One of the primary goals here at The Maine Conservative Voice is to lend a voice to the many residents of Maine who wish to see our state government exercise fiscal restraint and commonsense in Augusta. This past week MCV sent an email to the Appropriations Committee imploring them to pass the Governor’s plan, which specifically addresses the DHHS $212 million shortfall. We received some positive responses from the committee and one scathing rebuke from a certain John L. Martin, Democrat Representative from Eagle Lake.
It is common knowledge that Mr. Martin rules the St. John Valley with an iron fist and none dare challenge him. Yes, it seems like an eternity that Martin has wielded his ruthless power within the Democrat ranks; in fact, there may be some evidence that, when Moses was hurling his Ten Commandment tablets, he was aiming at John Martin. When this columnist states that the Democrat party has a lot to hide and a lot to hold on to, Representative and former Senator John L Martin may be the prime example.
In his email reply, Rep. Martin accused this writer of blindly following the Governor. He presented the same old tired, tattered and torn pictorials of the elderly….and the children…and the sick…and the infirmed….on and on. It seems the “Honorable” John Martin would have us believe that all the above imagery falls under the category of “healthy childless adult”.
Oh, have we forgotten that already? Yes, yes, that is what the Governor said. He wants healthy, childless, adults off the dole. But Democrats raise these same old worn images every time the people cry for reform. Why? It is to use our own sense of compassion as the very thing to whip the public back into compliance with the Democrat agenda. For most of us, our Judeo-Christian heritage demands that we not ignore those less fortunate than us. It is engrained into the very fabric of our society straight from our Christian roots. The Democrats know it. And they shame us into silence every time we call for some to develop their own independence. But….the….Bible does say those that don’t work, don’t eat…..just a thought.
Those predictable arguments were, of course, no surprise. But one argument gave pause and deserved attention. Martin claimed that Veterans Homes in Maine were going to lose funding as a result of the Governor’s plan to rein in spending. As the proud son of a Vietnam Vet, I certainly did not want to see that happen. I did something that sends a shudder through the very bones of Democrats and their media allies, research.
The loss of funds for Veterans Homes is not going to happen, it already has. In a town hall meeting with the Governor in Ft. Kent, Martin announced that the Federal government would not be funding PNMI or Private Non Medical Institutions. Veterans Homes fall under this category. There was a glaring omission from the “Honorable” John Martin’s announcement. Why?
Mr. Martin neglected to inform his constituents that his party had been caught scamming the PNMI Federal matching funds. They had been cut off during the Baldacci administration. The Federal government was obligated to do this to protect the other 49 States from the deceitful practices of Maine Democrats. The “Honorable” John Martin had the audacity to insinuate that this somehow was the fault of Governor LePage. Remember, that deceit is the support system of the Democrat platform. Make a mess. Blame the Republicans. Republicans clean it up. Democrats take the credit for it. The Democrats have a lot to hide and a lot to hold on to.
I’ve blown through my word limit. There is much, so much more, on this. See you next week!