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  • kcjonez

    Nico Jenkins–Exactly!
    Our oligarchs have spent decades actively demonizing taxes while unethically shifting the burden-from they that can afford it to the rest of us whose quality of life is declining.
    They have also been advertising the ‘job creator’ myth. The wealthy won’t create jobs if no one can afford to purchase anything. It’s time to admit that supply side economics is a lie and return to ‘trickle up’ economics.
    The message that will pull us out of our mess is “progress through progressive taxation.”

    • Randall Flagg

      rich people don’t need to be taxed more…we need to put our taxes toward resources that will actually benefit people. giving aid to a marijuana dealer for instance because he’s “disabled”

    • Anonymous

      Returning the wealthy to the Clinton tax rates makes economic sense. We also need to return the capital gains tax rate to at least 25%, and go back to treating dividends as ordinary income. Income earned by sitting at home waiting for the quarterly check to arrive ought to be taxed the same as income earned by the sweat of one’s brow.

    • Anonymous

      We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem, and a credibility problem. Every time the “balanced” approach of increased taxes and reduced spending is tried, it is only the taxes and not the spending cuts, that materialize.

      The federal govt is far too large. We have severely drifted away from the governments mission as expressed in the US Constitution. Entitlements and tax loopholes are strangling us, yet this once great nation just re-elected a man who lacks any leadership skills to correct these problems.

      Any hope of righting this listing ship of state was lost on November 6th.

      • kcjonez

        When you begin with a plan to slash military spending and imperialist incursions, the elephant in the room, I will listen to you, otherwise you are just being a good dittohead.

        • Anonymous

          Summers said he knew where the fat was at the Pentagon and would cut accordingly. Angus wouldn’t know how to cut a dime from the budget to save his life. Meahwhile, empty-suit Michaud has turned the VA into a giant entitlement program. Who did you vote for, Jonesy?

      • Anonymous

        We have a people regurgitating talking points problem. Come up with your own thoughts and stop being a parrot.

  • Anonymous

    T. Maher, E. Bucklin, N. Jenkins: good letters.

  • Cecil Gray

    Stated with class and scientific stout Mr. Joseph. SAM has lost much
    of its relevance and so has Levigne. He is a poor excuse for predator
    knowledge. Plum Creek helped build SAM’s current clubhouse and with the
    help of George Smith they marched unimpeded through deer yards like
    Grant through Georgia. Unless a miracle were to occur, and SAM were to
    split or evolved into a higher way of thinking, they will
    continue to be the mouthpiece for the most embarrassing set of
    “sportsmen” in the USA. Maine is currently the laughing stock. The flags
    of poaching, habitat destruction, worm dunking, butchery, bear
    trapping, and an agency that is handcuffed by a dying industry that
    corrodes its on environment are becoming well known. Frankly I think it is too late. When the Moose season becomes five different seasons, including a ridiculous Broccoli season,
    and over kills the main wildlife calling card, the writing is on the
    wall. Habitat destruction continues and it will not abate until industry
    demands change and conservation to SAM always begins and ends with killing something.

  • Randall Flagg

    we DO NOT need Mainecare. As a full time employee who works for his own insurance…I have to pay the state $2.14 a week for this socialist crap

  • David Moskowitz

    Whoever owns the dialysis units, the people of Maine should know that they’re obsolete. Dialysis, at least 90% of it, can be prevented. I published how in 2002. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you’re at risk for going on the kidney machine. The risk is a whopping 50% if you’re diabetic, only 15% if you have high blood pressure. Contact http://www.genomed.com while you still have 50-100% of your kidney function left (this means a serum creatinine less than 2; do you know your serum creatinine?). We’ll do our best to keep you off dialysis, just as I’ve been doing for all my patients for the past 18 years.

  • Anonymous

    Seems strange that too many people do not see “state and federal funding” as coming from the taxpayers who work hard to pay those federal and state income taxes each year, and who would like to see consistent and responsible, managed care of their money by those who are given the task. Governor LePage has been working towards that end, but he has been villified for trying to do the right thing.

    • Randall Flagg

      I agree…its because too many people in this country have become dependent on aid from the government. if you have a legitimate problem I don’t mind helping out but when you can go out and buy cigarettes and alcohol and get high on heroin, bath salts, cocaine etc. and don’t at least make an effort to get yourself out of the pit your in I feel no pity for those people.

      • Anonymous

        More people have become dependent on social programs in the last 20 years due to the fact that their paychecks are stuck in the early 90’s. More and more working Americans are having to sign up for food stamps, heat assistance, and “free” heath care down at the emergency room. Maine is a great example of the failure of “trickle down” economics. A carpentry job that paid $15 an hour 20 years ago now pays $10 an hour. You really don’t need a degree in economics to know what is wrong.

    • Anonymous

      gov. lepage has been vilified because of the way he’s trying to make cuts (and his terrible attitude). i don’t think one can reasonably argue that our whole welfare system does not need changes, but those changes need to be made with a scalpel, not an axe. there are a whole heck of a lot more people who depend on social services to survive than that are playing the system. yes, we need to get those welfare cheats and treat them like the thieves they are, but you shouldn’t do that by hurting the people who do need it. gov. lepage is attempting open heart surgery with an axe, and when anyone tells him that he’s going to lose the patient, he just tells them to “kiss his ass.” there is a whole lot more involved in fiscal responsibly than just numbers, and if republicans would just get that through their heads, we might get somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    Elinor

    Lets say Obama gets that 1 trillion tax increase. And lets say he actually agrees to the 1 trillion in spending cuts. (Cuts I doubt will actually happen.)

    So how do you propose we address the rest of the projected deficits? You know, the additional 8 trillion at least over the next 10 years.

  • Anonymous

    Nico Jenkins

    Nice job of indoctrination there….

    • Anonymous

      It is entertaining…as if the effective tax rate for the rich was anything like that.

      • Anonymous

        And yet people pretend that the effective rate is anywhere near 35% for corporations or the very rich.

        • Anonymous

          They do…and like convenient “statistics” used by both sides, it’s utter cr#p.

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