Maine Heritage Policy Center and conservative policy in Maine

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DisPas
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Maine Heritage Policy Center and conservative policy in Maine

Is it just me, or is the Maine Heritage Policy Center a woefully inadequate voice for conservative policymaking in Maine? Aside from holding a few events a year to fund-raise (and occasionally, half-heartedly engaging on ballot initiatives), what do they do? Their rival on the left, the Maine Center for Economic Policy, produces a steady stream of op-eds in major newspapers and policy briefs, providing policy talking points to virtually every democratic politician in Augusta. From what I've heard, MHPC doesn't come close to having that kind of clout at the State House.

Maybe it's because MHPC has mostly political people (like Matt Gagnon, former DC strategist, and Mike Quatrano, former ED of the Maine GOP), and MECEP actually has people trained in public policy and economics.

Isn't it time for the conservative movement in Maine to come up with a decent think tank to champion its ideas?

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While it might be time ,it is

While it might be time ,it is also time for the movement ,to look at those policies it champions.

Is it just you ? Yes !

P.S. so far you are a good progressive plant obviously recruited to stir the turd .

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A plant I am not, I assure

A plant I am not, I assure you.

I just try to grapple with difficult policy questions honestly. I dislike straw man arguments, and am often disappointed at the lack of rigor in a lot of conservative arguments.

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Bruce:

Bruce:

Seems to me that DisPas put forward a reasonable topic for discussion. And you quickly dismiss it by calling the author a “progressive plant recruited to stir the turd”. You’re starting to sound like a smegma wannabe…

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Northarrow

Northarrow
A legitimate conclusion imo.
However true to your nature,have I used profanity,made reference to anyones sexuality and anyother crude reference in a post ?
If I am proved wrong I will admit it.

As far as wannabe,I assure you if I chose I would and could exceed Smegma ( a very appropriate label by another member).

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Perhaps the communist bent

Perhaps the communist bent displayed by the state's presstitutes would have something to do with the number of op-eds printed.

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I agree that the general

I agree that the general liberal bias of Maine's media must make it challenging for MHPC. But surely, they could do more. Matt Gagnon has a weekly column in the BDN--why doesn't MHPC run regular columns there?

My primary concern about MHPC, which I may not have sufficiently emphasized in my original post, is that the staff of MHPC seems unqualified to run a think tank. I disagree with a lot of what MECEP says, but at least they have graduate degrees in public policy. From their bios, it seems that MHPC's employees just have bachelor's degrees--and not in policy or economics, either.

Why can't they hire a PhD economist or something to do some solid, quantitative work on stuff like tax reform?

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What are you basing your

What are you basing your judgments on?

Do you associate with either tank in any way?

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Can you provide a list of

Can you provide a list of such individuals and their success in predicting the outcome of last presidential election ?
Maybe we could recruit them to Maine.

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Over the years, I've attended

Over the years, I've attended several MHPC events and chatted with some of their staff.

I think I've read every single thing published by both MHPC and MECEP for the last several years.

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Bruce:

Bruce:

Are you suggesting that PhD economists are bad at political forecasting, and wouldn't have seen Trump's victory coming? That's probably true, but that's like asking a chicken farmer to build you a space shuttle. Economists aren't pollsters. They study the economy and analyze public policy. That's just what we need.

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I am /was not suggesting

I am /was not suggesting anything you were.

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Conservatives have no

Conservatives have no organisational voice in Maine because the Republican party and in particular the Maine Heritage Policy Center espouse government control of the economy and the welfare state. When government controls the economy it distributes income unevenly to those who give it that power.

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And the answer to that can be

And the answer to that can be found where?

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pmcon: "Conservatives have no

pmcon: "Conservatives have no organisational voice in Maine because the Republican party and in particular the Maine Heritage Policy Center espouse government control of the economy and the welfare state. When government controls the economy it distributes income unevenly to those who give it that power."

Sounds to me like someone who expected the MHPC to grant him special status as a guru and seer of all things political and economic, and wasn't honored with appropriate recognition.

Hell hath no fury like a visionary scorned.

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Annther Drum and Rimshot for

Annther Drum and Rimshot for Mel !

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Annther Drum and Rimshot for

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Darn it, there's still no

Darn it, there's still no 'LIKE' button here on AMG... Mel, that was a good one!

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I joined the MHPC in hopes

I joined the MHPC in hopes there were some who would work to free us from the clutches of government and all I found were a bunch Republicans spouting the same pap as the Democrats except their aim was welfare for those already at the top of the heap. The last thing they wanted was the truth about the evils of big government and an economy doomed to failure. That they chose to ignore it is not a reflection on the source but the fact it will not benefit them so long as the current system remains in place. The problem is that they cannot see far enough to see where that system is taking their heirs. You can now actually calculate when the boom is going to fail and yet people are still oblivious.

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Was that before the book or

Was that before the book or after ?

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Just when you thought the bar

Just when you thought the bar couldn't possibly get any lower for likes and rim shots.......

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