D. Marquis: The people have spoken

Losing is not easy, especially an election. It is a time when voters issue a judgment on the work that a person has done for them. Losing an election is, purely and simply, a rejection. It is understandable why Thomas Shields has so many questions (Nov. 18).

In four short years, the people of Maine and America have rejected Republican agendas. It is time for Republicans to take a look in the mirror. Sadly, Shields is still playing the same party politics that cost them the election.

While I have great disagreements with some unions, foremost, they protect workers' rights. The education system is in need of reform, not teacher reform.

It is time to raise revenue in this state and this country — a necessary evil at this point. How that happens is open for debate.

I believe the tax rate should be the same for everyone. It is about fairness and patriotism. Paying taxes is patriotic.

The Obama administration proposed immigration reforms brought forth by Republicans. The obstructionist Republican agenda was to make Obama fail, to keep him from a second term.

Claiming Obama has not protected this country is a ridiculous assertion. Obama has done the job his Republican predecessor could not.

Despite Shields’ fear tactics, “liberal” is not a dirty word. Freedom of speech is fine. Women will still control their health choices. America is on the mend and growing stronger.

Maine and America have spoken loudly.

David Marquis, Lewiston

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Jack Tetreault's picture

The People Have Spoken

Yes the people have spoken and they will be the first to suffer under the yolk they themselves have built. We never learn. Throught out history the people have risen up and brought about change that they were lead to believe was the right way to go only to end in failure. Look at what is happening in Egypt as I write this The people spoke without thinking and now they are in another bitter fight. If we could find a way to inform people with the truth (Good Lick With That) the outcome could be much better. Our President won with smoke and mirrors and pandering to anyone he could pander to.

What happens when we run out of other peoples money?

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A democracy ... can only exist ...

... until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits ... with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

There is some controversy as to who, if anyone, said exactly those words, but that doesn't make them any less true. Consider the Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s. Consider the USA in the 2010s. The people have spoken. The remaining question is, who is the charismatic dictator who will get the trains running on time again?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I believe it was de

I believe it was de Toqueville, a Frenchman, who said it. He had a profound understanding of how democracy worked and how it failed. He also said that, "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money". Another of his statements went as follows; "I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run". He sure had that one right. When was the last time that the most qualified man to be president ran for the office?

Zack Lenhert's picture

How is voting yourself a

How is voting yourself a tax-cut any different?

Jack Tetreault's picture

Tax Cut

A tax cut allows us to use our money better than the government ever could. And as a result our ecomony and the un employed as well as welfare people would be better off. A tax cut is not a give away like welfare is. It is allowing us the fruits of our labor. You didn't earn welfare but you do earn the taxes the government confiscates form you.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The difference is predicated

The difference is predicated on the concept that the individual who earns the money should spend the money. A tax cut is simply allowing one to keep what he or she has already labored for in their own packet. That is, it is not the government’s money in the first place – a simple, but significant concept.

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Are you speaking of the Obama Tax cuts?

Formerly known as the Bush Tax Cuts? The difference is: They lowered taxes in every bracket. Now BHO wants to let them expire, but only on the evil "rich". That's the equivalent of handing everyone else a bauble and trinket and saying: There's more where these came from.

Zack Lenhert's picture

I wasn't referring to the

I wasn't referring to the Bush tax cuts...many people voted for Mitt Romney because he proposed a 20% tax cut (gift) across the board. It goes both ways.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You are misrepresenting

You are misrepresenting Romney’s proposal; the proposal was revenue neutral. Revenue neutrality would have been achieved by eliminating some tax deductions.

The real question at hand should be why must you misrepresent the facts? Is the only way you can make your case is by lying?

Jim Cyr's picture

"Liberal" is not a dirty word,

It's a disease that is tearing at the fabric of Free Enterprise and individual Freedoms that our Founders struggled so hard to achieve for the rest of the world to visualize the greatness of a Free Society.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps in theory, but as I

Perhaps in theory, but as I watch liberalism unfold, it appears to be a mental disorder.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Liberalism is the result of

Liberalism is the result of an attempt at rational thought by unsound minds.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

The people may have spoken, but.......

The people may have spoken, but the Republicans haven't stopped shouting. Leading the way in this state, is our illustrious Governor. In denying the implementation of the "Health Exchange" he is only delaying the inevitable. He and the other Republican Governor's refusing to obey the law, are only hurting the People they are sworn to serve. I wish I could find a job where I could refuse to do it, and still get paid.......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Frank, Perhaps you are not


Perhaps you are not aware that there is an opt out prevision in ACA related to establishing state exchanges. That said, your assertion that some Governors are not obeying the law is false.

This is comment is just more misinformation from the left.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I very rarely assume anything.......

I understand that there is an opt out provision. That being said, why is it that only one small group of REPUBLICAN Governor's are taking the easy way out. Letting someone else do what their supposed to be doing. What Paul LePage is doing is throwing a political temper tantrum. You can call it what you want but the bottom line is still the same. He's shirking his responsibility. In doing so, he's letting the people of Maine down. He has this Republican Zeal to save money and balance the budget at any cost, the word cost is pivotal here. Cost doesn't always mean financial, What he's costing people by his inactivity could be lives. He doesn't care, he has the best insurance available, paid for by us. He needs to start doing what he was elected into office to do, and stop hiding behind politics to take a free ride.
One other thing, I'm sick of people describing themselves as be from the "Right" or "Left". Right or left, we are all still Mainer's, and as long as people continue to divide everyone into groups, nothing will ever be accomplished. Both side still get sick, I guess if they come from the proper side of the isle, it doesn't matter.........

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Firstly, the Federal

Firstly, the Federal Government will provide exchanges for those states that opt out. That said, your claim that Gov. LaPage is costing people’s lives is misleading the reader – again.

Secondly, exchange rules are still being written; therefore, the total cost to the state is unknown. Would you enter a contract if you did not know how much it would cost you? In this circumstance, LaPage is doing Maine taxpayers a favor not committing them to unknown costs.

Thirdly, the federal government cannot continue to spend at its current rate. That means massive spending cuts in the future. Any money transferred from the federal government to the state to assist with deferring the costs of running exchanges will decrease or disappear placing more burden on the Maine taxpayer.

Given your well-known medical history, I understand why you favor Maine exchanges. However, LaPage has the responsibility to govern in the best interest of everybody. Due to the reasons stated above, governor LaPage is making the right decision that is in the best interest of all Maine residents.


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