September 22, 2019
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Comments for: ‘Get off the couch and get yourself a job’: LePage talks welfare reform at GOP convention

  • Anonymous

    We have so got to have an impeachment process.

    We’d also do well to have instant runoff voting for when there’s no majority winner.

    •  I agree, because the next time a democrat is elected we’ll need to avail ourselves of  it! After all, it will work both ways, right?

      • Anonymous

        that’s why I’m voting for Angus King for Senate!!!!

        •  I would expect nothing less from you. King is a democrat. Always has been, always will be. the only ones that don’t see it are democrats. Of course King would never admit it because he knows it would destroy any chance of victory. But he is an Independent like I am a Liberal!

          • Anonymous

             We are people first. Human-beings. We need to start by helping our own.

          • Anonymous

            So
            anyone to the left lepage or heatth is a pinko, commie, liberal? Part of the
            big plot to take your, guns, righteous women and bequeathed land.

      • Anonymous

        I agree Jon, if we ever get a democrat in office as incompetent as the current set of Republicans they should be impeached.

      • Anonymous

        No, I don’t think that’s part of the Democrats’ plan to have an impeachment process work both ways. Most assuredly they would fight to the bitter end to prevent a member of their own party from being impeached. In their minds the impeachment process is for anyone who doesn’t buy into their agenda.

        • Anonymous

          Sort of like the Republicans and their approach to anyone who isn’t a far-right nutjob?

    • Yes we do For Obama and all his Socaliast buddies!

      • Anonymous

        Care to list the chrages?  That would stand up?

      • If President Obama is a socialist, Mitt Romney must approve.  Romney, or more accurately, his money, made $20 million a year in each of the last two years.  I really can’t understand why Romney is running against President Obama.  Does he think he could have made $30 million if he had been President?

        • Anonymous

          and you don’t think that for one minute obama gets out of office, he won’t make 30 plus million per year of more on the talk circuit? come on look at clinton. all they have to do is write a book.

          • pbmann

            So?  The only president in the past 40 years not to make millions from his presidency is President Carter.  Reagan got $2 mil a speach in the 1980’s.

        • Anonymous

          What diffrence does it make what Romney makes in a year? What your status is financially isnt suppose to be the criteria of becoming a president. The almighty Obama lied to you voters when he said he is for small businesses and so “everyone get on the bandwagon and support your local businesses”…all the while he is making over $400 thousand just last year alone in investing into BIG businesses….believe his lies, re-elect him, and for sure we are all doomed….

          • Briney

            Fortunately we all survived the Doomsday Years of the Bush-Cheney debacle. 

            As for supporting local business whilst improving on his investment portfolio, isn’t that the GOPers and their Tea Party chaperons urge us all to do?

            Flip-Flop Romney has no problem passing out thousands of pink slips and closing the gates on many businesses before reaping millions from bankruptcies.  Most of his earnings are in off-shore investments.  

            Please don’t mention lying without listening carefully to Flip-Flop’s morning after rectification of “What I meant to say,” and, his favorite: “I was misquoted.”  Unfortunately, for politicians  with everyone, including the baby, holding a Kodak Quick Snap nothing escapes scrutiny.  He is a fibber.

        • Washington County

           Obama “change we can believe in”. That didn’t work, so now his slogan is looking forward. to 20 trillion deficit.

      • Anonymous

        On sure way to show ignorence is to call Obama a Socialist. If you call him a right of center moderate then you might be worth listening to.

        • Anonymous

          There is a few words I would like to say about Obama but I will be nice and just say I cant wait for the day he ISNT re-elected.

          • Anonymous

            …in 2016.

            You’ve seen the repubican offerings?

        • mainefem

          Obama is nearly a DLC Blue Dog (*not* a progressive Democrat at all).

          Never was a member of the progressive caucus.

          Google fmi, folks.

          • Anonymous

            Sure he is just like Mumbles Michaud claims to be the same here in Maine.  When instead he has voted for the Pelosi-Reid-Obama-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz agenda in Washington 100% of the time . While also has been subsidized by Roxanne Quimby for her park till he got caught by those in Millinocket, East Millinocket etc..  Now he is pandering with those in the 2nd District by not supporting the park so he can try to keep his job the buffon.
            I find it funny that Liberals claim to be conservative dems when they run but have stood by the Obama-Biden-Pelosi-Reid- Debbie Wassserman-Schultz agenda 100% when they get to Washington.

          • Briney

            Tell us about your fabulous tea party republican agenda?  

            You’re on here every day having one hell of a time damning the lefties, communists, Marxists,  socialists; without one word about what you and your radical right wing tea party mumbo jumbo fanatics are doing to stop whatever it is we are doing wrong.

            Can you explain what it is that distresses you so much about President Obama, other than his color?

        • Anonymous

          Haha Obama right of center moderate are you kidding , Stewart is correct this guy is a Left of Center Socialist Liberal.  Who has put in policies that are going to continue to put our country on path to Cuban or Venezuela style Socialism and make us one of the poorest countries in the world.  If Obama is a moderate that makes Pelosi Conservative LOL.  Obama will continue down the path if re-elected of more bailouts, more failed stimulus, more welfare programs for the bums who refuse to work.  The Liberals have the drank the kool-aid so much they believe this guy has saved our country and economy.  Well the Messiah has continued the path of where it has gotten him today.  A person who is nothing but hype who accomplished nothing in life who is also Full of BS.  When he is defeated in November he will return back to Chicago and go back to being the Community Welfare Bum , I mean Community Welfare Organizer living off taxpayer dollars trying to get folks to hop onto the Welfare Wagons.

          • PaulNotBunyan

            I’m not sure exactly where to place him on that scale. He got a peace prize but he still authorizes those drone aircraft launching hellfire missiles at people in countries that are unwilling to give us official permission. I’m not debating whether it’s a good thing or not. I’m just saying that he does some things that don’t seem right for a leftist. I think a lot of the votes he won’t get will be from people who feel ripped off about voting for him in 2008. Some of them will be peaceniks who can’t forgive him for adding troops in Afghanistan. Some of them will be socialists who can’t forgive him for bailing out corporations.

          • Briney

            When the flak starts to fly it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Leftist, Commie, Marxist, Socialist.   You just start shooting back.  

            The lads who took out Binny Boy weren’t accepted on the basis of their political persuasion – GOPers only?  The same for other services.  Bunking in fox holes does not require that your room mate share the same political quirks as you.  

             When the bombs start to fly – you give it back to  ’em with a double load.  The Drone is a great tech’ achievement.  Something every red blooded American boy dreams  of flying.  

            The remote-controlled Drone has successfully flushed out those who are planning to blow up you and the rest of us,  whilst either weighted down in dynamite-filled Boxers, or, parking their blow-up  van next to yours.

            The prez’, like all good Americans, believes in saving American lives, whilst peeling a few skins off the terrorists.  Take ’em out now, before they reach our shores.  

            As for bailouts – Bush bailed out Wall Street.  Let’s not forget that, or, add it to the Obama Blame List.   Also, Bush is responsible, along with his mate – Cheney – for insuring the oil companies  against loss.  Both geniuses should be praised (?) for a continuation of massive tax cuts for America’s top one percent.  With additional thanks to Mssrs.  Boehner and McConnell and especially  Mr. Ryan, and his wonderful “get on your knees and beg” budget.

          • Briney

            Mumbo, jumbo, rhubarb, rhubarb, flippity flubard, Liberty Hall….

            Come on. Out with it.   What is it that you know or hold, that can radically change today, tomorrow, or, the rest of the year.  What is that secret that bring us all together where we co-exist without labels?  Tell us.  Inform us.  Stop stamping your infernal labels on us. 

            Last night I watched your flippity flubarb man -Romney standing in front of a beautiful brick residence replete with swimming pool.  Dressed in immaculate white slacks, with a cocktail in one hand, he casually observed: “This is the way all Americans should live.”

            You’re both on the same level, sharing  that golden cobwebbed  dream world of Plutocracy.  A Utopian razzle – dazzle of unconnected thoughts.  An inability to see and connect to the real world where rich squander,  and the poor  barely exist,  miles apart, whilst you and the razzle dazzle gang dig an even deeper trench. 

      • Guest

        Define socialism please.

        And don’t go look it up first.

    • Superuser23

      Skip impeachment, let’s just take Augusta over.

  • Anonymous

    The legislature has a chance to balance the budget under this man’s leadership.   Now they need to do their job.     If it does not get done we know who to blame and it is not LePage.   There is not one thing he said  that was quoted in this article that is not absolutely true.   Let’s pull this state up by the boot straps and become the great state once again that it used to be.  We can do this if we all help row the boat.   Everyone needs to bail.

    • Anonymous

      amen!

    • Anonymous

      The legislature had a balanced budget!!! He line-vetoed it and the Republicans failed to do there job and come back to deal with that even though they originally overwhelmingly passed it. Based on his threats, we may have another state shutdown similar to 1991 only this time it will be over welfare, not workers comp. That’s what I call moving the state forward. Government by bullying!!! I’m sure he’ll somehow bame it on the poor , state employees and union bosses as usual!!!

  • Anonymous

    Says the guy who married rich, rather than work for his money.

  • StillRelaxin

    Hey Paulie, if we change our names to LePage will you GIVE us cushy State jobs too? Or perhaps things would work out best for all if you just did something to create jobs for those not named LePage. Just a thought.

    • Yeah, I’m sure we’re all related – back to Adam and Eve – so can we have a high paying job too??

      • Anonymous

        That means we’re all related to Obama.  To Baldacci.  To … (need I go further?)

    • Anonymous

      If you were Working instead of StillRelaxin you might find yourself promoted to a cushy job !

      • StillRelaxin

        If you’re working on Sunday then you’re either making lots of money or you’ve got a really sucky job.  Time for you to go back to school and gain some job skills?

  • Old Bear

    Great speech Paul. But where you the same family how claimed Florida has there home state so you could get FREE COLLEGE for your kiddo’s. That kind of like abusing the system. Or was it some different family Paul.. Just asking hopefully it was not you it was a different family.

  • Bob

    Easy to say First The republican pass ALEC bills like LD1833 (it dose have some good points) to drive down wages it will do nothing to make more jobs in the electrical field just displace some licensed men for less skilled labor.No shortage of Electricans here in Maine. . Spread all the myths about lack of skilled labor. Wasn’t it the republican that believe in the free market and capitalism? There are not enough decent paying jobs even if people are not lazy . He got his education and jobs because who he knows .

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    • Anonymous

      The , I mean many , poor folks in Maine are hurting themselves.  If you choose to stay home and not take jobs that are available because it’s not something you like then too bad !  I know many who would rather smoke one and daydream about the future than actually work toward it.

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  • Bob

    Where are the jobs????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? As an electrical contractor I would gladly hire a helper, accept the former 1 to 1 ratio If we had more work. I get more licensed people looking for a job than I get calls for even small jobs from the yellow pages. This will only help big business . It will hurt smaller business . And will do nothing to help make more people licensed because licenses will not be needed.

  • Anonymous

    That would be out of state.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Seaglass66.  Thus my reference to his promise of bus tickets for those on welfare as they aren’t going to find something that doesn’t exist here.

      • Anonymous

        I drive by 3 places around old town orono area that have help wanted signs out every day.
        Its hard to take a job for minimum wage, nothing says you cant have more than one job.
        I know there is work if you can pass a pee test and get off your butt!
        NO ONE IS ENTITLED to any job.
         I have had sucky jobs and good jobs. When it comes down to it, a job is a job. Some are better than others.

        • Guest

          Why would one work two jobs and be worse off financially than collecting welfare?

          • Anonymous

            it’s called pride! something a lot of liberals don’t have these days.

          • StillRelaxin

            No, to be true here in order to answer fatboy07’s question realistically a person now HAS to actually work two part time jobs (PT so employers can avoid paying any benefits) because employers are looking to pay wages that are so low that two such jobs are about equal to the financial poverty of a person on welfare. Sad but true. This is simply a welcoming to Americans to the new reality of everyone without skills or experience (And not named LePage) now being treated like migrant workers. In such cases “Pride” will often be over-ridden by common sense.

          • Anonymous

            If you have no skills, you will be paid accordingly. The problem is that many unskilled people in this day and age were too lazy to acquire one when they had the chance,  so now they whine about low paying jobs and chase entitlements as an offset. No pity for the lazies here.

          • Superuser23

            Education costs too much with tuition up every year and no employer wants to invest in time and money into prospective employees. Employers need to get off the experience bus, hire those that are capable in order to pay them accordingly first.

          • Anonymous

            EMCC costs very little.  Many people who are NOT taking advantage of it could.

          • Anonymous

            define “very little” when a person has nothing in savings and lives paycheck to paycheck or assistance check to assistance check.

          • Superuser23

            Very little is a very broad easily exaggerated term by some. If you are telling me very little, I am expecting no more then $50 a year, someone else might take that as $20 a year, someone else might take that as $1,000 a year which is “a lot” to everyone else. Education I don’t care where it is, certainly is not “very little”

          • pbmann

            EMCC costs about $10,000 a year with tuition and books which is alot to someone who is already workign 2 or 3 part time jobs.

          • StillRelaxin

            You’re not really responding to the question asked by fatboy07 above.  If there are no jobs in the worst economy since the Great Depression why would one take two low paying jobs without benefits that pay and provide less than or the same as living in poverty on welfare?  Pride is good but so is common sense.  I’ve never been in this position and sense I’d lean towards pride but I’d be understanding as to why others would think me a fool.  Pity has not asked for, but a little common sense on your behalf might help clarify the world around you a bit.

          • Anonymous

            That is exactly the point. If one can do better financially on warfare rather than work, they will. When it dries up, then they are left with no choice but to work. There are plenty of jobs out there. Just not the ones people are looking for. if they are at all.

          • StillRelaxin

            Please provide data to support your “contention” that “There are plenty of jobs out there.”  If that can’t be supported then neither can your comment.

          • Anonymous

            I really can’t justify wasting my time researching and posting numbers in response to someone that already has their mind made up. There are well over 7000 jobs open in Maine, but unemployment does far exceed these numbers. Starting a small business would be a great way to go, but odds are things will be difficult to start up with all the hoops someone has to jump through to get going, then once a small business owner becomes successful, they are then portrayed as “rich”. Loose/loose.

          • Bob

            Of the 7,000 Jobs how many will be laid off for cheaper labor or more “skilled” ones.  I have saw in my day hiring going on in the middle of lay offs .  Sometimes the first to go are the ones who have been on the job the longest. IE paid more. Was a time when anyone who tried kept his job even if they were not the best. Times have changed . When employers know the picking is good it leaves some older worker out in the cold. 

          • Anonymous

            “Starting a small business would be a great way to go”.  Have you ever started a business? I have and we are successful with 18 employees but in the beginning had it not been for my wife’s income we would have starved.  You are aware that most small businesses do not generate a profit right away aren’t you? Most businesses, even small ones require an investment. Something tells me most people that are unemployed or on welfare would not have money to invest. You make it sound as if starting a small business is an easy thing that would generate profit from the very beginning and unfortunately while it sounds great in reality it just isn’t that easy. 

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          • Anonymous

            7000 jobs in Maine? Pray tell, where are they….besides Walmart and fast food places! 7000 jobs! wow!  are you on some sort of Lepage drug influence….its called ignorance.

          • Anonymous

            so walmart and fast food places don’t count as jobs? weird? last time i knew you did get a pay check from them

          • Guest

            NOT a livable wage paycheck unless you’re managment. NO jobs with benefits. Why not collect welfare…………..at least you and your family have medical coverage. I work, never been on welfare and have no healthcare…………so don’t dis me

          • Anonymous

            im not dis you! just saying that people get paid at those jobs you need to count themas people who are hiring!

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts as well. I know the conditions may not be ideal to most but it is a paycheck. The mentality of some needs to be raised a bit I would think. In my local paper there are lots of job openings, but perhaps because they are cleaning jobs and waiter jobs they do not count. Seems they are there all summer. If I did not already have a job I would have applied long ago, and work both if I had to.

          • Guest

            Why don’t you give up your one job to someone who wants one livable wage job and go work two jobs without benefits and still not make a living!!

          • Anonymous

            I worked two jobs to raise my family with no health care. My daughter broke her arm and I paid for it for what seemed like years. It is not my fault I took an entry level job (with low pay) and work like crazy to move up the pay scale. Anyone can do what I did they just have to have the drive. Trust me when I tell you I work hard for what I have, do not live beyond my means, drive a normal car and dress like everyday people. All I am saying is I did it and I know it was horrible but if you go without cable and the internet, go to the cheap seats when you go to the movies, stay away from the drugs, booze and smokes anything is possible. Anyways, this was not just about health care. It is pointed at the people who like to stay home and be taken care of by people like you and myself, people who can buy and dump out water with food stamps to buy smokes or alcohol. The people who live in low income housing, drive a better car, has  the best dressed kids…and lets not forget the boyfriend who lives with them who works and gets great pay. Do not tell me this does not happen because I have seen it. Those few bad apples who spoil the whole barrel. I think our elderly and disabled should be helped, but not the mom who has another child so she does not have to go back to work. How about the heroin addicts who are on methadone who can get disability?? My neighbors daughter worked that angle and now she has a child…..it just keeps going on and on.

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          • pbmann

            So you want to subsidized even more jobs like Walmart and McD’s?

          • No I think I prefer to keep the generational dole turning… thats worked so well for all of us… Screw work. Give me my benefits!

          • pbmann

            Federally subsidized jobs like Walmart’s have not done us any good either.

          • Anonymous

            Wal-Mart downsized, hard to get in. People don’ like that little kids make shirts in sweat shops. Classa ction law suit cost millions.

          • Guest

            well said

          • athenaHealth in belfast is rapidly expanding and hiring people. They pay above average with a full benefits package.  Not to long ago they had an article in the BDN directing people to them.  The jobs are out there, you just need to look for them.

          • Anonymous

            thanks for the  update. That is wonderful for the unemployed around Belfast; however central Maine inland doesn’t seem to have that many places to work. 

          • There are 400 + on southern maine.com right now… do you need me to link it for you?

          • Anonymous

            no thanks, I don’t need another job, but you may want to post if for others.  So 400 jobs on a southern Maine website….where are the rest of the 6600 jobs of the 7000 mentioned previously?

          • pbmann

            There are currently over 45,000 unemployed so if all of the available jobs are taken, which this time of the year are most likely seasonal, what are the other 38,000 unemployed to do? Plus now is the time when all the recent college graduates are looking for their first jobs too.

            As for starting a small business that takes capital to start which most Americans do not have.

          • But Mittens says you can borrow the money from your parents to start a business. HaHa!

          • Anonymous

            I know what they did to me. Woke up and got a letter saying that the unemployment rate dropped below a magic line so U will not be getting your check this week, next week, or any other week. No notice No nothing.  Fabricated numbers and wham Take away our huge check for 350 a week. Not that we weren’t screwed already. Nothing like a going from 2,000 grand a week to 350/   and then to have that taken. Way to kick us wile were down. 

          • fourCatssoon

            IN OTHER WORDS JUST KEEP UP THE OLD LIE TACTIC LIKE SAYING THERE ARE 7000 JOB OPEN IN MAINE. WHEN ASKED TO SUBMIT PROOF OF WHERE HE GETS THIS DATA, THE TYPICAL REPUB RESPONSE IS TO DISTRACT OR AVOID SUBMITTING PROOF TO A STATMENT – LIKE – I CAN’T JUSTIFY WASTING MY TIME SUBMITTING PROOF KNOW THAT THE LIE APPROACH WILL FOOL ENOUGH PEOPLE TO SAY – SEE – I TOLD YOU THERE ARE ALL THESE JOB 7000 JOBS OPEN IN MAINE. WHEN WILL WE SEE MEN OF HONOR ADDRESSING REAL ISSUE AND DISCUSS THE MATTER IN A CIVIL MANNER, NOT JUST ON-GOING LIES DON’T HELP US. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER WITH AN HONEST SPIRIT TO RESOLVE ISSUES THAT HURT PEOPLE.  BE A MAN OF HONOR AND SPEAK ONLY FACTS WITH “PROOF”. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED.

          • Anonymous

            again I see help wanted sign at all restaurants!!! get a job people!!!

          • fourCatssoon

             Adrienne how do you have so much time to make all the comments on this page and still cover for Lauren:)

          • Anonymous

            Those “Help Wanted” signs you see in the restaurants are more than likely for $9 per hour jobs.  How would you expect a man with a wife and 2 kids to support his family on that? It would be about $275 take-home.  With a grocery bill at $200 and climbing, that would leave about $300 a month to pay bills and housing. It’s not getting better.  If he has a wife who goes out to work, the childcare will take more than half of her check.  Then if they try to get help to keep their heads above water or, heaven forbid, one of them gets a seriuos illness, we now have a Governor who tells them to get their butts off the couch and get another job.

          • Anonymous

            work seperate shifts… no childcare needed… one car or take the bus… no cable, cell phone or video games it can be done… work hard and 9 turns to 15 really fast

          • Guest

            You’re dead wrong. Where are all the LIVABLE wage jobs? Could you list them here. I”m sure a lot of folks will send in their resume. Thank you.

          • Anonymous

            You re 100 percent correct Fatboy.. The issue is though people living beyond there means. If you get a job at 10 bucks a hour then you do not rent a 2 grand a month appt or drive a 60 grand car. If you do not have the income then you do without cable sat dishes internet the ps3 and other games. It is a choice. I lived on very little when I was younger I did without allot to get to where I am now. I earned all I have in life and I did it all without any “aid” from the fed or local government. Yes it can be done. It is not easy but in the end it is worth it to raise your child and them look at you and know you where willing to work to make sure they had what they needed.

          • Narsbars

             No aid from the fed or local? Do you drive on the roads? Does our military keep you safe? Is your food inspected and the elevators you ride in reliable? Did your employer have to pay you what they said they would?
            You hypocrites that claim no state or federal aid make me laugh.

          • Anonymous

            I did answer the question.

          • Guest

            well said and thank you!

          • Anonymous

            I will say this SR.  We will never have a productive conversation with the right about social programs until we are willing to admit  and address fraud.  Say the word ‘welfare’ the left sees elderly, sick gramma; the right sees able bodied people who have made welfare a lifestyle and becomes rightfully livid.  

            There are some good ideas on how to revamp the system out there, but it will never get that far if we don’t find something to agree on.  I’m ready to admit there is fraud and abuse. 

            And in Maine, it *is* particularly bad.  A culture of collecting has evolved in certain communities.  It’s very ugly; but it is true.

            IMHO, the reason welfare  is not a true safety net (since its taken away the moment a person goes to work, which is part of the problem), is because our fear of fraud is built in to the system, instead of dealt with on its own (de)merits.

            What I mean is:  society is so sure that welfare is full of huxters that we offer them soup, but don’t give them a pot to cook it in.  (not really helpful)

            If we (society) really believed that people would use the tools we gave them, we’d give more generously, I’m sure.

            SO…if we, the left, can look fraud in the face and accept it and deal with it aggressively, maybe we can get the right to help us fix the system so that welfare lifts up people out of poverty instead of holding them down into poverty.

            But here’s what I really feel:

             jobs are over rated. this is an entirely new economy.  i urge everyone out there who knits, makes jam, carves decos or whatever, to create an online store and participate in the new economy.   I did, and I will never have to worry about a  job again.

            I’ll go even farther….we created welfare so that people will stay compliant and go back to work when the factory reopens.  If welfare didn’t exist, people would relocate after layoffs and industry wouldn’t have the flexibility it needs to survive turns in the economy.  Social welfare is not for people.  It’s for business.

            Start our own business and we’re no longer so compliant.  We’re not part of the 99% if we get our minds right.

          • Bob

            You the nail on the head . A long time ago when i was laid off and found another job the former employers called me back and offered more money when i told them I was working for someone else. It was A way for them to “keep” good help when times were slow.

          • Anonymous

            thanks bob!

          • Anonymous

             not totally true about the no skills, i have over 15 years experience in the field i work, but still get payed low wages in one of the two jobs, but cant afford to give up a job even being low pay, so just deal with it.  about 17 dollars an hour with the two jobs. 

          • mainefem

            That’s indecent; and let me guess:

            neither of those “jobs” include a 401K, *comprehensive* medical care, paid holidays, sick days, personal days off (paid),  disability pay, vacation pay, and/or stock options?

            I didn’t  think so.

          • Anonymous

            welfare doesn’t have a 401k or stock options

          • Anonymous

            If it did, the bankers would have that too along with the rest

          • Anonymous

            what?

          • Anonymous

            How much do you make an hour?

          • Bob

            Unskilled labor Myth again.  CC system in fact almost all colleges graduated record numbers. In the past employers would train help. Employers are fishing for the best help for the least pay now. We have plenty of skilled labor that can not find jobs in Maine.  Now we put all these kids through school they will be leaving the state in record numbers to find decent work.

          • Anonymous

            When I was a kid people with no skills worked at the polutry, sardine, and rope plants, pouinded spikes on the railroad………where are those now?  Those jobs are gone. What do they do know? Those people often couldnt read, hardly write.

          • Anonymous

            Same here, but those jobs have been gone for decades.  My point is that younger people that never acquired any skills should expect to be paid accordingly. I’m sixty and back in high school I knew that Lewiston’s mills and shoe shops were drying up and my future was not with those industries.  Even back then  in the mills and shoe shops, unless you were good at what you did, you were paid minimum wage, i.e, what you were worth.  

          • Anonymous

             We spend $130,000 educating each kid in Maine. Then we make available more in aid for post secondary education.  If a person isn’t disabled and has no skills they have no one to blame but themselves.  I feel no sympathy for someone who has no skills.

          • fourCatssoon

             I hear what you have to say Governor:) Does your Daughter need a driver to drive her around, i have a driver’s license and need a job:) The State of Maine still provide relatives cars to drive around?

          • Bob

            No skilled labor is a MYTH . Lack of employers wanting to pay a fair wage is a fact.  lepage talks about all these machinist jobs . I do not see any Bangor north.  Shortage of electricians funny I got several Licensed people calling me for work. He is doing everything he can to lower wages . It will not make more jobs just lower wages . I here  all these people say they can not find an electrician in support of LD 1833 . Did you try the yellow pages? So A kid goes to 2 years of college to be an electrician an gets $8 to$10 and hour laid off as much as he is working it it worth it? Lets face it its an employers market . Not a worker market.

          • Anonymous

            “Lets face it its an employers market . Not a worker market.”

             I think you are right.

          • Anonymous

            where did you leave your heart, oldmainer? Haven’t you heard that old adage….”there but for the grace of God go I”?   Not many get a free ride to college, and the public schools are so busy prepping students to do good on the MEAs and SATs so that the administrators look good, that they have no time to learn anything of value! Yet some of you still blame the teachers and you really should be blaming the administrators of the school systems as they tell the teachers what to teach/do.

          • Anonymous

            Glad to see that you agree that the kids aren’t learning anything of value for the $130,000 it costs us to send each one through the school system.  Once again we see that many feel the public employees are innocent bystanders who have absolutely zero responsibility for the results of their work. At contract time we hear that they are professional educators who deserve more than we can possibly give them. When results are discussed they have no responsibility for the outcomes.

          • Anonymous

            you really twisted my intention and my words, oldmainer. 
            There are many fantastic teachers out there who do teach our children things of value (I was a bit harsh in my previous statement) but are also tied to spending alot of their teaching time prepping kids to test well.  So then the administrators can say “see, we are meeting the goals”.  
            Some schools are no longer teaching cursive writing, multiplication tables, etc…that is not the decision of the teachers. The majority of teachers are of quality and do the best they can. Classrooms are full of children who are hungry, abused, ignored, extremely poor and ill due to circumstances beyond their control in their homes. So besides trying to teach, trying to make their bosses happy; teachers also have to be aware of the multitude of problems kids come with and try and get them some help within the school district and outside, if possible.  It is not as simple as writing on the chalkboard, as in your day. Most everything is geared towards computer usage.

            Maybe you should volunteer in a school for a day or so and see what really happens. Try all school levels.  I remember about 12 years or so ago when I volunteered in a local school, and was either in kindergarden or first grade. One poor child came to school reeking of marijuana from  home and had to be kept in the office until he came down from his high. Even though this was reported to the state, it happened many times, according to school personnel, who tried to help the poor child. Others came in reeking of old urine from soiled pants….just an example of what teachers deal with.

          • Anonymous

            And anyone who brings up the sad state of education and the massive amounts of money we spend for mediocre results is cast as a child hating ogre.  Funny we never hear about these concerns for the children from the teachers  at contract time…only when someone asks why the results are so bad.  Seems these dedicated, hardworking, professional educators would be shouting this from the rooftops daily if it is such an issue.

            School priorities? Here’s a great post exposing school spending priorities.  It is written about Brunswick, but is applicable to just about any town in Maine.

            http://othersideofbrunswick.blogspot.com/2012/04/simple-multiple-choice-question-about.html#links

          • Anonymous

            How about the parents?  Do you think they should assume some of the responsibility for their kids education? The kids are in school for about 6 hours a day for 9 months a year. Other than that, the parents have to take the inniative to see their kids have a good start in life.

          • Anonymous

            None of that $130,000 per kid is going to the parents.

          • Guest

            skills doesn’t mean a college degree!!! If one goes to college and has a loan……………there are still NO jobs. I would say the state needs to figure that out before they throw everyone into the “work force.”

          • Anonymous

            This state doesn’t even have a decent skilled trades apprenticeship program!  You can’t just wave a magic wand and call a student a Machinist or Mason or Tool and Die Maker.  It takes time in a structured program.

          • Anonymous

             so true, i work one job that says if i get over 30 hours i get certain benefits, the boss keeps us all under the 30, the other job i work 32 hours,  just sucks, i have to work 7 days  a week between the two, just to get a five hundred dollar check, but would never give them up to get full state help.  I am tired some days, but feels good to know that i work hard to earn my money.

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            You can raise a family with no healthcare.  What did you do deport them?

          • Guest

            7777

          • Guest

            If you cannot support children then you shouldn’t have them.  Period.  Then you don’t have to worry about those prenatal bills.

          • Guest

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          • Guest

          • Anonymous

            LOL…everyone has the solution. How about we all volunteer to take a 50% pay cut so that the employers can lower their prices 50%. In the process maybe the government will reduce taxes 50% in response to our sacrifices. 

            Wait I could support my kid until I went out of work. I lost my job because of the 50% drop in pices in the product my company manufacutred. Now I have to work two jobs that don’t pay crap in Mexico. I can’t afford my kid anymore. Maybe I should deprt them to Mexico. Wait I should of had them because I should have predicted that I couldn’t afford them anymore.

            I buy the cheap clothes made by the kids in sweat shops in Mexico! That way the price is reasonable. However my wife use to work for the clothing shop in Maine but the company moved to Mexico because the Union demanded more money, she got up to $17.00 an hour to sew the buttons on the shirt. The company passed off the expense to the consumer but they weren’t willing to pay the increase to pay the Union salary. The government felt they needed to raise the taxes to pay for the unemployment compensation that she recied while she was out of work. They did help her to go to school and get educated to proviede mental health services, but now we have to cut that.The company couldn’t afford to do business in Maine because the cost of our clothes was too expensive. The thought was…wait………..everyone lost the point! Maybe I should just read blogs! LOL

          • Anonymous

             You can thank the government for the fact fewer employers can afford to give employees insurance .

          • Anonymous

            Complain to the insurance companies and medical providers (not your local doc). Decrease the cost of medical procedures…..wait, decrease the cost of the education for medical proessionals to provide the service. Better yet why should the RN get $20 an hour to take care of you, but they do deserve it, wait decrease the tax….wait, but the guy teaching the RN program needs a PhD to teach, but that is worth $355 a credit hour to the college.  Someone has to pay the Registrar at the college, the heat in the building………

            hell you better off to deport your family!

          • Anonymous

            You would be a person anyone would be proud to employ, I hope that your work ethic leads to someone noticing and hiring you upward.

          • Guest

            I admire your work ethic, but at the same time to put in that many hours without benefits and to bring home $500 doesn’t give you much of a life, when your boss obviously is a greedy GOP. I’m sure they love you! I hope someday you can stop and smell the roses.

          • I suppose working that much might keep you sober and off the oxys.

          • Anonymous

            So blame the employer! I wodner why they have to pay low wages, maybe because the cost of benefits is so much, payroll taxes, the consumer isn’t buying. For example; the monthly cost of medical insurance is $750.51.  The company pays $562.87 per month, the employee pays $187.64.  Unemployment (SUI) is around 3.5%,  Rough math – $10 hr – I pay $3.54 hour for an employee’s health coverage, so that s $13.54 a hour. Then we add umployment tax, fed taxes, and so on and so forth befor eyou know it is $15.00 a n hour.

            My point, stop blaming employers. It costs money to pay you.

          • Anonymous

            Another good argument for single payer health insurance.

          • Guest

            MOST employers are Millionaires/Billlionairs………….so sad they can’t pay livable wages………..

          • Bob

            Most big employers are. Some employer do not make as much as thier help dose. I Most the laws are to help big business not small business.

          • Anonymous

            “A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society.” – Bart Giamatti

          • fourCatssoon

             That liberal education did not help the buffoon man:) He did earn the title of the “Worst” Governor in the history of Maine. Sad mistake, he should have majored in caring and compassion not just do the bidding for the lobbyist than fund the fuel for his large body and brain. There is still hope that with a full frontal lobotomy might restore – no – forget it, too much damage already done for repair:)

          • Anonymous

            I have built parts used on the Lunar Rover, built 300 ton dies used to stamp out parts for GM carburetors, built prototype Dragon Missle launchers, worked on the forrunner of the side-scan radar, built dies for 40 mm gunmounts,and assorted odds and ends.  You want to talk about pride?  Oh by the way…..I’m liberal.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for posting your resume. You will be contacted soon.

          • Anonymous

            LOL No thanks..Retired.  Wouldn’t want to take a good job  away from some chest thumping Conservative

          • Anonymous

            Can’t eat pride.  Can’t pay bills with pride.  Something a lot of  conservatives don’t have:  compassion and empathy – traits that make civil society function.  Pride, on the other hand, is one of the seven deadly sins.  Pride is something good Nazi’s had lots of . . . maybe if you got off your proud high horse you could answer fatboy7’s question instead of trying to demean him.

          • Anonymous

            Really?  Nazi’s?  Really?

          • thejude46

             I was just gonna say that! PRIDE!!!!!!!!!!  There is alot of pride & satisfaction in getting out of bed every morning & going to W O R K!!!  More so, I would say, than getting out of bed everyday & going to the mailbox for your welfare check.

          • Guest

            or there is PRIDE in staying home and raising your children and being able to provide for them, welfare or not!! Why would one go work two jobs and not have time with their children. Are we forgetting that in taking on two low wage jobs, there isn’t any family time. I would put family BEFORE two low paying jobs.

          • Guest

            Pride doesn’t pay your bills or feed your children. YOU obviously have a livable wage job, so do I, but there are many that don’t!! Perhaps the big paying CEO’s want to allow a little to “trickle down” to the employees so they too can work and have LIVABLE income?

          • Sure, topofmaine, it’s all about pride.  Well, c’mon down to Rockland!  I have a couple of $8.00 jobs for you to try on.  You will never have a weekend home with your family or a paid holiday or personal day.  You will be expected to mold your schedule to whatever the needs of the day and the whims of the boss are.  Don’t try to make an appointment, because you might be called in to work.  But, also don’t count on those 40 hours, because business might be slow this week, and you might be sent home.  Oh, and if you don’t work enough hours you will not have any insurance or vacation or retirement plan either.  Well, maybe even if you work 40 hours it’s not guaranteed.  Oh, and job security?  Forget that!   It’s an old-fashioned notion that there should be mutual respect and loyalty.  No, today everyone is expendable, so don’t complain even when asked to do something dangerous or illegal!   Also, don’t get too old!  People over 50 aren’t worth keeping these days.

            Anyway, it is clear you have not a clue and don’t want to.  You will never take me up on my offer and come down to see what these people are really going through.  Imagine coming in everyday and working hard for your $10.00/hour (no benefits)!  Imagine working everyday and never missing any time!  Then imagine asking your boss for a day off so you can move to a new apartment!   He says ‘no’.  He says he can’t afford to let you have a day, even though it would be an unpaid day.  Says you shouldn’t even be asking.  Think I’m making this up?  Happened to a guy who works in my building just the other day.  He works 2 jobs, never misses a day, has no health insurance, no retirement account, and has no paid (or unpaid, apparently) days off.  Does ANYONE deserve this kind of treatment?  How about a guy with pride, who works hard and isn’t taking any public money to support his family?  Does he deserve this?  Does he deserve not being able to afford his prescription medicine, the same medicine that enables him to stay on the job?  Should he not be able to go see a doctor when he is sick?  Think his job is unusual?  I can find these all day long down here.  In fact, I worked in one just last year.  Was it because I am unskilled, an undedicated employee, or just plain lazy?  I don’t think so.  I was hired as a computer technician, I showed up every day, and I showed up early.  I often stayed late.  I was able to perform my duties and treated customers well.  In return I received $10.00/hr., no benefits, no paid days off, had to work holidays (I was fired on New Years), had to listen to sexual harassment of female employees, was exposed to asbestos that was not properly handled, and was ultimately let go with no notice because my boss decided he had found someone he liked better.  (He didn’t like the fact that I occasionally had my own opinion.)  Oh, and while he paid me $10/hr. he was billing my time at $60. to $80. per hour., so I believe he actually though I might know what I was doing.

            Come to Rockland and let’s see how prideful your are in the jobs I line up for you!  I think we’ll see you are nothing but hot air.  People that talk like you generally have no substance.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe you should think about moving from Rockland.

          • Anonymous

            Pride is something that generations are missing.

          • pbmann

            Pride is a sin. 

            You do what is in your family’s best interest and working two or three jobs while bringing in less money is not good for your family by any means.  Your family loses precious time with you and has to do with less, and by less I mean less necessities.

          • Anonymous

             i dont know where you got that information from, but HUH?  I have been working two jobs for year now, and i managed to pay off my car, get a new vehicle, and payed off some old debts i had,  where as I know of some one right now who lives off the state and struggles everyday, trying to find rides to appointments,  and still has to borrow money, oh by the way doesnt have money to pay it back. 

          • So choice A is –  I work I can have a new vehicle and pay off my debts.  Choice B is  – I stay on welfare, I don’t have a car, and I owe money.  OK, I’ll take B.  Right.

          • Bob

            You will not need a car if you do not work.

          • thejude46

             Well, if you don’t have a car, how will you get to the bingo games & the convenience store to buy beer, cigarettes & lottery tickets?

          • Anonymous

            nasty retort

          • Guest

            are you for real? How can one even have a car, let alone a new one working at minimum wage??

          • Bob

            Lets see some of these apartments would cost $1,500 a month. $300 food stamps, health care $800 . You need transportation to get to work. Not so much on welfare. maybe in a $800 check another $500 in pills you can sell.  Even 80 hours a week on minimum wage would not pay that not to mention most jobs now are part time.

          • Anonymous

            Minimum wage jobs are not enough to live off of, but when you get into the workplace opportunities can present themselves.  One has to start (or restart) somewhere.  Self esteem will not come from being on welfare.

          • Guest

            It has nothing to do with self esteem, it has to do with eating and having a roof over your head for your family. Do you think that starting at the “bottom” means you will get to the “top.” Meanwhile at the bottom…………your family starves to death????

          • Anonymous

            That’s why repubs want to cut welfare.

          • Anonymous

            Because they want to contribute to society rather than leach off of it.

          • Guest

            ONLY the GOP and poor haters( oh that is the GOP) think of it as leaching!!

          • Anonymous

            Working 2 jobs and bettering yourself so you can either a) go back to school and get an education, b)get some on-the-job training that will allow you better positions in the future and c) get your foot in the door so you can work on making your way up the ladder to a better-paying job :)  Sitting on the couch and collecting welfare never leads to that.

          • Anonymous

            Self respect, pride, so the working class doesn’t hate you  when they can’t afford meds cause they have to support you. So the tax payers don’t plot a walk out work week or two so there’s no money for welfare. So if your house catches on fire the tax payer doesn’t throw some extra dry wood on it to insure it burns flat. So the tax payer doesn’t plot that you have to show a pay stub to get a hair cut, buy a tv, or new clothes, even own a car.
            Any one of those should convince a person.

          • Guest

            You mean so that the GOP doesn’t hate you. I work!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t necessarily mean you. You means anyone who who thinks they should be entitled a free ride.
            Most things political as far as I’m concerned isn’t much different then welfare, they just take your money.

        • Anonymous

          Our family works 4 jobs.

        • Anonymous

          Minimum wage jobs are not enough to live off of, but when you get into the workplace opportunities can present themselves.  One has to start (or restart) somewhere

        • Anonymous

           What does pee have to do with a minimum wage job?  Why care about pee? It makes more sense to care about the ability to do the  job.

        • Anonymous

          I agree! I would flip burgers and pump gas to support my children rather than live off the state. Other people could laugh at me all they wanted, but without people filling these kind of jobs the laughing people would be SOL when they wanted these products. No job is below someone who needs enployment, whatever min. wage is seems to me to be better than NO wage at all.

          • Guest

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        • Guest

          Passing the “pee” test is a major hurdle for many of those out of work.

      • Anonymous

        Absolutely, Maine Carpenters fleeing a bad economy went to San Francisco during the Gold rush days and built much of it; other Mainers would sail the world with the skills they learned on Casco Bay establishing trading companies; Jews and others who migrated into Bangor created new businesses that lasted till today; those with ambition and an education went to where ever the jobs were being advertised, and more made their living from natural resources  while others invented machines which were sold world wide.

        Maine has a rich history of turning a thin dime to make a profit; let’s never forget it….it’s time to get off the couch, folks!

        Whether you go to Vancouver, Brazil or Guangzhou , you’ll always be a Mainer!

        ayah!

    • Anonymous

       And I see someone didn’t like that I had over 250 “likes” to my original post and has “flagged it”. (chuckle)

  • Anonymous

    Or you could have your family members get elected Governor. It works for LePage’s family after all! This guy’s hypocrisy knows no bounds!

    From Wikipedia:

    “LePage appointed his 22-year-old daughter Lauren as assistant to his chief of staff—an entry-level position with an annual salary of approximately $41,000—and employee benefits estimated to be worth an additional $15,000. While residing in the governor’s mansion, she also receives a housing benefit with an estimated value of $10,000 per year. (Maine’s rules against nepotism did not apply to this and other political positions.) Critics noted that entry-level salaries for teachers and police officers in Maine are only $30,000 and $36,000, respectively, after specialized training, and that Lauren LePage has a limited work history.LePage hired his brother-in-law, Jody Ledoux, as director of administrative services for the State Planning Office with an annual salary of $68,577. Ledoux, who is married to a sister of LePage’s wife Ann, began his work on February 13, 2012.”

    • Anonymous

      I dont remeber the libs havin a cow when Baldy had all of his buddies on his staff when they were paid 50k each As usual fake outrage by the left

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.

      • StillRelaxin

        All John’s “Buddies” you speak of were family members with little to no qualifications?  Oh wait, you aren’t even on topic.  Nice try at deflection though.

      • Anonymous

        If you don’t remember, it’s because you weren’t paying attention to all of us.  I still wish we could have had a democrat instead of Baldacci.   Like republicans, there are too many democrats that think this is like rooting for a sports team.  It isn’t.  But my beliefs fall closer to the democratic platform than to the things the GOP has to say, so I generally vote democratic.  Baldacci was corrupt, no doubt about it.  But he wasn’t so flagrant as to hire his daughter as his aid.  He may have had cronies, but they had at least something on their resumes.  I hope the democrats are paying attention now though, because LePage is bad karma coming back to bite us in the posterior.

        And that doesn’t change the fact that we need a recall/impeachment process in place, no matter who’s in office.

    • Anonymous

      i don’t think you want to open this barrel of worms. the democrats wrote the book on hiring family at our expense. just go back and do a little digging, maybe starting with john martin. be serious.

    • Anonymous

      Nepotism is nothing new, and not surprising, but what is clear to me is that government administration is way overpaid. $41K and outstanding benefits for an entry level paper pusher? Crazy…

      • Anonymous

        The majority of state entry level jobs start and no where near $41K. The average state employee earnings are $18k per year.

        • Anonymous

          Right.  Baldacci and King both hired folks with zero experience and paid them higher than LePage paid Lauren his daughter.  Including David LaMoine the state treasurer who lost his legislature seat and lost Maine 20 million dollars in a investment scam. LaMoine had no experience in this field he is a trial lawyer from OOB area.  So don’t place blame on just LePage they all do it. 

          • Briney

            Untie yourself from your  restrictive party mode.   “They all do it,” is no excuse for why they do it. Doesn’t matter what party affiliation a person has – it should be stopped.  

  • Well put! Although the Left really does believe that government must take care of their every need, desire or want. Sad really, considering those of us on the Right have no problem taking care of ourselves with minimal government intrusion.

    Guess it all boils down to dependency and personal responsibility.  Some have it, some don’t.
    Some have ‘it’, and others just want to take ‘it’ from them for themselves.

    • The left doesn’t really believe that.  The right just believes that the left believes that.  Garrison Keillor said the right believes that reducing tax rates will result in higher government revenue, or at least they say they do.  He said that is like ancient civilizations tossing virgins off cliffs to improve the corn crop.  The right believes in fairy tale economics. George H. W. Bush called it voodoo economics.

      •  Garrison Keillor? You have got to be kidding! You are actually quoting Keillor on economics? Get real! Only a liberal would believe that taxing something begets more of that something! Even Kennedy knew that was counterproductive!

        • Anonymous

          Taxes produce revenue. Revenue is used to rebuilt infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc), keep street lights on, & pay police, fire fighters, teachers, and so on. Slashing revenue means slashing services of all kinds, including ones you expect to stay available. The millionaires and billionares get vast tax breaks, which slashes revenue. We’re supposed to make up for the lost revenue by slashing public jobs (though conservatives always promise increased jobs–they just mean low-wage jobs without benefits), doing without little things like bridge maintenance, and destroying the social safety net. To get us on board with that, the right demonizes unemployed people.

        • Anonymous

          I think he’s quoting Garrison Keilor on low information voters, not on economics.
           

          • Actually I referenced Keillor because he pointed out the wishful thinking in conservative economic doctrine.  For a bunch who proclaim themselves to be hard-headed realists, they certainly seem to believe in a lot of fairy tales.

        • Garrison Keillor was saying that conservative economics is nonsense, and I agree with him.  He just uses humor to make his point.  George H. W. Bush knew that conservative economics didn’t add up and said so with the comment about voodoo economics, but he also desperately wanted to be President, so he changed his mind when it was expedient.  Remember David Stockman?  He was Ronald Reagan’s budget director who was “taken to the woodshed” when he tried to point out the reality of Reaganomics.  He wanted to keep his job.  Bush, of course, was hoping for a promotion.

    • Anonymous

      1 John 3:17.  Look it up.

      • Anonymous

        Micah 6:8

  • Anonymous

    Quite a  statement from a man that was a draft dodger in Canada during the Vietnam War…!!!

    • Guest

      Just another War Hawk sissy …. like Romney, Bush, Cheney and Limbaugh.

    • Anonymous

      And I just don’t understand why so many veterans seem to support him?

  • CG

    need support for east west highway,pipeline,propane facilities,mining on bald mountain but NO Maine people are afraid of jobs and change

  • Anonymous

    Your tipical dream Romney -Clown.

  • Anonymous

    Thats why I guy like me had to move out of state is to get a job where in some other states are plentiful. Well why did I leave Maine?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe people are still falling for this babble.  After decades of the same ol’ venomous canards from Republicans, the wealth of America is concentrated at the very top and the middle class is disappearing.

    You can work as hard as you want, like an ant, and give China a good run for its sweatshop labor factories–and all you will have is a country of broken slaves who blame themselves when they can’t afford a doctor.

    Or you can have dignity, like they do in Canada, and every other democratic country in the world.

    Wake up, America!

    • Bob

      I agree spruce . The economy in Canada is doing much better than Maine. Seems like they always had a hard time north of the border but now they are doing better than we are.

      • Anonymous

        in large part because Canada has solved the health cost issue.

        • Can you show me some statistics to support that?  You know, that once health care is solved the economy will start improving?

        • Um, I beg to differ. I had the misfortune of having some heart issues a while back. (Yes, contrary to what the Left preaches, conservatives do have hearts!) Anyway, while I spent ten days in EMMC I had time to talk to other patients. A large majority (more than 50%) were Canadian! I was surprised at the large numbers. They explained that in Canada, it took forever to get in to see a doctor, then they had to wait months to get into a hospital. All they had to do was drive over the border, complain about chest pain, and they were admitted instantly and cared for. They all had the same story.

          I had to return a couple of weeks later, and again got to talking to the the patients there then. Again, quite a few (less than 50%) were from Canada, and related the same story.

          I have family in Canada, and they say the same thing. Long waits to see a GP, then it takes months to see a specialist, then months more for any procedure. 

          I know we have issues here, but I doubt all those people were lying. I’m afraid that obamacare will give us the same flawed system. How can it be good for everyone, when only one side voted for it? Would you be happy with the same law if only Republicans had passed it? I think not! Lack of compromise on either side produces a flawed system.

          I refuse to believe that only the Left has the right answers, that Government, and only Government, is the savior of the masses.

          • Anonymous

             I called the Doctor once in the US.  Said I had a strep throat.  He told me he could see me on October 18th.  Unfortunately it was June at the time. 

          •  So you left it at that? Isn’t it YOUR responsibility to see that you are seen? Strep throat, very inconvenient!

          • And once again the arguement for Public Option is made. Resolve health care and you solve at least 1/3rd the problem right up front. Get the energy issue under control and we can ALL start breathing again. That I’ve seen so far, Paulie and Company have yet to offer a single option or alternative on either besides keep on doing what we’re doing now (which we all admit isin’t working). If his rah-rah speech is any indicator of the rest of the GOP then Tampa’s gonna look more like a wake-in-waiting than a Nominatiing Convention. And people wonder why the GOP is more and more considered a laughing stock for the Late Night Show writer’s. One listen to Paulie’s script, which suspiciously sounds and reads like a MHPC position paper, and you can hear why.

          •  So your answer to fixing the problem is to destroy the system all together? Good luck with that! The reason the late night’s ridicule the right is because the Left is off limits, like islam!

          • Anonymous

            Waiting for medical care in Canada is a lot like waiting for medical care at the VA.  If you are a vet that should tell you a lot about government health care for everybody !

          • Anonymous

            I’ve received decent VA care.  And I’ve seen bad VA treatment too.

            Ask yourself this:  Shouldn’t every veteran get just as good of care as anybody else?  How can we improve the VA?  Why should we have a special set of second rate hospitals for veterans?  Let’s make the whole system work well and make it work for everyone.

          •  Agreed! Unfortunately too many haven’t had that inconvenience!

          • NotesFromME

             Pretty ridiculous point considering that the VA is the best and most efficient health care system in the nation with the lowest cost per patient, the highest rate of patient satisfaction, and the best outcomes.

          • Bob

            If healthcare is so great here why do Canadians have a longer longevity rate? I agree we have better health care here the problem is poverty and the uninsured . bottom line if you have health insurance here you are better off. If you have no health care at all you would be better off there. Just my opinion.  Lets say you work for $8 an hour here and have to pay 100% of your own health care that is your pay check let alone food. 

          • Anonymous

            Doing a comparison on length of life is a bad argument to make considering we’re the most obese country on the planet.  Perhaps if people laid off the ho-ho’s and ring dings and ate more natural and dare I say organic, none pesticide filled foods our length of life would go up and the obesity rate would go down.  Just my opinion though.

          • Bob

            We are obese and eat junk food because we have higher poverty rates than most of the industrialized world. Yes we have more rich but also more poor and being lazy has nothing to do with it.

          • Anonymous

            Eating healthy on appears more expensive than eating nothing but junk food. Grain and gluten based food make you feel more hungry when you eat them. If people do their own research they’ll find plenty of recipes that can feed an entire family for less than buying nothing but pre-made meals. It takes a little longer to make things but if can also be made into a family affair. Not only that, you can help support your local economy by buying local and will have the added benefit of making you healthier thus limiting the amount of time you may need to spend at the Dr.s office. I’m not saying people buy terrible food because they’re lazy but they are misinformed as I was for oh-so may years.

          • Bob

            Yes a I agree . It is a whole lot easier lets say to buy a $1 bag of chips for lunch than real food. 

      • Anonymous

        that is because of their liberal unemployment benefits. go ahead move over there and see what it is like to pay 8.00 gallon for milk and 5-6.00 for gas and try buying eggs and never mind having to have an MRI at 2 in the morning 200 miles from where you live after waiting a month to get in. go ahead i dare you to move to the paradise land.

        • Bob

          It would not be better for the middle class I bet the the working poor . Minimum wage is higher  . Unemployment is lower. Heath care (I do not have) . Not saying its all great just different.

    • Where are they working in Canada?

    •  They don’t have wealthy in Canada? And those wealthy are not at the top? Where are they, the bottom?

      Ever consider that the Middle Class is disappearing because some are gaining wealth and some are losing wealth.

      Why is it that you are only happy if everyone is equally poor? What do yo have against success?

      Since when did “hard work” become a bad thing?

    • Anonymous

      What happened to the Dem twin saviors of tourism and the creative economy? Hoping people from other states have disposable income to spend here is a heck of a thing to base an economy on.  Thanks Maine Dems.

      • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      Wealth really has no bearing on anything. High income tax rates will not decrease their wealth, as most of their wealth does not come from their income. Since we are using the governments currency I suppose they have a right to it, they do not however have a right to an individuals private property, that is to say, wealth.

      I completely agree with the sentiment that the income gap between the middle class and the wealthy is insane. I do not believe that it is okay for an executive to pay themselves $10 Million a year while people at the bottom are paid hardly enough to get by. But that is INCOME and you are talking about WEALTH, they are two different things, they are obtained differently, and they do not affect people the same. For a person to have a lot of wealth, they do not need to “take” it from anybody, however, for a person to have high “income” they essentially do have to take it from someone else. That being said, that doesn’t stop anyone else from being well off. I will promise you that if a person obtains a desired skill and is not lazy then they will be fine. Yes, there may times when they are without work during hard economic times, but those same hardships hit everybody.The disappearing middle class has nothing to do with the wealthy or their income, and everything to do with increasing cost of goods due to poor government fiscal policy.

  • Bob

    You usually have 2 choices either feel guilty or Blame the victim.  Lepage like to blame the victim .  More people would get jobs if we had jobs to get.  I do not see any employers that do not take jobs because they can not find help . The one that do just do not want to pay enough . If I could find qualified help to work for 50 cents an hour I could put 50 people to work. My point is it would cost other people a job in the field . Only so much work is out thier in A giving field and lower wages is not going to make more work.  It is called supply and demand.  lets say tire shops could hire tire changers at $1 an hour we only need so many people to change tires. My point is the guy making $8 an hour would be replaced with the guy making $1 an hour and people would not get cheaper tires.

    • Anonymous

       The Maine Dems sold us the creative economy and tourism. How’s that working out for you?

      • Bob

        I am no fan of the Dems either. It is way more complex than that. The 2 party system is designed to divide people . I am not in favor of laws designed to screw workers or small business and to help big business . Reagan years were better than Carter years but Clinton years were better than Bush years.I cannot remember things this bad for this long. making laws to help the rich dose not always make jobs.  Many middle class people make jobs. The middle class is disappearing. I would be in favor or no income tax but a 5% tax on net worth.

  • Anonymous

    I get a kick out of it when you brave Teabillies have my comments removed. The “Free Speech” hypocrisy is a work of cowardly art ! 

    • Guest

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      • Anonymous

        WOOT !

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    • Jason Simonds

       Then try rephrasing what you want to say in such a way that you wouldn’t mind saying in front of a group of church ladies… .. oft times it is not the content that gets a post removed, it is the way in which it is said.

      • Anonymous

        It was G Rated …. “fat butt” was what got two patriots fired up !

  • Also in the Bangor Daily, there are 3.7 job seekers for every job opening.  This was in the May 5 BDN in the article about the shrinking US labor force.  So, Governor LePage, are the jobs really there?

    • Anonymous

      Talk to your dem buddies that are advocating that the illegal immigrants be allowed to freely come to this country.
      Tell them that we need those jobs for our own that now have to rely on the sympathy of others to survive.
       Tell them that there are 3.7 job seekers for those 3.7 jobs that are now taken by illegal aliens.
      Tell them that and listen to the crickets.

      • Anonymous

        DangWrongMr.  Look at the statistics and follow the money.  Migrants with stead jobs tend to work for Republicans.  Big Ag.  Big hotel chains.  Obama has deported a lot more illegals than Shrub ever did.

      • I have my doubts you could come up with 20 illegal aliens working in Maine, and if you can, why are you not turning them in? I understand a chinese buffet in the area jsut got caught, but where are the rest? you are just spouting rhetoric in my opinion. Where are these illegal aliens in Maine?

      • Do you know of any Democrats who advocate allowing illegal immigrants to freely come to this country?  A name would be helpful.  And it was 3.7 job seekers for 1 job.  And if the 1 job had been take by an illegal alien, it wouldn’t be open, would it?  Sometimes I think rightwingers have to be the most illogical people on earth.

        • Anonymous

           Hmmmmmm.
           Does the name OBAMA ring a bell?

  • Pav

    Jobs, what jobs??? I remember when there were, I think, three shoe factories between Bangor and Brewer. But taxes and other cost were to high so they went to other countries.  That is the way with every thing here even doctors come here to practice and when they get good they leave.  The only jobs here are so low paying that you need two or three just to pay the ridiculously high rent.  I heard someone say that they are trying to turn Maine back into wilderness, just trees and animals allowed in Maine…… Almost there!!!!!

    • Anonymous

       You can thank 35 years of Dem rule in Maine for that.  Surely the creative economy will save us…or maybe tourism.  Two Dem favorites.

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    • Anonymous

      Can’t find a job, make a job!

  • Anonymous

    “This guy is not a politician,” Cebra said. “He’s a businessman who’s committed every day to making Maine prosperous. He’s plain-talking and a no-nonsense kind of guy. He’s making promises and he delivers on those promises.”
    Apparently Mr Cebra forgot about the JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, promise. There are less of them in Maine today then when Paul Richard LePage took office. When will LePage say something, anything positive about The State of Maine and her people? LePage lied to all of us when he told us the focus of his administration would be JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The real focus of his administration is his never ending war against Maine’s most vulnerable citizens. And the circus called the Republican State Convention continues. Last night they had a guy that looked like Mitt Romney as the keynote speaker. Today they have a guy who looks like Curly from the Three Stooges , “nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!”,”woo-woo-woo!”, “soitenly”

  • Bob

    The Myth of unskilled labor is making the new college bubble. The rich will own the middle class soon . Maybe more bailouts? Record numbers of kids graduated this year even though SAT scores are down. 

  • Guest

    Dear Governor LePage you pompous A ……  your corporate henchmen sent those jobs to
    China, perhaps you should stick your head in the toilet and flush it several times and get a clue.  How about YOU do something and fix the damn POWER GRID !!!!

  • Guest

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    • Anonymous

       But the Maine Dems have been telling us for years that our tourist based economy and the “creative” economy will save us.  The Dem reality sucks doesn’t it?

      • Guest

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  • PaulNotBunyan

    I wouldn’t be so harsh. I would have to see what they buy when they are at the bigger stores. A bag of store brand chips usually lasts 5 or more days for me. I eat them along with some better foods. What gets me is how items like sugar-free drink mixes qualify. No energy, vitamins, fiber, fat or protein at all but they can be purchased under “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”.

    I think some money would be well spent visiting some of these beneficiaries to see what else they might need in order to use their card more effectively. That could be education, a stove, pots and pans, etc. in many cases. I’m not exactly a liberal but I do try to have compassion and understanding. Get to know some of the younger generation well and you might see why I feel that way. I’ve met some raised by parents who were too busy doing their own thing(s) to teach their kids how to cook a proper meal.

    • Anonymous

      Why not have them GET A JOB, and let them buy anything they want?

      • PaulNotBunyan

         Sure. How many job openings do you have for them? I certainly miss the days when I had a full time employee and one or two part time people. What’s especially sad is that I taught them things that don’t pay what they should today thanks to the offshoring that is allowed. I’m not a liberal and I’ll start yelling at these people soon as I see they have some good alternatives to consider.

        • Anonymous

          I grant you, one of the reasons why people aren’t working is because of a lack of jobs. But then I must ask, “Why is there a lack of jobs?” One reason for that is because high taxes over a long period of time have made businesses here in Maine less competitive here and elsewhere, including overseas. During better times Maine increased its welfare and other programs because it had more money to spent derived from taxes. In effect by not returning the money back to the taxpayers and increasing program expenditures, it unintentionally created more welfare dependency and made businesses less competitive. Now we’re suffering the consequences of decades of misguided economic policies and practices by the state. Should we keep waiting for better times to make the necessary changes needed at the state level or do we simply do nothing and hope better times will roll around by itself? 

          • PaulNotBunyan

             I never advocated delaying the changes we need here. That doesn’t change the big picture much at all. How many jobs that used to be in Maine are still in the US? I bet the count is rather low. I have to disagree with the rest of what you said. The real competition is offshore. If we get enough inflation to cut the purchasing power of our minimum wage in half we might get a few jobs back. Serious (and severe) trade reform is what we need most. I don’t want to wait until we are back in the factories making the equivalent of what $2.50/hour buys today.

          • Anonymous

            I agree, reform of our trade laws is an important element. But that can only originate at the federal level. In the meantime Maine must do all it can to make its businesses more competitive overall. Maine used to be the number one potato growing state in the nation until it gave away the edge to Idaho and other states. That’s just one example of loss business opportunities in Maine. Right now the paper industry is heading for extinction. Lowering energy cost is one way to slow down, if not prevent, its demise.

          • PaulNotBunyan

            “to slow down, if not prevent, its demise.”

            The “prevent” option is acceptable. The other one makes me angry. If I throw my shoes at them they will lock me up.

    • Anonymous

       Why don’t we restrict the whole program to an allowance of items available from a central commissary shipped weekly to them?

      • Anonymous

        Gee, sounds like Nutrisystem!!!

      • PaulNotBunyan

         Well they used to have a “surplus food” program instead of food stamps. It was only “surplus” in the sense that the USDA bought up some farm products to keep the prices from falling so low it would put American farmers out of business. Those who qualified had to pick it up at a distribution point on an appointed day. That might be a public school or some non-profit agency near them. There was flour, corn meal, unbranded spam, rice, powdered milk, butter, cheese, canned chicken, powdered eggs and more. I learned to cook some tasty meals with it at a soup kitchen where I helped out. None of it went to waste there. They always liked my corn bread and sourdough biscuits with their crispy spam and instant eggs breakfast.

        Two nice things about that program is that the food came from American farms and it wasn’t artificial. Food stamps can be used to buy stuff with zero nutritive value that isn’t even made in the USA.

        •  Oh my God, that government cheese was the best ! I loved that stuff…powdered eggs, not so much. I like the idea of bringing it back.

          • PaulNotBunyan

            A lot of people didn’t like the eggs served as eggs but they were fine in any recipe that called for eggs. I didn’t like the powdered milk as a drink but it was okay for baking and on the oatmeal. It was all good food but you had to prepare it properly.

          •  Oh , we made the milk to drink. I got so used to it that if I had real milk it tasted funny. The eggs, you’re right, best for baking but from time to time we made scrambled eggs with them. My grandmother had several kids and then after 20+ years of marriage she found herself divorced with no work skills. She took care of a few of her grand kids as well as some of the kids she still had home. We appreciated that surplus food let me tell ya. I am 40 so it was not so long ago. She used it the right way back then. She made all home made food and we didn’t get sweets from the store either. In fact anyone reading this that recognizes my name will probably tell ya that she made the best doughnuts and peanut butter cookies :-) She eventually took a class to be a visiting homemaker and got a job. I always missed the food once we no longer qualified.

          • PaulNotBunyan

             I was qualified to receive it directly for a short time but I saw lots of it for several years. I helped with various programs that qualified. I would be running a soup kitchen today if I could.

        •  Do you remember the big cans of peanut butter ? They had like a half inch of oil settled on top when you opened it.  Or the big white can with just the word LARD on it, it made the best homemade doughnuts.

          • PaulNotBunyan

            I made peanut butter cookies and I put peanut butter on the biscuits I made with the flour they gave out.

  • Anonymous

    Where are these jobs in Downeast Maine?

    • Bob

      This is what you call Blame the victim ………………………………………………………..

    • Anonymous

       Try moving where there are some opportunities.  How many people do you think end up working in the town they were born in?

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  • Anonymous

     DANG

     Could I like this guy any more than I already do?

     Only if he ticks off MORE liberal crybabies with his no nonsense approach to solving the problems this state is facing.

     

    • Anonymous

       Didn’t LePage get rich off of the backs of Marden’s shoppers?  How is that different than Angus King?

      Given the choice, I would rather make Angus King or Cianbro rich than a government-owned electricity company in Canada (I’ll say that again- “government owned”)

      • Anonymous

        You sure know a lot about business.

        Ever own one, or better yet, ever start a successful one?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t have to have owned a business to know that LePage has worked hard and done well for himself with the help of Marden’s shoppers and employees.  There’ s nothing wrong with that.  I don’t see how that is different than what Angus King has done- invest in wind power- and think it is better to do that than send money to the Quebec government. 

          People on Wall Street invest and make money every day.  Mitt Romney has as well.

          • Anonymous

            I also know telling “able bodied” (code for lazy) people to get jobs is nice red meat for conservatives, but doesn’t help people get them.  They can’t get jobs if they aren’t educated.  They can’t get jobs if they can’t get there because the roads are falling apart; nor can they get them if they are too sick to work or can’t get a job to cover their medical bills.

          • Anonymous

             The taxpayers spend $130,000 to educate each kid in Maine.  Then we give millions more to support post secondary education. If they are uneducated because they refuse to apply themselves they have no one to blame but themselves.  If there are no jobs for you in Maine then look somewhere else.

          • Guest

    • Anonymous

      Actually the governor has a total nonsense approach to creating problems.

  • People with experience and college degrees are having a very hard time finding jobs in this state and in other states as well. The governor is forgetting something it’s called a living wage. Want vs need – food, shelter, clothing, transportation, medical including preventive care including a dental care. What about child care. Who pays for said child care?

    What really gets to me is that the governor keeps calling Maine a Welfare State. He in using terms like this is degrading the citizens of Maine. Many states I am not sure of the numbers have many people on welfare. Many people get government help, some are disabled, some have worked and are senior citizens. It seem like the words Welfare State are used to cover many different groups of people. Is a retired person who works for years yet gets some government help a person on welfare?

    If you continue to say hurtful words to a person or group it is not going to help them to feel better and lift themselves upward. The governor has many times used abusive words in describing the Good People and Upstanding Citizens of the Great State of Maine. What is needed is a more positive outlook is needed the old statement is the glass half full or half empty. I have to wonder what people outside of the State of Maine who might want to come here for a vacation or even invest so that job can be created think when the Governor calls “Maine a Welfare State.”

    • Anonymous

      College graduates with degrees that are desirable who have differentiated themselves have no difficulty finding a job at all. Liberal Arts majors with a 2.5 GPA, with little to no other qualifications are a dime a dozen. A college degree does not equate to automatic employment, having a desirable skill or skills and setting yourself apart from everyone else does.

  • Anonymous

    If LePage is a “breath of fresh air” the air must be pretty damned foul where they live. 

  • Anonymous

    “I understand the difference between a want and a need. “ Yep, you can tell by his buff abbs! and his little trips out of state :)

  • Bob

    Mr. Lepage you being the older of 16 siblings why did most end up in jail welfare or dead?  You are one of the lucky ones but you did not do it without help. Now that being said why didn’t you help your family years ago when they needed you most? Not all people are lucky enough to get the help you got. If they were they would not need welfare.

  • PaulNotBunyan

    We have another article today about the increase in people applying for disability. I can’t blame them a bit because I read the job requirements and often see things like ability to lift N pounds or standing for  some period of time for jobs that could probably be adjusted to accommodate a person with disabilities. I remember the days when I worked at office and factory jobs alongside people in wheelchairs.

    He’s definitely a politician just like his predecessor was. It’s fairly obvious that the bulk of the problem is national. There is a sharp limit to how much any state governor/government can do to make it better. We are at the mercy of the feds for the most part. We can put some blame on Bush and Obama but let’s remember that the bills we needed never got to their desk. I think the ones we needed most never got written in the first place. If there’s nothing for the president to sign or veto then we need to put the heat on the lawmakers.

  • Jason Simonds

    I do not see how this argument can be sustained.  Poor people, people on welfare, and those that are unemployed are given far more power than they deserve.

    Did these people get us into to two wars? Did they profit form contracts that fed trillions out of our government to the military industrial complex and companies like Halliburton?

    Are these people who are the brunt of these call for action the ones who manipulated Banks and the Wall Street markets and played games with the money?

    Did the poor pass laws that allowed any of this to happen?

    This attack on the lower end of society is ugly.. very very ugly.  They are not the cause of the financial troubles with this country and this world, yet they are being blamed.

    I do not understand how this can be. I do not understand how it can be justified that our financial troubles are the fault of powers that are just not in control of what they would have to be in control of to create  the situation we are in.

    It is nearly criminal to wage this war on those that had nothing to do with the financial woes of this country… it is also shameful that  such a concerted effort has been orchestrated. That this country would turn on its own citizens is shockingly appalling…. really? Our financial situation is their fault?

    • Guest

      Jason, well thought out and a very nice piece but this is way to much logic in regards to Gov. LaTrine.

    • fourCatssoon

      Jason you have to understand  that for the Buffoon to keep his status as the “Worst” Governor ever to be elected  he must continue his attack on the poor knowing they do not have the ability to respond to him in kind. He thou has all the Karl Roves of the world directing him on how to operate our State. Make Sense Jason? Soon election time the poor masses will vote unless he post his guards to not allow then entry to vote, it would not surprise me. Florida is already in the process of such a move!

    • Narsbars

       Great piece of writing. It is hate, it is blaming the victims for the crime.

    • Jason Simonds

       ..all the rebuttals and discussion on this artcile and not one challenge of my logic?

      Speaks volumes.

      What we have here is a War on the Poor…. and the GOP is all about their other Wars.. .war on women, war on Christmas, accusing others of waging class warfare… seems quite clear to me who the war-monger is…. the GOP themselves…  and they have their side so conviced that the powerless have ruined this country… the big lie….

  • Anonymous

    I hear the number 36% echoing down the hallowed halls of Augusta.

  • My husband has 2 degrees.  One in business and one in computers and has a job at Hannaford as a shift leader.  Jobs are hard to come by right now.  It’s not as easy as LePage makes it seem.

    • Guest

      Well Michelle, all he has to do is get 4 or 5 other McJobs and he’ll be almost be making enough to pay the bills. Thats what these idiots have in mind for us. 

  • Hey Gov. LePage – get off the couch and MAKE some jobs for people in Maine — besides casinos and firework stands. 

    • Anonymous

      He’s making jobs for cops and firefighters too, all in the same move.  They’re just going to have to be free market cops and firefighters.

  • Anonymous

    There are no jobs, Mr. LePage. I can’t even get a job at Mardens and I have a post graduate degree. Stop spewing  invented Koch brothers rhetoric so you have an excuse to slash funds for the poor and middle class while preserving tax breaks for yourself and your wealthy peers.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I see help wanted signs and ads for jobs all the time. When I couldn’t find a steady good paying  job I stayed employed, OFF assistance and kep applying knowing something would change. Ultimately, people who give up but are still capable but not deserving of benefits. Working people cannot afford to completely support non-working people in large numbers. It’s about the numbers bottom line. I work for a company that pays well with lots of training, benefits from day one but you have to work hard. When I’ve told people about the job openings they have often said they didn’t want to work “that hard”. Nice, real nice.

  • Anonymous

    spoken like a true  j*ck*ss

  • We all need to get together and get him out of office he don’t belong there at all. Not everyone owns big company’s like he does not everyone was born into money like he was he needs to get the heck out of office and stop preventing people from getting help who truly need it. 

  • Anonymous

    If we were your family LaPunk we all would have jobs then. 

  • If they all cut their checks back by 10% it would pull us out of the reform we are in! 

  • M Rice

    Gov. LePage, not everybody has a daddy in the governor’s office to give them a $41,000/year “entry level” job.

  • Anonymous

    The arrogance and weak mindedness of this man continues to dazzle me.  It is unbelievable that this level of incompetence holds elected office.

    • Anonymous

      He won the election fair and square and I find it hard to believe someone can be so disconnected as to believe his is arrogant or weak minded in his pursuit of straightening out the state government. Not to say you may not like his values but I think he’s got some good ideas and is certainly not exhibiting weak mindedness in his pursuit. He succeeded out of a welfare home to be governor, seems like a well intentioned man to me.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah right.  We also need “instant runoff voting”.  He may have won according to the rules, but not according to the will of the voters.

      • Anonymous

        Oh c’mon, LePage’s rhetoric is clearly arrogant;  his vision is limited by his hubris.  That headline quote feeds into a tired old stereotype;  can’t he come up with something original for once?  I also think Lepage is weak minded, stubborn and carries the swagger of a regressive bully.            

        • Anonymous

          I think you are right.  And as a Liberal it’s pretty frustrating to think that as a State we might need someone like the current Governor to put a practical layer over our situation – even if it is for the wrong reasoning.

    • Superuser23

      Says a lot for the majority….err minority of the people that make up this state

    • Anonymous

       It don’t take much does it?

  • Anonymous

    the  workers in maine  sure need to get this guy out of office
    he is the worse governor  we have had
    he really hates the labor movement
    what people need to do is everyon  boycot  all of the MARDEN STORES   hit him in his wallet 

  • Anonymous

    It show how disconnected from reality the governor is. He doesn’t have a clue or perhaps he just doesn’t give a darn about regular people.  His cuts have only made it more diffucult to get a job while throwing are most vulnerable to the wolves.

  • Anonymous

    Le Rage is on a roll here with his bag of insults. Pretty soon there won’t be anyone left standing after his sharp tongue cuts down every last Mainer. With Le Rage, you’re corrupt if you’re a state worker and a cannibal if you’re on state benefits. 

    • Anonymous

        The only people left are the retired people he will find some thing on them

  • Anonymous

    If people can’t find a job in Maine, they probably should search elsewhere.
    The days of living off the backs of working citizens is coming to an end.
    There are jobs to be had in this state if you really want one!

    • Anonymous

        Where will they get the money to go to other places to look for work  ?

  • Anonymous

    How many folks on welfare and how many jobs are available???

    • Anonymous

      How many would qualify for jobs  ?? If i was hiring people like that i could find all kinds of reasons for not hiring them an it would be all  legal to

  • Anonymous

    No jobs in Maine? I see help wanted signs all over. People are just not willing to WORK. You have two choices work at the jobs available or make yourself needed by employers in your area or go elsewhere to work. All options ignored by the welfare crowd they stay right where they are collect the money we earn and do nothing to better there lives.

    • Superuser23

      For every job offer there is at least 4 people applying (that is just an average) let’s start displaying some numbers of jobs known in this state to people who are actually capable of working, then weed out the employees the employer will disqualify because they have no skills in their field and don’t ant to be bothered to train them. Minimum wage jobs are nothing to support people much in this economy. By the time you factor in high fuel prices, any benefits you pay in if you got a full time job, you bring home enough money to live off a box of Roman Noodles for the week….or a couple of packages provided you want to pay your rent, keep your lights on and possibly have some gas to go back to your jobs.

      • Anonymous

        Any yet, people are busting down the borders to get in.  You are right in what you have pointed out, but what is also true is that getting into the workplace can lead to better things.  Being home can’t.

      • Anonymous

        all these available jobs?  do they pay a livable wage? offer health insurance, vacation or sick time…or, heaven forbid….retirement pension benefits?

        • Anonymous

          yes…. I always hire full time have 401k availble(but most don’t join) offer health insurance(again most don’t take part in it), vacation time, 2 personal daysand  paid holidays and hire with NO work experience in the field… all I ask is pass a drug test show up and work hard for 40 to 42 hours a week!…. I may only get 2 apps… plus people dont show up for the drug test or even the interview…. and may lowest paid job for starting is $9.00 an hour to wash dishes…Im always hiring PEOPLE who are working already want to work the rest want to stay home and live on state aid!!!

        • Superuser23

          I am simply pointing out jobs where everyone wants experience (years of) first or a college degree or two before considering a resume. I don’t care if they offer benefits, the employer won’t mention it unless they have experience, if they don’t they can’t be bothered and move on to the next resume, in fact I saw a job posted the other day for an office assistant and one of the requirements was to have two degrees……really people? You are going to pay someone with two degrees a wage not far above minimum wage and ask them to “assist you”  So what happens when the employers start whining that they have jobs and can’t hire anyone? Oh let our tax dollars pay to train people via schools, etc in order to get them jobs instead of the employer who wants the job to begin with should be flexible in getting people in the door. 

    • Anonymous

      help wanted signs all over the place? where? maybe on the coast where they are looking for summer workers at low pay with no benefits and kiss your a** goodbye come September

      • Anonymous

         Thank the Maine Dems who sold us on the creative economy and tourism as a viable economy.  Not to mention that they absolutely refused to even consider hydro power to lower our high electric power costs. Instead they sold us wind power so we’ll have even more expensive power. What do you think those manufacturing  jobs run on?

  • Anonymous

    “I understand welfare because I lived it,” the governor said.

    Therefore, nobody else deserves a helping hand? 
    (Perhaps Mr. LePage’s relatives ought to start looking for an actual job, too.)

  • Anonymous

    I dont know why people are so upset that Lapage wants people to get off the couch and look for a job. He said nothing bad about people that are looking for jobs. The people looking for jobs should be just as angry that they have to look for jobs while others have no intention of looking. When people find jobs the taxes will still be high paying for couch potatos that are raising couch potato’s.

    • Anonymous

      He implies that anyone who doesn’t work is on welfare and doesn’t want to work. That has been the theme of his administration. Doesn’t matter to him that they are looking. People don’t have jobs because there are more people that there are jobs or and many of those don’t pay a living wage.

      • Anonymous

        I guess it is true the media only publishes liberal media parts on any story. I guess I should have actually been there to hear him speak. I couldn’t be there I have to work tomorrow. Good for you you got to really hear what he had to say.

  • Anonymous

    Their problem. They need to start being resourseful. They are adults aren’t they???
    What an ignorant response. No one and I mean no one is owed a free ride through life unless they are truly disabled.

  • Anonymous

    Good that you can talk the talk, Mr. LePage.  When it is time to walk the walk… well… he better make it a few blocks, because he is fatter than ever in that photo!

    • Guest

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      • mainefem

        A model for healthcare, dontcha think?

        </snark

        • Guest

  • Anonymous

    exactly.  i work two jobs doing what really sucks, and have in the past worked jobs where i had no experience, but proved to myself, that if I want a job bad enough there is ALWAYS something even in maine. 

  • Superuser23

    “Maine’s welfare program is cannibalizing the rest of state government,” he said. “To all you able-bodied people out there: Get off the couch and get yourself a job.”
    Easier said then done Pauly….nobody must have told you about the unemployment rate in this state, the jobs that are lost, and finally the number of jobs your stupid sign on the Turnpike has not created. Why don’t you get off the couch and help this state out instead of running your mouth. Ever hear of the expression “If you got a problem come up with a solution”? That’s right Paul do some work, understand you won’t always get your way the first time, and yes you have to be a little open minded. Come with solutions, not gripes.

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  • Well, the rhetoric is always nice to read independent of its political slant but what can be said of this man when one limits oneself to facts?  Hmm. OK. For some reason for two years he has had an absolutely incompetent ‘manager of DHHS who has allowed millions of dollars to be wasted because she seemingly did nothing. Not nothing about anything …nothing at all. Yet, there she is, still employed,  sucking thousands of dollars from Maine’s coffers into her ‘salary’ while lambasting everyone who receives any benefits at all.  TWo years. Nothing done but there she still is …promising promising but doing nothing. I wonder what keeps her at her desk?
     Then, of course, there are the Lepage family reserved jobs … can’t do anything else? Come work for the state my relative friend.  Oh but those other unemployed Maine folks need to get off their couches.  You can just receive the benefits from being a relative. But wait, there was that Black son …oh yes, the former employee … well, caddie,  now in Jamaica. Well, I have a Black daughter only she is actually a member of my family. And unlike the relatives of the governor’s family ,,, she actually works.

  • Anonymous

    More Maine-people-hating simplistic claptrap from the manipulator-in-chief!

  • Anonymous

    Hard to believe anyone is having a problem with the governor wanting the able-bodied to get off their backsides and finding a job.

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  • StillRelaxin

    I highly doubt that anyone has asked for oldmainer’s sympathies.  However I do believe there are a lot of people out here who would like to know where the jobs are that pay a living wage.  Jobs, jobs, jobs LePage and the GOP/Tea Party has brought us nothing, nothing, nothing.  I feel sympathy for anyone who has no sympathy.

  • MA-NE.net: ANALYST: GOVERNOR “EASY MEDIA”

    Certainly provided more fodder today.

  • Anonymous

    How hard did LePage’s daughter have to hunt for a job when she graduated from college? Must be nice to be handed a 43,000 job fresh out of school.

    • mainefem

      Plus free room and board, meals prepared by a chef; maids, laundry, excellent healthcare coverage; and full bennies (while living in the Blaine Mansion)!

      As is LeRage’s “ailing mother-in-law,” who made such a *miraculous* recovery since she supposedly had to live in Florida (for her “health”).

      We’re supporting MIL, too (as well as Ann; and the rest of the LeRage family).

      All of whom are “on the taxpayer’s  dole.”

  • Anonymous

    I am very rich and I am not laughing. Are you rich?

    • Anonymous

      enjoying your LePage tax break?

      • Anonymous

         The one you got also if you weren’t sitting on your couch.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t sit on my couch.  I have a nice recliner that I paid for with my wages. Worked for over 40 years so my sitting time is well deserved.

          • Anonymous

             Well I’m not sure then, while you enjoy your recliner, that you would deny working people their tax cut. Perhaps you are ensconced in the syndrome of “I’ve got mine and you can’t have yours.”  

          • Anonymous

            I never even implied anything at all like what you wrote, cheesecake1955. I would love to see tax cuts for working people. stop twisting  words to try and make your ridiculous points. 

          • Anonymous

             Then you must be thrilled with the Republican tax cut. Those who pay taxes get the cut. 

          • Anonymous

            there’s not much that I am thrilled about from the Republicans or Ddemocrats

          • Anonymous

            No words twisted…. Either you did not know that the Lepage tax cut was for everyone including the working person and you spoke out of turn or you really believe working people didn’t deserve a tax cut which is it?

          • Anonymous

            Governement needs to be downsized and welfare needs to be reformed. We cut government by 200 people, where do they go to work? You cannot fix one system without another system being impacted. It takes years to fix systems. The attitude of people is, I want it now. The economy needs to improve in Maine. More manufacturing, more industry. Once in place those downsized people will have jobs. Cut the welfare, but have a place for people to work before you make the cuts.   I suport welfare reform. I work in the system and see abuse. However cutting certain welfare program will likely cause me to be out of work. My standard of living will be forced to change. I did the right thing, military, college, career, child, house etc. I was out of work for a year last time. Overqualified for any field but mine, my salary cost more then someone who has just graduated etc.

            There is no simple fix. Unions demand more money for workers, politicans demonad more entitlements and less taxes, citizens demand more right and less government control,

          • Anonymous

             Finally a poster who works in the system understands what I have been saying for years here.
            “I suport welfare reform. I work in the system and see abuse. However
            cutting certain welfare program will likely cause me to be out of work. ”

              State employees see every welfare applicant as a further source of income for themselves.  Their jobs hinge on large number of applicants and clients. There is a natural instinct of self preservation, I get that, but why should the taxpayer pay the price??

          • Anonymous

            A man with no hope is a dangerous man, keep cutting programs. You will need to, in order to hire more cops, detectives, coroners, prosecutors, jail/prison guards,  
            Keep cutting and keep sending desperate people away with nothing and see what happens. 

          • Narsbars

             Even when you work for a living you can have no hope. State employees have gone four years with no raises, two years with pay cuts, four years with benefit cuts, pension cuts to pay for everyone else to have a tax cut and the right wing wants not only to cut jobs but to keep the pay frozen until Florida freezes over.
            You won’t see more jail or prison guards. You will see Corrections Corp of America taking the money out of state.
            State Employees will keep serving the public but the Governor will only serve the profit motive.

          • Anonymous

            You can live the life of a coward if you like. I’m not going to live that way.

          • fourCatssoon

             good points made “think 911” and one more thing we could do is have a law stating no homes will be allowed a Couch, that should get people standing:)

          • Anonymous

             The LePage tax cut was for everyone, including the working person.  Hahahahahahahhahahahahha!

            Technically, you and LePage are correct.  The tax cut did affect everyone.  But now we must get to the sticky little fact of HOW MUCH it helped.

            To those making $10.00 per hour, the tax cut is a tax cut in name only.    It amounts to pennies per day.  It is too small to be noticeable. 

            The LePage tax cut was not a tax cut for the poor.  If you believe LePage when he claims it was,  I must wonder what else you could be led to believe.

          • Anonymous

            People that make $10.00 per hour probably already have an effective tax rate of zero anyways.

          • Anonymous

            The state tax rates were reduced. Maine only had one… same for everyone.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, Maine has a Progressive tax system.  It starts at 4.5% for people earning about $5,000+/- AGI,  and graduates to a max. of either 8 or 8.5% for AGI (adjusted gross income over $19,500.)   At least that’s how it still was when I filed last year. I know some changes are coming, at least at the top rates. 

          • Narsbars

             My pension is going to pay for it. A pension under 20K that will be hit for nearly a grand and a half a year by the time ten years goes by. Thanks for the $100.00 tax cut.

          • Narsbars

             Paid for with my pension money. I work for a living, why is it ok for my pension to pay for another can of yacht polish? If you are the guy making 20K a year I could see some help going your way, but my pension won’t be 20K and my money is still going to millionaires.

          • Anonymous

             My money has been going to pay for your pension and benefits for years.   It’s about time I got a few dollars back.  I can put it in my own 401(k) and have a few dollars more when I retire. 

          • Narsbars

            My money has been going to pay for the roads you drive on. Get off them. Don’t call one of my police because I want my money back if you need one.

            I have paid more into my pension than if I were to be on SS. The state has taken less of your money than if I had been on SS. I traded the raises I didn’t get for that pension. So you are happy you are taking the cash, good for you, but I doubt you are one of the truly rich in Maine who got tens of thousand of dollars out of the pension fund.

            P.S. Like your name, you do sound like an old person, grumpy, selfish, and in pain wanting take it out on anyone else. Do you yell at kids “get offa my lawn a lot too”?

          • Anonymous

            You take far more than you put in in taxes.  Quit lying about costing us less than SS. All one has to do is look at the job postings.  State pensions cost the taxpayers 2 to 3 times more than SS.  BTW – I like kids.  I volunteer hundreds of hours a year for the scouts.  What do you and the rest of the drones do besides take from them.  The old, bitter one is you.  Used to “negotiating” (it really was a joke to call it that) with hand picked Dem operatives, you’re surprised when someone actually looks out for the taxpayers for a change and moves the trough a few inches away from your snout and you start squealing non stop.

      • Anonymous

        Yes.  I hired another employee and increased my donations budget.  I have what I need to live on so expanding my business and charity are the beneficiaries.

      • Anonymous

        to bad some of his tax breaks wouldn’t attract some jobs to this state. If I was a CEO I would listen to Lepage’s Fat mouth for about 3 minutes before I said Scratch Maine off the list. How in the world could u fool a whole State. I’m glad I was in N. Dakota WORKING and didn’t have the pleasure of NOT VOTING for you.{by the way after failing to find a job in Maine for 5 months I reluctenly uprooted my family and moved 2/3 across the Country so I could support my family}        Try just shutting up and doing your job. That would be a great place to start being governor a year into 

        • Anonymous

          you tell him, JasonCardman! Excellent points and letter. Maine is going to be more of a disaster when he is done with his first and only term of office…if we can’t impeach him first.

        • Anonymous

           Thank the Maine Dems for displacing you.  They’ve been driving good jobs out of Maine for decades.

      • Anonymous

        Are YOU enjoying your LePage tax break? It is kind of hard to give anybody a tax break in this state without giving the wealthy a tax break considering the top tax bracket starts at $20k AGI.

  • Anonymous

    LePage will be re-elected because of his position on welfare. Finally, a real Governor. Thank you for what you are doing for Maine and it’s people. 

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Guest

    I grew up being taught that government was there to do the nuts and bolts stuff, to keep government working for the people who hired them. The trend these days seem less about the nuts and blots stuff and more about screwing with the welfare of others.

  • Anonymous

    Any politician – even down to the “select” man /person level – who will not participate in the education and pursuit of Monetary Reform – is not worth the paper their election ballot is printed on … because THIS is an issue that underlies nearly everything else in our world.

  • Anonymous

    A breath of fresh air would be wonderful. Unfortunately, that breath of fresh air, is not LePage! All he seems to want to do is make it even harder for those who are already desperate. ” I understand welfare because I lived it.” Oh, BS !  What was the story about LePage living on the streets at a very young age? Blah,blah,blah…..
    If he HAD lived it, he would know how it feels not to feed your kids, not to be able to buy your meds, not be able to keep a roof over your head! I am so sick of you LePage!!! All you do is insult, berate and injure many of us. It’s like a game to you. You ” think you suffered” and now you want us to all suffer too? What is wrong with you? Do you have a blacked heart?
    A ” one way bus ticket ” to MA ? Really? To go where, live where, work where?
    I’ll bet that after listening to LePage and seeing the damage he is doing; those who don’t usually get out and vote, will, next term!

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  • Anonymous

    I was recently laid off. Within a week of job searching I had more than a half dozen job offers. None of which were in my field and all of them would be at least a 20k per year pay cut. Guess what, i took what I felt was the most promising offer. Took a 22k per year pay cut and made a lot of adjustments to my lifestyle. There are plenty of jobs out there if you really want to work.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting.  Good luck to you!

    • Anonymous

      you obviously had a good resume with some skills, something alot of people don’t have, but want to work and can’t find a job.

  • fourCatssoon

     The Green Shirts with money have spoken, lock your doors, these people have no mercy for people that are less fortunate. Sad that there are 57 people that don’t care about your needing food, they are well off. Respectively Submitted.

  • Anonymous

    People like LePage need to realize that you can’t have your cake and eat it to. They want more people to get jobs, then quit firing people for things like smoking pot at home or something they posted on facebook on their own time.   

  • mainefem

    Blowhard LeRage shoots off his Ratchet Mouth again!

    He never disappoints with his ignorance; and dire lack of “class!”

  • Jake_OO7

    He obviously has not missed a meal in a while.  He looks like he has been on the couch.
    Must be problems with the Mrs. in paradise.  

  • Bob

    Lack of skilled labor Myth . Maine has the biggest graduating class in almost all colleges. I remember Lemforders in Brewer never cried they did not have machinist they trained them.   Now after all this money is pumped into college the students will have to leave the state to find decent jobs unless they become teachers. 

    • Anonymous

      and it doesnt seem that employers want to train new employees anymore…they want them fully ready to go at hiring…what’s wrong with on the job training?

  • Bob

    No even the Mexicans do not want to come here anymore.

  • Anonymous

      Who is he talking about  ,I lived in Maine for over nine years now and don’t know One Single Person who gets Welfare,,   I do know hundreds of Maine people all Working or retired!! Welfare was ended in the 1990s…

    • Anonymous

       Then who is taking the hundreds of millions from the state budget that’s supposed to be going to welfare in Maine?  Do we have another Dem hack like Violette sucking it all up?

  • Anonymous

    LePage always attacks the middle and lower income people. If he really cared about the state of Maine his speech would of included  I’m taxing the rich!!!

    • Anonymous

      The rich already spend 6 months and a day out of state to avoid our onerous income tax (are you listening Steven King?). As a bonus they get to avoid our excise tax and register their vehicles out of state for $35 instead of $500 here.  Pretty hard to tax them when they don’t live here.

      Thanks Maine Dems.

  • Governor LePage is just playing to his base.  Want to get a rise out of your crowd?  Easy; just start bleating, “Welfare, welfare, welfare!”  Everyone whose main concern in life is someone who looks semi-able getting something at the store with a SNAP card will leap into the air and cheer himself hoarse.  How often has this happened in history?  Fanatics, left wing as well as right, know that all they have to do to gain public acclaim is rail against those scumbag _____________s.  Fill in your favorite unpopular group.  You have lots of choices.

  • Anonymous

      “Get off the couch and get yourself a job.” Good advice for his daughter and himself come this november.

  • Anonymous

    China?

  • Narsbars

     He already attacked the retirees. He cut pensions, froze health care spending and wanted to  do even more.

  • Anonymous

    To all you able bodied welfare leaches who are suckling the public teat, get off your duffs and get a job so the people who really need it can have a safety net! YES!

    • Anonymous

      class warfare much?

  • Anonymous

    Why cut taxes if the budget is not balanced???

    • Anonymous

       You have him confused with Baldacci who pretended to balance the budget by selling off state assets to connected Dem insiders and not paying the bills.  LePage’s budget is actually balanced AND he’s paying the bills that Baldacci left behind.  Thanks for playing.

      • Anonymous

         According to your buddy the governor, the budget is not balanced. He came in and cut taxes then cried the budget is not balanced, welfare is sinking the state, we need to help businesses, and so on. I admit we have to cut back on some of our spending  and help out businesses in ways  that actually provide jobs within the state. But in my house I dont give up large sums of revenue until I work out a way to do without it first. Thank you for playing. Shall I reference the articles for you or can you handle it.

        • Anonymous

           If the Baldacci computer system, which we paid for twice now and still doesn’t work, had worked then we wouldn’t have this shortfall. Just one of the many “gifts” left for us by the failed Baldacci administration. 

          http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/umaine-hire-7-baldacci-staffers-gets-scrutiny

          “The most disgusting example of the University of Maine system’s
          application of “The Peter Principle” is the appointment of Richard
          Thompson (you remember him….he’s the State Chief Information Officer
          who was responsible for the Medicaid billing disaster that haunts DHHS
          even to this day). After a “nationwide search”, Thompson and his high
          school diploma land a $160K job as his reward for being a loyal runpswab
          and coat-holder for the Baldacci administration.”

  • Anonymous

    He os  a breath of hot air. Stick a pin into him and  let the air out.

  • stopthecrying

    I thank you Mr. LePage,  A  no nonsense go getter we needed to slowly turn things around.

  • thejude46

     Another SNAP Story! I was  at a Family Dollar Store yesterday where the customer in front of me used her SNAP card to buy twinkies, chips & pepsi.  She then withdrew $50 from the TANAF part of her card to go next door to the grocery store for cigarettes & lottery tickets.  She said so herself.  Then she was complaining that one of the fingernails on her new manicure was coming loose.  She had only had them for 2 days & they cost her $50.00  What is wrong with this picture?  SNAP & TANAF needs some serious overhaul. .
    Everyone says it-nobody does anything about it! 

    • pbmann

      I call you on that story.  I work as a cashier part time and I have never seen more than $20 on a SNAP card, most are $10. 

      I look just because I am nosey.

  • George Thoroughgood
    Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job lyricsI was a rebel from the day I left schoolGrew my hair long and broke all the rulesI’d sit and listen to my records all dayWith big ambitions of where I could playMy parents taught me what life was aboutSo I grew up the type they warned me aboutThey said my friends were just a unruly mobAnd I should, get a haircut and get a real jobCHORUSGet a haircut and get a real jobClean your act up and dont be a slobGet it together like your big brother BobWhy dont you, get a haircut and get a real jobI even tried that nine to five sceneI told myself that it was all a bad dreamI found a band with some good songs to playNow I party all night and sleep all dayI met this chick, she was my number one fanShe took me home to meet her mommy and dadThey took one look at me and said, “Oh my god!Get a haircut and get a real job!”CHORUS(Get a real job, why dont you get a real job,get a real job, why dont you get a real job)I hit the bigtime with my rock and roll bandThe future’s brighter now then I ever plannedI’m ten times richer then my big brother BobHe’s got a haricut and got a real jobCHORUS(Get a real job, why dont you get a real job,get a real jobGeorge Thoroughgood
    Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job lyricsI was a rebel from the day I left schoolGrew my hair long and broke all the rulesI’d sit and listen to my records all dayWith big ambitions of where I could playMy parents taught me what life was aboutSo I grew up the type they warned me aboutThey said my friends were just a unruly mobAnd I should, get a haircut and get a real jobCHORUSGet a haircut and get a real jobClean your act up and dont be a slobGet it together like your big brother BobWhy dont you, get a haircut and get a real jobI even tried that nine to five sceneI told myself that it was all a bad dreamI found a band with some good songs to playNow I party all night and sleep all dayI met this chick, she was my number one fanShe took me home to meet her mommy and dadThey took one look at me and said, “Oh my god!Get a haircut and get a real job!”CHORUS(Get a real job, why dont you get a real job,get a real job, why dont you get a real job)I hit the bigtime with my rock and roll bandThe future’s brighter now then I ever plannedI’m ten times richer then my big brother BobHe’s got a haricut and got a real jobCHORUS(Get a real job, why dont you get a real job,get a real job

  • Anonymous

    Funny as it was his law change that caused me to leave my job so now I’m unemployed because of that.

  • why is welfare an anti business thing. I have a feeling if we had single payer healthcare more businesses would hire people. Why dont we come up with a more bold idea like free land for industry or something besides yelling about why poor people need services. Is this the political party that praises jesus. Yes jesus is a conservative who wants you not to have any needed service and if you dont pray for tax cuts for rich people he will ship your jobs overseas. What exactly is a wind cartel.

    • Anonymous

      Do you really think that if there was a single payer   healthcare that companies would hire more people ? I can tell you right now no they won’t it will just make the company more money in there pockets if you really think  about  it. Say you own a company an the employees are keeping up with the orders there cost of insurance goes down would they spend that extra money on hiring more people no they will put it in there pocket . They will hire more people only when there employess can not keep up with orders an its costing the company to much money for over time

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand your comment.  How is the US turning into Mexico?  

    • Anonymous

       The US is turning into Mexico because we are losing our Middle Class. Mexico doesn’t have a Middle Class.  It has the super rich and the very poor. Mostly all Mexicans are dirt poor. I have lived there and I have seen how their economy functions. Middle Classes are ‘created’ by government intervention; not occurring naturally. Otherwise you have a plutocracy where the rich selfishly hoard all the  money and control everything and the Plebians suffer, like Mexico. Trickle down economics (Reagan economics, or more officially Supplyside Economics) are proven failures for the Middle Class. That philosophy may create a paltry amount of  jobs, but without regulation, no one is to stop employers from paying out minimum wages while maximizing their profits.

      • Anonymous

        Actually Mexico has some very unique problems with lots of poor people…. but what they do have is a lower unemployment rate than we do. People are returning to Mexico to take those jobs.

        As for your economic lesson… it seems to me demand side isn’t doing so well right now either.

        • Anonymous

          Here, I can pull Mexico and jobs together – no joke.  Have someone break into Visa and steal a chunk of numbers, then not notify you that your debit card number was one of the ones compromised, then have said thief purchase a bunch of stuff in some town in mexico you can’t pronounce, and clean out your livelihood, which the bank takes their sweet time correcting.  I work two jobs, bust my A** every day, only t0 lose it to someone who probably sits on their couch and uses their gift to steal instead of getting a real job.

          Two weeks later – still waiting for the bank to “clear” it up…

          • True enough…you are likely being ripped off, however, it is not being done by those you accuse so much as others.   The ones doing the real stealing are the ones standing in line for corporate handouts and ripping off such things as Medicare/Medicaid.   They promise jobs aand don’t deliver.  They promise responsible corporate citizenship – and too frequently don’t deliver.  And they aren’t sitting on their couches, no, they are working hard to devise new ways to part you and your money.  Why does everyone focus so much on the small-time fraud that goes on in social service programs, and why does nobody look at where the real rip-offs are occurring – within the military-industrial complex, investment banks, and very profitable multi-nationals that in some cases not only don’t pay taxes but receive refunds?  I don’t like the idea of Joe Schmoe sitting around all day on my dime either, but how cost effective is it to worry about him while ignoring far greater issues?  Same thing with migrant workers.  It’s a relatively small problem, folks, and actually one that could be effectively dealt with if it weren’t for corporate interests lobbying to do nothing because they appreciate the cheap labor.  The republicans, and to a lesser degree, the democrats, too, have ‘snowed’ you all with ‘hot-button’ issues, lots of fast talk, and lots of false promises.  Both sides are guilty, however it is especially amusing to me to see that the very people most likely to suffer losses under republicans are their most ardent supporters.  Man!  People can’t even figure out their own self-interest these days.  What a hoot!

          • Anonymous

            If I confused you, I apologize – I don’t think some mexican immigrant stole my number – people were throwing around the word mexico, so I added my 2 cents.  You must admit the people who steal these numbers probably do not have jobs that is their job.  And I agree with you that the problems LePage or Congress or anyone talks about are much bigger than the few here in this state who are lazy and don’t have jobs.  We are in a world of hurt.  I am not sure why it seems you are crawling onto my hand and beating it with a stick – I wasn’t really pointing fingers… 

          • Anonymous

            Same thing just happened to my grandaughter. First time in Mexico, 2nd time in Spain. She changed banks. Obviously someone has gotten the banks files.

        • Anonymous

           They have a lower unemployment rate because tasks that wouldn’t be considered jobs here are considered “jobs” there.

          • Anonymous

             Like what… drug runner?

  • Anonymous

    When you start out the conversation as you do about blaming Liberals for everything no one bothers to read the rest.  Life / work / Maine is more complicated than blaming Liberals or Conservatives. 

    • Anonymous

      It is all cut and paste. DC’s answer to everything is to blame liberals.

  • Bob

    25 years ago we had times when unemployment would be like 6% and jobs were real hard to find now we have at least 12% in real numbers unemployment . Yes some people are looking for help but for every job at least 20 want it.

  • Anonymous

    Show me the Jobs LePage ? Just more lies from you. You promised Mainers jobs 15 months ago and all I see are Maine business firing or leaving the State. Maine is the worst state for job creation. That is right LePage,  50TH,  the Worst, in case you can’t count.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Gov. LePage! Maine Small Businesses need you to continue to stick up for us!!

  • old town ,napa’s-family dollar-mcdonalds bangor- family dollar’s dollar tree’s  staffing agentcy’s there are jobs out there all u gotta do is be determined and look, a job’s a job-but alot prefere to sit on their butts and whine about how bad their life is, get rid of tanf or at least cut the parents from it  just have it on the childern ( 150.00 a month per child limit 2 childern per family) also cut adults that are not on disability from health care. people on welfare gets tanf and live in housing and owns a better care then i do,if u can afford a 20.000.00 car then u don’t need welfare.

    • Bob

      So when you live in Lagrange you are going to drive to Mcdonalds In Bangor for a 4 hour shift paying $7.25 an hour . Maybe $24 after tax money. 60 miles round trip at 20 miles per gallon  12 in gas . Tires ware and tear on car. Inspection insurance . Looks like you might break even on the cost to get to work.  Ok move to Bangor rent cost $300 more a month nope that is not going to work either.

      • RoostookGuy

        Why is it so many self proclaimed conservatives can’t seem to do simple math ?

  • Anonymous

    I think he was mis quoted, it looks more like “get off the couch and get yourself a twinkie!”

  • Anonymous

    Governor LePage is correct in telling people to get off the couch and go find a job.  There are many jobs unfilled simply because people are just too used to getting by on welfare or unemployment and don’t want to do manual labor.  

    Sure it sucks, but if you don’t like it then go start your own business and see how much YOU pay your employees.  Don’t forget you have to pay Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment taxes, PLUS Worker’s Compensation in addition to their hourly wage.  Figure out how many weeks vacation you can afford in addition to sick pay after you see how much their screw-ups cost your company.  Theft is also a real concern with a lot of employees.  BUT it beats sitting on the couch !! 

    • Bob

      BS. about many unfilled jobs they get filled right away for the most part . Employers just have a better pool to pick from.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad he called out angus, 
    at least it’s bringing to light what no one else wants to report on.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you LePage get yourself a real job instead of using the one you have degrading people.  Your so disgusting you make me sick.  You don’t represent the majority of people in Maine.

  • I appreciate the logic of those that say move to where the jobs are but if you have no extra money and no job where is the money going to come from to move? You have to come up with first, last and security just to get in and if you find a place for even $600 a month that’s still $1800 you need up front. So it’s not always an option to just pick up and move.  

  • Where do people with no job come up with money to relocate? Just curious.

    • Anonymous

       Sell something?

      • Guest

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  • Registration for vehicles is out of control here. We moved to TN and registered the car there last year for $38.00 including a new plate, it’s $130.00 here with no new plate. And it’s an old car!

    • Anonymous

      Welcome to Taxationland.  Many Mainers have never been outside the state and don;t realize that in most states you can register a car for under $50, even a brand new one.

    • Anonymous

      You should have stayed in TN at least they have jobs and no income tax. You forgot the Maine car inspection. TN has no vehicle inspection and no extortion from car mechanics. Wait till winter when you have to pay thousands in heating oil too. Why would you ever move to a Hell Hole like Maine?

      • KellySou

        I am from Maine and returned to be near my family. The part of TN we were in was near Knoxville and the jobs there were almost all minimum wage part time jobs. I was trying to work 2 jobs but was told when hired I needed to be available for the first job whenever I was needed and it was prority #1. I did manage to find a job for a whopping $8.00 an hour managing 2 Weigel’s convenience stores on the regular manager’s days off. And during my shifts I could not take a break and had to lock the door of the store to use the restroom as I was the only one in the store most of the time. The cost of living was a lot cheaper but the paychecks were worse. Also the state has no income tax but has a 10% sales tax. I personally liked the tax situation because everyone paid the same thing, there was no getting out of it. My husband and I are thinking about trying the southwest next time but are waiting a few years to try to be able to afford the move.

        • Anonymous

          I am sorry to hear that. Both of my children live and work in the Chattanooga Area of TN. Both have new homes and are doing extremely well. One works for the Volkswagen Factory and the other works for the Westinghouse factory. Both places are still adding jobs. Amazon has also added over 1000 jobs  to the area and another 1000 jobs on the way. All these jobs pay well over 11 dollars per hour to start plus overtime and benefits. Sorry TN didn’t work out for you. Land taxes are very very cheap for homes and no income tax in TN. Yes the sales tax is 10% but all the other taxes are very reasonable and cheap compared to Maine. I plan to retire to TN if I can ever sell my house which I doubt. Maine Real Estate is in a total Depression with no good paying jobs to even get a mortgage. I have lived in Maine my whole life but Maine has collapsed economically and never will come back. Its location,  climate and the LOSS of most of its educated young people spells DOOM for Maine. 

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      PLUS … no state income tax in TN.

  • Anonymous

     Lets look at the FACTS. First go through the smallest Maine town and there is help wanted signs the papers have lots of jobs listed people even up here in Washington county are starting up businesses and doing well.

    Those of us who hire others put the word out we need someone via papers or even the career center. those that are qualified for the WORK jobs many time do not even show up for interviews.  Then there are the ones who say all the right things you hire them they work one day and realize they have to sweat and actually WORK they don’t come back the next day. We had shortage of folks willing to pick blueberries last year but unenployment was a huge problem?

    Those who WANT to work have choices take the jobs that are there. Move to where there are jobs they like and can do or make yourself desirable to employers. Ever wounder why some folks go looking for jobs and other get job offers in the mail and in person from companies?

    So Mr Pickle. Please tell me your personal experiences on hiring folks in Maine. I do not speak from what I hear or read but what I see! I know many business owners around here all say they have trouble finding people who want to work.

    Then there are those that work and take pride in it. Those are the ones business keep. The ones who show up on time and leave on time. Those who do not call in sick every Friday. Those who can only work 20 hours a week because any more will effect there welfare benies. Before you call someone ignorant of the facts you might want to be sure they do not actually know the facts.

    • Bob

      I raked blueberries a few years back got $2.75  the raking was poor . Drove 75 miles one way made $68 in a 10 hour day. I was in great shape worked as hard as I could . many only got 10 boxes I go 25 the best only got 30 . At 50 cents a mile transportation cost profit nothing not even lunch . I do not see transportation as only gas it is the cost to run a car . Yes the guys in town could do that work but it is not real to expect everyone to be in top shape work hard run all day. And live near by. You forget inspection laws, on cars ,insurance, tires ,gas

      • Anonymous

        Well Bob last year we offered to send a van to pick people up and take them home at no cost to workers. We still had a very hard time getting enough people to work. Funny how illegals will travel across the country and do the work show up on time work the day for the same money? As I said the work ethic in this generation is not what it was when I was young. Work meant freedom and independence now work means your a sucker who does not know how to game the system.

        • Bob

          Dam hard work when you make $6 an hour . Lets see a box at factory is worth what $50 and you pay $3 try paying $6 or $7 I will be right down. 

          • Anonymous

             There is my point EXACTLY!! I ain’t gonna work cause it ain’t worth it. I can stay on the dole and do nothing instead. I worked three jobs when I got out of school One day job one night and one on the weekends. I worked my rear off. I showed up on time and did my job though. My parents taught me very early in my life if you want something you have to work for it. Some things you have to work real hard for. Kids these days will not work hard. It is not a lack of jobs but a lack of people willing to work for what they get. Again kids sit around playing games doing nothing all summer vs getting them out and doing some dirty work to earn a few bucks we get very few teens willing to rake these days used to be you had to leave a bunch behind cause to many where willing to work.

          • Bob

            Could also be the price paid after transportation and inflation is not near as good as it was .My point is unless you have excellent raking . The cost of just getting to work driving 75 miles you would not make anything. Now what I am saying is pay a bit more and the workers will come. I figure it cost about 50 cents a mile just to drive a car . Now that being said you can not pay rent and eat on $100 a week. After to pay transportation cost. I work for myself and would gladly take a job if I could find a decent one. I get no State help. On days I do not have work I stay home and save my car and gas. I might as much as a regular job but I keep my cost down.

  • Anonymous

    WANTED at the Rockland Walmart/new Super Center in Thomaston..200 people for full and part time work..Starting pay 8.50 unless you have prior experience..Raise every year based on YOU with ability to move up..Manager training program….Full benefits including Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance , dental , sick time , 401 K , profit sharing , personal time , vacation after 2 years , 10% store discount nights or days..Apply ANYTIME online…Not many takers and the FEW who have applied aren’t even qualified to push carts in or can’t pass a pee test so don’t try to tell me there are no jobs….The problem is people are allowed to sit on there butts and live off MY HARD EARNED MONEY…Enough already…GO LEPAGE!!!!

    • Somehow I doubt that the Rockland SuperWalmart has 200 openings.  That would have made the news.  Maybe someone else could drop by there and fact-check.  And if Walmart has all these openings that they can’t fill, maybe they should address that problem the American way.  Offer more money.

    • Anonymous

      Most of Wal Mart’s employees are part time not full time. Most employees cannot afford the benefits since the pay is so low, barely above minimum wage.  You pay your own benefits at Wal Mart that is why most of their employees are on Food Stamps and Medicaid for their children. It is very obvious you never worked for Wal Mart my son and daughter have and both quit after a few months of constant harassment and being sent home with less then 20 hours per week. Yup 50 people in line and 2 registers open while the employees are sent home. Wake up !

    • Anonymous

       According to Maine’s Livable Wage report workers in Knox County need to earn $11.18/hr just to make end meets and if they have a family that amount goes up. Won’t get them off welfare. Instead we subsidize corporate irresponsibility. Please do not suggest that Walmart is a model for business in Maine. Walmart is part of the problem. And, how is it that you have inside information on people who apply?

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        What ends are they trying to met and what prevents them from working a second job?

  • Anonymous

    im always hiring!! people dont want to work or passthe drug test!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    you havent seen the people who rake blueberries have you?

    • Anonymous

       I’m all for having people work at MickeyD’s or hold a flag, but blueberry raking is not sustainable employment, it last a few weeks a  year.

      • Anonymous

        Back in the day, blueberry raking, picking apples, waiting on tables, chambermaid jobs were the seasonal jobs we called “supplemental income” for teens and adults alike.  No one said it was “sustainable employment”.  

        Yes, these people felt “entitled” too.  A days work “ENTITLED” us to a days pay.

      • Anonymous

        It’s a start! Teaching work ethics

    • Anonymous

      well, in all fairness, 10 years or so ago when my kids were of the age to rake blueberries they often were the only non mexican’s raking, they would try to get their friends to rake with them and it was too much like work for them (I was even in a position to provide rides), they just sat around most of the summer and played video games and bugged their parents for spending money, which sadly most of them were given. There seems to be a lot less motivation for kids to do this type of work, if there are Mexican’s raking Maybe it’s because the field owners can’t find anybody else willing to work that hard. 

  • Anonymous

    he says to get off the couch and get a job well here is what i say to that, come to calais, perry, or eastport and try to find one. i have been looking for two years and have been applying at every place i drive by and guess what no one is hiring. i even called them to let them know i was highly interested in that job but nope. the way it works here is that you have to either know the manager really well or be part of that manager’s family to even be considered for the job. so all this governor has done is give out false hope and is leading the blind while getting his pockets lined with tax payer’s money.

  • trisailer

    Nice to see the Gov still feeding the anger towards welfare people instead of creating all those jobs he promised would appear when the “job creators” started investing the $500 million gift he gave them.  The best way to get people off assistance is to create so many jobs that they have no excuse. That’s not the plan. The plan is to keep you distracted and angry at people who have no options while going after the big money.

    The basic fact is that if the governor cut all assistance to zero tomorrow, you will never see a penny of it. He will just have that much more to give away to the “job creators”

  • I <3 you lepage

  • Anonymous

    Dear Mr. Webster,

    Guess you will have to follow your boss’s job plan and “GET OFF THE COUCH AND GET A JOB”…

    Now you and Senator Snowe are out of  here! Honestly – I’m going to miss your comedy act.

  • Anonymous

    How is it possible to claim that the State of Maine needs to provide a better atmosphere for business in order to create more jobs, decry the loss of young people because there are no jobs, and at the same time tell people to get off the couch and go out to get a job.  This is schizophrenic thinking unless he is encouraging people to leave the state and look for work.  Typical of a social darwinian.

  • Anonymous

    whatever happened to the law that was proposed to make sure nobody won with only 38% of the vote like LaPage did???  Wake up and kick them (Republicans) out of office if they if that dose not happen before November!!!!  time for a change–“A BIG CHANGE”—

    • Gov. Baldacci won with 47% his first term and 38% his second term.

      • Anonymous

        vote split with more liberal candiate. Not the same.

        • Guest

          Exactly the same.  3 candidates, the one with the most votes won.  The political leanings of the candidates does not matter in our electoral system.  This is nothing new and the candidates know that having multiple candidates that appeal to the same base will dilute the base and help the other candidate.

          If we’re going to change it, we need to change it in November.

  • Anonymous

    I love this guy!  He says what needs to be said without being afraid of the “P.C” police.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. LePage telling it how it is…

  • Anonymous

    Keep up the good work Gov. LePage.

  • Anonymous

    You can always get an education to make yourself more attractive for more positions! I do not want to hear you can not afford it because there are lots of subsidaries to help pay for out of work folks going back to school……you got to want it!

    My husband is 46 yo and could not find a job…went back to school got his masters and now has a job, rather a career!

  • Guest

    and how is the GOP making Maine grow??????? Could you give me a list, I really hate to miss it.

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of welfare people, living off the State of Maine.  Single woman who have babies, who feel they are entitled not to work and get aid becasue of the baby they had.  And the people the State knows about yet does not demand them to pay back money becasue to fraud. Of course you do have the State paying people who should not be getting it…just shows who what DHHS is not paying attention to.  DHHS stop paying these people who have had no jobs for 20 years.

    • Anonymous

       I would like to see the percentages. I think the # working on welfare and not working on welfare would be instructive. I am betting the latter is a low percentage. But IF you want those people held accountable you have to hire MORE GOVERNMENT WORKERS to do the job. You cannot have it both ways. It takes resources to investigate any wrongdoing.

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        I can hold them more accountable with fewer state government workers. Change the rules.

  • Anonymous

    Not really.  I did it myself.  Almost lost it during the Carter years. If it is to be it is up to me.  Got to play the cards your dealt.  A new deck doesn’t make you play smarter.  What do you want? What is the price? Pay it!  Sitting around waiting for someone to do something for you is not the answer to a good outcome.  That is unless complaining is the intended goal.  I pay in taxes more than the average income.  I see too much ineptness across all party lines.  This country is in a world of hurt that will get much worse before it gets better, and it is not a result of any one party.  We people need to ban together rather than let them divide us.  We people need to demand a government that is not out of control.  We need to help those who can not help themselves as well as let those willing to pay the price get rich.  Neither end of the spectrum should be made to feel guilty.  We need to focus on solutions rather than problems.  If you poke fun at me and I poke fun at you, what have we accomplished for the good?

    • Anonymous

      Well said.  You have my respect.

    • Anonymous

      lepage and is ilk are better than must at driving that wedge

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Paul. Keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    Are you saying we are too good for minimum wage jobs and only the mexicans are. People need to suck up there pride and take these jobs, if I lost mine it wouldn’t be my first choice but it beats taking money from the state for doing nothing. We already are a.welfare state with the attitude that these jobs are beneath us.

    • Anonymous

       I am saying that the middle class is systematically being annhiliated by the elitist .1% and they are fooling you through media manipulation and think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute into voting against your own financial interests and blaming the wrong people for the economic collapse.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget ALEC

      • Drink the socialist Koolaid … forward to Lenin & Trosky

  • Anonymous

    “The jobs won’t miraculously come to you…”

    …Unless you are one of the Governor’s family members…

  • I do not know what maine he lives in but in the maine I live is in the county.and good strong men and women can’t find work.my friends wife just got a full time job after four years of applying.There credit shot and 1/4 of her weekly pay goes back in gas.This jerk thinks people just want to be broke daily and eating on food stamps.The people I know want to work and not accept any social  programs but children deserve to eat and be warm. but mr mardens believes that $ 8.00 an hour can sustain a family of 4. It is high time that we shut off all foreign countries aid and stop out sourcing and place tariffs on any american companies product made out of the states.We as a nation cannot compete with free trade with the other countries that have no epa standards and poor working conditions and with  companies that pay less than $2.00 us and day.

    • Anonymous

       One person in Penobscot County needs to earn $10.78/hr in the Bangor area just to make ends meet according to our own state Livable Wage Report. And that figure is based on 2010 data. So you are correct. Even at $9/hr you cannot make ends meet. The figure, of course, is higher if you have children….. 2 adults, 2 children, 2 earners $13.12/hr/earner.

      • Liberal Soup N Crackers

        Might have to take a second part time job as well.

    • Anonymous

      Free trade must end ,it’s time to reinvest in America before it’s to late. Wall Streets needs to need to become secondary. America’s politicians primary focus must become Main Street,otherwise our country will be at risk of being invaded by China,Russia and other communist country’s to whom Wall Street is responsible for turning these countries into millitary super powers. As a matter of fact China and Russia are already jointly doing millitary exercises together. Meanwhile Americas citizens are at historical levels of unemployment, the country is broke,16 trillion dollars in debt, the middle class are all but extinct. It’s coming to a point, where if free trade isn’t addressed soon, there will, more than likely be an all out revolution in this country, to which in essence will only erode what’s left of America and it’s ability to sustain its self.

  • It takes more than one year to change over 35 years of thinking or laws on “government will take care of us”. You’re right, it is very hard and very frustrating to not be able to provide for you and your family as well as you want. Sadly, it will take a while before everything is turned around, but it is better to have greatly slowed down the 1-2 billion dollar cliff that we were going to experience going over. Where I worked,that was talked about several years before Gov. LePage was elected. Many things were tried,but not as effective as the solutions and actions
     which can come out of this administration.

    • P.S. I hope you put the same anger,frustration and comments towards Obama’s administration.

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  • Guest

    What degree do you hold?  What was the job you lost and what type of work were you looking for for 3 months?

    • Anonymous

      Irrelevant, since not every job requires a degree.  There are plenty of good, hard-working people out there working jobs without a college degree.

  • Guest

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    • he didnt attack the poor he attacked the lazy

      • Guest

  • Anonymous

    the gov at his best as jeff is right in his comment minimum wage just does not work for families big business has gotten so many breaks they should be able to pay a little more the ones complaining should try to live on $8.00 an hour but if the gov gets all of his relatives jobs maybe he can get me a cushy state job.then i could be like the corrupt middle managers set around all day and draw a paycheck and not worry about anything

  • Anonymous

    When do people begin to realize that almost 40 years of uncontrolled state spending and welfare is not an easy task to overturn in even 4 years of leading in the right direction!  Our Governor LePage is trying to do the right thing by the people of Maine, but he has been hampered by the liberals who were in control and are being given too much leeway for present control by the wimp R’s in the legislature.

    • Anonymous

       LePage should be trying to do the right thing by ALL the people of Maine.

  • Mr. Lepage I think you need to work on bringing more jobs to the state!!!  I have never gone without a job in over 20 yrs but this is the worst job economy I’ve seen in a very long time.  My daughter has 2 children and is trying to afford to work full time.  Do you realize how much daycare cost?  $150.00 per week, for 2 children.  Do you know how much it cost to run a vehicle back and forth to work everyday?  About $100.00, depending on the vehicle.  Do you know how much a person nets on their paycheck, on minuim wage?  About $280.00.  So how much does that leave for bills and food?  Gov. Lepage you should be able to do the math!  I think you need to get off the couch and do the job you were hired to do!!!!

  • Anonymous

    While I agree with that notion, how about creating some GOOD jobs?  Not just part time slave labor at Mardens.

    • you to good to work at mardens?

      • Anonymous

        Actually I’m sticking up for Marden workers as well as other retailers.. Weak pay and benefits for the many hours of strenuous labor that they endure.

  • Anonymous

    The Gov. is right. Could he please post all those jobs online, we would love to see them.

  • This is what really bugs me about Governor LePage and politicians like him.  It’s his brownshirt politics.  I like this country and this state.  I want to see leaders who inspire us to be our best.  I want to see speeches like Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”, speeches with words like, “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”  I don’t like leaders who appeal to our worst instincts, instincts where we identify some unpopular group and single them out for political gain.  This is what I mean by brownshirt politics.  If you are unfamiliar with my “brownshirt” reference, google it.  It isn’t hard to figure out.

  • fourCatssoon

    Where do all the Green Shirts come from? Do any of them work as I see their endless mindless comments all during this lead story. Do the Koch brothers have a PAC fund of funds to pay all of you to sit at your Computer all day. At least these people get paid well to write supporting comments for the Buffoon man that is now larger than the Governor of NJ. Must feed them well at the Blaine home. I wonder how much of a budget they have to pay domestic staff and food budget for all the relatives that live there or visit for FREE feeding. How much money is spent would be an interesting detail.

  • Anonymous

    I love this guy!

  • Anonymous

    So now the penguin is opposed to people making money?  Or, only those who upstage him?

  • Anonymous

    The Mad Hatter is starting to look like a sphere. This could be a new job opportunity for an athletic trainer,…or a cardiologist.

  • Anonymous

    But not a job at Mardens, where you can still qualify for assistance because the pay is so low.

  • cleanearth

    Always a crowd-pleaser:   reviling people who can’t find decent jobs.  

    Most people would rather be working – which gains respect from family, friends, and neighbors – than fruitlessly looking for a non-existent “job.”

    All of us (except those who hoard their weath) need to find ways to do more with less money, rather than trying to make more money.  The “economy” isn’t coming back, not for years if ever.  Even Wall Street gurus admit this. 

    Lots of ways to need less money.  

    One suggestion, since we all have to eat, and next winter will be here before we know it:    put some bottomless wooden (untreated) boxes on your lawn, fill with good soil (not biosolids – that’s filthy sewer sludge), plant some vegetable seeds, eat the dandelions –free food–that pop up as salad greens (very healthy and taste good, too), no pesticides needed, harvest greens and other vegetables thus saving lots of money. 

    Put some up for winter.  Freezing is easiest.  Read a good book or two on putting food by.

    Get seed catalogs now from Johnnysseeds.com and fedcoseeds.com (both in Maine) and plan a larger garden next year, perhaps grow enough to sell to your neighbors and family, thus making some money from food instead of paying the exorbitant prices in the stores.  

    Everybody’s got to eat.  Small-scale farming is a win-win-win.  You eat, neighbors eat, excess goes to people in need thus lessening strain on food banks and welfare.

    Locally-grown, no-spray food is the best there is.  If you take a bit of time–doesn’t take much, really–to grow your own food, you will spend less money, get good exercise, and be healthier and happier than if you eat the industrialized “food” in the supermarket.

    This will become a necessity in time to come–and not far away–so might as well get started growing while we still have the luxury of learning and experimenting with what grows well in our own yards. 

    Jobs, smobs, they aren’t coming back here or anywhere else in the USA.  We need to make our own way, just as people did as recently as 30 years ago. 

  • Guest

    Part of me wonders, if we had universal health care coverage, would that help to fill all of these low end jobs that are being talked about here?  The way I see it, if someone is getting medication which they need, and doctor visits that they need while on “welfare”, why would you expect them to want to give that up to get a job that may or may not pay for their housing needs and probably cause them to lose their health care coverage?

    The whole thing is a game and it stinks.  When you’re given the choice to either work and go without, or not work and survive, it’s not as simple a choice as many are making it out to be when you’re actually in that situation.  

    I’m thankful to have the job that I do have that provides for me and my family, but I don’t have any preconceived notions that things will never change.  

  • Good point, lets just give up – it’s hopeless as your post implies.

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t about just finding a job. It is about being able to maintain a standard of living. Granted I’m not on welfare or unemployment. I was out of work for a year and did collect unemployment. I didn’t feel bad; I pay into the unemployment compensation program. I did the right thing, college, military, bought a house, had a child, got married, got divorced, changed careers by going back to school. The point is that it is not as simple as get a job. There are few opportunites in Maine. We need more industry. When I was a kid you go anywhere and find a job. You can’t do that anymore in Maine.
     
    Standard of living is based on college for many of us. The jobs created in Maine (composites, boat building, etc) don’t pay enough to maintain a middle class standard. I make 60K a year right now. MacDonalds X3 won’t pay my standard of living.
     
    I will say I’m sick and tired of people collecting welfare who can work. I’m for people on welfare having to donate time (cleaning the roads, stuffing envelopes at the State House, voluteering at the soup kitchen), I’m for the State not allowing you to have kids while on welfare, I’m for if you violate the rules you loose the chance for public assistance.
     
    However don’t tell me it is easy as finding a job.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know how many welfare recipients are already off the couch working in low paying jobs. Their employers should be held accountable for stealing from the taxpayers. I think all this bluster amounts to a very small percentage when it comes to the actual ‘cost’ of welfare. More grandstanding and class warfare. Pitting the hard working wealthier Mainers against the poor. Shameful behavior on the part of our leader.

  • Sadly disappointed in the state of Maine.  Can’t wait to move away.  Cheers to all you on the sinking ship 207.  I never thought I’d want to leave my state so badly, but I do.  It’s getting too hard to live here, even with two steady jobs keeping me employed all year.  I will always miss my state, it’s my home.  But the Lepage administration hasn’t done much to change the scenario.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      Moving away from Maine has been the economic choice of generations of Mainers, including myself. Nothing wrong with it. There is a whole other world out there.

  • Anonymous

    I dont’ think LePage is talking about people who LOST jobs, he’s talking about the ones who have made Welfare a career and never worked.  Third generation Welfare.  The ones who think that working in a potato house or at a convenience store is BENeATH them.  NO job is beneath you if you want to live somewhere.  It’s like going through the grocery line the other day when the woman in front of me was dressed better than me, pulled out an EBT card for a cart full of top of the line products and on her way out was talking on the TOP of the line cell phone and climbed into a nearly brand new Jeep!! IS that how EBT cards are supposed to work?   NO….so when someone on Mainecare benefits has nicer things than the people who work to try and make ends meet, I HAVE a problem wtih it.  You are not entitled to better than those working.

    • Anonymous

      But that’s not what LePage actually said.

    • Guest

    • Anonymous

      i’ve seen the ‘abuse’ of the EBT cards and TANIF funds when I worked 8 years ago for a three year stretch in a small independently owned grocery store.  Yes there are those out there on State Aid who are dressed better then me – have late model vehicles – and use their TANIF funds for beer, wine, cigs, etc.  I’ve actually watched them go to the ATM and come bakc with cash from their TANIF funds (the store where I worked would NOT give them cash on their cards – made them go to bank – but what goods does that do when they mis-use the funds and walk out of the store with two 30 racks for an evening of drinking! It’s just not right!

  • Anonymous

    From the 14 points of fascism

    10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice. 

    • I checked this reference out.  It comes from a paper by Dr. Lawrence Britt.  Here is point #3.

      “Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

      The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the
      need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial ,
      ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists;
      socialists, terrorists, etc. ”

      The etc group in this case is welfare recipients.

      • Evidently, upon further checking, there is no Dr. Lawrence Britt, political scientist.  It was a Laurence Britt who had written a novel.  The significance is not in who wrote the 14 points, but what do they represent for government and the people governed.

  • Anonymous

    Gov. OutRage goes to northern ME and promises woodsmen’s  jobs to Canadians. Then goes back to Augusta and talks to the cameras about lazy Mainers on welfare. So typical of the far far right. Pres bush inherited a surplus in the US treasury….then  left US bankrupt. His cronies were richer, but how many of them compared to US? Far less than 1 %?

  • Anonymous

    After NAFTA, do you recommend Mainers traveling to China?

  • Anonymous

     Maybe he will adopt you.  Then you’ll get a job fer sure.

  • Anonymous

    Yea – If the Governor’s daughter can get off the couch and get a job, you should be able to – right?

  • Anonymous

    Take gas off the market, get prices where they should be, and maybe things will correct themselves.

    While working on alternatives of course, and putting them into play.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      How do you “take gas off the market”?

  • Anonymous

    LePage states that he understands welfare because he’s lived it then he would understand how hard it is for us “able-bodied” people to find employement! I am a single mother of two small children, recent Medical Assistant graduate, and I am unable to find a job in Washington County as a Medical Assistant. or find any other position. I have applied at local stores, and businesses and I am still unemployed. I do not agree with the statement “get off the couch and get a job” because although I am on welfare I still have to work at least 20 hours a week to be able to claim my benefits. Maybe people need to have a better understanding of how the welfare system works. Maybe the person working next to you is actually an ASPIRE worker who is required to WORK at least 20 hours a week to be able qualify for their benefits! I do understand that SOME people dont have to do these hours or are exempt for some reason but that is up to the state to deal with them. I don’t think that all welfare people should be looked upon as if they can’t or aren’t willing to work because most of us are, but sometimes its impossible to find employment within our areas.

    • Anonymous

      your on the mark momma,does this mean that all free perks the lawmakers and gov.recieve are also going to get cutnobody buys my twinkies or pays for my gas to go to work or gives me free vacations all over the state  

    • Governor LePage may or may not understand welfare.  It doesn’t matter.  Reality and common sense are not in play here.  He is playing to his supporters.  The important thing is to scream about someone they all can agree to hate.  That way he can get a standing ovation.

    • try moving out of washington county and go where there is work people do it all the time

  • Anonymous

    Clearly, the reason for 7% unemployment in the state is laziness on the part of the unemployed. That’s 50,000 people and doesn’t include those not actively seeking work.

  • CG

    Why work-Welfare is good to me

  • tryptifed4

    AGREED!! it’s time to make the kind of structual changes..BESIDES GET A JOB! such as hold each and every one of the welfare recipients accountable to such duties while receiving benefits!! such as regularly drug testing….job searches….education…community work etc and then lets see how motivated they are to get their “benefits!” and get the bleep of the couch and get a job!! instead of just being handed free money and benefits for doing nothing but sitting on the couch…have them “WORK” for it

  • tryptifed4

    very true Aldin1….very true and well said

  • Maybe if you morons stop shooting down new projects, Maine would have some jobs. It isn’t LePage’s fault, it’s our own collective fault.

    Just here in Washington County (That I know of, off the top of my head):
    LNG? Veto’d!
    Casinos? Veto’d by people not even in the area! (How the [4letterword] did that one happen anyway?)
    Prefab building construction facility? Veto’d!
    Call center? Veto’d!

    People can’t work, because we won’t let them. Then we blame people like LePage, who legally can’t do much to correct the situation. Then we wonder why we’re in the mess that we’re in, and play the blame game.

    Stop being childish, and grow the heck up. We’re not getting anywhere, blaming people for things they can’t control.

  • Anonymous

    He’d have to tell his daughter the same thing if he weren’t the gov and handing her a fake state job.

  • Anonymous

    LePage stated that he was glad he was not campaigning. That was very perceptive of him because if he were campaigning, he would have to listen to all the citizens who are more than just a little bit dissatisfied with the job he has been doing on them and that would not play well on his overblown ego. That 38% that he got in 2010 is shrinking every time he opens his mouth and with as much mis-speaking as he does will continue to shrink. As governor he has made Maine the brunt of ridicule nation-wide. Perhaps the next legislature will develop a recall procedure and put it into action as soon as they over-ride his veto of it.

  • Guest

    Though this wasn’t reported, in the picture Gov. LePage is calling for real change as he asks someone in the crowd ….. to pull his finger.

  • Anonymous

    There are many government funded social programs that are abused. But, I would say, “most” of the people on the welfare rolls are there for legitimate reasons. In some parts of Maine, there are more jobs than in other parts of the state. Where I live, there are very few jobs that pay above minimum wage. For a family with children, for a parent to take one of these jobs, they would lose MORE in benefits, than they could hope to earn in a 60 hour week, and none of these jobs would ever provide those kinds of hours. They could lose health care benefits and end up in a “buy-in” situation that could possibly cost more than they earn. 

    Maine does need some welfare reform, no question, but more than that Maine needs more higher paying jobs that could lead to real careers. Maine does not need more employers offering part time jobs with NO benefits. Maine may be “open for business” but I would hope that our next governor will have a serious plan for job creation, not someone who whines about something he obviously knows little about.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      What is your plan for creating jobs?

    • Anonymous

      Work out of State. Many people have and continue to do so!

      • KellySou

        Drive out of state to work? Or maybe move with all that money saved up from working a crappy job?  Who can afford to pack up and move these days and pay 1st, last and security on a new place not to mention the cost of transporting all your stuff and the gas to drive there. If anyone has an extra $2,000 or $3,000 to just move away to find better work by all means post and enlighten us all!

  • Anonymous

    Unless you own a home to sell, moving may cost more than some of these folks have. It is really hard to come up with first, last & security deposit on $485/mo.

  • Get off the couch and get a job?! How about you create some jobs MR. LEPAGE. My fiance graduated college in January and has applied for 123 jobs and only got one job. that job pays 10.00 an hour but only part time which is far from paying an 800.00 rent, car insurance, lights and the needs of 3 kids. I am in college currently and have applied for 25 jobs in a month, Have not even got one interview and settle for the 102.00 a week I will receive for childcare i provide part time each week. SO MR. LEPAGE if it’s so easy to get off the couch and get a job, try telling that to people that haven’t applied for over 100 jobs – Jess Staples via my Fiance’s account

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      Obama won’t let him. What did he major in? Maybe you have to MOVE!!!

    • Anonymous

      And it’s the governor’s fault that employers don’t place much of a value on your degree in Women’s Studies?

      • Guest

  • and to those of us who have kids and are tied here because of shared custody…. we’re just supposed to up and move to another state and forget about our kids and the every other week we have custody to obtain a job? How about the governor creates the jobs he promised

  • Anonymous

    Probably not, but that’s okay wtih the Reps , maybe you can work 3 or 4 of these jobs and they might equal one well paying job.  And, to heck with any life outside of work, like family.

    • Liberal Soup N Crackers

      If you need to work two jobs to get by, why would you not do so? Do you think “recreational” time is more important than economic survival?

      • Anonymous

        Did I say recreational time.. no –  maybe quality time, like helping with homework, or going to school functions with their children.  It is not always about the almighty dollar.

        • Liberal Soup N Crackers

          “Quality” time is “recreational time” whether you spend it with family or behind a beer bottle. In any event, I should not be required to subsidize your “quality time”.

          • Anonymous

            You by no means support my “quality time”.  I am not on welfare, but I have a heart!  I also own a home and pay taxes, I am not a liberal, just a conservative democrat who cares.  So just because someone posts something that you do not agree with you can’t assume they are liberals or on welfare.

          • Liberal Soup N Crackers

            I only refer to “you” as a representative advocate.

        • Just so you know when i was a kid growing up my parents very rarely had the time to attend my school functions due to work. I think i turned out ok i work now and take care of myself and make a living for myself with no help what so ever

      • Anonymous

         You “quoted” yourself when you used the word “recreational” LSNC.  I work three jobs and what little time I have after those jobs is spent taking care of my home and family, and what time is left after that (which you might refer to as “recreational”) is spent looking for more or alternative work.  Recreation time, which in most cultures and their histories, is where real innovations begin and develop; when we have time to rest and reflect and process everything we’re doing and working towards.  Sometimes corporations call them “retreats”, in which methodologies and practices are discussed in-between rounds of gulf or skeet shooting.  You miss the point that by continually just breaking even every day no matter how many jobs you work is like chasing your own tail.  You need to have hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, that all of your efforts are working towards a self-fulling goal, be that recreational or otherwise.  Without that free time, what’s it all worth, other than to ensure my children can inherit the same stagnate cyclical legacy.

        The governor misses the point too.  If he had even a tenth of the understand of the situation he would know better than to spend his time accusing everyone else of being corrupt and/or lazy, after handing his own under-qualified daughter a cushy government job.  No matter how much he tries to dumb down the situation to a smart-ass quip, at the end of the day, that’s all he accomplished.

        • Liberal Soup N Crackers

          You are using your time to better yourself economically and that is a good thing.

      • Guest

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        • Liberal Soup N Crackers

          Then get by with less if that is a problem. I do not think you deserve public subsidy to support your “family time”.

          • Guest

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          • Liberal Soup N Crackers

            Back your comments up a bit. The general thrust of the liberal comments in this thread is that people are somehow deserved of a “higher standard” of living to support their desire for quality time. I have seen several posts that imply a need for a “living wage”. When the Governor suggests that people get up off their behind and go to work, it is denigrated as selfish and demeaning. My position is pretty clear. If you want more money to live on, work more or remedy your situation. Do not look for a forced “living wage” that requires somebody else to support “wants”.

            I do not think anybody is beneath me. I do know however, that there is a large and growing segment of the population that feels entitled to what most of us have to work for. What has been destroyed in Maine and elsewhere among these people is what we used to call the “work ethic”. How many people do you know today who will walk five miles to catch a ride to a job to make ends meet? How many do you know who would cut pulp wood off their lot by hand in order to make a bank payment? Don’t tell me there are many who would. I and many others know better.

            I too didn’t receive public support to raise a large family. I am guessing you don’t like that truth either.

          • Guest

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        • does your family time pay very good? if it does i need to rethink my family time cause i havent made a dime off it yet.

          • Guest

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        • I work 70-80 hours a week to support myself. So does the rest of my family. We manage to get out of bed around 3 in the morning and start work. By starting early and working late we have a day or 2 a week to spend together. If by chance my summer weekend job calls me to work then they know time has to wait that food and money is more important than visiting

          • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    It goes back before the depression when the greedy Fat Cats sent 17 million jobs to China ! It has nothing to do with Lib or Conservative or Dem or Repub.  it has to do with greed. Jobs that existed in this country for generations gone forever.

    • Anonymous

      no! we as consumer don’t  want to pay more for stuff but want more money an hour so as a business they send it out for cheaper materials and labor…. so we our are worst enemy

  • Briney

    With all of his bluster, flying off the handle, brouhaha, or whatever you want to call it – he doesn’t know of what he rants. 

    Trying to find jobs – if he ever did – is still as tough today as it has been for decades.  Le Page is no miracle worker.   Like Romney, he flips and flips, then flops when it hits him about what he thought he should have said. 

    His Koch-financed political tirades are only exceeded by his lack on knowledge of the availability of the thousands of jobs he promised Mainers.  In other words – if got thousands of jobs, who would be available to work at them?

    Of the 1,328,361 resident Mainers, only 304,175 are in the 20-39 age bracket.   Usually the most active  portion of the work force.  Most must be gainfully employed.  Older people aged 40-64 account for  502,147 of that total.  That leaves 211,080 between 65 and over.  Most of the latter retired, or thinking about it.  

    That leaves Le Page an opportunity to find work for 51,300 unemployed workers.   That figure is reportedly down 3,300 from a year ago. 

    Perhaps some of us should follow the example set by our “hard working governor.”  He jumped off his couch, or, fled his Oliver Twist upbringing at the age of 24. Crossing over   into Canada, he worked for  the New Brunswick Lumber Co. He stayed there from 1972 through 1979.  What was wrong with Maine mills?

    • Anonymous

      It is called the draft. The Penguin fled the USA to get out of the draft. Funny how he returns when they stop prosecuting draft dodgers.

      • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    send this guy back to mardens and let him stock shelves
    and all the people in maine   should boycott  mardens   and hit him where it hurts in his bank account

  • fourCatssoon

     You have really earned you name “darkcat” i bet you have to spend a lot of time in a dark spot to come up with such lies -” Republicans will make Maine Grow” DC tell me of all the jobs the Governor promised Maine people not counting his Daughter and relative – that totals two (2) job created in a year and a half. Must be using bad seeds as I don’t see any growth. From here on take a pledge to only speak truths – I know that will be tough for you to do as you have spent so many years with “fake stories” Be a Man of Honor and take the pledge and work with us to help solve problems not spend you energy fabricating stuff. Make sense Dark one? Respectively Submitted.   Promise:)

  • Lord Whiteman

    >>>>>>
    “I refuse to allow bonds to be passed until the Maine Legislature balances its budget and pays its bills,” Lepage said.<<<
      If anyone if dies in a car accident because Lepage refuses to fix our roads and bridges he should be charged with murder.

    • Guest

      People ought to stay off their phone while driving. be responsible for yourself and drive alert.

      • Anonymous

        Roads are getting so bad that the posted speed limit is 50 but  you can do only 40 at the most an no i was not on my cell phone either .

      • Lord Whiteman

         That is a good point. If we cause a death  because we drive our cars unsafely we can be charged with manslaughter.
           When the Governor of Maine causes a death because of his blackmailing us with  unsafe roads he should be arrested and charged with murder.

  • Anonymous

    Here is some help for those who work and still can not afford healthcare – http://www.rxcut.com/RXA00065.  This FREE card provides access to savings up to 75% on prescription meds and up to 50% on lab and imaging services.Just print it and it works and  I have been using this for 3 months now. The savings are usually 10-20$ off one prescription but it could be more for you. You can ask your pharmacist to keep this card on your file so that way you dont have to carry it.  That’s what I did. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    It is about time!!

  • whataboutme2

    FINE I’m off the couch… now why don’t U try pushing away from the buffett.

  • Anonymous

    God d*mn, I love this guy. He may not have a lot of polish, but he says what needs to be said. We need someone that runs things like a business and isn’t afraid to fracture a few feelings.

  • Narsbars

    The right wingnuts are out in force! They are so hateful they are claiming there are abundant jobs in Maine, so many that the poor must be turning them down in droves.
    That is a Ten DOT problem. I have 30 years in a highly technical field. I am one of the most experienced people in my specialty in Maine, probably in the top 10 with only 9 people better. I have looked for jobs just in case, to be prepared for the worst. Even with the highest recommendation from my employer there is nothing in Maine that would pay more than 35 % of my Salary. The same goes for many professionals and just think how hard it is for a HS grad, single mom, unmarred male, with the willingness to work, the ethics Mainers are proud of, to find a job.

    If you claim there are lots of jobs in Maine, you are either lying, ignorant, or perhaps willfully hateful.
    You go looking for all the jobs downeast, in the county, in the west. Because you know where a half dozen jobs are does not mean there are enough for thousands of Mainer that want to work.

  • Anonymous

    When did it become the governments job to create jobs? State or federal goverenment should not be creating jobs that is part of the problem with over spending. We need rules and regulations that are business friendly to attract private business. To many people think the gov. is going to create jobs the gov. needs to create a business enviromrnt then jobs will come.

  • Mary Stubbs

    There are jobs available if people want to work. The problem is too many folks are too picky about what they’ll do for work….

    • Bob

      Yes that may be true for some. Not all.

    • Anonymous

      What about  the people that have been looking for a long time an places will not hire them 

      • If you look everyday all day long and keep going back in person not calling or emailing you will find a job. Dont just use the classifieds you have to go door to door to bussinesses to find a job. Alot of places dont advertise cause all they get is calls from people trying to fill in their unemployment cards. And yes I can say this is true from experiance.

  • Anonymous

    Governor, insulting people is abusive. 

    • Guest

      he said if you are able

    • The working people wouldnt be offended by his remarks. I bet most working people would agree with him. If your not abuseing the system you wouldnt be offended

      • That is not true at all. He has cut back not only state programs that help people find jobs but he has also cut programs for our children s schools 

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who is reminded of “George Thorogood’s “get a haircut and get a real job” song by this headline?

  • Anonymous

    I think the gov said that to the people who do take advantage – if the shoe fits, wear it. If you are able and working, he does not mean you. Sometimes those things need to be said. Give him a chance and just maybe things will be better for Maine people. It can’t happen overnight and if things don’t change there won’t be help for anyone that really needs it in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! LeRage’s latest foot-in-mouth moment generated nearly 600 comments! The man may not know how to say anything with diplomacy, but I gotta give him credit for creating sound bites by the hundreds…..anyone of which will come back to haunt him next election.

  • Way to go Big P im proud of you keep up the good work. To bad people wouldnt work with you on what you want to do maybe you could straighten this state out.

  • Has anybody else noticed that when Big P has a comment everybody gets mad and points fingers but when he tries to pass something that might save the state some money it always gets shot down. Everybody points out what he hasnt done but nobody points out what he has tried to do and couldnt get it passed. Maybe if everybody left him alone he could get the job done and straighten this mess out. Problem is the problems that have to be solved will never get solved for the simple reason he is trying to fix welfare and state spending. You cant fix welfare when there is more people on it than working. If all the people of welfare vote against him he will never make it. Then you have the state fighting him for trying to cut their benefits and jobs. I agree it should be cut. Why should I have to pay their health insurance after they retire. Nobody pays mine when I retire. Its just a never ending battle cause the people effected is more than the people it dont effect. Obviously the people effected are against it even if they know its right or wrong.

    • You must have money to be speaking like this. You must be one of the few who are rich and don’t care about the middle class and poor people of Maine. And the only reason so many are on welfare is due to the fact there is no jobs most of the mills around have been closed most employers have had to cut back on employees due to the lack of funds for their company’s you need to do a little more research on why so many are on welfare. And another thing welfare isn’t like it used to be the state requires anyone who is on it to work at least a 40 hr week. Unfortunately even those of us that have a masters degree cannot find work due to the lack of funding.

  • Anonymous

    There are going to be a lot of TeaRadicals looking for new jobs come November.  Governor Big Mouth is making sure of that in a hurry.

  • If you’re unemployed, it’s your own fault for not being related to Paul LePage.

  • maybe we should stop giving him a paycheck.

  • Anonymous

    The business environment in this state is not very favorable. High taxes, lots of regulations, and lack of skilled laborers. Despite everybody thinking that big businesses are somehow evil, they at the very least provide jobs for a lot of people. 

    In places like Portland they have been able to not only exist, but thrive on small and local businesses which is certainly great. However, I do not see any reason why the people of Portland are so completely opposed to allowing anything other than local there. There have been plenty of proposals in the past for massive building projects that would provide temporary construction jobs, and permanent tax revenues for the state and the city. There have been proposals that would include many headquarters of very large companies to be moved to Maine from Mass. providing a lot of high paying jobs from local college graduates allowing them to not have to leave the state for employment, and again  this would raise taxes for both the state and the city thus lessening the tax burden on the poor and middle class in the area, yet for whatever reason, everyone is opposed to this.This state has a lot of things it could do to improve the business climate. I understand everyone good intentions, but they need to realize that their good intentions have come with a lot of unintended consequences.

    With all of that being said, able-bodied Maine citizens sitting around doing nothing but collect welfare raised by the hard working taxpayers of the state of Maine is nothing new, regardless of our current economic climate. It is a problem that has been around for a very long time, and if we keep electing the same types of people, it is a problem that will exist for a long time.

  • Otis B. Driftwood

     Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job. Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn’t know anyone who knows of a vacancy. This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world.

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