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“What a great prank! Somebody put glue on half of the seats at the State of the Union Address!” -Pat Sajak

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The Red County Caucus’ Statement on the Passage of Tax Reform

 

The President has signed a historic tax reform into law. While Democrats claim the power of the seer akin to Nostradamus portending wild-eyed apocalyptic doom as a result of wage earners and wage payers keeping more of the fruits of their labors, in the real world of the real truth this new tax structure affords real tax relief to virtually every wage bracket in the United States. Contrary to the liberal narrative, it is not theft for Americans to keep more of their wages.

Immediately the business world has reacted to this news by infusing more money into the pockets of their employees through bonuses and investing in expansion. Maine has seen this first hand with the announcement by CIANBRO of its plan to hire 300 new employees. With the burdens of a outdated, antiquated tax structure lifted, and the roll back of onerous regulatory laws, the business world sees the promise of a bright new horizon for prosperity and is responding with a resounding charge forward.

But it is not just the corporate and business world that will see much needed relief. The threshold for non-taxable income has been significantly raised, helping low income families keep a majority of their hard earned money, raising the hope of building a better tomorrow for their loved ones. The child tax credit has been doubled, an adjustment long overdue.

With the President’s move to sign the bill into law this week, taxpayers will see almost an immediate impact to their personal economies as the new law will be in effect for the February tax season. While critics seem to struggle to wrap their intellect around the common sense doctrine that a citizenry that keeps more of its own wealth is a more wealthy citizenry, the proof of a stronger robust economy is already bearing fruit. Maine would do well to take heed.

Maine must look for ways that it can shrink the size of its overall budget. By lowering the state income tax and eliminating much of its burdensome regulatory bureaucracy, Maine can continue to move towards establishing a fiscal landscape that is both inviting and hospitable to entrepreneur and investor alike. Also of primary concern must be the reduction of the high electrical costs in our state if we wish to compete and grow our economy.

Finally, the Red County Caucus has not been quiet in it’s criticism of recent Republican Party failures. As such, we would be remiss if we did not offer our strong commendation to the Republican Party as a whole for the passage of this historic tax reform. Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, in particular, should be praised for their support of this accomplishment, along with President Donald Trump. Once again, we the citizens of the United States have proven that, with government out of our way, there is nothing quite as powerful as the indomitable spirit of the American people.

Of Culprits and Criminals

 

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.  It is time to restore the American principle that each individual is accountable for his actions.”- Ronald Reagan

Common sense, like the lesson in this quote, is a virtue that we here in the rural Northeast hold in high regard.  This is why the recent events, which are careening completely out of control day by day, leave the good, decent people of Maine puzzled and appalled by the words and actions of those elected to serve them.  After the horrific and tragic misdeeds of the demented, how is it that the servants (politicians) are now calling their masters (citizens) criminals?  What is our crime?

What has prompted the Democrat Party to blame peace-loving, law-abiding Americans with the deaths of little children?  Leaders of the Maine Democrat Party have publicly chastised Maine citizens, who own guns and, by the way, make up the majority of Maine residents. Some, such as Janice Cooper, have gone so far as to say that they are sickened by us, yes us, for I am a gun owner myself and not ashamed of it.  So what is so sickening about Maine gun owners, which, by the way, make up the majority of Maine residents?  Was it our outrage when the Democrats started their new leadership tenure with a call for a pay raise?  They hadn’t even started working yet.  Same ol’, same ol’.  It’s what we call “teenage politics”.  Yell, scream and blame every problem on their “idiot” authority figure and then turn around, ask that same authority figure for the car keys and some more money so they can go party on that selfsame authority figure’s dime.

Our Country is in a fiscal crisis, the likes we have never seen, and the first act of the Democrats in Washington is to introduce eight laws to restrict our right to own firearms.  Because it’s our fault, you see?  We own guns.  How can they pass a budget with all these gun owners lurking around?  If we would just pass our guns in to the government, they could sell them fast and furious to Mexican drug lords, make a bundle and perhaps balance the budget.  Perhaps, because there would, of course, be the expense of the committee to collect the guns, then the committee to log all the serial numbers, then the committee to lose all the serial numbers, a committee to devise a curriculum to teach the new “Omericans” how better off they are without any self-defense and, yes, the committee to implement the new “Omericans” education course.

A little over the top?  Of course.  But it does seem more than coincidental that immediately after a horrible, heinous attack on little children, the liberal elites immediately launch a coordinated attack on the majority of American citizens, most still blinded by their grief for the loss of the “littlest of these” and too numbed by sorrow to see it coming.  Easy targets.

Here in Maine, Democrats label gun owners “sickening”.  A newspaper in New York, The Journal News, has printed maps plotting the location of the residences of gun owners.  Now incarcerated criminals are threatening those that staff the prisons with harm to their families because they now know where they live.  Thieves are rejoicing with the knowledge of what homes have no defense and are easy pickings.  In an ironic twist, the outrage against the Journal was so great the paper felt the need to hire armed guards for safety.  Oh, those nasty guns make you feel safe now, hmmm. The President and most of his elite friends send their children to schools with armed guards, but not for us, why?

Other papers have asked for lists of gun owners and called for their execution.  Dianne Feinstein continues her call for a forced return of all guns from the citizens.  Mayor Booker of Philadelphia is offering $1,000 to anyone who turns in his or her neighbor who owns a gun.

In California, residents brought in their weapons in a buy-out program.  Standing if front of the pile of weapons, officials stated that the children of the State would be safer now.  But how many of the individuals returning a gun had a criminal record, except for the aspersions cast on them by arrogant public servants?  And therein lies the culprit to the insanity.

We, as Americans, have wilted under the withering tantrums of our juvenile public leaders, much the same as beleaguered parents tire and succumb to the insults and tirades of a spoiled child.  Yes, we grieve for the loss of our nation’s most precious treasure, but we must not allow our public servants to blame us for it.  We, the majority of gun owning Americans, are not capable of such mindless acts with the weapons we possess.  We only wish that we could be there, with those weapons, to defend the little ones.  This is not a crime and we must never allow small, empty-minded despots to portray our love as hate, our independence as immoral and our patriotism as asinine.  They will try but we don’t have to accept the label.  We are Americans, free by the blood of our forefathers. Don’t ever forget the cost to gain it and the cost to lose it. May the fire of freedom still course through our veins and burn in our souls, forever unquenched.

The Spin, Some Skin, Do Lies Still Win

In a not so shocking development, the Governor of Maine is one of four Governors nationwide that has received an “A” grade for his fiscal policies.  The Governor and his Republican majority have done yeomen’s work trying to reform the 40 years of fiscal lunacy, which typified the Democrat reign in Augusta.  The regulatory jungle and monstrous tax burden, which had become synonymous with Maine’s business climate, was draining the lifeblood of Maine’s economy, jobs.

With the advent of the LePage administration and the Republican majority, much needed regulatory reforms were implemented, with tax reductions and healthcare reform.  These were a much-needed transfusion of life into anemic, nearly lifeless economy.  This is why, while the National debt clock spins forward, whirling at blinding speeds, the Maine debt clock is spinning in the opposite direction.  But this is soon to change.

Inexplicably, the Maine people have decided they preferred the white pale and pallor of fiscal anemia, to the hard work it takes to return to a robust economy. As anyone who has done any construction work can attest, it is much easier to demolish than to build.  With the new Democrat majority, duly elected by the people of Maine, the Maine Debt Clock will soon begin to spin in unison with the national debt clock and we can all spin and spend our way into oblivion together.

Perhaps I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the most shocking things I found during this election cycle was the amount of people, when presented the facts of what causes a nation’s demise, replied with an apathetic, “All nations collapse sometime.”  I can’t believe that anyone could be so glib about the loss of all we hold so dear.  Perhaps it is a developed distrust of what they are told, since lying has become the method of choice for so many in the liberal politics, which controls Maine.

With so much now coming to light on the many lies and half-truths told by the President in his desperate charge to hold to power, many are now dealing with a sick, hung-over feeling that comes after a binge that has you waking up next to what you thought was beautiful the night before.  And what makes the feeling worse is the realization you’ve done the same thing again…and again.  Yes, waking up, realizing you have been shamefully used and that you have allowed it repeatedly is a very disheartening feeling.  The stark truth is telling, to be sure.

Do you remember the lie that the rich don’t pay their fair share?  Now even CNN is acknowledging that falsehood, after the election.  The economy was on the recovery, right?  Then why do businesses all over the country have to lay off workers?

And while we struggle to make ends meet, government employees want taxpayers to fund their exorbitant union demands.  As long as it’s skin off our backs, not theirs, this is how government works.  The taxpayers always foot the bill for things they had nothing to do with nor wished to.  Our Founding Fathers called this immoral.  Yet, in this failing economy, greedy union reps demand more and more.  When the companies collapse under the burden, the reps move on with no skin in the game.  Union workers are left behind once again with nothing but questions, media spin, bills and winter looming.  When will we as Americans finally learn that standing for truth and fighting for victory is not a one-time event but a lifetime of travail, a never-ending battle that we must not and cannot cease to engage.  We must Set Maine Free!