I watched Monday's Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum on WCSH TV.
All prefer policies that boss people around and take their money, but some are worse than others.
Here are my impressions.
There's a totalitarian solution for every problem they see; Maine just needs to be more like Venezuela:
Betsy Sweet (get the money out of politics so the Maine People's Alliance can get me elected!)
Mark Eves (king of the platitude; nary a fact-based utterance shall pass through his lips)
Diane Russell (now that we have rank choice voting, you can make me your first, second, and third choice!)
Looks good in a suit but not ready for the issues:
Adam Cote (best line: we can't sue our way out of our problems) He believes the myth that Americans on medicaid don't overuse the ER. Fact: they use the ER three times more than the uninsured.
Best at concealing his far-left platform:
Conventional Democrat who may be able to work with Republicans:
Janet Mills (though she brags about all her lawsuits against Republican administrations)
Donna Dion (Gets the award for asking, where's the money?)
Absent from this forum was any discussion of the tax-and-home-care referendum we'll face in November. You can read about their positions on that law here.
every Democratic candidate for governor expressed support for the “Homecare for All” citizen initiative, with most endorsing it outright.
Sweet was joined by candidates Mark Eves, Diane Russell, and Mark Dion, who all went on record in support of Homecare for All. Candidates Adam Cote and Janet Mills voiced support for the idea generally and said they had to further examine the particulars... Donna Dion also raised questions about the funding mechanism.
Here's the MPA's big lie about that bill. The initiative would be funded through narrowing a tax loophole that only benefits state’s highest earners, those who make above $128,400 a year in individual income.
In other words, the MPA and the Democrats want to get rid of the cap on FICA withholding. Individual (and small business) income above $128,400 is not subject to FICA for SS, while there is no income cap on the tax for Medicare.
It's a money grab.
MPA wants to punish people who have the bad form to be well paid. Small business will be punished along with them.