I spent over two decades as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations here in Maine, the one aspect of about what we have to work with in this great state, is a very small population...and no amount of business deregulation and 'most' favored status for luring businesses will change that. Maine, you want more revenues? Increase your population size. It is as simple as that. I've seen that strategy come and go over the years...every time, crashing.
As long as we have a small population we must conserve every aspect of our existing resources, developing growth there...not by hoaxing up faux business growth on taxpayer's backs, (read that to mean, taxing the middle income wage earners...not taxing the wealthy). By compromising the value added to our natural and environmental resources and our essential tourist industry legacy, we will be setting the clock us back 30 years. This is not the way to do it.
Watch and see, LePage will try to bring manufacturing, and heavy industry to Maine, not learning the lessons of history...that no matter how much we -- you and me -- subsidize these opportunistic corporations looking for tax breaks...they are destined to fail for us.
Been there, done that.
Perhaps Paul L. wants to change the State of Maine, to the State of Mardens. Using Marden's marketing strategy: Piling cheap, salvaged crap in the aisles of a huge empty space and throwing in the 'bait', a'designer' item at a ridiculously low price now and then to make prospective buyers think this is 'THE PLACE' for 'bargains'! Al the strategy is to strip and rape and back-stab the true qualities and values in the surrounding community held in place by sensible enforcement of regulations already on the books.
In the next four years I think it will be important to turn tables here, challenge Mr. LePage's initiatives to undo Maine's social and environmental achievements every step of the way with lessons learned over the past forty years...and, he will not force it through on an ignorant populace...we will show him we are a party of 'know'.
I hope and pray this is not what the next four years reveal about governance here in Maine, but I am not optimistic.
May wisdom prevail.
Go ahead. When out and about shopping next time, visit any Marden's store...is this what you want for Maine?
Okay, Rove figured out formally what other Republican's are doing by their generally nasty intuitive reactions. It looks like the Republican's are going down, way down in future elections, (you can only live in a state of denial so long before reality catches up to you).
Rove knows if he identifies Democrats to have the same huge moral flaws that they themselves have shown over the past few decades - even if those accusations are false, in other words, lies - then, when the Dems prosecute the Repubs for ANYTHING, Rove, and other operatives offering the same brand of stinking fertilizer, will simply say, "See, they are guilty, even more than us!"
But, I think the Obama administration is onto this crap-flinging technique now and blocks the Rove-like shit every step of the way. Bill Clinton did this so well, and the oposition hates him with a fever. The net result of Karl Rove's 'cleverness? Repubs will get, really, really pissed off, and do enormously stupid political things. Backfire time for Rovians*.
GHD & RHN
Shock jocks Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity, Malkin, Bachmann, et al. - the list goes on - are glib, smart, savvy, commentators with a terrifying agenda: hate is the basis of their arguments.
They understand that it is a component of being human - we all share at some level - and exploit this primitive emotion pseudo-effectively, seeming to come out on top of almost every argument. On their own terms they put together facts incorrectly, or make outright, blatant lies, merely to inflame an audience.
They are taking advantage of the American populous' ignorance, capitalizing on parochial mind-sets, and in the process filling their own bank accounts. By undermining their often legitimate premises and regularly presenting mis-truths in non-contextual arguments, and continually hate mongering, arguing back and forth from general-to-specific in a single sentence, simply to confuse the point, it is a faux debate. Because of this fakery, they, ultimately, will implode.
Every vile comment they make about the very subjects they apparently are attempting to expose and clarify...ends in a joke. But the joke is on them. The net result of this intemperate commentary is tearing this country apart with fear, deception, loathing of your neighbor based only on suspicion about anyone who is in anyway different from 'their' espoused 'values'.
At best, theirs is the worse kind of sleazy yellow journalism. At worse, it is a moral sin bordering on slander and sedition.
The rest of our comment, as always, a cartoon:
GHD & RHN
The Bush/Cheney administration is perhaps the most successful presidency ever, that is, if judged only by their own standard. They appear to have set out to grab the reins of power and seem to be succeeding. They targeted destruction of congress, consolidation of power and rule at the executive level, and crippled the economic system...and this has been accomplished right under the nose of the U.S. electorate! This once great nation has been emasculated by its own elected officials who have given ample evidence that they are neither morally or ethically guided.
Believe me when I tell you Dick Cheney is willfully evil. He for some misanthropic reason believes his countrymen and women are fools. He and his complicit power brokers deserve to be brought to justice. I hope and pray this will happen once Bush/Cheney is no longer in office. I am not, however, optimistic. These people are extremely devious, amoral and globally powerful. It is a sad, sad day for the USA.
Why Obama Should Copy Bush, CBSNews.com, By Jonathan Cohn, Reprinted with permission from The New Republic