G. Chateauvert: Put people before politics

This letter is in response to Jim Harwood's letter of Feb. 5. In it, he asked, "Why every time Augusta cuts, it's always the poor, the elderly and education?"

It is because the state can only cut what it actually funds.

People who take care of themselves don't get state aid. Wealthy people don't worry about money. Working class people, like myself, struggle to make ends meet and try to plan for their children's future.

I don't want anyone to go without the necessities, there just isn't enough money to keep funding all the programs.

The prices of heating oil, food and gas have skyrocketed and working people are struggling to provide for their families.

The governor knows that and is looking to cut where it will impact the least number of people. But every time he looks at a program, he is accused of attacking the poor and the defenseless.

Wasn't he elected to cut the pork out of Augusta? That is exactly what he is trying to do, but is constantly attacked for it.

Democrats lack the courage to do what needs to be done and always take the coward's way out by blaming someone else for the problems they created.

For once, it is time for officials in Augusta to put people before politics.

Glenn Chateauvert, Greene

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Bruce Hixon's picture

People before politics

Social services costs generate emotional debate over the tax burden it places on us. Even in the “Jamestown colony,”(1609) dependency was an issue. Capt. John Smith, who didn't understand that the effects of starvation and disease cause sickness rather than laziness, proclaimed “He that will not work shall not eat,” adding that “the labor of thirty industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred idle loiterers.” As a result, half of the colony died. Regardless of our diversities, dependency can be individual, family, or generational, caused by physical, psychiatric, genetic or many other causes. Dependency has always and will always exist. We can't prevent it's occurrence, but we can mitigate its effect on the economy. Maine's textile and shoe factories are gone. Our paper industry is in peril thus causing woods job losses up north. We shuttered our factories, and sent our manufacturing jobs offshore. We abandoned “Mom and Pop”stores and Maines small business's who provide American jobs and American products. We shop at Wal-Mart, LL Bean, Sears, The Gap, Nike, and others, who sell foreign made sweatshop goods produced for 21 cents an hour in conditions unlawful in America. We think we're saving a dollar, but in reality we contribute to unemployment, dependency and our own economic demise by believing that foreign goods save us money. As a result, we actually accelerate the rate of American job losses to foreign sweat shops. We're oblivious to the development of robots designed to eliminate more American jobs, and must stop re-electing legislators who allow corporate America to profit at the expense of the people. Corporate deregulation has never, and will never benefit the average man. We need to force legislators to bring our jobs back home and increase employment opportunity across America. This will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs here where we need them, expand the middle class, grow the tax base and allow us to spread the costs of reduced dependency among millions of new taxpayers. Democratic legislation supported by Labor will produce good paying and secure jobs for our families. Conservative sponsored“Right To Work for Less” jobs will further reduce wage rates and worker protections, contribute to job losses and poverty, while enhancing the power of corporate America at our expense. Maine workers should support the next Democratic candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial election, because Republicans have never supported the causes of the Maine workers. Maine deserves a much better future, and there's not a lot left to lose .Larry Lockman (R) Amherst, a new legislator, has already submitted legislation to bust unions in Maine, starting with public sector unions. So tell me how busting unions and lowering Maine wages will help our situation. LD 309 died in the 125th legislature last year by never making it out of committee, and that was exactly what it intended to do.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

O.K. Here's the bleeding heart poor response.....

I'm a bleeding heart poor individual, I am not however old. One point Glenn fails to address is, who are the poor and defenseless? I am one of those folks. I didn't plan it this way, it just happened. Is that sufficient cause to eliminate any assistance I may be receiving? The funny part of this is how or why this all came about. Everyone has a story, and a lot of them aren't very pretty. Over the course of my career, I was very lucky, in that I was very good at what did, I went from being a "Trucker" for a good number of years, to becoming a "Computerized Robotics Tech. Not exactly what some may consider the normal career evolution, but hey, it worked for me. Hell, I felt like I was on top of the world, I was really living the lifestyle, not a care in the world. Then it happened, in less time than I spent in college between career's. It all came crashing down, the worst part of it was just being able to watch. There was nothing I or anyone else could do to stop it.
That's how fragile success can be. I can honestly say, I'm glad I had Social Security and Medicare waiting for me. What amazes me, even to this day, is how fast a person can go from "Bitching" about that stupid deduction on your pay check. To desperately reaching for the results of that little deduction.
I guess I'm a little more fortunate than most, I'm living quite comfortably. I'm 54 and can never work again, I guess that puts me on the bottom sort of speak, and being considered by some as a taker, is hard for someone like me to swallow. This is something totally out of my control, but I'm still just as entitled to assistance as the most successful CEO out there. I just happen to need it more......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You claim to be poor, but

You claim to be poor, but poor is a state of mind. I've read enough of your posts to be able to say without fear of much contradiction that all of your needs are being met (need and inability to work notwithstanding), and, by your own admission are living quite comfortably. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the poor should be uncomfortable in their poverty. You and most of the people who are considered poor by government standards are not uncomfortable in your "poverty". In most other countries, the standard of living enjoyed by so called poor Americans would be considered living in wealth. Like the incest therapist likes to say, "It's all relative".

FRANK EARLEY's picture

A lot of people in my shoes jump off buidings.....

Yes I am quite comfortable, I didn't get to this point by accident. What I went thru was similar to the stock market crash, When a person suddenly loses eighty five percent of their livelihood in a matter of days, it causes a feeling of desperation that can only be experienced, you can't describe it. The only difference between myself and anyone else is simple, I planned for it. If you've been reading my posts for any period of time, you would see that I'm trying to encourage people to plan for the unexpected. That's something I was ridiculed about when I was younger. Why would I waste all that time and money on such trivial things like "Long Term Disability Insurance", I purchased that years ago, not knowing if I would ever need it, When I was driving truck I took advantage of stock options offered by large companies I worked for, not knowing what I was ever going to do with it. I got ready for something I never had a clue was ever going to happen. Then it happened. I had all the resources to bounce back. I guess Benjamin Franklin would be disappointed in me, because although now I'm poor, I'm definitely not uncomfortable.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Your lack of discomfort is

Your lack of discomfort is well deserved. You are a man of vision. I do not agree with many of your political beliefs, but I do admire your spunk as a man.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Thanks....

I guess I don't always agree politically with you either, then again if we all agreed with each other all the time, this forum wouldn't be nearly as much fun..........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

P.S. Franklin would not have

P.S.
Franklin would not have been disappointed in you. He would have admired you as I do for having planned your OWN future rather than having sat on your ass and waited for the government to plan it for you, as so many of the so called poor, do.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great letter. Get ready for

Great letter.
Get ready for the onslaught from the bleeding heart advocates of the "poor and elderly".

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Well said Glenn. Perhaps is

Well said Glenn. Perhaps is is a bit easier to blame others than to look in the mirror as internalize shortcomings within one self.

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