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  • Guest

    No matter the majority all LePage is interested in is getting his own way with his Draconian cuts to the poor.

    Of course he still has that goal.

    • honey777

      Hmm, the press secretary seems to be doing all the talking to the media these days.  Just can’t trust him in front of journalists, I guess.

      • Anonymous

        Press secretary talking to the media . And that sounds strange to you?

        • Tyke

           So your point is that this is normal for LePage?
          .
          Where have you been hiding for the past 2 years? LePage mouthed off at each and every chance he got … until recently,

        • Anonymous

          Note:  all the talking.  LePage has not been shy in the past, often to his detriment.

    • Anonymous

      and the ‘poor’ still have the goal of plundering the rich

      why would the fundamentals have changed?

    • Anonymous

      You would think he might remember when he grew up poor and destitute on the streets that people in this state helped him.  He could have easily gone down the criminal road.  How soon he has forgotten.  Most people would remember and pay it forward.  Shows you his character quite clearly.  

      • Guest

        BDN

      • Anonymous

         He’s not the only one who’s spit in the face of those who have helped him.Remember the endless blather about Boehner sweeping a bar floor at age 10 like he was in a Dickens novel?

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope the Democrats will be willing to work with our Governor for the good of our students. 

    • Sherman2

      Lets hope the Governor will be willing to work with the Democrats for the good of our state.

    • Anonymous

      they’ll be able to work for the good of our students in spite of our governor.

    • Anonymous

      For the good of our students, let’s hope that the Democrats will NOT work with the governor.

      LePage’s education policy is a corporate-backed sham.

      If LePage were truly interested in improving education, he would focus on improving our existing public schools — rather than carbon-copying legislation from other states whose primary goal is to expand the  number of ways out-of-state corporations can dip their hands into the taxpayer funds previously set aside for our public schools.

      And, no, teaching our students creationism rather than science is not good for them either. Creationism they can learn at church. Science is what they need to be learning at school.

    • Anonymous

      I keep hearing that education needs to change for the students. This has been the mantra in Maine and the rest of the country for the past 35 years. All of the emphasis and talk has been to put the responsibility for student learning onto the backs of the teachers with ZERO accountability being placed on the students. Students are the ones SOLEY RESPONSIBLE for learning, not the teacher. The teachers’ job is to TEACH, it is the STUDENTS’ JOB to learn. Too many students and their parents fail to accept any responsibility for their role in the educational outcomes of the student. Clearly all of those pushing so hard for education reform have failed to remember the adage “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

      • Anonymous

        No it is all about privatizing the  educational system So how do you feel about plopping a kid in front of a computer , 3 hours a day,  paying $7-10,000  each for it and calling it an education??  I  don’t consider that “reform” or a GOOD education my self..
        PS There aren’t’ any REAL teachers to BE accountable …let me tell you want accountability brings — cheating like in atlanta.

        Yup they started peddling that 35 years ago and those who have done it before us have regretted it. HUGE drop out rate !!!   K12INC peddling virtual eduction  was a primary contributor to Lepage and R and miracle of miracles they “approved’ it . Another contributor pushes privatiizing the prisons . Guess what was on his next agenda?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing will change, same old faces, same old story. When I see sacrifice on behalf of elected officials then I might believe them.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely agree that adjusting the tax code that gave the wealthiest a nice break while middle/lower incomes were unchanged was a just plain wrong thing to do in this economy. I also absolutely feel that LePage was correct in adjusting the MaineCare eligibility. The entry level labor at the company I work for is filled by 20-something-year-olds. The company offers healthcare inurance, yet for these unmarried kids having kids it’s cheaper for them to get MaineCare. So they have multiple baby-mamas, smoke their butts, show off their tats and live happily on the dole. If society doesn’t want the “children to suffer”, society needs to make it less cushy for people to have children that will suffer. Please Augusta, consider the generational ramifications of welfare. There is no reason why assistance should not require community service. If nothing else, there will be less litter.

    • Guest

      Those stories are just that stories. It didn’t work.
      It’s amazing how you people want people on assistance to pick up trash and clean toilets.
      I for one don’t want to see grandma out picking up litter.

      • Anonymous

        work for assistance = work ethic = incentive to work for oneself = off the dole.

        I didn’t say anything about “Grandma.” I was talking about healthy young men that live irresponsibly off the system because the system is built that way.

        There is no reason that assistance for able-bodied young adults that can afford to have tattos, manicures and $200 hair coloring cannot be tied to local services, or better yet, apprenticeship type programs. GIVE BACK GIVE BACK GIVE BACK. Break the cycle.

        Who is “you people” anyway? You don’t know me. FWIW, I voted (save Angus) a straight Democrat ticket Tuesday. But welfare needs to be reformed. And I don’t litter on principle, so your melodramatic vision of Grandma picking up litter wouldn’t happen because of me.

        • Anonymous

           IF we value “work” so much,  why do we tax it at twice the rate as capital gains??

          • Anonymous

            An excellent question!

          • Anonymous

            and how does one acrue capital in a free market economic system?

            ahhh, gee, let’s see here, through work

            and what does one do with acrued capital after it has been acquired via work?

            hmmmmm, they usually invest it in something like a company or commodities

            so why do we tax capital gains at a lower rate than labor?

            because it has already been taxed

            taxing labor is nothing but a modern form of bigoted slavery that disproportionately robs the lower and middle class of the very income that could be used to pull themselves up and into prosperity

        • Guest

          ….

          • Anonymous

            I could care less…unless I’m subsidizing their tatts.

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            I don’t think I would, tho we do with EBT.  But when someone receives a subsidy and still can afford extravagances, we should discuss the size of that subsidy.

          • Guest

            I think you have been listening to way too many tall tales. A person qualifies for a certain amount, if they are able to save then they should be able to buy.
            They are free citizens, not criminals.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not saying or implying that they are criminals…you’re using that word.  If you notice, my issue is not with recipients at all…it’s with the people managing the program.

          • Guest

            If I misunderstood, I apologize. I do appreciate the civil conversation. Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            You’re good.  It’s a conversation…more of which need to happen.  Peace.

          • Anonymous

             You know 99% of these stories are not true.The TPers are the biggest suckups of govt. money-look up The Submerged State.

        • castinem8

          Calling B.S. – Facts please…Please tell us 1.-how many young healthy men are living off of 2.- what system….workfare?…unemployment benefits (the return of the money that has been previously taken out of your paycheck)?…disability benefits (again-the return of our contributions).
          Or is it just the Us vs. Them system?

      • Anonymous

        Did he say Grandma would have to pick up litter?

    • Anonymous

      I have no problem with the Legislature immediately reversing that last round of tax cuts.  That $750 million gap is not going to fill itself.

      • Anonymous

        how about revenue? there are no free lunches.

        • Anonymous

          If you reverse the tax cuts, it will increase the projected revenue and reduce the projected gap.

        • Anonymous

          What revenue?  Where are the jobs?  And the middle class wages are dwindling.  LePage has done NOTHING.

    • Anonymous

      thanks for the great comments here.. there is much abuse in our welfare system and it has gone too far making it hard to maintain a safety net for those who need it… i am sick of the Lepage bashing as he is dealing with the reality of our state overspending problems…nobody want to deal in reality but if people think the Dems are going to save to world, hold onto your wallets if you work..

      • Anonymous

         the people  he was talking about are,  OMG, WORKING !!!

    • Workfare would result in minimal ROI, though minimal is certainly better than none.

    • Anonymous

       so you are working with guys  who are  ripping off the system and THEY are working  Did you ever tell THEM  it was wrong?? And they are WORKING , not sitting  home on the couch?? So are they paying child support??  Have you asked?

  • Anonymous

    I voted straight down the Democratic line, which I normally would not do, because of Lepage and his Tea Party antics.  Maybe, he will compromise now and stop his bullying.

    • Anonymous

       I did the same thing for the exact same reason.

      • Anonymous

        Me three.

        • Anonymous

          In 2 years, we’ll oust the guy at the top of Maine’s GOP food chain.

    • Anonymous

      bullying goes to character. don’t expect much.

    • Anonymous

      He probably won’t. But I’m sure when he rants and raves at a Democrat, he’s gonna get back what he gives so freely. The people aren’t taking it anymore and we hope our  representatives speak, nay, SHOUT, back at that bully until he shuts up and listens…..for a change.

    • Anonymous

      matrix drone

      you should have taken the other pill….it’s much more informative and you can sleep at night

  • Anonymous

    “Public education reform that puts students first.”  That LePage administration claim just about makes me gag every time I hear it.  Anyone who can’t see that LePage is a lot more interested in the BIG MONEY that wants to get in on education than he is in the welfare of our students should open their eyes.  Colin Woodards article at http://www.pressherald.com/news/virtual-schools-in-maine_2012-09-02.html is a good place to start.

    Regarding energy, it’s the exact same thing.  LePage wants to protect the interest of BIG MONEY at the expense of investing in renewables, which is not only a much sounder long term plan but creates a lot of local jobs in the short term.  Excellent opinion piece at:  http://bangordailynews.com/2012/11/05/opinion/energy-efficiency-counts-more-than-lepage-politics/

    • Anonymous

      Lepage.  Education.  Oxymoron.

      Woodward’s article is great!  All LePage wants to do is fund charter schools and make some money off it.  He could care less about using the state money to make public education better.  And yes the union needs to give some back too.

    • Anonymous

       Look up the Michelle Rhee scam called Students First.There’s a reason she got bounced from DC.And don’t forget it’s not only the big money but the religious nuts who want the taxpayers to foot the bill for more  indoctrination crap.BEWARE.

  • Anonymous

    There will be legislative action, no doubt, but will the guv cooperate and compromise or will he complain, rage and pout? We’ll find out soon.  

  • Anonymous

    EXPERT SAYS?    LOL….There are no experts in politics…

  • Anonymous

    Ok the NEW headline comes from  where and is  based upon what??

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    “Here in Maine, we must come together to find solutions to our fiscal challenges that will lead to the recovery of our economy and improve prosperity for hardworking families and businesses,” LePage said in a written statement.
    English translation: Nothing has changed – my way or the highway.
    “But again, the governor has a proven track record of working with Democrats as the mayor of the city of Waterville and it’s something he is familiar with.”
    Mayor of Waterville is an honorary title. He had no power. The council and city manager did the heavy work, LePage takes the credit.

  • Anonymous

    This is LePage’s chance to  get off the teapot and do something for the people of Maine, instead of putting corporate interests first. I’d say all the Democrats we put back in office is a sign we weren’t impressed with the policies and legislation coming out of Augusta these past 2 years.

  • Anonymous

    Now that he has been put on lame duck status, LePage wants to work together with the democratic controlled legislature. For the past two years it’s been all his way or the highway. Now that the people of Maine have spoken out about his regressive agenda, he sings a different tune. To be honest, I picked no Republicans on my ballot sheet. Not because I thought the Democrat was  necessarily a better candidate but because I wanted to put an end to this Tea Party bully and his unsavory antics.

  • Anonymous

    Time will tell but what I’m hearing Adrian Bennett say is that LePage stands ready to work with anyone who will do it HIS way; all others need not apply. Giving tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy has never, is not now, nor will in the future, do ANYTHING to stimulate the economy. Having businesses and the wealthy receive tax cuts yet fail to spend or hire is nothing more than holding the people of Maine, and America, hostage until they get more concessions. Time to put an end to this nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Adrienne Bennett has a cousin on the BDN censor panel.
    Calling the Governor’s spokesthing a paid liar/deflector is not a personal attack.
    It is a job description.
    Politicians lie, and their spokesthings propagate those lies.
    If anyone on the BDN clandestine censor panel feels otherwise, kindly stand up and defend your position.
    Instead of just making anything disappear as strikes your fancy.

     

    • Anonymous

      Actually, The Bangor News no longer actively monitors these pages.  If you get as few as two “flags” your comment is removed.

      Unpopular opinions are not acceptable.  The new P.C.

      • Anonymous

        Sad.
        By extension, a very small group of people can systematically censor any viewpoints they don’t agree with.
        Hopefully they will revisit this, it is not consistent with their stated policy.

  • Anonymous

    It was the anti-LePage vote that forced these Republican Thugs out of the Legislature.

  • Guest

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  • Guest

    trying to respond if disqus lets me

  • Guest

  • “Gov. Paul LePage said he stood ready to work with anyone who wants to put Maine people first.”

    That’s a 180 degree turn.    So he’s no longer Open For Business?

    The humble Farmer

  • “Calling the Governor’s spokesthing a paid liar/deflector is not a personal attack.

    It is a job description.”

    Were you able to read this without laughing? 

    Wouldn’t you like to meet the people who can write this kind of stuff? 

    Years ago when I was writing a humor column for newspapers, I used to continually visit with half a dozen or so friends who could come up with great remarks like this on demand. Because of them I was never stuck for a good story with a great punchline. 

    I’m glad to see some great Maine humor emerging from this last election. It is comments like this that have addicted me to this great BDN blog. — Because in a week or two a recycled version of this is very likely to be coming out of someone’s television set in Illinois or Virginia.

    The humble Farmer

  • Anonymous

    IMO the loss the GOP just suffered was due to their penchant for fixing things that weren’t broken. They went on witch hunts for mysterty voter fraud and despite not finding any, insisted in putting forth legislation written by ALEC. Trying to change labor laws, like lowering the minimum wage for teenagers to $5.25 an hour training wage that would last 180 working days. Trying to make this a right to work state, which it already is. etc.

  • Anonymous

    The governor had two years to work with a legislature controlled by his own party and now, “LePage still expects action from the Legislature, Bennett said.” 
    So, not that much happened during the last two years to his liking? Sounds like it.
    If he can’t work with the Rs how, in heaven’s name, is he going to work with the Ds?  

  • Anonymous

    And Balacci and the Dems. didn’t push a partisan agenda? Get some jobs in this state and the middle class can take care of themselves with out government help. The problem in Maine the pass twenty years has been the government. 

  • Charles E. Tucker

    Gee!  How quickly the Democrat’s call for civility, cooperation and joint effort disappeared!  It totally evaporated Tuesday evening when the votes were counted and they found they were no longer in the minority!

    The “you-owe-me” state has returned to {Democrat} “normal!”

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