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!

Equality for all the Labor Force in Maine

Unions in Maine should thankful, for now, that they don’t live in Wisconsin.  While the unions claim they “took in on the chin”, Unions in Wisconsin took an old fashioned butt-kickin.  The nation as a whole has grown very tired of the greed and this State is no exception.  What is happening now is these factions of the labor force that only have tunnel vision on there own special interests, are  receiving a rude but needed awakening that there are more to labor in Maine than Unions, much more.  The many years of suppression of the rights of the independent workforce must and will come to an end.


Somebody is Nervous

Michaud raises more than four times as much money as Raye in 2nd District race, reports show

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted June 05, 2012, at 8:35 p.m.
Last modified June 06, 2012, at 4:53 a.m.
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Rep. Mike Michaud

Kevin Raye








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Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud leads his Republican 2nd Congressional District opponents in fundraising by a wide margin, according to the latest campaign finance data.

Through May 23, Michaud had raised a total of $813,686 — including $95,023 from April 1 to May 23 — to Republican Kevin Raye’s $188,453 and GOP candidate Blaine Richardson’s $7,535, the candidates’ pre-primary Federal Election Commission filings state. Michaud’s numbers include a refund of about $3,500.

Michaud reported $45,273 in contributions from individuals from the period of time known as the preprimary ― April 1 to May 23 ― and $288,912 from January 2011 to May 23, his filing states.

Most of the rest of Michaud’s contributions came from a host of nonparty or political action committees, unions, associations, and corporations. Michaud garnered $49,750 in contributions from PACs from April 1 to May 23 and listed $528,250 as his total in PAC contributions since Jan. 1, 2011.

Those numbers, Raye campaign consultant Kathie Summers-Grice said, shows who Michaud really represents.

“He is real top-heavy with PAC contributions and other inside-the-beltway stuff. I think the national average is 41 percent and Mike is at something like 65 percent,” Summers-Grice said. “That shows a politician who is more in touch with inside-the-beltway politics than what’s happening in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.”

Michaud is very much in touch with his district, said his campaign manager, Greg Olson.

“At the end of the day, this race isn’t about money. It’s about the people of the 2nd Congressional District,” Olson said. Kevin Raye’s campaign is “doing a lot of dissecting of our finances because they are not pleased with their own. He [Raye] is not keeping pace with his own fundraising from 10 years ago.”

Unions representing steelworkers, firefighters, carpenters, electricians, creditors, utility workers, painters, and municipal employees have each contributed between $4,000 and $5,000 to Michaud’s campaign, the filings state.

Unions or PACs representing teachers, beer distributors, Home Depot, emergency medical workers, and insurance agents contributed $2,500 each.

“There are a broad spectrum of people that support Mike, from working people to people who create jobs here in Maine,” Olson said.

Michaud’s largest individual contributors include Leon Gorman, the former CEO and current chairman of the board of L.L. Bean, and his wife, Lisa, who each gave a total of $5,000, and Imad Khalidi, who also contributed $5,000. Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli contributed $3,000. Stephen King, Gary Lauder, Nancy Anderson, New Balance Athletic Shoe Chairman James S. Davis are among those who gave $2,500 each, his filing indicates.

Raye’s numbers show that the state Senate president is less successful now than when he first ran against Michaud 10 years ago, Olson said. Raye’s campaign had raised about $50,000 more at this point in 2002 than his campaign has now, Olson said.

Summers-Grice didn’t dispute that assertion. The difference between now and then, she said, is that Raye is a state senate president and not a fulltime candidate, as he was in 2002.

“Obviously Kevin has been very much a part-time candidate now,” she said. “There was a lot more focus on raising the money and campaigning full-time then.”

Raye’s listed contributions from individuals total $183,703 for the entire campaign, with $31,797 coming from April 1 to May 23. He received $4,180 from outside political committees, which can include PACs, from April 1 to May 23 and $4,750 from those sources overall.

Raye contributed $2,967 to his own campaign. Snowe For Senate contributed $2,000 and Republican Majority for Choice contributed $2,500, his filings indicate.

Raye’s campaigners are pleased with his fundraising strength so far, Summers-Grice said, adding that a disparity between challengers and incumbents is expected, with incumbents usually having a significant advantage. Michaud has raised four times as much as Raye in 18 months, while Raye has had only five months to raise funds for his run, Summers-Grice said.

Raye “is most proud of the fact that the very [highest] percentage of his donors are from Maine,” she said. “When you look at it in the context of other [2nd district] races, we are much further ahead that Jason Levesque was at this point in 2010, and Jason gave Mike a very strong run.”

Richardson’s campaign organization, Richardson for Congress 2012, and Richardson himself are his listed contributors. Of his $7,535 in contributions, $6,971 came from April 1 to May 23, according to his filing.

Raye and Richardson discussed some of their campaign goals with WLBZ-Channel 2 News Center’s Pat Callaghan during a segment taped last Wednesday.

Thoughts on the Walker Victory

The power of Labor Unions is diminishing rapidly in this Nation, not because the labor force has an aversion to organization and solidarity, but because the Union system has come to exemplify greed, selfishness and corruption and much of the good and honest labor force of America has a strong aversion to those attributes.  But this victory for Governor Walker has an even stronger message to the political system of the United States.  My good friend, Jason Savage of Maine People Before Politics aptly explains this impact in his recent post.

This is what happens when politicians do exactly what they say they’re going to do. Keeping promises is the most valuable thing an elected official CAN do. AND everytime you hear someone say this was about money– yeah, it was about the TAXPAYER’S money — not the DONOR’S or UNION’S money. -Jason Savage

I couldn’t agree more!  Perhaps this will begin a transfusion of marrow to those politicians who have the proverbial “backbone of an eclair”.