Score One for the Good Guys

The County Commissioners of Piscataquis County are reversing their decision to turn over the County road, which was the access to Little Wilson Falls, to Roxanne Quimby.  After an outcry from the residents, local legislators Paul Davis, Doug Thomas,Pete Johnson and Former Rep Jim Annis got involved in the fight for the people.  Jim Annis is running for the Commissioners seat being vacated by retiring Commissioner Tom Lizzotte.  Quimby had originally illegally gated the road until she was informed by the County commissioners that it was a county road and she could not block the access.  Then in confusing series of events the commissioners voted to turn over the road to Quimby. This sparked an outcry from the residents of Piscataquis and the legislators got involved.  When commissioner Fred Trask made it known that he would vote against the proposal, Quimby withdrew the proposal.  When this was announced at today’s meeting, the commissioners moved to reverse their original decision.  Senator Doug Thomas asked that the motion be amended to demand that Quimby remove the gate from the road completely.  Commissioner Lizzotte voice his disapproval of such an amendment, but commissioner Fred Trask spoke in support of the amendment reminding Lizotte that the gate is on county property therefore must be removed.  Lizzotte relented and the motion was passed with amendment to require the removal of Quimby’s gate. Little Wilson Falls is a favorite spot for local residents to visit.  many elderly are able to view the falls by driving up the road.  Gating the road made it impossible for many elderly and very young to enjoy its beauty.  One small victory for the people of Maine.  Representative Paul Davis, Senator Doug Thomas and Commissioner Fred Trask are to be commended for standing with the people of Piscataquis County.

Oops-the litany, the legacy.

Oops-the litany, the legacy.

 

Shaken by the incessant criticism hurled at this columnist for his consistent adherence to the tenets of conservatism, the Maine Conservative Voice has decided to try and step away from the several writing techniques my critics have deemed boring and unimaginative.  No longer will there be the drab, predictable, irrefutable facts interlaced with bland, cagey, endearing, sarcastic humor.  No, it is time to step it up a little bit, take it to the next level and engage the audience with the scintillating and sensational.  Mothers, hide your children as MCV moves into uncharted waters.  Behold, the jaw-dropping, mouth-gaping, riveting…graph.  Come on!  Don’t be shy.  Look at it.

 

Wage earnings                    Avg tax%

$20,000-30,000                    5.7%

$40,000-50,000                    12.5%

$50,000-75,000                    15%

$1,000,000+                         29.1%

 

Now that this moment of guilty pleasure is over, we can wipe the sweat from our brow, pull ourselves together and concentrate on the reason for this shocking revelation.  The information here was put together by the Associated Press to verify President Obama’s assertion that middle class America is paying more taxes than the wealthy and that it is time for millionaires to start paying their fair share.  You know, I’m still having a hard time getting my head wrapped around “New Math” but, for those of us who are still paddling around the 5.7 mark, 29.1 still seems like a lot more.  Maybe we all just need to have Warren Buffet explain these numbers to us the way he has explained it to the President.  Mr. Buffet wants millionaires to pay more taxes, as long as it is not he.  Mr. Buffet is under investigation for tax evasion issues.

Here at home, Ms. Quimby wants to turn all her landholdings into a Federal Park.  It is her land.   She can do what she wants with it except….when….it….effects other people’s land and their livelihoods.   Governor Lepage has worked hard to secure the sale and restart of paper mills in Millinocket.  People are headed back to work.  But if Ms. Quimby has her way, Federal Park regulations would block the harvest of wood fiber, which is essential to the survival of the Millinocket mills.  The Democrat Party is a huge supporter of Ms. Quimby’s plan.

Democrats Chris Dodd and Barney Frank want at least one more financial crisis to add to their legacy.  They along with Dick Durbin have allowed banks to charge heavy fees to you the consumer for having….money.  Yes, the banks can now penalize you based on the fact that you have money in their bank.  Talk about a sound fiscal model for economic recovery.   Can anyone say “money in my mattress”?  How about one more Dodd/Frank banking collapse?  This is inevitable when patrons begin wholesale withdrawals.

Corruption is coming to light fast and very furious, as one CBS investigative reporter has found out.  The White House, for her dogged investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal, deemed Sheryl Attkinson “unreasonable”.  Members of the President’s staff and Department of Justice screamed and shouted explicatives at Ms. Attkinson as she asked for answers to the cover-ups.  From my limited past experience, this loss of control means that a “whole lotta smelly oopses” are about to hit the fan.

Speaking of the fan, before the aroma of the “Solyndra Oops” was scattered across America, the President was poised to give another loan to the bankrupt solar company.  How big of a funnel was he trying to fill anyway?  Now, the President wants to encourage spoiled college students to shut down Wall Street.  The “oopses” are just piling up both here and abroad.