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  • Anonymous

    Well done, This is the way things should be done. The President should follow the same rules, but we all know that will not happen.

    • Anonymous

      Lopping off 1.2 trillion from the federal budget would harm the economy by a far greater amount than just 1.2 trillion. The federal budget needs a scalpel, not an axe.

      That’s the whole reason we have this “fiscal cliff” issue.

      Congress would also be furious at such an action, regardless of party.

      • Anonymous

        the longer we keep putting off the pain of a correction, the more painful it will be

        • Anonymous

          That’s certainly true, but even Mitt Romney said it would have taken him eight years to balance the budget. Changes must be gradual or economic growth will be harmed just as much as if nothing was done.

          • Anonymous

            I disagree, for one we will be another 6-12 Trillion in debt before we get to balanced. that means at that point we will be spending between 750B+ just on interest. (that would be almost 1/3 of the entire tax revenue just going to pay interest, ant not available to invest in our future. That is also making ‘balance” happen at an even lower level. In the last 4 years we have added 6 Trillion to the Debt. That 6 Trillion has added over 100 Billion to our annual interest bill. thats an extra 3% of our budget going to debt instead of essential services. to add another 3-5% is that much deeper the cuts have to be in future. I’d rather take the pain now then pass it on to my Kids. They didn’t elect any of these people that are now mortgaging their future. We as a generation need to pay for our own mistakes.

          • But the reason for those trillions of additional Federal debt are, 1. Bush wars. 2. Bush tax cuts. 3. Financial crisis. Not, necessarily in that order.

          • Anonymous

            blame who you want. i’ll focus my discussions on how we solve it. spending time laying blame takes energy and time away from doing something constructive

          • My point, is that those trillions were built into the system prior to Obama and regardless of who was in office they were unavoidable. So, they must be dealt with now. That means we need revenue. That revenue comes from taxes and that’s going to have to be the wealthy.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t be so certain it wont be you. As conservatives often say the rich don’t have enough money to pay off the deficit. Today a well known Democrat Howard Dean agreed.

            As predicted by conservatives eventually they will come after YOU.

            http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/12/06/howard_dean_the_truth_is_everybody_needs_to_pay_more_taxes_not_just_the_rich.html

          • Anonymous

            They could tax the big rich 100% and it would pay for 3 days of government costs.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know about that but I do know that if you taxed all the profits of all the rich and all the corporation at 100% all State and federal and municipal governments would still be running a deficit. Of course you could do that only once because next year there would be no profits left to invest.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed, because all the rich would move to Singapore or somwhere they don’t pay much in taxes. It wouldn’t take long for them to buy plane tix and sell the home place.

          • Anonymous

            for the next decade we are looking at a 10-12 trillion dollar deficit. Obamas ambitious plan for raising taxes is 1.6 tillion, with 400billion in undefined spending cuts. that still leaves a 8-10 trillion dollar deficit. We could double all income tax today and still not balance the budget. but say we did, everyones taxes would still have to go up 5-6% every year to keep up with the entitlement spending increases. WE CANNOT SIMPLY RAISE TAXES TO BALANCE OUR BUDGET. I am not against that being part of the plan, but reality is spending must be cut also

          • Anonymous

            in order to solve a problem rationally you have to address what caused it .

          • Anonymous

            understanding and blame are two different concepts. his comment had nothing to do with understanding. If you put numbers to his comments, its less then 1/3 of the deficit. and did not set our budget structure

          • Anonymous

            Oh man, get over the Blame Bush stuff. Please.

          • Anonymous

            It is a matter of not wanting to repeat the same mistakes.

        • Anonymous

          Great, then let’s start taxing the 1% more. Let’s start hitting those company’s that moved production out of the US but yet still market their goods in the US……..I agree, lets not keep putting off the pain.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t disagree with taxing the top earners at a similar percent to what others who earn less then them pay. I don’t agree with penalizing companies for sending manufacturing off shore, or you risk them moving the entire company off shore. I support not giving them tax breaks though, to subsidies the cost of moving offshore. Remove the reward. In a global economy we must be competitive, or a foreign company will fill the needs of american consumers. any costs that are created solely by government, are costs that foreign competition does not have and gives them an advantage.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t agree with companies sending manufacturing off shore, eliminating American jobs and continue to sell the same product that markets to those similar consumers that they laid off. Many of these corporations are the same company’s that shelter profits off shore as well. I’m not even going to discuss subsidy’s. I don’t care if they move the entire company off shore, they seem have done the same with jobs and money. What will they do if we make it harder for them market in the US? It goes both ways, I’m sick of huge amounts of subsidy’s, tax breaks, and sheltering profits all at the expense of their own country. My word, you can’t even buy an American flag today without the little “Made in China” tag affixed! That’s shameful

          • Anonymous

            guess what, many of those companies would do a Hostess if they didn’t move off shore, because they are competing with others that have lower cost structures. there are two solutions to that, either loosen regulations to level the playing field, or get out of free trade, and go isolationist. if we do that we still need to loosen regulation or we still won’t be able to produce what we use, with the current NIMBY attitudes. Being exceptional and inovative only gets you so far, and if you erase that entire advantage by regulating costs into the process you lose the advantage.

          • Anonymous

            Whose costs? ours, the consumer or theirs? Because it seems to me that they are “regulating” both. And, what is the cost to our nation’s economy? Everybody wants to market and sell their goods in the US, but these corporations want to hide money off shore and produce where their “costs” are more profitably managed.

          • Anonymous

            if you want to stop free trade, then we must relax some regulatory rules that make it impossible to produce thing like some electronics here. I bet you would be twice as upset when the $8 alarm clock you want at walmart now costs $35. All costs of business are passed down to the consumer. Remember Ross Perot speaking of the ‘giant sucking sound coming from mexico’ when NAFTA was approved? You can’t have it all is what I’m saying. I have taken no side in this argument, just explained what your ‘wants’ would require. you don’t seem to even understand the basics of economics in business if a business doesn’t make money the business ceases to exist aka Hostess. Please research that subject before moving onto the complexities of a global economy and free trade

          • It’s a Global Economy. Get used to it. Adapt or die. It’s the Corporate profits generated by this off-shoring that needs to be taxed. Right now, in spite of high corporate income tax rates we don’t get the tax revenue because the companies just keep the money off-shore. This, needs to be addressed ASAP.

          • Anonymous

            what do you think i’ve been telling rusjan?

            Not to mention, I take no position in my comments, I’m just trying to explain what it means to rusjan.

            what is so hard to understand?

          • Yeah, not arguing with you. Agreeing. ;-)

          • Anonymous

            sorry, after that whole discussion with them I was pretty worked up about it. Many like to spout out simple fixes, without any thought to the collateral damage it can cost. Have a good Weekend Spot

          • Anonymous

            ok, so they move the company headquarters to Ireland, and just import into the US. then there’s no income for the US to tax. Or if the company doesn’t move another company starts in China and immediately has a 20% cost advantage. How long do you think the US company would last? Global economy=Global competition. Higher taxes and regulatory costs make it that much easier for foreign competition to win. you have the same deficiency as rusjan, your not getting that being better and smarter about the way we do things lets us survive through somewhat higher costs, but at some point business cannot overcome competing against $2 a day labor. Raising taxes in general just hurts american companies more. The company I work for competes against other in Korea. They have 2-3X the employees we do for similar output. We still struggle to compete because of the increased regulatory and labor costs in the US. Tax my employer’s non-US profits and we will have to close up shop and instead of the government taking in money, the government can pick up the tab for more benefits(unemployment etc). Get it?

            No other country taxes off shore earning the way the US already does. Add that to the fact that our base rate is among the highest in the world. No company in their right mind would stay based in the US.

          • But we don’t ever see the corporate income taxes from offshore monies, even with policies in place to do so. Corporations have teams of lawyers that very effectively and legally hide billions or more likely trillions in income. http://www.ctj.org/taxjusticedigest/archive/federal_tax_issues/tax_avoidance_tax_evasion_and/offshore_abuses/

          • Anonymous

            No one believed Ross Perot, I didn’t, we didn’t need NAFTA then and we don’t need it now. Walmart?…..right, just where I want to shop! I don’t want “it all”, I simply want American corporations to be AMERICAN, and if they choose their own pockets, so be it, they get penalized. Do you realize that there are trillions of dollars being sheltered off shore? Global economics, just as everything else in this world is dependent. It’s dependent upon a market. Where? do you think that the highest markets are? Take an economics class and expand it. But the thermometer and the catalyst behind “global economics” is where? Wall St.! Why do you think 9/11 happened? To interrupt what?…..global economics? Don’t talk to me about global economics, global economics also involves Americans, production, innovation from a multitude of ethnicity’s. American innovation, production, ideas, successes and failures are rooted in our diverse culture. If you want to understand the “global market” take a look at America, because we have the whole globe as citizens.

            I certainly do understand economics: the very first thing taught is supply and demand. If there is no demand, (hence an alarm clock for getting up to go to work for a job that you USED to have, until the company decided to produce off shore) there would be no need for a supply now will there? And then you mentioned Hostess, a company that wants to give millions to their “existing executives”, for a “job well done”. What they did was simple; they asked for on two occasions and received concessions from their employees. This time they wanted to, again, curtail benefit and wages……the employees said “enough is enough!” Do YOU remember a time when the corporate opinion on it’s greatest assets was it’s employees? Hostess got exactly what they deserved, and now, of course they want to pay their executives bundles…..because “they earned it”?…..pfft.

      • Anonymous

        Wait til Obamacre kicks in! We’ll need a chainsaw.

        • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            That was June, this is December. Things change in Augusta.

        • Anonymous

          Mainebiz.com says state revenues were $24.9 million over estimates in June.

          • So State revenue’s are up and yet Millet and LePage say that they ae down. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying ? And who’s using their authority to cover it up ? Again, the need for a State Costitutional Convention, and the adoption of an impeachment process, is made all the more clear. And if Alfond and the House Speaker find that they have been lying, the Convention may be happening a lot quicker than some folk’s think !

          • Anonymous

            That was June. This is December. There have been 5 months in between and $24.9 m really isn’t that much in the scheme of things.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you. Every couple months those numbers change a lot.

          • Anonymous

            True… The number changes from projections because the economy is so shaky. Even in the best of times… it was a little hit or miss.

          • Anonymous

            so why the shortfall?

        • northernmaine

          Did you hear? Obamy wants to have the sole authority to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. Dictator in chief.

          • Anonymous

            As PRESIDENT, the constitution ALREADY gives him that authority And that authority has been respected by EVERY CONGRESS until now.

            PS That would be President Obama to you.

          • northernmaine

            If it already gave him the authority he wouldn’t be asking for it would he?
            The only thing that guy does with the constitution is wipe his butt with it. He’d like nothing better than to trash it and start over with his own socialist agenda, make the U.S. look like his fathers homeland.
            If Bush had wanted the same authority to raise the debt ceiling you liberals would have had a stroke over it.

          • Anonymous

            There are any number of opposing Constitutional legal minds that would disagree with you. I assume you mean section 4 of the fourteenth amendment. You will find the answer in section 5 of that same amendment.

            to whit: The Congress shall have power to enforce, by
            appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

      • fourCatssoon

        Congress – they are all on vacation for some coming holiday, they don’t know which one, but they are getting ready in case:)

      • Anonymous

        No the scalpel approach is what got us here we now need the ax. I think not much of someone who snowed the whole population not once but twice. Washington DC is killing us not just one party or the other but all 535 of them. Reform the tax code, fix entitlements and start putting back into social security what they have taken out and things will start looking up. Not until these people start doing what we pay them for there be any relief.

        • Anonymous

          what “got us here” was not raising the debt as was done 6 million other times under BUSH and every other President!!it was a created crisis to try to win the election It didn’t work. Now it is time for Rs’ ( and sadly everyone else) to pay the consequences , for their political game of chicken and their foolish decision making .

          • Anonymous

            The real reason is in your message. Debt we spend more than we have. so quit spending what we don’t have. That is why we should have a budget which we have not had for four years. I did not blame just one party or the other but indicated that the problem is all of our elected officials. I would hope that you don’t run your household budget on a debt ceiling.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope he’s even-handed, rational and compassionate…oh, well, my rose-colored glasses could help.

    • Anonymous

      We can always hope; can’t we?

    • Anonymous

      We should be taxing the rich instead of making cuts–and, yes, those cuts will hurt real people. Scrooge would be very happy with LePage.

      • Anonymous

        And how much additional tax dollars would be needed from the “rich” keeping in mind the “rich” is any couple filing a joint Maine tax return making approximately $44,000/year in Maine.

        • Then they should have reformed the Maine income tax code and created more brackets. No one wants to increase the tax burden on the middle class or lower.

          • Anonymous

            they did, they eliminated income taxes for 70,000 low earners, and added a middle bracket (6.5%) that moved some middle class from 8.5 to 6.5%. but unfortunently you only saw the 0.5% reduction of the 8.5% bracket. The last legislature lowered taxes for almost ever Mainer with the lowest getting the most effect as a % of their paycheck. just don’t ask the Democrats, they pretend that part of the bill didn’t exist.

          • Anonymous

            They sure do. They pretend it never happened, when it’s the best thing in Maine for years.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t accept your definition of “rich” as my definition. There are plenty of people who fly private planes into MDI, for starters:

          http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/28/business/maines-rockefeller-country-home-values-make-the-rich-richer/

          “The upper end has survived the crash better than most,” said Gary Fountain, a broker at Mount Desert Island Real Estate in Bar Harbor. “There are still plenty of Learjets parked at the Bar Harbor airport every weekend.”

          • Anonymous

            It’s not my “definition of “rich”” Spruce but the state of Maines.

            Here are the highest income tax rates for the New England states and how much income a resident would have to make to pay that rate.

            Connecticut: 6.5% on income over $500,000
            Massachusetts: flat 5.3% on all income
            Maine: 8.5% on income over $20,150
            New Hampshire: 5% on interest and dividend income. Wages are not taxed.
            Rhode Island: 9.9% on income over $373,650
            Vermont: 8.95% on income over $373,650

            Source – http://taxes.about.com/od/statetaxes/a/highest-state-income-tax-rates.htm

            See Spruce in Maine you are considered “rich” if you make $20,150.00/year.

            Again, raise taxes on Maine citizens defined by the state as “rich” and you raised taxes on the Middle Class.

          • Anonymous

            So when I say tax the rich, I mean tax people who are rich, not people making over 20,000. Maine law needs to change.

          • Anonymous

            Well we agree Spruce…and the problem is just that. Under current Maine tax code any increase will hit people making 20K+.

          • Anonymous

            Good point!

        • Anonymous

          50% of the tax cuts(or $200 million )- are going to those in Maine making OVER $350,000 . That is R’s view of “fair” taxation .

          • Anonymous

            Your boy Sussman knows. He and the spouse are sitting pretty.

          • Anonymous

            How are the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson doing these days! You know what…who cares.

          • Anonymous

            Maine’s top bracket kicks in at the following income levels.

            Single Individuals and Married Persons Filing Separate Returns – $20,350.00 ($1,043 plus 8.5% of excess over $20,350)

            Unmarried or Legally Separated – $30,500.00 ($1,564 plus 8.5% of excess over $30,500)

            Married Individuals and Surviving Spouses Filing Joint Returns – $40,700.00 ($2,086 plus 8.5% of excess over $40,700)

            There are NO brackets over and above what is listed above.

            Source – http://www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/1040/2012/RateSched_12.pdf

            If you wish to respond I would appreciate specific examples as I have provided you with.

      • Anonymous

        Who, the mid coast, liberal rich people? They could always volunteer and pay more taxes.

      • Anonymous

        R’s need remedial math.

      • Anonymous

        Enough with this. Do you really think the answer to all our problems is
        to tax the rich? Since you are so fantastic with math, please tell me
        how taxing such a small percentage of the population, maybe 1-2% of all
        taxpayers, is really going to solve all our problems. What will that
        really generate in revenue? A few billion–let’s be liberal with
        it–100 billion more maybe? Now how much has Obama increased our debt
        in the past 4 years? Can you do basic subtraction or are the numbers too big for you to handle?

        The revenue generated from taxing the rich is
        absolutely nothing in comparison to what the government spends. So go
        ahead and tax the rich, watch as nothing changes and nothing gets better
        because it will amount to nothing unless the government also stops its outrageous spending habits.

        Also, why are the rich so evil? Did they not achieve what we all want, the American dream? Why are we taught at a young age to work hard for what you want and for those who achieved it are now expected to give it all away so people like you can front anger over jealousy for their achievements? And sure, there are plenty of people who happened to be blessed by being born in a family with money. Again, why is that bad? What is wrong with wanting to keep that wealth instead of giving it all away to the government–especially when that money has most likely been taxed two or three times already? I am so tired of people like you saying we must tax the rich. Stop it! It fixes nothing. Our leaders are the ones who are evil, they are the ones who cannot seem to comprehend how to spend our tax dollars properly. We need to make them out to be the bad guys, not blast the rich because they aren’t giving their fortunes away to everyone else.

        • Guest

          Typical intimidation tactics by the conservative faction.
          It isn’t working, the lies stopped working Nov 6.

          • Anonymous

            Well some people may call it logic, but I guess it could be intimidating if you are too afraid to accept reality.

          • Guest

            Because your logic was rejected in the election makes my logic wrong and yours right?

  • Anonymous

    A cruel Xmas gift not only to those who will directly suffer from this, but to all who watch this mean-spirited man further the downward spiral of the slash-and-burn ideology.

    • Anonymous

      If the Dems hadnt done all the spending over the last 30+ years we wouldnt be as bad off.

      • Anonymous

        Shhh! Libs do not handle it well when the truth smacks them in the face!

        • Anonymous

          Do you think Wall Street is corrupt?

          • Anonymous

            Corrupt? That’s being kind. It would take most of them a lot of hard work to crawl their way back up to corrupt.

        • Anonymous

          isn’t that the truth……………….

      • Anonymous

        There are only one year budgets. This was a Republican version, it is hard to predict what the future will bring. Ahhhh, the best laid plans…..

        • Anonymous

          Maine budgets are two years, not one.

          • Anonymous

            You are correct, I plead temporary insanity.

      • What dems, and what spending, specifically? There have been a hell of a lot of free spending repubs in office the last 30 years too.

      • Anonymous

        the purpose of governmenrt is to serve the people (not give preferenetial taxation to corporation and contributors) The purpose of taxation is to fill those DECLARED and approved needs. Did you see our Maine roads got a C-, and according to the right ( false but just to make a point) our schools are failing !! With that report care d we shiouldn’t be giving any revenue away we should be collecting MORE to serve the people’s desires.

    • Anonymous

      Was Governor Baldacci “mean-spirited” when he would furlough state workers to help balance the budget?

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! He also landed us in this mess to begin with, with all his spending.

        • Anonymous

          So it’s OK to blame Baldacci for current problems, but it’s not OK to blame George Bush for our current problems at the federal level?

          I’m also not sure what you mean by “all his spending” when he had budget deficits to deal with most of the time he was governor.

          • Anonymous

            Who said anything about Bush? Not me.

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t say you did; I was making a point that the GOP says the national economy is Obama’s fault even though Bush wrecked it; so using that logic it would mean that the current state budget problems are LePage’s fault, not Baldacci’s even though he caused them. Which is it?

          • Anonymous

            You can’t fix 30 years of p-poor management by D;s in just a couple years. I believe LePage is doing a good job, and I support him. We need more cuts to spending, not new taxes.

          • Anonymous

            The government exists for the people. Not just the rich or the corporations, but all the people. I think before they make any cuts, it’s only fair to reinstall the previous tax rates. More cuts will just hurt the poor and what’s left of the middle class. They have already taken it on the chin from the Repubs running rampant for the last two years.

          • Anonymous

            Then why bring up about Baldacci? This article was about LePage and what he plans to do. Present time.

        • Anonymous

          uh sorry the Lepage $400 million in tax cuts is “responsible”.

          When you decrease revenue( income coming in) then you can’t pay your bills. It is simple arithmetic. TRICkLE down voodoo economic doesn’t work .It never has. It only works to build deficits and “short falls “and “budget gaps “. When will you all figure that out??

          • Anonymous

            Your degree in economics should be revoked until you learn (and start applying) the concept of cutting SPENDING.

          • Anonymous

            It takes money to make money. Businesses can’t hire people if they are uneducated, too sick to work, can’t get to work because the roads are in poor shape, or are too scared of crime to go anywhere. There are things that money has to be spent on.

            We don’t need to raise taxes, but we shouldn’t have cut taxes until the budget was paid for.

          • Anonymous

            The cuts haven’t been made yet.

        • Anonymous

          A lot of Republicans who post on this site are very upset about the recent election. It is reflected in their posts. They are looking for excuses behind every rock.

          • Anonymous

            The problem is that they actually think they will find excuses behind rocks.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, that is more accurate. Double down on what did not work in the past. Very sensible!!

          • Anonymous

            Not me. I know the facts, and LePage is doing a good job. Baldacci should be in jail.

          • Anonymous

            That is nonsense. Luckily, most would not agree with you.

          • Anonymous

            Isn’t it strange that the only people who “know the facts” are the ones who’s ideology got totally rejected by the majority of Mainers and the rest of the Country as well.

          • Anonymous

            Very strange . On another note (or not), take a look at the most recent post to me from poster bruceflg (or whatever he is)…”lol” “lol”…”maybe he should go with Obama to Hawaii and look for his birth certificate…” “j/k….not”
            Are these people for real?! Really sad and pathetic. And you wonder why they lost? (oh no, that’s right , you do not wonder!)

          • Anonymous

            Good marketing:)

          • Anonymous

            Speaking of the election, the fact is Obama is the reason, not an excuse lol and you think the dems are going to fix the problem. Even if LePage approved all their spendning programs it would not fix the problem. Maybe he should go to Hawaii with Obama. Maybe he is still looking for his Birth Cert., lol j/k Not

          • Anonymous

            Tell you what Bruce. You keep worrying about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate and he will keep on being President of The United States. Does that work for you?

          • Anonymous

            I just caught this one. You beat me to it!!! (ha ha…)

          • Anonymous

            At the grand opening of the Obama Library Bruce will still be banging away at the keyboard about The Former 2 Term President’s Birth Certificate.

          • Anonymous

            Oh , most definitely. No doubt about it. Obama could cure cancer and the likes of that poster would deny it. It is called being irrational. It is seeing what you want to see , not what the facts are. It is about a bias against someone from the start.

          • Anonymous

            You mean how libs talk about Governor LePage? Same thing.

          • Anonymous

            It will have to for 4 more years of misery. Still waching Syria, where some of you guys said we were not going to be involved, though Eypt is looking pretty interesting, maybe he wants to get closer to the action. Oh I forgot North Korea.

      • Anonymous

        Republicans want to reduce health and jobs for the middle class on down. For instance, any union job and any assistance to the needy. This is their general policy. They claim it will make it easier for rich people to help us all by getting richer.

        It’s called “trickle down.” It is a figleaf over insensitivty and corruption.

        • Anonymous

          Spruce you failed to answer the question asked.

          “Was Governor Baldacci “mean-spirited” when he would furlough state workers to help balance the budget?”

          That is a very straight forward question.

          • Anonymous

            I did answer your question, but not in the way you liked. If you look at Republican strategy and Democrat strategy, you can see underlying motives and psychologies.

            The Republicans, de facto, are servants of corrupt corporations who promote the rich getting richer while hurting the poor. The reason is that the ‘trickle down’ theory they promote is an utter failure. The rich have quadrupled their wealth over the last decade (and more) even as the rest of the population stagnated or sunk.

            Simultaneously, tax policies have been re-written to shift the burden onto the middle class (read the book, Winner Take All Politics, which Snowe refers to in her farewell Oped).

            We live in a corrupt corporatocracy where politicans are bought off, undermining democracy. A key Republican mistake is insisting the corporations are part of a fair free market system.

            Republicans cut taxes for the rich, which creates a budget deficit, and then they slash social services to ‘balance’ that gift to the wealthy. Then they do it again. And again. And so on.

            I think your focus is too narrow. You need to look at the bigger picture instead of cherrypicking examples without giving context.

          • Anonymous

            Spruce keep dodging the question and I will keep asking it.

            You stated “A cruel Xmas gift not only to those who will directly suffer from this,
            but to all who watch this mean-spirited man further the downward spiral
            of the slash-and-burn ideology.”

            I asked “Was Governor Baldacci “mean-spirited” when he would furlough state workers to help balance the budget?”

            If it is “mean-spirited” for Governor LePage to make these reductions was it equally “mean-spirited” for Governor Baldacci to furlough state workers to balance his administrations budget shortfalls?

            It really is not a difficult question Spruce. It’s not “cherry-picking” it’s a direct comparison of two methods used by two Governors to address budgetary shortfalls.

          • Anonymous

            We just disagree, and to answer you would be to go in circles. I’ll let readers decide for themselves. Thanks for debate. Bye (on this thread).

          • Anonymous

            Here is my answer Spruce

            If it is “mean-spirited” for Governor LePage to cut the budget and impact Maine citizens directly with loss of services then it was equally “mean-spirited” for Governor Baldacci to force state workers (Union and otherwise) to take days off without pay.

            Bottom line….we have been spending beyond our means as a state for well over 12 years and now it’s time to pay the piper one way or the other.

          • Narsbars

            As a state employee I will give you an answer. Baldacci’s furlough days were a temporary measure but when compared to the Govs attack on pensions and retired employees it is minor. The governor was out for blood and wanted to permanently hurt those who had earned their retirement. Was Baldacci mean, no he was lazy and took the easy way out. He did reduce the workforce by over a thousand by attrition not by forcing people out with the threat of loss of health care for life.

            Was the governor nice and gentle when two weeks later he requested that his appointees be allowed to retire at ANY age and get full benefits for life? Was the legislature, the Republican legislature “sharing sacrifice when the exempted themselves from any of the same pension cuts?
            Effectively six years with no raises but at least the Mardens man gave us benefit cuts to help.

          • Anonymous

            Actually some “highly paid” state employees did lose their jobs under Baldacci due to budget cuts—I was one of them—my position, one of nine in the state, was eliminated in 2009 due to cuts in the budget and still hasn’t been filled. Luckily I found another “high paying job” someplace else.

          • Anonymous

            Even if you increase the taxes on the rich, you will still not balance the deficit, Dems use that as an excuse. Like ObamaCare taking billions out of Medicare to try and fix something, he over rates increasing taxes on the rich. That can be only part of the solution. Let him tell us more rather than trying to stick to the same old thing.

      • Anonymous

        notice how spuce will never answer a question just rant about how bad r’s and how great d’s are.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Any and all efforts to balance your budget on the backs of your workers is mean-spirited and elitist. There’s a lot of things wrong in this country, but the middle class being overpaid is just not one of them.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you give it a breal!!!!!!! The Governor is doing exactly what he was elected to do………………….. All you people think of is how to spend with total disregard to whether money is available or not……………….. Just look at the mess our country is in to show an example…………….

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people felt this country is going in the right direction. Exit polls showed that at the election in November. The majority of the American people’s votes reflected confidence in the direction things are going. Maybe too slowly sometimes, but in the right direction.

      • Anonymous

        Stock market at a 5 year high , household wealth near 5 year high, consumer confidence at 5 year high, unemployment falling, albeit slowly, new home starts up, corporate profits up, one war ended and the other winding down, personal savings growing, banks have increased lending…….is that what you are referring to as being in a mess?

        • Anonymous

          There are always other ways to look at stats i guess.

          Stock market inflated because of fed pumping cash into the system. Unemployment back to 8.3% released today. Profits declining this year compared to last. S & P released Q3, One war ended by Bush the other goes on and is ineptly managed. Can’t speak to other things without more data…

          • Anonymous

            Cheesey as long as you keep looking for negative things I am sure you will find them. I have always felt it was better to see the glass as half full instead of half empty myself, but that is just me.

          • Anonymous

            I considered that too but my point was that at least some of things you see are inaccurate.

    • Anonymous

      Former Gov. John Baldacci’s administration enacted curtailments of $37.7
      million, $79.8 million and $63.1 million in fiscal years 2008, 2009 and
      2010, respectively. Did you say this about Baldacci also?

    • Anonymous

      Our economy is in the gutter.. “Slash and burn” is better then sitting around talking about what to do.. Its time to cut back. Period. Slashing money we don’t have to begin with as well as not stuffing cash into every little hand reaching for it will do some good. A mindset of entitlement is upon and you cannot help everyone. Make do with less.

  • Imagine, you lower taxes favoring the wealthy and your revenue plummets. Gee, who could have predicted that? Certainly not Republicans who think that the lower the taxes the higher the growth. Of course, it doesn’t actually work that way as we see from the State right up to the Federal Gov’t. You need revenue, fool.

    • Anonymous

      They are unwilling to admit that basic concept. We saw what happened during the Bush administration. Where were all the jobs? They still, stubbornly and rigidly, hang on to and promote this trickle down nonsense. It didn’t work ! Their ideas about creating more revenue have not been viable either. After a while, one attritubes it to not being able to admit when you are wrong!

      I like a number of things about George Bush, but not his economic policies so mentioned him in relation to those wanting to go back to those policies. He made a really good comment today, though (or yesterday) about immigrants…..”they build our economy” and “invigorate our souls.” Excellent.

      • Anonymous

        You got that right …….. they sure have a lot of owenin’ up to do. What’s it been now 30 years of … way wrong?

        • Anonymous

          After the 1% leaves the state, we get to meet the new 1%. Then we can drive them out, then the next, until we are all 100% broke.

          it’s called ‘Trickle Up Poverty’ and the majority of you dolts are set on being poor…

          • StillRelaxin

            You sure do know how not to appeal to the needs and desires of the voting public. Any chance your last name might be Lepage?

          • Anonymous

            Oh yippy, hurray, yahoo, The TeaPublicans once again existing for the very purpose of smooching the toenails of their greedy rich crony buddies and corporate masters as they destroy the middle class. Gee, where are all the “jobs jobs jobs” you TeaGoofies promised? Ya, the TeaPublican way: more and more tax cuts and tax shelters for the rich, no real investment in job growth, the government goes broke, and then they can balance it once entirely on the backs of the middle class and poor all the while KILLING “jobs jobs jobs”. If you think 2012 was bad for you at the polls, wait until 2014. No TeaPub will be able to be elected dog catcher in this state.

          • Anonymous

            any yet the red neck teapublican fall for the fantasy math.Trickle down voodoo economics creates NO NEW jobs..Tax cuts for the rich create NO NEW jobs. IF they did we would be swimming on jobs, because we have been living with the LOWEST tax rate EVER, instead of in a deep and lasting recession They fooled ya , good ,BUT again, with their myths and one liners

          • Anonymous

            This will get pulled but you really do define ignorance with your comments.

          • Briney

            It is customary for GOP-Tea Inc., CEO’s to demean people with opposite viewpoints, whilst maintaining incontestable right to utter anything they damned well please.

          • Anonymous

            I am rich beyond your very limited imagination and liquidity has little to do with it.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry. they aren’t going anywhere except South for the Winter. They still have the Governor in their back pocket. Besides, I think they like the view and wouldn’t want to give that back to the Lobstermen who used to live there.

        • StillRelaxin

          Actually the conservative trickle down theory did kinda work. The problem is that it was more of a “trickle over” than down. Rather than invest here in America they invested all those saved tax dollars overseas by building new factories there and giving all our manufacturing jobs to people willing to work for something close to slave labor wages with zero benefits. Kinda like the old south except the new owners have no responsibility to provide any care for their slaves. Just the another way these folks like to show their national patriotism and warm hearts all around the word. Is the no wonder the world is growing to hate America?

          • Anonymous

            100% correct, and I for one (to use a Bushism) have been trickled on plenty. I think it’s more sinister than you say I think of it as the final push to complete a World Order. Countries/Governments will be little more then states subject to the greater global economy’s demands, in fact it’s already happening in third world countries.

          • Anonymous

            “The problem is that it was more of a “trickle over” than down.”

            I think the term you are looking for is “tinkle on” rather than “trickle down”.

      • FELT

        Trickle down is critical to the best of Maine’s economy. Whether fine crafts, sail boats, or home remodeling it is the wealthier people who ‘trickle down’ their wealth into the hands of thousands of fine crafts people. Restrict their disposable income and you might as well turn Maine in a set of Walmarts with a DHHS subsidy cash machine out front.

        If you still don’t understand how trickle down works, go look up the impact of the layoffs at Hinckley Yachts or Mosher furniture. Stab the creative economy in the back and you lose a major lure for tourists to shop in Maine.

        • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            I remember the luxury tax which George Mitchell of Maine pushed through. The day it passed, a boat building client of mine lost 28 contracts for yachts. Three years of work disappeared at a snap of the fingers because of George Mitchell and the democrat controlled Congress. This business has never fully recovered and many hard working highly skilled people lost their jobs. That was the last day that I ever trusted a democrat.

        • Dope Boy

          I know and understand all to well how it is suppose to work in theory. (note the word theory)

          Ronald Reagan open the door to my wealth. We, that is business owners of any size have not created any wealth in this country for some 30 years now. But we have every where else in the world.

          I’m telling you this because Mitt Romney’s arrogance and foolish attempt to portray himself as a self made man made me question my own life and deceptions.

        • Anonymous

          We have seen two years of “Trickle Down” in Maine. How’s that working for you? Or should we give the rich our grocery money too? Gotta love the way they trickle down our backs and tell us it’s raining.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t worry about the rich. They’ll still be able to buy
          what they want. While there are more on food stamps today than ever before , the number of millionaires and billionaires have grown in the last 4 years. Something must be working for them.

        • Anonymous

          BUT trickle down doesn’t work…I know…it is an incionvemnient truth… so where ARE the jobs??

    • Anonymous

      Those cuts don’t kick in until 2013.

      • Then they can still be blamed, for giving the wealthy an excuse not to hire until the tax breaks do kick in. Which of course they still wont do [hire].

      • Anonymous

        That means they contribute to the problems in the next two-year budget.

        Funny how the GOP isn’t saying LePage is running a deficit, like they said with Angus King.

        • Anonymous

          Funny how libs vilify the governor for cutting spending instead of just jacking the taxes up on everybody like their messiah in the white house wants to do.

          • Anonymous

            Not raising taxes at the state level is fine, but we shouldn’t be cutting taxes until we can pay for it.

            When you have trouble paying your bills, do you ask your boss to pay you less?

          • Anonymous

            Honey he CUT taxes which is why we have a short fall

          • Anonymous

            Seems to me the WH only wants to raise taxes on those making over 250K. That’s not me, and probably not you either.

        • Anonymous

          they don’t want to blame the past 8 years of waste that has caused the problems

          • Anonymous

            you mean bailouts, wars,etc.

        • Anonymous

          Problem is everyone keeps playing the blame game. This problem did not occur in two years or six years or ten years.

          In Maine both parties can share the responsibility if they want to, the problem is they want to point fingers rather than work on real solutions.

          Why not cut spending AND add an additional tax bracket. That would be painful for me but it seems really foolish not to look for real solutions.

          • Anonymous

            Good sense. Too bad the Ds won’t pay attention.

          • FELT

            There are other sources of untapped revenue.

            Large well-heeled non profits, starting with Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin and their hyper inflated faculty salaries and lavish physical plants can easily afford to start paying local property taxes relative to the actual value of their holdings. Despite 4 years of recession, administrative costs at UMS have doubled….plenty of room to reform these blobs.

            Portland’s illicit drug economy could yield more revenue; esp. by allowing drug stores to sell drugs like marijuana. Sin taxes like gambling casino are proving LePage was right about their being revenue sources.

            Taxing flows of energy like the oil shipped through the oil pipeline are another source of revenue.

            Ditto for flows of information through the digital highway…want to download netflix then pay up.

          • Anonymous

            OK where do you stop with “non-profits” or “not for profit” organizations. Red Cross, local incorporated volunteer fire and rescue departments (these are private 501(c)3 organizations in many cases), churches, etc…?

          • FELT

            There are no clean sword cuts here and your point is well taken; but there are three wealthy private colleges who pay only a small portion of what would be normal property tax bill and have many ‘for-profit’ subsidiaries working out of their space…all those summer sports camps are profit making; events and rentals, etc. One of these colleges has a billion dollar endowment and offers free tuition($35k) for everyone admitted.

            There are several environmental organizations who have lavish retreats that look like private estates. USM owns the Stone House retreat on Wolfe’s neck used just a few times a year for a writer’s conferences; otherwise it is empty. Who knows what else they ‘own’ that could be sold or made to produce real income?

            I would start by inventorying their physical holdings, then their portfolio accounts, and finally, their salary structure. Environmental trusts usually have large land holdings that could be managed profitably on a sustainable basis.

            Then there are the endless fund raising campaigns like the one for the poor firefighters and sheriffs.

            And how do so-called ‘non-profits’ afford to spent tens of thousands of dollars on political action and lobbying campaigns? Enuf already!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t stop until somewhere past churches.

          • Anonymous

            freedom works, Cross roads, heritage canters etc…

    • Anonymous

      You need to cut spending, fool. But libs cannot handle that fact.

      • Anonymous

        I would say they need to roll back the tax rates to where they were before the Repubs started paying back their benefactors.

        • Anonymous

          I know. Lets put back taxes to the way they were under Clinton in exchange for the spending levels we had under Clinton also.. (As a percentage of GDP if you like.)

          • Anonymous

            fine with me… Our economy was BOOMING!!

          • Anonymous

            In 1997 government spending as a percentage of GDP was about 20% give or take a point. ($1.7 trillion)

            Today government spending is about double that, 40% of GDP or about $6 trillion dollars.

            If we were to use Clinton’s model of economic growth we would have to limit our government spending…. cutting about $3 trillion dollars annually.

            Leave tax rates alone and cut spending and you would have an economic boom.

          • The big issues were unavoidable. 2 wars, costing who knows how much. Trillions no doubt. The fiscal crisis. The banking infrastructure nearly collapsed. That, cost more trillions to protect that infrastructure. Not popular, but absolutely necessary. In fact the policies between George W. Bush’s administration and Obama’s are almost identical with regard to monetary policy, the Fed and banking.

            As these wars wind down and the economy slowly recovers and banks don’t need all this money dumped into them to prop them up. The “cuts” will come on their own.

            Looking back, knowing what we know now. I’d say the Gov’t should have dumped at least the same amount of money into the banking infrastructure but in half the time. We didn’t do enough, fast enough and that’s why recovery is taking so long.

      • Anonymous

        you need to increase revenue It is righties who can’t handle the truth of what “caused’ the deficit.PS it wasn’t spending; it was tax cuts ..

    • Anonymous

      Yet you ignore seemingly that Baldini did it and several times. Makes no sense.

    • Anonymous

      Did you know that the tax cuts are not yet in place? They start next year so basically your statement is nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    Well at least hes not borrowing money like Baldacci did

    • Anonymous

      And he’s also paying down our hospital debt, unlike the failed Baldacci Administration.

      • Lord Whiteman

        http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/senate-gop-leaders-comment-hospital-debt-payment

        “ Senate Republican Leaders joined Governor Baldacci and fellow legislators earlier today at a press conference where the Governor signed a financial order directing payments of general fund dollars to the hospitals to begin the pay down of debt owed to the hospitals since 2005.

        Senator Kevin Raye
        Washington County

        Senator Jon Courtney
        York County

        • Anonymous

          Do you mean the Senate Minority Republicans back in 2005? Am I supposed to be impressed? I am not!! Baldacci was the governor and he failed to pay the hospitals, so badly that in Oct 2010, the state still owed about 500 million dollars to our hospitals. Baldacci was one of Maine’s worst governors and he was a DEM. No surprise there, though.

          • Anonymous

            “Baldacci was the governor and he failed to pay the hospitals,” that apparently isn’t true..

          • Anonymous

            Gov. L:ePage paid down the hospital debt in his years in office. he is trying to do the same with the new ones. The D’s never paid those bills, and hospitals laid off plenty of employees.

          • Lord Whiteman

            Republican Senator Kevin Raye co-signed the bill. Yet you still keep believing Lepage and his stupid lies.

          • Lord Whiteman

            Republican Senator Kevin Raye co-signed the bill. Yet you still keep believing Lepage and his stupid lies.

      • Anonymous

        the hospital debt is “questionable” at best .

    • Lord Whiteman

      Baldacci’s last 2 year budget was 5.8 billion and he left us with a surplus. Lepage’s current 2 year budget is 6.3 billion and it still isn’t balanced.

      • Anonymous

        You are so wrong you’re not close to right.

        • Lord Whiteman

          Baldacci’s 2 year budget was lower then Lepage’s and it was balanced.

  • StillRelaxin

    For some reason when I hear Mr. LePage say, “I will be exercising my authority” all I can think of is Cartman from South Park. Come to think of it, he also gives me the feeling that we’re all Kennys’ just waiting for the death blow. Interesting enough, like the voters we Kennys’ always seem to come back for the next show. See ya in 2014 Mr. Cartman.

    • Anonymous

      that deserves a meme for sure.

    • Anonymous

      There’s definitely a psychological problem–denial, for starters–in the hearts of people who can be so anti-Christian to the suffering.

      Actually, LePage is a good candidate for psychopathology.

      • StillRelaxin

        Due to the elections and the GOP/Tea Party putting him in storage, we’ve not had a chance to hear Mr. LePage speak much lately in public. However, on those rare occasions when he’s been forced out of hiding to perform some function of government (like the other night) I’ve noticed that his voice is often trembling in anger, or like Susan Collins outright fear. Hard to say which one. I’d be betting on a dash of both. I really think that he himself has now also (like so many of us) come to the conclusion that he’s in way over his head/beyond his abilities. Sadly he’s the type who’s just too stubborn to step back and ask for professional assistance. He’d rather fall back on yes men/women and family members who owe him their jobs (Much like the “group think” thing we saw employed on a national level under George Junior). Sad that Maine couldn’t have at least found someone with mental stability and fundamental social skills to run our state. Oh well, better voting next time.

        • Anonymous

          TLDR

        • Anonymous

          “trembling in anger” — scary. Scary that anger would be his hook for his followers, and scary that anger dominates the man’s mind, motives, and mannerisms.

          Reason, not anger, should lead.

  • Anonymous

    Time for a state wide TAX on OCEAN PROPERTY.

    • Anonymous

      NO new taxes. The state should live within their means, same as us home owners have to do.

      • Anonymous

        Just like you don’l quit your job when you have bills on the table to pay; you don’t give $400 million in tax cuts IF you can’t pay your bills.. That is what lepage and the R’s did.

        • Anonymous

          No, that isn’t what they did. Plus, the cuts don’t take place till next year. You have it wrong.

          • maineiac123

            Actually that is indeed what they did.

    • No, that would also hurt working waterfronts. But, I’d love to see a water tax on Nestle, Poland Spring’s parent for the Billion or so gallons of water they take out of Maine’s water tables a year.

      • maineiac123

        I think you’ll find they do pay for that priviledge.

    • Anonymous

      Ocean properties are underwater right now.

    • Anonymous

      why?

  • Anonymous

    You mean stop spending money that we don’t have and actually balance the budget? Shocking. If only our president would follow suit. Then again, he has yet to propose a budget that will receive a vote from Democrats or Republicans.

    • Anonymous

      you have it back wards .. We don’t have the money because he gave it away in $400 milliion of tax cuts.

    • Mike White

      MD Should have 2020 away long ago. Might have led to a more clear mind.

  • Guest

    Lepage said “I will be exercising my authority to reduce spending in the quickest manner possible,”…..What he means is

    • Anonymous

      ……..You’re welfare check will be late???

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was a fill in the blank.

  • BigPaw

    From the looks of him lately, it appears authority is about the only thing that gets exercised in the Blaine House.

    Boom de boom…rim shot !

    Thank you folks,…you’ve been a great crowd, don’t forget to tip your waitperson !

    • Anonymous

      Please, you’re killing me! And I say slip that tip under the table so the waitperson doesn’t get stuck paying higher income taxes so the rich don’t have to pay their fair share.

  • Lord Whiteman

    How about he cancel that 17 million he gave to Brookfield Management of Toronto, Canada?
    That should be easy to do since he didn’t have the legal authority to gift them our millions in the first place.

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    One thing for sure you can bet the cuts will not affect the high paid upper management people but will surely fall down on the lowely state workers.Nothing has been said about cutting the twinkie budget or state house lawmakers coffee fund or as the gov.himself said the do nothing high paid managers that he has.

    • Anonymous

      Offer some suggestions.

      • maineiac123

        He could start by firing his daughter.

        • Anonymous

          followed by eliminating the $400 milion in tax cuts

      • Anonymous

        cut some of the middle management positions that the gov.said were high paid do nothing positions,quit creating positions for long standing politicans and paying them $100,000 salaries,quit combining gov.agencies and making jobs for all that was in the dept.that was combined,nothing is saved if you make new positions for all,lay off family members and the list goes on.Maybe the twinkie budget could be trimmed also

    • Anonymous

      More importantly, these cuts shouldn’t have been made at all. We should have taxed the rich. For instance, those who fly private lear jets into MDI:

      http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/28/business/maines-rockefeller-country-home-values-make-the-rich-richer/

      “The upper end has survived the crash better than most,” said Gary
      Fountain, a broker at Mount Desert Island Real Estate in Bar Harbor.
      “There are still plenty of Learjets parked at the Bar Harbor airport
      every weekend.”

      • Anonymous

        The cuts haven’t hit the state yet, and won’t until next year.

  • Anonymous

    authority isn’t the only thing of his he should exercise.

  • Anonymous

    Now if only Obama could see how it works we would have no cliff…Collins and Snow should show Obama that Maine leads the nation!!

    • Anonymous

      we have the cliff because R’s refused to raise the debt ,as has been raised EVERY other time it was requested.This is a man made ( R made) “crisis “.

      • Anonymous

        Thats y u r underwater with your credit cards the liberals answear.. borrow more from china…print more money… wait till the double digit inflation hits.. just open the flood gates more

      • Anonymous

        Your comment is rediculous… You’re saying we’re facing a debt crisis because we simply refused to create a higher value and print more money that we can’t back anymore…. We have a cliff because that’s what we a facing, a long climb with a sharp end. I don’t care if you pledge to a D or an R simply raising something because it always has been won’t fix anything.

    • maineiac123

      Yep, the the repuglicans have been so ready to negotiate and compromise. There would be no “cliff” if repuglicans took their oath of office more seriously then their pledge to Norquist. At some point we can only hope they love the country more than they love Norquist and Koch.

  • Governor LePage is moving foward in balancing the State Budget (DOING HIS JOB)….AND…Hairy Reed is moving forward to allow food in the Senate Auditorium as I write this! Gee…thanks democrat Hairy Reed!

    Fiscal cliff?…What fiscal cliff? What food to allow in the Senate Auditorium is much more important!

  • Anonymous

    If there wasn’t enough sales tax coming in before, wait till we consumers cut back further since whatever LePage is going to do will come out of our pockets. I already had to cut back on charitable spending this season. That would’ve generated some sales tax from my end.

    • Anonymous

      He is doing his job, making sure Maine stops spending what we don’t have. I salute him for the hard work. The state has to live in its means, same as us at home.

      • Anonymous

        Running his mouth is hard work?

      • Anonymous

        Perfectly put.. and look at the time of my comment you have 7 “dislikes”… Does our society not grasp the idea of “dont spend what you dont have”. We live in a time of entitled brats who are dependent upon others to “help” them. My family budgets, why can’t others.

    • Anonymous

      Would you like to see an increase in income taxes and sales taxes, like the DEMS propose?

  • Mike White

    2 more years,

    • Anonymous

      6 more…..

      • Anonymous

        Same here – 6 more years for good cuts and fixing Maine.

      • IF, he runs for re-election he’ll be lucky to break out of single digits. Just wait.

  • Anonymous

    When a DOT team uses a ten ton wheeler on a state road in a rural area as an “inspection” vehicle, someone does not have their mind on savings. When that same team of six stands watching one woman doing the only work at a job site, we are paying for five unneeded people. Please, Paul, put me in charge of cuts.

    • northernmaine

      Not to mention, they used to plow the roads here with single axle dump trucks, and fewer of them and they the plowed roads that they have turned over to the local towns. Now they are almost all wheelers. Add to that we used to get more snow. DOT is overstaffed and spends far to much on equipment.

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the great work Mr. LePage….

    • Anonymous

      He is doing what he was elected by so many Mainers to take care of, in Augusta. Cutting spending, getting rid of gimmicks and getting the budget and debts in better shape. The more the libs hate him, the more I say he’s doing his job.

      • Anonymous

        The reason the liberals hate him so much is because he no longer gives them special status. In other words, all Mainers are now treated equally and the Governor is doing his job, unlike his predecessor. It is for this reason the Maine People’s Liberal Alliance can’t stand him.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing is gonna change until we make them change forget the rep and dem crap we are dying out here.Enough already .

  • Anonymous

    LePage says, “He’ll cut the budget in the quickest manner possible.” Interesting, most Mainers are probably wishing we could cut LePage in the quickest manner possible!

    • Anonymous

      The reason he was elected was so he would make the hard decisions, so I doubt that most Mainers are wishing to cut the Governor’s term.

      • maineiac123

        No he was elected because the vast majority of voters voted for someone other than him. It’s why we need run-off elections or some form of preferential ballot. This idea that this governor or any governor can get 38% of the vote and be elected is absurd.

        • northernmaine

          Works for the Presidential elections, all you need is the Electoral College votes, the majority can vote for someone else. If a repub. wins this way the dems are mad and vice versa.

          • maineiac123

            Big difference between the Presidential elections and elections for governor. There is no logical reason why a person should be permitted to govern this state with only 38% of the vote. He represents a third of the voters period and this governor more than any other has proven that.

  • Lazerus Phoenix

    Way to go! Ignore all the ignorant Dems, Paul!

  • pbmann

    Not the “Best Possible Way” but the quickest.

    How short-sighted.

  • Anonymous

    2014….2014….2014…..OY…..2014.

    • Anonymous

      Ok Let’s see. We have Independent Eliot Cutler Dem John Baldacci & Lepage who has picked up support at least in the polls over his 2010 numbers….. hmmmm

      • You really think LePage has gained supporters? C’mon, open your eyes. If you’re referring to the Rasmussen poll from late Sep. It was clearly, and obviously an out lier. Not remotely accurate compared to at least 2 other polls showing his approval rating in the 30’s. That’s not re-electable.

        • Anonymous

          He was elected with 38% and most polls have him in that range or higher at least last September or October. Critical Insights for instance.
          If its Baldacci & Cutler. Or a no name Democrat & Cutler It will be a barn burner.

          Just as an aside Lepage is quite popular with some constituencies.

          • Those same polls show LePage losing badly to a generic Democrat too. Things have only gotten worse for Republicans and Mr. Lepage since.

            I don’t think Baldacci will run again, and I think it would be a mistake if he did. Even if he did, it changes little as far as LePage’s re-election chances, which are near zero.

            While some Democratic operatives would like us to think a re-run of Baldacci would relegate Elliot Cutler to 3rd place. I think that’s laughable.

            Libby was such a weak candidate, all she did was get LePage elected by splitting the vote. Cutler needed about 3 more days and he would have nipped Lepage by the same margin Lepage won by.

            2014 is Elliot Cutler’s if he wants it, and I see no evidence that he doesn’t. Baldacci or no Baldacci.

          • Anonymous

            Well I think it will be a barn burner if a strong Democrat and Cutler run… LePage at 36-38% is fairly solid and unshakeable. That leaves 62-64% to split two ways.

            Don’t believe the attacks from the BDN and associated Democratic leaning papers. They are not having the effect you might think they have. (maybe the opposite in certain groups.)

          • Look at the sweep of the Legislature by Democrats a month ago. That’s called LePage backlash. No Republican candidates called on LePage to “help” campaign for them either. So, they knew how toxic he was and still couldn’t stop the bleeding.

      • Anonymous

        Those the same polls that had Romney winning! lol

        • Anonymous

          Or the same one that had Raye winning the second district?

  • Lord Whiteman

    Just in time for Christmas. I bet none of Lepage’s financial backers will feel any pain.

  • Anonymous

    He’ll fire his relatives!

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting and FRUSTRATING that curtailments never include forbidding OFF duty troopers, wardens, fire marshalls, etc from using their assigned patrol cars or trucks for personal use.

    • Anonymous

      They are required to purchase their own fuel and pay for maintinance while on their own time. Secondly those employees are regularly called out for duty. Unless you strap on a bullet resistant vest and go deal with everyone else’s problems for a living you have no right to speak.

      • northernmaine

        Thats funny, I always see them using the state gas card when they are off duty. That being said, I could care less about it since they are on call 24/7/365. there are far more wastful things in the state to take care of than this.

  • Anonymous

    Well, everyone else is going to be hurting, I hope he lays off his daughter, from her 40k plus “entry” level cushy job working for dad.

    • Anonymous

      How will everyone be “hurting”..

  • Anonymous

    Please slash this joke of a welfare system in half at least to start with… When fully capable men are receiving SS benefits at age 19 it shows how much of a crisis we face. But then again why not let those in “need” use their EBT card to buy lobster… Live within your means, time to stop spending imaginary money.

    • Guest

      Stop spreading imaginary tales of living the high life on welfare.
      It’s not the life of luxury some think it is.

  • Anonymous

    I am afraid that he will outsource whatever government jobs that he can. If he should do this it would be a great mistake and dis-service to the people of Maine. Public safety in the hands of outside contractors should not be an option.

    • northernmaine

      Why, because private companies can do it better ,faster and cheaper? I’ve been around the construction field in the past and to watch the DOT crews do anything is a lesson in slow motion, over staffing, and waste.
      Just this summer I passed by both a State crew and a local construction co. doing ditching work in different parts of the county. the state crew had over twice the manpower and equipment and took almost twice as long to do about the same work.

      • Anonymous

        Just a simple statement based on 35 years in dealing with public safety. I can agree with you with a lot of other departments, but I will hold with my original statement. Thank you

      • Anonymous

        In education we have seen the private sector provide a sub-par product, for example look at Jock’s company and it’s track record.

        Not that this pertains to Maine, but look at the defense contractors; they provide an overpriced product that is helping to bankrupt this country.

  • Anonymous

    NOW he is going to follow the law……why now Paulie ? And didnt you change the income guidelines for dhhs and kick 13000 people off of state aid to cover the shortfall in that department ? How many middle class and poor have to pay over and over again ? Come on 2014 !

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad that I don’t have to put up or listen to this joker anymore…..I am paying less than half of the taxes I used to pay living under his leadership in Maine. Saving close to $12,000 a year helps make my retirement days more enjoyable…..But it’s not really the money, I am so happy I don’t have to listen to him blame everyone else for his failures instead of being a man and taking the responsibility that the buck stops at his door…………..dream on….right!

  • Anonymous

    Slash food stamps, tanf, DHHS, anything that involves handouts! The jobs are out there, look harder! Rah rah LePage!

    • Anonymous

      I agree, but I care more about the bigger fish, like when we give out tax abatement to business.

  • Anonymous

    He could make a quick start by firing his daughter.

    • Otis B. Driftwood

      Don’t forget all his relatives he has on the State payroll.

  • Briney

    Nothing new – just “exercising my authority.”

    What a selfish, egotistical man, is he. Our roads and bridges are crumbling under us.

    And, as the CEO of the Maine division of GOP -TEA Inc. he’ll drub he poor, the unions, teachers and students, the unemployed, just to be miserable.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe some of those who do absolutely nothing for their government check will be getting a little less. OH! the humanity.

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