Comments for: LePage says federal welfare tap turned off

Posted Jan. 15, 2012, at 10:48 a.m.

AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage says federal dollars have flowed into Maine for years to pay for health care to Maine’s most vulnerable. In his weekly radio address, LePage says Mainers have become accustomed to a welfare program which Democrats believe should be universal and free. But LePage says …

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  • The Blaine House Monster doesn’t seem to understand that Maine Care is the only insurance policy in the state that caps what it pays to medical providers to keep their costs down. Maybe it’s time to go after the doctors, pharmaceutical companies, specialists, and hospitals who charge outrageous fees for their services and products! Oh wait. That would be mean according to the Blaine House Monster. 

    • Anonymous

      Hospitals (especially rural) have been closed because they don’t have enough money to pay their bills as it is, and I just saw a story where Doctors are going bankrupt and changing professions because their liability insurance costs and other costs are higher than ever but the fees they charge are capped. So, after you “go after” hospitals and doctors,” resulting in some more hospitals closing, and fewer doctors available to care for us, where do you suppose we’ll get medical care?

      • Anonymous

        Hospitals are closing? really? Just curious but could you name some of the hospitals that are closing cause I just googled for a half hour and couldnt find one.

    • Anonymous

      Medicine and oil, the two biggest businesses in the world. And our tax dollars are invested heavily into both. The corruption and waste needs to stop before we can move forward. All of government needs to be cleaned out. You can’t have your elected officials, who are million and billionaires representing the working poor. Until this changes, God help America, because no one else will.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what you mean when you say that
      Maine Care is the only insurance policy in the state that caps what it
      pays to medical providers to keep their costs down. Anthem BC/BS and Cigna both have caps.

      • luvGSD

        All insurance companies have caps.  Only people without insurance pay the full cost of their health care.

  • StillRelaxin

    Paul says, “It’s in Maine’s best interest to introduce new ideas to the federal government that give states more flexibility in running those programs.” A literal translation of what he actually means in this regard is that the poor and the middle class will need to pay (Suffer) more even to stay alive while he and his GOP/Tea Party cohorts give tax breaks and corporate welfare to their rich friends and political supporters. Have we noticed yet that the rich are getting richer and there is no longer a middle class? I think we have. We will show Paul and his buddies how we feel on a National level as well as State level next November by voting them out and Democrats in.

    • Anonymous

      Would you do me a favor?   Would you read this transcript of the radio address and tell me where it says that the feds are turning off the welfare tap?    The feds aren’t turning it off, he is, by not following their guidelines and rules (waivers).  He knows that no state has ever been given one,   he doesn’t care.

      http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Gov_Radio_Addresses&id=339353&v=article&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter 

      • Anonymous

        That was BDNs headline, not a LePage quote….

      • jimbobhol

        CMS is the agency doing the cutting because of obama care. 

      • Anonymous

        LePage says federal welfare tap turned off
        LePage says federal welfare tap turned off

        • Anonymous

          roses are red, violets are blue……I’m a schizo and so am I.

          Try to make sense, or take your state provided meds.

    • Anonymous

      Blaming the rich once again is a bunch of BS.  It’s not the rich
      stopping me from becoming rich.  It’s government and all this over
      regulation, lack of planning and out of control spending.  The well is dry and it’s time for us to cut the wasteful spending.  If you have
      any amount of money to invest, you can easily get richer year after year
      by simply investing in a smart, efficient way.  Getting a 5% rate of
      return on a $1 million investment will increase your net worth by
      $50,000 annually, that’s how the rich get richer.  It’s called the power of money and investing and it has nothing to do with them taking from the poor.   So what’s really causing the poor to get poorer?   
      Due to this dysfunctional government and the lack of an energy plan and
      wasteful spending, I’m forced to spend an extra $300-400 every time I
      fill my oil tank this winter and another $15-30 every time I fill my gas
      tank.   The price of food and every product we buy is skyrocketing to
      make up for the high price of  energy and all you can do is blame the
      rich.  It’s not the rich peoples fault my grocery bill is an extra $25 to $75 every time I do groceries, it’s the high cost of energy.   I had to decrease my 401k  contributions from 12% to 7% to have
      more money for food and fuel this year and this alone may prevent me
      from getting to the 1%.   It’s time you stop blaming the rich and pay
      attention to all the crap that you pay extra for because we have a dysfunctional government.  If government would leave more money in my
      pocket at the end of the week, I’d be able to make it work for me while
      being on the road to being one of the rich.

      • Anonymous

        Well, I hope that you edit one of your duplicate post out.

        And I’m not in favor of cutting benenefits so you will “be able to make it work for me while being on the road to being one of the rich”     I don’t think anybody really cares how rich you are or want to be. The economy is hurting everyone, what ever your 401k plan is, deal with it. 401k is tax deferred, what are you whining about? Instead of putting 15% in you can only put in 7%? Do you know how many working people don’t even have the option of a retirement and healthcare package with their employer? Oh, that’s right, we are supposed to be helping you on your journey to get rich.

        • Anonymous

          My whole point was about the middle class.   It’s government policies and back door taxes that are killing the middle class, not the rich.  Government is doing absolutely nothing to fix our energy problem and this is what is killing our economy.  Politicians can look all they want at the rich for revenue, but they’re not going to fix the hole we’re in.

          • Anonymous

            You mentioned government policies,  exactly!    The government has given away so many tax breaks and bailouts, they haven’t pressured those company’s that have off shore production to bring those jobs back to the states.   You are right, about the policies.   The government certainly isn’t giving it to the poor, and the middle class is shrinking.  The policy is that you can’t regulate the job makers,……ok…..WHERES the jobs!    

            And you did in fact speak about you and your road to wealth.  If you could afford to put 15%  into a 401K   then you aren’t that bad off.    How many millionaires have you hear say, “tax me more!” . 

            And fixing the hole at the expense of the poor, and unable certainly isn’t going to bring back the middle class.   Name one instance where the governor has proposed any tax adjustments as they relate to mainecare.   He hasn’t.

      • StillRelaxin

        I love this conservative tactic. Take something that has a hint of truth (Regulations increase cost) and use it to convince the unwary that we should continue using a “Trickle Up” economy to make rich folks richer.

        Of course the flip side of your argument here is that many of those very regulations are actually the only things that prevent the wealthy from totally destroying us and everything around us just to put more cash in their overflowing bank vaults.

        We’ve all seen and are experiencing now what happens when you ease financial regulations. Economic chaos where everyone pays except the financial creeps who caused the problems in the first place. They blame the poor, thus showing they have absolutely no sense of shame what-so-ever.

        We all know what would happen if there were no environmental regulations. Corporations would lay waste to the land.

        We all know what would happen if there were no labor regulations (Minimum wage, work place safety, etc.) we’d all see something akin to working in hell under slave wages.

        I thank God everyday for most of the regulations that seem to disturb you so much.  In large part they protect me from folks like you.

        You’ll have to do better than the effort you’ve shown here if you want to convince anyone that they should suddenly jump on board with the 1% of Americans who are increasingly living like Kings and Queens while the rest of us do nothing but suffer more and more.

        Given that your task looks impossible and that you don’t seem to like living under American laws, regulations, or  constitution I’d suggest that you take your money and move. Perhaps start your own little county someplace where you really can be King.

        • Anonymous

          You sound like an echo of Harry Reid. When asked why 66 percent of Americans are dissatisfifed with the Democrats in Congress his response was to blamed it on the Republicans and the Tea-Party.

          “I thank God everyday for most of the regulations that seem to disturb you so much.  In large part they protect me from folks like you.” Clearly what you mean is that you that God everyday that they protect the entitlement programs you and your friends live off of at the expense of others.

          Here’s a thought. Let’s do away with all these entitlement programs that are robbing the pocketbooks of hard wroking Americans and you and your friends start providing for yourselves. Like you have said, if you don’t like it, you can always move and start your own little welfare state country someplace else.

          • Anonymous

            The misconception behind your comment is that Democrats don’t work.  The truth is, most people on welfare are disenfranchised, ie, they have no party affiliation and don’t vote.

            I think the main difference between conservative and liberal is in our definition of ‘freedom’.  To me, the GOP defines freedom as 

            freedom to pollute
            freedom to tell people who to marry
            freedom to discriminate
            freedom to tell others what to do with their bodies

            whereas, dems believe freedom means

            freedom from my neighbors pollution
            freedom to get a job without discrimination
            freedom to marry the person of your choice
            freedom from other people’s morality

          • Anonymous

            “whereas, dems believe freedom means”…

            I think you forgot….freedom to pick other people’s pockets!

          • pbmann

            Republican’s pick other people’s pockets way more than Democrats do.  They are responsible for the majority if the Federal Debt which is basicly picking the pockets of the middle class and poor to give to the rich.

          • StillRelaxin

            You say,”My friends and I are all on welfare?” First off how would you know that? Seems like an absurd statement to make. Secondly, is that the kind of statement that makes your mother proud? To tell you the truth it appears that since you’ve got no real point of your own all you can do here is make personal attacks on others.   Bit sad if you ask me.  But thanks for showing us what you and your party is all about.

          • Anonymous

            “You say,”My friends and I are all on welfare?” First off how would you know that? Seems like an absurd statement to make.” Statement analysis indicates that conclusions were correct.

            “Secondly, is that the kind of statement that makes your mother proud?”. My mother raised six children and on a great many occasions worked two or three jobs at a time to keep a roof over their head, food on the table, and clothes on their back. Yes, my mother would be very proud of me. 

            “To tell you the truth it appears that since you’ve got no real point of your own all you can do here is make personal attacks on others.   Bit sad if you ask me.” Since my point is that people should get off their lazy butts and go to work, I don’t have one, but because yours is that people should have the right to pick the pockets of the those people you do! No, that you for showing us what YOU and YOUR party is all about!!!

          • pbmann

            So why are over 70% of Americans dissattisfied with the Republican Party, then?

        • Anonymous

          Just out of curiosity, what is your background? Do you have any sort of schooling in economics or business? Please be honest.

          • StillRelaxin

            I seem to have just enough background, education, and experience to catch your attention or raise your ire. Frankly I’ll take either of those as a compliment. Thanks for your interest, but your personal questions are simply inappropriate. Would you like talk about yourself here? Probably best to make our points and move on, eh?

        • Anonymous

          why do Liberals always lump everything together.   Our lack of an energy policy increases costs and our over regulations make it merely impossible to start or run a business.  When I complain about the price of oil and gas, this is something that affects Repubs and Dems alike, so stop playing politics.   Have you personally made any cuts to your spending habits due to high energy cost?  I’m sure you have. 

      • Anonymous

        where are you getting a 5% rate of return now a days?

        • Anonymous

          go to morningstar.com and do your own research.   You’ll find plenty of funds well above 5%. 

    • Anonymous

      Blaming the rich once again is a bunch of BS.  It’s not the rich
      stopping me from becoming rich.  It’s government and all this over
      regulation, lack of planning and out of control spending.  The well is dry and it’s time for us to cut the wasteful spending.  If you have
      any amount of money to invest, you can easily get richer year after year
      by simply investing in a smart, efficient way.  Getting a 5% rate of
      return on a $1 million investment will increase your net worth by
      $50,000 annually, that’s how the rich get richer.  It’s called the power of money and investing and it has nothing to do with them taking from the poor.   So what’s really causing the poor to get poorer?   
      Due to this dysfunctional government and the lack of an energy plan and
      wasteful spending, I’m forced to spend an extra $300-400 every time I
      fill my oil tank this winter and another $15-30 every time I fill my gas
      tank.   The price of food and every product we buy is skyrocketing to
      make up for the high price of  energy and all you can do is blame the
      rich.  It’s not the rich peoples fault my grocery bill is an extra $25 to $75 every time I do groceries, it’s the high cost of energy.   I had to decrease my 401k  contributions from 12% to 7% to have
      more money for food and fuel this year and this alone may prevent me
      from getting to the 1%.   It’s time you stop blaming the rich and pay
      attention to all the crap that you pay extra for because we have a dysfunctional government.  If government would leave more money in my
      pocket at the end of the week, I’d be able to make it work for me while
      being on the road to being one of the rich.

    • Anonymous

      So are you admitting you voted for republicans in 2010? If you didn’t then what makes you think you will change things in 2012? Things need to change regardless of who is in office. If we keep going the way we have for the last 30 years everyone on welfare will die because the state will be bankrupt and no one will be giving them handouts. It’s the people who think that it will last forever that are the problem. And then the people who really need our help can thank you for not helping to eliminate the fraud and waste so they could at least survive.

    • Anonymous

      The middle class suffer because of poor monetary policies by the federal government, and through high taxation, relative to their income. The poor suffer mostly because of poor monetary policy. The rich don’t really suffer that much due to the tax rates relative to their income.

      You know what is interesting though, is that since the tax cuts of the 1980s the tax burden has shifted from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. This is primarily because there are now a greater number of wealthy people proportionally. Another interesting fact is that since we have been taxing income, regardless of what rates have been we have always only ever collected about 20% of the nations GDP in revenues, this means that in order to grow revenues we need to not increase rates but to grow our economy. How do you do this? By letting people (everyone) keep more of their money.

      This is an economic hypothesis that was tested in the 19080s and as a result we had 20+ years of massive economic growth. As a result the standard of living in the country grew tremendously, and countries all over the world copied our model with similar results.

      But if you would prefer to go back to taxing the rich at 94% (yes, it was that high) and taxing the middle class nearly as high. Then go for it. Revenues will fall, productivity will be down, and the economy will shrink. But as long as those evil rich bastards can no longer take advantage of the working class we will be all set.

      • StillRelaxin

        Ok, this will be quick and easy.  Sure we just had twenty plus years of the exact financial scheming and eleven years of tax breaks for the richest of the rich that you just promoted.  What has that gotten us?  HELLO!  Your looking at it, Worldwide Recession!  It’s time for a new plan man.  The voting majority simply isn’t dumb enough to fall for that line of crapola anymore.

      • pbmann

        Revenues have fallen, productivity is down and the economy shrank and this all happened after Bush lowered taxes from 39% to 36%.  When the taxes on the richest were at 50%, 76% or 94% the economy was growing, the revenues were up and productivity was increasing. 

        Why is it that Republicans can’t even look at history to see that their failed policies won’t work for anyone except the very rich or is theat their plan all along?

        • Anonymous

          The economy fell apart towards the end of Bushs second term, correlation is not causation. There were many other factors, it wasn’t simply because the wealthy were not being taxed enough. If so, please explain to me how by letting people keep more of their money the economy shrinks?

          There is a top tax rate that yields the highest revenues, while maintaining productivity and economic activity. If it makes you feel any better, I believe that rate to be right around 40% (Or Clinton era rates) that doesn’t mean that I feel that it is okay for the government to take that much of someones income, but it does appear to be the most efficient rate.

          If you look at historical data, at 40% the wealthy are paying the greatest proportion of taxes compared to everyone else, revenues are about as high as they have been historically, and the economy is usually very active (1990s)

          As far as Republicans not being able to look at history, I cannot speak as a republican seeing that I am not one. My conclusions are drawn from schooling, and my own personal conclusions of historical data relating to tax rates, economic growth, income disparity, and tax revenues. So please don’t say that I have not looked at history, I have, and I would be more than happy to provide you with a lot of supporting data to support my statements.

          Besides, regardless of any of this, how much of someones income do you believe you should be allowed to confiscate?

  • Anonymous

    “federal tax dollars are no longer being handed out”  does this mean that the federal government is no longer sending any money to the state of Maine for social welfare programs?  Or does it mean just mean for health care?  In either case I don’t think that is the case.  Landslide LePage is distorting the facts again to suit his purposes. If I remember correctly the feds pay 55% of the medicaid bill.

  • Anonymous

    Maine care has increased by 80 percent in the past ten years.   We have been 69 percent above the national average and 101 percent above the rural state average.   When LePage says we have developed a Cadillac Maine Care system on a Chevrolet budget that says it all.   Even with federal tax dollars we cannot afford this albatross of a program

    • Anonymous

      Waiting to hear from Sprucedweller, out on a limb?

      • Anonymous

         Tent flaps are frozen shut, and can’t get to an outlet to recharge the laptop.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not true.   We spent more in 2009 for Maine care than we did last year and 2010.  Our budgets have stayed pretty much flat.   Read my post below,  these are links to the governor’s own numbers.

      https://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs-apps/dashboard/ Budget expenditures.

      • jimbobhol

        Those were the budgets for those years. None of those charts showed the deficits for those years and the stimulus money used to fill all those holes. No charts on the money owed to the caregivers that haven’t been paid. A budget is a budget …….What you spent is a different story.

        • Anonymous

          That is exactly what was given to the appropriations committee.    This comes from the governor and DHHS.   The Governor, and DHHS,   do not challenge this chart, because they provided it.   The fact of the matter is, and the Governor knows it, that DHHS is responsible for a significant portion of the shortfall because of accounting.     The Commissioner has even acknowledged this.  They simply couldn’t manage a balanced budget very well, which is why they hired that nation wide medicaid billing corporation.     If it is good enough for the Appropriations Committee,  it should be good enough for posting. The money that wasn’t paid when it should have been, isn’t going to show up on a chart such as these.

          That can be found in the budget itself. Which I have already posted, you can look it up.

    • Anonymous

      Can we afford another tax break for the wealthy,  they got one. You make a great point but this giving to the rich and at the same time cutting programs that are the safety net for our sick and elderly is wrong.  LePage needs to roll up his sleeves and go to work and while he’s at it create some jobs for this State.

      • Anonymous

        They got a half a percent tax decrease, that is hardly a cut. Meanwhile LePage eliminated taxes entirely on many lower income individuals. So yes, he did cut taxes for the wealthy, but he did for others as well. Apparently the middle class and wealthy should never get tax breaks? Fine, but if that is how everyone feels I guess I will be leaving Maine to an income tax free state so that I can keep an additional 5% of my income.

        • Anonymous

          Then I say we put the rate back to what it was and raise the rate by half a percent.  I mean if half a percent is barely a cut then half a percent will be barely a raise.

        • Anonymous

          So Toy,  Back your U-Haul up to your front door and we’ll help you load the bags of money that we’ve given to you for your “hard” work. Get the h*** out of here and maybe someone like Buffet who realizes where his money comes from and is willing to pay back to the system that rewarded him will move into your house.

          • Anonymous

            Who is “we” exactly? So if I go to school, work hard for 4-8 years, get a middle class job and somehow you believe it is you that is responsible for the money that I make? Really? I must have been one of the lucky ones. I have absolutely no problem helping those in need, but I do have a problem with people like yourself who decide how much of my income I get to keep in order to pay for lazy, abusive people who have had no bearings on my successes in life whatsoever and whose only goal in life is to be a leach on society.

            The difference between you and me is not our compassion, no, it is that you seem to believe that every poor person is this innocent helpless person who is nothing more than a victim of the capitalism. When the reality is, that many of these so called “victims” are poor because of their poor life choices. An individuals successes are a result of their own actions, utilizing the system that dictates our society.

            If you disagree with me, please explain to me what is stopping anybody from going down the same path that any other middle to upper class person has done.

            Oh, and by the way, glad to see you so eager to get rid of taxpayers.

          • Anonymous

            “We” are the fellow citizens who contribute our money to your salary/income. Whether you provide a service/ work for govt/ produce a product, the money you make, and made, comes from us.  You are part of the system.

            I don’t decide how much your income is taxed, but I do know that the first step when faced with a shortfall on any budget is to not cut revenue. LePage, like Bush, needs to (needed to) tackle the tough issue of too many demands on the budget, not pay off the wealthy who supported his campaign.

            By the way, how do you know the difference between you and me?

            I cringe, like anyone, when going through the grocery line and watch someone pay for food with food stamps, then buy beer and cigarettes with cash. That shouldn’t be happening, but what the heck, at least the money they are spending on the beer and cigarettes is paying the salaries of hard-working cigarette/beer sales people, the CEO’s and stockholders, and the advertisers that have convinced these folks of what a good idea it is to use cigarettes and beer. And maybe the kids are actually getting the food they need to develop in a healthy manner.

            You are very naive if you think that the same path you followed is available to all citizens. I am lucky to be blessed with native ability that made it possible for me to get an advanced degree despite growing up in a family living in poverty (from an income perspective), in large part because of the value that my parents placed on education.

            There are any number of situations that impede that happening to other people: limited intellect, limited physical capacity, lack of encouragement/role models, etc. Increasingly, we see the lower skilled jobs being outsourced to other countries, leaving fewer opportunities for those people with limits. But I know you’ve heard, and ignored, this explanation before.

            My issue with you is your villification of poor people as lazy, your characterization of people with money as hard-working and honest, and your concern about the marginal people in society working the system. You have no concerns about the clever working within the system to gain far more advantage and power and wealth than they deserve, and don’t seem to have any recognition of the danger that increasing concentration of power/wealth in the hands of a small segment of the population has on the viability of the system that you appear to be so enamored with.  Some are smart enough, like Buffet, to realize the advantages that they have and the obligation to give back. Others, though, are just plain greedy.

            You say you work “hard”. Would you rather be splitting wood or taking orders at McDonald’s for $7.50 an hour with no benefits? How is your job “harder” than those and would you change places with people working at a minimum wage job? Would they change places with you at your wage to do your job if they were able? Why do you feel you should be on these forums criticizing these people you don’t know and obviously have no empathy for?

            I’m not eager to get rid of taxpayers in general, just you and your mindless compatriots. (And, for that matter, kneejerk liberals). But your ilk has gotten my ire lately as your self-centeredness is truly annoying.

          • Anonymous

            Again, the system provides with a means but it is up to you to find your place. Yes, my money comes from people, as does theirs. I provide them with their income, just as they provide me with mine.

            I understand that when facing a shortfall in a budget you don’t reduce revenue. But you have to understand that taxes are very complicated, lowering taxes does not necessarily decrease revenues and raising rates does not necessarily increase revenues. Tax revenues and rates have a very unusual relationship.

            People with limited physical or mental capability may not be able to follow down the same road, and for that reason these are people society should help. People with limited intellect is slightly different, there are plenty of career opportunities for people that may not require high level of intellect.

            As far as people who have not had encouragement, here is how I see it. Assist them in need, but provide them with a means to improve their lives, don’t simply hand them a check at the first of the month for the rest of their lives. Your not doing them any favors.

            I am not vilifying poor people. It is interesting that I cannot criticize any poor people without being accused of vilifying all of them. I am not criticizing poor people, I am criticizing LAZY poor people….they are not one in the same, please understand that.

            I know many poor people many of them (not all) are poor because they are very lazy people, and no matter how much you try to help them they are more interested in doing nothing and living off of the government. I have had many bad experiences attempting to help and encourage those who are either less fortunate, or those who have made poor decisions in the past. In general, they are just as self-centered as you are claiming me to be.

            I wish that I were very wealthy because I would donate a lot of my time and money to those who are truly needy, at my discretion, instead of having 70% of my income filtered through the ever increasing corruption of our welfare system.

            How is my job (or any job) harder than McDonalds? Depending on your job it will require a different set of skills, some skills are hard to obtain or even master. Some skills require a lot of physical expertise and others require a lot of intellectual expertise. Take for example a surgeon. Surgeons get paid a lot of money because they spend a lot of time and money educating themselves, it takes many years and a lot of really hard work to become a surgeon. To work at McDonalds you only have to have a basic set of skills that most everyone acquires within the first 14 years of their lives.

            Also, something that may blow your mind, I currently work a $7.50 an hour job with no benefits and pay zero income taxes. No welfare benefits, I do I need or want them.

          • Anonymous

            You pay zero income taxes… are you aware that many conservative Commenters on these pages would claim that you have “no skin in the game” and should be forced to pay income tax on top of the sales taxes and excise taxes you pay?

          • Anonymous

            I applaud you for working and participating in the system as well as for your measured response.

            There are people who abuse the system at both ends of the scale (and in the middle for that matter). It is the increasingly shrill right wing that has my ire at this point, although I agree that there has to be a point where we say “Sorry, but NO” when the hands are reached at government, be they individuals (poor, rich or in-between) or corporations/special interests. That should be the focus, not providing tax cuts for the wealthy.

            Best of luck and keep plugging. Hope the system works better for you in the future.
             

          • Anonymous

            Are you absolutely certain that all desperately poor people are lazy and abusive? What will happen when YOU lose your own job, and can’t find another, or have a devastating illness and can no longer work at all?

          • Anonymous

            No, and I never said that. Why is it that whenever someones says that some-to-many poor people are lazy, it automatically becomes ALL, without question, poor people are lazy?

            Just so we are clear, I will say it yet again. Not all poor people are lazy.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for clarifying that.

        • luvGSD

          Yes, I hear it’s much cheaper to live in New Hampshire.  LOL

          • Anonymous

            You know that New Hampshire is not the only state without income tax, right? In fact many of the other states with no income tax are also among the cheapest states to live in.

          • OldWench

            It’s only state income tax you don’t pay.  You still pay federal…and property and local taxes and fees are higher to compensate for the lack of income tax.  I’ve lived in states with no income tax before and it’s not the promised land you seem to believe it to be.

          • OldWench

            You can get higher pay and there is no sales tax or income tax…but property taxes are high and rents are expensive.  You do get lots more job choices…but it doesn’t change the fact that good, affordable housing for a family is hard to come by.  NH also has same sex marriage.  Might be good for him to move there…then he will see that same sex marriage doesn’t impact him or his family in any way, shape or form.  

        • Anonymous

          Half a percent isn’t a cut? What’s half a percent of $5 million dollars? Answers, anyone?

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree with you!!!  I just don’t understand why some people don’t seem to realize that they aren’t in the top 1% of earners and that these tax breaks aren’t doing anything positive for them or for anyone.  These tax breaks aren’t creating jobs as promised.  They’re not even restoring the ones people had.  

        Here we are cutting the elderly, poor and disabled back on food, medical and heating assistance so that people like Paris Hilton can keep on getting a fat tax break.  It’s just wrong… totally wrong.  

        Some people have been really duped and almost seem to be fighting a politician’s battle to take from the poor to give to the rich.  Yes, I’m saying take from the poor – meaning take food, heating assistance, medical and prescription assistance from the poor, elderly and disabled and giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations.  Our government is letting people go hungry, be cold and even homeless and this is probably happening because so many politicians have to repay silent “debts” they incurred by accepting election donations.  No, we’re not paying down a deficit or creating jobs or investing in the United States of America – we’re funding the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% of earners.  

        • Anonymous

          The Republican party leadership excells at tricking working people into fighting against their own best interests.

          Right now it’s doing that by using their media outlets (quite a few owned by Mitch Romney) to carry the message that welfare fraud is rampant, and that a thousand dollars in welfare fraud is far, far worse than a million dollars in corporate fraud. We should all suspect the poor of being devious and lazy, and honor the millionaires.

          I think this is part of what’s called the “just world hypothesis”–a belielf that people who are (currently) doing well must be Good People, and those who are poor and suffering must be Bad People who deserve their fate and should not be helped.

          • Anonymous

            Believe it or not I am a registered Republican.  That doesn’t mean I pull all the Republican levers in the voting booth – it just means I defined myself a long time ago as a conservative back when it meant something different than it means today.  

            I lived for a long time in Princeton, NJ (ivy league town) where there is great deal of old wealth being conjoined with new wealth. In that area it is almost a status symbol (like owning a Jaguar, Masserati, Ferrari, etc…) to be registered as a “conservative” Republican. I know for sure that many, if not most of these people don’t pay very much attention to politics at all – particularly “new money” people.   Old money people are savvy and do what is financially best for them regardless of party but they never tell anyone if they vote anything but Republican.  So many of the “newly rich” like to pretend or to view themselves in the top 1% but, while they have some wealth they aren’t even close to the top 1%.  They are just pretentious.  Old money leads people to the Republican party and everyone else, all want-to-be’s blindly follow even when it’s to their detriment.  Believe me, I’ve watched this going on for decades and only in more recent years has the blind following become more and more widespread. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe more people require Mainecare because Bush and the GOP destroyed our economy during his administration.  LePage conveniently forgets to mention that it is the GOP which is pressing to end federal assistance for medical needs.  Jerks!

      • Anonymous

        Or, instead of making this a two sided argument as always, he could address the problem at hand instead of pointing the finger, regardless of political ideology.

        • Anonymous

          best online comment today

      • Anonymous

        George W. Bush and the GOP did not wreck our economy.  The tax and spend Democrats did.  I’m sick of hearing about how Bill Clinton balanced the budget, blah, blah, blah.  Bill Clinton had a GOP controlled Congress and it was the GOP, not him that was responsible.  George W. Bush had the economy under control until Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Dodd blew it up.  Barak Obama has increased the national debt by more in 3 years than Bush did in 8.  You people need to quit flapping about Bush- it’s over, he’s gone, the Democrats had a super-majority from 2006 until Ted Kennedy died.  If Barak Obama gets re-elected we will become a third world nation.  He doesn’t want to be president, he wants to be king of the world.  He’s dangerous and people need to wise the h*ll up.

        • Anonymous

          You are mistaken.  Plain and simple.  Bush & the GOP gave a major tax break to the 1% and then started 2 wars based upon bad information.  Cheney’s company Halliburton literally made billions and billions on this war while America is footing (and will foot for a decades) the bill in precious lives and tax dollars.  Thank God those people didn’t get their way with privatizing social security ole Mainer.

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t say it was “bad information” as much as they were excuses, but anyways. About the privatization, or other options for SS. I understand the older generation of people who rely, or will soon rely on social security. I get that, and I understand the importance of honoring our promise to those folks; however, as an individual, if I want my SS privatized, or I simply do not want it, why do I have to pay into it? Because honestly, I would be much better off putting that money into a 401K for the same period of time as I would handing it to the federal government.

            Simply put, I do not want to use the social security system, I do not want to collect it and thus I do not want to pay into it. In my personal pursuit to liberty, why do I have to pay into this system for my retirement?

          • Anonymous

            Because (unless you succeed in destroying it), Social Security will be AVAILABLE to you when you turn 66 or 67 and suddenly realize that you need it after all.

          • Anonymous

            Short and to the point Liz.  Well said.  10 years ago when my wife and I had mid to upper middle class income we didn’t think SS would be important either.  Now, thanks to the GOP concept of free market we are 6o’ish and worrying about going bankrupt.  Our income is down 70% in the last 10 years, our retirement savings are gone covering those periods of unemployment, we downsized our home, our debt for medical needs is pushing up on $20k (with insurance!), and now we are working service sector jobs for wages of poverty.

          • Anonymous

            No, because I will have a well funded 401K which will provide me with much more income than Social Security.

            Look, I do not want social security, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to have it, but why do you believe that you have a right to tell me that not only do I want it, but I need it and that I am otherwise unable to make my own choice?

          • Anonymous

            Considering what happened to the stock market a few years back, how can you trust that your 401K will be healthy enough to support you through retirement?

            If it does not support you, you’ll be needing all sorts of public services–which I will have to help pay for. Your “choice” not to pay into Social Security (if you can accomplish that) will mean nothing at that point, except that you made a poor decision.

            The existence of Social Security requires that everyone who works must pay into it. When you consider how many people are losing their jobs, how many who do find new jobs must take a pay cut, how many people wind up bankrupted by medical expenses (often despite having health insurance), and so on–Social Security must continue to exist in America, or all these people will be desperately poor (homeless, starving) in old age.

            I consider it your civic duty (and mine) to contribute to it.

          • Anonymous

            Well, like I said, not all of your money is tied up into the stock market while it is in a 401k. Secondly, I would know enough (like many did) to start selling off stocks before the collapse, it is called smart investing. Granted it may not be the best option for everyone, I understand that, but we are not talking about everyone. We are talking about me and the right I have to be able to decide how I want my money allocated for my retirement.

            This is of course if I am playing it risky, in many cases your 401K can contribute to a well returning mutual fund, some of which have consistently averaged a 10% return regardless of economic conditions.
            Social Security is paid by you, and by your employer (as you probably know) if I decided to opt out, then the employer would still have to pay but I would not. I would then be able to place that 3% into a retirement account of my choice, where at the very minimum I can simply collect the interest to combat inflation, which is more than I can say about SS. This way the Social Security system is still there for those who need it.Social Security is getting to the point where it will not be well enough funded and it may require means testing to determine who collects benefits, what does that mean? That means that when I retire, after having paid into SS for 45 years it is very likely that I wont be able to collect it anyway, since I also contributed to a very well funded private retirement account.And in all honesty, is my money really better off with the Federal Government?

          • Anonymous

            I cannot speak for Liz but in my opinion yes, some quantity of your money IS better off with the Federal government.  Why?  Because as Liz said so well, everyones future (financial and otherwise) is uncertain and should you go broke in your old age you become a problem for everyone not just yourself.  Who wants to see our elderly sick, dying, or starving and freezing to death on the streets?  These people who have contributed to the welfare of all during their time in the harness.  Making personal investments beyond your contribution to SS is your decision to make but as a society we must insure that ALL are protected against the ravages of economic malaise.

          • pbmann

            When Republicans say they want to privatize SS they actually mean they want to profitize it for Wall Street with no safe guards for the retirees.  

            If SS is profitized then what happens if you retire during a down cycyle, like the past 10 years, and your ‘invested’ retirement loses 45% twice in 10 years?

          • Anonymous

            My retirement would have only lost 45% had I not taken it out of the stock market. And either way, that is my choice to make not anyone elses.

          • Anonymous

            Congratulations ToyStory, I am genuinely happy for you.  No sarcasm, honest.  However as I say above, through no fault of my own, I’ve lost 70% of my income over the last decade along with all my retirement which I had to use when no jobs came my way and the unemployment ran out.  We lost our nice home, which is not too bad as we managed another small home (though if things keep going this way we may lose it too), despite health insurance we are deeply in debt for medical reasons, and everything we must purchase has more than doubled in the last decade.  Nice huh?  It could happen to anyone.  SS is the final safety net and must always be there, guaranteed, without relying upon Wall St. who only serves their own interests.

        • Anonymous

          Say what you want about Clinton; the man knew his cigars.

        • Anonymous

          double post

        • Anonymous

          Neither Clinton nor the GOP can claim responsibility for balancing the budget in the 90’s.  Increased revenues as a result of a booming economy are the primary reason the deficit was erased during this period.  The GOP, historically, has only ever (in its modern era) increased the deficit when in power by increasing spending and cutting taxes.  In fact, from Nixon on every president (except Clinton, which I outline above) has increased the deficit over his term in office.  Another thing you would do well to remember is that Obama, despite his shortcomings as president, cannot be held solely responsible for the marked increase in national debt.  Increased cyclical spending and diminished revenues resulting from the flagging economy have had at least as much of an effect on debt levels as the “stimulus” (which I consider to be a failure, btw).  Bush inherited a surplus and a booming economy and still ran up a massive debt during his time in the oval office, and this is debt which can almost entirely be attributed to decisions undertaken by his administration except for part of the increase from 2007-2008.

        • Anonymous

          You are so wrong on so many points, I’ll just ask you to look up what a “super-majority” is. Then you can edit your post to eliminate one of the lies. If you do this, I promise to point out some other misstatements you have, one at a time.

           Because, honestly, you seem to just write what you want and call it truth, when in fact you use words you don’t understand and call them truth when they are lies.

        • pbmann

          Bush had a Republican controlled House until 2006.  The Democrats did not get a ‘supermajority’ in the senate until 2008 and then it was a ‘supermajority’ in name only.  Unlike the Republican senators that vote in lockstep, Democratic senators don’t always vote the party line.

          We are already a third world economy and have been for a decade, long before Obama took office.  How do I define a third world economy?  Easy, a third world economy is one that exports it’s natural resources and then imports finished (manufactured) goods.  We are no different than Africa and southeast Asia when it comes to exporting resources and importing finished goods.

    • Anonymous

      You know what?  The cost of medical care has increased 80% over 10 years.  So has the cost of private insurance.  The fact that you and others are willing to see this as a problem with Medicaid, instead of a problem with the healthcare system, is just evidence that you’re not thinking for yourself.  Stop believing what the politicians are handing you.

      • Anonymous

        Excellent point.  We tend to forget about how much the costs, driven by our dysfunctional market system, have risen

        • luvGSD

          Seeing as how one out of every 3 healthcare dollars goes into the insurance company executive’s pocket, we could cut healthcare costs by 30% if we eliminate the middleman.

          • Anonymous

            bingo

        • Anonymous

          Our market system, led, politically, by the Republican and Democratic political parties.

          Capiche?

      • Anonymous

        ANYthing the government touches, it turns to sh*t. If government just stepped back and quit meddling, things would even out. Every attempted “improvement” leads to grief down the road. Got to wonder how we had 200 years of the best care on the planet BEFORE government started “helping”. Well, small wonder, when you consider that politicians mostly aren’t qualified to do anything but things involving various degrees of skulduggery. I kind of miss the days when you could maybe trade some firewood, or produce,  or a few hours labor for medical attention. Now, with the government “helping” us, fully three people out of every ten people in health care are pushing paper to satisfy government requirements. That’s right, they don’t contribute to your care, they are there to try to keep the monster fed with correctly filled out and coded forms. Nice. And expensive.

        • Anonymous

          Really?  Ever heard of the US Army, the Post Office, Social Security, the National Park system, the Interstate Highway system, the Moon landing……???  Without government involvement, we’d have none of them

          • StillRelaxin

            You sure do know how to pour water on the fiery rhetoric of incoherent conservatives. Perhaps you should start a new business in Maine selling water buckets?

            Additionally we should never forget all the new jobs, industry, and technology many of those great government accomplishments helped to spawn. When you think about it, America may never have come close to achieving many of our former economic successes without them.

            And now who stands firmly in the way of more such bold efforts and achievements? Who says America can’t afford to invest in itself and move boldly forward again? Read some of these comments to find that answer.

          • Anonymous

            yes! well said! just lookmat Obama and solyndra!!  what a success story!! fool!

          • StillRelaxin

            This response pretty much tells us why America will have a difficult time regaining its former greatness.  If folks like Stiffchicken doesn’t like something someone says they simply resort to name calling.  How does one talk to a two year old in an adult comment section?  How does one reason with such people who find their way into our government?  A perplexing problem for sure.  Other then demonstrating wiser voting, I’m not sure there’s any fast answer.

          • Anonymous

            One might begin by abandoning the Democratic Party.

          • StillRelaxin

            If that were the case then we might just as well put our arms out right now and ask please give us our shackles. No thanks, I’ll take my chances the humanity of my party backed by the wisdom of generations in the form of the U.S. Constitution. Keep you chin up though, I think they still have a variation of something you may be looking for in the Arab counties.

          • Anonymous

            There is only one political party in the U.S.

            I am curious.

            Did you interpret my comment about abandoning the democratic party as embracing the republicans?

          • Anonymous

            I am disappointed, you come across as an educated individual and yet you believe that the democrats are champions of the US Constitution. Now I understand why you believe America is in trouble…

          • Anonymous

            The Republicans sent out the goon squads to shout down the Democrats when the had town meetings in the summer of 2010. Remember? These people formed the nucleus of the Tea Party and have shown themselves to be as rude in Congress as they were in the streets.

            Republicans continue to use violent images to bait people into attending their functions even though we are noting the one year anniversary when a crazy person shot 6 dead during a Democratic congressperson’s meeting. Last October, Virginia Republicans issued an invitation with a photoshopped picture of the President with a bullet hole in the forehead.

            So, keep dreaming Bucko, because your reality has no basis in fact.

          • Anonymous

            My position is that there is only one political party in the U.S., the party that acts in the interest of the owning class, the interest of Wall Street et al.

            Many participants here think this is a Republican vs. Democrat vs. Tea Party question.

            It is not.  That perspective is a charade.

            There is no political party that represents the interests of the working class.

            And you assume I am a Republican?

            “So, keep dreaming Bucko, because your reality has no basis in fact.”

            Regrettably, my expressed reality is firmly based in fact.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry but this post is not indicative of America. You need to get out of Maine once in awhile…

          • Anonymous

            Yes, Solyndra certainly smells fishy, I’ll give you that. But when Republicans point to that, how can they forget the financial mess that were the no-bid contracts that went to Haliburton and associates during the last administration? The Republicans went so far as to deny clearance to the auditors who were sent to find out where 33 billion went. It basically disappeared into the maws of our military contractors.

            Now when you figure that Solyndra money was used to keep a sham outfit going for another year, and then it ended, and the Haliburton money went to fight an unnecessary war that resulted in thousands of deaths and more than 30,000 wounded that we will pay for for years, which is the better bargain? 

          • Anonymous

            So your point is that the Republicans are every bit as corrupt as the Democrats?

          • Anonymous

            Oh, no. My point is that Republicans are more corrupt, in larger ways. If the best the Repubs can do is Solyndra, they know enough not to trumpet it too loud lest it bring scrutiny about government corruption. That’s an argument they can’t win.

            Indeed, both parties are corrupt. But from where I sit, it is the Repubs who keep auditors and fact checkers from doing their work. Both parties are the party of the haves, but the Repubs try to point out the poor man who was dishonest and collected $10,000 too much while their corporate friends raid the treasury to the tune of billions.

          • pbmann

            The loan process fro Solyndra was started by the Bush Administration.

          • pbmann

            How about reminding the Republicans that the deal to give Solyndra a loan backed by the government  was started by the Bush Administration and completed by Obama because he followed teh recommendation of a Bush appointee.

          • Anonymous

            And every single one of them, with the possible exception of the Army, have cost billions as a result of mismanagement at the hands of the government!  Furthermore, the only entity in your list that was mandated by the U. S Constitution is the Army.  Look at the fraud and waste which seem to be inherent in anything the government touches.

          • Anonymous

            the department of defense is the most bloated wastful agency in the federal government–just can’t live without it

          • Anonymous

            Maybe you should talk to someone whose been in the military or gone to war… they aren’t living in the lap of luxury.  Governments bloat their budgets but the payout isn’t going to the average worker or soldier.  It’s all departments and those at the top who take… and take… and take… and then they divert attention from all of that taking by blaming the poor, the elderly and the disabled for receiving what they call “entitlement” programs.  True “entitlements” are what they get just for being elected – pensions and healthcare for life. Most everyone else who contributes to a pension has to work for 10-30 years in order to be vested in a pension.  There is no such requirement for Governors, Senators, etc… while they do contribute to their pension they are automatically considered vested upon election.  This is what I call entitlements and I don’t hear any of these politicians saying that they’re considering giving up their automatic pension or their phenominal healthcare package when their term is up.  The true entitlements go to Governors, Senators, members of Congress and all politicians pretty much up to and including the President of the United States.  I have a hard time seeing entitlements to mean what they say it means – someone’s social security that they contributed to their entire working life,  disability insurance, healthcare for those who cannot afford it, food stamps for the poor and military paychecks.  The comparison between the two is like comparing need to greed.   I’m not in favor of greed.

          • Anonymous

            Reporting Fraud in Maine
            Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
            Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
            11 State House Station
            Whitten Road
            Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

            Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
            1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
            Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail. Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

            Contact the Office of the Attorney General
            Phone: 207-626-8800
            Mailing Address:
            Office of the Attorney General
            6 State House Station
            Augusta, ME 04333

            http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

            Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
            Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
            Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention. Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
            Hold them Responsible!

          • Guest

            where do we report Lepage and other gov officials that are stealing? this is a much great problem. Stop focusing on the 3-30,000 of fraud from Lewiston and focus on the MILLIONS that the appropriations committee stole last year for their own companies etc.

          • Anonymous

            How bout some evidence. Oops sorry, I forgot that liberals do not require evidence they rely on emotions…

          • Anonymous

            While thr R’s try to manufacture the evidence. See voter fraud in Maine.

          • Anonymous

             Send your Evidence and Deposition materials to:
            The Office of the Attorney General
            Phone: 207-626-8800
            Mailing Address:
            Office of the Attorney General
            6 State House Station
            Augusta, ME 04333

            http://www.maine.gov/ag/contac

          • Anonymous

            How about all the czars Obama keeps adding. Maybe he can take another vacation to Hawaii lol

          • Anonymous

            What are posting this on me for? I didn’t say a word about  fraud of any kind.  I know how to report things if I’m aware of them… but I have no first hand knowledge of any fraud.  So sorry, this isn’t useful to me. 

          • {I’m not in favor of greed}

            That rules you out as a Conservative!

            LOL

          • Anonymous

            That’s too funny!  But, people (not politicians) can be conservatives without being in favor of greed but only because they think their choices are either all Republican or all Democrat and they know very little about either. 

          • That rules him/her out as a democrat as well

          • Anonymous

            Buy a vowel and stop stereotyping conservatives with labels provided to you by liberals.

          • pbmann

            As soon as people stop stereotyping liberals with labels provided by conservatives.

          •  labels provided by conservatives.

            Like Socialist?

          • Anonymous

            conservatives and greed? What about democrats using the poor for personal gain over the last thirty years.If Dems were so worried about the poor why has spending increased and so has the poor.Stop the campaign rhetoric dems have used the blame game to long, time to come to reality.

          • Guest

            the greed in the service is will the top folks as with our governmet too……….

          • Anonymous

            Huh? Those greedy E3’s that make 22K a year? Please attempt to make coherent posts going forward and compare that E3’s blockbuster pay to Maine’s median income of $45,708.  Tell the truth, you just do not like the military…

          • Anonymous

            DOD has 299,000 civilian employees, military pensions account for 2/3 of the federal gov’t pension obligation, and a single aircraft carrier costs 5 billion to build and a lot more to operate.  The budget for the DOD accounts for over 1/3 of the overall federal budget.  The fact that enlisted salaries aren’t particularly high doesn’t make up for the overspending of DOD—

             I work with at least five veterans—two of whom are veterans of Iraq. All have 100000 dollar a year jobs with the department of labor, due primarily to veterans preference hiring which mandates that the Feds hire veterans, even though they may not  have the same job or educational experience(one of them only has a high school diploma in a job that usually requires a bachelor’s degree, if not graduate education) as more qualified non-veterans.  My  colleagues are well taken care of by the government—they all have VA pensions and federal jobs earning over six figures to boot. 

            Don’t misundestand me, I believe that when the gov’t calls on  soldiers  to go to war, that they should be helped when they return.  I respect those veterans who work with me—they do good work but to paint a picture of them as financially deprived is inaccurate. 

          • Anonymous

            Most Veterans do not receive six figure pensions and the pensions they do receive they contributed to.  Places of employment give Veteran’s preference but they are not mandated to hire anyone, even a Veteran, who does not meet the job requirements.  

            There are many private and public employers who will pay well over $100K for administrative positions.  If the five Veteran’s that you know earn over $100K they certainly aren’t working as janitors and would absolutely be required to have the education, skills, work experience and knowledge to be qualified for the positions they are in.  It’s just not true that all Veterans can get any federal job – even top administrative positions paying six figures without meeting the job requirements.  That’s just not true at all.  

            As far as putting a monetary value on the duties performed by our military – I don’t know what do you think their lives are worth? I just cannot agree with you that our military is the government’s financial problem.  

          • Anonymous

            Everybodies’ job has a monetary value—my point is that the returning veterans that I know are well taken care of by a grateful gov’t.  And if the miliary is not the government’s financial problem, whose problem is it?  Or do you think that military spending is not out of control? 

          • Anonymous

            I am always happy to hear about Veterans who are treated right by the government – they deserve it.  Sadly I think there are far too many Veterans who are not so well off as your friends.  In fact I know there are many that are not so fortunate. 

            Our government has a lot of financial problems but they’re not caused by just one thing or one department.  For example, I consider money invested into the safety of our military a vital expense but I don’t consider pensions or lifetime top-of-the-line heath care for elected officials and their families a vital expense.  This creates new expenses and new pensions, additional healthcare costs for incoming elected officials while retaining the expense of outgoing elected officials.  This is one place money can be saved by simply making elected officials serve long enough to be fully vested in a pension and discontinuing health care and other benefits once an elected official is out of office.  I’m sure there’s even more that I don’t know about too! Over the years this all adds up.  

            The government has yet to suggest reducing the cost of their own pensions, paid holidays, paid sick time, paid vacations, top-of-the-line healthcare for life and whatever other perks they get.   Considering the high number of elected officials and administrators even over one decade this could amount to a lot of money that could be saved.  That is what I call waste – particularly since they do whatever they want with taxpayer money and don’t listen at all to the taxpayers – except of course for those wealthiest and those corporations who have the ability to make hefty donations to political campaigns that cost millions of dollars for each candidate in each election. That’s a lot of money… a whole lot of money and it should tell us that our politicians are getting too much money or accepting such high contributions that they end up indebted to the wealthiest corporations.  That’s where most of the waste really is. 

          • Anonymous

            DOD has 299,000 civilian employees, military pensions account for 2/3 of the federal gov’t pension obligation, and a single aircraft carrier costs 5 billion to build and a lot more to operate.  The budget for the DOD accounts for over 1/3 of the overall federal budget.  The fact that enlisted salaries aren’t particularly high doesn’t make up for the overspending of DOD—

             I work with at least five veterans—two of whom are veterans of Iraq. All have 100000 dollar a year jobs with the department of labor, due primarily to veterans preference hiring which mandates that the Feds hire veterans, even though they may not  have the same job or educational experience(one of them only has a high school diploma in a job that usually requires a bachelor’s degree, if not graduate education) as more qualified non-veterans.  My  colleagues are well taken care of by the government—they all have VA pensions and federal jobs earning over six figures to boot. 

            Don’t misundestand me, I believe that when the gov’t calls on  soldiers  to go to war, that they should be helped when they return.  I respect those veterans who work with me—they do good work but to paint a picture of them as financially deprived is inaccurate. 

          • the average soldier makes 1$ an hour. 
            The housing we live in ‘for free’ as many think isn’t what you envision it.
            And the great equipment people think we have the soldiers hardly ever see.
            and that is on a Nation Training Center. 
            the budget may be huge but the soldiers and military families don’t see any of it.

          • I don’t think anyone feels its our service men and women who are bloating the DOD budget. If I recall right, Pres. Clinton had to give our service people a raise because up until a certain rank they qualified for welfare. The “bloating” comes from paying the Haliburton’s and to other DOD contractors that make our weapons, planes, ships and other equipment. Boeing for example gets millions for its planes. Of course when we try to cut that, everyone screams bloody murder. Obama decides the Raptor is too expensive, and everyone jumps down his throat. So spend or save, either way some group will dislike you.

          • Anonymous

            The role of government is not to turn a profit – it’s to provide a service that would otherwise not exist.  National Parks lose money – they aren’t designed to be money makers.  Neither is the Interstate highway system – those things exist because we choose to spend our money on them. 

          • Anonymous

            Everything the government does loses money. The primary difference between a government worker and a private sector worker is this: The government worker gets paid whether he/she does the job or not. The government worker “helping” you gets paid whether you get help or not. The same pay whether you are served or not. The same pay no matter what. Try THAT in the private sector and see how long you last. The Interstate Highway System is a national defense feature, not a service to motorists.

          • Anonymous

            If that is true, why do those of your ilk begrudge the money spent on the military?

          • You have absolutely zero credibility !

            The Post Office was specifically listed in the US Constitution!

          • Anonymous

            At what cost?

          • Anonymous

            YES, THE POST OFFICE? BROKE! SOCOAL SECURITY?  BROKE. DUE TO TOO MANY PARASITES, NOT QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE BENEFITS. AND SPENDING THE WITHHOLDINGS, ON WELFARE AND Obama’s evergrowing foodstamp line.also union benefits, too much spent on these people. and too many people too stupid voting for the same bunch of parasites. term limits are needed.

          • Jim

            I think you hit the nail on the head.  The best we can hope for, at this point, is to get rid of the biggest parasite of all, Obama…….what a waste of a president.  Look at how far down hill we have gone since he took office, and what does he done, he blames eveyone else for his failures!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Reporting Fraud in Maine
            Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
            Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
            11 State House Station
            Whitten Road
            Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

            Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
            1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
            Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail. Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

            Contact the Office of the Attorney General
            Phone: 207-626-8800
            Mailing Address:
            Office of the Attorney General
            6 State House Station
            Augusta, ME 04333

            http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

            Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
            Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
            Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention. Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
            Hold them Responsible!

          • Anonymous

            Any way to report fraud by Wall Street and get it prosecuted?

          • Anonymous

            There is fraud on Wall Street? lol. Next you will be trying to convince us that there is greed as well! lol.

          • Anonymous

            Depends on how you figure we have gone “down hill”. When he took office, the Treasury had just shoveled billions of dollars out the door to the rich who run Wall Street. Housing was in crisis, unemployment was skyrocketing. We had embarrassed ourselves in front of the whole world by sending Colin Powell to the U.N. to do some monumental lying. We were losing 3 or 4 Americans every day in the war in Iraq. This was his legacy from the Republicans.
            I think things have sort of calmed down, except that Republicans want us to forget how they created the mess, again.

          • Anonymous

            What brought America to the brink of Depression II was George W. Bush’s spending. TWO permanent wars without increasing revenues–in fact, he decreased revenue massively by giving special tax breaks to his billionaire friends.

            This destruction of America’s economy was done ON PURPOSE so Republicans could claim there’s just not enough money for social programs. The next stage of the game is now occurring–where the middle class and working class are being tricked into believing that poor people created the problem, and should be punished.

          • Guest

            You got nothing.  Right out of the pro-union playbook.  The boy President has been there 3+ years and done zero other than to perpetuate poverty

          • Anonymous

            Boy, talk about stupid. How many Federal benefits go to unions? you have been fooled into thinking the problem with this country is welfare fraud? A sentiment like this comes from a bottomless pit of stupidity. Furthermore, you show just how the Republicans are making class warfare one of their planks, and then whining about how it is the Democrats doing that. Another surprise? 11 people who are so used to listening to Rush and nodding their head automatically also jumped onto the ‘Stupid’ side you present.

          • Jim

            Really, take a look at the waste within these.  Billions wasted on these when the $$$ could have been used to improve domestic programs and help people.

          • Anonymous

            lol moon landing OH boy money well spint there!!

          • Anonymous

            Ya ok, the only problem you have is ALL the work was done by Private companies maybe managed by the gov. but built and run by the good old american workers.

          • Anonymous

            While proud to serve, I consider my 6 years in the Army as a sound education in how not to get anything done.  The Post Office speaks for itself.  The NPS is a classic example of a facist bureaucracy.  Burt Rutan is putting people in space at a cost one millionth of that of one NASA orbital.  I will give Eisenhower points for the interstate highway system and will agree with Bangorian that health care is seriously broken at present and will require a signigicant overhaul (after we stop fooling around with Obamacare).  Meanwhile, I’ve just spent 7 months, countless hours on the phone and sent 17 letters with duplicate documentation to Social Security trying to change a medicare designation.  When Government breaks, it really breaks. 

          • Anonymous

            I agree, the Post Office speaks for itself.  Where else in the the world can I purchase a stamp for less than 50 cents, stick it on an envelope, and have that envelope delivered by hand to any house or PO Box in the US within 3 days?  The Grand Canyon is hardly the product of facism.  Burt Rutan is able to put people in space (which he hasn’t really done yet) for a fraction of the cost of a NASA “orbital” because of 50 years of investment in space technology development done by NASA.   And finally, 7 months and 17 letters on the phone to Social Security to fix a glitch is nothing – try contacting a private insurance company about a problem.  At least we know that with Social Security you’ll eventually be covered.

          • You gotta remember Bangorian, the Republican base is fundamentalist christians, so any agency that’s sole purpose is to gain greater understanding of the natural universe, and possibly disproving religious dogma is not worth investing in. Not to say that NASA hasn’t done its share of wasting, I mean look at Hubble, how much did it cost us to go back up to it cause the people on the ground forgot to focus it. But the resulting information we have gotten from it has been worth it to some. There are some things that are tough to swallow, like NASA spending a few hundred thousand to build a pen that works in zero gravity instead of using a 10 cent pencil. Overall NASA has been a plus, but to a dollars and cents Republican they will never understand the value of knowledge.

          • Anonymous

            Burt Ruttan is NOT putting people into space. He sent a rocket up with the equivalent of 3 people. Please show where anybody has been into space on a private rocket, it just hasn’t happened. There was one person who went into sub-space, but for you to write something as false as ” Burt Rutan is putting people in space at a cost one millionth of that of one NASA orbital.” is a lie.

            While it is regrettable that somebody like yourself, who applies for benefits, is denied them for a period of time, the other option is to hand them out to everybody without checking bona fides. This isn’t what you are saying is it? That benefits should be easier to get?


          • While it is regrettable that somebody like yourself, who applies for benefits, is denied them for a period of time, the other option is to hand them out to everybody without checking bona fides. This isn’t what you are saying is it? That benefits should be easier to get?
            ”   
            I am a 100% disabled veteran, filed for social security disability in 2007, was denied.  I appealed and was denied again.  I wrote letters, went to my elected officials offices in Augusta numerous times for help.  Finally, in 2009 I hired a lawyer, not that I could afford one, but he would get 25% of whatever I won…if I won.  I finally got my day in Federal Court in 2010, in front of the judge less than 20 minutes and I won.  I wasn’t the only person there that day waiting for their day in Court, some of the people there were disabled vets, some weren’t…I know this from conversations in the waiting room while waiting to be called in for your turn in front of the Judge.

            My point is simply this, my medical file is comprised of three 2″ binders, clearly states my injuries, procedures done, and results afterward as well as any notes my doctors submitted to my medical file.  Yet you stated that the other option is to hand them out to everybody without checking bona fides.  Really?  you mean it is supposed to take four years for someone to realize that I am disabled?  The other option is for whoever reviews the evidence that is submitted to support ones claim for disability to actually read the information before making a decision.  

            As the Judge said to me prior to my being dismissed from the Courtroom, “I am sorry Mr. King for the blatant failure of the system when it is obviously apparent that you are and have been disabled and this matter should never have reached my Court.”

          • Anonymous

            This anecdote underscores what I have said elsewhere: The problem with government employees is that they get paid whether or not they actually help you. It is entirely possible, in light of recent stories in the media, that the persons who SHOULD have been exerting themselves on your behalf were instead cruising porn sites on their government computers on government time.  Small wonder that it takes YEARS to help our veterans.


          • While it is regrettable that somebody like yourself, who applies for benefits, is denied them for a period of time, the other option is to hand them out to everybody without checking bona fides. This isn’t what you are saying is it? That benefits should be easier to get?
            ”   
            I am a 100% disabled veteran, filed for social security disability in 2007, was denied.  I appealed and was denied again.  I wrote letters, went to my elected officials offices in Augusta numerous times for help.  Finally, in 2009 I hired a lawyer, not that I could afford one, but he would get 25% of whatever I won…if I won.  I finally got my day in Federal Court in 2010, in front of the judge less than 20 minutes and I won.  I wasn’t the only person there that day waiting for their day in Court, some of the people there were disabled vets, some weren’t…I know this from conversations in the waiting room while waiting to be called in for your turn in front of the Judge.

            My point is simply this, my medical file is comprised of three 2″ binders, clearly states my injuries, procedures done, and results afterward as well as any notes my doctors submitted to my medical file.  Yet you stated that the other option is to hand them out to everybody without checking bona fides.  Really?  you mean it is supposed to take four years for someone to realize that I am disabled?  The other option is for whoever reviews the evidence that is submitted to support ones claim for disability to actually read the information before making a decision.  

            As the Judge said to me prior to my being dismissed from the Courtroom, “I am sorry Mr. King for the blatant failure of the system when it is obviously apparent that you are and have been disabled and this matter should never have reached my Court.”

          • Anonymous

            Yes, there are blatant failures. I think most of the time those failures can be attributable to the fact that the gov’t is no longer accountable. For instance, each time you were denied, did you have anybody’s name attached to the denial? Probably not. Too many people are allowed to hide behind a title.

            Accountability would solve a lot of problems. For instance, it has been shown that the New Orleans district attorney’s office has wrongly convicted many people by breaking the law. Innocent people have been charged with crimes ranging from robbery to murder. Some have been able to clear their names, and in the process it was shown that the DA had known they were convicting the innocent. So What happens? Nothing, because the DA can’t be held accountable.

            When politicians lie, we let it go on and keep electing them. (Just saying, not talking about LePage here.) When businesses lie to get tax advantages, we let them keep the tax break long after everybody agrees it was a lie in the first place. I think if a bureaucrat had to sign denial papers it would go a long way to uncovering who does their job and who just stamps “Denied” or “Approved” and knows there is no reckoning for their action.

          • You are very blinded by your love of government.

          • Anonymous

            Another round of liberal talking points from Bangorian.  Out of the six programs you cited 3 of them are examples of what not to do with tax payer money…

          • BOB

            Have you heard the post office is billions in debt and social security is almost bankrupt?
            Our roads are terrible and the whole infrastructure is in trouble. Now they are screwing up the military with massive cuts. The national parks are losing money every year. Now Obama wants to pull the plug on Nasa. You just made jimlay’s point lol

        • Anonymous

          that wasn’t the governments fault.  blame the insurance companies for that mess.

        • Anonymous

          Really.

          What we really need is a privately funded war.

          Or two.

          Get the gumment out of the war business.

        • I can’t agree more – now lets get the government out of education – no more expensive and obsolete public schools. 

      • jimbobhol

        gasoline was $1.35 in 2002

      • Anonymous

        THE POLITICIANS, MOSTLY THE ILK CALLED DEMOCRATS, KEEP ADDING MANDATES TO INS. COMPANIES, AND THE STATES. ALSO, THEY REFUSE TO REIN IN AMBULANCE CHASING LAWYERS.CAN YOU THINK OF 1 REASON WHY,AN INS COMPANY SHOULD BE FORCED TO PAY FOR BIRTHCONTROL?OR SEX CHANGES?AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER RIDICULOUS MANDATES?  WAITING FOR YOUR STUPID RESPONSE.

        • Anonymous

          Who has health insurance that pays for sex changes?  That’s ridiculous!!!   There is no mandate that requires any insurance company to pay for a sex change.

          As for birth control… why shouldn’t this be included as a covered service?  Have you ever looked at the cost of prescription medications?  Birth control pills are prescription medications.  IUD’s and other devices,  tubular ligation, vasectomy are all birth control methods. Birth control is about a whole lot more than just condoms – those aren’t covered by prescription plans or health insurance and can be purchased over the counter.  I see no reason whatsoever why health insurance should not pay for birth control.   

          The truth is medical care and prescription medications are very expensive and it’s not caused by the people’s abuse of medical programs.  People and employers and the government  pay enough money to health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies to have prescriptions and birth control services covered.  I don’t feel one bit sorry for health insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies…  They are paid to provide insurance.  

          • DJ…Wanna hear a funny one ? Mainecare pays for sex changes. All they need is a Psychiatric doctor to deem it “neccessary”. SSI also pays people for being overweight, or being an addict….including drugs and alcohol….pretty neat huh ? And the only thing our Gov can come up with is cut 65,00 people off Mainecare !!! That took a lot of thought. Start by cutting the needless waste and take it from there I would say.

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          • Anonymous

            For some reason the above comment posted multiple times. It was not me – it was something to do with BDN forum. There is no “Delete” button so I did an edit to show that it is intended to be deleted

          • Anonymous

            I can’t imagine that Mainecare would pay for a sex change no matter what a psychiatric doctor had to say since doctor’s aren’t in control over what health insurance covers. 

            As far as SSI paying for people being overweight or drug or alcohol abuse… that’s almost true but not quite.  SSI and SSDI won’t pay for any of those things as a primary illness, however, if those symptoms exist as a secondary illness exist then yes, they will be considered in a security disability insurance application but there is no guarantee of acceptance. It’s a very, very long process and can take up to 2 years to get a decision.  If accepted, individuals receiving SSI or SSDI get a monthly check typically about as little about $1,000/month.  Their medical bills certainly aren’t paid by SSI or SSDI. 

            As for needless waste… I couldn’t agree more!  There is a lot of needless waste but where you think it’s at the bottom, I think it’s at the top.  Think about it for a minute.  When is it ever true that the people at the bottom of the totem pole take advantage of the hotshots at the top? Just because the hotshots at the top are loudly whining that they’re being taken advantage of by the poor, the sick, the elderly and the disabled doesn’t make it true.  It’s not the people who take advantage of the government – it’s the other way around. 

          • Anonymous

            The best – and cheapest – birth control is an aspirin, held firmly between the knees.

          • Anonymous

            I think you’re wrong… abstinence is the cheapest!!! LOL

          • luvGSD

            Abstinence is the least reliable.

          • Anonymous

            I think you meant to say abstinence is the least likely to be adhered to… it’s 100% reliable if used!!! :-)

          • Anonymous

            Tell that to Joseph…

          • Anonymous

            Haa… didn’t work too well for him did it?  LOL

          • luvGSD

            Right, if it’s used, and that’s a big if. Statistically it is the least reliable because those who claim to be abstinent are usually unprepared.

          • luvGSD

            How does that work for males?

          • Anonymous

            I think if a guy had an aspirin between his knees it might make things a whole lot more difficult!  Not that it’s foolproof but none of the birth control methods actually are! LOL

        • Anonymous

          Do you advocate for the for-profit insurance companies to be able to deny you and your loved ones health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition? How about their right to drop you as soon as you become ill? Or to jack up premiums so high that all you can afford is catastrophic coverage?

      • Guest

        You are so absolutely correct, well written!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        your sooooo right..talk about be inflated.  I day trip to the hospital…$12,000 for day surgery…and that was hospital costs.  The surgeon was the cheapest…and he did the work..$1300…

        • Anonymous

          That’s putting it into perspective – the patient should never have to be responsible to pay these ridiculous costs.  If insurance companies want them lowered that’s NOT going to happen by eliminating birth control as a covered service. The poster who said the problem was people taking advantage of insurance companies about blew me away… LOL

          • Anonymous

            I pay outrageous  insurance premiums…but..they pay.  I have very little to pay..which is a relief!  I just cannot believe people do not carry private insurance and depend on the state…bet they have money for other things…like cigarettes…etc…

          • Anonymous

            I have great health insurance too – Tricare and I’m doing fine.  But, I do know that there are a lot of people out there whose job does not offer a group plan they can join or who don’t make a lot of money. There are people who have lost their F/T jobs and are working multiple P/T minimum wage jobs just to survive.  These people aren’t bums and most of them have given up any luxury they may have had a long time ago.  Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and can barely afford to pay the rising costs of gasoline and things like insurance are the first to go because people are forced to choose between necessities.  When someone has to choose whether to put gas in their vehicle to go their job and to pay car insurance OR pay healthcare costs the immediate solution is gas and car insurance because they can’t pay either without the job/s.  People are really struggling and the cost of everything is rising.  This is not just an epidemic of cigarettes and booze.  That’s just a myth passed down from politicians that can be substantiated and perpetuated by pointing to a few bad apples who do abuse the system.  Most people don’t. More are suffering that need the help than are not.  Here’s another one… Do you know how much the federal government has cut back on energy assistance to Maine and how this is affecting hundreds of elderly people in our state?  These old folks aren’t abusing the system like the politicians would have you believe.  It’s just sinful… 

          • Anonymous

            THAT is sinful…we can thank Obama for that.  We do need to take of of those things locally.  fund raisers…Like the one Stephan King is doing…We may not have his bucks…but I think if everyone donated just a little bit it would add up.

          • Anonymous

            It really is and it’s not just Obama… it’s Congress, the House and lots of other politicians at all levels.  The political corruption of our country crosses the lines between Republicans and Democrats. It’s not just one party or person alone… no one has that amount of power!

        • Anonymous

          Well, you bring up an interesting point. A $12,000 day at the hospital represents “cost shifting”. That’s what happens when government tells hospitals they MUST treat anybody who walks in the door, whether or not they can pay, and whether or not they have insurance. So… 50 people go in and get “free” treatment (thank you very much!) because they say they have no assets or insurance. Then YOU show up and *bingo* those uncompensated costs magically get shifted onto your side of the ledger. If the hospitals can’t do that, then they can’t pay their bills, and must therefore close. And the Democrats say we don’t have access to health care… I guess I’m going to have to learn how to speak Democrat. Here’s a guide to start with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPc9xG1sajI

          Oh, and all the illegal aliens thank you too!

      • Anonymous

        You know what?  You sound just like the ones on the left. Take your own advice and “Stop believing what the politicians are handing you”.

    • Anonymous

      Were in one of the most difficult ecconomic times in history. LePage’s Dept of Human Services spent more money and banrupted the system by poor mangement, now he wants to balance this department on the backs of Maine middle class and poor and at the same time give his rich cronnies another tax break so they can keep more of their money. We haven’t developed a Cadillac Maine Care System….his Human Services staff just mis-managed the department and monies…..The federal goverment is not going to invest big dollars into a system so the state can squander those dollars away. Now the state is trying to balance their books on the backs of seniors on fixed incomes, disabled veterans and families, and the middle class who has become poor because of my Republican party Bush who spent billions in Iraq stupidly, made record profits from his rich cronnies….had his secretary of treasurer banrupt the enonomy in his last months of office making millions on the tax payers and walking out the door admitting it later to the congress. Banks made record profits because Bush took away the controls in place to watch dog them….Now you and I are paying for it and struggling to get back on our feet…while the governor gives breaks for the wealthy, takes away from the disabled and poor, and keeps hiring people to run departments in Maine goverment that squander money….and he is getting fatter off his steaks and money from Portlands wealthy investors…..Thank You Governor…for coming back from Canada when I was in Vietnam fighting for your deserting butt and than  running on a platform to help the people of Maine….HA! and now you want to stick it to them for your failed management….Thank God you only can be governor for a little more time and than  you can head to Florida where the rest of your famiy lives, kids are going to college and we get screwed big time……Good Day! 

    • Anonymous

      Were in one of the most difficult ecconomic times in history. LePage’s Dept of Human Services spent more money and banrupted the system by poor mangement, now he wants to balance this department on the backs of Maine middle class and poor and at the same time give his rich cronnies another tax break so they can keep more of their money. We haven’t developed a Cadillac Maine Care System….his Human Services staff just mis-managed the department and monies…..The federal goverment is not going to invest big dollars into a system so the state can squander those dollars away. Now the state is trying to balance their books on the backs of seniors on fixed incomes, disabled veterans and families, and the middle class who has become poor because of my Republican party Bush who spent billions in Iraq stupidly, made record profits from his rich cronnies….had his secretary of treasurer banrupt the enonomy in his last months of office making millions on the tax payers and walking out the door admitting it later to the congress. Banks made record profits because Bush took away the controls in place to watch dog them….Now you and I are paying for it and struggling to get back on our feet…while the governor gives breaks for the wealthy, takes away from the disabled and poor, and keeps hiring people to run departments in Maine goverment that squander money….and he is getting fatter off his steaks and money from Portlands wealthy investors…..Good Day! 

    • Anonymous

      Were in one of the most difficult ecconomic times in history. LePage’s Dept of Human Services spent more money and banrupted the system by poor mangement, now he wants to balance this department on the backs of Maine middle class and poor and at the same time give his rich cronnies another tax break so they can keep more of their money. We haven’t developed a Cadillac Maine Care System….his Human Services staff just mis-managed the department and monies…..The federal goverment is not going to invest big dollars into a system so the state can squander those dollars away. Now the state is trying to balance their books on the backs of seniors on fixed incomes, disabled veterans and families, and the middle class who has become poor because of my Republican party Bush who spent billions in Iraq stupidly, made record profits from his rich cronnies….had his secretary of treasurer banrupt the enonomy in his last months of office making millions on the tax payers and walking out the door admitting it later to the congress. Good Day! 

    • Anonymous

      glad there is a little more common sense on display here, hope more wake up and get rid of that bad actor michaud, come this upcoming fall. AND GET RID OF THAT ANTI AMERICAN PRESIDENT.  THE DEMS HAVE A HABIT OF BEING GENEROUS, WITH EVERYONE ELSE’S MONEY EXCEPT THEIR OWN.

    • {When LePage says we have developed a Cadillac Maine Care system on a Chevrolet budget that says it all}

      Maybe he shouldn’t have *(traded in the company car)* when the economy was in the
      tank!
      * AKA

      *First Term Tax Reduction to pay for the Governors Votes*

    • Anonymous

      Bull, just more LePage “smoke and mirrors”. He and his staff don’t have the creative know how to fix problems, so they just try to throw the baby out with the bath water and pretend that’s the only answer. What we really need is a governor with a brain.

    • Bob

      Have you looked at the price of food lately? Two years ago you bought butter for 1.59 a pound.  Nowadays it’s 4.59 a pound and 3.59 on sale. We live out in the sticks compared to everyone else.  They put it to us cause they can. Doctors don’t want to come up here every body has to pay mmore and then there is the greed in healthcare they chage much more than needed because they will only get what the insurance companies pay. The fees are inflated to make up for their losses.

    • Anonymous

      Please tell that to the recipients of corporate welfare. I believe they are getting Rolls Royce benefits from the federal government.

    • Anonymous

      Whats wrong with our attitudes?  If I don’t have it you shouldn’t have it.  Spiral to the bottom we’ve become with that attitude.

    • Cause and effect!
       
      Republicans policies create the poor,
       
      Democrat Policies try to keep them from perishing.

  • Anonymous

    What, Ms. Cain, then is the answer?

    • Anonymous

      I think that we all know Emily Cain’s solution – raise everybody’s taxes enough to wipe out the deficit and then raise them a little more to pay for Democratic progressive projects that were previously on the back burner.  They don’t call ’em tax and spend Democrats for no reason.

      • luvGSD

        How about we just raise taxes to wipe out the deficit?  It would be personally responsible to pay the bills.

  • Briney

    He still ignores the fact that millionaires and major corporations make up the bulk of federal welfare cases. Equitable taxation without huge tax breaks for the rich and giant corporations, might help.  However, this man, like his tea party associates, can’t focus of the major issues – only just the poor, the working class, Social Security and Medicare.  The latter, in his mind and those of his fellow compatriots, is to let them eat cake.  You must suffer, sweat and strain. And you must continue to do so for the next three years.

    • So the suffrin, sweatin, and strainin just started a year ago? Huh?

  • Anonymous

    I hear LePage just had a big party at the tax payers expense, fancy meals, professionsal harp player, 1st class no less. Of corse at the tax payers expense!
    And he is taken the food and medicine away from those without.

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure that you didn’t just read “The Grinch that Stole Christmas?”  LOL
      Do you REALLY think he took food and medicine away from anyone so he could throw a party?

      • Anonymous

        yes, I do. I think he would sell his own mother down the river if there was something in it for him.

        • luvGSD

          He sold his whole Canadian family down the river because there was something in it for him.  With supposedly 11 brothers and sisters, how come he has no siblings sticking up for him?

    • You are sadly mistaken. That was Barry and Moochelle who had the party and yes at the taxpayers expense. (That is you case you didn’t know it.) Livin  the life. Just sayin.

  • Anonymous

    This is interesting since the numerous private, out of state, multimillion dollar, For Profit, Health Care (ie Medicare/Medicaid) Reform companies which have sprung up around the country, in recent years, are hiring brand new consultants to deal with Obama’s upcoming Affordable Care Act which will be effective in 2014 – and on the State and Federal ‘nickel’, no less

    But not before having charged for multimillion dollar, high tech, computerized Payer systems  (ie charged to Medicare/Medicaid budgets) along with their usual steep consulting fees.

    Who’s kidding who?

    The Federal ‘welfare tap’ has not been turned off – it just sprang another leak!

  • Anonymous

    IMP 1 : That’s not true.   These graphs, which are from this Governor’s own current numbers, submitted to the legislature clearly  demonstrate that Maine’s budget has remained flat over the last 6 years.
    https://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs-apps/dashboard/ 

    This is a portion of the Governor’s proposal and budget numbers that was presented to the Appropriations committee,  it is addressed to them.   This clearly shows that only 5% of the current shortfall is attributed to new enrollment.  It also shows that much of the shortfall is due to department payment errors,   ie: not paying the bills on time or not paying attention.
    http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/budget/MaineCare-Shortfall-Analysis.pdf 

    Once again Le Page creates an aura of crisis, and emergency in order for people to not take the time to think things out and examine all types of solutions.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe a few more will get off their duffs and go find a job.  Funny thing I am retired and have no problem getting part time jobs.  Go get a couple  part time jobs and help yourself a little.  You just might like working for a change and not standing in line waiting for hand-outs!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      with no benefits

      • Anonymous

        And wages that are reminiscent of the feudal societies of the middle ages.

      • Benefits are not a right and lack of them should never be a reason not to work. 

        • luvGSD

          There are too many negatives in that sentence.  Let’s try it this way:  Benefits are a right and lack of them should be a reason to work.  Or:  Benefits are a right and lack of them should be a reason not to work.  Hmmm.  How about:  Lack of benefits should never be a reason to work?

          • Because your way is incorrect and is nonsensical. 

          • luvGSD

            It seems you missed the point.

        • Anonymous

          why is that,, do you pick a job because of what ??

          • When beggars can’t be choosers you pick a job because of a paycheck, if the job has benefits, great, but if it doesn’t you still take the job.   Let’s see, a paycheck with no benefits or a welfare check with all the benefits……..hmmmm tough choice, unless you have self respect.

          • Anonymous

            now say a person gets sick what would they do than how do they pay there bills an they make to much money for the state to help than what do you do run up the hospital bill an tell the hospital to pay for it ??

          • You could ask them if they’ll take 6 chickens in exchange for care.  

            Public hospitals can not legally refuse medical care, they will provide the care then hound you for the rest of your life for payment. Make payments of $5 or $10 a month and pay the bill, that’s what responsible people do and will a job you could afford that.  Or you could sit a home with no job and expect other people to pay for your medical care as well as all your other needs.

            What ever happened to personal responsibility?????? 

            Anyone who has any self respect will not sit on their butts and expect others to take care of them.  Welfare should be for emergency situations and/or a step up, not a career. 

          • Anonymous

            I pick my jobs an it depends on working conditions, what im treated like an the benefits an pay because i will not work for nothing. Plus it also depends if they take your over time away from you . What do i mean you work over time the boss comes up to you an tells you not to come to work till 9 am i do not pay over time.

          • jimbobhol

            Why don’t you start your own business then you can pay yourself whatever you want.

          • Anonymous

            At 66 no way . An what i told you really happens at Wal Mart my brother was threaten to be fired if he worked over time

          • I think what you don’t understand is,  sometimes it’s an employee market, sometimes it’s an employer market and right now we have an employer market.  Fewer jobs means the employer can pick and choose, when the jobs are more plentiful then the employee can pick and choose. 

            The way I was raised, you take a job even if you don’t like it, you hold onto that job until you can find another one that more suits your needs. 

          • Anonymous

            unfortunatly under republican rule they will die.
            i firnly believe you can tell the goodness of a people by the way they treat there most needy.

            this is how you control a population. manipulate them into infighting over a corrupt governemnt and then strip the rights to change anything. republicans and democrats are destroying this country on the backs of our dead heros(soldiers) don’t giving to blind hate. because we are all blind to the truth

          • Anonymous

            there is an enormous difference between needy and lazy.
            the majority of the people on the welfare roles are lazy.

        • Unemployement shouldn’t be a government strategy to hold down inflation!

        • Anonymous

          Absolutely–no weekends, or sick time, or health care for you!

    • Anonymous

      Seriously.  Are you really that obtuse?

      Apparently so, since you appear blindly unaware that income guidelines and restrictions prevent the majority of Mainecare recipients from working, at all, while simultaneously receiving any benefits, largely because of ‘Income’ cut off guidelines and restrictions. It sounds incredible, but it’s true. Someone who is ‘borderline’ is guaranteed to fall through the cracks.

      Even retired Social Security recipients, such as yourself,  are limited as to how much money they are permitted to make.

      If you’re poor and/or disabled, I can assure  it’s even more restrictive.

      • Do you ever listen to yourself?  What you’re implying is that people shouldn’t work because it might cut into their welfare benefits. 

        • Anonymous

          that is how the programs are written.  if we could allow families to have assistance that helps them transition to productive lives, that would be a good thing. but that’s not the case.  

          i think that welfare is just a mess because we (as a nation) are conflicted about it.  yes, we want to help the needy.  no, not that much.

          You lose unemployment if you go to school.  (that’s short term thinking)
          You lose benefits immediately if you go to work (that’s counter productive)

          we seem to have a national loathing for poor people, and our welfare system seems to proliferate that way of thinking.

          • I agree with you.  WHO SAID THAT???  There’s those darn voices again!!!   Okay, I really do agree with you that the welfare system isn’t designed to help it’s designed to keep people dependent on their services, for the life of me, I can’t understand why. 

            I even pushed your like button. :D

          • Anonymous

            you make me laugh.  

            ;)

        • Anonymous

          It is unfortunate but many people on welfare won’t work or work as many hours as they can get with their employer because their welfare benefits will be cut. It is especially difficult to get people on welfare to work the more benefits they have, especially if they have low income housing.

        • Anonymous

          No, that’s not it. You are the one who doesn’t ‘listen’ (ie comprehend).

          Hard to inform someone who refuses to learn.

          What do you suppose the term “Safety Net’refers to…?
          …Cyber Security?

          Try reading my post again – slowly.

    • Anonymous

      first of all:  if someone is on assistance and they accept a part time job, they lose assistance.  the program is set up to keep people in poverty.  it is not the welfare recipients fault that the program discourages work.

      second:  you can not support a family on part time work.  part time work does not offer health insurance.

      third:  don’t blast me as a lazy libber.  i own my own business and calluses on my hands to prove it.

      • Anonymous

        The system is set up to keep people in poverty? no. the system was set up as temporary assistance to help people get back on their feet! 

        People CHOOSE to be on the system because it is more lucrative than 1 part time job and they can stay at home and do nothing all day.

  • jimbobhol

    We as a nation have to decide is healthcare a right or a benefit.  

    • Healthcare IS NOT a right.   If anyone declares the opposite they should turn to the constitution and show us exactly where it says it is.

      http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/thomasson.insurance.health.us

      Offering insurance policies to employee groups not only benefited
      insurers, but also benefited employers. During World War II, wage and
      price controls prevented employers from using wages to compete for
      scarce labor. Under the 1942 Stabilization Act, Congress limited the
      wage increases that could be offered by firms, but permitted the
      adoption of employee insurance plans. In this way, health benefit
      packages offered one means of securing workers. In the 1940s, two major
      rulings also reinforced the foundation of the employer-provided health
      insurance system. First, in 1945 the War Labor Board ruled that
      employers could not modify or cancel group insurance plans during the
      contract period. Then, in 1949, the National Labor Relations Board ruled
      in a dispute between the Inland Steel Co. and the United Steelworkers
      Union that the term “wages” included pension and insurance benefits.
      Therefore, when negotiating for wages, the union was allowed to
      negotiate benefit packages on behalf of workers as well. This ruling,
      affirmed later by the U.S. Supreme Court, further reinforced the
      employment-based system.5

      • OldWench

        “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

        From Merriam-Webster

        Health Care prevents people from becoming a “dead body.”

        Definition of LIFE1a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

        • “Health Care prevents people from becoming a “dead body.”

          Not always. 

          Right to Life means that no one has a right to take your life without just cause.  You do not have a RIGHT to healthcare, you have the PRIVILEGE of it being available. 

      • After the 5th identical post, thanks Disqus, I think you all get my point. :D

        • Anonymous

          i dont’ agree with you but you have a wit about you.  lol.

    • Healthcare IS NOT a right.   If anyone declares the opposite they should turn to the constitution and show us exactly where it says it is.

      http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/thomasson.insurance.health.us

      Offering insurance policies to employee groups not only benefited
      insurers, but also benefited employers. During World War II, wage and
      price controls prevented employers from using wages to compete for
      scarce labor. Under the 1942 Stabilization Act, Congress limited the
      wage increases that could be offered by firms, but permitted the
      adoption of employee insurance plans. In this way, health benefit
      packages offered one means of securing workers. In the 1940s, two major
      rulings also reinforced the foundation of the employer-provided health
      insurance system. First, in 1945 the War Labor Board ruled that
      employers could not modify or cancel group insurance plans during the
      contract period. Then, in 1949, the National Labor Relations Board ruled
      in a dispute between the Inland Steel Co. and the United Steelworkers
      Union that the term “wages” included pension and insurance benefits.
      Therefore, when negotiating for wages, the union was allowed to
      negotiate benefit packages on behalf of workers as well. This ruling,
      affirmed later by the U.S. Supreme Court, further reinforced the
      employment-based system.5

      • Anonymous

        I love your screen name almost as much as I love your comment!

      • OldWench

        “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

        From Merriam-Webster

        Health Care prevents people from becoming a “dead body.”

        Definition of LIFE1a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

        • Anonymous

          See above, old wench.  Those words DO NOT appear in the Constitution.  Educate yourself, please.

          • luvGSD

            Tiresome, you. You make no point. You are an obfuscating disinformation agent. Most likely a paid blog warrior.

          • Anonymous

            Tp point out that old wench is not quoting the Constitution when she claims to be is “obfuscating?” No wonder pur country is in such dire shape. 

          • luvGSD

            No, because you keep beating the same tired and debunked old drum. BTW, your perception (and typing) seems to be a bit off. I do hope you’re not planning to operate any heavy equipment this evening.

          • Anonymous

            Ah, ad hominem attacks.  The last refuge of the sore loser.

          • luvGSD

            Ah, no, you’re mixing metaphors and references. Glad to see you stayed in tonight, though.

      • Anonymous

        I would dare to say that healthiness, as it is available in our country which is probably the most medically advanced in the world,  is indeed required in order to exercise the “pursuit of happiness”,   which is a right.  And that all “men are to be treated equally, under the law”.  Our laws should reflect assure us our pursuit of happiness.

        • luvGSD

          Agreed.  And if the current system is depriving us of our health, which it is, then it needs to be amended.

    • Healthcare IS NOT a right.   If anyone declares the opposite they should turn to the constitution and show us exactly where it says it is.

      http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/thomasson.insurance.health.us

      Offering insurance policies to employee groups not only benefited
      insurers, but also benefited employers. During World War II, wage and
      price controls prevented employers from using wages to compete for
      scarce labor. Under the 1942 Stabilization Act, Congress limited the
      wage increases that could be offered by firms, but permitted the
      adoption of employee insurance plans. In this way, health benefit
      packages offered one means of securing workers. In the 1940s, two major
      rulings also reinforced the foundation of the employer-provided health
      insurance system. First, in 1945 the War Labor Board ruled that
      employers could not modify or cancel group insurance plans during the
      contract period. Then, in 1949, the National Labor Relations Board ruled
      in a dispute between the Inland Steel Co. and the United Steelworkers
      Union that the term “wages” included pension and insurance benefits.
      Therefore, when negotiating for wages, the union was allowed to
      negotiate benefit packages on behalf of workers as well. This ruling,
      affirmed later by the U.S. Supreme Court, further reinforced the
      employment-based system.5

      • OldWench

        “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

        From Merriam-Webster

        Health Care prevents people from becoming a “dead body.”

        Definition of LIFE1a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    • Healthcare IS NOT a right.   If anyone declares the opposite they should turn to the constitution and show us exactly where it says it is.

      Offering insurance policies to employee groups not only benefited
      insurers, but also benefited employers. During World War II, wage and
      price controls prevented employers from using wages to compete for
      scarce labor. Under the 1942 Stabilization Act, Congress limited the
      wage increases that could be offered by firms, but permitted the
      adoption of employee insurance plans. In this way, health benefit
      packages offered one means of securing workers. In the 1940s, two major
      rulings also reinforced the foundation of the employer-provided health
      insurance system. First, in 1945 the War Labor Board ruled that
      employers could not modify or cancel group insurance plans during the
      contract period. Then, in 1949, the National Labor Relations Board ruled
      in a dispute between the Inland Steel Co. and the United Steelworkers
      Union that the term “wages” included pension and insurance benefits.
      Therefore, when negotiating for wages, the union was allowed to
      negotiate benefit packages on behalf of workers as well. This ruling,
      affirmed later by the U.S. Supreme Court, further reinforced the
      employment-based system.5

      • OldWench

        “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”

        From Merriam-Webster

        Health Care prevents people from becoming a “dead body.”

        Definition of LIFE1a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    • luvGSD

      Health, not health care, is a right.  Try to deprive me of my health and see what happens.

      • I’m guessing that you’ll die.  What times the funeral?

        • luvGSD

          Oh my, “Phoebe.” That was quite uncalled for.

          • You posed the scenario I was just telling you what I thought would happen if your health is denied.  Lighten up friend, no harm intended.

          • luvGSD

            I am certain your (fictional) namesake would not approve.

          • Tell her to call me. :D

          • luvGSD

            You want “her” to call yourself?   LOL

    • Deleted because Disqus is whacky today.

    • Anonymous

      healthcare is a right. Do we want to go back to the 1960’s when people could be denied healthcare at hospitals? My aunt lived in several  states in the US due to her husband’s job w/A T & T. she was at the ER once with her child when an elderly man was turned away at the hospital because he didn’t have insurance.  I hope as Americans we aren’t going to accept this. Med Schools need to make more slots available for young people to become physicians.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is lazy and wants to take the easy way out and at no cost or harm to the wealthy. He needs to stay in his offfice and GO TO WORK.  He’s Maine’s poster boy for welfare fraud. Find our State jobs that we need. He found his daughter a job so we know he can do it.

  • Anonymous

    Emily Cain is simply another Debbie Wasserman- Schultz–opening her mouth too wide but nothing intelligent coming out.

  • Anonymous

    Send draft dodger LePage back to Au Canada…!!!

  • PabMainer

    So once again Ms. Cain steps out and acknowledges that there is a “problem”, but claims what is proposed to be done is not the answer….So, let’s hear something in reason that should be done Ms. Cain…..??

    • Anonymous

      I would like to see Emily suggest MaineCare stop paying for methodone clinics.

  • Anonymous

    The only welfare trap is LePage’s NO JOBS Policy for Maine. Since the Penguin has been in office the state of Maine has lost thousands of jobs. LePage has become the JOBS Destroyer with all his off the wall, wacko policies.

    • Tom

      According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Maine when Gov. LePage assumed office was 8.4%, and today it is 7%.

      (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST23000003)

      Facts are stubborn things aren’t they, KC?

      • Anonymous

        do you understand the DOL stats and how they work?  the number is largely explained by people who have given up looking or are just no longer eligible to file for UEI.

        the real number to look at is nongovernmental job creation.  if you have data on that, i’d be interested to read it.

  • OldWench

    If the Republicans in the legislature want ANY chance of staying in office they better impeach this bozo.  That’s all they can do at this point.  He makes all Maine Republicans look VERY bad.

    • Anonymous

      Again, you mention impeachment.  Do you understand what is required?

  • Anonymous

    A Short History Lesson:
    The day the Democrats took over was not
    January 22, 2009, it wasactually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats
    took over the Houseof Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of
    the 110thCongress.

    The Democratic Party controlled a majority in
    both chambers for thefirst time since the end of the 103rd Congress in
    1995.For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the
    fallacythat everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January
    3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:The
    DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was
    3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52
    STRAIGHT MONTHS ofJOB CREATION!Remember that
    day…January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the
    HouseFinancial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the
    SenateBanking Committee.  The economic meltdown that happened 15
    months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL
    SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from
    13,000DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among
    MANYother things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on
    theeconomy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!(BTW: Bush
    asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie startingin 2001 because
    it was financially risky for the US economy). Barneyblocked it and called it
    a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the skydid fall!)And who took the
    THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND FreddieMac? Senator
    OBAMAAnd who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA
    and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!So when someone
    tries to blame Bush…REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS
    TOOK OVER!”Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in
    charge of thegas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into
    theditch.  Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from
    Congress andthe party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is
    theDemocratic Party.Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget
    process for 2008 &2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.  In that first
    year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise
    on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending
    increases.For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George
    Bushentirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government
    runninguntil Barack Obama could take office. At
    that time, they passed amassive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009
    budget.And where was Barack Obama during this time?He was a
    member of that very Congress that passed all of these massivespending bills,
    and he signed the omnibus bill as President tocomplete 2009.Let’s
    remember what the deficits looked like during that period:If the
    Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, thelast of the
    Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in fiveyears, and the fourth
    straight decline in deficit spending. Afterthat, Democrats in Congress took
    control of spending, and thatincludes Barack Obama, who voted for the
    budgets.  If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from

    himself.In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit
    that Ivoted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold
    sinceJanuary 2009.”

    • Anonymous

      Your history lesson should be required reading for every Democrat in the country. 

      Of course, you’ll probably be accused of making it all up….

      • Required Fiction!

    • Anonymous

      Why wasn’t Bush’s wars put in the budget until AFTER Obama became president???

      • Anonymous

        Because it is awfully hard to claim to be a fiscal conservativ when you explode the budget.  Everyone knows this, why take blame for something when you don’t have to?

      • Anonymous

        I would be interested in see some data/link concerning the statement.

        • Anonymous

          That’s a lazy response.  The information is all over the internet, if you bother to look.  If you’ve been awake for the last 10 years, you’d understand that everything oldenough2know said is correct.  Look at the Congressional Record.  Look at the Wall Street Journal archives.  I assume you can read- look it up.  I did. 

          • Anonymous

            Thank you…couldn’t have been said any better!!!

      • luvGSD

        Um, because the Obama administration is honest?

        • Anonymous

          Nobody has yet accused Obama of being honest. Even though his was to be “The most ethical administration in history…” At this point, I don’t think there is anyone left who would be so numb as to try to accuse Obama of honesty.

      • Same as why was the GDP during the Bush Years exclusionary of the fact that wages where stagnant and people where remortgaging their houses to pay for consumption?

        Answ.——To make the illusion that all was fine under the Bush years!

    • Quite a Partisan Selective History Lesson,

      Void of many pertinent facts.

    • Anonymous

      So many lies in there that you must have cut and pasted from a Republican site. I’ll just pick one and bow out because the whole post is not even worth reading.

      You conveniently pick the day the Dems took over Congress as your starting day, and then blame everything that happened after that on this one fact.

      The deficit you state as the lowest in 5 years DID NOT include the cost of the 2 wars we were fighting, because the Republicans had never included this in the budget. So, buckwheat, how can we believe your numbers (or anything else) when it leaves the Bush Wars out of the equation? You want us to make an informed decision with only a few carefully cherry picked facts? Sort of like Bush did for his Iraq War. Have you learned nothing in 10 years?

    • Anonymous

      An excellent post, and we thank you!

      • Anonymous

        head in sand

  • Anonymous

    A Short History Lesson:
    The day the Democrats took over was not
    January 22, 2009, it was
    actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats
    took over the House
    of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of
    the 110th
    Congress.  The Democratic Party controlled a majority in
    both chambers for thefirst time since the end of the 103rd Congress in
    1995.
    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the
    fallacythat everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January
    3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:The
    DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was
    3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52
    STRAIGHT MONTHS ofJOB CREATION!Remember that
    day…January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the
    HouseFinancial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the
    SenateBanking Committee.  The economic meltdown that happened 15
    months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL
    SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from
    13,000DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among
    MANYother things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on
    theeconomy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!  (BTW: Bush
    asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie starting in 2001 because
    it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it
    a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the skydid fall!)And who took the
    THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND FreddieMac? Senator
    OBAMAAnd who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA
    and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!So when someone
    tries to blame Bush…REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS
    TOOK OVER!”Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in
    charge of thegas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into
    theditch.  Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from
    Congress andthe party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is
    theDemocratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget
    process for 2008 &2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.  In that first
    year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise
    on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending
    increases.For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George
    Bushentirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government
    runninguntil Barack Obama could take office. At
    that time, they passed amassive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009
    budget.  And where was Barack Obama during this time?He was a
    member of that very Congress that passed all of these massivespending bills,
    and he signed the omnibus bill as President tocomplete 2009.  Let’s
    remember what the deficits looked like during that period:If the
    Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, thelast of the
    Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in fiveyears, and the fourth
    straight decline in deficit spending. Afterthat, Democrats in Congress took
    control of spending, and thatincludes Barack Obama, who voted for the
    budgets.  If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from

    himself.In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit
    that Ivoted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold
    sinceJanuary 2009.”

  • Anonymous

    A Short History Lesson:
    The day the Democrats took over was not
    January 22, 2009, it was
    actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats
    took over the House
    of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of
    the 110th
    Congress.  The Democratic Party controlled a majority in
    both chambers for thefirst time since the end of the 103rd Congress in
    1995.
    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the
    fallacythat everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January
    3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:The
    DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was
    3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52
    STRAIGHT MONTHS ofJOB CREATION!Remember that
    day…January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the
    HouseFinancial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the
    SenateBanking Committee.  The economic meltdown that happened 15
    months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL
    SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from
    13,000DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among
    MANYother things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on
    theeconomy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!  (BTW: Bush
    asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie starting in 2001 because
    it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it
    a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the skydid fall!)And who took the
    THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND FreddieMac? Senator
    OBAMAAnd who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA
    and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!So when someone
    tries to blame Bush…REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS
    TOOK OVER!”Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in
    charge of thegas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into
    theditch.  Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from
    Congress andthe party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is
    theDemocratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget
    process for 2008 &2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.  In that first
    year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise
    on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending
    increases.For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George
    Bushentirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government
    runninguntil Barack Obama could take office. At
    that time, they passed amassive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009
    budget.  And where was Barack Obama during this time?He was a
    member of that very Congress that passed all of these massivespending bills,
    and he signed the omnibus bill as President tocomplete 2009.  Let’s
    remember what the deficits looked like during that period:If the
    Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, thelast of the
    Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in fiveyears, and the fourth
    straight decline in deficit spending. Afterthat, Democrats in Congress took
    control of spending, and thatincludes Barack Obama, who voted for the
    budgets.  If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from

    himself.In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit
    that Ivoted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold
    sinceJanuary 2009.”

  • Anonymous

    A Short History Lesson:
    The day the Democrats took over was not
    January 22, 2009, it was
    actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats
    took over the House
    of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of
    the 110th
    Congress.  The Democratic Party controlled a majority in
    both chambers for thefirst time since the end of the 103rd Congress in
    1995.
    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the
    fallacythat everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January
    3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:The
    DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was
    3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52
    STRAIGHT MONTHS ofJOB CREATION!Remember that
    day…January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the
    HouseFinancial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the
    SenateBanking Committee.  The economic meltdown that happened 15
    months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL
    SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from
    13,000DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among
    MANYother things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on
    theeconomy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!  (BTW: Bush
    asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie starting in 2001 because
    it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it
    a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the skydid fall!)And who took the
    THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND FreddieMac? Senator
    OBAMAAnd who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA
    and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!!So when someone
    tries to blame Bush…REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS
    TOOK OVER!”Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in
    charge of thegas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into
    theditch.  Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from
    Congress andtwhich caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bushentirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government runninguntil Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed amassive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget. And where was Barack Obama during this time?He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massivespending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President tocomplete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, thelast of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in fiveyears, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. Afterthat, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and thatincludes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit that Ivoted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold sinceJanuary 2009.”he party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is
    theDemocratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget
    process for 2008 &2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.  In that first
    year, they had to contend with George Bush,

  • Anonymous

    So 
    Rep. Emily Ann Cain,  if 
    blaming the federal government and cutting services for thousands of Mainers is not the answer to the problem, what is your solution? 

  • Anonymous

      The day the Democrats took over was not January 22, 2009, it was

    actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House

    of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th

    Congress. The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the

    first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:

    January 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION! Remember that day…

    January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House

    Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate

    Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from 13,000

    DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among MANY

    other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the

    economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! (BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the sky did fall!)

    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie

    Mac? Senator OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!! So when someone tries to blame Bush… REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

    Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the

    gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into the

    ditch. Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and

    the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &

    2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running

    until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a

    massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the

    last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five

    years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After

    that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that

    includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 2009.”
    The day the Democrats took over was not January 22, 2009, it was
    actually January 3rd 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House
    of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th
    Congress. The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the
    first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:

    January 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION! Remember that day…

    January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House
    Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
    Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney ) for taking us from 13,000
    DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment…to this CRISIS by (among MANY
    other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the
    economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! (BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the sky did fall!)

    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie
    Mac? Senator OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!! So when someone tries to blame Bush… REMEMBER JANUARY 3, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

    Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the
    gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into the
    ditch. Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and
    the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &
    2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running
    until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a
    massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.

    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the
    last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five
    years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After
    that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that
    includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit that I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 2009.”

    • Anonymous

      What a Crock of Turds. Rethuglican talking points from Fox propaganda news.

      • Anonymous

        Facts are facts buddy!!!!

      • Anonymous

        you read all that?  i give you credit.

    • Anonymous

      budgets come from the 13 agencies within the fed governement not congress.  They just fill them full of pork when they get them so they can look good to their constituents and others.

  • Anonymous

    A Short History:
    The Day the Democrats took over was not january 22, 2009, it was actually January 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of representatives and the Senate, at the start of the 110th Congresss.  For those who are prapagating the fallicy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January 3, 2009, the DOW JONES closed at 12, 621.77.  The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%. The unemployment rate was 4.6%.  George Bush’s economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 Straight Months of Job Creation.  It was also the day that Barney Frank took over the House Finacial Services Committee & Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.  The economic meltown, which took place 15 months later, took place in what part of the economy?  BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Thank you Democrats (especially Barney) for taking us from 13,000 Dow, 3.5 GDP & 4.6 Unemployment…to this crisis, dumping 5-6 Trillion dollars of toxic loans on the econoly from your Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac FIASCOES.  (BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 times to Fannie & Freddie from starting 1in 2001, because it was financially risky for the U>S. economy.)  Barney blocked it, calling it a “Chicken Little Philosophy” (and the sky did fall!)
    And who took the third highest payoff from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac?  Senator Obama.  And who fought against reform of Fannie & Freddie?  Senator Obama & the Democratic Congress, especially Barney!  So anyone who tries to blame Bush…should remember January 3, 2007…the day the Democrats took over!

    Budgets do not come from the White House, but from Congress…and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 were the Democrats.  They controlled the budget process for 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.  The first year they had to contend with Bush as he got tough on spending increases & made them compromise.  In 2009, Pelosi & Reid bypassed Bush, passing contimuing resolutions until Obama could take office & pass a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.  Where was Senator Obama during this time?  He was a member of that same Congress that passed all these bills & signed the massive omnibus spending bill as President in 2009.  Let’s remember what deficits looked like during that period:

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last Republican deficit, lowest in five years & fourth straight decline in deficit spending.  From this point forward, Democrats controlled spending & this included Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
    In a nutshell: what Obama is saying is, “I inherited a deficit which I voted for, and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 2009.”

  • Anonymous

    LMAO !!!  Somehow the dems are still blaming Bush … OMG .. not that there a thousands of people stealing money from the DHHS fund … and that the Dems have just been handing money out by the millions.. nope.. its alllll the Reps fault that there is a generation of freeloaders out there!!  Sure we will take the blame … but I magine Lepage is gonna weed out some of this crap and there are going to be a lot of unhappy freeloading campers in the end!!!  Winter time isnt the time to be haing the mailbox go empty .. lol

    • Anonymous

      How many times have you heard Le Page that this is the former administrations fault.?

  • Guest

    LePage says that Democrats believe welfare should be universal and free. I have never once heard any Democrat say that. I wonder from whom he is getting his information ? I would like to know who in the Democratic party he is quoting ? Shouldn’t he be busy trying to Govern instead of playing partisan politics on such a serious matter ?

    • Anonymous

      Is your head in the sand. Democrats cry for universal and free healthcare all the time.

      • Guest

        Lepage was quoted as saying that Democrats believe WELFARE should be universal and free. Which Democrat are you quoting ? and why are you talking about healthcare, what does healthcare have to do with this ?

  • Anonymous

    The Governor says that the funds have dried up and are no longer flowing into Maine. And representative Cain says blaming the federal government and cutting costs are not the answer to the problem and also that costs are rising.  She did not confirm whether or not the funds are no longer coming into the state nor did she offer a plan.  What are the facts and what are the options.  if no one is the blame.

  • Anonymous

    if it is so im[ortant to the Democratic Party, why don’t you pay for it? Stop the many vacations and parties at the White House, and cut back on your mostly extravigant living and give to the less forunate. I can’t. I am disabled and a senior citizen, sos it is up to you in the Democratic party to give til it bursts as long as it is your money and not ours.

  • Anonymous

    Cut, Baby Cut!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a known fact that Indian Reservations that receive less Federal funds do better!!!! People will work if they HAVE TO>

  • Anonymous

    Just to clarify for old wench, the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” appear NO WHERE in the US constitution.

    • luvGSD

      That’s true.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are listed in the Declaration of Independence as inherent, unalienable rights.

      • Anonymous

        Right.  And the constitution is the document that explains what we instituted government for. 

        • Anonymous

          And, just a hint here–if you read it, the constitution, that is, it’s not instituted to guarantee us “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

          • luvGSD

            Just a hint here, the word “rights” is in the phrase “unalienable rights.”

          • Anonymous

            If you think “life” is an unalienable right, then by your argument, our government could not exercise the death penalty.  Uh, just a hint here, better go read the Fifth Amendment.   Luv, another hint here, “capital or otherwise infamous crimes” refer to crimes punishable by death.

          • luvGSD

            Take a deep breath, and then educate yourself about the death penalty under U.S. law. Hint: if you think “life” is not an inalienable right, then you have some serious thinking to do, i.e., we all might be better off if you were in jail.

          • Anonymous

            You have completely missed the point.  OldWench claimed that health care is a “right” because she equated healthcare with health, and when challenged to where we would find a guarantee to healthcare in our laws, she claimed it was found in the constitution. When challenged to point to the constitutional section that guaranteed healthcare, she quoted, inaccurately, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Once I pointed out these words are not in the Constitution, other posters went on to claim, also inaccurately, that the Declaration of Independence is the “law of the land.” 

              If healthcare is an unalienable right as OldWench claims, meaning, that the constitution OBLIGATES the taxpayers to provide healthcare for others, then it would follow, from this flawed argument, that the taxpayers would NOT be permitted to execute fellow citizens.  After all, as you and OW claim, unalienable rights are guaranteed (by what, I ask you!) and unalienable rights cannot be transferred or surrendered or taken away.

            MY POINT remains unrefuted by you or the others.  The words of the Declaration of Independence mean one thing, but we are governed by a Constitution.  .  Those who incorrectly equate the two as one and the same engage in infantile argument. 

          • luvGSD

            Please show where anyone claimed “healthcare” is a right. Then we shall see who has the weaker argument.

          • Anonymous

            Oldwench at 2:23 pm. 

          • luvGSD

            Nope. Keep trying.

          • Anonymous

            It appears the arguments made by oldwench in response to Phoebe and OW are too sophistocated for you to comprehend. 

          • luvGSD

            You inferred something from Oldwench’s post that he or she may or may not have intended. You may infer anything you like but that doesn’t change the words on the page. (I also think it’s adorable that you misspelled sophisticated.)

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t “infer” anything.  Perhaps, instead of worrying about my spelling, you should learn the meaning of the words you use.   When asked to cite from the constitution, OW repeatedly cited the Declaration of Independence.  Nor does highlighting my spelling error detract from the validity of my point.  Just more ad hominem attacks that highlight your small-mindedness.  If you can’t win on the facts or logic, attack the other side personally.

          • luvGSD

            Now you are flailing. I asked you to show where anyone had made the statement that healthcare is a right.

          • Anonymous

            If you can’t read the posts, or won’t bother to, then there’s nothing more to be said. 

    • Anonymous

      and yet the SCOTUS has chosen to cite the Declaration over 100 times in its decisions, therefore elevating portions of its doctrine into the law of the land.

      http://candst.tripod.com/doisussc.htm 

      • Anonymous

        Huh?  Do you know what “dicta” means??

      • Anonymous

        You are aware, right, old wench, that the website you posted in fact states the complete opposite?

        Do you guys even read what you cut and paste?

        The Declaration of Independence is NOT the law of the land, nor can it be cited as legal or statutory precedence.

        • Anonymous

          im not the old wench, im the single track girl (a mountain bike reference, call me single minded if you must, but perhaps a xxskier might appreciate the reference to trails)

          anyway…you may out qualify me on this, feel free to correct my understanding.  the Constitution is a living document, “growing” from the decisions and written opinions of the courts?  

          similar to ‘separation of church and state’  is not mentioned in the Constitution but has been incorporated in to the law of land because of justices have used Jefferson’s words in their decisions?

          • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
            prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” – First Amendment to the Constitution. That seems constitutional-ese for having Congress, the government, stay out of religion; can’t be for it, can’t be against it.

  • waynorth1

    I am fully covered for everything, fortunately, and appreciate it immensely due to years of working and great insurance.  Didn’t happen overnight.  The raised eyebrows I get when I go to the dentist/doctor is incredible.  I “should have” this test, that test and every other test…..”  Nope.  I feel fine.  For all of those without insurance, they all say “ahhhh, okay.”  And those of us with it (well, at least me) say no, in an attempt to keep costs down.  We’ve all been to the ER at some point in time with a real emergency witnessing a 3-year-old child with a cough.  That’s what’s killing it all.  MaineCare. 

    • luvGSD

      I really am unable to comprehend why you would publish such a comment.  You must realize that there are tens of thousands of us Mainers without insurance who are not eligible for Mainecare.  Do you seriously believe that whose of us who pay the full cost of our healthcare out of our own pockets would agree to unnecessary tests?  It is beyond insulting.

    • Anonymous

      actually, ask the folks at PCHC who believe that lack of access to health care is what is driving the overall costs up.

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work Governor!!!  
    Clean up this state!

  • Anonymous

    I personally am affronted every time the state cuts a pay check for Gov. LePage. I propose to cut his  salary out of the state’s budget as soon as his position comes up for renewal. 

    • Anonymous

      The governor of the state of Maine already makes less money than any other governor in the united states.

  • Anonymous

    “The governor says it’s in Maine’s best interest to introduce new ideas to the federal government that give states more flexibility in running those programs.”

    Wrong. It is in Maine’s best interest to get rid of this poor excuse for a governor.

  • Anonymous

    What about not leting people get mainecare that have fulltime job just cause they are having another kid and simply dont want to pay for insurance threw their jobs…why are we the working class paying for others that work and can get insurance paying for them to have kids and free healthcare….and yes i know this happens cause I know people that have dune it and are doing it now……We all know the system is messed up so stop pointing fingers and all work together to fix it we cant sit back and blame goverment…we have sat back and allowed them to get away with it for long enough….the money i earn should be mine not the goverments or states to pay for others

  • Anonymous

    Just more lies, who could or would possibly believe a word that comes out of his mouth. I have asked this question before. How do you tell when Paul Lepage is lying? His lips are moving.   

    • Anonymous

      so somehow you think that our current system of taking working peoples money and giving it to free loaders is completely sustainable? what happens when the people that work see that it’s easier and more lucrative to collect welfare than to work?

      changes need to be made, lepage is on the right track.
      I just wish he’d hurry up and implement these changes. 

  • It’s too bad we have someone in our government office (Lepage) that doesnt care about the people of Maine that need the help..Instead he is worried more about the politics and getting a name for himself. If he really wanted to get a name for himself, he should try to help the people of Maine instead of hurting them. It’s clear that our government is broke, but they can build these new border stations that cost millions of dollars. I just dont understand how they can just say they are so broke. They should put the money for the borders stations towards people that need it in our state. Our borders stations are perfectly ok. For instance, they are building a multimillion dollar complex in Floor City, Maine. Population is 4, that’s right FOUR. They dont need such an expensive building for cars that come through their maybe once or twice a week. Maybe they should just put barriers against it and close the road. If you want to close government property, close these particular ones instead of post offices.

  • Anonymous

    Also Siga is now under federal investigation as well for taking some of the stimulus handouts to develop vaccines that the NOBAMA administration wanted but it went for other things instead including trips for its CEO.

  • Anonymous

    Worst….governor…. evah

    yessah

    • Anonymous

      are you afraid your benefits will be revoked?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing coming out of the tap baby!  Need to shut them down…put your hands down and start to think about working instead of waiting for the mailman to deliver the check!

    • Are you trying to cool. 

  • Jim

    I agree with Gov Lepage in that we can only do what we can afford.  We need to help people help themselves, but not give them everything on a silver platter.  Too many are just counting on this free ride while the rest of us have to work extended hours just to make ends meet because we do not receive any help or fee aid.  Folks need to understand that welfare is there to help someone going through an tough time, it’s not there to replace their needing to work and to become a useful member of society.  Too many on welfare getting too much and laughing all the way to the bank. 

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of how we as a country got ourselves into this situation, it has to change soon. I am not a political person and I don’t pretend to know who’s fault it is but as an average American these are a few of the things I see on a daily basis that really gets my blood boiling. 

    Example #1. Working in a healthcare field I see families receiving state assistance who are supposedly in “need.” Mom is sitting in waiting room with her $400 purse, dad is on his laptop and child is telling me about the $600 electronics he got for Christmas. All are wear designer clothes yet getting their healthcare paid for by the state/taxpayer. 

    Example #2. Family getting healthcare paid for by state and telling me about their upcoming vacation to Disneyworld. I would be considered upper class and I can’t even afford to take my family to Disneyworld because of the horrendous school debt I incurred trying to better myself and my situation.

    Example #3. Mainecare recipients have an average of a 20% no-show rate for appointments. 

    Example #4. In line at the grocery store behind somebody severely obese driving a shopping scooter (because they can’t walk) filled with Mt. Dew, chips, donuts, ice cream, bacon, etc. and paying for it all with their food card. I am imagining all the health ailments this person suffers from and that we are paying to treat. Not only that but we are paying for them to put that garbage in their bodies which will contribute further to their ill health and the cost of keeping them alive. 

    Example #5. My brother-in-law calls his food card his Obama card. He receive more money per month then he needs so he fills his freezer with king crab legs and tbones just to use it up. 

    I could go on and on with example after example. 

    I may sound cold hearted but I am glad to pay my 40% tax if the people it was going to help weren’t taking advantage or abusing the system. There are people out there who really do need it but there are plenty out there who really don’t. We have turned into a country of entitlement. People want to be given everything instead working hard to get ahead and making their way. Is that not the American way. The land of opportunity, not the land of entitlement. 

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of how we as a country got ourselves into this situation, it has to change soon. I am not a political person and I don’t pretend to know who’s fault it is but as an average American these are a few of the things I see on a daily basis that really gets my blood boiling. 

    Example #1. Working in a healthcare field I see families receiving state assistance who are supposedly in “need.” Mom is sitting in waiting room with her $400 purse, dad is on his laptop and child is telling me about the $600 electronics he got for Christmas. All are wear designer clothes yet getting their healthcare paid for by the state/taxpayer. 

    Example #2. Family getting healthcare paid for by state and telling me about their upcoming vacation to Disneyworld. I would be considered upper class and I can’t even afford to take my family to Disneyworld because of the horrendous school debt I incurred trying to better myself and my situation.

    Example #3. Mainecare recipients have an average of a 20% no-show rate for appointments. 

    Example #4. In line at the grocery store behind somebody severely obese driving a shopping scooter (because they can’t walk) filled with Mt. Dew, chips, donuts, ice cream, bacon, etc. and paying for it all with their food card. I am imagining all the health ailments this person suffers from and that we are paying to treat. Not only that but we are paying for them to put that garbage in their bodies which will contribute further to their ill health and the cost of keeping them alive. 

    Example #5. My brother-in-law calls his food card his Obama card. He receive more money per month then he needs so he fills his freezer with king crab legs and tbones just to use it up. 

    I could go on and on with example after example. 

    I know there are people out there who really need it but there are plenty who are taking advantage of the system. I would gladly pay my 40% tax if it were all going to help those really in need. We have become a country of entitlement.

    • Anonymous

      People in this country have no idea of what poor is.  Gov’t paid cell phones is a great example. This isn’t a “need”, it is a convenience.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an idea.  How about cutting all government paid health and social services?  In addition, how about cutting out all government money going to education.  If you want to play sports you will have to pay a fee.  Any extracurricular activities will have a fee attached to cover the expenses.  In addition, no free school lunches, buy your own books and school supplies, no more buses to take students to school and no more after school activities.  Let’s all pay our own way.

  • WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE…..WELFARE COLLECTING IS CHANGING IN MAINE
    WELFARE THE WAY YOU KNOW IT IS ENDING

    Welfare in this State is changing. Welfare is going to get more and more difficult to get . Lepage or no Lepage, Welfare reform has begun.  This is only the start. If you collect welfare,food stamps, MaineCare …you may want to consider moving out of state to a state that still has generous welfare benefits because hard times are coming.

    • Can I move in with you. I want to get welfare. 

    • Anonymous

      if that works then i think lewiston will be empty.

  • Anonymous

    And Rep Emily Cain’s idea for fixing all of this is……..let me guess.  

    …….Why “Tax the Rich”…..

    Silly me, I should have known that.

    The “tax the rich” mantra that is spreading like a grass fire through these pages is plenty of proof that if you tell a big enough lie, often enough, thousands will believe it.

    You might be quite surprised to find out just who those “rich” are that the leftists are talking about these days.

  • Anonymous

    LepPage et al can do anything to you that you cannor stop them from doing.

    –Yossarian

  • I Think its time we cut his pay check along with many others in the white house!!! 

  • The cost of medical care HAS skyrocketed and a lot of the complaints I’ve heard are from doctors that never get paid by the State for the services they bill to Mainecare. How can we be so overbudget when the bills haven’t been paid, for years in some cases ? Maybe instead of sending Maine back to the Dark Ages Mr LePage should roll up his sleeves and figure out why DHHS is bleeding money ? We have a high precentage of welfare reciepients in Maine and a higher percentage of Social workers per capita as well. Is it REALLY neccesary to have an army of social workers taking children away from their parents because they forgot to brush their teeth at night ? I kid you not. The rate of children taken from homes and put into State subsidized foster care in Maine is unbelievable. Parents in poor households live in constant fear that they will lose their kids, in most cases, due to issues of poverty, rather than neglect……there IS a difference. The DHHS needs better case evaluation to prevent the State’s tax revenue from being allocated to needless cases, simply to justify the department’s overstaffing. Like Mr LePage said, cuts are needed, and I can’t think of a better place to start.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Cain would do well to recognize that the tap water is limited and is running dry.  We are unlikely to see it filled again in our lifetime.

  • Anonymous

    Why blame Obama? 
     Everytime he has attempted to make a change, The CONGRESS and the SENATE has stopped any action. If you want to blame someone in government, look no further than your elected local reps.  The President is only a figurehead, vetoed and overridden by Congress and the Senate at every step.
    Bush took more freedoms from Americans than any other President because he used and manipulated the Congress and the Senate and played on the fears of the public after 9/11, yet most reading this praise that draft dodging, former coke head,former power drinker as if he was a Demigod worthy of praise and worship.
    So lay down those Klan hoods and give the brother a break

    • Anonymous

      When you have no argument, accuse them of racism!

      • Only way to call it for what it is. Check the facts or at least read the post. Ignorance is no excuse when for racism. 

  • Guest

    Taxpayers wouldn’t have to make up the difference if the appropriations committee hadn’t given their own companies and or spouses companies 23 MILLION last year. How often does this kind of theft take place with our money???????????????

  • Anonymous

    It is very apparent that Lepage is in way over his head, he shows it every time he opens his mouth!

    • Anonymous

      Why because he tells the truth? The few can no longer afford to pay for the many.

    • The problem is that mouth is in his head. Or is in his……….O “Kiss my butt”.     Dante’s alternate version of Hell. Dark side of the moon. A monkey riding a camel. A run away bacteria in your lower intestine.  

  • Stephen Colbert said something like, “I can’t prove it, but I can say it.”  That seems to be Governor LePage’s governing style.  Whether Governor LePage said that the tap had been turned off or that the federal government was no longer handing out dollars, he implied that no more medicare money would be coming from the federal government.  What are the facts?  Governor LePage should provide numbers.

    His statement that Democrats believe welfare programs should be universal and free is ridiculous.  It is nonsensical.  Free and universal welfare is impossible, like perpetual motion.  I know Governor LePage doesn’t hold Democrats in high regard, but I can’t believe that even Governor LePage would think that Democrats would subscribe to such an impossibility.  That statement, however, is a good one to make a political point and rouse his followers. 

    Divide and conquer is a good strategy in warfare and maybe in getting elected, but once you are in office, your job is now to be the governor for all the people.  Seek reasonable solutions for problems.  Wait a couple of years before you start campaigning.

  • Anonymous

    Of course health care costs are rising!  Every new building that goes up seems to be some sort of new Health Care facility.  I mean seriously what did we do 15 years ago with only a couple ‘Family Doctors’ and two mid size hospitals in Bangor?  I’m pretty sure everyone was just fine. 

  • Anonymous

    How “Tax The Rich” really works!

    …….”In Maryland  the Democratic state government couldn’t balance the budget in 2009, so it decided to double the income tax rate on citizens with more than $1 million in annual income. That left the rich facing a 9.45% marginal state and local income tax. Put that on top of a 36% federal rate, throw in another 6% for Social Security and Medicare, and you’re looking at a top marginal rate in excess of 50%. What kind of smart, hard-working citizen is going to give the government more than half his income if he can move somewhere else and pay substantially less?”…….

    ……”The liberal editorial board at the Baltimore Sun happily praised the measure and predicted Maryland’s top earners would “grin and bear it.”………

    RESULT:

    …….”Instead, the rich left town. The number of million-dollar incomes in the state of Maryland declined by more than 30%, from 3,000 filers to only 2,000. Rather than gaining the predicted $106 million in income from these filers, Maryland collected $100 million less than it did the year before.”…….

     http://www.stansberryresearch.com/pub/reports/201112PSI_issue.html

    Sadly, way too many Americans, unwillilng to face the coming collapse of “government can take care of everyone” are willing to buy into anything that sounds good. Unfortunately, as you can see in this example, they have bought into the biggest lie of all, “tax the rich”.

    One suspects that the real problem is too many of us do not want to face reallity, wo we deny it.  We will all pay for the denial and it is not far away now. Look at the mess in Europe for what is coming here soon as the “many” fight over the “little”. 

  • Anonymous

    DOD has 299,000 civilian employees, military pensions account for 2/3 of the federal gov’t pension obligation, and a single aircraft carrier costs 5 billion to build and a lot more to operate.  The budget for the DOD accounts for over 1/3 of the overall federal budget.  The fact that enlisted salaries aren’t particularly high doesn’t make up for the overspending of DOD—
     
     I work with at least five veterans—two of whom are veterans of Iraq. All have 100000 dollar a year jobs with the department of labor, due primarily to veterans preference hiring which mandates that the Feds hire veterans, even though they may not  have the same job or educational experience(one of them only has a high school diploma in a job that usually requires a bachelor’s degree, if not graduate education) as more qualified non-veterans.  My  colleagues are well taken care of by the government—they all have VA pensions and federal jobs earning over six figures to boot. 
     
    Don’t misundestand me, I believe that when the gov’t calls on  soldiers  to go to war, that they should be helped when they return.  I respect those veterans who work with me—they do good work but to paint a picture of them as financially deprived is inaccurate. 

  • Anonymous

    How “Tax The Rich” really works!

    …….”In Maryland  the Democratic state government couldn’t balance the budget in 2009, so it decided to double the income tax rate on citizens with more than $1 million in annual income. That left the rich facing a 9.45% marginal state and local income tax. Put that on top of a 36% federal rate, throw in another 6% for Social Security and Medicare, and you’re looking at a top marginal rate in excess of 50%. What kind of smart, hard-working citizen is going to give the government more than half his income if he can move somewhere else and pay substantially less?”…….

    ……”The liberal editorial board at the Baltimore Sun happily praised the measure and predicted Maryland’s top earners would “grin and bear it.”………

    RESULT:

    …….”Instead, the rich left town. The number of million-dollar incomes in the state of Maryland declined by more than 30%, from 3,000 filers to only 2,000. Rather than gaining the predicted $106 million in income from these filers, Maryland collected $100 million less than it did the year before.”…….

     http://www.stansberryresearch.com/pub/reports/201112PSI_issue.html

    Sadly, way too many Americans, unwillilng to face the coming collapse of “government can take care of everyone” are willing to buy into anything that sounds good. Unfortunately, as you can see in this example, they have bought into the biggest lie of all, “tax the rich”.

    One suspects that the real problem is too many of us do not want to face reallity, wo we deny it.  We will all pay for the denial and it is not far away now. Look at the mess in Europe for what is coming here soon as the “many” fight over the “little”. 

  • Anonymous

    How “Tax The Rich” really works!

    …….”In Maryland  the Democratic state government couldn’t balance the budget in 2009, so it decided to double the income tax rate on citizens with more than $1 million in annual income. That left the rich facing a 9.45% marginal state and local income tax. Put that on top of a 36% federal rate, throw in another 6% for Social Security and Medicare, and you’re looking at a top marginal rate in excess of 50%. What kind of smart, hard-working citizen is going to give the government more than half his income if he can move somewhere else and pay substantially less?”…….

    ……”The liberal editorial board at the Baltimore Sun happily praised the measure and predicted Maryland’s top earners would “grin and bear it.”………

    RESULT:

    …….”Instead, the rich left town. The number of million-dollar incomes in the state of Maryland declined by more than 30%, from 3,000 filers to only 2,000. Rather than gaining the predicted $106 million in income from these filers, Maryland collected $100 million less than it did the year before.”…….

     http://www.stansberryresearch.com/pub/reports/201112PSI_issue.html

    Sadly, way too many Americans, unwillilng to face the coming collapse of “government can take care of everyone” are willing to buy into anything that sounds good. Unfortunately, as you can see in this example, they have bought into the biggest lie of all, “tax the rich”.

    One suspects that the real problem is too many of us do not want to face reallity, wo we deny it.  We will all pay for the denial and it is not far away now. Look at the mess in Europe for what is coming here soon as the “many” fight over the “little”. 

    • Have you ever been to Paris? 

  • Anonymous

    Why did this article not tell us what Emily Cain’s answer to this problem is? Since it’s apparently so obvious Lepage is just being mean to poor people, she should just tell everyone how it should really be done!

    • Guest

      Emily Cain was in the Legislature creating this problem, lo these many years.

      Now she cries like the little girl who messed her pants is looking for someone else to blame.

  • Anonymous

    This should have been done 20 years ago. Finally, a governor in Maine not afraid to tackle challenges.

    • Fear and stupidity makes a great combination. Bada bing. Just saying……….

  • Anonymous

    Cain, as usual, is espewing the blame game. Even when the truth is laid out to her she shows her fangs.

  • Guest

    Democrat Emily Cain needs to be replaced. She is out of touch with reality. She will not condone any cuts from “entitlement” programs. I say she gives up her income and free medical to prove her support of the system that is failing.  Every little bit helps, Emily….

  • Anonymous

    Mainers have always been income ‘poor’ and land ‘rich’. Our lifestyle reveals sporadic, seasonal income with a portion saved for ‘lean’ times’ and large gardens, wood lots, etc. that we can live off of. In order to preserve our health, we ate local and were careful.

    Then the newcomers flooded in and subdivided our land against our will; put up factories and corrupted our lifestyle with steady, albeit low wages.

    Now they’ve closed their gates; and left us with welfare payments. 

    Now under Obama, the Federal government is curtaining welfare and returning our wounded children from his many wars to an empty land.

    Tens of thousands of  ‘vacation’ and ‘summer’ houses; yet we live in poverty. 

    What would really happen if we took back the land, moved into those estates, planted gardens and raised livestock? 

    • Guest

      ….

    • Fight the British again? 

  • Anonymous

    It’s ridiculous when so many people wait for handouts and think the government owes them something.  Families who are working and struggling to make ends meet should get help.  Deadbeats who are sit around and do nothing or are drunks and druggies should be left to live on the street or wherever and not handed food, mainecare and disability because they chose to screw up their lives!

    • Angry much. Be happy, don’t worry about others. Lay down your burden. Seek something other than what you envy.

  • Anonymous

    The welfare leaches are not going to like this….

  • Anonymous

    Once WE stop blaming YOU and YOU stop blaming ME, then the government will BECOME the enemy…
    don’t ANY of you see the Divide and Conquer mentality of our elected politicians?
    and I gotta agree… of the Park Service, NASA, the P.O. and the Army, only the Army AND THE POST OFFICE  is ALLOWED by the Constitution (See Art. I, section 1, providing for a post office and post roads)
    Powers not enumerated by the Constitution, but taken by the Federal Government is bloat and power grabbing. Please stop allowing it.
    It is how Olympia gets to pass laws so that Jock can make millions off federal loans through University of Phoenix… WHO gave the Federal Government authority to take MY tax dollars and dole them out to homeless people who sign up for classes at Uof Phoenix and NEVER ATTEND CLASSES and more importanly, NEVER pay back the loans… Only UofPhoenix gets rich… and Jock McKernan and Olympia his wife benefit…

  • CHANGE….CHANGE….CHANGE   ……GET READY FOR CHANGE IN MAINE

    WELFARE REFORM IN MAINE  IS JUST STARTING ……. LEPAGE OR NO LEPAGE
    IF THE DEMOCRATS GET BACK IN OFFICE…THEY WILL  CONTINUE WELFARE REFORM

    you may want to consider moving to another state that has  welfare benefits

    • Stop fighting to stay off the bottom. Another working class hero. Booooooring. I suppose that is Maine should be, blaming everyone but yourself. You leave, move to Westchester, NY. They do not have any of those ‘people”. No offense but they will accept you as they are out to win not whine.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t see how LePage can cut off medical to so many Mainers.  Just look at the streets & shelters are filled to the max.  Why doesn’t the State cut off the Welfare to the Governor.  Hey, he gets a free house, free medical and probably more, who pays for that? the taxpayers.  Stop allowing people that are giving $235 million to companies that their friends, spouses or other family members  are CEO’s of, etc.  Just this alone would fill the MaineCare debt.  There are too many people that need these benefits.  The hospitals will be overrun with people that qualify for Charity Care. Many people are applying for disability but it takes 2+ years to get, these people are being treated with meds that can’t be dropped cold turkey.  If the Governor concentrates on jobs more and help people that are sick and need medical, we all would be better off.  These poor people didn’t ask to be homeless, poor or sick.  Wake up people, these members of society could be your children, brother or sister, or parent.  Even LePage was homeless when he was young, how would he like to be that way again, sick and no help for him.  Not everyone can pull themselves out of the gutter and end up as Governor, but  I am sure that somewhere along the line someone was there for him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t see how LePage can cut off medical to so many Mainers.  Just look at the streets & shelters are filled to the max.  Why doesn’t the State cut off the Welfare to the Governor.  Hey, he gets a free house, free medical and probably more, who pays for that? the taxpayers.  Stop allowing people that are giving $235 million to companies that their friends, spouses or other family members  are CEO’s of, etc.  Just this alone would fill the MaineCare debt.  There are too many people that need these benefits.  The hospitals will be overrun with people that qualify for Charity Care. Many people are applying for disability but it takes 2+ years to get, these people are being treated with meds that can’t be dropped cold turkey.  If the Governor concentrates on jobs more and help people that are sick and need medical, we all would be better off.  These poor people didn’t ask to be homeless, poor or sick.  Wake up people, these members of society could be your children, brother or sister, or parent.  Even LePage was homeless when he was young, how would he like to be that way again, sick and no help for him.  Not everyone can pull themselves out of the gutter and end up as Governor, but  I am sure that somewhere along the line someone was there for him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t see how LePage can cut off medical to so many Mainers.  Just look at the streets & shelters are filled to the max.  Why doesn’t the State cut off the Welfare to the Governor.  Hey, he gets a free house, free medical and probably more, who pays for that? the taxpayers.  Stop allowing people that are giving $235 million to companies that their friends, spouses or other family members  are CEO’s of, etc.  Just this alone would fill the MaineCare debt.  There are too many people that need these benefits.  The hospitals will be overrun with people that qualify for Charity Care. Many people are applying for disability but it takes 2+ years to get, these people are being treated with meds that can’t be dropped cold turkey.  If the Governor concentrates on jobs more and help people that are sick and need medical, we all would be better off.  These poor people didn’t ask to be homeless, poor or sick.  Wake up people, these members of society could be your children, brother or sister, or parent.  Even LePage was homeless when he was young, how would he like to be that way again, sick and no help for him.  Not everyone can pull themselves out of the gutter and end up as Governor, but  I am sure that somewhere along the line someone was there for him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t see how LePage can cut off medical to so many Mainers.  Just look at the streets & shelters are filled to the max.  Why doesn’t the State cut off the Welfare to the Governor.  Hey, he gets a free house, free medical and probably more, who pays for that? the taxpayers.  Stop allowing people that are giving $235 million to companies that their friends, spouses or other family members  are CEO’s of, etc.  Just this alone would fill the MaineCare debt.  There are too many people that need these benefits.  The hospitals will be overrun with people that qualify for Charity Care. Many people are applying for disability but it takes 2+ years to get, these people are being treated with meds that can’t be dropped cold turkey.  If the Governor concentrates on jobs more and help people that are sick and need medical, we all would be better off.  These poor people didn’t ask to be homeless, poor or sick.  Wake up people, these members of society could be your children, brother or sister, or parent.  Even LePage was homeless when he was young, how would he like to be that way again, sick and no help for him.  Not everyone can pull themselves out of the gutter and end up as Governor, but  I am sure that somewhere along the line someone was there for him and his family.

  • Anonymous

    Well if cutting services for thousands of Mainers are not the answer to the problem, then let’s hear Rep. Emily Ann Cain idea to fix this mess.

  • Anonymous

    get rid of meth clinic’s,pot clinic’s,woman giving birth while on welfare (cost alot of money to deliver a baby now a days plus prenatal care) if  one gets preggo while on welfare then she should pay for the delivery part out of her own pocket. (they should not be getting preggo while on welfare) some things can be cut out of medicade ( unneeded trips to er and doctor’s office)

    • Guest

      ….

    • Gets Preggo? 

  • Anonymous

    It’s Ok his daughter gets a State job and gets room and board for free though.

    • Guest

      Minor very minor from money John spread around to friends with projects…

      • A small lie is no different than big lie. In the mean time angry middle age plus white men will roam the earth with their primal instincts to dominate the beast and the fauna. Children are better off with out health care sayeth Davidvgoliath as he is not empowered by great faith. He is being oppressed by powers that do not serve him. Work hard,make a few people rich and complain about the poor. Cowardly they chased defenseless creatures to put gold in their satchels only to lose their souls to the money traders of Gilgamesh. 

  • Guest

    Dems out printed the money factory, The money factory will be handing out pink slips shortly!!!

    Emily pointing out the obvious doesn’t require a PHD.. Now get back to you’re coloring books…

    • Please rename yourself as you offend my religious beliefs with heretical thoughts.

      • Guest

        I guess your faith is weak then.. Lets pray…

        Dear God, Please watch over Chupa for his/her Faith is weak, give Chupa strength to find the true meaning of your love Thank you for hearing my call,  Amen!!!

  • Anonymous

    I realize this is only a blurb story but I didn’t read where Emily denied that federal dollars are drying up.  Nor do I see how the Governor, stating that fact, is blaming the Federal Govt.  What i can see is that the aircraft company that just skipped Maine to go to Wisconsin could read the writing on the wall.  And that says that State of Maine democrats in the state house want to screw over business to make up the difference in order t0 but votes.  THAT has been obvious for years. 

  • Anonymous

    execpt for the very rich. taxes should not rise. 

  • Anonymous

    Welfare works great!

    until you run out of everyone elses money…

  • Anonymous

    We need to stop spending…

  • Anonymous

    Did I just read LePage said something democratic?
    Emily Cain is right. lower the cost of medical care by 80 + % then everyone can afford health care.

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