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  • Anonymous

    That seems to be the 2nd time this week that I’ve heard the governor’s meeting with someone he doesn’t agree with as “cordial” with absolutely no results.    Seems to be a pattern,  and has been a pattern ever since the man came to office. Now he wants to shut DHHS down? Threats, is what he does best, do you know how fast any and all federal money would be yanked if he “shut it down”? He’s so full of it! He’s bullying the Appropriations Committee, keep the faith committee members! if you do you will be re-elected!

    The governor could care less what the state’s largest city’s mayor has to say,   nor does he care.  He doesn’t care about anything other than getting what he wants.   He is going to “no concession” himself right into a hole that he will never climb out of.

    • Anonymous

      You can not argue with idiots.Mr Lepage is doing the right thing let them come in spout off about failed unfunded policy’s and say goodbye.

      • Anonymous

        Yep everyone is wrong except LePage. Keep up the good work tim I am sure Mr. LePage is happy to have you in his corner

        • Anonymous

          if past policys of tax and spend work so well .Why do we have 50% of our population on welfare and not contributing.Time to change the wway we do things not throw good money after bad.Yes (SOME) of these people need help. we can not give everyone what they want.Just some what they need.

          • Anonymous

            It’s not the welfare getting cut. It’s elderly
            and handicapped. Many who have paid
            taxes are now being denied medical care.
            Lepage figures if he can get the freeloaders
            on his side he’ll get voted back in so he
            can cut them off his next term

          • Anonymous

            Where are you getting your information?

          • Guest

            ….

          • Anonymous

            Where do you get the ridiculous 50% number?

          • From the Maine Heritage Policy center.  The group that is really running the state….

          • AKA the Tea Baggers…..and even they are livid at the Guvnah’s cro-magnon performance….

          • Anonymous

            NOT.

          • Anonymous

            Tim why don’t you just say what you really mean. If they are poor and can’t pay for medical treatment let them die. That is what you radical right tea party people really want isn’t it? After all nothing is more precious then your almighty tax dollar, right?

          • Anonymous

            “If they would rather die,’ said TIMJY, `they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”  Ooops sorry.  Misattributed to to TIMJY….actual source EBENEEZER SCROOGE.    

          • Anonymous

            Just wait until the Obama Death Panels get rolling…

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm…cutting off services to the elderly sounds like the LePage “death panel” to me.  Perhaps you can explain the difference!  

          • pbmann

            Death Panels do nto exist but keep drinking the conservative cool aid

          • Anonymous

            To Timjy: I not only clicked Liked, but am jumping up and down and screaming YES !!!!!!! YES!!!!!! like the shampoo commercial.

          • Anonymous

            another fool

          • Ooh boy !! I clicked like ! Oooh boy !!!

          • Anonymous

            Sales tax? 

          • I dunno or care…but that 50% you speak of will ALL be voting against your boy….HA HA

      • StillRelaxin

        I kinda like it when conservatives like you and Mr. LePage express yourselves in terms like this.  People, we are and can do much-much better than this.  Vote accordingly next November.

        • Anonymous

          Good luck with that. It didn’t work for you last time.

          • StillRelaxin

            Well, that was before many Mainers had ever seen anyone like Mr. LePage in control of their lives. Now they know for sure what kind of man he is, the kind of fellow most of us ask to be move away from when we get seated beside them in restaurants. Thus, also the kind of man no average person would vote for twice.

          • Anonymous

            Nice sentiment, but you STILL have yet to explain how we are supposed to be able to pay for all this ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, NO FRAUD, CAN’T CUT A SINGLE DIME welfare you want. Hey, take every single nickel from the top 100 richest people in the state – everything they own – all of it – wipe them out… and you STILL won’t have enough money to pay the bills. What now?

          • Anonymous

            Last time we believed his lies, pretty sure that won’t happen again, he’s shown his true colors and his incredible ignorance. If brains were dynamite, he couldn’t even blow his nose.

          • Anonymous

            I could say the same thing about the Baldacci constituency.

      • Anonymous

        It’s no longer a former administrations policies or proposals being discussed.  He’s been the Governor for a year and is digging a hole that he will not climb out of.  Especially when he loses his legislative majority.

        If you wish to talk about other administrations,  let’s discuss how none of those administrations not losing any of their appointed commissioners within the first year of their administrations.

        • Anonymous

          He has done more in one year than your oboma has in three. As I said to the welfare bum, good luck in November.

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t know that the President was the former Governor of Maine!?
            Boy, I’m glad you know it all.       
            How on earth can you compare a President that has served for 3 plus years and got Bin Laden, and the pirate’s hostages,  got out of Iraq and is at least communicating with the other side.   To a Lewiston thug, who, as all Tea Party members do,  create crisis and then plan on fixing the problem with their own agenda?

          • It’s a Democrat hater thing……lol

          • Anonymous

            A small correction: The highly trained military (that Obama hates and denigrates) got bin Laden and the pirates. Iraq? Seems, maybe we left too soon. It is sliding back into chaos. And wasn’t it Obama’s good buddy, Rahm Emanuel, who said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.?

          • HA HA HA !! What pray tell, has he done ? Not a thing except ride around in his brand new SUV entourage that we also paid for….see he got some designer shades too…all the big stars wear them.

          • Anonymous

            O.k. Now that you have told us what oboma has done please tell us how that is more then LePage has done. By the way, your tallywacker envy is showing.

        • Anonymous

           In case you people care, which I doubt the liberals do. Many of the budget shortfalls are being caused by the Feds(yes your buddy Obama) not providing the funds that they used to provide. You love to blame the Gov but you ignore facts that you do not like!

          • Anonymous

            go online and find out just how much the feds are contributing to maine care.  The State of Maine pays 36 cents of every dollar spent, on certain programs.   If it’s the fed’s fault, then why is the Governor sweating over a waiver.     Typical Tea Party post, the only reason why there IS a Tea Party is because of George Jr. who was in charge when our economy went south. And I suppose those two wars didn’t have anything to do with that? or the tax cuts? or the Fannie Mac’s? The Tea Party are just radical conservative republicans who create crisis and all of a sudden have all of the wrong answers.

          • Anonymous

            yeah yeah yeah, label everyone who does not agree with you Tea Party! typical lame liberal response.

          • The Guvnah should be investigated to find out where those Federal funds went. They never made it to the Healthcare providers in the State…ask them. My guess is they were plundered which is what Republicans do with our tax dollars.

          • OK…Good point. The FEDS cut some funds…but it isn’t that the message that you LePagites are conveying ? To stop depending on Government to take care of them ? God forbid if the Fed cuts bennies then the Guvnah has to get creative and do his job. He cannot depend on Federal handouts anymore so his solution ? Kill off the elderly and disabled that can’t fend for themselves. What a guy ! He’s no Guvnah. Completely incompetent. BTW the Fed cut funds to ALL States…Maine is the only one that can’t handle it because we have poor leadership.

      • True which is why I won’t with you. All I can say is RECALL…..LOL…..

    • Anonymous

      Republicans automatically say no to raising taxes on the rich, just like evangelicals automatically says no to gay marriage.  It’s fanatic ideology.

      • Anonymous

        Do you think theirs enough rich people in Maine to take care of the  $ 221million short fall?  I don’t think so, an I for one are tired of the free loaders that our tax money is paying for. I have to get up and go to work at 3am, then work 12 to 15 hours, while the free loaders get to sleep and play all day. Mr Lepage is doing a fine job, as far as the working class goes.  30+ years of dems has put this state in the situation it is in.  You should be proud….

        • Anonymous

          From what I hear about gay’s,   they are usually quite wealthy.   
          30 plus years of dems?    we at least knew how to keep the books, and pay the bills on time. 30 plus year’s never ended in a 220 million dollar shortfall,  the shortfall just simply isn’t what you think that it is,   and if you knew there was going to be a shortfall,  why the 150 million in tax cuts?

          • Anonymous

            Sorry… did you say KEEP the books, or COOK the books…?

        • Guest

          It’s quite simple, really, the state can offer a relocation payment to anyone receiving benefits who will permanently leave the state.  The state can also offer a relocation payment to anyone not from Maine, who lives here, to leave the state.  After all, no one who doesn’t work 14 jobs at once, and 1,000 hours a week belongs in Maine, nor does anyone who was not born here, right?

          • Exactly ! Mainers want their State to operate like the other 49 but they don’t accept non-Mainers. Too bad for the high taxes. When new people come from out of State let them work instead of saving the jobs for the drunken Maine boys that won’t work anyway…..I get foodstamps AND Mainecare….I’ll trade BOTH for ajob right now ! I’m from Mass……any takers wanna put up ? Do your part right now ! If not then shut up and PAY !

          • Anonymous

            There’s a lot of this attitude going around.

          • Guest

            I am so sorry that you are experiencing that kind of discrimination.   Not so very long ago, it was true in the South that native workers were passed over for just about anyone who hailed from the Northeast because they were ostensibly more industrious, knew more in general.  Fortunately, that’s finished.  (I hope).  Then again, so many people from the upper New England states have now moved to the south that it’s probably quite moot.

            You won’t find anything bad about bad workmanship from locals, even on the Internet, where “all” is known.  You might as well go ahead and ask the newspaper if you could post your skills and experience and leave a contact number.  Then again, it’s also important not to become poisoned by one’s experiences.  There is a lot of beautiful work being done around here.

            It probably won’t help the matter to say that using the vulgar phrase, “from a_ _ _.” oftentimes means being from the next town over.  I firmly believe that there is a pervavise belief in Maine, that Maine isn’t good enough, and that’s what is doing the most harm of all.

        • If you had any decency you would work more overtime so we can get more taxes outta you….I kinda need a vacation. Get back to work serf ! When I get up at noon I’m gonna be wanting breakfast too….

      • Anonymous

        Just like the dems automatically raising the taxes to take YOUR hard earned money away so someone capable can sit at home and get fat and lazy!

    • Anonymous

      Any meeting that ends without him telling someone to “go to hell”, or kiss his butt, he’d consider cordial anyway.

    • Anonymous

      You refer to Federal Money as if it was somehow FREE money. Federal money is our money too! We are tired of Dems giving away OUR money – federal OR state – in exchange for votes. Go buy votes with your own money!

      • Why don’t you stop supporting national Republicans, when republican states tend to take in far more tax dollars from the federal government than they pay in, while democrat states generally pay more to the fed govt than they receive back?

        You can see who generally misuses tax dollars by knowing WHERE your money goes: to red states.

        Republicans ARE the welfare recipients, living their lives off the the Democratic states.

  • Anonymous

    Govner King closed a shortfall once just by increasing sales tax by one cent.  I think think this might be a good soultion now.  I also think that writting a law to impeach or repeal the Govonor would be the most important thing to do right now….I think we need to get rid of him and do it right now.  If he worked for me Id show him the door. 

    • Anonymous

      He does….

  • Lord Whiteman

    Portland can easily afford Lepage’s new taxes but many of Maine’s cities and towns are already broke.
     How will those cities and towns cope when Lepage starts taking money out of their budgets?

  • Anonymous

    Society will pay for the folks in need one way or the other.  Anyone, including Lepage, who says different is either a liar or mistaken.  So then the question becomes, what is the most efficient way to assist these folks?  The answer is not to leave them bereft of healthcare.  The counter productive effects of eliminating access to healthcare is well documented elsewhere but consider just this.  A large portion of expensive emergency room care is because these people have no where else to turn.  Want to save money?  Provide the funds for MaineCare/Medicaid so they remain healthy in the first place!  In the long run we will save and save and save.

    • Guest

      On one hand you folks say that costs will go up dramatically if we stop providing these entitlements.  On the other hand you tell us that 1000’s of jobs will be lost.  If we are going to be spending more money than ever why are there job cuts?

      • Anonymous

        I must have missed something as I  don’t agree that 1000’s of jobs will be lost by supporting MaineCare.

  • Anonymous

    SO, the Mayor wants to raise taxes on the working people to pay for those who dont work? Sounds like he needs to face the music on election day as well. I’m all for helping those who need help. Its those that DONT need it that are draining the system.

    • Anonymous

      Mayor Brennan should consider enacting a local income tax to cover his own social benefit programs’ shortfall rather than looking to the State to continue the status quo as all the larger towns and cities in Maine have done.  Assuming that Porkland voters would approve a local income tax, he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance of being reelected when his term was up.

      • Anonymous

        best idea yet 

        • StillRelaxin

          I wonder how many more people will even bother to go speak with Mr. LePage? With the price of gas as it is, why waste all that money just to talk to someone who couldn’t care less about what you want to protect (The State’s most needy citizens, not the few frauds LePage and LaPagites want to sensationalize here) or anything else you have to say? Save your gas for something worth while, like a drive to the voting booths next November.

          • Anonymous

            Not being rude but what does that have to do with my post?

          • StillRelaxin

            Actually very little. I was simply responding to this chain of sensationalized comments of conservatives implying that there is a MASSIVE fraud taking place by lazy bums who abuse social programs. Such massive fraud simply is not true. Anyone who says it is should come forward with some “Factual Data” not a bunch of hearsay jibber jabber to support their contentions. The fact that they don’t/can’t tells us a lot about how true what they’re trying to sell to us is. Telling this untruth over and over again will only make it more difficult for our society to embrace the need to provide for those who require some form of assistance to survive. A great society would not allow such people to be used as part of a political agenda (Which looks to be the case here) it would proudly do what it could to see to it that such needs were met. I’d like to be part of a great society.

          • LePagites ! LMAO !!! I love it….They will only support this whacko as long as they have a job, and at the rate LePage is driving business away, that won’t be long. When they have to sign up for a food card their mouths will quietly close…..

          • Anonymous

            The fraudsters think it’s just fine. Honest people Don’t!
            Save the funds for those that Truly need it.

            Report 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

            how do i report fraud on someone I see int he grocery line, or at the local store buying cigarettes, and booze with their tanif moneys, and then buying a gallon of milk to mix with their “allens coffee brandy” with their food stamps???

          • Anonymous

            Citizen’s arrest. Just hold their Allen’s hostage until the police arrive.

          • Anonymous

            LOL The Politically correct name for Allens Coffee Brandy is MAINE CHAMPAGNE !

          • Anonymous

            Considering that’s legal I guess you would report yourself for being nosy and judgmental.

          • Anonymous

            Are you kidding me ? This complacency is the whole problem ! NOT saying something or doing something – is as criminal as the person or persons doing it ! Shame on you ……..

          • Anonymous

            Its the truth though.  What the poster describes is 100% legal.  And complacency is not bringing down this country or this state.  Cruelty, judgment and hypocrisy are. Take a look in the mirror, my friend,  before you go trying to shame others.  Maybe if we all held our selves to the same standards that we do others, some of the hatred in this world would not exist. Have a blessed day.

          • anonme 527

             Lets face it, the odds are stacked against people like the one you describe here and they are poorly equipped to cope with it. Does that make them bad people? I’m sure its a mix in that respect.  Desperate people tend to do bad things. Its human nature to try to survive and to try to understand what is happening to you, even if the answer is not apparent.
            Go somewhere more prosperous than Maine and look around. Same thing, but outside of Maine, they are isolated or corralled into slums and bad neighborhoods that actually make their problems worse and have the effect of keeping people down in spite of available opportunities. Sad reality is, There will always be messed up people who need help.
            Less regulation and more rural area in Maine, so it is more spread out, but here the relative lack of opportunity means that aside from the hopelessly messed up, people who might otherwise survive on their own elsewhere, cannot do so here. People in Maine need more and better opportunity than that of making non-living wages working in a restaurant, a t-shirt store,a casino….or a discount store. Yup, Mr. LePage is running the state like it is a discount store. What did you expect? Impeach LePage!

          • Guest

            ….

          • Anonymous

            Well said …

          • Anonymous

            I totally agree with you on that…we need to all stick together and take care of our own.

          • I think the governor should raise your taxes, in fact, I think you should give all of your money to the State to pay for the programs you so dearly cherish.

          • StillRelaxin

            Well Sir, to tell you the truth in reference to me the Democrats have actually been suggesting something approaching what your suggesting here.  I guess I could say that I have folks like you and Mr. LePage to save me from allowing that to happen but clearly I’m not thankful to you or the GOP/Tea Party.  Have you figured out the flaw in your comment to me yet?

          • Anonymous

            Here are the results of an important set of studies you’ll be interested in:

            http://news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-beliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html

          • They won’t be able to comprehend it…

          • Briney

            Read David Farmer.

          • Anonymous

            Yes! Come November, it’s time to Turn LePage. 

          • Anonymous

            Isnt that a BOB SEGAR SONG ?

          • Guest

            Obama wants to polarize Iran so to drive the (world) oil prices through the roof… You want to see dispair wait for the new Iran crisis founded by Obama…

          • Anonymous

            So you would prefer to let Iran develop a nuclear weapon?

          • Guest

            I perfer Obama get out of the way of the Oil pipeline needed to be built in the USA, and out of businesses faces with his threats… Then Bomb Iran into glass.. 

          • Anonymous

            “then bomb Iran into glass” Man you just criticized Obama above for inciting Iran causing oil prices to rise and now you want to go to war with Iran. You just proved my point all by yourself. GOP cheerleaders = hypocrites

          • Anonymous

            Almost all Republican leaders want even stronger measures, even war, against Iran, so your complaints at best seem disingenuous. Why do GOP cheerleaders criticize the Prez when their own leaders want the same thing. Just another case whatever Obama does hypocrite GOP cult members criticize, even if the GOP supported the measure previously or even currently, as in this case.

          • Anonymous

            Why should LePage budge he has no reason to cave into what the Democrats want.  If these Democrats like Brennan , Pingree-Sussman, Cain and its supporters like yourself want to keep these programs going.  Then all of you should be sending checks into Maine Revenue if you feel these programs are worth keeping.

        • Anonymous

          I AGREE , Guaranteeing that no tax dollars are wasted by shuting down DHS ! Thats a great idea ! Then start from scratch and rebuild it right ! 

      • Actually he is smart enough to know to do nothing. LePage won’t be around long and everyone knows it….that’s why he’s gettin so nasty. No problem though….the Fed has the people’s back on this one. His reputation precedes him and even the Federal Gov’t knows he’s a whack-job. Hopefully when he is recalled he can get some professional help….as long as Mainecare doesn’t have to pay for it !

        • Anonymous

          Really doesn’t matter if he’s re-elected or not, he has plenty of time to get rid of the waste without raising our taxes. It’s really pretty simple, you have this much money, if you don’t pay your cable bill, it gets turned off. See how it works?
          Why don’t you organize the people who care and all donate an additional 10% of your earnings to help? Maybe you don’t care quite that much?

          • Anonymous

            Additional %10 of earnings? Hard to do when a Maine citizen is stuck working for a “employer” like you. You know the kind. The one who tells you he cant afford to give you a %4 annual raise (even though the rate of inflation is aprox.%6). He tells you how broke he is as he packs up his Esclade to head to his summer cottage on the ocean where he keeps his 45 ft sail boat tied up. I’ve never heard a “chamber of com mercer” ever say anything more than how broke he is.  What a farce. Greed.

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like you must be part of the majority who feel that we pay enough for welfare and cuts need to be made to what we can afford. The rest of us don’t wish to take away from our own families to provide for others either.

          • Anonymous

            Nobody is even talking about taking one more penny from you. You are crying like the sky is falling on you and your family if we help out the poor and the elderly. How much do you think of your taxes goes to helping the poor? $10 per year? $100? You know we all chip a little to help those who need it. It’s no big deal. I consider part of my civic duty and an investment in keeping crime down. Quit demonizing the poor and the elderly and grow up and realize there is a cost to living in the greatest country in the world and we all need to pitch in and pay our share.

          • Anonymous

            If the gov hadn’t cut taxes on the very rich to the tune of 170 million plus,perhaps we wouldn’t be in such  financial trouble.A sever recession and loss of revenue is a great reason to make sure that you take in even less.BUT it does give him a reason to push forward his social agenda.Make sure that every problem the state and the nation  has is due to the poor.Never look to the wealthy to pay their fair share because” they are the “job provider”.  Not working out so well yet!

          • Anonymous

            Amen exactly as I stated earlier if Cain, Brennan, Mrs. Sussman , other Democrats and their supporters love these programs than start paying for them themselves.

          • Anonymous

            if you don’t want to pay your fair share of living in Maine, just leave. Amen.

          • Anonymous

            We have no problem paying our fair share. We are sick of paying our share and yours too. We have no problem taking care of the elderly. I predict that the ones who are going to “just leave” are the ones who are soon to have their free ride cut short.
            Your OWS way of thinking didn’t hoodwink anyone if you hadn’t noticed.

          • Anonymous

            OSOKRecon?  Wannabe is far more likely.  

          • Anonymous

            Really? 18 confirmed didn’t think so.

      • Anonymous

        It’s NOT allowed by STATE law ….you must be living and posting  from OUT of state .NO town or city can do it and NO Maine town or city does .

        • Anonymous

          I seem to recall that three or four years ago, one city midcoast was talking about enacting a local income tax(perhaps it was Rockland or Camden).  I live in Northwestern Maine.  I’m aware that no city or town currently imposes local income taxes.  As far as I know, the State doesn’t disallow enactment of local income tax laws.
          That said, if Brennan and the Porkland residents want welfare spending to continue at elevated levels(when compared with similarly-sized cities on a per capita basis) then it’s fair that residents should bear the cost differential.

        • Anonymous

          Perhaps Leplague will call for marshal law and then close down DHHS?

          • Anonymous

            GOP ABUSE OF POWER IS RAMPANT IN AMERICA today.

          • Anonymous

            LOL guess you haven’t been paying attention to the MTA (Maine Turnpike Authority) and MSHA (Maine State Housing Authority) then with those Liberals running those agencies.

      • Anonymous

        “he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance of being reelected when his term was up.”
        So what ? 
        IF he looses, which is just your prediction, anyway, it would only mean people have not 
        smarted up, yet.   

        If LePage’s GOTea Party hacks are going to screw up the State, 
        they deserve to be the palaces when the people burn them down, too.     

        Cut Taxes and balance the budget ? 
        If you really think it can ever be done, vote GOTea. 
        You deserve them. 

      • Guest

        Portland didn’t vote for Our Governor Paul Lepage.

        • Anonymous

          Because Portland gets a huge amount of Welfare dollars.  They afraid to lose their freebies. That is why they continue to elect nutcases like Justin Alfond, Diane Russell, Anne Haskell and folks like Brennan, Ethan Strimling, Glenn Cummings in the past.  All of these folks have ties to the Social Program sector, all continue to hold taxpayer funded positions none have ever held real jobs.  Let them work real jobs and get their hands dirty like the rest of us these clowns wouldn’t last a week.

    • Guest

      Dems need poverty ridden people.  They are the Dems largest constituency.  Why would anyone support the Dems if they were self sufficient?  Dems need to buy votes by redistributing our legally earned money.

      • Anonymous

        I could not have said it better.

        • Then ditto for you….

      • Anonymous

        Why don’t you listen to something besides Fox propaganda.  It might be enlightening to you.

        • Anonymous

          I see Democratic voters as falling in to certain groups. One group is the person who is very idealistic about how the world should be and carries some belief that utopia for as all can exist. Another group is made of people who do think the government is there to take care of them in every way and should be there. The last group is very wealthy people who really are not effected by democrat economic and tax legislation.

          To be fair, I think Republican Voters fall into certain groups as well.

          • Well be fair….enlighten us all to what those groups are ? Or is this solely a Democrat bashing ? I can help you….here are the groups Republicans fall into….Rich Elites that own banks and want to squeeze all of the people’s money from them….Rich Elites that own Corporations and want to squeeze all of the people’s money from them…Fools that think if they support the Rich Elite they too can be rich…..and….uninformed people that just like being a thorn in the side of society…..think that covers it !

          • Anonymous

            Republicans that remain hung up on social issues-
            Extreme anti-government or reduced government types-
            People who fall lock, stock and barrell for the pandering of people like Rush Limbaugh.
            Rich Elites? Do people like Ted Turner fall into that categor? Rich Elite can be found in both parties.

      • Anonymous

        And the big gun Repblican Super Pacs don’t buy votes?  Get real.

        • Guest

          Not with taxpayer $$$$.

          • You don’t think so?  Who do you think the Haliburton employees voted for? Or Snow and Collins making sure that Bath Iron works keeps getting contracts. They are buying votes with tax payer dollars. Both sides do it, I believe it is referred to as “pork”

          • Anonymous

             It’s Pork alright. But that doesn’t make it ethical or palatable…

          •  Agreed

      • Actually Dems need anyone who’s not a blue blood. The funniest thing is a person who makes less than 10 million a year, supporting a party that wants nothing to do with them, and considers them scum.  Do you really think your butt-kissing will help you become a blue blood like them ? You support the party that works against YOU….How dumb is that ? Even “poverty ridden” people are smarter than that !  I’m sure you don’t  make 10 million a yr…otherwise why would you be crying over paying your taxes ? I paid mine for 40 yrs and don’t cry over it. Grow up you big baby, and take your medicine…try being a little more American.

        • Guest

          47% of millionaires (blue-bloods) are self made.
          Since you have never amounted to much I would suggest that your tax contribution was minimal at best.  It’s losers like you that want to reach into my pocket to cover off mistakes that you and your ilk continually make.
          You were a union hack, correct?  Payoing more taxes for lazy democrats is not my idea of being American.  Being American would be to put lazy Dems to work.

      • Anonymous

        Republicans are buying votes by distributing hate.

        • Anonymous

          Democrats are buying votes by giving away MY money. This must be a popular activity, because, apparently, even DEAD people get up and go to the polls to support it.

          • Your federal tax dollars are going primarily to red states, that is, to republican states. To support their people and their infrastructure.

            Your federal tax dollars are also going to the richest Americans, so they can have their tax cuts so they can magically make jobs for everyone.

            How’s that working out?

        • Guest

          Quick wit

      • Anonymous

        And repubs. sell their votes to the highest bidder. Being self sufficient won’t help you there, you need to be rich. Neither party is perfect, or even really good, but the dems., as a group,  have demonstrated that they are more in touch with the middle class and needy. The repubs., as a group, care about the wealthy and nothing more. I can hold our esteemed governor up as a shining example of that.

        • Guest

          The reason the Dems are more in touch is because they create the poor and needy.  Without the poor and need the Dems would have no constituency.  Why would I vote for a Dem if his or her only goal is income redistribution to buy votes.  If the Dems stop creating poverty them will go out of business

          • Anonymous

            The repubs created the poor and needy by selling the U.S. out to foreign countries. They sent all our manufacturing  jobs overseas and over the border so their rich corporate buddies could get richer using cheap labor. Thank Ronald Reagan, the republican poster child, for that. No jobs=no income=poor and needy.” Buy Chinese”, they own us now.

      • Anonymous

        AHA! Yes! You have put your finger on the REAL problem. Dems, and – to be fair – a lot of Republicans, have learned that a dumb, needy populace will trade its votes for continuing welfare. The beauty of it is that the politicians don’t have to shell out their OWN money to buy the votes! They have figured out how to game the system and make some of the people pay for the maintenance of the rest of the people! Unfortunately, all of these idle people who have become accustomed to sitting around and sticking their hands in our pockets, have been divorced from the consequences of their poor life choices. After decades of this foolishness, we have some really poor decisions catching up with us. Drop out of school? No problem, just go on welfare. Don’t want to work? Sweet! Get welfare. Got to have a husband? Don’t THINK so! Need a little more money? Sell dope, rob a store, steal a car, mug a neighbor, there are endless options. Go to jail? Maybe not, at least until you have a rap sheet as long as your arm. It is time to put the brakes on this before it is too late. Once the majority of people are voting for “their” welfare, the rest of us will be outnumbered, and then we’ll all slide into socialism so bad you won’t believe it. As if it isn’t bad enough now!

      • Anonymous

        There are millions of Dem supporters who are not deadbeats or on welfare. They are the ones who care about America, their communities and their fellow man, and are not out for only themselves. Even though many of them are rich as well, they see the GOP as catering only to the rich so oppose that selfish viewpoint.

        • Anonymous

           Well, you have the rhetoric memorized perfectly. Now, all you have to do is explain why the Democrats’ social policies have almost destroyed whole segments of the population…

          • Anonymous

            If it weren’t for the Dems, and the Republicans had it their way,  we’d have A dog eat dog, we’re all in it for ourselves, no regulation free for all, where only the fittest have good jobs, have good homes, have healthcare, have money and can eat. Crime would be rampant as a result and revolution a certainty.

    • Anonymous

      The majority of the non-elderly and disabled Maine Care recipients are the working poor who can not afford private health insurance. I get so tired of the assumption that just because you get help, you don’t work.

      • Anonymous

        Please show me where the elderly and disabled are going to get cut. You should stop listening to the liberal propaganda. To tell you the truth, I am a registered dem. But I started voting when the dems stood up for the working person. Now all they want to do is take the working persons money  and give it to the able bodied bums.   

        • Anonymous

          You really should change your name because you know nothing.  The elderly and disabled are the TARGETS of LePage’s actions.  They are going to lose (lose, not loose) their healthcare – people with severe problems.  But all you hate-mongers can see are the slackers and their food stamps.  Your hate will end up hurting lots of people in this state.  People who don’t deserve it.

          • Anonymous

            Good Lepage and Republicans should do everything they can to cut Mainecare, Welfare programs and DHHS till none of these programs and this department no longer exists.  These people don’t deserve these programs period.  The Liberals are out of touch with reality the state is broke.  Taxpayers in Maine including myself are sick and fed up with having to pay of these low life loser mooching leeches.  It is time for him to mandate the majority  of these folks to get jobs.  Governor LePage and Republicans are doing what we put them in their for.  To clean up the mess of the last 40 years because of  failed policies of the Liberals.  It is time for all of these folks on Welfare and Unemployment to lose all of their benefits.   We put LePage and Republicans in Power to cut taxes, create a pro-business , prosperous and opportunity state .  So people can be free not having their  pockets picked so they can continue to live in this state propserous.  Not continuing a Welfare Haven where everyone is broke while those who live off of Government handouts living the good life.  Cut Governor Lepage and Republicans cut.

          • Guest

            If ignorance was worth something, you could balance the budget all by yourself.

          • Anonymous

            So you want people with developmental disabilities, with the mental equivalent of a 2 year old go out and get a job? If not, how do you propose to keep them alive and safe?

          • Anonymous

            He’s going to let them live with him in Madison.

          • Anonymous

            No I would do what LePage said he would do while him running for office start bussing them to Quebec, Canada,  New Brunswick, Canada or to any Liberal Welfare Haven that will take these folks. I don’t want anything to do with these lazy Welfare Bums.

          • Anonymous

            Ignorance defines you….

          • Anonymous

            You want to pay for these lazy baby mamas who keep getting pregnant, lazy deadbeat dads, lazy able bodied folks who refuse to work.  You and the rest of the Libs start paying for them, but we are tired of having huge tax increases to keep supporting these folks.  Just so they can continue living the good life and continue abusing these programs.

          • Anonymous

            Nobody said that but you. See, if we cut down on fraud and abuse, and winnow out the people who can work, but find it inconvenient to their preferred lifestyle, there will be money for people who REALLY NEED IT.

          • Anonymous

            No! YOU are ALL saying. I’ve been reading these hateful comments for months now – it even gets discussed in the NY Times how mean-spirited the people who comment on the BDN truly are….LePage is saying it and you all are agreeing. You are so full of hate (just read these comments, these people are haters) for a few scammers that you can’t see the forest for the trees. There are thousands of people in this state who will be substantially worse with these DHHS cuts. And that’s what you people want. Just say it. It’s your truth. LePage is operating under Republican direction to hurt the most vulnerable among us. THAT’s the truth – and he must be stopped.

          • Anonymous

            You are so right….alot of the comments I read in the BDN are hateful…and maybe someday they will all have to explain themselves. Guess some ppl on here don’t take notice of what they are actually writing for comments. Most of it is very hurtful towards others! Maybe it might help some of you to go to church and read little bit of the bible. Thank’s narthwoods.

          • Anonymous

            The State is broke , but not so broke that we couldn’t give a tax cut of $150 million last session. If we are  so broke why is Mr. LePage  proposing another tax cut of almost $100 million in this special session. We are either still in or coming out of the worst recession in over 75 years yet Mr. LePage is proposing to put almost $40 million into a “rainy day fund”, which is a savings account. If we are as broke as you are constantly telling everyone that we are how can we afford a savings account? I have been broke at times during my life and believe me there was no money to put into savings. If we are so broke how can we possibly afford to cut taxes by almost $100 million for retirees? If we are as broke as you say we are why aren’t we cutting back on other areas of State Government? So far the only places that I have heard Mr. LePage say he is going to cut are DHHS or Education. If we are as broke as both you and Mr. LePage claim why not cut every department? Mr. LePage could show true leadership by starting in his own office. I am sure that there has to be people there that would not be considered as essential. 

          • Anonymous

            Who do you Liberals plan to tax after the last “Rich Person” has been hounded out of the state? Huh? Who do you think is going to be left to pay for your champagne welfare programs on our beer budget? Remember about half of us are already on some form of assistance; the other half are paying for it. Once you take the big earners out of the equation, you might not like the answer!

          • Anonymous

            If one were to listen to and believe what you post they would think that there are only two types of people in the world. Liberals and conservatives. You have never heard me advocate for a tax increase and I serious doubt you ever will. I pay taxes just like everyone else that earns a living. One thing I know, which apparently you haven’t been told by your radical right friends in the media is that when you have a complicated problem it will not be solved with simplistic solutions. Where do you come up with the statement that “half of us are on public assistance”? I know I am not and never have been, though there probably were times when my family was qualified. Thankfully those days are behind us. Do you really feel that DHHS is the only State Agency that spends too much money? I haven’t heard you speak out against waste in any department so does that mean you feel they are all being great stewards of State funds? Other then cut people from welfare what other solutions do you propose? Or are you solutions limited to blowing up DHHS from a budgetary stand point and cutting taxes? 

          • Anonymous

             Hey, I’m glad you asked! Right out of your favorite liberal rag!

            http://bangordailynews.com/2011/12/19/politics/lepages-taxpayer-versus-welfare-recipient-numbers-mostly-right/

            Now that you mention it – perhaps I should have said, OVER half of us are on public assistance…

          • Anonymous

            I’m a retiree and I do not support ,at this time, cutting my state taxes.He’s doing this only to try to soothe those he’s already raised taxes on! I vote ,and  this won’t work for me and most retirees.They can see through his hypocrisy.Cut taxes and then be surprised at the hole it created.This was his plan all along and now those who can least afford to will be the ones who pay!
            I hope those who he and the r’s continually attack as the cause all our problems register and vote! No, wait, I’m sure the r’s will come up with another “voter fraud ” scheme to prevent that from happening.

          • dadoje

            You don’t cut your income when you haven’t got enough money to pay your bills. You need to look at your whole budget to make cuts that are not necessities. When you have your bills caught up then you look at cutting your income if you want to.

          • Anonymous

            Too bad so sad  poor people and the elderly, we don’t give a damn about you lousy moochers…..the Despicable GOP

          • Anonymous

            We hear a lot of remarks like this from Liberals; ‘don’t give a damn’, ‘don’t care about the poor’, ‘heartless’, ‘mean spirited’, ‘greedy’, ‘selfish’, … But here’s the thing: look not at what Liberals say, look at the effects of their programs. Since Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society drive against poverty, we have seen literacy drop, illegitimacy increase by an order of magnitude. Inner cities have turned into jungles, and single-parent households  have ballooned in number. Feral children commit the most horrific crimes because the old family values have evaporated. These things have come to pass as a direct result of the government meddling with human nature. How much more of it can we afford? I have had 50 years to watch this process, and I have figured it out. All this compassion and caring we keep hearing about have totally messed things up. So when you SAY you care, but then you DO things that harm the people you say you care about, eventually the rest of us figure it out. Time to try something else, eh?

          • Anonymous

            “So when you SAY you care, but then you DO things that harm the people you say you care about, eventually the rest of us figure it out.”

            Experience has shown me over and over again that what you describe is SOP for most of the dumbafental cults that like to prey on people.

          • Anonymous

             You know, when you have been banging your head against a wall over and over and over for 40 years and more, it sure feels good when you STOP! If your socialist theories were ever worth a hoot, we’d have seen some results by now, don’t you think? After all, you Libs have pretty much had your way for a long time! Trillions upon trillions of tax dollars spent – and the problems are WORSE? To me, and to many others who use their heads for something besides hat racks, that doesn’t add up to more of the same being useful.

          • Anonymous

            I hope you and/or your family never have to use the safety net that Romney and Lepage want to remove. Or maybe you should…maybe it will help you develop some empathy.
            Thank you for confirming what I’ve known for a long time, as evidenced by this article:

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/intelligence-study-links-prejudice_n_1237796.html

          • Anonymous

             The Huffington Post… now THERE’S a quality, unbiased news source… LOL!

          • Anonymous

            Pick a source, any source. The study was done by Psychological Science, if you want to read further.
            As most right wing Republicans, however, you will call into question anything that does not fit your narrow mold. That just confirms the contents of the article.

          • Anonymous

            The original intention of those racist Southern Democrat’s was to cut off the poor and the blacks of America from the rest of society and severely limit their opportunities while propping up a few tokens and talking out the side of their mouths all the while. Wonder why there is such a high ratio of abortion clinics and usuary check cashing outfits in the ghettos? You can stop now. The answer lies in our own progressive government. Job well done folks in carrying on the tradition.

          •  Since Lyndon Johnson… Including his term(s) and assuming Obama doesn’t get impeached and serves his 4 years, in the time frame you reference there have been 22 years of Democratic Presidential leadership. In that same time frame there has been 28 years of Republican Presidential leadership. Just some food for thought.

          • Anonymous

            Come on, you know there have been more republican and independent governors over the past 40 years, than democratic ones. Stop with the tunnel vision already please. If you’re going to contribute, be at least objective and honest.

          • Anonymous

            Wrong Nice Try LOL.  The Democrats/Democrats-Indepenents if you go back from early January 1955 have had 7 Governors (Muskie, Clauson , Curtis, Longley, Brennan, King , Spaghetti Boy) while Republicans had 4 (Haskell, Reed , Mckernan(more of a Dem) ,  LePage).  So to say Republicans are messing up things you better do some research because the Dems have had the control and are the ones their supporters should be pointing the fingers at.  Though if your on subsidies you try to blame everyone else.

          • Anonymous

            That’s pretty good, but you said 40 years and went back almost 60. So, you should practice your basic math skills. LOL. Why don’t you just go back to 1975 since LePage will be in office until 2015?  Actually let me help you, Longley (I), Brennan (D), McKernan (R), King (I), Baldacci (D), LePage (R). By my count for a 40 year run including this term it’s 2 repubs., 2 independents, and 2 dems. Kind of takes the wind out of your sails when you use accurate data doesn’t it? It also puts a little spin on your comment when you count independents as dems.

          • Anonymous

            I agree that you are sadly lacking in your knowledge!  I am not on any welfare but I know people who are and not everyone is a “low life mooching leech” as you define it.  Some of our most vulnerable people need this just to survive; taking it away from them is just not an option. 
            I do agree that we should make those that abuse the system accountable for their actions though. 

            As far as LePage trying to “create a pro-business, properous and opportunity state” that is a big laugh!  How many jobs have you seen created since he came into office?  Oh, maybe you are thinking of the nice job he gave to his daughter complete with all the perks!

            He has made the State of Maine a laughing stock in our country with his bullying ways and opening his mouth and putting his foot in it without thinking.

            Cut other departments for the state budget; exactly why do we need so many people in our legislature in Augusta?  If he really wants to do his job, cut the waste and leave the poor and the elderly alone! 

          • Anonymous

             Try to rein in the hyperbole. Nobody said everyone on welfare is a “low life mooching leech”. Nobody wants to kick babies or hold toddlers’ fingers to the woodstove. Nobody thinks that NO welfare is where we should be headed. What we ARE saying is that waste, fraud, and abuse are rampant, and they need to be reduced. Jeez! All you folks who immediately start with the “you hate poor people…” routine ease up and LISTEN. Only a fool would believe that every soul on welfare is entitled, and cannot do without. We want the scammers booted off the dole. We want the eligibility requirements tightened up so that the cheats can’t get on in the first place. And, it would be very nice if we could structure this so politicians can’t use public money to buy votes. The present welfare system benefits fat cat politicians more than any other single group.

          • Anonymous

            only a fool would believe that after the extensive application process and monthly reviews that there is a large amount of welfare fraud going on. Talk about hyperbole. You know you can’t tell if someone on welfare is committing fraud by just looking at them. You guys have a superiority complex that needs treatment.

          • Anonymous

             Oops! I guess the extensive application process and monthly reviews missed these:
            http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/03/news/lewiston-auburn/three-people-plead-not-guilty-in-welfare-fraud/?ref=latest

            http://bangordailynews.com/2011/12/12/news/court/brunswick-woman-jailed-ordered-to-pay-60000-restitution-for-benefits-fraud/

            That one gal in the second link evidently got away with $60,000 before the state caught up with her. Bonus question: How many fraudsters would the state have to catch before it amounted to some SERIOUS money?

          • Anonymous

            Go back and re-read both posts and see where you went off track!  Apparently you just read the parts you want to comment on and skim over the rest. 

          • Anonymous

            And what of the people in Treats Falls House in Orono, 18 developmentally disabled adults who have extremely low cognition.  Is collapsing DHHS, to rid us of a few food stamp scammers, worth leaving these very vulnerable people without the funds to stay in a safe haven?  That one answer.  Tell me what you would do.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t worry. LePage can’t just “shut it down”. He’s on a quest to be the most unpopular politician in the history of the country, and I think he’s going to make it.

        • Anonymous

          No he is doing all of Maine a favor by finally exposing that Liberals are holding Maine hostage.  So they can continue the path of Maine ending up in Bankruptcy.  Because of these stupid programs that don’t do anything but cost way too much money and are not worth having.

          • Anonymous

            How can you continue to claim that liberals are holding Maine hostage. Republicans hold majorities in both the House and Senate. A republican is Governor. How when republicans are in control can you say liberals are holding Maine hostage? Sorry DC it just doesn’t work.

          • Anonymous

            And Maine doesn’t have any filibuster procedures like in the US Senate, where Republican MINORITY Senators actually are holding the MAJORITY hostage so that nothing gets done.

          • Anonymous

            It is going to take time to dismantle the Democrat Welfare Boondoggle. C’mon, they took 40 years to set it up! The recent election showed definitively that Mainers are TIRED of the same old same old Liberal agenda… MORE money, more money, more money… Fraud increases as additional generations jump on the gravy train. When counting costs, remember that whole huge bureaucracies have developed to administer all these welfare programs. Those bureaucracies suck money out of the programs as wages and benefits, er, excuse me – administration costs. Nothing government does is as cost effective as similar efforts from the private sector. We have been putting more money more money more money into all these programs for almost half a century! If money was going to fix it, don’t you think we’d have seen a sign of that by now? Even a small sign? Instead, we hear claims that more people than ever are in need. Of course, we also know that government keeps redefining ‘poverty’, raising the imaginary baseline upwards so that government will always have work to do. No government program ever solved the problems it was created to remedy. We are not going to see ‘progress’ until we start weaning people away from government handouts. We can’t do that by continuing as we have been.

          • Anonymous

            Please don’t confuse dark with facts, he’s got a bad case of “tunnel vision”.

          • Anonymous

            Isn’t that a prerequisite to joining the Grand Old Prevaricators?

          • Anonymous

            The fact is all of you libs are in denial about the budget shortfall that Mainecare and DHHS always puts our state in.  You folks are in denial about everything being rosy here in Maine it’s not.  Thanks to Democrats they destroyed our economy, our infrastructure, schools and quality of life.  Well things are changing and the Liberals don’t like that their “good life” sitting home on the couch watching tv, or at the computer collecting taxpayer funded “goodies” is about to end.

          • Anonymous

            The Liberals are trying to continue legislating like they are still in power.  They keep stalling and finding new excuses so they can keep these programs at the unsustainable levels they are at now.   If these Libs vote for these cuts and their voting block finds out they are “against” them kiss these Democrats holding these seats goobye  Republicans will be gaining  more seats.

          • You will soon see that is not true. The Federal Gov’t has already stated that he CANNOT make the cuts he is proposing. The real fact is that he is wasting a lot of OUR time and money pursuing things that are simply not in his limited power. I feel sorry for you and your lack of compassion for others…..you will die a very lonely person. Like I said…I paid my taxes for 40 yrs and didn’t whine about it. I don’t need to listen to a big baby like yourself whine because your own life is unfulfilling and you blame everyone else for your shortcomings. Pay your share and stop cryin about it. Your mentor LePage will be recalled…watch and see.

          • Anonymous

            He really doesn’t have to do anything. The federal government can’t make him pay for it out of his own pocket. If the state money is not there, or already spent on other issues, what will happen? The system will collapse and then even the most needy will get nothing.
            Also, he won’t be recalled, that is a joke. He is doing exactly what the tax payers want him to do. Eliminating waste and living within our means, just like I have to, like you have to, and anyone else who works and supports a family.

          • Guest

            I am afraid that we conservatives are too late.  We kept quiet thinking we should mind our own business for too long.  We are the ones who just wanted to be left alone and felt we should mind our own business.  Meanwhile, for decades, the progressives created program after program attempting to create their socialist utopia.  When the programs failed they committed us to spending more and more money on those failed programs.  They effectively took over the education system and have mannered to indoctrinate a large percentage of  young people.  I believe they have actually managed to push us past a tipping point where a majority of people either work for government or receive income or benefits from government.  They have indoctrinated a large percentage of people into believing they bear no personal responsibility for their lives, their actions, or their decisions. 

            Part of me despairs for what is to come.  I believe that a complete failure of the system, a crash so to speak, is inevitable at this point.  Most people just cannot accept that such an event can happen in this country.  They have been told by progressives that it cannot and they want to believe.  Just look at how many fell for the mindless, empty of substance, of the “hope and change” message.  The only thing that will force the majority of sheeple to face the truth and deal with reality is a crash.

            Stock up on essentials.  Lots of ammo.  Keep your powder dry and prepare…

          • Anonymous

            I’ve got all that and I can’t wait for the crash. It would be the best thing that ever happened to this country for decades. Start over.

          • Anonymous

            Right. You’re “One Shot, One Kill Recon,” after all.  You’re bad, and you’ll just shoot ’em dead.

          • Anonymous

            It’s not ‘conservative’ it is right wing that you are referring to.  Republicans don’t want to conserve ANYTHING.  A good example, when the world is running out of cheap oil, the Republican are clamoring “let’s hurry up and use up what we have left within our own borders”.I cannot fathom of what would be more shortsighted thinking!

          • Anonymous

             God forbid we should develop our own native oil supply any more. That would mean that the murderous Islamists wouldn’t get so much of our money. Oh, and it might mean some decent jobs for Americans too. Can’t have that!

          • Guest

            ….

          • Guest

            Remember the line from “Crocodile Dundee”?  Went something like this:

            “You call that a knife.  Now THIS is a knife.”

          • Guest

            ….

          • Anonymous

            You speak like an intelligent, articulate person, but you say the dumbest things. Sometimes I wonder if you’re just playing the devils advocate. Interesting.

          • Anonymous

            Actually I am fed up of having to pay high taxes including high property taxes here in Madison (property tax bill is 9x higher than it was a few years ago) for programs that don’t work.  We need TABOR style spending caps at all levels, and consolidations at all levels.
             Though it will never happen because Democrats are against anything that slows the growth of Government and Government programs.

      • Anonymous

        I get so tired of the assumption that all of the healthy young people in Maine who do nothing all day want to work when it is clear that many do not.

        • Anonymous

          I get sick and tired of knowitall Republicans who think they can judge if someone is disabled or in poverty or unworthy of help by just looking at them.

          • Anonymous

            I get sick and tired of know-it-all Democrats who think they’re entitled to determine when someone’s too rich.

            What makes you think you’re owed the fruits of someone else’s labor? 

          • Anonymous

            NOONE cares if they are rich, but they are the ones crying and whining about paying the same tax rates as they did 11 years ago, calling it redistribution of wealth and class warfare. That’s just ridiculous rhetoric. We are talking about millionaires only paying a nickel more per dollar on ONLY the dollars they make above $1 million. Besides if it’s class warfare for that minor increase, it must have been class warfare when those taxes were cut 11 years ago and all the other tax cuts for the rich over the past 50 years.

          • Anonymous

            No, you do care very much if they’re rich.

            You think that you’re entitled to the property of others if their bank account is fatter than yours.  It’s class envy, pure and simple. 

            You think that the magnificent accomplishment of having a pulse qualifies you to be a looter.

          • Anonymous

            I am rich by most standards so you are so wrong about me, but that’s typical crazy rightwingers who think anyone who doesn’t believe in their narrow-minded way of thinking must be a deadbeat, lazy, on welfare etc. Fools say things that they should know better than say. You are simply a person who is only out for yourself so good luck with that. Hopefully you won’t need anyone to help you in the future.

          • Anonymous

            Since you purport to be able to read my mind, allow me to read yours.

            There’s a strong possibility that you’re not playing with a full deck.

          • Anonymous

            And someone who says that IS not playing with a full deck.

          • Anonymous

             Weak.

          • Anonymous

             Beautiful!

          • Anonymous

             See, that’s just the point… who are YOU to declare that anyone is enjoying “excess money”? The millionaires are the one who are generating income. The more they do, the more they make and (hopefully) the more they get to keep. And there you sit, all ready to decree how much extra they “should” be paying! I think the movers and the shakers ought to be able to keep their money, since they are the ones generating business. Jeez, this is like four wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for lunch…

          • Anonymous

            Nobody’s got excess money to give away, but the rich who have amassed the most wealth from America’s greatness…the roads and bridges they move their products on in big trucks that wear out our roads and bridges faster, a free banking system and the greatest market in the world, a military, police, homeland security, SEC, fire to protect them and their assets  and on and on, they can and should feel a duty to pay a LITTLE more. You’d think that less than 5¢ on the dollar tax on ONLY those dollars above $1million will cause the sky to fall. GEEZ it was EXACTLY the same fed income tax rate the rich had 11 years ago! Yet you guys scream bloody murder “redistribution of wealth”,”you’re dividing America”, “we should get to keep our money” and other lame greedy statements. For LESS THAN A NICKEL PER DOLLAR like 11 years ago…It’s just crazy nonsense from greedy righties who think they should pay nothing for everything government provides for them.

          • Anonymous

             As I am sure the Republicans are sick and tired of Democrats who think they are qualified to parcel out other peoples’ money for their pet programs.  Is this purely a Ouija board process, or are there realistic guidelines?

        • Anonymous

          But then again, why do you assume they do NOT want to work?

      • Anonymous

        Try the working people who cant afford health insurance and still have to pay over a $100.00 a week for it!!! Oh and i might as well throw in groceries and heating oil!! I buy all my own and its sad to say but no I dont want my taxes to go up to support others!! Usally if I’m sick, I stick it out til monday too so I dont need to pay $150 for an ER visit! Granted I feel bad for the people who are going to lose it!! But at the same time when your in the MIDDLE it feels like you get screwed worse!!

        • Anonymous

          You are exactly the type of person I’m talking about. I so agree with you. The working poor are in need of health care help. Unfortuately some don’t have any options other than MaineCare. Neither they nor you are what  a lot of those on this blog call lazy deadbeats. I admire all you do.

          • Anonymous

            Blame the Democrats in the early 90’s driving our health insurance companies and other companies that deliver health services out of business.  The Socialist model doesn’t work at the state level including brining in Dirigo Health.  It won’t work either with NOBAMACARE.

        • Anonymous

          Nobody’s suggesting that your taxes should go up to pay for the poor and the elderly. Most people,however, would like to see the recent unnecessary GOP income tax cuts for millionaires and the Millionaires ONLY Estate tax cut delayed or rescinded. Besides because we all pool our taxes together for the common good, you might at most be personally paying $5-$10 a year in taxes that help the poor and elderly. Why sweat the small stuff for the needy when you don’t care about all the tax giveaways to the ones who don’t NEED it.

        • Anonymous

          You are getting screwed, you just don’t realize it’s the crooked politicians that are screwing you. Many are in bed with the large insurance and pharmaceutucal companies, driving up costs. Olympia is one that comes to mind. She’s so likable, and such a good speaker that people don’t check her history out. Do that and you’ll find that she’s a multi millionaire whose biggest campaign donors are insurance and pharmaceutical companies. She’s smooth, but probably lacks a conscience.

          • Anonymous

            Really Maine had some of the lowest health insurance rates and some of the lowest health care costs in the country.  Until the Democrats thought  in the early 1990’s they could  do better with this socialist model they put in.  Now we can’t pay our hospitals, health care providers.  We drove out our insurance companies , and health care providers.  So stop blaming others when it is Maine Democrat Party that is the folks attacking the people they claim to be helping.

          • Anonymous

            Olympia is republican. When her campaign starts see who her biggest supporter is. It’s the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Their largest, most powerful members are large health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. She wields great power in Congress and is bought and paid for. Why are you so blind?

    • Anonymous

      You bet!  I agree with you 100%.  There’s nothing more frustrating that going to work every day and stopping at the grocery store on the way home to see the able-bodied couples (who you know when you live in a small town) hauling out their food-stamp cards. It is sickening that we the working class are trying to get by and these lazy bums get handouts.  

      • OldWench

        Over 75% of foodstamp recipients are CHILDREN.  Not surprised someone that talks like you would expect kindergarten children to do manual labor 40 hours a week at minimum wage. 

        • Anonymous

          Wench that is a damned lie. They don’t want kindergarten children working 40 hours for minimum wage. They want them working 40 hours at a “training” wage which is $2 per hour less then minimum.

          • OldWench

            Whoops…my mistake…you’re right…training wage…or even less since they are so young.

          • Yes and at a 50% tax rate since they don’t need much money…..

          • Anonymous

            Another irritating liberal characteristic is how they ‘decide’ how much money people ‘need’. Somehow, magically, they just know. Especially when it is not their money they are happily dividing up, right? The “rich” (not really defined) don’t need all that nasty money, so let’s US give it to people who ‘deserve’ it more. Tired of that? Keep Mr. LePage in office, and give him the time and the tools to clean this up..

        • Anonymous

          Indeed they are, but children learn what they live.The parents should have to go out and work, even if it’s volunteering. Teaching children that they don’t have to work is the real crime.

          • Anonymous

            VERY well said!

          • I pray every day that p[eople like you and Josie lose YOUR job. It would be fun to see you with nothing and it would be great karma to all the poor you insult with your self-centered attitudes…..

          • Anonymous

            But that isn’t “mean spirited” or hate speech…….. right?

          • Anonymous

            Didn’t you get the memo? 

            It’s not “hate” when they do it.

          • Anonymous

            Amen.

          • Anonymous

            The children do not get food stamps, but they do get their free meals at school. So the food stamp parents actually get their kids fed for free in two different ways.

          • OldWench

            When my now grown children were young and I had taken them and ran away from domestic violence I had to go on welfare and food stamps.  Each person in a household (including children) have their own separate identification number for tanf and foodstamps.  The amount is given to the head of household on behalf of the child.

          • Anonymous

            So let’s stop feeding the children. We’re being led down the path to being a third world country anyway, why not start now. The ultra rich should study a little history and see what happens to them when we (the working class) finally have nothing left. Their money won’t be worth much then. They’ll be spending it all on razor wire and security.

          • Anonymous

             Sure! Why don’t we study some history? Let’s look at the Soviet Union! There is an example of just what you Libs are begging for! Soak the rich? Heck no – let’s KILL the rich, then divide up their loot amongst The People! Great idea! Redistribute the wealth? Sure! Here’s the rule: “From each, according to his ability, to each, according to his needs.” Everybody equal! Wonderful! Oh, wait – there were just a few small problems with that program. For one thing, people objected to giving most of what they earned to the State, so that their money could be redistributed. Solution: line ’em up and shoot ’em. Problem solved. Another problem: people objected to having nothing to show for years of labor, when their lazy neighbors who did less, got the same support from the state. They then tried to vote with their feet (leave the USSR). Solution: line ’em up and shoot ’em. Problem solved. Another problem: people didn’t like seeing government leaders being MORE equal than everybody else. You know, special stores just for them, special dachas just for them, visits abroad just for them, the best educations just for their kids. Solution: line ’em up and shoot ’em. Problem solved. Oh, and a few more things. Everybody had FREE healthcare, but the government didn’t have any money for drugs and equipment; well, except for those Special hospitals for the high-ranking Party Members. Very well-trained doctors and nothing for them to work with. Internal passports: you couldn’t move around just anywhere you wished. Border guards who spent more time keeping people IN as they did keeping people OUT. Oh, and the 5-year plans! The geniuses in government did all the fiscal and production planning. Guess we know how THAT worked out… See, the problem with Socialism is the the people who are productive resent having to carry the freight for all the lazy doofuses and mismanagement freaks. The only way to make Socialism work is to shoot people. Heck, Stalin had over 20,000,000 of his people killed – until the rest were so cowed they played along. Generations of entrepreneurship murdered or stamped out. Good job! One last thing: name a drug developed and distributed in the Soviet Union during the Communist period. Yes, they made drugs, no they didn’t develop new drugs – the nasty capitalists did that. Here, this is an interesting, short read: http://www.fee.org/nff/socialized-health-care-the-communist-dream-and-the-soviet-reality/

          • Anonymous

            What are you talking about? I never endorsed communism, I believe in capitalism, but real capitalism gives everyone a chance to succeed, even the poor and middle class, not just the powerful and wealthy. Wow, what a rant, you need a valium.

          • Anonymous

            Yep; a teacher told me years ago that a parent can come in and declare that he can’t afford the hot lunch, and, even though the school system KNOWS the parent is lying, it MUST provide the free lunches. The parental statement on this subject MUST be accepted. The system has fraud designed into it. Nice. I’m supposed to be okay with that.

          • Anonymous

            By definition, volunteering brings in no income.  How much volunteering do you do?

          • So in other words a person who is a Paranoid Schizophrenic should be working ? Is it OK if he works next to you ? Cause I’d rather see them on assistance than stuffing someone’s hand in a machine at work…..geez…I’d have to clean it up ! Or maybe we should lock them in a loony bin for life ? That’s free right ? Children DO learn what they live…so what do we do when our kids tell their teacher to “kiss my butt” ? Get a grip.

          • OldWench

            Here is a newsflash for you….EVERYONE who receives TANF is required to work full time, go to school full time, enroll in a full time training program or volunteer full time.  That is the LAW.  The only people who don’t have to do this are those with infants, disabled children at home or who are disabled themselves.  What you say you wan’t ALREADY happens and has for a long time.  

        • Mary Stubbs

          The children are not the ones going to DHHS and asking for food stamps. They might be a beneficiary, but their parents are the ones with their hands out. There are jobs if people want to work.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly!  We live in a fishing community.  There are posters for jobs available at ever local supermarket for stern men jobs in this town.  No excuse.  Granted, I wouldn’t want that kind of job, but if you bring kids into the world, you do ANYTHING necessary to support them, not mooch off we the taxpayers

          • Anonymous

            I can recall many stories in which both my grandfather and father spoke of jobs they had done in order to support their families. I was very fortunate to grow up in a much better circumstance than them. However as and adult I have too have on one occassion taken a job that I really did not want to do as I was in serious need of extra cash.

          • Guest

            It seems all you have to do is go out and take a job, not be offered one.  A person can be serious and dedicated in a search for work, but the job must be offered.

          • Funny I applied for part time work to supplement my retirement and was told to “go back to Mass”. So I just suck down FREE food stamps and Mainecare cuz I can. I was more than willing to work but that’s what a backward human resources person told me. Employers in Maine don’t even follow equal opportunity laws. They think they are above the law.

          • Fishing ? What are you talking about ? See what I mean about being “self-centered” ? Maine is a big State. I live in Piscataquis. We don’t have any jobs here for sternmen…matter of fact we don’t have any salt water to fish lobster. Should people here drive 200 miles everyday for a low wage job that won’t even pay for their gas ? I wouldn’t have done that either. I retired here from Boston where they accept “outsiders” and hence have work for everyone. Too bad about people on welfare…if Mainers like you would drop the hillbilly attitude and allow new people in the community your tax base would profit and you wouldn’t have so many on welfare. I have no sympathy for you and apparently either does the Fed as you will see when they give ol Guvnah the smack-down ! Lol

          • Dude, be careful. Your common sense is beginning to show and your blinder’s are off. Who knows, maybe some reality wll finally begin to creep in over the Kittery Bridge. We can all pray it is soon !!!

          • Anonymous

            Hey, GOOD NEWS! The road back to Boston is still open!

          • Anonymous

            You’re ignorant. He retired here and brings revenue to the state. He should be welcomed by all, even if you disagree with his politics.

          • Anonymous

            Read my post.  I’m talking about people in my home town.  Yes, people that I know personally (have hired in the past and/or had as tenants in our rental properties).  Sorry, but they’re lazy.  They can go clamming if they want, spend hours repairing automobiles and lifting engines around, play basketball at the adult leagues, but have such an aching back they aren’t able to work?  Give me a break.

            So the rest of your questions should be answered.  

            We live in a very tourist-driven town.  A majority of our winter population happens to be the outsiders that you speak of.  I wish we could have more of them.  They don’t soak the system.  And don’t get me wrong, a lot of the locals here are fantastic as well (a majority of them being successful fishermen).  It’s those ones who I have personal experience with who will even look at you and TELL you that they aren’t married because the state would take away their government aid disgust me, and I can’t imagine anyone changing my mind on that, coming from a mother who worked 3 jobs herself to raise me after my father passed away.  

          • Anonymous

            Do they pay a living wage with benefits so people can get off MaineCare, or are you talking through your legal butt?

          • Anonymous

            Far more than minimum wage.  The average around here is probably 40-50K per year if you jump on a boat with any of the big dogs.  

          • Anonymous

            Then there’s no reason people shouldn’t be willing to work those jobs. That’s good pay for maine.

          • Anonymous

            It’s very good pay.  When we were first married, that’s what my husband did for work so we could put me through college while providing for our kids.  Then I got a job and he went to part-time work so we could put him through college.  At 40, we finally have careers.  There’s no excuse for anyone else who is able bodied in my opinion.  If we can do it, so can anyone else.

          • Guest

            Typical liberal attitude.

            The job isn’t good enough for you or the work is too hard.

          • Anonymous

            I asked about wages and benefits not work difficulty.

          • Anonymous

            Well, to your credit, YOU do. Others… not so much. Isn’t it fun that such people can have as many kids as THEY like, and you can’t do anything about it? It’s like they get to say how much state money they’d like to have. One kid, two kids, three kids… the sky’s the limit!

          • Anonymous

            You’re contradicting yourself. Above you rightfully praised freedom, and now you imply we as a government should have control over how many kids someone has.

          • Anonymous

             I hope you are not just being willfully dense, but I will try to differentiate the two posts for you. I do not advocate that “government should have control over how many kids someone has”. But the way the current welfare system works – if a mother on welfare gets pregnant again, she has the baby and WE pay for it. If she decides to have yet another child, WE pay for that one too, and – as it all too frequently transpires – we end up paying room & board, education (and sometimes incarceration) expenses until the child reaches 18 and can (frequently) apply for his/her own welfare accounts. See, this amounts to the welfare receiver being able to unilaterally UP her income as each baby arrives. THAT is what chaps my butt. We have given her “carte blanche” to debit the system for any amount of money. It is unlimited. No end of it. No control over expenditures. She could hatch an entire baseball team and WE would be forced to pay for it. Now, we can’t advocate for sterilization of welfare mothers (that’s been done, and got a ton of bad press), but I feel there should be a little protection for the taxpayers, you know? What realistic penalties could there be to put in place to prevent this sort of escalation of costs, or do we “just OWE it to them”? When you tell me I have to pay for my own kids, plus YOUR kids, because you are on the dole and can’t figure out birth control, I cry BS.

          • Anonymous

            Promise I’m not being dense. I agree with you on this post, but not all your posts. The best bumper sticker I’ve ever seen is, “If You Can’t Feed ’em, Don’t Breed ’em”. My interpretation of your post was that you were being a little heartless, maybe I misread your intent.

          • Anonymous

             I am happy that you do agree with me on this one. The question is: how do we fix this (to me) glaring flaw in the law? I think that it is obvious that we MUST take steps to rein in runaway welfare costs. The example I give above is an excellent illustration of how costs can run away; how do you even try to budget for unknown expenses like welfare recipients deciding to have more kids “on-the-house”, as it were. Further, how to you do it without the Libs going to town about starving babies, or attempting to control mothers’ bodies? It is difficult to NOT sound like an ogre, and yet it is perfectly appropriate to desire NOT to finance others’ poor parenthood decisions. The way the law is written now, it gives a single mother the ‘right’ to requisition as much of my income as she elects to. No recourse, no appeal.

          • Really ? Name one please.

          • Anonymous

            Where are the jobs that pay a living wage with benefits so people can get off MaineCare, certainly not Mardens. LePage took care of that when he was there. So where are they???

        • Anonymous

          And those 75% of children have sperm and egg donors who SHOULD be splitting the bill and taking care of their responsibilities.   

        • Anonymous

          Last i knew the kids didn’t sign up for the help the parents did! When someone decides to have kids you need to raise them! I can see helping people out, but maine has turned into a welfare state and welfare has turned into a lifestyle!

          • Anonymous

            So we do need contraception and family planning, right?

          • No that’s being cut…..

          • Guest

            Many of these losers need a cork.

        • Whatya mean ? The Governor said kids SHOULD be working when he tore down the Worker’s Rights murals. He doesn’t believe in Worker’s Rights. Yet listen to all the working people here supporting him. It’s crazy I tell ya !

      • Analyst 59

        When are you people going to get it straight. LePage is proposing cutting healthcare and support services for elderly and disabled adults. 

        This has NOTHING to do with welfare or food stamps, this is healthcare. If these elderly and disabled loose the benefits they currently have they will go to the ER for their healthcare needs when then are very sick instead of seeing a doctor before they get sick. This will increase the cost of healthcare for all of us because the ER costs will not be reimbursed. The hospitals will be forced to increase their fees for those with insurance and the cost of insurance will increase so the insurance company CEO’s and shareholders can get their share. In the end, those who invest in insurance companies and those with multi-million dollar salaries will benefit. For this work LePage will receive large contributions so he can spin his version of the truth and convince the sheeple of Maine to vote him in for one more term.

        • Anonymous

          I know it’s a sidebar, but I’m not talking about the elderly.  Read my post.  I’m talking about the able-bodied young.  When are people going to read before they comment?

          • Anonymous

            Actually responding to others’ points would only get in the way of spouting off their own. We also need to remeber that Mainecare already owes hospitals and doctors quite a bit of money.

          • Anonymous

            Yes they do. I was privvy to hear exactly what Eliot Cutlers plan for paying hospitals and doctors was if he were to become Governor. In a meeting with the board of directors of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital he made the statement that hospitals and doctors better forget that money even exists as they are never going to see it.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, too bad. I guess the lesson here is, what? Never trust the word of a Liberal…?

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeah! Like over $125,000,000. But that’s other peoples’ money, not REAL money…

          • And who are you to determine if someone is able-bodied ? Where did you get your Medical degree ? Can you tell me about MY medical problems with just a mere glance ? If so then you should be providing cheap medical care….it would only take an expert like you a minute to solve all our healthcare problems.

          • Anonymous

            I hope you will be careful about jumping to conclusions. My adult daughter has a disabling genetic disorder. If you look at her on the street, or chat with her, you’d never imagine what she goes through every day. If you saw her spend food stamps, you might be tempted to say–“Ah HA! One of those able-bodied frauds!” But you would be very wrong. Indeed, you would be very cruel.

            YOU could become disabled. One of YOUR children or grandchildren could become disabled. Then you or they would be very grateful for social services… if you havven’t succeeded in destroying them.

          • Anonymous

            I’m very careful.  I don’t assume that because someone is using a stamp card that they are soaking the system.  The ones I speak of are ones that I know personally, a majority of whom I have either employed at one point or another or have rented one of our rental properties to them

          • Guest

            So you are telling us that your daughter cannot do ANYTHING for work.  Not even for a few hours a week.

            If she can drive to the store to shop then she can do something..

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for providing an example of leaping to conclusions on the basis of little or no evidence.

            Our daughter is disabled and under our guardianship. She works ~20 hours per week changing diapers in an Alzheimer’s unit. Her medical and psychiatric issues mean that whenever she gets ambitious and tries to take on more duties or more hours, she becomes ill and winds up having to take time off work (or gets laid off).

            She had SSDI, but has managed to work enough hours in recent years (she’s in her mid-30s) at minimum wage that she has just lost SSDI, and with it her Medicare coverage. She still has SSI but gets little or nothing because she earns “too much.” Also, she just got married, and her (also disabled) husband works part-time.

            You would not want to be dealing with her complex disabilities. She was hospitalized several times in her late teens/early 20s. She wound up living in a group home, then gradually transitioning into an apt with in-home supports. The supports were phased out once she had been trained to use a pill box.

            Think about what that means in terms of her functioning–needing to be trained to use a pill box.

            Thanks to her clinicians, and to me and my husband, she has been stable for about 10 years now. She’s a real success story. But every day is difficult, for her and for us. In a sense, we have to act as her frontal lobes.

            She’s the type of person conservatives are being trained to despise–she looks pretty normal, but is overweight thanks to her meds (she was slender, but gained nearly 70 pounds in about 6 months). She can walk and talk unaided. She uses food stamps when her income is low enough. She has Mainecare.

            Say one nasty thing about her and this Mom’s rage will curdle your innards.

          • Guest

            Thank you for expanding on your daughters situation.  I have no problem helping people like your daughter.

            For your information I have 2 similar situations in my close family.  Not sons or daughters, but very close.  The girl is similar in that she does some work but pretty much has to be supervised all the time.  As you put it someone has to  act as her frontal lobes because she has NO sense of judgment and you never know what she might decide to do.

            The young man is different, mental illness that can only be controlled with medication and the level of that medication necessary for him to function has physical effects as well.  He cannot do too much or in effect he “loses it”.  from experience we know that level is somewhere around 20 hours a week depending also on the stress level of what he is doing.  However, his mother has convinced him he cannot do ANYTHING.  It doesn’t help that his mother is on disability for 15 years as well.  For purely physical reasons.  The fact is that her physical condition has improved and she can easily do 20 to 30 hours of work IF, and I repeat, IF she wanted to.  You have no idea how frustrating and painful it has been to see the mental changes in her over the past 15 years.  She has gone from being a responsible, capable, go getter to becoming nothing but a slug.  She has sunk into the disability mindset where she is just satisfied with life as it is and has convinced herself that she cannot hold down a job.  and besides that, if she had a job they might cut back some of her benefits you know….

            Guess what.  Some of us who disagree with you have more personal experience with these situations than you are willing to give credit for.

          • Anonymous

            It does sound like you and I have a lot in common.

            My fear is that, acting on orders from the Koch brothers, ALEC, and others, LePage is working hard to destroy the social safety net in Maine. Conservative media are fostering the notion that all or most people who are impoverished and/or disabled are lazy fakers.

            If his plans succeed, many people with real needs will suffer.

            Incidentally, part of my job involves weeding out people who are faking disabilities in an effort to get SSI, SSDI, etc. I have lots of excellent ways to catch them, and enjoy the process. So I’m aware that fakers exist. I’m simply very wary about ALL needy people getting tarred with the “fraud” brush.

          • Anonymous

            ???

        • Exactly…Thank You

      • So quit your job and join them…..

      • Anonymous

         I know several of these so called ” Lazy bums”  Most work 2 and sometimes 3 parttime jobs because there are NO full time jobs.  They pay their taxes just like you. And their taxes also fund EBT and Mainecare. They have paid into the safety net and they should be able to use it. I hope you never lose your income and need help, but when you do, I will be the first to call you a lazy bum.
        Maybe the LePage should start looking at the fact that these are people and our neighbors not a product at Mardens that you can cut out because it doesn’t sell like you want

        • Anonymous

          Someday people will read posts and take them in context.  Once again, I have no issue with people who need it and are not lazy bums.  Someone working 2 and sometimes 3 part time jobs are NOT lazy people, are they?  At least I certainly don’t.  As for the elderly and disabled (as I’ve said a thousand times already but shall repeat again), they need it.  I have no issue with those folks either.  Why are you calling people who work 2-3 part-time jobs lazy? :)

          • Guest

            You got it.  Reminds me of my ex’s lazy son.  lives in a dump because he is too lazy to fix or clean it up.  Takes off work for 6 months in the winter every year so he can lay around and smoke pot.  Actually convinced his mother one year that he was too depressed to go back to work that spring so she would support him.  When she finally said she couldn’t afford to keep giving him money he miraculously got well enough to go back to work.

          • Anonymous

            And if the Government would step it up and do the same type of thing (i.e. cut off the benefits for the ones that don’t need it), these folks would work too

      • Anonymous

        I’ve got an idea. Mind your own business and you won’t be so frustrated.

        • Anonymous

          It is the business of we the taxpayers.  Granted, we have very little control over the situation, but you better believe it’s the business of all of those who pay taxes in this country.  ALL matters of our government spending should be of concern.  Our kids and grandchildren will be paying this debt forever.  It has to end somewhere

          • Anonymous

             It does need to stop and we need to do it. If not us, who? If not now, when?

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!  Why some people think we can continue like this is beyond me.  It’s a sad situation our country is in and where it’s headed.

          • Anonymous

            Are you concerned, then, with what legislators, snow plow drivers and people who work at the DMV eat and what they spend their money on? That’s all taxpayer money too. Is that your business as well? Why turn your judging eye on just one group? Is it because they are poor? And if you are so concerned about government spending I’m pretty sure you have bothered to inform yourself about how much of your tax dollars are supporting those who have less than you…..not much.

          • Anonymous

            I complain about most government spending.  It’s ridiculous and it can’t continue.  Our country is already in a disaster and we haven’t seen anything compared to what it’s going to be at the rate we’re going

          • Anonymous

            how do you propose that we help those who are disabled then. Or do we let them starve to death? Or do you just want to be the person that decides who is disabled?

          • Anonymous

            I would propose that we DO help the disabled.  Doctors would be a great place to start for determining disability and, further, after the doctor declares a disability, vocational rehab if they qualify.

      • Anonymous

        How well do you really know this “able-bodied” couple? Do you know if one or both of them have a serious mental illness? Are you sure neither has ever had a stroke? Are you certain that there is no developmental disorder, such as a chromosome deletion syndrome?

        You are trying to destroy the social safety net in Maine, based on your assumptions about two people in your town about whom I suspect you have extremely limited information.

        The conservative media are persuading you to hate first, and think later (if ever).

        If you succeed in destroying the social safety net, it will no longer exist when you or one of your kids give birth to a disabled child, or when YOU or they lose a job and can’t find another one, or when YOU or someone you love has a devastating accident or illness.

        Whenever you lash out at someone less fortunate then you, somewhere, a millionaire is laughing at you, while pocketing that nice special tax break.

        • Anonymous

          I know them very well actually and they are lazy.  I’ve employed them before as a mean of hoping they could get their acts together, but you can’t keep employees who are plain old lazy.  

          I have no issue with someone receiving benefits if they NEED them.  Having a disabled child would be  a need.  Having a devastating accident or illness would be a need.  Lazy is not a need in my book.

          • Anonymous

            It looks like, based on your belief that your neighbors are “lazy”, you are aligning with LePage and the Koch brothers to demolish social services in Maine.
             
            That will include social services for people with disabilities, and for people who cannot find a job (though they are not lazy), and for people who have minimum wage jobs or can find only part-time work and need MaineCare.

            One day, YOU could become disabled. Or, like me and my husband, you could have a child or grandchild who is born with a devastating disability. Please think about this. You and your loved ones are not invulnerable.

          • Anonymous

            I have never said that at all.  If you want to assume you know what I think, go for it.  I’m guessing you will anyway.  I will say it only once again and perhaps you will understand.  The help should be there FOR the people who are disabled AND the elderly.  Not the lazy ones.  Now do with that what you will.

          • Anonymous

            I apologize if I’ve misunderstood you.

            It seems clear that LePage is trying to destroy MaineCare (and all of DHHS, if he can), suing the notion that most people who gethelp are frauds.

            Would you be willing to stand up against him, and to assert that you would like to see MaineCare remain available for disabled and indigent people?

          • Anonymous

            Disabled and elderly?  Absolutely!  My grandmother was on MaineCare (well, actually I believe it was called Medicaid back then…was quite a few years ago).  She had a stroke.  Had worked all her life alongside my grandfather running their nursery business.  She paid for her medical expenses for a while on her own with their retirement money, but when that ran out, she never could have survived without assistance.  I’m glad it was there for her.

            I’m not with LePage.  I truly do believe our welfare system needs an overhaul.  However, cutting the people who truly need it should not be part of the plan.  What I find, however, is that the ones who need it most are the most reluctant to try to get the assistance, unfortunately.  I know poor grandma counted pennies for a while so she wouldn’t have to take any assistance.  Very sad.

            No problem for the misunderstanding.  It happens often on here.  I usually try to make my posts clear, but apparently they occasionally come out as clear as mud.

          • Anonymous

            How nice to have a meeting of the minds. That is indeed rare here.

    • Anonymous

      LePage says that he tried to address the shortfall last February?    Then why did it take him 9 or 10 months to even come up with his proposal?    Why didn’t he work with the legislative leaders to get the Appropriations Committee in there earlier so everyone would be working with the same numbers.

      The reason is obvious,  because he knows that the numbers don’t add  up and it’s his department that didn’t pay the bills on time.   He also knows that the 150 million in tax cuts would come into play.

      The man is so full of it.   We have to question every word that comes out of his mouth.  You ought not to worry about Mayor Brennan,   he knows the process,   and he knows that Le Page didn’t act responsibly and honorably.    He knows that Le Page needed to create a crisis in order to get this far fetched, wretched, unfair and provocative proposal passed.   And now he is threatening education cuts AGAIN!.   It’s political blackmail.   He knows, you know, I know, the whole damned state knows he isn’t going to get the federal waivers.  He thinks he can do what he wants when he is refused,  and he is sadly mistaken.

      His behavior is embarrassing and irresponsible. Eventually, he will be held accountable for all of his actions.

    • Anonymous

      LePage is talking through his butt again. He still doesn’t realize this is a democracy, not a monarchy. He doesn’t have sole authority to shut down anything except is bullying empty threats, and we all know that’s not happening anytime soon. 

      • He will make history !  When he is recalled and thrown out of office in shame.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, thats what Obuma needs done to him.

          • Anonymous

            Always back to Obama. FOCUS Foreman FOCUS!!!!

    • Bill Bob

      Progressive tax increase / reform in needed nationwide.
      (Not just in Maine.) Besides for every one of your tax dollars about 7.5 cents
      goes to these programs. ~ Source IRS website. You need to start looking at the
      real problems in America like corporations evading tax and government corruption.

      • It’s easier for bullies to pick on those that cannot defend themselves….

    • I hear ya but why hasn’t anyone looked into all the wasteful spending in State Gov’t ? How many welfare families could 41k a year feed ? That’s what LePage gave to his sister out of YOUR taxes for her new job. There are more than just welfare recipients “draining the system”….as a matter of fact, that’s where people learn to do it.

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t you mean “daughter” not sister?

      • Anonymous

        He needed someone to play checkers with. I don’t think he has many friends.

    • Briney

      I’d advise you to read that excellent column by David Farmer in the BDN, today. 

    • Coulnt have put it better myself!  Excellent!

  • Anonymous

    My guess is that Penguin demanded that he stop talking to the press about his concerns, and Brennan politely thanked him and said no.

    • Anonymous

      Who is this penguin progressives keep praying to .It can not be the governor i thought they were above petty name calling.I guess when you have no answers this is whats left

      • Anonymous

        It’s what passes for razor sharp wit with them.

      • Anonymous

        It’s called Satire.  And it’s as American as apple pie.  According to the Republican’s, it is one of the reasons our kids are fighting in Afghanistan.  To protect my ability to engage in it. 

      • Anonymous

        They are just full of hot air. They have no real suggestions, but they would rather die than to say their party made the mess we’re in today. They are gonna whine even harder come November when they loose more seats to the republicans. America wants change and they didn’t get it with oboma. It’s time for the workers of America to stand up and take what’s rightfully theirs. Their pay checks.  

        • Anonymous

          The word is “lose” not “loose”.  Guess you don’t know it all.

          • Anonymous

            Typical liberal. When you can’t strengthen you’re argument you resort to personal attacks.

          • Anonymous

            I just get extremely irritated by the wrong usage of the words ‘lose’ and loose’.  Somehow that distinction is not being taught anymore because 95% of the populous uses them incorrectly.

          • Anonymous

            That would be “populace” not “populous.”

          • Anonymous

            Touche!

          • Anonymous

            That’s public education at it’s best. And I have a high school diploma, not a G.E.D. but anyway, back to our argument. Why should Mainecare pay for a drug addicts treatment? Also why isn’t the treatment done in a Dr.’s office? I think children have the right to be on Mainecare, but why do the parents, who are able bodied, entitled to Mainecare just because they have kids? My point is if you stop the abuse you will have enough money in the program to help those who really need and deserve our help. The libs. say raise the taxes on the millionaires. How many millionaires are there in the state of Maine? D.H.S. alone is 220 sum odd million short. How much would you have to raise taxes to get that kind of money? 

        • OldWench

          LePage is doing the exact same things that Scott Walker in Wisconsin has been doing.  A MILLION of Wisconsin’s residents signed a petition to recall him…TWICE as many people as they needed to put a recall to a vote.  The majority of that state DESPISES that governor.  It’s the same thing here in Maine…the majority of people in this state hate LePage and if Maine had a recall option you can bet your booty there would be enough signatures to put this to a vote and kick this clown out.  Everyone I know, even the Republicans, are voting Democratic JUST to ensure LePage is made a lame duck so he can’t do any further damage.  Republicans are in serious trouble thanks to the insane Tea Party politicians.

          • Anonymous

            Again, all hot air and no suggestions. That’s what put us in this mess. Good luck in November.

  • StillRelaxin

    The Mayor suggested, “The governor allow lawmakers to look beyond the DHHS shortfall to the wider state budget to find savings.” Does this mean that there actually are other State agencies/departments? The way Mr. LePage and crew talk one would think that all the State does is provide social services. Could they be missing out on other opportunities to save? Do they not know these agencies and departments exist? Is there some reason they would fixate only on the weakest and neediest among us?

    The Mayor also suggested that Mr. LePage “Consider consider tax increases to raise additional revenues.” Well that’s logical but only if one considers social welfare important. Clearly for Mr. LePage and crew the only role that the poor, mentally or physically ill, elderly, and lately even our children’s educations play is in how well they can be scandalized/smeared/manipulated in the public’s eyes to gain some political advantage.

    A quote from Confucius applies well here, “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Bad politicians and bad politics do not build good societies.

    • Anonymous

      the good mayor built this problem .Now Mr lepage has to clean up his mess.Start contributing democrats you just can not sit at home and expect to take from working people more and more.When 50% of Maine is on some sort of assistance from failed policies of the past something has to change.

      • StillRelaxin

        Yes Mainers, how are Mr. LePage’s “Putting People Before Politics” and “Bringing Businesses And Jobs Back To Maine” campaign slogans working out for us all? What have we gotten instead? Nothing but attacks on the weakest among us and a stagnant job market. Yes something has to change and change it will, when come next November we vote this tyrant’s base of support (Slim House and Senate majorities) out of office. Then and only then will Mr. LePage learn the most important lesson of politics, how to compromise.

        • Anonymous

          Can not wait until we get more republicans in the house and senate.Then we can truly fix the failed policy’s from the past admin.Sit back and enjoy the ride us producers had to for years.Go Lepage

          • Anonymous

            At the rate the GOP is going, it will be awhile before that happens!

          • Anonymous

            My guess is we will see Jesus walking the halls of the Maine State House long before we ever see another republican legislator.

          • StillRelaxin

            If Jesus were to walk the halls with GOP/Tea Party folks still around they’d likely chase him out of the building with guns a blazen shouting, SOCIALIST!  SOCIALIST! 

          • Anonymous

            Not to worry Still. There won’t be a republican legislator in Augusta for a very very very…………..long time after the November elections.

          • Jesus could make fish and bread materialize out of thin air for everyone….Republicans would try to tax it.

          • OldWench

            Pffffffffffffffffffffffftttt….you won’t see another Republican majority or governor in Maine again for at least a century…when all those alive now to remember this debacle are dead and gone.

          • No…I will engrave it in granite like the Georgie Guidestones to last well beyond 100 yrs : )

          • Lol….you been smokin bath salts huh ? Hate to tell ya bud but the GOP is gonna get skewered and they know it. You may be slightly disillusioned when they drop like flies next election.

      • Guest

        And, you. timjy, why dont you hire me and take taxes out of me. You sound like you are well off enough sipsipmotetego……

        • He works at McDonald’s….why else would he cry like a baby when he has to pay taxes ?

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever noticed how reformed alcoholics detest alcoholics? Have you noticed how reformed smokers detest smokers? Have you noticed how formerly overweight people detest obese people? Could it just possibly be that a former child of poverty detest the poor?

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s actually a bit darker than that myself. His level of distrust, disrespect and persistence in targeting the poor and vulnerable of this State is making me think that he may have a personality disorder.

        • He is definately a whack-job. The entire country jokes about him. Have you seen the YouTube parodies of him ? Some from as far as China…lol….what a joke !

    • You can’t blame only LePage. He ran on the platform of ending welfare because that’s what Mainers wanted. Maine doesn’t really deserve any Federal money because they discriminate against other Americans from out of State. Being from Mass I KNOW this. They call it ignorance and it is quite prevalent here. So i take the food AND Mainecare since I am not given any opportunity to work. Can’t have your cake and eat it too Mainers.

  • Anonymous

    So all you folks that whine that we should pay more in to taxes to support the people that either can’t or won’t take care of themselves my suggest that you all write a check to the State of Maine for the extra you all can afford to pay for these people.  Keep up the good work Governor I support you a 100%.

    • Anonymous

      You have decided to believe that every disabled person, and every person who has been thrown out of work and can’t find a new job, is a fraud.

      You are mistaken.

      If Maine shreds the social safety net based on the lies you are choosing to believe, it will not exist when you lose YOUR job and can’t find another, or when YOU or one of your kids or grandkids is disabled.

      • Anonymous

        Nobody said that! Geez, pay attention! If you keep throwing these red herrings into the conversation, it won’t BE a conversation…

    • Anonymous

      Said the hen to the fox.

  • Anonymous

    hopefully Mr Lepage reminds the good mayor that his programs are why we are in this mess. progressives just don’t get it. Other peoples money has run out. The democrats just can not buy votes through entitlements anymore. Time for the voting couch crowd to get a job.

    • Anonymous

      Operative word there, “voting”.       You will lose, and you will lose BIG in November as it regards this state’s legislative leadership.   Elderly people vote,  many of them will be affected if his plan goes on,   guess who those that vote are gonna vote for?

      • Lmao ! Yup ! With all the voters that are waiting to axe the Guvnah anyone would be a fool to support him….He’s history already.

        • Anonymous

          And so are his legislative supporters, only they’re history THIS November!

    • Anonymous

      I have always thought that being called progressive was a compliment and that being a regressive (calling himself a conservative) was an insult.

      • Anonymous

        You’re correct, but there are always plenty around that will say “We’ve always done it this way and we ain’t changing.”

  • Guest

    ….

    • Guest

      Any thoughts where those cuts should be aimed?  or is your plan to create more poverty by raising taxes.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        The cuts could easily be made in vendor’s administrative costs.  Right now it costs more to administer a program (serving children or old folks) than the services are worth.  Better to just close the programs, and send these folks a check.

  • Harry H Snyder III

    Let me get this straight.  There are people here who believe we should raise taxes (on the working class) so that the non-working class can survive?  At the low end, raising the sales tax even one cent pushes people on the edge of poverty off a cliff. 

    These advocates for taxes are the same people (no doubt) who claim to care for the working class.

    • Anonymous

      No one is talking about raising taxes on the working class, We are talking about raising taxes on the Rich those who make over 700 thousand per year.  Does this put you in that class?  The problem with taxes is that the working class pay more than than the very rich, so if you want to pay the most just keep on they way thing are going.  If you want to really pay less than let the Rich pay their far share and that will help lower your taxes.  Paying a one cent more sales tax has been done before and was sucessful.  I paid it and never even felt a small pinch.  The poor would not be further hurt by either, they are not comsummers of high priced taxable items. 

      • Anonymous

        The cry about how no one will visit Maine or purchase things if you raise the sales tax is so bogus. The last thing most people consider when they buy something is how much the sales tax will be. My daighter lives in Georgia and I know their sales tax is much higher than ours, but I don’t know the exactamount. I think it’s over 7%.  It has never stoppedme from buying anything when I’m visiting.

        • Anonymous

          WOW very profound
          But consider this if you go to town to purchase $10.00 of food and the state takes 0.70 the store can only sell you $9.30 worth…..Now we have to let someone go for lack of work…oh ya the state will add a tax man or two…we winnn??????

          • Anonymous

            Unless you can prove that with a harvard backed study they won’t see the logic in it.

          • Anonymous

            Give me a break!!!!! Most people don’t even look at the receipt to see what they paid tax.!!!! And if you really want something,it does not matter. Besides, food is not taxed in Maine. Poor example!!

          • Anonymous

            Food bought in restaurants is taxed. 

          • Anonymous

            who is talking about 70%?  an .07% sales tax would not even be noticed.  Instead of paying 5 cents on every dollar you will have to spend 7 cents.  I don’t think it should be much of a problem after all most of you have no trouble raising cig. tax. 

        • Why not make it 10% or 15? How about 20%? How much is enough for you? The more money that gets sent in to Maine Revenue Services the more the welfare state will suck up and redistribute. These people vote…….democrat. Feed the pig. Serious and meaningful cuts is the only answer. 

        • Anonymous

           I should think not. Georgia has a 4% sales tax.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_taxes_in_the_United_States

      • How about instead of raising taxes (again) that the government learns to work within their budgets. All of these programs are getting out of control, raising the taxes again may help out this year, but what about next year, the year after that. There is no reason for this. A lot of people are scamming these programs. Enough is enough. If we give them more money, they are just going to keep needing more and more.

        Yes, I do see a lot of waste in government run programs, as does anyone with their eyes open. The last company I worked for did an experiment for one year by making everyone print on both sides of the paper instead of just one side – now this was a small mom and pop buisness, but they estimated that they saved about  $1000 that year by just doing that one thing. Think government wide, how much could be saved just making small adjustments like these, not to mention going after fraud.

      • Anonymous

         And YOU are all set to tell us what our “fair share” is…? Oh THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

      • Anonymous

         Just how many rich people do you think there ARE in Maine? I mean, those who make OVER $700,000 per year? A hundred? 200 hundred? Eight? Fifteen? Any idea at all? And you propose to tax those people at a higher rate just on their ‘excess’ income over $700,000? Do you understand how stupid this is? Do you realize how little money this would bring in? Assuming, of course, that you didn’t just make them mad enough to leave the state for friendlier climes, where they wouldn’t be gouged – that would yield $0, wouldn’t it? In exchange for this trifling amount of revenue, you risk losing the SPENDING  those wealthy people are doing in the state. They spend a buttload more than their taxes amount to. Look, the state is in a money HOLE. If you could magically transfer everything these ‘rich’ people owned into the state’s coffers, the state will STILL be broke. Does that put it into perspective for you? The state would still be broke, but the high rollers wouldn’t be available for plucking any more, get it? That means YOU would end up paying for all this wonderful welfare, etc.

    • Anonymous

      Problem is thats the only solution they have, class warfare and higher taxes to those evil people who have worked harder than others to get ahead.

      • Anonymous

        Au contraire! Democrats have lots of other solutions to offer! In fact, this young lady made a number of, um, useful observations. Let’s watch (it will be worth your time, I promise!):
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScgFIKXKFkc

  • StillRelaxin

    I wonder how many more people will even bother to go speak with Mr. LePage? With the price of gas as it is, why waste all that money just to talk to someone who couldn’t care less what you have to say?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much of the MaineCare mess can be laid directly at the feet of Mayor Brennan from his time as head of the Health and Human Services Committee.

    Now that the inevitable implosion has occurred, he’s crying out for lawyers, guns and money because it’s hit the fan.

  • Guest

    Are we supposed to be impressed that he was cordial?  Is that not what one would simply expect of an elected official?  It seems like he lowered the bar so far in his first year that all he has to do is the bare minimum to impress people now.

  • Anonymous

    The man who helped great the problem is now asking to be vindicated!! He shot his load and now it turned into a boomarang  and he is crying ?? God help Portland! 

  • Guest

    The Wefare System became an Industry durning the time Jock was Gov… The rules on stealing children out of their homes and putting them in the foster, care system made the State tens of millons of federal dollars… Once it was discovered by the Dems that there was money in them there federal welfare dollars the game was on!!!! It had become a tax revenue generating source for the Dems in the State and doubled to form a new voter block…  Now that the Federal Government isn’t so free with the moneys, someone has got to pay… The federal mandates have fallen on the laps of the Maine taxpayers.. The Dems want to keep the spigot wide open while our Governor Paul LePage can see the writing on the wall.. It’s impossible to pay for all of it.   Emily Cain and company want to raise taxes on all Mainers from the poor to the wealthy to pay for her welfare voter Block… You can be  assured she’ll be running against Lepage next election.. Her promose will be to fund everything on the backs of the working class…

    • Anonymous

      what “working class”……..what “middle class”……they are destroying both!

    • And she has my vote ! After hearing how crass you people are it will be my utmost pleasure just to p you off : )

      • Guest

        Good luck with that.hahaha!!!

    • Anonymous

      He might “see the writing on the wall”, but I don’t think he can read.

    • Anonymous

      If she runs she’ll win. That’s not necessarily a testament to her though, anyone that runs against LePage will win by a landslide. He’s an ignorant pig.

  • Anonymous

    The threat to shut down DHHS if he doesn’t get his way with his budget proposal is completely irresponsible and has a lack of regard for others that I find deeply concerning.   His threat to shut down schools didn’t work, so now he’s threatening to shut down food-stamps, the child welfare system and heating assistance programs. The idea that this guy is willing to hold the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable people in our society hostage so that he can push his agenda feels like the threat of a dictator.

    I do not believe that Penguin has the skills or disposition to lead this State.

    • It is irresponsible to continue to provide services at an unsustainable rate. Not that difficult to understand really. This state can’t print money unlike the federal government luckily. The only choice is to face up to the decades of putting people on the dole in order to control them and get their votes. Ding. Times up. Time to figure out how to provide help to those who truly need and deserve it not just those who apply for it.

      • Anonymous

        yepper back to building a bonn fire and heaping on the poor and sick.  I hope they all make you watch while they suffer and die.

        • You always go right to the suffrin and dyin and throwin the poor and sick on a bonfire. Did you forget stealing grannies nighty and starving children? Oh yes and don’t forget kicking the dog! 
          That is a great way to have a discussion about how to fix a problem. 

      • Anonymous

        “Time to figure out how to provide help to those who truly need and deserve it not just those who apply for it.” when determining who will receive assistance one must go by rules and determine eligibility. the workers cannot say this 1 is deserving and that 1 isn’t. It’s much more complicated than you make it sound.

      • Anonymous

        Harry – I apologize for the long post – I normally don’t do this, but I feel compelled to respond to you, if only for the people who are about to get screwed that can’t. You’ve fallen victim to the oversimplification that your party and the right wing TV channels and radio stations are feeding to you.  The simple fact is that the budget, every year, in good times or bad, with Republicans or Democrats or Independents or Communists is about choices.  Penguin is not proposing large scale downsizing of State government – we are not hearing about reductions in personnel at DHHS, or in Education, which are the two arms of the State government that eat up most of the budget.  He is not proposing the elimination of any of the enormous volume of corporate welfare and tax incentives that are provided to businesses, investors, corporations, LLC’s, Law Firms and car dealers all over the State.   Instead he has elected to propose a budget that keeps all of those things, and in fact adds $150 million in additional tax breaks, and contributes  tens of millions to the rainy day fund.

        This is not about blank checks, spending money that we don’t have, or printing money.  This is about making choices to prioritize one thing over another.  And those of us who are able to think rationally are not willing to stand by and let this man stick it to the poor.  I’m sorry to tell you that State Economic and Social Policy, are complicated and are difficult to understand sometimes.  And if you find yourself believing that they are not, that they are somehow black and white, then you’ve been played.

  • Anonymous

    Go ahead shut it down.
    I dare you.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly don’t think he cares about getting reelected and I for one like the facts he’s trying to fix the problem instead of kicken the can further down the road.It’s easy to sit on the side lines and and disrespect not only the office but the will of the people who elected him/her  whether it be Lepage or Obama.Its alot harder to work to fix it .

    • Anonymous

      So you think allowing people to die because they can’t afford food and necessary medication will fix the problem?

      • Anonymous

        Yeahhh thats what I was saying.Can’t fool u can I.Thanks for your help.

  • Anonymous

    Democrats did not create this problem, and if the govenor doesn’t take the Federal Money, he is the one creating the problem.

    • Anonymous

      Not only is he creating the problem the State of Maine is going to have to pay fines from the Feds for not complying with Medicare Regulations.

      • Anonymous

        I believe you mean Medicaid  regulations. Medicare is run by the feds.

        • Anonymous

          Uhh don’t confuse them with the facts because their mind is already made up!

    • Anonymous

      They didn’t? I just know the overspending from years past did.

  • Anonymous

    does that mean we still have to pay child support ?  Maybe they should think of revamping that while that at it. a few regualations besides a check in the mail would be nice. thanks gov.

    • Anonymous

      Oh you don’t believe that Parents should suport their children either?  Ok lets not pay Child Support and stop paying taxes.  Maybe we should work for nothing too.

    • Anonymous

      It means you need to START paying child support!

  • Yes Brennen, lets just add taxes to the workers and let the dead beats collect more freee money. Which head are you thinking with. It certainly is not the end with a sort of a brain in it.The working class is going to get tired of this crap sometime and I hope it is soon.

  • Anonymous

     let’s be honest, Maine is a pretty poor state, raising taxes won’t even touch the problem.

  • Anonymous

    It’s impossible to reason with people who believe that money grows on trees. 
    The Governor is attempting to keep Maine out 0f bankrupcy and restore the future of a state that was once famous for it’s work ethic! I laugh when I hear that today.
    Please children, try to understand that you can’t have everything in the store.

    • Anonymous

      The Governor is distroying the State of Maine.  Open your eyes.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t you just HATE a fiscally responsible politicians!

  • Something tells me he doesn’t have the power to ‘shut it down’.  If he tries he will solidify even more that he is a one term governor….

    • Who gives a damn? LePage will probably get more good done in 4 years than any dem could get done in 50. One term is good enough for me.What liberals dont understand is that he doesnt care if he is there only one term. He is not forever running for re-election like every other governor has done. He has a job to do, and he is going to do it. He has a reputation for  getting RESULTS.  Go Gov!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly,  all these liberals have never worked in the DPS (Dreaded Private Sector) so they have no clue at the decisions  people who run businesses have to make.  Gimmicks and kicking the can down the road are not allowed in the real world.

      • Anonymous

        When are we going to start seeing those”results”??? Like jobs with a living wage and benefits so there won’t be any need for the working poor to ask for help with food and health care. That is the populaton that makes up a large majority of those you conservatives call deadbeats. They would like nothing more than to be able to provide totally for the needs of their families and stop being considered second class citizens. 

    • Anonymous

      LePage is extreme. Black and White thinking. 

  • Anonymous

    Quality Care these people arn’t reciving anyways  they get treated like piece work.  and the proper tests are not being done. And some use these facilities looking for drugs

    • Anonymous

      That falls on the last administration. This one seems to be trying to fix just that.

  • Anonymous

    People survived prior to MaineCare, and they will without it. As someone who pays his taxes, mortagage, and healthcare, I think I’ve done enough. Asking me to pay more $$ into this system is foolish. Go Paul Go!

    • Anonymous

      What percentage of your taxes do you suppose go to MaineCare?  Do you really think you would be noticeably better off if MaineCare was cut by 50%?  I doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    He’s gonna Huff, and Puff, and Blow your house down…

    He simply ignores the fact that HIS ESSENTIAL tax cut (meaning little to most earners in this state) created the abyss – but I’m sure that his mouthpiece Adrienne Bennett has an answer to that as well.

    No negotiating for this boy – we all knew it was coming.

  • OldWench

    LMAO…there should be a law against anyone this STUPID ever holding public office.

    LePage…it’s a FEDERAL program…part of the Social Security Act.  You CAN’T “shut it down.”  But hey…you go right ahead and try buddy and see how that works out for you.  If he’s sitting in federal prison the legislature will have no choice but to impeach his stupid @$$.

    • Anonymous

      Problem is , you can’t fix stupid!!!!

      I believe the the Dept od Agriculture who funds the Food stamp program also might have something to say considering Maine has won awards and finacial incentives for their food stamp access numbers.

  • Downeasta

    Thats it, time to impeach LePage.

  • Anonymous

    he cant shut it down . 

  • Anonymous

    he better legalize euthanasia then if he can take care od these people 

  • Anonymous

    Our governor is acting like a thug!  He wants what he wants and will hurt whoever he has to in order to get it!!  Instead of making cuts to the elderly, those with families and our schools, why doesn’t he go after the thousands of single, able bodied people who are in the system?  My parents are both disabled, make less than $1500.00 a month and can’t get any assisstance.  They can’t afford their medication, barely make their monthly bills and are cold more often than not.  I know a few 20 somethings that get state assisstance who blow most of their money on drinking, smoking (legally & illegally) and buying lottery tickets.  I know money doesn’t grow on trees, but something has to be done that does NOT hurt those who need the most help.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you 100%.  The help should be there for those who truly need it (disabled, elderly, working poor, etc).  Anybody who drives around a few streets by Main st in Bangor or up Ohio st at any point in the day will see many able bodied young people walking around (always have money for tattoos and cigarettes…go figure).

      • Anonymous

        And you know they are receiving benefits how????

  • Anonymous

    I beg to differ once again. You are a few years behind. Do you remember Mr. Baldacci and the ultra liberal legislature???
    The state was close to destruction prior to Mr. LePage’s debut! I would love to see this state proud again.

    • I am proud of the State and ashamed of our governor.

      • Anonymous

         I think everyone agrees, we are all ashamed of our former Governor John Baldacci, Libby Mitchell, the Pingrees, Cain and all the rest of em who bankrupted Maine.

        • Anonymous

          Ashamed is putting it mildly.  We now have a problem solver for a Governor and Maine is standing tall once again.  Of course some on the Appropriations Committee should be hiding their heads in shame for not having passed the Governor’s very reasonable proposals.

      • Anonymous

        Ashamed why?  Because he puts his foot in his mouth from time to time (then fine, be ashamed).

        Or, are you ashamed because you don’t like the harsh realities that he talks about that were left ignored for countless years by the dems?

  • Anonymous

    I’m shutting down schools…I’m shutting down the DHHS…But I’m opening up tax breaks for the wealthiest Mainers…

  • Anonymous

    This governor is working so hard to bankrupt this state of Maine like I’ve never seen before.. And there are those out there that agree with him.. He is lowering taxes cutting taxes for the rich killing income taxes and then he says he cant make budget.. This is a business man? Lol untrained monkeys can run a business better than that.. Cut the tax breaks, Tax the 1 percent 30 percent tax like the working class has to pay and raise the sales tax 1 cent make budget cuts where it wont kill anyone, and in 2 years we will have a surplus of money.. What is these peoples problem cut cut cut and decrease your revenue and try to balance a budget..  These teaparty republicans are killing us where aver they govern.. Why is it that only in those states they are having financial issues where they have to shut down public assistance schools and so on..  These crazies still want to blame it on democrats..

  • Anonymous

    Do you people all have your heads stuck in a sandbox or what? The Children who are receiving Maine Care are only a small portion of the population of Maine Care recipients. Most of the Maine Care money is spent on Seniors receiving end of life care treatment in nursing homes. Young Adults living in group homes, Cancer patients, elders who worked all their lives and can’t afford medicine, and special education programs for school children who are developmentally disabled. This is what the Governor wants to cut and what you think you don’t want to pay for. You are sick, sick, sick if you think that people who aren’t in need of services are getting services. Do you really think people don’t want to work so they can, WHAT! BE POOR FOLK.` KK you just keep on living on Mars, because in Maine we have programs to help the poor. That is until Paul LaPage became Governor. Impeach LaPage. Stand up and say no we will not allow this to happen in Maine.

    • Anonymous

      “Do you really think people don’t want to work so they can, WHAT! BE
      POOR FOLK?” yes, I do. Some1 was telling me this week her daughter won’t work full time for fear of losing benefits. getting welfare is like a drug to some people, they can’t bear the thought of losing benefits.  trying to get them off is like trying to get someone off drugs

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  I say this with no joy….there is a growing number of Mainers who are very content to get by doing as little as possible, sitting around, getting Maine care, subsidized housing, Food stamps, ebt, etc.  For some, it is the family business that has been learned over generations.  If you do not believe it then you are either in denial or simply have not seen it.  I work in education and see it day after day, year after year.  

        The legendary Maine work ethic is lost on many in this state these days.  Of course there are many unemployed who want to work, but there are so very many who do not want to work/will not work….period……..and why do they have to?  The state keeps making it so easy to NOT do a thing (well, except maybe have kids).

        This will be another of my posts that will get me accused of being heartless since I don’t want my tax money to keep supporting those who will never work.

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Paulies Goin’ Crackers !

  • Anonymous

    A little more and a little more and soon they have it all.  The only growth opportunity the Dems gave the state was more government jobs and more welfare.  Also, I feel a look at the disabled lists is in order.  Too many people on that dole who could be working.

  • Anonymous

    Cutting the WASTE and fraud in the Medicaid Entitlement program is a very small price to pay in order to protect Medicaid for the truly needy, which will still be 290,000 people, once the necessary structural reforms are made. Medicaid in Maine is no longer a safety net. It has become a socialized health insurance for every Tom, Dick and Harry, but Maine is now broke and structural reforms are necessary to protect it for those that are truly needy.

    • Anonymous

      Your statement is ridiculous.  The people on MaineCare ARE the needy.  You cannot just “get” on MaineCare.  You have to meet financial requirements that are already so strict that many people go hungry and still cannot receive this help.  Yes, there are a lot of people in Maine in need of this help.   Want to blame someone for the unemployment here in Maine.  Blame the GOP, Reaganomics, Bush 2 along with his administration, an ridiculously low unlivable minimum wage, and an unregulated free market.

  • Keep up the good work Gov! Hold ’em by the nose and wear your shoe off in their backsides and tell ’em you mean business. Play time is over, finally, and tough decisions need to be made RIGHT NOW. So nice to have a leader in the Blaine house with a spine.

  • Anonymous

    Stop FREE TRADE and Americas problems will be solved! Time to stop pointing fingers and fix the real problem!

  • Millicent

    I’m thinking many people commenting on this article, missed this article: 
    Top 5 percent of MaineCare recipients account for more than half the program’s cost
    http://bangordailynews.com/2012/01/27/health/top-5-percent-of-mainecare-recipients-account-for-more-than-half-the-programs-cost/ 

  • Anonymous

    Brennan had no solutions that haven’t been tried before.  There is one solution and it is to restructure Medicaid back to the national average.  Maine cannot afford to pay for socialized medicine for everyone that applies.  Maine is broke and the taxpayer is also broke.  Restructure Medicaid and do it NOW. 

    • Anonymous

      The dems don’t want to hear that.  We must keep spending money we don’t have to take care of more people than other states would take care of.  Remember the liberal belief that there is an endless barrel of money sitting in Augusta, and if you dare say you have to cut services to anybody then you are heartless.  

  • Anonymous

    I THINK TAX PAYERS NEED TO GIVE CREDIT TO LEPAGE. NO ONE ELSE IN THE PAST HAS CARED ABOUT THE WORKING CLASS THAT STRUGGLE TO PAY THEIR OWN HEALTHCARE PREMIUMS WHILE WORKING 40 + HOURS A WEEK TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. SORRY TIME FOR THE STATE CASES TO GET OFF THEIR BUTTS AND GET JOBS. IT IS TO BAD THOUGH THAT THE ONES WHO CANT HELP BUT NEED ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY REALLY DO NEED IT ARE GOING TO SUFFER. BUT ITS ABOUT TIME THE RIGHT PEOPLE SUFFER AND NOT THE ONES WHO BEING PRODUCTIVE. NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE UPSET BUT THIS TIME I THINK THE PEOPLE THAT DESERVE A BREAK A FINALLY GOING TO GET IT.

    • Anonymous

      WOULD BE NICE IF THEIR WAS SOME FRIGGIN JOBS TO GET!!!!

  • Anonymous

    So last week he was going to shut the schools down. This week DHS maybe we will be lucky and next week he will shut the governers office down. I’ve never seen such a blow hard somebody should call his bluff i guess or either that he should grow a pair and do something besides making worthless threats. 

  • I have this image of LePage with his fingers in his ears going “lalalalalalalala” for the entire half hour meeting.
    Now he can now longer say that he’s heard no ideas from Dems

  • Anonymous

    He must have bought his brain at MARDENS guess he shouldnt have bought that one when he saw it

    • Anonymous

      LOL…it was a BOGO sale, one for him and one for Adrienne Bennette

    • Anonymous

      We’ll one thing for sure it’s never been used.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve loved living in Maine for the past 22 years of my life- so much
    that I decided to stay in Maine for my college education, much more
    than that to sign an agreement to stay in Maine for the next 5 years
    after I graduate.  These next five years will be hell…especially if
    LePage continues to represent the state of Maine as it’s governor.  For
    those of you who already have well paying, stable jobs,
    congratulations…the governor has not taken away your opportunity to
    thrive in this state.  For students, such as myself, who will be
    graduating in May we have a much different scenario.  I will be unable
    to find a  well paying, stable job for myself and I’m sure many other
    graduates with have this same problem come this May.  It’s a great way
    to get more people to leave the state and bring their education and
    skills elsewhere.  They will start their careers and families in a
    different state because this one can’t get it’s act together to provide
    proper care for its people.  It’s sad it has come to this…

    • Anonymous

      No disrespect at all, and I wish you well in your career, but do you believe there are other states out there with tons of well paying jobs just screaming for help?  It is tough everywhere, and honestly, I haven’t seen what LePage has done in the year since being in office that would be the reason why you may or may not have some great paying job to go to in May.  You mention going to another state, and Maine doesn’t “take care of its people.” From what I can see, it appears we give better benefits than most states. THAT is a huge part of the problem we find ourselves in. Would you move to a state that did not cover as many people under that state’s version of Mainecare? The well is dry. That is a hard reality after the democrats just ignored it. Sooner or later, the credit card gets maxed out.

      May I ask what is your chosen field? (mine is education).

      • Anonymous

        I will be graduating in May with a BSW.  The clients I serve will and are directly affected by these cuts that are being proposed.  I am not disagreeing that changes need to be made and will not sit here and tell you there isn’t corruption in the system for some of those who receive benefits, because I do see it.  However, that means being more strict with the benefits and who receives them.  Tighten the regulations on food stamps, limit the food products they can buy, just as the WIC program does.  You’re right, other states are in just as much of a crunch as we are, but I still hope for Maine to continue to serve its people properly, especially those who really do need the support and are trying to work towards a better, more prosperous life.

  • SHUT IT DOWN ….. SHUT DOWN DHHS

    let ALL welfare people leave the state,  the cheaters and the legitimate  ALL OF YOU   go away! go to another state

    set up a modern day trail of tears that goes straight though the state into another state

    • Anonymous

      This one is strong with the dark side.

    • Anonymous

      Nice.

      And you’ll be a happier person and sleep better at night, right?

  • Anonymous

    Sure right.  No one on appropriations believes the revenue forecasting committee.  The minute they pass the cuts than they will come out will a bill to further reduce income taxes.  This guy lies though his teeth and can’t be trusted.  He did the same thing to retired teachers.  Can’t afford to pay benefits but than push and passed a tax cut that mostly benefits his wealthy contributors.

    • Anonymous

      Correction, the Maine taxpayer could not afford to pay the retirement benefits because when LePage was inaugurated there was a 4.2 billion dollar pension deficit.  Baldacci left the MSRA bone dry.  I don’t see how a teacher can vote Democrat ever again.

      • Anonymous

        That is such BS. Ask the Director of the Retirement system and the board of Directors. Look at the report to the legislature. The Retirment system is doing well and solvent. It is recovering from the recession. You read way to much from MHPC!! The attack on the system was just marching orders from ALEC.

        • Anonymous

          After 40 years of failed leadership and especially the failed leadership of Baldacci the state retirement system was flat broke!  Your denial does not change this fact.

          • Anonymous

            You just keep believing MHPC’s  lies and someday when they come after you, you will realize it’s not denial that I am in, but reality. If their figures about my pension benefits are correct, then I have to live 250 more years to collect what they say I will.Multiple that byhow many people are receiving pensions from PERS and you will see they are trying to sell youa bridge in Brooklyn…………….

            If any one is in denial is you believing LePage isdoinga good job.

        • Anonymous

          Your denial of the facts is the exact same reason Baldacci left the state pension system in the hole.  If the State of Maine was in such good financial shape under Baldacci, then whey didn’t he pay the 500 million dollars owed to the hospitals?  Why were there repeated budget shortfalls in the DHHS Medicaid (Welfare) budget?  It’s called mismanagement.  Luckily LePage is fixing things and not a bit too soon.

      • Anonymous

        It was McKernon another Republican that did that. Since 1995 all retirement funds were paid on schedule including all the years Baldacci was Governor. Research the facts. Subject: [bdn] Re: If DHHS cuts aren’t made, I’ll have to shut it down, LePage tells Portland mayor

    • Anonymous

      He’s also proposing to cut taxes on pensions to the tune of about $93 million. Now there’s the way to solve the revenue problem. If I have a problem paying my bills, I don’t solve it be decreasing my revenue!!!

  • Anonymous

    So….if the Education Budget isn’t sorted…he’ll close the schools.  If the DHHS budget isn’t sorted, he’ll close down an entire state department.  Seriously? 

    • Anonymous

      If the Appropriations Committee fails to do their job, maybe the teachers would be willing to work for free.  They will have to because there will be no money to pay them.  Maybe the DHHS personnel will also work for free and provide no services because there will be no money for services either.  It’s simple math.  The State of Maine is Broke along with the Maine taxpayer.  No more cadillac socialized Medicaid entitlement programs for ME.  The Appropriations Committee needs to restructure Medicaid and they need to do it  now, to prevent this fiasco from unraveling and to protect Medicaid for 290,000 Mainers.

      • Maybe he should force Nutting to pay back the money he stole.

  • Raise the minimum wage and create jobs, Paul. Not everyone has a family willing to take them in off the streets like you did. People felt sorry for you and helped you when you needed it, and now you turn your back on Maine’s poor. Quit screwing around and create some jobs with enough pay to allow people to transition back into the workforce. Pretty soon nobody in the middle class will be able to buy products and services from the so-called job-creators. Maine people aren’t figures on a balance sheet, they are our society, and you are socially irresponsible.

    • Anonymous

      He certainly is NOT socially responsible!!!

  • Maine: Closed to everything. Have a nice day.

  • Anonymous

    Stopping the spending and not raising taxes.  What a novel idea.  LePage is one of the few politicians these days who gets it.  Since when did Americans go through life expecting the state (i.e., those of us who work and pay taxes) to support them?  Good grief people start taking care of yourselves!

    • Lord Whiteman

       The last budget the Democrats passed was 5.3 billion and it was balanced., Lepage’s most recent budget is 6.3 billion and he wants $225 million more . If Lepage is such a fiscal conservative why is he spending 1/2 billion dollars more then the Democrats?

  • Anonymous

    My way or the highway!

  • cfd130

    Can we have an applause button added please- go get em Gov.

  • Anonymous

    I find it a bit odd that democrat politicians are having very important meetings with the Governor and then are coming out of these meetings and holding press conferences that seem to be little more than a public venue to provide political comments.

  • Anonymous

    Short and sweet:     This guy is a lunatic!!  I am beginning to wonder if we are all participating in a reality show:  Undercover Governor.

    Can we please change the channel now?

    • Anonymous

      HA HA HA…OMG, too funny, You should so sell that to MTV or whomever does the bulk of the reality TV shows now a days, you would make a killing and it would provide great comedy relief to many

  • Anonymous

    When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

  • Anonymous

    When LePage finally destroys the lower class, his next target will be the lower end of the middle class. It’s time to wake up and start realizing that this bozo is not working for working class Mainers, he’s using them to rally against the poor essentially setting up class warfare. All the while, he  gives massive tax breaks to the wealthy which have created so many new jobs I can barely count them. So far I’m at one nepotistic new job. I have been unable to find a second one to count.
    And what did his major tax cut accomplish other than give his Tea Party constituency a way to create a fiscal emergency in the DHHS, something that is not based on actual figures, but only by his lying mouth. Has he yet to give the Approriations Committee actual figures supporting his $220M claim?

    • Anonymous

      Big time likes. Laplague might think he has a hammer, but you hit the nail on the head and drove it.

  • I am mot sure who is more of a disgrace to this state LePage or his spokeswomen Adreinne Bennett toss up I guess

    • Anonymous

      She has as many …..’s as he does. 

    • Anonymous

      That spokeswoman is just a puppet, she doesn’t know what the hell she is saying half the time. Wasn’t she a TV reporter? I’m sure she was….

      • Anonymous

        LaPlague is just a puppet also, don’t overlook that.

  • Or maybe ist the daughter who was handed her cushy little job when daddy took the helm

  • Anonymous

    well maybe dhhs should take some cuts in pay ect…so they can keep their jobs i don’t see lepage chipping in some of his rainy day funds to help,the working class should not hafta cover the lazy people’s butts-if u get welfare u should do a work fare program to pay off the money they get ( do city/town work) clean the streets paint buidings shovel snow the city worker’s could use the help.

  • Anonymous

    Who pays for all these methadone clinics, and the travel money they give to all the people that go there???  I am thinking we do! Shut them down and don’t build anymore, that will save us a ton of money! This is really getting crazy

    • Anonymous

      They will fund a methadone clinic ( free fake herion for all ) but freak out over a medical marajuana clinic that cost the state nothing AND pays taxes. Seems like a mixed message over drug useage

  • Anonymous

    Is that like turning off a light switch?

    Can a huge government agency but entirely shut down overnight?

    Any special dispensations for those who will die or suffer horribly without services?

    Another simple-minded, meaningless threat from the governor.

  • what about the working families who get mainecare where both parents work?? not everyone who gets mainecare gets foodstamps there are different requirements for each program. Speaking from personal experience if we were to pay for insurance through my husbands work it would cost us $160 a week for the 4 of us. After taxes and health insurance that would leave us a little over $1000 a month to pay for everything like food and other bills and clothes for our 2 kids. not everyone on that has mainecare is lazy and not working for a living. i get that there are people out there that give the ones who do work a bad rep.. just think before you speak is all i ask

  • Lord Whiteman

    Baldacci’s last budget was 5.8 billion and it was balanced despite the recession.  The Republicans now control the legislature and the governor yet their budget 6.3 billion or 1/2 a billion dollars more then the Democrats.. If thats how the Virginia Heritage society and Paul Lepage run things we need to get those fiscal conservative Democrats back in power asap.

    • Anonymous

      The Republicans always cost us – the state and the country – a lot more when they are in charge.  Just listen to Republican Joe Scarborough lamenting Bush’s two off the books wars and the Prescription Part D coverage which is the huge reason we are in such terrible trouble – oh, and the banksters who ripped us off for trillions of dollars (and don’t forget the Savings and Loan scandal a while back that the Bush’s and Reagan’s were a part of).  They know how to make money – they steal it.

  • Anonymous

    Just shut down DCYF. The state will have plenty of money.

  • Anonymous

    Good for him. Put you foot down Governor!

  • Anonymous

    Not a bully pulpit, just being a bully.

  • Anonymous

     When LePage tries to shut it down put the handcuffs on him and send him to jail without bail.

  • Anonymous

    Eliminate or mothball MSHA & McCormicks minions. That should cover at least some of the shortfall in the short term.  Then start from scratch and build a different housing authority, if needed, but without the criminals currently buried within that bureaucracy.

    • Anonymous

      Where is the proof of wrongdoing? All you have are baseless talking point from MHPC.

  • Anonymous

    Hey fatso, where are the jobs you promised? 92 more layoffs coming in Washington County. The poorest County in the State. Your own state department has known about this sense last March and said nothing. Just let it happen. You must be proud of YOUR management team.
    If they did there job when they got the letter of intent they should have notified the legislature and the areas it effects in Washington County. But no, they kept it quiet for the benifit of First Atlantic.
    What a bunch of back stabbers you and your departments are. Thanks for nothing.
    Please, do us a favor. Don’t make anymore promises about all the help you can do for this state. You and yours have taken some giant steps —-BACKWARDS. Someone or more of your staff needs to be fired over this.

    • I think his position is clear,” what planet are you from?” Or “kiss my butt” you pick. Sets a nice tone for business coming into the state. 

  • Kathleen March

    How much money did it cost to remove the “unacceptable” mural in Augusta?

    • Anonymous

      And how much is it costing to keep it hidden?

  • I can’t wait to see this ! I wanna see him shut down DHHS and seal his already certain political doom. The Federal Gov’t has already said he is violating FEDERAL law with his “cuts” and I’m dyin to see this Nazi Dictator throw another tantrum when he doesn’t get his way. Maybe if he did his job he would attract business, which btw was another campaign promise…this would provide income so DHHS wouldn’t BE overrun with poor people that have no other recourse.

  • Guest

    So many ways to make a living no longer exist.  Let’s take newspapers as an example:  you used to be able to get supplemental work by stuffing weekend supplements; printers, pressmen, secretaries, copyboys, receptionists, truck drivers, newspaper carriers, switchboard operators, the list goes on, and add to that all the supplemental industries that made newspapers possible.

    How many job programs exist that used to directly help people obtain the now nonexistent jobs.

    Many people have skills that do not translate into the few available jobs.  Chances are, a steel worker is not going to get a job in IT.  Electronics repair shops?  A thing of the (recent) past.  Answering services, many that could be run from home.  Sign painters.  Roadside vendors – often prohibited.

    How about this?  With all the stores and restaurants that close during the winter, why not let people ply their wares, offer their skills in government-sanctioned areas in every town, for the duration of the winter, tax and rent free up to a certain income level.  Businesses get tax breaks all the time.

  • Anonymous

    time to cut the “FAT” so to speak… I say there needs to be a new application process for all those requesting assistance. assign them a caseworker.. have the caseworker go to their home, and do a home inspection, check on the family living conditions. and asses!! see what the family needs, and act accordingly.. if the older (over 18) of the family members are able to work.. point them to a career center.. if they are disabled (wheelchair/ physical/mental disabilities) sure cover them, allow mainecare/general assistance. but don’t just hand out money like it’s free for the taking.. make the people work for it.. community service, or some other type volunteer/incentive program.

    • Yeah, like the govenor’s daughter getitng a 40k plus “entyr level job” If this is teh governor’s idea of entry levle ;ay, no wonder he has take money form all the other departments whiule increasing his staff.

    • Anonymous

      And how much would it cost the state to assign a caseworker to every single applicant and have them go out to the home, etc.  Think!!!

  • Everytime LePage goes off on these little temper tantrums and starts calling for Mainecare cuts he just makes the arguement for PUBLIC OPTION all the more inevitable. And given the mood of Augusta right now, even within his own Party, he’s not doing to well. He’s deliberately provoking the Fed’s DHHS funding source, which by the way is where a majority of the Mainecare funding comes from, he’s provoking the Fed’s Education folk’s by threatening to close the school’s, which have Fed money attached to them based on length of school year provision’s, and taking the money, holding it essentially hostage until he get’s his way and then has the nerve to tell Brennan that he’s gonna cut Portland’s share of revenue sharing until Augusta gives him what he want’s. Now does anybody else see a pattern here ? It would behoove Kevin Raye to quit running for Michaud’s House seat and have a little ‘closet time’ with LePage and point out that at the rate LePage is going Maine is going to be the 1st State to go completely over, from Red to Blue, simply on the basis of LePage’s antic’s. And the fact that the Maine GOP is keeping their caucus’s vote result’s restricted tells me that all is not well in the GOP. LePage is even now beginning to have an effect. That effect is going to be very interesting, even embarassing, come Feb 11th and the votes come out. The time for some sanity and a serious reality check has come for the GOP in Maine. And I’m a Reagen Democrat so no boo hoo from any of you ! 

  • Anonymous

    He reminds me of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland…”Off with their Heads!!!”

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised he hasn’t made a move to secede from the Country and make Maine his own little country with him as grand poobah…Augustas Pinochet comes to mind when picturing this Gov running a country.

    • Anonymous

      You really shouln’t make statements like that, just because that idiot might think it’s a great idea and we all will be more screwed than we already are!!

  • Anonymous

    Have they closed all the methadone clinics yet? Why does every politician need a half a dozen aids to do thier job ? Now Obuma wants to tax us to pay for all those houses Barney Frank handed out. He is worse than the Penguin.

  • Anonymous

    $2,810 to the wealthiest 1% (over $360K adjusted gross income)
    $123 to the middle 20%
    $7 to the bottom 20% (including minimum wage earners)
    Also starting in 2013, they give an average windfall of $43,500 to those inheriting estates worth over $1 million. Fixing inequalities in the tax system makes sense; adding inequality and adding to our budget problems does not. For more on the tax issues, read Rep. Seth Berry’s blog.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is against only three things in this world:

    1) Health

    2) Humans

    3) Services

  • Let’s see…..$221 million needed, divided by the approximate number of  Maine taxpayers ( 700 thousand), equals $361 each.  So lets just all write a check and send it to DDHS and be prepared to send an increased amount next year. 

  • Anonymous

    Sooooooooooooooo shutting DHHS down April 1st and closing Maine schools May 1st……excellent plan LePlague.

  • Anonymous

    The 25,000-plus individuals currently enrolled in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System will received a combined $15,383,315,649—an amount equivalent to $11,834 for every man, woman and child in Maine. Of that nearly $15.4 billion total, retirees have paid in a combined $882,274,785—less than six percent of the total pension cost.
    On average, for every $1.00 withheld for their paycheck while working, government retirees will get back $17.00 in lifetime pension benefits. For some government retirees, for every $1.00 paid into the retirement system, they will get back more than $300.00
    2,101 – number of government retirees set to receive lifetime pension benefits of $1 million or more
    • 9,193 – number of government retirees set to receive lifetime pension benefit of $500,000 or more
    • 50 percent – percent of current government retirees who worked for government 25 years or less
    • 213 percent – increase in total pension payments since 1991 (from $165 million to $516 million)
    • $916 million – taxpayers’ share of retiree costs for state employees and teachers in the first budget of the next governor. Alot of people will not like this but i say start here,you can find more than enought money here to  trim then  taxing the millionaiers.And no iam not rich,iam on disability (19,000 a year),plus i have no ties to either party,to me they all lie,cheat,and steal for us.Until they outlaw these specail int groups this will continue to happen til we are all in the poor house.

    39.Maine   this is where Maine ranks for millionaiersin this state,there are about 25,000 of them in Maine,so the break down is 24.5 per 1000 households.In the 2011 there were 1,324,500 people in the state.I know iam no math wizard but no matter how much you tax the rich,the numbers just arent there to close the gap needed to keep the DHHS going. 

    • And you base this on what? Any one can site “facts”. Look at the “voter fraud” facts. Anyone can type, give proof of your rant.

      • Anonymous

        Well this is not a rant,i was not blaming anyone group,person,or party.I was just showing how many other options were out there to look at to save money in order for the needy to not be kick to the curb.Anytime cuts are to be made they always start with the poor,police,and fire department.I belive that the rich should pay there fair share,but not to the point were they decide to pack up and leave either,then that puts the burden onto the middle class to pick up the load,in wich is to much right now.

  • Anonymous

    Politicans have called themselves “Public Servants” for all of history. Therefore should recieve minimium wage. If they want a retirement fund there’s 401k they can buy into. They want medical care they can pay  for the same  crappy inaurance we have. That would save billions of dollars a year.

  • Nutting steals a million plus and they not only let him keep it, they embrace him. The republicans don’t seem to care about massive fraud, jsut the unemployed person getting $350. a week.

    • Anonymous

      You know, you’re right…except that Nutting was smart enough to use the shield of bankruptcy to avoid having to repay the taxpayers.  That may have made it legal, but doesn’t mean that it’s right or moral.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. LePage should go work for his dear lil Mardens he boasts himself of bringing to Waterville. Let him pay for his health insurance while working minimum wage for 40 hours a week .. I think it’s called something like .. “the working poor” … guess they don’t deserve assistance .. even though we have many people who aren’t setting on their butts .. availability of jobs are scarce and many jobs don’t pay enough for people to afford health care. Not everyone is out to beat the darn system. Not everyone is fraudulent. Hospitals are struggling enough as it is to take care of our sick, next thing to start happening is the closure of medical facilities.  For the love of humanity will some David with a slingshot knock this Goliath down! Aside from his pride in being rude, he really lacks intellectual ethics and ability to process mathematical repercussions to present/ demand his ideas. I think it gives him great joy to stir up fear in our state, and he’s doing it at the cost of our parents, our grandparents, the working poor, the very poor, and the medical facilities. I honestly think he gets out of bed in the morning and gleefully reads the paper and our posts as comic relieve. So, good morning Mr. Governor, got a big ole smile for us?  

  • Silly, it’s not as strange or far-fetched as it sounds. 2 years ago Henry Joy, up here in The County, made the arguement for Northern Maine to become it’s own State, seperate from the lower South. The plan was well thought out and he articulated it pretty well, considering the auduence he had. Economic’s, Gov’t structure, relations with the Fed’s, handling the border’s, all of the Secretary of State stuff, it was all there and reasonably well written. But no one wanted to be the one to advance it because of the political implications. Give LePage’s current attitude towards what is seen as an increasingly ‘cranky’ Northern Maine, the time may be right. Who knows, in Maine stranger things have happened.

    • Anonymous

      I live in Orono.  Hope it comes down this far.

  • Anonymous

    Shut down DHHS?!  Totally un-acceptable!  Just because there isn’t any money to pay for all of the entitlement programs is no excuse!  We should do as the feds do. Print our own money! Free ride for all!

  • Anonymous

    Just about one month ago the BDN carried this quote from Rep. Mark Eves, D-North Berwick,  “The most important thing is that we work to get the figures right and assess
    which costs are ongoing and which ones are on one-time. It is irresponsible to rush to pass this harmful proposal. ”  A year ago, LePage himself was trying to get these same numbers, and he failed.  DHHS has also been sidestepping a non-partisan unit of the Legislature for over one year.  Either they come up with real numbers or layoffs should start at the top of DHHS until they do.  This whole debate is silly without understanding the situation.

    • Anonymous

      Despite what some foot-dragging Democrats in the appropriations committee have said, it’s not rocket science to compare Maine’s overall welfare expenditures with national averages to see where the differences lie.  If the committee wants to use the scalpel approach to trimming relatively expensive areas of the DHHS budget, that’s fine.  Just don’t delay needed trimming based largely on emotional issues.

  • Anonymous

    “I’ll have to shut it down…” I, me, myself and no one else. I am the great LePage. I make the call. I am the one to judge. My opinion is the only one that matters. Sounds like the governor better go see an optometrist, he definitely has an “I” problem.

    • Anonymous

      yes, please ignore the man behind the curtian

    • Anonymous

      I think the Feds have something to say about whether it gets closed down or not.  Bully boy is just that – nothing but fat, hot air.

  • Anonymous

    Shut er down. Thanks Governer LePage!

  • Anonymous

    I had to wait 45 min. for my pizza last night because it was the first of the month. Please shut down  DHHS.

  • Lord Whiteman

    Portland can easily afford Lepage’s new taxes but many of Maine’s cities and towns are already broke.
     How will those cities and towns cope when Lepage starts taking money out of their budgets?

  • Anonymous

    Little bully boy at it again. What a jerk we have in charge. Nothing more than MHPC’s puppet.

  • Anonymous

    Food stamps are called now called SNAP . Supplemental Nutrition Assstance Program.Nutrition is the key word.  Why not make things like soda,chips,candy that have no nutritional value, marked as non-food and unable to be bought with the EBT card?
    Becauseof abuse for deposit money, drinking water can only be bought in gallon jugs, not cases. Want to take water with you? Get a travel cup.

    Changes are needed,cuts  are needed. But with a scapel, not a chainsaw
      

  • Anonymous

    I say  if there are any cuts on mainecare then start with the people that have come here that are not real mainers !! Thats the problem all accross our country , we take care of to many people that come into our country for what they call a better life !! It would be a better life for me too if I recieved food stamps and mainecare and I am a true mainer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s time to stop PRAISING the nonworking, multiple child producing groups like they have done something wonderful thus offering them benefits galore and help the person working TWO jobs to keep a roof over their heads by giving htem some cuts and tax breaks.  Don’t even talk about the “earning income tax credit” that Mainecare recipients are entitled to when they don’t work and get all their income from Mainecare!!! 

  • Anonymous

    If the State of Maine is so broke, why did LePage’s daughter get a job & raise with no education to back her position???

    • Anonymous

      Can you spell “NEPOTISM?”

  • Guest

    Without slavery at some point the people stop allowing you to TAKE what they worked for.  Free ride is over liberals, go back to work.

  • midmainer

    More lame threats from our lame governor. He can no more shut DHHS down, than he can shut down our schools. These idiotic threats as as bad as the ridiculous lies he has been telling ever since the campaign in 2010. Buffalo count, mural lies, adopted kid, house deed etc etc etc etc. One of the very basic traits of an elected official, and the one that is most important to the vast majority of voters, is honesty. We haven’t received a week of that yet from Mr LePage, when will he just admit that he has a problem with the truth, and that he is vastly under qualifed and over whelmed by this job. If he would just step aside, shut his mouth, and let the legislature do it’s job and set a budget, Maine would be much better off.

  • Anonymous

    “The Majority of people on Welfare identify themselves as Conservatives…”
    -http://www.mainepolicy.org

     

    • Anonymous

      And they’ve bought into the Republican ‘class warfare’ nonsense, so much so that they vote against their own best interests.  Amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Typical LePage, if you don’t do what I want then I’ll shutdown DHHS…no wait a minute, last week it was the schools he was going to shut down…

  • Guest

  • Anonymous

    I love how LePage keeps using these scare tactics to push his tax increase. For him to go around and threaten to close public schools and now DHHS if his cuts don’t get approved…well, it’s nothing more than a bully politician trying to MAKE people do what he wants. Thank god the federal government knows how much of a whack job he is.

  • Anonymous

    No one has any right to free anything. The only deserving citizens are our elderly who have paid into the system. The free ride is over and I know it scares the hell out of you who post your hateful comments. Hunger is a fierce motivator. Governor Lepage I admire your ability to stand up to the freeloaders and end the madness. 

    • Anonymous

      What about people born without the cognition to live in the ‘real world’ and get a job?  What do we do with them?  

      • Anonymous

        Family takes care of family since the beginning of time. There was a world before FDR and the “new deal”.

        • Anonymous

          These people have enormous difficulties – eating, physical problems, the mind of three and four year olds. Their parents age and die. You are not offering a realistic answer.

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  • Anonymous

    I love how LePage keeps using these scare tactics to push his tax increase. For him to go around and threaten to close public schools and now DHHS if his cuts don’t get approved…well, it’s nothing more than a bully politician trying to MAKE people do what he wants. Thank god the federal government knows how much of a whack job he is.

    • Anonymous

      Wack job elected by the majority of Maine citizens.  Keep cutting Governor, these people don’t get it. 

      • Anonymous

        A 38% majority, not really a mandate, except in tea party fantasies.

      • Anonymous

        I think we get it, but it will take until the fall elections before YOU get it!

  • Anonymous

    Watch the couch crowd whine.Get off your parents computer and be a producer instead of a drag on the Maine economy.We can not carry your worthless butt any longer. Get some responsibility in your life you just might like it. I know your parents will.

    • Guest

  • Guest

    You are standing in line at the grocery store,  when the person in front of you has his /her beer, cigs and t-bone steak totaled, then turns around and orders you to pay for it, what would you say? ?  Well the Liberals politicans have demanded and forced you for years to do so… Think about it…  

  • Anonymous

    This is so bogus. The governor cannot shut down DHHS.  If the budget is out of balance, and the legislature has not passed a correcting budget, he must act to curtail spending pro rata ACROSS ALL DEPARTMENTS!  He cannot just shut down one agency.  Another empty threat.

  • Anonymous

    so basically lepage didn’t listen to the suggestiosn  “It’ s my way or the highhway . I’ m determined to cut no matter what the suggestions are.”—- I cut taxes SO I I would HAVE to cut programs. All grover norquist like

  • Anonymous

    SHUT IT DOWN. MAINER’S ARE USERS AND DON’T WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANYTHING ANYWAY.  THEY JUST WANT A FREE RIDE

  • Anonymous

    Is this the only tool that LePage has in his bag of negotiation skills, threatening drastic shut-offs if he doesn’t get results?  I agree that he has a difficult job of trying to make budgets work when the money is already spent, however announcing first that schools would be closed, and now that DHHS will be closed, seems like he is over using his threatening stick.  While it does grab everyones attention and makes it a big issue, I don’t think that it the most effective way to making any progress on the budget issues.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. About time reality set in. Maybe the libs will force a showdown where the shutdown actually takes place. BTW, the nice pictures of Mayhew come across as smarmy.

    • Anonymous

      Shut er down, let’s see how they like me now! 

      I’m for it.

  • Briney

    Too bad the BDN didn’t tie-in the Le Page “threat” story on Page one, with the David Farmer “Explanation” column on A5, and Le Page’s  Digital Learning  Expansion story in Section B. 

    All three are inter-related – the first two especially – in that they show Le Page’s lack of knowledge of funding, and his shoulder- shrug interest in the state and welfare of its people.  It is clear he is only committed to advancing  tea party ideology.  

    The other day, true to form, Le Page threatened to close Maine schools if he didn’t get his way to get the Legislature to chop funding for DHHS.  Today, he made Page One with a threat this time to shut down DHHS.   But as Farmer eloquently explains,  cuts as demanded by Le Page besides being illegal, would also jeopardize $1.5 billion in federal funded aid for health care in Maine.  Not only that, the burden of carrying those kicked off the rolls would be ultimately thrust on the ERs of all Maine hospitals.    Now, who would pay for that?

    However, Le Page is either unaware of this, or, couldn’t care less.  

    His main thrust as governor is tied to threats, or issuing Executive Orders that duplicate actions already  taken.  This is shown by going to Section B, where  the governor is touted for seeking to expand digital classroom learning.  On Wednesday, the story says, he directed his education commissioner Stephen Bowen to develop a plan to do just that.

    However, on B4, Sen. Justin Alfond of Portland, who had sponsored an online learning bill that “died” in the last session, says he was under the impression that the digital learning “piece” now being pushed by Le Page was already a part of a Master Plan “rolled out” by Education Commissioner  Bowen – now get this – two weeks ago.

    Two years and 11 months remaining.

    • Anonymous

      Threats? If there is no money in the treasury, you call it a threat? Get real.

      • Briney

        The headline states: “LePage threatens  DHHS shutdown.”   I didn’t call it a threat.   But Le Page made one, and that’s how it was pasted at the top of today’s Bangor Daily News.”  Get real and read the paper.

      • Anonymous

        There SOMEHOW was money enough for big estate tax and income tax break for the rich?
        Leplague thought we forgot that?

  • The term that comes to mind when I read the majority of these comments is CLASS WARFARE. The same type of people who would kill an entire litter of puppies just because ONE took a bite out of someone.

  • Guest

    Alot of people seem to be thinking that our Great Governor Paul LePage won’t win another election, because he likes to grab the bull by the horns and makes the Maine Legislature do something about the problems in Maine… For 40 years it’s always been about politics, ohhhh I can’t do that I’m running for office aaaaahhh… Right or Wrong it is refreshing to see someone in office who really doesn’t care if he gets re-elected.  Yes he already started on his next run for Governor for those who would point that out… But he would rather attempt to save and fix the State of Maine that pander to voter blocks by paying them off… .. The rich 1% didn’t elect Governor Paul Lepage we the people did..  

    • Jeff

      Your wrong LePage has already started to colloct money to run again. he wants to be re-elected. LePage is just a punk bully

      • Guest

        Please read my comment before commenting on it

    • Anonymous

      No the 1% didn’t elecct him, nor the 61% who didn’t vote for him.

      • Guest

        John Baldacci got elected on 1% less than our Governor Paul Lepage.. Remember that???  

    • Anonymous

      I find it more like ‘sickening’, not refreshing at all.

      • Guest

        Your tag  should read, have taken over..  The whole problem is the wealthy have taken over. That is not a republican against liberal problem it is a serious problem.. Alot of us teapartiers  realized this and help put people in place that would help solve these issues… Just wait and you will see more fairness come about… If you want sick, look at the John Baldacci appointments to the PUC and the money being made by board members and their families with the wind projects.. that will turn your stomach…

        • Anonymous

          Nope<
          Taking away promised retirement benefits, giving a great big tax cut to the wealthy in a time when the state is SUPPOSED to be in financial trouble trying to throw 65,000 people off from subsidized healthcare, nope I expect no fairness from these jerks, and hopefully their helpers in the legislature will be watching from the sidelines next Janurary!THESE jerks turn MY stomach!

  • Anonymous

    The bully strikes again.  Wake up gov.   The state ain’t Mardens.  You can’t close the department because you don’t like the product.  You can’t mistreat employees and seal the settlement envelope.   The public didn’t ask for the tax cuts that coincidentally manufactured this $200 million deficit.   I will gladly pay the $8 bucks per week I saved when you cut taxes.  Any one else save that much?  Just for the record, my last quarterly tax payment to the sate was $2850.

  • STUART1190

    The war on drugs is a total fraud.  There is enough money if the war ends.  Why isn’t this an option?

    • Anonymous

      I dispise what drug abuse and alcohol abuse does to people – the destruction of families, the social cost, the amount of crime that occurs and the fact that We, The People, are expected to pay the consequences of every step of that path into addiction.  That having been said, however, people and ESPECIALLY politicians have to accept that the so-called “War On Drugs” was lost a very long time ago and all monies contributed to the effort are simply lost.

      Start recovering some of that money by legalizing marijuana and TAX THE HECK OUT OF IT.  If someone is stupid enough to go on to harder drugs, that is THEIR problem – I believe it’s called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.  No more taking up expensive jail space for marijuana when no violence occurs; no more addict treatment – they got themselves into it, they can get themselves out of it; no more methadone clinics – all that is doing is changing one addiction to another that is socially funded.

      • Anonymous

        There SOMEHOW was money enough for big estate tax and income tax break for the rich?Leplague thought we forgot that?     

  • Anonymous

    No Apathy for Austerity!

    Resist Lepage Shock Therapy!

  • Anonymous

    Close it down O’ Tyrant in Chief!

    We beg you Sire

    Close it and let them eat Whoopie Pies!

  • Guest

    How did the Democrats please everyone for so many years??? 

     I think we should not have Maine income withholding’s.. And just send people the bill for Maine’s expenses on Jan 15, then will see what party they belong to…

    • Anonymous

      They cared for more people than themselves..

      • Guest

        Don’t be mad at me for speaking the truth

        • Anonymous

          Don’t be mad at me for speaking the truth, that’s how they did it, they cared for more people beside themselves.

  • Anonymous

    As the Porland Mayor says to himself, LePage if only  I can shut you down. 

  • Guest

    I you don’t like it, In three years you can vote for Emily Cain.

  • Anonymous

    all Lepage comments aside, its hard to ignore Maines balanced budget amendment, we have 2 choices,, get things under control..or face across the board cuts enacted by law. then watch the squealers try to change the law if it comes to that.. we cant keep printing money people.. just like everyone else in this world we all have budgets. It all works the same in the end.

    • Anonymous

      How about just dumping that big tax break to the rich.  It seems we couldn’t afford that anyways!

  • Anonymous

    The Governor is using tactics that terrorists use, holding something hostage to get what he wants.  We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not concerned about the very poor.

    • Guest

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      • Anonymous

        I have seen a Republican that was concerned, BUT THEY ARE DAMN HARD TO COME BY!

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry people but healthy 18 and over single adults need to go get a 2nd job. I make less than 50k a year taking care of 5 people. We get by without things but we have food on the table and we pay for our own health care. If you can’t make it on 1 job go work a 2nd. If you are barely making it now stop having kids. I live in Presque Isle and what makes me sick is driving every day past the low income housing and seeing all the cars parked in the drive ways. Not to mention I see 4 wheelers and snow mobiles. Must be nice to live like that I wished I had a snow mobile but instead I am saving for retirement and my kids college education. In the mean time these slackers produce more kids and those kids are being tought to abuse the system. Maybe these people need to live in a card board box for a bit to get the hint that you need to work to survive.

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    • Anonymous

      Lot of us have been working 2nd and 3rd jobs for the last 30 years. 

      Thats while many ingorant, greedy, and ‘care for no one but themselves’ bankers and stock brokers make $10 million BONUSES!

      Thats frigged up! 

  • Anonymous

    I forgot to mention it really makes me even more upset to see them sitting on their steps smoking their cigs. Hey I can’t afford my rent but I can afford my smoking habit. Too bad you can’t post pictures here to prove my point.

  • Anonymous

    No money for DHHS but PLENTY of money so we can give wealthy people a big fat estate tax break and a big fat income tax break?

    Is that what you are saying Leplague?Get your priorities right!

  • anonme 527

    MORE conservative Republican manipulation. I wonder who the favor is for this time.
    For a more reasonable view on government finance take a look at this:

      http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-broke/

  • Anonymous

    I know how to save money- shut the Amtrak Downeaster down. Why are we paying millions a year to subsidize shopping trips to Boston?

    • Guest

      can you say Union Voter Block ???

    • Anonymous

      Because if they charged enough to cover their expenses noone could afford to ride it.

  • Guest

    left right left right/ right left right left..  It doesn’t matter that you really want that Shiny Red Car, if you are left or right and only have $5.00 in your pocket, you can’t afford to buy it….  Ohhh!!!  I’ve got to go  Obama called me to go oil the printing presses because there is an election comming up… How much does it cost to buy a States Votes anyway???? 

  • It’s a good thing we so rarely have really big natural disasters here in Maine.  You know the type – tsunami, hurricane surge floods, that kind of thing.  If one came along, we have just the sort of governor I can envision standing back at a safe distance, watching everybody drown, and then blaming the drowned for not being able to breathe water.

  • Anonymous

    I despise this  man..omg..he’s sick in the head bad..

  • Anonymous

    Shutt’er down and watch the reaction from the folks who only thing about “rights” and no further.

  • Anonymous

    So speaketh King Paul.

  • Anonymous

    Once again LePage shows how he can’t govern.  When he’s up against people who won’t blindly follow him, he threatens and bullies. Didn’t he expect opposition to his plan for cutting 65,000 people from MaineCare? First LePage is going to shut the schools early. Now he’s going to shut down DHHS itself.
    Does he really think he has that kind of power? 

  • Anonymous

    Shortfall or no shortfall, going after the DHHS is a
    back-assward way of addressing the issues facing Maine and it’s
    residence.  You’ve got Mainers hurting out there with real issues. 
    Regardless of whether you think other people’s problems are valid is
    really of no concern to anyone anywhere, they’re real to the people who
    suffer through them, and yes, like it or not we intern suffer with them
    via taxes and the like.  That comes with being an American, we’ve
    invested in ourselves and each other in order to make this a better
    place. 

    If people really want to save the state, then don’t cut
    off the head to cure the headache.  It’s a ridiculous approach and the
    sheer nonsense of the current party-line “cut it or I close it”, is
    exactly the kind of dialog that typically gets us nowhere.  Backing
    people into a corner in order to get them do what you want has
    historically been a bad idea.

    I think it’s best to keep in mind, we’re all welfare cases, no matter how you define the word.

  • Anonymous

    why is it that everytime theres a shortfall in the maine, the state wants to cut funds that support the HUMAN BEINGS that acctually need help??… in the state of maine, the State police, sheriff department take home their police cars.they go shopping, bring their kids to school and everything else in those police cars, the same cars the taxpayers in the state paid for, the same cars the taxpayers pay to fuel and maintain…, and god only knows what other state funded departments do the same… i wonder what it costs to buy these 40,000 vehicles for EVERY state trooper and sheriff… and this is just ONE of the mind boggling wastes of money the state should look at before taking away from the elderly, sick, and disabled. NOT EVERY person on MaineCare is abusing the system, and they’re most certainly still human beings….

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