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  • Anonymous

    Just what Maine needs is advice from an administration that cannot develop a budget or stop spending money, on how to make cutbacks.

    • Anonymous

      Amen the Libs like to jump on LePage for trying to get a handle on Maine’s problems.  Though they refuse to see the problems their hero Emperor Nobama has caused.  His new budget that he proposed raises the debt by another trillion dollars at least while making no cuts to these programs.  It just more of the same.  A Liberal spending spree on more failed Liberal programs , programs that were in the stimulus. While also him talking about another stimulus as of late.  That is why experts have claimed we won’t get below 8% unemployment until mid 2014 and have gas above $5.00 a gallon.  We are headed towards a Liberal Socialist Welfare Haven nationally going into huge debt. Tens of trillions in debt as a matter of fact. With bankruptcy not far behind. Liberalism the way life as they want it to be.

      • Anonymous

        I hope this link works*.  It shows–

        Reagan increased the debt 189%. 
        GHW Bush increased it 85%.
        Clinton increased in 37%
        GW Bush increased it 86%
        Obama has increased it 35%

        Republicans LOVE increasing debt when they are in office. When Democrats are in office, debt suddenly becomes something horrible. If you ever read Paul Krugman, you’ll see that debt is not evil, and severe austerity measures kill countries’ economies.

        *http://tinyurl.com/7ceww6l

        • poormaniac

          If you really love the figures then do the math, what percentage is that per president per year ? I think you’ll find that Obama is on par with GW but way ahead of the others !

          • Anonymous

            As Republicans pointed out year after year (until President Obama came to office), increasing debt is NOT necessarily a bad thing. Republicans increased debt over and over and over.

            Paul Krugman noted: “We need more, not less, government spending to get us out of our unemployment trap. And the wrongheaded, ill-informed obsession with debt is standing in the way. ”

            The Republican obsession with austerity is going to destroy the American economy by making sure more and more people get laid off and any help unemployed people are now getting will be slashed. This means less and less money will be spent in our communities, putting YOUR job–all our jobs–at risk.

            (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/02/opinion/krugman-nobody-understands-debt.html?_r=2)

          • Anonymous

            Why don’t you show us your figures?  Are you a poor-mathematician too?

        • Anonymous

          I complete agree that with the premise, but we at or around 100% debt to GDP ratio and need to do something about lowering that, when interest payments start getting out of control we will have to really worry then.

    • poormaniac

      If you follow this paper , Bonney , you’ll remember that the administration did in fact develop a budget.  It seems that some vote seeking politicians are the ones who insist on re writing it !

  • Anonymous

    I think it is wonderful that the Secretary offered to send someone. LePage needs some help and some1 is offering.  Don’t kick a gift horse in the mouth. 

  • StillRelaxin

    Well Mary after watching you flounder for the past year all I can offer you is the thought that this will all get easier once you get a little experience under your belt and learn how to do your job properly.  Rule number one, don’t be a follower.  Be a leader for the “public” you represent.

    • Anonymous

      Just another Republican taking from the people for ideological reasons that serve the interests of the rich.

      • Anonymous

        Mary Mayhew is a registered Democrat not a Republican. She is like a few Democrats who have common sense to know these Welfare Programs are no longer sustainable and are not worth funding at the current levels. That cuts are needed to be made and they have to happen if we are going to get our economy going with job growth and real prosperity.

        • Anonymous

          The new ideal is for America to save money by making sure that ever-larger segments of its population lose access to preventive health care.

          This results in poorer public health and a weaker America.

          It’s the Republican way of life.

          • Guest

            If the Liberals, Communists and Democrats didn’t maintain poverty in this country they (you) would have no constituency voting your way.  If someone asks me if I want a $1000 with no strings attached of course I would say yes and vote for you.  Poverty is a necessity for the Left, Liberals Communists and Democrats; who the hell else would vote for you.  After the all the $trillions the Left has spent on the war on poverty, why do we still have poverty?  The Left, Democrats, Communists and Democrats have a huge vested interest in maintaining poverty as it has created a huge voting block dependent on poverty and entitlements. 

        • Anonymous

          I guess my idea of “worth” is much different than yours.  Human life should carry a price or an R or D after your name.  Not worth funding?

          • Anonymous

            My idea of worth is growing jobs, businesses and the economy not growing Welfare Programs.  That may be what folks like you want.  The majority of us working folks/taxpayers want more jobs, businesses, lower taxes, better infrastructure roads, bridges, new Interstates, East-West Highways etc..  That is our priority not growing wasteful government programs that don’t work and waste taxpayers money and Maine State Government period.  We know if Democrats get back control of the Legislature what will happen Spending will go through the roof and Welfare Expansion will be a priority to them not jobs.

      • Anonymous

         I would be willing to bet all the taxpayers in the USA would disagree as we are the ones funding this mess. If welfare serves anybody it would be the liberals who make it and grow it to the point we are at now. I say end all of it close dhhs and every other welfare place ( ie anybody who hands out money to someone who did not EARN it) and let the people who EARN the money keep it.

    • Guest

      The public that she represents does that include the taxpayers or only those leeches on the receiving end?

  • Anonymous

    Now,   isn’t this just remarkable.    She has concluded that the governor and she won’t get a waiver,   now….it’s all the legislature’s fault.    THEN   the governor has said that he’s going to veto,  then he said that too much has been said too much about it (a veto),  but yet…..they both say it’s not enough???

    It’s like a puzzle?      

  • Anonymous

    I hope you go and cut anyway .

  • Anonymous

    Wow – way to lead from behind.  I would assume that Penguin put you up to this ‘let’s play it safe’ strategy, that is more concerned with protecting the administration than with solving any meaningful problem.

    • Guest

      Ahh  you want him to user the boy President’s strategy?

  • Anonymous

     It seems funny that they wait till its all in the s**t before help is offered. LOL guess the govt. will always be late.

  • Anonymous

    All of this only tells me that the LePage administration doesn’t want any help from the feds.  The LePage administration wants to go down the road they want to go down without any concern for what is right or wrong.  If this was not the case, they would have had the feds here before they put forth their budget.  That would have been the sensible way to do things.

  • Anonymous

    That’s like a plumber saying, go ahead and put the pipes in wrong, then I will come back and tell you how to do it properly.

  • Anonymous

    LOL…”Who’s ( whose ) on first” ??

  • Mary, do yourself a favor and just get the DHHS out of the way and let the Legislature do it’s job. And tell Paulie to as well. The budget problem has been resolved to a large part, sufficient for a vote to be taken and the budget to be put in place. All that’s needed now is some real leadership. And one of the most important lessons that all leader’s need to learn is when to just get out of the way of those who know what they are doing do what they know best. This political ‘fingerprint syndrome’ has become an almost chronic ego teaser that every political figure winds up falling victim to. Maine needs to break free from this nonsense and get on with putting the State back to work.

    More importantly, that the Fed’s HHS is just waiting to be told that the budget is resolved now places the ability and process to reform of the MaineCare squarely on the shoulder’s of the Governor and his ability to just get out of the way and let the Legislature get on with it. ‘Nitpicking’ is just gonna slow up the whole process. Maine deserves better and smarter leadership than ‘nitpicking’ and political temper tantrum’s. The Legislature finally got past it, to a large extent, and now it’s the Governor’s turn to show mature leadership, not Party melodrama and theatrical temper tantrum’s. Maine’s GOP recent Caucus performance (and that’s being as mild as I can say within the BDN Guidelines) does not bode well in either of these area’s. This is now the time that the Governor can step out and show some independent leadership that’s free of Party politics and manipulation. And that’s what he was elected to show and do.

    • Guest

      What did you ever do to get Mainer’s working?

      • Anonymous

        The Liberals don’t want people working why should they start caring now.  For 36 years they put the working folks issues at back burner while catering to their voting block of Welfare Bums, Special Interest and Ex Politicians like Angus King, Dennis Bailey, Kurt Adams.  All these mooching leeches had to get their taxpayer subsidies they keep running back for more every time.

  • Anonymous

    “Sebelius sent a letter to U.S. governors in February offering the teams’ tailored assistance to revamp state Medicaid programs. Since then, 25 states, not including Maine, have taken advantage of that help, according to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman.”
    How come Lepage hasn’t taken up this offer, since we do get federal matching dollars spent in the Maine Care program(Medicaid)? 

  • Anonymous

    Get rid of the Methadone clinics!!! That will solve a lot of the problem, and probably the drug problem. Those people need jobs, not the state of Maine paying for them.

    • Anonymous

      Than they will either end up in jail or prison

      • Anonymous

        Thats ok…..until they dry out

        • Anonymous

          Jails are more expensive, I thought the point was to reduce the budget, not increase it??

          • Anonymous

            well….. hopefully you will be the next victim, not someone else

        • Anonymous

          At 35,000 a year in jail yup thats great

          • Anonymous

            I suppose you think these Meth clinics are free…. and the people that go there aren’t getting paid to do so???  What about the court costs when they rob people and steal to get their drugs and the damage it does to the victims?? Do you think that crime has gone down at all?? If you do, you are sadly mistaken. People don’t even want to go to Bangor anymore. Have you seen the rise on gun sales?? A very worth while investment. We will clean up the trash one way or another

          • Anonymous

            This what happens every time when people do not have have jobs it happen the last time people did not have jobs or don’t you remember .

          • Anonymous

            They don’t have jobs because they can’t pass drug tests!

          • Anonymous

            So people should not whine about them

          • Anonymous

            Your right, we need to just stop ALL assistance.

          • Anonymous

            Look at all the money that could be saved as people call them lazy bums can get a job . Only the real needy would be helped

  • Anonymous

    Federal help…..everyone thinks that is just great, take the burden off the Maine taxpayers, HELLO….. Do you not pay federal taxes as well???? I know I do. 

  • Anonymous

    When i look at her picture , my immediate thought is INCOMPETENT AND SLIPPERY !

  • Anonymous

    Incompetent and in need of “federal help”.

    Cluster

    yessah

  • Anonymous

    This incompetent head of the DHHS needs to be fired and one hired that knows what they are doing.  She can’t even prepare a budget properly.   The Feds cannot help with the budget shortfall, but they can step in and prepare a budget for her, then the legislature will know how much money is really needed.

    • Anonymous

      Who there knows what they are doing   you  ??

  • Anonymous

    This is just the beginning of the goat rape Obamacare is going to be if and when it takes effect and it makes absolutely no sense.  Barak Obama shoved this legislation down the throats of the American people, only to grant waivers because it is unaffordable and unsustainable once enacted.  I predict  there is no way in h*ll   Maine will be granted this waiver because if they grant it to Maine they’ll have to grant it to the other states as well and there is no way that will happen.  I don’t know why people can’t seem to understand this fact- it’s common sense.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you but….. he can always print more money. He is a total waste and hopefully people will see this in November!

  • Anonymous

    Something about Mary good movie

  • Anonymous

    Maine has enough financial problems without the help of Obama and his band of merry bandits .

  • Anonymous

    I wonder about her qualifications for the job she is attempting to do?

  • Anonymous

    Mary Mayhew simply doesn’t have a clue, does she?

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