Poor people of Maine?? Don't buy it - they choose willful ignorance. Many even thrive...I've little sympathy for the people of Maine, and even less respect. As LMD put it: it is an "all about ME" culture.
Thank you francisz.
It just occurred to me...Baldacci and many of his team have promied us tax relief as a top priority.
Why don't we all publicly demand an immediate disclosure of how much and when?
Suggestion: they could claim a "drastic cut" in our taxes by only raising them by $1 Billion next year, instead of their original plans to raise them by twice that.
The problem Mark is that too many Maine people are tied to government. Some via welfare and some via a government job. 37% are receiving some sort of welfare and 21% work for government such as teaching etc. That adds up to more in the wagon than pulling it.
I'm all for raising taxes until everyone hollers. We need to get the seniors off from paying for education and put more of the tax load on those spitting out crumb crunchers. That is where the larges cost is, education. Make those that use it pay more. No kids no education taxes. Simple!
Some southern state already leave education cost out for those over 65.
[quote="nascarfan207"]Oh Stavros..... you really are a shining example of how to win a race now are you not?? Tell me again the break out of your race for the Maine Senate and then there was that Congressional bid of yours.....
Far from bitter - the numbers speak for themselves.[/quote]
I'm very proud of my congressional run. Heavily outspent and without big gun support (except for the GOA :D ) my team gave a great run. I won a town in every county and handily won every town in my home county. I learned a lot form that race and am very proud of my team and how hard they worked.
As for my Senate race I admit I did nothing. I was there to take one for the team and that's all I did. I had neither the time nor the fire for that race but someone needed to carry the baton so I did. I told Senate leadership as much and they wanted me anyway. I also told all my supporters not to endorse me because I had not worked and did not deserve their endorsements, that's why that mailer never went out. If my distraction helped Lois win her seat then I did my part.
Of course, you and most everyone else who was paying attention already know all that, you pathetic mind just cannot miss the chance to pound more knowingly untrue accusations to mask your own pathetic cowardice at never having had the courage to be honest or run for office.
As to my ability to win I will put my 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005 victories up against your own dismal mediocrity any day. Heck I'll even put my pathetic showing in 2004 against your cowardice.
[quote]The problem Mark is that too many Maine people are tied to government. Some via welfare and some via a government job. 37% are receiving some sort of welfare and 21% work for government such as teaching etc. That adds up to more in the wagon than pulling it.
...and don't forget that 25-30% of the non-government workforce have spouses in State government positons (not to mention children, grandchildren), and the private employers who depend somewhat on government contracts to support their businesses.
Probably over 75% of the population is tied to Government with these inclusions.