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Comments for: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012: Taxes, health care and candidate endorsements

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  • Anonymous

    Diane O’BrienWith all due respect, until Andy was elected his biggest accomplishment to date had been backpacking across Asia and mastering the tambourine.  He brought little to the job and less to his constituents.  Mr Chase is another ex-union guy who would bring back the mentality that created and maintained wide swaths of poverty in Maine.  

    • Anonymous

      What a myopic view of government you have.  If you got the right lenses, you would be able to see the whole picture.  If you think unions ruined Maine, you are mistaken.  I’m glad that unions tamed big business.  If it wasn’t for unions, you and your little kids would be working six twelve hour days / week for subsistence pay and when you or one of your children got hurt on the job, that indidual would be tossed out and another warm body would take their place, all at slave wages.  Sweat shops were the norm.  I can remember my parents working in them when they were younger. Unions have made this country great.

      • Anonymous

        …now kids aren’t working.  Adults aren’t working.  Hell… no one is working in Maine except state, municipal and school employees… all unionized government employees with great benefits and retirement.  Yeah!!!    The ultimate irony is that government employees in Maine will soon be the only class of working people earning enough to pay state income taxes to pay for their retirement and benefits and to pay for the $2.7 billion deficit in their own Maine State Retirement system.  McKernan, King, and Baldacci all ignored this deficit.   Who knew about it till LePage (as much as he’s disliked) put the deficit on the books…?  LePage is acknowledging that every resident in Maine owes the state retirement system about $2 grand.

        • Anonymous

          Quit crying and join a union if that’s where the jobs are.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not crying.  Maine is in an economic death spiral.  We’re getting older and poorer virtually every day.  It doesn’t matter who wins in November.  I think Maine’s fate is pretty much sealed.  Demise.

          • Anonymous

            Right, so lets elect Republicans who will destroy affordable health care for everyone and medicare .for our seniors.   And let’s keep taxes for the wealthy at the lowest rate in 50 years. Way to go !!!

          • Anonymous

             You haven’t been paying attention.  “Affordable” health care is becoming more unaffordable.  If it wasn’t for government subsidizing expensive health care in Medicare (in particular), health care WOULD be affordable for everyone.

          • Anonymous

            You do not know what you are talking about.  

          • Anonymous

             It’s axiomatic that anything subsidized by the government is more expensive for those who don’t receive the subsidy.

          • Anonymous

            Again, you do not know what you are talking about .
            You must be getting this jargon from your tea party pals.

      • Anonymous

        If R &R should by some miracle get in to power we will all be working 12 hours or more again with our 6 year olds standing by our sides and then set adrift on an ice flow, if there is any ice left, like the old eskimos..

        • Anonymous

           …. that’s ridiculous and you know it. 

          • Anonymous

            plus backrooms and coat hangers for women who want to terminate pregnancies. These people are dangerous and very very retro and YOU know it

  • Anonymous

    Ronald Shelden
    Tax the rich and give to the poor….nothing new here same old liberal nonsense.  Why is there nothing offered as a solution besides redistribution.  Cut spending!

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it terrible Obama is taking money from people and spending it on military, roads, bridges, education, the poor, the sick, the rich through taxes, veterans, research for cures, pell grants and many other things.The gall of that SOB. Keep America going FOWARD.OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    • Mike Reynolds

       I agree with the cut spending advice.  The cuts should start and be significant within the pentagon and homeland security.  That is where the largest waste is located.

    • Anonymous

      Well, it really is about what were supposed to be temporary tax cuts. I am willing to have mine ended along with the wealthiest if it will help this country. Isn’t that what this is supposed to be about? Taking care of OUR country. 

  • Anonymous

      Mr. Shelden and Mr. Shunney, these are both perceptive letters.  Republicans under Bush II cut taxes too drastically and now refuse to stop the bleeding.  Rather than applying a tourniquet, they want to open the wound even further and cut taxes even more.
      When they sold us this tax cut nonsense, they made clear it was for a defined period.  Now that the period they chose has ended, they are crying foul.
      Under the Clinton tax rates we enjoyed record job growth.  Under the lower Bush rates we had record job stagnation followed by record job losses.  This would be no way to run a business and is certainly no way to run an economy.

  • Anonymous

    Our President prefers to be sure of his facts before he makes a statement, as opposed to reversible Mittens, mouth in gear and brain in neutral. I am assuming he has one, a brain that is.

    • Anonymous

      I guess he doesn’t act stupidly atleast in all 57 states.

      • Anonymous

         He represents all 100% of the people in the USA not only 53% which are the richest.  I’ll vote for Obama who will represent me, I just don’t have enough money to get reversible Mittens to watch out for me. Of course with Mittens I am sure he’ll change at least a couple of times before election day.

        • Anonymous

           Obama doesn’t represent me, my sentiments or my understanding of basic economics and fiscal sanity.  He’s just plain stupid, in my opinion.

          • Anonymous

            Opinions are like a holes everybody has one, some are bigger others not so much, take your choice as to which category you fall.   

          • Anonymous

            I chose the empty hole category.

      • Anonymous

         can’t you come up with something better than a slip of the tongue. Maybe you should try the teleprompter-in-chief one. Maybe you should come up with a good reason to back Romney. This other stuff is old! and not worth a pezz hole in the snow!

        • Anonymous

          The stuff I reponded to is just as old.   Can’t you come up with a better excuse than a slip of the tongue?  Did I say I was for Ronmey.   Just weighing in on the sea of apoligists for each side.

          • Anonymous

             Do you really think Barack Obama thinks there are 57 states?

          • Anonymous

            I think he has such a poor background about American history, that, yes, he really doesn’t have even “walking around” knowledge of the U.S.  When he was on Letterman,  he said he didn’t know what that the national debt was..  not even in approximate numbers…  ($16 trillion).   It shows that he IS an ignoramus… even if he feels the debt isn’t important.. how can HE, the President of the United States, not know this.  It’s like…”common knowledge”.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think you know, as much about it as you think you do.

          • Anonymous

            You should have ended your reply to me after the third word, “think”.

          • Anonymous

            every time you type, you make yourself look more foolish.
            I don’t care whether you think, I think. I know you have little value for anyone but yourself. I also know you are paid to type the things you do, which in my mind gives your words no value at all.

          • Anonymous

             I must have some value to those who pay me.

          • Anonymous

             You may have value to those who pay you.  If the words you type don’t belong to your heart they have no value.

          • Anonymous

             Your piety is ridiculous.  No one pays me.  The insults didn’t begin with me.  I can and will return insults.  I can’t understand how anyone could support the failed presidency of Obama, save for the fact that his main opponent is a Mormon or, worse yet (in his or her mind, a REPUBLICAN).  I can understand that some here would never support a Republican for any office.  Any excuse will do to vote against a Republican.  I feel the same way about the Democrats. Never, ever will I vote for a Democrat.  It’s simple.  And I’ll always be as critical of any Democrat as Democrats are mercilessly critical of any Republican.   

          • Anonymous

            Petty, mean and worthless response…. 

          • Anonymous

            you are becoming pathetic…. 

          • Anonymous

             pot. kettle. black.

          • Anonymous

            I agree completely with you.  I have noticed how you manage to politely refute other posters with whom you disagree.  We can all take a lesson from your civility.

          • Anonymous

            Petty, mean and worthless response…. really wonder what it is that you are being paid to do.

          • Anonymous

             http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBP4J98Ii3c

          • Anonymous

            I think he thinks (or he used to think) there are 58 or 59.  He’d been to 57 of them with one left to go… Alaska.

      • Anonymous

        If you ever listened to the speech you would hear then Senator Obama begin to talk about having visited fifty states, then pause after the work “fifty,” realizing he had not been to all of the states, and then leaving out the word “forty” as part of his correction.  You see, he is not a robot, like Romney, and actually thinks carefully, even in mid-sentence.  In fact, at the time of that speech he had been to forty-seven states.

        • Anonymous

           Funny.  Very funny.  He was deliberate in saying 57 states and when the audience started LAUGHING at him, he then became nervous and added….”I have one left to go, Alaska….  Alaska and Hawaii, my staff would not justify it.”    something like that.  Here, you can listen for yourself ….25 seconds to see our brilliant President:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws     Had Sarah Palin said this… oh my.

          • Anonymous

              Watching the video proves my point.  The long pause between “fifty” and “seven” makes it clear to all but the Obama-haters that he was correcting himself and left out the word “forty.”  He immediately indicates that he is missing three states out of the union. 
              Consider how he mastered McCain in the debates (and will master Romney).  These are totally unscripted, sans teleprompter, and are a measure of the man’s sharp mind and ability to think on his feet.

          • Anonymous

             Of course, how could I be so stupid.  Geez.  I never divined that he was saying “40” in that long pause of deliberative silence between “50” and “7”.

    • Anonymous

       Our president did make a statement.   It just happened to be a lie.

    • Anonymous

       It’s crazy.  Even TWO days after one of Obama’s national security men told Senator Lieberman that it was definitely an organized attack by terrorists (al Qada), Obama was still saying it was a spontaneous attack in Benghazi related to the mythical film.

    • Anonymous

      I am assuming that he doesn’t have a brain. When I look into his blank eyes on TV there is nothing there. Nada!

    • Anonymous

      Makes sense to me.

    • Anonymous

       http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2012/0922/Benghazi-attack-Why-the-White-House-changed-its-story/%28page%29/2

  • Anonymous

    Mike Shunney, Ronald Sheldon:  good letters.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of crude zealous Israeli support or disregard for Islamic Arabs, what happened in Egypt is disgraceful.  There’s no reason for it.  If radical Islamics want to blaim all of America for what someone puts on youtube, this’ll just go on and on.  The attackers are delusional, the attacks juvenile, and so irrational. Beyond reasonable comprehension to attack and murder American embassy employees.   Frankly, American society and peoples have generally been great to Egypt.   If these Islamics want to generalize, how about this: Americans adore Egypt.  From childhood we romaticize the country, from the pyraminds to the Suez canel, many grow up wanting to visit the region.  The history of Persian culture is usually glorified in educational American realms.  Perhaps they just assume do blaim “ugly Amerians”but here the ugly is all Islam.

  • Anonymous

    Douglas Kazdoy:

    Bill Clinton initiated a FBI/CIA manhunt for those responsible for the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

    Most of those responsible are now serving life-without-parole in US prisons or were killed in drone strikes in Pakistan (many during the Obama administration).

    Osama Bin Laden – the ringleader of those – and the 9/11 attacks –  was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan during an operation ordered by President Barack Hussein Obama.

    President Barack Hussein Obama ordered a FBI team to Libya to pursue those responsible for the Benghazi attacks.

    Pity the Fools.

    Yessah

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