Comments for: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012: The 98 percent, Angus King and Mitt Romney

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 4:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 22, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.

98 percent solution The likelihood that tax cuts will boost the economy depends on how big they are and who gets them. Under cuts instituted early in the Bush administration, my wife and I, solidly middle-class taxpayers, enjoyed about a $600 reduction in our federal taxes. Like most in the …

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  • Anonymous

    Mr. Hurley,
    You shouldn’t feel bad…..80% of Maine people voted against democratic ideology in 2010, so there was alot of discontent…And you must have learned, because you will now vote AGAINST the democrat in this race….Maine, there are two democrats in this race…..Lets beat them BOTH…..vote Charlie Summers into Washington along with a republican Senate and President…

    • Anonymous

      The worst possible thing for this country is for one party to control all the branches of government. 

      • Anonymous

        maybe if you are a democrat, but not for Americans….soembody has to forward an agenda about this country, not about themselves or some ideology….usually you wouldn’t have to add the last part, but this president has changed all that…..

        • Alec Cunningham

          It sounds like you’re saying that democrats aren’t really Americans.  Is this what you mean to say?

          • Anonymous

            Hopefully.  Conservatives were well-entrenched here until the libs drove their dividing wedges into American society.   Trace it all back 500 years to Martin Luther, one of whose main premises in regard to “religious freedom” was that everyone was free to interpret the Bible in any way they saw fit (God’s truth was immaterial, of course).  The corollary that goes with that belief, which Luther did not foresee until he lamented it late in life, is that a society which believes in anything will eventually become a society which believes in nothing.  Each generation in those 500 years claimed more and more people who didn’t believe in God.  Now we have a country where the majority says we believe in God, but we live as though we are a nation of atheists.  Liberalism is the harvest of the seeds that Luther sowed.

          • Anonymous

            America isn’t a theocracy. Go peddle your trash elsewhere.

          • Anonymous

            The truth hurts sometimes.

          • Anonymous

            Your opinion isn’t a truth. Period.

          • Anonymous

            You refuse to believe Luther’s own words, just because they validate the truth of the Catholic Church.  If Jesus Christ appeared before you, you would probably close your eyes and declare that he wasn’t there, because you couldn’t see him.  And I happen to know 4 people to whom Jesus has appeared, and one them, he appeared to twice.  And one of them is my brother, who had a short conversation with him and shook his hand.  And, oh yes, all 4 of those people happen to be Catholic.  Not many people like the Catholic Church, because it teaches the truth of Jesus Christ, and Christ’s truth is not very popular right now.

          • Anonymous

            I am a Catholic. Fortunately I don’t need your permission to be one. I also don’t need to accept your weird opinions as truth either.

          • maineiac123

             I just have a quick question.  Was your brother off his meds when he met Jesus?

          • Anonymous

            Luther never regretted his break with the corrupt Roman Catholic Church — despite the way you try to twist and misquote his words.  While I am not a big fan of Luther (he was not quite as bad as the Catholic hierarchy), he was right about Catholic corruption — the Catholic bishop who was Luther’s superior had purchased his position as bishop, for instance.  And who sold him his job as bishop? The Vatican.
            Luther never regretted his break with the corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
            There have always been many good individual Roman Catholics.  Unfortunately, the Catholic hierarchy is still under dismal leadership.
            Just the same, there’s not much to admire in Luther, either.

          • Alec Cunningham

            Bruce Springsteen supports Obama.  Are you saying he’s not a true American?

          • Anonymous

            So we finally have Heistheone’s explicit confession of his hostility toward not just all non-Christians but also all non-Catholics. Wow. Talk about looking backward. No doubt he defends indulgences sold by corrupt Catholic priests and bishops that infuriated Martin Luther as much as, in other postings, he defended thousands of pedophile priests as somehow outside of Catholicism, as aliens only pretending to be Catholic priests. Amazing. He really would be happier during the Inquisition when the men were separated from the boys, so to speak, by torture and execution. 

          • Anonymous

            You are allowing yourself to be duped by the same liar who duped Luther.  Satan just loves it when people don’t even realize that they are firmly in his camp.

          • Anonymous

            You are so utterly taken in by the sins of self-righteousness and hubris!

          • Anonymous

            We don’t live as though we are a nation of atheists, but our government is indifferent to any god…as it should be.  And as someone who may or may nor worship the same God you do, I am thankful for that.

          • Anonymous

            When was the last time an Atheist slaughters their fellow humans because he was an athiest. When is the last time and Atheist enslaved a whole group of people because they had different skin color?

          • Guest

            The people in this country who believe in a god are constantly fighting among themselves as to who’s church is the only true and right church.
            That doesn’t say much for all the believers.

          • Anonymous

            You might want to brush up on your history a bit prior to commenting. Martin Luther was rebbelling against a corrupt and venal institution. You know the institution that allowed  Purchasing dispensations for the wealthy, squeezing the serfs that resided on church owned lands, and a host of other reprehensible acts. You might want to look upo the Borgia popes, you know the one who had sex with his illegitimate daughter. Your institution is corrupt at it’s core, and only seeks power and wealth for itself.

          • Anonymous

            If Luther didn’t like sins being committed by Catholics, he should have called them on it, and worked on reforming the sinners, instead of starting his own religion(s).  40,000 Protestant denominations now, and counting.  That is a huge scandal to non-Christians, and it makes a mockery of the prayer of Jesus Christ, from John’s gospel, chapter 17.  Catholic teaching is the truth of Jesus Christ and his apostles.  It is not negated by those who sin against it, whether they are Catholic or not.

          • Anonymous

            Yea,
            Well he did call them on it, it’s called the 95 thesis, and he nailed it to the church door. Luther was a catholic, and he realized that the catholic institution was corrupt at the core, there was no changing the corruption that permeated it (many would agree that it permeates it to this day). It was Luther’s assertion that the book held the truth, not the institution. You can thank Luther for translating the book you (I presume) own into common language for the layity.Something the catholic institution would never allow, as that would empower the layity

        • Anonymous

          What the President has changed is the disaster that was Bush back to a nation admired in the world and an economy in freefall to one coming back and creating jobs again.  I know the truth hurts, but that’s the way it goes.  And you know it.

          • Anonymous

            Facts and reality say you are wrong….

    • Anonymous

      LOL, nice try, then why’d we send Michaud and Pingree back? You have nothing but spin.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I am okay with doing away with all of the Bush tax cuts. But I do want capital interest and carried interest taxed at income rates. My bonus is taxed at a higher rate than the ‘bonus’ carried interest provides. Another 25%/15% difference. I want that changed. Income is income no matter where it comes from. It is flowing into your personal account. It needs to be accounted for in the same way. I nearly choked when Romney, in the last debate, said he would do away with interest income on our savings accounts. Another out of touch moment. He obviously does not know they earn .1%. Sure that will save me a lot. Thanks, but no thanks.

    • maineiac123

       Actually your bonus is not taxed at a higher rate.  They may take more money out of your bonus than normal but in the end it all comes down to the same rate, assuming it’s earned income.  I am not for doing away with all the Bush tax cuts. I am for doing away with those cuts for people who earn over $250k.  My reason for this is that people who earn under that will continue to spend, not save their cut.  Those over $250k will more likely save it in some fashion.  To get this economy going again we need the lower and middle classes spending money.  The more we spend the quicker the economy grows, the more jobs open etc. 

  • Anonymous

    Well Delian, you’ve certainly swallowed something.  Not sure if it’s KoolAid, Delusion Juice, or what, but here we go again with this nonsensical ranting about “liberty” and “freedom”.  MittTwit Robme is a walking fake, phony, and fraud.  This person was “an independent who didn’t support the Reagan agenda” when Reagan was in office.  Then he was a “moderate” and “to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights” when running against Kennedy in the 90’s.  He was also a staunch supporter of Roe V. Wade at that time.  And then when he was Governor of MA he continued to present himself as “Moderate Mitt” and actually enacted RomneyCare, the state level precursor of ObamaCare, which he said should be “a national model to insure EVERYONE who doesn’t have insurance”.  Then he started running for President for six years, morphed and Etch-A-Sketched int0 “The Severe Conservative Mitt”, renounced all his previous positions, but NOW is again trying to swerve back to the center.  The problem, for all your blustering about principles etc. Delian, is that this MittTwit has NO PRINCIPLES.  He is all and ONLY about whatever he has to try to say or do to get elected to something.  The guy is the ULTRA-FAKE, ULTRA-PHONY, and ULTRA-FLIPFLOPPER who didn’t dare run for a second term in MA since his poll numbers were in the gutter and he will lose his own home state now by at least 15 points and isn’t even campaigning there.  He raised HUNDREDS of FEES in MA.  He was 47th in the nation in job creation.  His MA record STUNK.  He has a long history as a Richie-Rich spoiled boy born with a silver spoon and never had to do any real work in his spoiled little life.  He is the PIONEER OF OUTSOURCING jobs, making millions killing our jobs at Bain and shipping them away, and he refuses to disclose his tax returns showing how he hides his money in the Caymans.  Gee, there’s job creation for you, right?  The MittTwit is a FRAUD and FAKE and a PHONY of the most glaring order, and the blindest of blind me could see that FACT ten miles away at midnight. PS: I assume you are removing yourself and your family from Social Security, Medicare, the public roads, the public schools, the public parks, the public water and sewer systems, any access or use of fire or police services at any time, and myriad other “socialist” programs that you and other so-called libertarians/conservatives/TeaPublicans….whatever are deeply in love with and use all the time while all the while screeching your hypocritical screeches.

  • Anonymous

    Valeriani, your point goes right out the window when you listen to the CONTEXT of the comment. Do you really believe what the tubeheads tell you? Or do you investigate to learn the truth? Start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_xNyrzB0xI .

  • Anonymous

    Norman Labbe- There are those among us who believe that is was a “right fork” that got us into this mess in the first place with junior Bush. Sorry to have to “spoon” feed you this, because I know if cuts like a “knife’, but our economy is “forked”, our middle class is “forked”, and anyone looking for a decent paying job is “forked”. Romney mistakenly believes that the solution to our economic problems is to give MORE money to people who hoard money! lol. Junior Bush had the same funny ideas and look where it got us. The only ones who benefits from tax cuts for the rich are the rich, oh yeah, and some bankers in the Cayman Islands.

    • Anonymous

      If you think Junior Bush was on the right side of things, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you.

    • Anonymous

       Norman is spot on AVITC, you need to get your head out of your sandbox. Reelecting the great divider Obama will be sending us headlong over the “fiscal cliff.”

      • Anonymous

        Ironic that the same people who screech about cutting government spending are also the ones screeching about the “fiscal cliff” that does exactly that — it cuts government spending. Smells a bit like hypocrisy to me…

        • Anonymous

          The right wing nuts want to cut spending, except for the oil industry, but do not want to face the inevitable  anger when people realize the consequences of their policies. Therefore they are already making attempts to distance themselves from the “fiscal cliff” that they brought on to begin with. Last year they tried to blame the near default on Obama, but since everyone had been paying attention to the whining from the right that led up to it, their attempt failed. This year they are trying in advance to blame the “fiscal cliff” on Obama. Of course, if it is avoided, they will take credit for it.

      • Anonymous

        Make many assumptions Bonny? I have never said that I intend to vote for Obama. Gary Johnson will get my “wasted” vote. Anyone who votes for either a Democrat or a Republican is part of the problem, in my humble opinion. Both major parties are guilty of ruining this country, off shoring jobs, destroying the middle class, and driving our economy into the ditch.

        • maineiac123

           I was a libitarian once in my life or close enough to it.  Then I realized that most libitarians are no different to repuglicans and demorats.  If you think Johnson would in any way stop off-shoring jobs, destroying the middle class and driving our economy into the ditch I think you’ll be sadly disappointed.  I do like that he believes that same-sex couples should be able to get married but I”m afraid his religious freedom thoughts would result in much discrimination in this country. 

      • Guest

        GWBush was the Great Divider. This country became divided under his ‘rule’.

  • Anonymous

    Norman J. Labbe, wouldn’t it be wonderful to return to the glory days of the ‘Robber Barons’. They had no problem with pesky employees having any rights. If they weren’t satisfied with an employee they just had him evicted and thrown into the poor house for debts incurred at the company store. Most average working people had two sets of clothing, if they were lucky, one for work from Sun. to Sat. one for Church. The life expectancy was 50. Oh, for those glorious days. If the Right has their way we can devolve to the Mexican standard of living.

  • Anonymous

    Richard you certainly are a Nutt

  • Anonymous

    Norman Labbe has not a clue as to the nature of socialism, whether one approves it or not. And it’s pathetic that his ignorance of 20th-century American history leads him to overlook such anti-socialists as Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, all of whom followed Woodrow Wilson. 

  • Anonymous

    I did not consider it a joke when Mr. Charles Summer, Secretary of State for the state of Maine and at present a candidate for Senator for the state of Maine, could not tell me what the primary requirement is to be able to register to vote.  And this AFTER he and his ilk were crushed in the referendum to remove same-day voter registration.  You’d think that he would have studied that whole issue in a little more detail after that CRUSHING defeat.  For Your Information, Mr. Summers and Mr. Webster:  You need to be able to prove that you are a United States citizen when you go and register to vote.  A picture ID does not prove that; unless, of course, you would present your U.S. passport. And a Driver’s License only proves that you can drive.

  • Anonymous

    Just a reminder for Mr. Labbe.  No state lasts forever.  There have been many examples of monarchy, oligarchy, plutocracy, democracy, dictatorships etc. that have come and go.  If he is talking about economics then you have feudalism, socialism, capitalism, hunter/gatherers etc.  No state or economic system lasts forever and generally the ones that last the longest are those that provide the greatest good for the greatest number.

    • Anonymous

      They do not last forever because decisions are not based with perpetual nation in mind. They are based on short term how do I get re-elected time frames or how do I keep my power. 

  • Anonymous

    “Sewage” from Rush Limbaugh?  I think you doth protest too much.

  • Anonymous

    Delian,
    if you believe that Mitt will do anything to alterr current Fed policy you are sadly mistaken. After all Mitt is a businessman, he wants the Fed to continue it’s push to devalue the dollar. A devalued dollar (much like China’s yuan) means that our export goods will be more saleable. A devalued dollar hurts savers, and helps speculators (remember most of Mitt’s 13 mill annual income come from speculative investments). A devalued dollar also helps those wealthy enough to park their money in offshore accounts, gold bullion in a Cayman account or Swiss bank increases in value to devalued dollar.

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