Poliquin Stands Up for Maine Jobs and Maine-Made Products

Poliquin Stands Up for Maine Jobs and Maine-Made Products

Congressman Poliquin testifies in front of the House Armed Services Committee supporting the use of quality American products for our Military Men and Women


WASHINGTON – Today, Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, testified before the House Armed Services Committee to advocate for the use of the Berry Amendment, a provision which requires the Department of Defense to use American-made products when available.  In addition, Congressman Poliquin thanked the Committee for its work to include an additional DDG-51 ship in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act to be manufactured at Bath Iron Works, employing more than 6,000 Mainers from across our State.


Congressman Poliquin testifies before the House Armed Services Committee. Click HERE to watch the Congressman’s testimony.


After the hearing, Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:


“I urge the Committee to implement the Berry Amendment and to require the Department of Defense to use materials that are made here in America, specifically the top-of-the-line athletic shoes that are manufactured in Maine’s Second District” said Congressman Poliquin. “Our businesses and workers in Maine produce the best shoes in America and provide more than 900 jobs for hardworking Mainers.”


Congressman Poliquin enters the House Armed Services Committee hearing room sporting his own American-made athletic shoes.




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Merry Getsmas

It’s a Wonderful Life!  And, yes, it is.  The theme of that timeless classic represents one of the greatest most daunting challenges to parenting.  How to teach our little ones that the giving is greater than the getting?  How to live like the Apostle Paul who, whether abased or in abundance, learned the secret of contentment?

I was blessed to have grown up in a poor home.  Yes, blessed.  My father, a Vietnam Vet, left for the mission field in New Guinea, not long after returning from war.  After returning stateside from the New Guinea, he immediately turned his passion and energy into church planting for the denomination to which he was affiliated.  What that meant for our family was that we were in perpetual state of rebuilding our family budget.  Once the church my father had planted reached a financial place to comfortably support our family, we moved on to start again. Over time, my resentment of this would turn to wisdom as I saw the need for sacrifice for the greater good.  Lessons a teenage boy would prefer not to learn, but necessary nonetheless.  I have learned that the best way to teach a wonderful life is to live a wonderful life.

But in the arena of politics it is all about the getting, isn’t it?  The struggle for “who gets” is the ideal that predicates every manipulation, parry and thrust of this age-old dual.  In the State of Maine, there is one Party that has a focus upon their interpretation of “who gets” and what they get.  The other Party is in a constant study of vacillation and debate on which interpretation of “the gets’ and “who gets” they should adopt; the Party’s or the people’s.

The first is the Democrats.  The have one constant focus and they do not divert from that.  The government should get and the people should give.  They firmly believe and espouse that all the wealth and treasure of Maine residents should be heaped into the halls of government where it can be protected and regulated away from the mishandling by the uneducated masses.  And if there be any heaps left in the hands of the uneducated and unenlightened, those heaps should be immediately labeled as ill-gotten gains and the possessor of said heaps should be made to wear a sign with bright scarlet letters that spell  “businessman”.  Yes, after two short years out of power, the first order of business for Democrats was to try and vote themselves a raise.  There is nothing left to guess on “who gets” with Democrats.

The reason for this immediate, feverish rush to the “till” for the Party, whose symbol is an Ass? It’s really quite obvious.  For the two years, under the leadership of Paul LePage, the Republicans have been attempting to shovel those heaps of Maine’s wealth and treasure back out to the people of Maine.  By lowering unemployment, creating jobs, making health care affordable and competitive, and passing the largest tax cut in Maine history Mainers are starting to see hope for an actual rebuilding of their own personal heaps.  With 6,800 net new jobs in just 12 months, the average personal income above the national average by 30%, new home purchases up again by 23.6%, and the unemployment rate down creating 10,000 jobs since 2011, its hard to comprehend why Democrats regained a majority, unless you look at the issue of the “who gets”.

These Republican accomplishments did not come without a struggle. More could have been accomplished, were it not for very public defections from the hard left of the Republican Party.  Editorials chastising the Governor in front of the State and the Nation did not give a picture of leaders focused on the people.  The Tweed Chair debacle of the Maine Republican Convention convinced the people of Maine the Republican Party was riddled with factions consumed with getting their own agenda accomplished rather than fighting for the whole of Maine.  Mainers had all they could stomach of what they were getting from Republicans and showed them the door directly adjacent to the woodshed.

In short, the Republican Party must decide which version of the “who gets” they believe in.  If they want to present a remake of the Democrats vision, the populace will opt for the original rather than the cheap imitation.  If the Republicans finally decide to offer Maine people a choice that is a contrast to Democrats, it had better travel in a clean, tightly run ship or the people will not get on board.  The State of Maine and its people need to have their heaps of wealth returned to them, but they will not tolerate any more heaps of humiliation to go with it.

And behind this curtain….

And behind this curtain…


            Remember the old days when there were journalists?  Ah, the days of the intrepid investigator digging and searching with dogged determination for who, what, why, where and when.  Like a hound on the trail, the steely sleuth would stay on the scent of truth unswerving until truth was exposed regardless of who and what it uncovered.  Remember those days?  Neither can I.

            The days of an objective media have long since passed into the filmy ghostly memories of the ancient history of Maine.  Those with better memories than mine assure me that there was a time when the raising of a question would be followed by a gathering of facts to ascertain, yes that word again, truth.  This almost sounds like it could be defined as research, which is a word that sends a collective shudder down the spines for some of the Maine media.  To the rest who claim to be reporters, the word research elicits a blank stare. 

            The Democrat Party has been able to utilize one most effective tool against Governor LePage to hide any of his accomplishments, the curtain of media silence.  The lack of job growth in the national economy has provided damning evidence against the business and fiscal policies of the Obama administration and the Democrat Party as a whole.  Conversely, here in the State of Maine, Governor LePage has experienced surprisingly quick success in job creation despite the obstructionist tactics of the Democrat Party and their allies in the moderate wing of the Republican Party.  The Democrats have smugly asked, “Where are all the jobs?” yet all the while holding the curtain of media silence tightly over the evidence of job creation here in our State.  This was sadly apparent in the recent announcement of the two new mills in the Millinocket area.

            Yes, the media has sold its integrity for an agenda.   With its lips tightly sealed against the truth, the media seems to have a vested interest in returning to the job killing policies of the 40-year tenure of Democrats.  It now falls to us, the foot soldiers of this Conservative Revolution, to expose the truth behind the curtain of silence.

            “Today’s announcement would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the Governor…” This is a quote from Richard Legualt, Senior Managing Partner Brookfield Asset Management, as he announced the development of mills in the Millinocket area.  Somehow, that was not part of the media coverage of the event.  Mr. Legualt goes on to say “the Governor’s ability to broker this transaction against the backdrop of current market conditions demonstrates his commitment to jobs and economic development in the State.”  Strange, that was never talked about either.   Perhaps it may be a little embarrassing to have the “incompetent” conservative Governor “broker” jobs while, coincidentally, the Democrat messiah in the White House has brokered nada, nil, nothing for jobs.  Oh, they’re trying to pull that curtain down again.  Quick, here are some more facts:


            Lewiston has seen 400 new jobs created this summer.


            Tax Reforms helped the aviation industry in Maine expand and create hundreds of new jobs.


            Brunswick saw a new manufacturer bring 100 new jobs to their economy.


            There are 18 new jobs in Auburn due to just one regulatory reform.


            Thanks to regulatory certainty and a pro business Governor, thousands of new construction jobs have sprung up all over this State.


            Windham, Gouldsboro and North Berwick are just some of the towns experiencing job growth.


            And the Governor hasn’t even had a full year under his belt yet.  So while the media prefers to cloak the truth in silence and commit crimes of omission, we the people must seek the truth.  Go to http://www.mainepeoplebeforepolitics.com/2011/07/where-are-the-jobs/.

Do your own research.  Find the truth and then help spread the news.  Let’s keep working to Set Maine Free!