From over the AMG Transom. Posted with prior permission
Democrat Financial Reserves, 2002-10
Democrat Growth of State Debt, 2002-10
Democrat Welfare Dependency, 2002-10
I wish I was surprised. But after all these scandals that Republicans have uncovered at the Maine Turnpike Authority and MSHA, I find it difficult to be surprised by anything the Democrats have done over the years.
Any idea why 2002 was chosen as the starting year for the data?
What a travesty.
Bush made them do it. At least it is unsustainable but a great way to buy votes
Sounds like Maine Democrats MO. Spend, spend, spend. Get booted out of office. Whine, kick, and scream when Republicans make tough decisions they were unable to make on their own.
These charts will ideally motivate people to volunteer in every way possible to them to help their GOP State candidates/incumbents.
Publius, Gov. Baldacci took office in 2003.
Good response, David Allen.
Handheld -- thank you for starting this thread, and posting the information. Every Maine citizen needs to review the facts, particularly before heading to the polls on Election Day.
Recently, Maine Dems are once again pushing for a higher minimum wage. There's a "problem," however.
Democrats Fear Big Minimum Wage Hike Will Reduce Welfare Rolls
The Maine Wire
AUGUSTA - .....snip
... Senator [John Cleveland D-Androscoggin] ...concerned that.... higher wages may make some Mainers ineligible for food stamps, Medicaid, and other welfare benefits. Sen. John Patrick (D-Oxford) agreed. The possibility that higher wages may help welfare recipients achieve independence was apparently unpalatable for either senator.
Maine is ranked second among states for food stamp enrollment and third for availability of TANF cash welfare benefits and Medicaid.
God forbid the "Welfare Fiefdom" lose any customers.
Oh, dear. It appears the Democrats didn't consult with their associates in the "Welfare Industry" before pushing for a higher minimum wage. The Welfare Industry doesn't take kindly to the potential loss of customers, or the government jobs doling out the tax dollars.
Whatever shall they do now? (Hint ---> watch for the call to increase income limits, so the customers can continue to receive TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid).
Dems want to raise the minimum wage – but not too much. Just enough to let them feel good about themselves and maybe get a few votes from the severely uninformed but the poverty industry must be protected. An increase to a “living wage” - that so many Dems campaigned on, besides not working, would destroy this sector of the economy that so many “non-profits” depend on.