missed that when you where watching the Governor speaking. They stated he would be using his own note’s.

    • Anonymous

      Um, you do realize that he was reading his speech, don’t you?

    • Anonymous

      Um, except he was reading his speech

  • Anonymous

    yeppers!  Give tax breaks to the rich so that the poor suffer.  Give me all your two cents about taxes, non of you that are going to comment are rich and non of you would even feel it if taxes were not cut as you are not what the cuts are all about anyway… So go ahead LePage and blow your horn, you just came up with school choice in the past few week that anyone knew about and none of that has even happend yet, so why are you patting your back about it.  Are the tax break a good deal for Maine and Maine people?  I say not if even one Child, Elder Adult, or Disabled Person has to do with out Food, Shelter, Heat or Medical Care.  We need to take care of the people who can’t take care of themselves and that is the bottom line.  Even the Ants all work together for the good of the hill, are we less that Ants.

    • Anonymous

      blah blah, Oneofthecongreation, I could even suffer reading your blob of teletubby sillynes, sorry

      • Anonymous

        Then why are you making yourself suffer? I did not ask you to read anything I wrote nor did I ask you to comment? Go figure!

    • Have you seen the statistics of welfare recipients versus those who work and pay taxes?  Maine has more people getting government benefits than people paying taxes.  Do you really think we have that many people who are in that much need or don’t you think we have opportunities to make sure only the truly needy get assistance.  Being number one in welfare benefits is not a good place to be and taxpayers cannot sustain that.  I have a disabled child and I certainly don’t want to see cuts to anyone with disabilities but when I see someone in line in front of me swiping that EBT card while talking on their iphone I have to agree that reform is needed.

      • Anonymous

        “Maine has more people getting government benefits than people paying taxes.”  I would be very interested in seeing the numbers and your source for this kind of statement.   And, do not include Social Security retirees and Medicare beneficiaries in the numbers because they are not government benefits.  They are programs into which we taxpayers paid from the onset to assure they would be there when needed.

        • Anonymous

          So,     It’s all about you?       Mainer’s don’t receive anymore benefits than any other state, per capita.   Get over it.   People don’t run into the state and grab a handful of benefits,  they don’t get subsidized housing in 8 hours, and they don’t get food stamps in a day.   

          5%.    of the shortfall is due to increased claims,   less than 1% is due to fraud.          These numbers are based upon the Governor’s own numbers.   He is trying to create a crisis that doesn’t exist.

          • Anonymous

             You are on track…Since you raised the issue of subsidized housing, every single taxpayer who uses the morgage interest deduction on their income tax is effectively recieving a government subsidy.  And I suspect that includes anyone who files and itemized tax form.

          • Anonymous

            The standard deduction is an average of  “itemized deductions”  so everyone who takes the standard deduction is  also “receiving a government subsidy” by you definition.

          • Anonymous

            I hadn’t gone that far, Bill, but you have a point…

        • Anonymous

          Thats correct and Maine is the grayist state.

      • Anonymous

        Yep. I agree. I am in the same boat. I don’t mind caring for my own, but can’t stand watching people purchase cat food, dog food and such with EBT cards as well as their Iphones that I can’t afford. Drives me just crazy. I can’t afford to drink alchohol but they can, maybe because I have to pay my taxes before April 17th!!!

        • Anonymous

          See the Reporting Fraud info.
          Thank you.

        • Non-food items can’t be bought with food stamps, so how do you figure people are doing so?

          • Anonymous

            “Non-food items can’t be bought with food stamps, so how do you figure people are doing so? ”
            They believe all the lies, may-be ? 

          • E.E.Goff

            Well, if you can purchased bottled water, you can use those bottles for their deposit. But they still bought food items with food stamps. This is merely one example.

          • Anonymous

            Easy, They trade or sell their EBT card benefits.

        • E.E.Goff

          Don’t forget to factor in the classic Observer Bias. Rarely will one ‘see’ someone using food stamps correctly because it does doesn’t raise a flag. Because it doesn’t raise a caution flag it doesn’t really get put into memory. Someone abusing a privilege is a hyper-visual, it is easier to store in memory in relation to that privilege. 

          Observer Bias is hard to filter out, I myself fall victim to it often, as do many people. But many people do not abuse it, and they just pass through unnoticed most of the time. 

        • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            If they have not eaten Fluffy, yet, then he figures, according to conservative free market theory, they are not really hungry enough, so are welfare cheats. 

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            It is theraputic for the elderly, disabled and even the poor to have a pet.

          • Guest

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      • Anonymous

        Reporting Fraud in Maine
        Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps,
        administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
        Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
        11 State House Station
        Whitten Road
        Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

        Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
        1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
        Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail.
        Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

        Contact the Office of the Attorney General
        Phone: 207-626-8800
        Mailing Address:
        Office of the Attorney General
        6 State House Station
        Augusta, ME 04333

        http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

        Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
        Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
        Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention.
        Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
        Hold them Responsible!

        • Anonymous

          That’s pathetic.     The Governor’s own number’s say that fraud isn’t the problem,  and it’s no worse than any other state.     I wonder if they have a system for making fraudulent calls?

        • Anonymous

          better yet just keep squawking here, that ought to fix it

      • So it’s my fault that my husband and I are on welfare because the only steady job that I have been able to find since Aug 2010 is a part time fast food job and my husband can’t work because of being disabled?

        • Anonymous

          The Calvinists and free marketeers would suggest it must be, I think. 

      • Anonymous

        If you have a disabled child you should move out of Maine ASAP and don’t look back. We don’t need you here shooting off your mouth in support of this monster and wasting our dollars because you can’t keep your legs together. An EBT card that pays for a few groceries is nothing compared to what your bad choices are costing the rest of us, so stuff it. Have you researched and verified the validity of those statistics? I have. Taxpayers don’t pay for welfare, period. You sound completely ignorant to macro economics. If you don’t like someone in front of you in line swiping their EBT card talking on their cellphone, don’t donate your friggin’ cast off phones to be activated by the lifeline program. Do something else with them.

        • Anonymous

          have you considered a career in the clergy?

          you sound perfect for it

      • Anonymous

        so you don’t think you disabled child should have assistance. What will your diabled child do if and when you are gone. How will that child live, where will that child live. If you child did not have you to take care of him/her what would his/her income be. How about $700.00 a month and could he/she live on that. Maine people have to care for their poor sick and disabled, their is no other choice….! About the iphone and the EBT card you have know idea how or why that person had one…so why does that make you made…maybe it was part of his or her work, and yes people who get food stamps often do have jobs too….

    • Anonymous

      Yeah! Lets just raise taxes on the rich so they do not want to live here! Lets do everything we can to discourage anyone from wanting to move here unless they are moving here to collect welfare! Lets stick it to those evil rich people! Tell them to take their businesses and discretionary income somewhere else! We don’t need em!

      • Anonymous

        That is what many REAL Mainers want, isn’t it.

      • Anonymous

        Yep! if they don’t want to pay taxes they should move. All states need to take care of the people who can not care for themselves, yes. What else can be done? Are you going to let people just panhandle in the strees and sleep on park benches because they are not able to work..What when we get enough of them maybe we can just have an oppen season.

    • jimbobhol

      It’s not their money.

    • Anonymous

      The top income bracket in Maine starts at $20,000 per year.  Do you call that rich?

      • I certainly don’t. The most I have made per year working a job was $24,478, and that doesn’t go far when you’re trying to pay rent and utilities, pay to maintain and fuel a car, buy groceries and pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses for two people.

        • Anonymous

          Disqus generic email templateThank you Jennifer. Although I didn’t go into details, the point I was trying to make is that in the Maine income tax brackets the bottom of the very highest bracket starts at $20,000. So when people complain that LePage wrongly cut taxes for Maine’s highest earners, they are talking about people like you. I’ll bet with an income of $24,478 you don’t feel all that rich do you? God bless you.

      • Anonymous

        NO I don’t nor would income tax go up for people only making $20,000 per year.. Some one makeing just $20,000 pays very little in State Taxes now…don’t understand why you think these are the rich anyone is talking about. I take it you think someone making 100,000 per year should pay less then what you do making 20,000 per year Or you don’t understand the issues?

    • Anonymous

      Love your comments!

  • Anonymous

     Broad overtures with few details.  LePage is not a good speaker (let’s not fool ourselves), but I was impressed with how little political rhetoric was included within the address.  Let’s all be hopeful that Augusta can work together to accomplish something good.

  • Anonymous

    This guy is an emotional rollercoaster here is your proof. He says. “create more educational opportunities ” how can that be he did say if the cuts don’t go thru May 1st is the last day of school. 

    • Anonymous

      “IF” being the operative word. In other words, if legislators care at all about education they will honor the budget. Something has to be done!

    • Anonymous

      Seems like he is trying to model Obama with the threats.

  • jimbobhol

    Ok legislator’s let’s see what you got !!!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      If the Legislative leadership does not stand up to this Governor and try to make him understand that their districts are more important than Tea Party principles, then what use is the majority leadership to the republican rank and file members?  If the leadership isn’t going to help them during the session,  how are they going to help them during the elections?   

  • Anonymous

    “He said that as governor he cannot personally create private sector jobs”  What he can do as governor is cut state jobs. 

    • Anonymous

      he should start with his daughter’s job

  • CPPray

    The devil is always in the details.
    I do hope “they,” Republicans and Democrats can carry out their responsibility as elected officials, not to their party — but to the people of this State.  The blaming game and political posturing needs to stop on both sides and solutions must be worked out.  
    I hope Democrats and Republicans support the Governor when he’s right — and oppose him when he is wrong.   

    • Anonymous

      It’s very hard to support a governor that uses scare tactics and fiduciary  threats toward education funding.   It’s very hard to support a governor that explains to Mal Leary, a staple of the Maine State House press corps, that a representative’s presence at an unemployeed worker’s rally outside of the state house is    BS!

      It’s very hard to support a governor that has not told the truth to the people of Maine, nor has been able to be forthright with the Appropriations Committee.    He has made his bed Charlie,   time for him to lie in it for a while.   He has never served on a Legislative Committee, but he knows that the leadership needs to change the committee assignments? That’s crap.

      You know as well as I do that this short session isn’t going to go well for him,  there’s an election coming up,   they will be listening to their districts before they listen to him.

      • CPPray

        But….., do you disagree with my statement, that both sides “carry out their responsibility as elected officials,” to “stop blaming and …. posturing” and “find solutions,” to “support when right, oppose when wrong?”

        I’m a Democrat, I believe government exist to serve the people, all of the people, I believe we have the best system of government in the world, and I believe our system needs to work, but if either side puts the country (or State) in jeopardy solely for a political win which harms the citizens thereof….., they move us more towards the likes of countries where tribal warfare carries on for generations, thus threaten our very democratic republic.

        • E.E.Goff

          My problem is he isn’t right. He’s basically lied to the public over and over again. Even his speech was riddled with false statements. 

          Like I posted earlier, here’s a fact checker press release with links to the State supplied source material. It’s quite shocking.

          http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=87gse9bab&v=001Akwh5HY8vpwzobsLsn_ddDdf6UwFaBjlo_zgC2qIOoBnbvmywESMGMoPCh2vLNeBva0NsMJQZekI3l3KPf3NItIqqIVK5aQN3BgVGOay7oKXRBpQ4qhBRQ%3D%3D 

        • Anonymous

          Yes I do agree with you regarding that both sides need to carry out their responsibilities. I know, that posturing and political influences, possible races and rhetoric is not what is needed Charlie. Having said that, I am upset about the way that this man seems to think that because he is Governor he runs the state, you and I both know, that he does not.

          I am a Democrat, and you know that I am. All representatives “serve the people”, it doesn’t matter what flavor they are, I know, perhaps more than you, that they all come into it with the intent of helping people in their district.

          I say this because, now is the time for them to act on the behalf of their respective districts. Which is exactly what I have said in other posts: in order to have a stabilized society, you need a strong middle class. Our’s is shrinking.

          Our democratic republic is based upon two principles: there will be no king (republic, ruled by the people) and democracy, (laws that apply to all).

          I don’t have any confidence in this governor, I do have confidence in the people of Maine. They are much more stronger than one person

          Peace Charlie…….Say hi to the boss!

  • Anonymous

    Maine newspapers can portray Governor LePage however they choose throughout the year, and Maine bloggers can twist his words time and time again. But watching this address tonight reminded me just how manipulative our local media is. Governor LePage is still a respected man, with many wonderful and respectable goals for this state. We see him through such a narrow lens day-to-day. We read the poorly contextualized headlines and see the unflattering photographs the newspapers hand-pick. It’s easy to forget that the Bangor Daily does not actually represent public opinion. I’m glad I tuned in tonight. It reminded me why I voted for this man, and I needed that.

    • StillRelaxin

      No Paul isn’t what he looks to be nor are those inarticulate and boorish comments that so often flow from his lips really his own words. It’s all the work of the horrid BDN or some other reporter that he says he want to slug. Now toss in the viewpoints of “A few Maine Bloggers” (i.e. Average Maine citizens who can write and spell…otherwise know as elitist/the new hot word by conservatives) who don’t hesitate to call a duck and duck and what do you get? Well by all means you get a full fledged conspiracy to simply tell it like it is instead of how people from away (Maine Heritage Foundation) tells you how THEY want you to think.

      Well mainestudent keep up the good work. At the rate you’re going I’m pretty sure by the end of Paul’s term you just might convince someone that this ugly duck is a beautiful LOON after all. I really think that’s within the realm of possibility here. Good luck buddy, we’re all pulling for ya!

      What will Republicans/Tea Party folk do who really can’t defend their man? Hmm…I think I’ll predict nasty personal attacks on all individual citizens who oppose Mr. LePage’s jihad on the poor, mentally/physically handicapped, middle class and labor. Illogical yes but it’s always worked on a certain segment of every society, especially those who find themselves in hard times. Have at it boys, you only serve to further prove me right. I love every single one of you!

      • Anonymous

        Wow you’re such a happy little camper.

        • Anonymous

          “Wow you’re such a happy little camper.”

          Are you a Kapo keeping tabs on who is and is not happy with life in the camp ?  
          To whom do you report such information ?

          • Anonymous

            I’ll give you a hint. He has to remember which site he’s purgering himself on by naming this proxy with a 207 in it for the area code of the State of Maine. That would make him an influence from outside the State of Maine with no business discussing this issue without making it clear to everybody each time he posts.

          • Anonymous

            You are so funny.  I live and work here in our beautiful and wonderful state.  Boy, I never knew liberals were such conspiracy theorist.   What I do know is liberals don’t want solutions.  Have a happy day.

          • Anonymous

            And it would be just as easy for me to say:  Liberals find solutions, and conservatives block them.  Pointless back and forth, either way.

          • Anonymous

            So when are you going home? We don’t need you here, or haven’t you noticed.

          • Anonymous

            Maine is my home.  My, my  you are truly an angry person.

      • Anonymous

        First, my original comment is based entirely upon my opinion and analysis- therefore, there is no way you can ever call it wrong. Second, your focus on strange metaphor and analogy is not as impressive as you might think (facts are always more convincing). Third, how typical of you to assume that all “Republican/Tea Party” folks are males.

        • StillRelaxin

          You like facts? Did I actually say you were wrong? Nope. Now you’re wrong. Ouch! No apology necessary or expected. I simply voiced an opinion of my own. Citizens can still can do that under the LePage administration can’t we? Just checking…we know that Paul feels that all people are equal and that of course some are more equal than others. It must be nice to be one of the “Mores.” Congratulations!

          • jimbobhol

            Just your opinion.

      • Anonymous

        You still haven’t told us which left wing political action committee you work for!

    • Anonymous

      very well said! and i agree totally. with all you wrote!

      • Anonymous

        Stiff chicken, you really should relax and stop being so stiff. Is it LePage that gives you a stiff chicken or just the lies he tells? When you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.

    • Anonymous

      I had a different thought.  I was reminded how little he’s actually accomplished since taking the Blaine House, how poorly he’s treated other people during his first year in office, and what little he has to offer us. 

      Sure, we heard about deregulation, tax cuts for the wealthy and Penguin’s desire to raid education funding by creating private charter schools, but we heard nothing about how he’s going to help the thousands of Mainer’s that are about to get shafted by his cuts to DHHS.  We heard nothing about why he spent millions of our dollars on a toxic waste dump (or even, for that matter, how many of our millions he spent on it).   We heard nothing about a plan to make Maine a modern State that people want to live in.  We heard nothing about improving the State’s poor infrastructure, helping the poor heat their homes or finding ways to keep people from leaving Maine as soon as they become educated adults.

      The only thing we did learn, is that if someone else writes the speech, and he has lots of time to practice it, and if he can read from it at the podium, then he can speak for a short period of time without saying something offensive.  Though I did find the passive-aggressive stunt he pulled with Emily Cain rather petty.

      • Anonymous

        You hit the nail on the head!!! What a bunch of nothing that speech was.

      • Anonymous

        Are you always such an upbeat person?

      • Anonymous

        For those of us who acknowledge Maine’s disgusting problem with domestic violence, the salute to Emily Cain was actually a nice, refreshing moment. Governor LePage was the product of an abusive home, and I respect his willingness to address the dilemma at State level. By the way, the second you start name-calling, your credibility completely vanishes.

      • Either you are just plain not paying any attention whatsoever to the facts or you choose not to recognize them but the State of Maine is flat broke and we are unable to fund all of your petty welfare projects.  LePage is far and away the best governor in the past 16 years and should consider a run for Congress when his 8 years in the Blaine House are up.

        • Anonymous

          hahaha, it’s refreshing to hear such a good joke first thing in the morning!!!

        • Anonymous

          I agree!!!

        • Anonymous

          Well then you get what you deserve for us people who is trying to stay above water and trying to find jobs which is not here let alone finding extra money to pay for our homes,food, clothes and medical bills maybe you should run and see if you can find the money without hurting our schools etc.  You don’t get it when we had governors come in and tells us what they are going to do for us then they got in and just cut and took money from the teachers fund let alone the social security fund to pay off whatever it was and promise to pay it back then break the promise is so wrong let alone cutting again that will keep us in the red.  Maybe you and the governor should walk in our shoes and see how it feels.  I will never vote for some one who would promise you the moon for they be lying to the people like this governor did.  So go on and believe whatever this governor says for one day you will be eating your words.

      • Anonymous

        Idont think you can see the forest through the trees Your remarks are getting old and worn out.You sound like a broken record.

      • Anonymous

        You are right Bangorian. He “fixed” the retirement system by cutting promised benefits and capping promised COLA’s. I noticed he didn’t address the cause of the problem with it though. If  Gov. McKernan hadn’t robbed money from it years ago to “balance” his budget  it wouldn’t have needed “fixing”. So he put the financial burden of  government mismanagement on the backs of state workers and retirees, after exempting himself from the changes, of course. More hot air and blather. Just because he has learned to speak for 45 minutes without telling someone to kiss his butt, doesn’t make him a leader or statesman.

        • Nice spin oldboy but a long way from the truth.  The fact of the matter is no State nor business could possibly comply with the rules of a defined benefit pension plan.  That is why business did away with them, they were going bankrupt in droves. 

          • Anonymous

            No spin at all. Most businesses that did away with their pensions grandfathered people already retired.

          • Anonymous

            the state of ME pension is the the retirement for state employees. Most won’t have Social Security. Even if they paid into Social Security, most won’t receive any because of their state pension.

      • Anonymous

        I want an old fashion State. One where people who can pay for their adult childrens insurance also take them off welfare. A State where if you want a great education for your children, you pay for it. A State where single childless people are not over taxed to pay for everyone elses tax deductions and welfare. A State where politicans make minimium wage and pay for their own useless insurance. A State where medical is affordable. A State where you are not rewarded for making bad personal choices. A State thats stops whining about the government making them jobs and make their own, A State that shows respect to the elderly who have paid and paid and paid taxes and should be getting their money back.

        • Anonymous

          Self-respect never goes out of style.
          Personal responsibility has been laid low however.
          I was raised to not expect one without the other.

        • Anonymous

          I was raised that no one owes me anything and not to expect or ask for anything. I would like to keep more of my wages but then I’m asking for whats already mine.
           I see it this way the governments offers a free ride, removes personal responsibility and self respect, because they figure people are stupid and lazy and will back the free ride call by the government and work against the responsible folk.

          • Anonymous

            I’m certain that my 83 year-old former neighbor, a widow with no living relative who’s sliding into Alzheimer’s and not able to live independently, would not – had she the cognitive ability – consider herself lazy, having worked in the sardine canneries until they closed from over-fishing.  Not medically compromised to the point requiring the level of care provided in a nursing home, she lives in one of the facilities the Governor is proposing to close.
             
            It was irresponsible for this Governor and GOP legislative leadership to push through a tax break upwards of $150,000,000 that inordinately benefits the better off, when – based on their own public statements – they knew a shortfall was looming in another part of the state budget.  As Erik Steele suggested in these pages a few weeks ago ( see his oped, 5 steps to shrink the state deficit without sacrificing Maine’s poorest and sickest ), it is disingenuous to exacerbate a shortfall  in one part of the state budget and then claim no relationship or responsibility in another budget area a few months later.

             It was so hypocritical to see the Gov pause en route to the podium where he would inveigh against imagined hoards of welfare cheats, stop to glad-hand Speaker of the House Bob Nutting, who defrauded the state to the tune of $1,600,000, only one quarter of which he has paid back to date.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not sure if I’m reading you right, but in case
            I certainly think your elderly neighbor has
            paid in enough taxes that her care should now
            be covered.
            I think we need to question our medical care
            over the past 30 years, it seems all that preventive
            care did nothing. So far this year 20 people have died
            98% from cancer. How can that be? These people
            were between 25-55.

      • Anonymous

        sour grapes

      • poormaniac

        Question : How do you starve a Democrat ?……Answer: Hide his food stamps under his work boots.

      • Anonymous

        You must not have watched his speech.

      • Anonymous

        We can explain the facts to you but we can’t understand them for you!!
        Yor head is in the sand!!

      • Mary Stubbs

        You must not really be listening, or you are choosing not to!

      • Anonymous

        Actually I was impressed.  LaPage, unlike previous administrations, articulated a clear understandable vision for a more economically prosperous Maine and then he enumarated the key strategies for attaining that vision.  Those strategies  include lowering our energy costs, educating our youth and creating an environment that will allow Maine to successfully compete for business.

        He is absolutely correct in recognizing the link between our ability to attract industry and create jobs.  To the extent that we raise our per-capita income we will have the resources to help those less fortunate than ourselves and in an environment of low unemployment there will be less demand for social services.

        Maine is fortunate to have a governor that has a clear vision of what this State needs to do to prosper economically for the benefit of all of its people.

      • Anonymous

        PC and democratic obstruction is his biggest problem.To bad some resort to  name calling and are too bitter over losing the power they themselves lost through waste and fraud.

      • Anonymous

        “I had a different thought. ”

        That was your first mistake and with the whole speech writing.  Are you sure you wasn’t watching Obama?

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t,    and there has been a lot of pain involved with his 38%.        I will never vote for him,   I’m not sure if he’s Larry or Curly,   he’s certainly not Moe,   Moe was the one that at least had an idea.

      • Anonymous

        Actually , If you study the history of the three stooges,  Curly was the brains of that act.  His ideas and the three working together got them a footnote  in history and they made it through the depression doing what they did best.  Bringing smiles to peoples faces.

        • Anonymous

          You’re correct on all counts. Irrelevant to the article, but correct. Does it really matter? Let’s put aside gridlock. Yes, lets just put gridlock aside. You know why? Because I don’t know what gridlock is and am not bright enough to figure out that you can’t just put it aside as much as we would all love to. It would require our governor pulling his head out of his arse, getting out of bed with the enemy, and doing his friggin’ job. I’m the one that explained to him that gridlock was the biggest problem we faced, and he pretended to know what I meant. Well guess what, he didn’t. If you want to know what gridlock is take Route 1 through Boston at Noon, or come across the bridge to New York city just after 5 a.m. any day of the week.

      • jimbobhol

        Clinton only had 38%.

    • Anonymous

      We love you Governor LePage     XOXOXO  and Emily Cain your were as gracious as can be tonight , what a sweetheart you were  XOXOXO    

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget to bend over and hold onto your ankles when you say that. Or perhaps you aren’t from Maine and have a great big contract with the State of Maine…

        • Anonymous

          Wow you have no love in your heart.  Sorry to disappoint you, but I am just a working class stiff, working and paying my taxes.  Your comment was crude and uncalled for, you sir/madame have no class.

    • You support LePage while he makes an arse of himself and turns residents of Maine into the laughing stock of the country.

    • Anonymous

      He made a pretty congenial speech and shows he can do that when scripted, but it does not excuse his lllllllong history of being arrogant and pushing many items right out of the ALEX/Heritage Foundation right wing playbook.  And as Cain said afterward, the devil is always in the details, and we received very few details last night.  He also continued to paint with his broad brush that most of the people he wants to just chuck off MaineCare are lazy and expecting “a free lunch.”  That is just mean and is not the case.  Many work and need some extra help to have some healthcare.  Many others are elderly and disabled. His plan is drastic, unfair, and precipitous.
      As to taxation, he conveniently leaves out the special deals in his policies for those at the very top, like the estate tax policy.  Some of that can and should be held off on in this fiscal situation. Everything should be on the table.  And last night he called for even more tax cuts.  Now is not the time.  He never mentioned the great potential of offshore wind where we are on the cutting edge through our UMaine grants and research.  And he keeps so ignorantly talking about how “Education needs reform.”  We have a damn good education system in Maine, and he doesn’t have a clue as to all that schools already do.  I do like the idea of more emphasis on vocational education for those kids who need that model.  As to working together, we’ll see if he stops his bullying, ultimatums, and tantrums and does in fact show willingness to work with people who don’t agree with him on every detail.  Finally, he spent too much time talking about our challenges.  How about more time talking about everything good about Maine and all we are doing right?

    • Anonymous

      Ugh…I am so sick of hearing people like you whine and cry about the simple fact that a newspaper publishes stories that include opinions that do not support the governor.  I suppose you would only be pleased if every article placed our governor on some godly pedestal.  The only part of his speech I enjoyed, was when he used his own experiences to make a stand against domestic violence.  Unfortunately his priorities are flawed, to say the least, otherwise he would use his experiences as a poor homeless man to craft policies and proposals that help the homeless, poor, and middle classes, rather than those that would hurt them. 

      I dare any person commenting here to send me a clip of the governor’s address, where he stops bowing his head to read what was written for him, and actually looks people in the face for more than a few seconds.  Was there not one part of that speech that he was able to remember?

      I enjoyed the President’s SOTU, much better.  He was eloquent and his point about the fact that Warren Buffet’s secretary pays a higher tax rate than her billionaire boss, really hit home.  We have a governor who chose to continue supporting that kind of economics, by giving the largest tax break in state history to the smallest and wealthiest portion of the state.  This, in a time that the poor and middle classes are struggling worse than ever before.   The governor tried to portray his tax breaks as “for the hardworking people of Maine”, though people making over 250 grand a year are really the only group that will ever benefit, while tens of thousands of people across the state will have to contend with loosing their only form affordable healthcare.  

      I am also glad I tuned in, it reminded me of why I didn’t vote for him, not that I need to be reminded.
       

      • Anonymous

        Correction: She does NOT pay MORE taxes than her billionaire boss. She pays a higher income tax RATE, because Warren Buffett does not pay income tax. Warren Buffett’s taxes are paid through Capital Gains (same as Mitt Romney’s tax return), because he makes his money through investment, not income. Major fundamental difference, and you’ve missed the point entirely. Do your homework next time!

        By the way, did you even notice the suspended glass teleprompters? Your main man, Barack, didn’t memorize his speech either. He just pretended to. Again, get your facts straight.

        • Anonymous

          I should have been more specific about it being a percentage. In any case, my point still stands, and I would likely say the same for Romney’s tax bill. It is still unfair and unequal that a billionaire’s secretary pays a higher tax rate than her boss. I’m sorry, but to me that isn’t as “fundamental” a difference as you suggest. If a billionaire can come forward and openly say that he is not paying enough in taxes, while the poor and middle class are struggling, then something is definitely wrong with the picture. It just gives tax breaks, like those given by LePage, an awfully putrid smell.

          Yes, like every other modern president, ours had a teleprompter instead of following a speech in a handbook. The reason for a teleprompter, or handbook is because even a good public speaker occasionally needs a guide, not to follow it word by word. None-the-less, he spoke eloquently and managed to remember enough of his speech to clearly look his colleagues in the eye while speaking to them, for longer than 1 or 2 seconds. That is a sign of a man that knows how to address his people. A sign he is capable of doing his job, rather than bumbling about, checking his notes every other second. If a teleprompter does such wonders for public speaking, and I don’t believe it does, LePage should have had one, considering his address was televised as well.

    • Anonymous

      Yes

      The Governor is someone students should emulate and aspire to. He shows you dont need a government handout nor a stuck life on Government dependancy if you work hard and apply yourself.

      He is a breath of fresh air and a no non-sense problem solver.  It is too bad many who attack him here dont understand that he wants everyone to succeed rather then fail.

      • Anonymous

        He’s a fart from Animal House, and so are you.

  • Anonymous

    What a nice sugar coated speech!!! I cannot believe how two faced our governor is! He kinda reminds me of Jekyll And Hyde….. just saying

    • jimbobhol

      Don’t believe everything you read in the paper .

      • Anonymous

        Or from some commenters.

        • Anonymous

          Especially small rodents.

    • Anonymous

      He will do anything to get his way.

  • ptkitty

    The Legislative Democrats appeared to be Card-board Dummies.  No apparent life whatsoever!

    LePage says no more free Lunch!  Numerous Actions taken by Gov. LePage—Welfare fraud and abuse being addressed, Hospitals Paid overdue payments, and State Pension Fund propped up.  Democrats have no clue how to fix the problems they created.  In fact, they don’t even see them as problems.  

    Maine is Open for Business.  However, to achieve success,  Gov. LePage needs to do much more.  So get out of the way Democrats, the Republicans are coming through! 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a democrat, but I’m sure if your ilk get a firm hold on this state we will be getting out of your way in droves, across the New Hampshire state line. Then you can balance your friggin’ budget on the backs of whoever you find left. Asss.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

    • Jason Simonds

       This is ignorant.

      It is quite clear that in order to save the State from LePage and the GOP, we need to jump in front of this runaway bus. Clearly the ideas of the GOP and their leaders at the the ALEC and MHPC camps.. ( oops I mean the leaders at the legislature and the Governors office)  .

      We had to stage a citizen initiative to stop these outside groups from overtaking the election process in Maine, and we will likely have to do it again this year over Voter ID legislation that we do not need and they are going to shove down our throats anyway… NOT because there is some groundswell outcry form the people of Maine, but because a national agenda says so.

      The folks you call cardboard are tired of the puffed up, blow hard , attack dog mannerism of the Governor, and frankly so are the rest of us. As someone else says, actions speak louder than words, unless those words are out of the mouth of LePage in one of his more special moments.

      So like those cardboard folk in the audience last night, I too am waiting to put sweet action where his sweet words are, and to see if he has learned anything in the last year or was this a herculean effort to remain civil for an hour.??

      There is no going back… Maine will not recover the industrial jobs it once had for may reasons. We need to move forward not back… but I feel no vision for the future for the GOP, only the push to take it back where it was and that was not a place we chose to remain, so it seems logical going back isn’t going to work either. Investing in the past will not bring us a future.

      So.. yeah.. card board people… oph, and can we stop with this nonsense that it is only the Dems that put us where we are… this isi such a pile of nonsense.. it keeps getting parroted, but there is never any explanation.. just finger pointing… big business has this economy where it is, and those folk are not a stronghold of the Dems…..

  • Anonymous

    Hydro power is the best, but with all the eco people out there taking out dams, driving cost up. now they want ” 20 percent of Maine’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.” I wonder if they know what state they live?

    • Anonymous

      Sure hydro-power is good, great , the best, in theory. 
      Now,  tell us where are the best 5 undeveloped hydro power sites in the State, if there even are any really worth mentioning and what/whose land is upstream of them so must be condemned then flooded to develop them, please ?

  • Anonymous

    Well done Governor! It is time that this state starts making the necessary sacrifices and cuts to save the sinking ship. No more welfare as a way of life for those that are capable of working!
    The voluntary deadline for clean energy initiative is the biggest scam since ethanol fuel! It will directly place the burden of building billions of dollars in power lines and infrastructure to connect high cost/low return windmills to our power grid and once connected will further increase our electricity costs which are already some of the highest in the country!
    Hydro power is a good option but nuclear is the best. Why not build a power plant that would supply our state and then some!
    Speaking of ethanol fuel, it is time for this state to lead the way in having it banned all together and tell the Feds we are done with padding the backsides of agricultural lobbyists for a complete farce of a product that does absolutely nothing to save energy, only place more hardship on taxpayers!

  • Guest

    Gov. LePage is stating that ‘We must put politics and gridlock aside’ ! I would hope he truly means that and is turning over a new leaf. He hasn’t shown any intention of doing so since his election!

    • Anonymous

      You first, Gov.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, you go Gov!!! Go jump in a lake.

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work Governor and thank you for trying to save this state!

  • Guest

     “…we passed the largest tax cut in state history…” “…
    overly generous welfare programs that we cannot afford…” “Last year, we passed the largest tax cut in state history. But that is not enough” “…we cannot afford…”

  • E.E.Goff

    A great fact checker pamphlet with the source material to back it up, see how honest he really was.

    http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=87gse9bab&v=001Akwh5HY8vpwzobsLsn_ddDdf6UwFaBjlo_zgC2qIOoBnbvmywESMGMoPCh2vLNeBva0NsMJQZekI3l3KPf3NItIqqIVK5aQN3BgVGOay7oKXRBpQ4qhBRQ%3D%3D 

    Don’t just hate on it because it’s from the Democratic party, but read and follow up. 

    I found it frustrating that he wants to champion domestic abuse now, conveniently after a bad string of media failures (Forbes included). It really seems like a cheap shot to save his image. 

    Domestic abuse should be rooted out because it’s WRONG, not to save your political image. 

    • Anonymous

      He demonstrates the classic traits of an abuser. With all his other lies and made up stories, I wonder just how much of this sob story is really true. Someone should ask the family he deserted in Canada.

      • E.E.Goff

        I tentatively agree with you, how much of the sob story is really true. Now I won’t be upset about any progress that is made by his actions, regardless of intent. My opinion of him won’t change, a step  forward is still forward. 

  • Anonymous

    Would’ve loved to have heard Lepage advocate for school vouchers. As a tax payer who has always had to pay in regardless how many times we’ve changed tax preparers. I’m very glad to hear that he is hoping to give us another tax break. Lower taxes is what my husband and I have been hoping for as tax payers. His speech sounded great, now lets hope he can make it happen!

  • Anonymous

    ba humbug now for obama

  • Anonymous

    pretty much the person who wrote the article likes lapage

  • Anonymous

    same ole    same ole,.      Where’s the jobs bill?     Where’s the explaintion of the DHHS budget?, why is he threatening Education cuts,   when he knows that he’s in favor of  school choice, when he knows that it is fundamentally unfair.

    Where are his ideas?.      He has done nothing but create chaos and panic.   He has never served in the Legislature,  never,   but somehow thinks that he’s in control.   Uhh…no!    He’s not in control, and he will find this out later this year.

    His Republican majority now needs to be worried about re election not whether or not they are upsetting someone who doesn’t have a plan.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, we need alternative sources of energy but realize that they’ll never be more than supplements (at least for some time to come).  To deny that we need to do more about energy conservation, especially in housing, is ludicrous.

  • Anonymous

    So let’s make an Additional 1% Cut to encourage removing the fraud.
    1% too hard to target?  I Like a Challenge!

  • Anonymous

    So let’s make an Additional 1% Cut to encourage removing the fraud.
    1% too hard to target?  I Like a Challenge!

  • Anonymous

    Now we can wait for someone like Renee Ordway to let us know what he really meant to say.

  • Anonymous

    He wants better education but who wants to be a teacher in Maine and have to work until your 65 years of age before you can retire and have your health insurance paid for.  That’s a disincentive stupid.  Or telling retired teachers they don’t get cost of living increase for three years while he can afford to give tax breaks that mostly benefit the rich.  How many teachers will be able to take advantage of not being taxed if their estate is more $2 million dollars.  Promises made to teacher doesn’t mean anything to this guy or his Republican friends.  I see the promises made to hospitals and the debt they are owed are being paid and borrowed funds  (bonds) are being paid but promises made to public workers mean nothing.

    • Anonymous

      Most teachers wait that long anyway, you usually cant get rid of them.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I voted for LePage.  Nope, so far I’m not overly impressed.  Seems as though a-lot of talk has been coming out of Augusta but nothing much else.  I like the Charter Schools finally passing but other than that he’s been pretty forgettable (I’m talking about what he’s done not what he’s said here) Well, I guess I can hope for a better year this year but only time will tell.  If not, time for someone new when the time arrives. 

  • Anonymous

    FACT CHECK:   
     
    LEPAGE SAYS: “Two thirds of Maine’s hardworking taxpayers will receive tax relief next year. Maine families will have more money for heating oil, for groceries, and gas for their vehicles.”         
     
    TRUTH: Almost 43% of the income tax benefits go to the top 10% of income earners.  The average income tax reduction for 200,000 households earning less than $20,400 in 2013 is $17. top 1% or 6,700 households, the average reduction is $2,810.  Many of the households earning less than $20,400 will see their property taxes increase as a result of the tax plan, some by as much as $400. (Mane Revenue Service)  

    • E.E.Goff

      As per usual. 

    • Anonymous

      Why should the people get back more than they pay in? That is the fact for most people. The top 1% may get more back, they have paid in more. People want something for nothing all the time and we wonder why we are in the shape we are in. If people want more; WORK MORE, start a business, do anything but complain about others getting more. 

      • Anonymous

        Why do the top 1% NEED another tax break ? 

        Heck, the Bush Tax Cut for the Wealthy one has not trickled down to create jobs 
        and increased State and local  tax revenues, yet, has it ?  
        Look round you. 

        Bush  is not even POTUS anymore and OBL has even been captured, dead, already, 
        so objectively, why are you copying Bush’s economic policies again as if it is
        a good thing ? 
        Didn’t you notice how that actually has worked out ?

        Isn’t doing the same thing over and over expecting different results the very definition of insanity ?

        • Anonymous

          Its called a tax break when you get more of your money back that you pay in, it is not a break for someone to get back more than they have paid in.  The country is full of this, there are people that pay nothing in and get back 2 to 6 thousand dollars. There are others that pay in 10,000 and get back 5,000 and there are others that pay in 100,000 and get back 60,000. what one sounds unfair to you?

           I am talking about getting back more of my money not giving someone else my money, I do that through charity and at my discretion. We should not have to subsidize people that choose to do nothing but have kids and live off the system.

          There is no point in debating this because if most of you people haven’t figured it out yet you never will, You always want someones gain to make everyone equal. 

          • Anonymous

            I’ll take door #2- pay in 12k+, get back under 6k- and people wonder why we moonlight(and hide it)…oh sorry…there’s no work out there…

        • Anonymous

          The Bush tax cuts were not just for the wealthy.  A family of four making $40,000 paid federal tax of $1924 in 2001 received a check for $2523 in 2010  or a cut of $4447.  $800 of that is Obama’s Make Work Pay credit in 2010.  Renvues increased and unemployemnt decreased from 2003 through 2008.

        • Anonymous

          Between the Democrats last session and the Republicans this session you would have had time finding someone who doens’t think Maine’s top rate has to be reduced.

          • Anonymous

            So no one is actually serious about all that balancing the budget rhetoric, in other words ? 

          • Anonymous

            No,  many are of the belief that income is not static, especially the upper middle to top income.   A state shouldn’t  just raise a tax rate and assume the income or money that rate is applied to stays the same.  A state does not have a captive audience.  The best way and only long term way to increase revenue is to increase the base to which all the tax rates are applied and on the other side cut expenses.  Maine does not have a base that will sustain all the services that people think they want and politicians have tried to provide.  Either we expand that base or cut services or somewhere in between.  Raising tax rates on a  state level in this type of ecomony has not proven to be the answer.  That is why you have politicians on both side of the aisle trying to cut  income tax  in one manner or  another.  Like it or not people with wealth will not sit still while the state tries to extract money from them especially if they believe the state is not making an honest effort to control expenses.

          • Anonymous

            ” The best way and only long term way to increase revenue is to increase the base to which all the tax rates are applied and on the other side cut expenses. ”

            I put that though a Conservative Bull to English translation program ; 

             > The long term way to balance the budget ( the forgotten promise) is to increase revenue and cut expenses. Tax cuts are not how to rise revenue and balance the budget. 

            Bush’s economic record shows what really happens in a post industrial economy 
            when more and more tax cut for the wealthy  money goes to the top and non productive
             “risk free” investments like MBS and deridgitives.   

            Your theories should match the record … the results of trying them are in, now.  
            That is going be a problem for you conservatives going forward.

          • Anonymous

            There are records.   Maryland implemented a “millionaire’s tax” in 2008.  Resulted in the loss of  $250 million of revenue not an increase and 1/8 of their millionaires left the state.  Bush tax cuts were not just for the wealthy.  A family of four making $40,000 paid federal tax of $1924 in 2001 in 2010 they received a check for $2523 or a tax cut of $4447.  $800 of that was Obama’s Making Work Pay credit in 2010.   Federal revenues increased and unemployment decreased from 2003 (when most of the cuts were implemented)  through 2008.  I am not going to have a problem going forward either way.   I have planned for the long term for over 40 years and am prepared for whatever results.  Just be prepared for wealth to disappear not be redistributed.  Wealth is not a static amount either.

          • Anonymous

            So how does this balance the budget, create jobs, or work out or the economy ? 

            WHEN was Federal Budget last balanced ?  Right before the Bush Tax Cuts. 

          • Anonymous

            The federal budget was last balanced two years before most of the Bush tax cuts took place in 2003.   9/11 had more to do with unbalancing the budget than any tax cut. Bush’s & congressional  lack of control on spending didn’t help.

    • Anonymous

      Aren’t stats interesting?  You can group a whole bunch of people who pay no taxes in with those who are getting a tax cut to reduce the average cut.  I just did a calculation for a client last week who makes $40,000.  As a single person her income tax cut will be $587 in 2013. The majority of the cuts don’t take place until 2013.  Exemption amounts & standard deduction  will be raised to equal the federal amounts.  Amounts subject to the 2% tax bracket now will not be taxed, the 4.5% & 7.0% brackets will be combined into a 6.5% bracket and the top bracket will be reduced from 8.5% to 7.95%.  The tax & rent rebate will be limited to 80% of the current amount.  Only those receiving the full $2,000 rebate would lose $400 of that rebate.

  • “More than 80 percent of domestic violence assaults are committed by men.” — Gov. Paul LePage, in his State of the State address.  THIS IS NOT TRUE! It’s equal.

  • Anonymous

    If he can just lower energy costs and stops following the out of state special interest agenda of trying to make it harder to vote, trying to make unions harder to exist, and cutting taxes for the rich and looking out for their interests, and instead FOCUS on jobs, maybe we can move forward….if if if 

  • He wants to reform education by closing the schools in May if he doesn’t get his way with the DHHS Budget  ? That’s his plan for reform ? Has anyone checked what he’s drinking lately ? He wants to do the Peter and Paul thing, by constantly shifting the budget to the squeaky wheel. It don’t work Governor ! Improving education, either academic or technical / vocational, requires some pretty serious bold, and practical, vision and thinking. To date no one has seen any signs of that anywhere.

    In Maine there is an almost constant Statewide complaint about the lack of teacher’s. When people want to teach, there is suddenly a huge number of mysterious ‘qualifying’ hoops that have to be jumped thru that are all but impossible to get thru unless you ‘know someone’. After a while, these same people who want to teach and can do so, are finally so fed up with the hoopjumping that they say ‘Screw this. If Maine were serious, then they’ed quit jerking us around and let us do what we do best.’ Maine’s educational problems may be hard but they are also simple. But everytime a practical solution arises, someone in Augusta wants to disect it until it’s all but dead from either excessive overlook or just plain dragging it to death because ‘Well, I don’t like it’. Like has nothing to do with effectiveness or working the problem to a solution.  LePage wants to get serious, fine. Someone get Bowen out of his office and into the classroom’s and start asking those hard, and not really polite, questions that everyone seems to be afraid to ask. Truth may not be very pretty when uncovered but it has the virtue of being  impossible to ignore unless you’re braindead.

  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage is a great man who is finally taking the proverbial bull by the horns
    and straightening out the financial crisis in Maine.

    Governor Lepage has accomplished nothing,  is being unfair by his proposed Mainecare cuts, and should be removed from office ASAP.

     

    There….all the bases are covered for both the left and the right. No need for either side
    to continue to rant on and on and on and on…….

    • russinmaine

      Well done Bill, way to save much angst and keep the hot air down! Bravo.

  • Anonymous

    Spoken like a true blowhard.

    • Anonymous

      To MoRees:

      I thought you were going to take your meds and calm down.

      This is 2nd time you have attacked people,  who have a difference of opinion.

      • Anonymous

        Egggfart. We don’t have a difference of opinion. You have a difference of opinion. You think you can come take over our state and telling you on no uncertain terms, over your dead bodies. Clear enough?

    • Anonymous

      Blow me.

  • Dumbb All Over

    Well supercalifragilisticixpiealidocious to you too!!! (you haven’t had your morning koolaid yet…you need to use simple words and be aggressive and point some fingers too.) Have you forgoten the motto of the tea party or are you going rogue on us? Remember…Maine Hertitage Policy is watching.

  • Anonymous

    This man really needs to go asap.   “We must put politics and gridlock aside.  LePage gave his darling daughter a job.  That’s Nepotism——- is a common accusation in politics when the relative of a powerful figure ascends to similar power seemingly without appropriate qualifications.  If he wants to put politics get his daughter out.

    • Anonymous

      This man really needs to go asap.   “We must put politics and gridlock aside.  LePage gave his darling daughter a job.  That’s Nepotism——- is a common accusation in politics when the relative of a powerful figure ascends to similar power seemingly without appropriate qualifications.  If he wants to put politics aside  get his daughter out.

  • Anonymous

    This man really needs to go asap. “We must put politics and gridlock aside. LePage gave his darling daughter a job. That’s Nepotism——- is a common accusation in politics when the relative of a powerful figure ascends to similar power seemingly without appropriate qualifications. If he wants to put politics aside  get his daughter out.

    • russinmaine

      Obama gave his primary campaign contributor $500 billion, have you any issues with that or is perhaps your angst politically motivated?

  • Guest

    Loved it. Keep up the good work Governor LePage! You have a lot of support in Maine!

  • Anonymous

    LePlague: Takes away from the poor and gives to the rich…
    Like a reverse Robin Hood…

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t got over the haircut yet, lol, when I do I will make a serious comment.

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit that it is a bad haircut….

  • Anonymous

    Then stop picking fights that don’t need to be picked…making threats that are useless…and listening to the Maine Heritage goons telling you to pander to the wealthy individuals and corporations at the expense of EVERYONE ELSE…and maybe someone with a brain will listen.

  • Anonymous

    I feel a sense of respect after hearing Gov. LePage speak, regardless who wrote the speech.  I feel betrayed by our local media for portraying him so poorly.  The media should have a responsibility to honesty too.

    • Anonymous

      Generally when a public figure resorts to using terms like “F%*# off” or “bunch of bulls*&%” when talking on the record, they bring on being “poorly portrayed” on themselves.

      • russinmaine

        And that would apply to last  nights speech exactly how??

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t. dopey2 claimed that the local media shouldn’t treat LePage so poorly, and I just brought up one of the reasons that could explain that could explain the negative press.

    • russinmaine

      The media is the crux of the problem in all things politics, it’s time we as a people realized that.

  • Anonymous

    Those loans and in some cases scholarships are provided in part by my tax dollars.I’m happy you are getting a degree and I wish you success.I believe $$ spent on education is money well spent,from Head Start on up.
    Now let me ask you a question which has little to do with LePage.Do you think the amount you were “charged”is fair?I graduated in 1991 with about $2,700 in debt.Now students are racking up five and six figure debt while still in their twenties.

  • Anonymous

    I see he’s finally learning to behave like a REAL politician… a more polished version of himself.  He came in like a bull in a china shop who couldn’t transition from election mode to get-to-work mode and now he’s more like a monkey on a puppet string.  It’s a little less stressful listening to him now that he’s at least temporarily stopped his beat-on-his-chest behavior. LePage seemed to have so much trouble transitioning from  election mode bashing behavior to getting down to work behavior. It’s actually nice to see that he has learned to conform and at least read the speeches written for him instead of opening his mouth and letting ignorance come out!  I’m not saying that anything in the speech that was written for him is true or that he actually remembers any of what he read but anything is an improvement… even conforming to a real politician.  

    • russinmaine

      So essentially DJ what you are saying is that no matter what he does you won’t be happy huh?

      • Anonymous

        Tell me something that he did that you think I should be happy with… Until he actually accomplishes something I can’t really respond. What we’re talking about here is what he says, not what he does.  

        The bottom line is that I don’t like many politicians.  I think most of them are just a bunch of accomplished actors/actresses that say whatever they think people want to hear and then do whatever they feel like doing. I think most of them start looking ahead to the next election almost as soon as they are elected.

        I don’t think politicians have anyone’s best interest in mind except their own.  So, as long as LePage aspires to be a polished politician, I think it’s fair to say that I probably won’t like him very much.  But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t be naive and gullible and think there are actually politicians you can trust.  By all means – to each his own! 

        That said, I will continue to believe that political speeches are written by staff members, not Governors, Senators, Presidents or any politician. I will continue to believe that all of these speeches have a purpose and that the purpose is to say things people want to hear in order to convince them that this politician or that one has our best interest at heart. Like I said… they’re always looking towards the next election. I will continue to believe that the contents of these political speeches doesn’t even resemble truth in any way and aren’t reflective of anything genuine. I think these political speeches are just a a waste of air time. In the end for me it’s not what people (politicians) say that matters so much… it’s what they do.

        I don’t want to burst your bubble really… I’m glad you enjoyed his – or Ms. Bennet’s speech. It sure did sound like all kinds of wonderful things are headed our way! And, I actually believe there is something positive and certainly a whole lot less stressful in being able to be blissfully naive. I remember those days well and I sure do miss them… Enjoy them while they last! Have a nice day!

  • Anonymous

    He Presented a Good FRONT!!  what a joke…

  • E.E.Goff

    “FACT CHECK: Governor Paul LePage’s State of the State Address   

    LEPAGE SAYS: “Unemployment is also down, and lower than the national average.”    
          
    TRUTH: Unemployment is down but according to current employment statistics released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maine has lost  7,200 jobs from January 2011 to December 2011. (SOURCE: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces.html.)   
     
    LEPAGE SAYS: “Over the last decade, Maine’s welfare program has grown by over a billion dollars.”  

    TRUTH: The total funding for the MaineCare program has been largely flat since 2006. Expenditures for the MaineCare program totaled $2.24 billion in 2006 compared to $2.44 billion in 2011.  (Source: https://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs-apps/dashboard/) This is an increase of only 8.9 percent in expenditures over a five year period when medical care inflation has grown at a rate of 19.9 percent during the same time period.     
      
    LEPAGE SAYS: “We saved pensions.”
     
    TRUTH: Governor LePage gutted pensions for thousands of teachers and state workers. He capped pension income that earns a COLA at $20,000 and pay for retired Mainers living on a fixed income for the next 4 years while at the same time he cut the State Employee Health Insurance Commission by over $13 million causing retirees to pay more for prescription drugs and hospital visits.  (2012-2013 Biennial Budget) “Just a few gems to share. 

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone else here see that the supposed facts that prove LePage is wrong actually prove him right?

      LEPAGE SAYS: “Unemployment is also down, and lower than the national average.”    
            
      TRUTH: Unemployment
      is down but according to current employment statistics released today
      by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maine has lost  7,200 jobs from
      January 2011 to December 2011. (SOURCE: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwr…  

      You may be right about the jobs lost, but LePage is still right in his statement: Unemployment is down .5%.  And national unemployment is 8.5%, while Maine’s is 7%. Obama used the same ploy on national unemployment–with 300,000 people dropping out of the job market because they have just given up looking for work, he was able to claim a .5% drop in the unemployment rate.

      LEPAGE SAYS: “Over the last decade, Maine’s welfare program has grown by over a billion dollars.”  

      TRUTH: The
      total funding for the MaineCare program has been largely flat since
      2006. Expenditures for the MaineCare program totaled $2.24 billion in
      2006 compared to $2.44 billion in 2011.  (Source: https://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs…
      This is an increase of only 8.9 percent in expenditures over a five
      year period when medical care inflation has grown at a rate of 19.9
      percent during the same time period.     
       
      You are not calculating the total WELFARE increase–only the Maine Care increase and you didn’t do it for the decade, but only for the past 5 years. You may be telling the absolute truth, but you have not proven that LePage is not telling the truth. It is likely both of you are accurate.

      • Guest

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        • Anonymous

          They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

          • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    I would like to thank Rep Jim Dill, for being the first and sometimes only Democrat to applaud Lepage and even standing a few times.  

    The democratic party was an embarrassment to our state.  Even when my wife wants to rip my head off, if we go into public we keep our personal business at home and “smile for the camera”.  They should be ashamed.  It was completely disrespectful and showed the Maine people that just because they aren’t getting their way anymore, they are going to pout like babies.  

    Again, many thanks to Jim Dill, it proved that you are there to work and represent the Maine people, not democrats or republicans.  

    • Jason Simonds

       So a full year of LePage and you have the gall to accuse the democrats of being an embarrassment to the State??

      How blinded by hero worship are LePage supporters that they can completely ignore everything that has happened in the last year?!?!?

      • russinmaine

        Details please Jason? You’re a little light on the details of your complaint.

        • Jason Simonds

           Do I really need to lay out the many times he has embarrassed the State by what he has said?… the National headlines?… the mockery he has caused to be issued as a result of what and how he has said what he said. 

          I “get it” that you all think he is great and that his manner is just what you want to see from him, but many of us feel this is not good for the State. 

          If he hasn’t had a problem with how he says what he says, why the change of tone for last nights speech and why the snide remark to the opposition leader sarcastically looking for approval for that change of tone?

          So to sum up.. many of us in the State are embarrassed by what LePage has done and said over the last year, and it is ironic that the poster chose to point fingers at the opposition for not applauding the Gov’s every word.

          that better?

          • Anonymous

            Point taken–but for as many people who “ridiculed” LePage in the national media, there were people out there in the greater US saying Maine’s new governor is doing great things. They felt his more controversial comments were things that needed to be said. And there are many in Maine who like this governor, have respect for him, and think he is on the right track.

            The Democrats looked a bit peevish with their steadfast lack of applause at certain points. And the Republicans looked a bit too fawning with their applause at every other comment. That’s party politics for you.

          • Anonymous

            Biggest waste of public television time since, hmmm, guess I can’t think of since when. Lawrence Welk was sadly missed by many though, I am sure of that fact.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it is embarrassing.  He is our governor, he represents what our entire country was made of.  It does not matter if you don’t agree with him, it does not matter if you don’t like him.  You should respect the position of the Governor.  Roll your eyes and cry all you want in private, but when a representative is on national television they should be supporting and respectful of ANY person in our government.  

        • Anonymous

          It is in our Constitution that we have the power, as citizens ,to question our government, this is not an autocracy,  So you sir are wrong, and Jason Simonds is very right.  

  • Anonymous

    You know if his actions were more like his words we would be a lot better off. It was a pretty speech and that  is all it was. The old saying is action speaks louder than words and I am sorry to say so far his actions have been an embarrassment to Maine. Yet he does make a good point, it is time for those in the legislature (and capitol) to get off the high horses and start working together for the good of this state. It is time to stop blaming the other political party for the problems we face and start working together. That is the one and only way things will happen. Enough saying the democrats did this or the republicans did that or even the governor making threats, it is time to throw the parties out the window and work together . We do not need republicans or democrats, what we need is Mainers working together to make Maine better.

    • russinmaine

      Are you talking about last nights speech by Obama? Sure sounds it!

      • Anonymous

        You mean there was a difference?

  • Anonymous

    Now if the legislature will go to their part time jobs, for us, and limit their involvement in our lives, we will all be better off. Lepage is not so bad, is he?

  • Anonymous

    It was a pleasuer to watch a real honest, commited Govenor speeking to the state .

    It was a pleasure to watch a real honest assessment of our
    state of state situation!!

    The facts can not be candy coated any longer nor
    can we dispute our dependency on out side economical energy. PROVEN  sources of economical energy generation must
    be utilized for the growth of our much need manufacturing base for real good
    jobs.ie river power..the power that made New England the leader in the
    Industrial revolution only to have it evaporated as the rest of the country had
    cheap electrical generation.
    Only real growth with good jobs will turn this arround…..Education (trade school) and energy are what it will take!

  • Anonymous

    Probably his/her main source of information, Bubba, said it, and Bubba knows everything.

  • Anonymous

    Voter fraud, welfare fraud…how about Gubernatorial fraud?

  • Anonymous

    And it would serve us all much better if the first two he cut were his own and his daughter’s jobs.

  • Anonymous

    Good job Governor!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Lepage’s calling of Massachusetts, “taxachusetts” really defines the mentality level of our governor!

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps Taxachusetts might be a better fit for you. Imagine how good the sign “Open for Business” will look to you in your rear view mirror.

  • Guest

    LePage’s hair cut is looking as extreme as his politics, looks like someone put a bowl on his head and cut his hair. Maybe it’s the new fashion statement of the extreme?

    • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    I am disappointed that Lepage failed to ask Thief of the House Nutting to pay back the money, $1.3 million that Nutting ripped off from Maine Care.

    Republicans should be outraged except they aren’t.

    They elect this shameless bilker speaker of the house instead.

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Fitts, Rep Hinck, Angus  King and son, K Adams and other self – servers, Concerning Wind , please note…The governor stated last night:
    “I DO NOT support Augusta being in the business of increasing costs on Maine ratepayers to pad the pockets of special interest groups.  
    I believe it is morally and ethically wrong to take more money from those who can least afford it to line the pockets of those that are politically connected here in Augusta. 
    I have met and spoken with companies ranging from natural gas providers, oil dealers, electric utilities, and biomass suppliers to gather input regarding how to lower Maine’s overall energy prices.”

    Well said, tell the scammers and self-servers the game is up.
    We Won’t Pay for Wind Transmission lines either, increasing our electrical costs to outrageous levels, killing this states  business competitiveness and making all Mainers poorer.

  • Anonymous

    After all these comments and his speech last night..I will admit I hate him with a passion and I had no desire to even look at him let alone listen to him, but I did just to get more educated an listen to his proposed budget cuts. Nothing has changed..nothing will ever be the same no matter who makes the changes..They’re all crooks..(politicians)They all deceive the people of Maine..Cutting the schools funding and programs is absolutely devastating..We don’t even have a music teacher in our local Elementary School! She donates her time to these children! No music teacher? I think music is very important to kids..I know that’s so petty compared to most subjects. I can’t find anything good that’s going to come out of these changes Lepage wants to make. I know I seem one sided but year after year after year of listening to these peoples promises and they give us a small glimmer of hope, then wham..they slam us back down again.They’re not all bad changes he wants to make. I agree with the 5 year cap on welfare…I agree on drug testing for people who are on State assistance. Absolutely! But why take from our future generation? Yes. The parents are responsible for financially supporting their families, but there’s not a lot of jobs in Washington County and for people with young children who have to pay for daycare, it’s not even worth the paycheck every week! I’m so frustrated with LePage. I just don’t know how one voice like myself, can make a difference but if we all come together as a state, we can get some positive changes done! I’m just totally sick and tired of it all..please don’t take this post as ignorance or utter disrespect.

  • Anonymous

    I especially liked the part about retired people moving to his home state of Florida to escape the tax man, this guy is not just a crook he rubs it our faces.

  • Anonymous

    The man is doing something right if 59% of the people who read the Bdn approve of his message!
    Keep up the good work Governor, there is no way to please everybody!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry this post was supposed to be a response to this mainestudent genius that doesn’t know which side his bread is buttered on.

    Don’t they have to be a greeter for a few years if they got only got juiced in UMO? Seriously, somebody must be typing this in the computer for this guy. I see a strong future in a crossing guard career for him. What?? LOL

  • Anonymous

    “University of Maine political scientist Mark Brewer watched the State of the State on television and agreed with others that LePage succeeded.“I thought his tone was relatively forceful but not antagonistic,” said Brewer. “I’m not sure if it was deliberate or not, but he’s shown a tendency to have expectations set pretty low and he generally exceeds them.
    “I thought this was a pretty effective speech.””
    What?? You are an expert Brewer? This was the most antagonistic speech yet. It’s actually less antagonistic when he says what he means because when he doesn’t, those of us with any brains know what he actually thinks and that he’s snookering those less intelligent among us. Never underestimate the power of sttupidd people in large numbers. While we’re at it expert, people call LePage bi-lingual, but he’s clearly illiterate in 2 languages. Is this an asset or a liability for the State of Maine?

  • Anonymous

    LePAge is a hypocrite.  One of his very first acts as governor was to attack teachers because they had supported  a democrat for governor.  Now he wants everyone to fall in line and play nice with his tea party plans. 

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