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Comments for: Line-item surrender

Before Saturday, no Maine governor had used the line-item veto authority given to the state’s chief executive in 1995. So it is understandable that there is confusion about what lawmakers must do. But that does not excuse the Legislature’s abdication of its responsibility to respond to the governor’s… Read More
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  • Donna Green

    About time someone stepped up to the plate.

    • Anonymous

      I would say it isn’t the first plate Lapage has stepped up to

    • Anonymous

      The idea of stepping up to the plate is to hit a home run, or at least get on base.  It is not to strike out on purpose. 

    • Anonymous

      In the case of the R legislators, backed off from the plate and called unnecessary “time”.  Should be called “out”.

  • Anonymous

    Republican leaders say they’ve asked their members and most don’t want to return to Augusta this week. Yes it was just way to bothersome for republican lawmakers to do the job they were elected to do. Come November 6th the voters of Maine not Kevin Raye, Bob Nutting or Paul Richard LePage will have their say and something tells me Maine voters will say they don’t want republicans returning to Augusta in January. 

    • Anonymous

      The republicans found a way to support what they believe in and get rid of the stuff that was being forced into the budget.  When are the Dems finally going to realize that GA needs to be fixed and reducing the number by 5% does not meant the straight face test when yuo say it addresses the welfare issues in the state.

      • Anonymous

        The cities an towns will half to pick up the cost now

        • Anonymous

          Maybe it is time to stop providing the hand out and actually make people stop living off the system.  Most major population centers have to take on the surrounding towns issues as well.  How about those that need assistance under this program report to the city hall and work for the city cleaning parks, picking weeds and generally improving the towns they live in to get their assistance.

          • Anonymous

            HAHAHA and then they can get hit by a car or hurt their back and be on the towns worker comp now that is really going to make my taxes go down. Oh yea and we can hire 3 or 4 more full time employees to oversee these individuals picking up litter or pulling weeds.

          • Anonymous

            OK now you half to pay workers comp on them who will baby sit the kids of parents now you will half to get phicales to see how fit they are to do the job

          • Anonymous

            You’re rhetoric is way off base.  Nobody lives off the system.  Anyone forced into the system due to poverty (that’s how they qualify) knows that the little assistance they receive is not a livable wage.  Also, in short order they are forced out by law.  Nobody wants to live like that, and they don’t to an acceptable degree in the richest nation on earth. 

      • kcjonez

        Willie Sutton found a way to get money from banks.  That doesn’t mean he acted morally or legally.  

      • Anonymous

        Just how did the minority Democrats “force” anything into the budget, especially in the Senate, which voted unanimously?

      • What ? Next time in English, please .

      • Anonymous

        Then why did they vote to pass it?  That doesn’t make any sense at all.

    • Anonymous

       It’s like asking the kids if they want to go to school today.  We already know the answer.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t want to go back even though thye have to (shall = must).  Sounds juvenile at best, illegal and irresponsible at worst.

    • Anonymous

      By 11-6-2012, the Lepage, Raye,Nutting threesome will be tired old news, as in the revised Three Stooges flick. 

  • Anonymous

    When will the BDN actually have the guts to print who writes their editorials, my guess is someone from the Maine Democratic Party leadership.  I listened to the Senate minority leader on the radio this morning and this editorial could be a transcript of his comments.  

    • Anonymous
      • Tom Brown III

         those are just editors not necessarily the writers. I mean they obviously have final say on what to run but op-ed pieces are usually reader submitted.

        I actually said this in response to the “Use your Head” article, If I were to contribute to a news papers opinion section which is carte blanche to write a subjective article I would make my beliefs known and plaster my name too it.

        It is fairly shady that people don’t take credit for many editorials. Probably John Martin trolling haha.

        • Anonymous

          Authored opinion pieces are Commentaries, typically appearing on the page facing the editorials.  Editorials by definition are written by the editors unless labeled otherwise.

        • Anonymous

          The editorial page editors write the editorials. I can assure you that nobody on the outside of the paper ever writes an editorial (and that nobody in the newsroom ever writes an editorial).

    • Anonymous

      It is common knowledge who the editors are at the BDN.  It doesn’t make a hill of beans difference which of the few wrote it.  It’s the message that matters sir, not the messenger.  More importantly it is the majority of Mainers’ who agree with them that matters most.     

  • Anonymous

    Well done Gov. 

  • StillRelaxin

    These folks seem to take about as much interest in doing their jobs as they do the welfare of Maine’s neediest people. That is to say they’re extremely LAX in regard to both. Shameful is about the only word that fits (Or can be printed here) in describing these compassionless do nothings. At the moment it looks as though the GOP/Tea Party and Mr. LePage have just bent over and told the entire state population to kiss their butts. Come November they best be prepared for our feet hitting them on the keysters/keisters as they’re all escorted out of their high offices.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t this remind you, even a little bit, of the procedural stunt that Democrats in Wisconsin employed(leaving the State to block a Republican-instigated vote) late last year?  I’d agree with Fried when she suggests that there was a behind-closed-doors agreement to support the Governor without a recorded vote through Republican-initated inaction.
      I’m trying to figure out what a ‘keyster’ is. Did you mean to say ‘keister’?

  • kcjonez

    If the republicans allow this precedent to be established, we will have permanently shifted the balance of power in Augusta.  Issue a last minute line item veto and a phone call and the sum of the entire legislative session has been changed.  This is not democracy.  I am not against the line item veto but I would like it to be established that all future users of this tool(or weapon) should be subjected to face the entire legislature rather than have his(or her) “people” declare the matter over.  

    • Anonymous

      You can rest assured that the law(s) that allowed this sham to take place will be corrected once the decent and just people of Maine restore sanity to Augusta.  

    • Anonymous

      OK Gov-these people say you have the line item veto, just don’t use it. Whaaaaaaaa

  • Anonymous

    More selective outrage at the BDN.  The Dems adjourn the legislature early and then call a fake emergency session at a cost of millions to the taxpayers in order to pass a simple majority budget and not a peep from the BDN.  LePage actually saves the taxpayers some money and the BDN is outraged. You can not make this stuff up.

    • Really ??  Really ??  You might want to do a wee bit more research to get your facts straight. It might help to turn down the  talk radio and remove the aluminum foil headgear…

      • Anonymous

        No one looks the other way more than Liberals. How is John Martin doing BTW? His deal go through yet? One should apply for an apartment McCormick had built for $300,000 each for section 8. What lunacy. At least Violette has been given a residency for a while, and Baldy is gone. You cannot make this crap up.

      • Anonymous

        You might want to remove YOUR aluminum foil hat before reading about it. Liberals…too lazy to do any research.  Here, let me google that for you.

        http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1415074/posts

        Over $500,000 just in extra pay for the legisvermin.

        “The special, or emergency, session was necessitated by majority Democrats who accelerated the timetable for passing a supplemental budget in order to avoid compromises with minority Republicans.”

      • Anonymous

        Stepping away from the teapot would help, too.

    • Anonymous

      You are either bald faced lying or are terribly misinformed.  Either way you are wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I am neither lying, wrong, nor misinformed.  Just because you stick your fingers in your ears and say “La La La La La” doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. See the link in my post above.

        • Anonymous

          And because all you can hear is the sound of “La La La La Lapage” in your ears, doesn’t mean your views hold water.

    • Anonymous

      Millions?  Way, Way off.  Not even close. 

      • Anonymous

        You obviously believe that the only cost was the extra cash paid to the legisvermin.

        Way to zero in on the main point.  Man, you’re like a laser.

  • Anonymous

    If the BDN thinks this move by the Republicans is a cowardly one, do they also think that Obama’s frequent decision to vote “present,” instead of yea or nay while serving as a senator, was also cowardly?  I’ve never seen the BDN call out Obama for deciding to avoid taking a stand on difficult votes, most likely for political expediency.

    • Anonymous

      Typical republican attempt to twist and spin when they are in the wrong.  How about you address the point the editors made  regarding the debacle just inflicted on the Maine people by the republicans in Augusta?

    • Anonymous

      For someone named “PureLogic101”, there is no logic what so ever in this comment.  This is what is referred to as an AD HOMINEM argument “ad hominem attempts to counter a claim or conclusion by attacking the person who emitted it, rather than addressing the argument given.”
       
      These types of arguments are considered logical fallacies.  You would fail college Logic101 with this type of argument.

  • Anonymous

    BDN Editorial Training Manual:

    “Democrats Good; Republicans Bad. Repeat.”

    • Anonymous

      ALEC/Republican/Tea party training manual:  Rule 1: Republicans/etc. good, Democrats/libderals/progressives/etc. bad.   Rule 2;  See Rule 1.

    • Anonymous

      Tea Pawty Twaining Manual:

      Wepeat after me, “I believe Paul Wepage.  I twust Paul Wepage. I don’t have to think or wead any books because Bubba Wepage has it all covered for me.”  Amen.

  • Anonymous

    Just another daily attack on our Governor.

    • Anonymous

      That he earns on a daily basis…

      • Anonymous

        Our Governor has done more in one year than all governors combined since Longley. One crook is in jail, several heads removed and everything is looked at instead of baseline liberal budgeting. Take a look at John Martin’s current deal if you want to find something to rant about.

        • RoostookGuy

          Delusional.

          • Anonymous

            yes you are

        • Guest

          He definitely has caused more trouble than he’s worth.

  • Anonymous

    “Retreat.”  “Abdication.”  But if the Rs didn’t fight a D-Governor’s line item veto, it would be called “seeing the light.”  Thanks, BDN.

  • Obviously, when the line item veto was put in place, no one at the time could envision such a horse’s patootie inhabiting the Blaine House…

    • Anonymous

      Baldy is gone

  • Anonymous

    Agreed!  Cowards all who voted for the budget and then abdicated to the King.  Shameful!

  • Anonymous

    You have got to love it when a half baked progressive idea comes back and bites the progressives in the butt.  I bet when this proposal went out to the voters the BDN threw itself under the band wagon.  Plenty of time then to complain about the vagueness of the wording but hey it was progressive.  Who knows somebody like Paul Violette could have written a hefty raise into the MTA budget and a line item veto would have been great.

    • Anonymous

      Nice mixed metaphor.  Intentional?

  • RoostookGuy

    Enjoy the increase in property taxes that are going to result in the lack of leadership !

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