LePage enjoys being outrageous and offensive

You will recognize the type, because there is one in most families.

He's the weird uncle who enjoys showing up at family gatherings just to get a good argument started.

He makes mean little comments that get under people's skin. He seems to have a different opinion just to have a different opinion, and he expresses it forcefully and with volume turned way up.

He says things that sound suspiciously untrue, many of which later turn out to be just that.

He is, they say, like a bull in a china closet, throwing his weight around, trying to intimidate and provoke the rest of the family.

He's the kind of guy who says something and other people just get up from the table and say they are going outside for some fresh air.

And, just when he gets everyone in a foul mood and feeling lousy, a little smile crosses his face because, well, he enjoys this.

Gov. Paul LePage seems determined to be Maine's nasty uncle.

Thursday, he told a TV station that a Democratic opponent "claims to be for the people, but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

OK, governor, but can you wait until we can get the kids out of the room?

The governor also pronounced that Sen. Troy Jackson of Aroostook County "is bad," has "no brains" and possesses a "black heart."

Wow. This Jackson fellow must have done something really outrageous, like disagree with the governor.

For one thing, Jackson opposed allowing Canada timber companies to use foreign workers in Maine's North Woods, something Jackson felt strongly about as a retired lumberman. The governor sees nothing wrong with the practice.

Jackson, along with other Democrats, has had the temerity to compromise with legislative Republicans on a budget that does not include each and every idea first proposed by the governor.

An equal argument can be made that the governor is the one trying to stick Maine taxpayers with a raw deal.

His plan was to balance the state's budget by simply shifting tax increases back to local taxpayers by cutting revenue sharing, the Homestead Exemption and the Circuit Breaker program.

Let local taxpayers eat those costs, the governor said in effect.

But legislative Republicans and Democrats came up with the idea of having the tens of thousands of people who visit the state each year pay part of the cost.

They have approved a temporary half-percent increase in the sales tax and a 1 percent increase in the meals and lodging taxes.

Those are taxes we share with the people who annually use our roads and municipal facilities.

Why, it might be asked, is the governor so determined to prevent tourists from doing a little to help solve this state's financial problems?

Republicans and Democrats approved the compromise budget over the governor's objections, and the governor now promises to veto that budget, which is his prerogative.

Perhaps the governor's comments about Jackson were meant to get a rise out of the Allagash Democrat and start a brawl between legislative Republicans and Democrats.

If that was the goal, Jackson wasn't taking the bait. In a conference call Thursday afternoon, the homespun Jackson seemed philosophic, explaining that he had been called worse.

He described the governor as an "upper-management" person, and himself as a "working guy," looking out for other working people and his constituents.

The governor, of course, has been rude and crude before, and he will likely be so again.

His comments will likely get national publicity, stir up more contempt and further divide people who are working toward a common purpose.

And when he's done, the governor will be the only person smiling.

rrhoades@sunjournal.com

The opinions expressed in this column reflect the views of the ownership and the editorial board.

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JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

LePage needs to resign and go back to Fla.

http://dianerussell.nationbuilder.com/gubernatorial_resignation

The man is an embarrassment to Maine. He is rude, crude, nasty, refuses to help the people of Maine to grow and his worthless accomplishments of nothing. Wasted taxpayers money and just played head games with the state legislature on political partisan ideals and worst embarrassed the people of Maine with his arrogance and ignorance.

The only good thing he has accomplished is shining the light onto the Repubs, for a ride down the road.....he wants 70,000 people to not have health care that could and want to get back to work with a healthy approach and help economic growth by working folks and producing revenue for the much needed revenues Maine desperately needs.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Sour grapes?

Sour grapes?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Tell that to Peter, with your whine from your grapes....

ObamaCare from Ohio…
June 26 (Reuters) - Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, is no fan of President Barack Obama's health reform law. But he has become an unlikely proponent of one element of Obamacare - expansion of Medicaid health care coverage for the poor - and he has a warning for his fellow party members about the moral consequences of blocking it.

"When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he's probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he's going to ask you what you did for the poor. You'd better have a good answer," Kasich, a Christian conservative, says he told an Ohio lawmaker last week.

"I can't go any harder than that. I've got nothing left."

MARK GRAVE's picture

The free money, well it is

The free money, well it is not really free, will evaporate - then what?

But I guess it is easy to give to the poor when you are spending someone else's money.

How long do your think the money will last? The poor will be paying in the end; hence, unintended consequences.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Mark, Mr. Doom and Gloom Gravel....

Everything cost money, on the front end and on the back end....Like it has been for decades it gets done---"The sky is falling" Not a stellar approach for a positive solution to your; Unintended consequences is bodies, ill, sick ones, Dead ones...not very productive or helpful in those conditions, for the economy and to the taxpayers who will pay, anyway you slice it.

Give them healthy lives, give them hope to have productive lives, they return it back into the economy, sharing with revenues from work and spend back into the labyrinth of states future of growth , instead of just being in a negative stagnant unproductive mode.

MARK GRAVE's picture

seventeen trillion dollar

seventeen trillion dollar debt and climbing - their is an end.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Peanuts

Compared to the gazillion on the planet...hell you got that 17 Trillion in the Caribbean Islands and Switzerland combined of American tax dollars being hidden, not including all the corporate tax evaders....Just send in the collectors and imprison the offenders, case closed...debt paid....

MARK GRAVE's picture

Then go earn some.

Then go earn some.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

To old, poor eye sight, bad knee...

Long time since I shot anybody.. Send in the younger guys...

MARK GRAVE's picture

So what you are saying is

So what you are saying is that you approach the government with palms up?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Hell no

That would be like praying, and we all know that doesn't work...Ask Bachmann and Romney when they said they had a calling to run....the only hand I would have out is the one to slap a repub along side the head for voting for LePage... .

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Still Increasing on Petition

13,557 signatures

Roger Moulton's picture

I've now read the garbage above

I just finished reading the garbage above and am appalled that the ownership of the SJ put there name behind this story claiming it as there opinion. You are pathetic, you are one of the prominent papers in our state and you are calling our governor a "weird uncle", "nasty uncle"..bla bla bla. But just so you know, about your shift the burden to the tourists idea, there is no black and white on how much money that will bring in to the state, if we have a down tourist season(I mean I know that's tough to consider with the booming economy nationwide) then there is more money that will be added to the deficit. I barely follow politics and I'm not great financially but that's not a sure thing where cutting spending is a sure thing, its a calculatable figure that won't change and doesn't fluctuate based on the weather or the national economy. Very disappointed in the SJ for this article. Listen to Uncle Bob(random thought, but he probably qualifies better as our "weird uncle". Transparency, transparency, transparency. I bet you claim to be all about freedom of speech yet you along with far too many people discourage people to speak there minds and say the truth, just because you don't want to hear the truth and don't like the way the deliver it. A strong delivery leaves a lasting impression. I don't care if people think I'm a jerk after I state my point as long as they have heard me and think either for or against it, at least they are thinking....which I know we shouldn't do that, we should be good sheep right?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Hogwash

I bet you claim to be all about freedom of speech yet you along with far too many people discourage people to speak there (their) minds and say the truth, just because you don't want to hear the truth and don't like the way the deliver it.

"We heard the truth, what Mr. Vaseline really stands for and is thinking about." That is transparent and as you stated; "A strong delivery leaves a lasting impression."

Roger Moulton's picture

How can you tell when you've defeated a democrat in an argument?

When they start correcting your grammar instead of coming up with valid arguments!
Really Mrs. Aripez read what you wrote above, does any of it even make sense(other than the grammar correction) to you? What was your point? I know he left a lasting impression, which you view as negative, and there are a lot of people with negative feelings. But I am actually ecstatic that people are so angry with him and left with such a negative impression. One day, whether 2 years away or 10, all of you that hated Lepage will have to read in some newspaper(not this one, they won't eat the crow) how Lepage's strategy would have worked and our state would be in a much better place. And none of you will admit it, but some of you at that point may think that you overreacted rather than Lepage. That vaseline comment is actually a quite common saying (yes gross) that woudn't have made you think twice about it if you overheard it in the grocery store when milk prices were high. How would you like to be governor of a broken state that refuses to allow anyone to make changes to fix it, and on top of that just sits around talking about the way you speak rather than offering solutions or thinking about alternatives. It seems the Democrats job in this state today is to just bash Lepage so they feel like they are winning. Democrats vs. Republicans is just smoke in the mirror that all you sheep dive right into. If I had my way I would ban every democrat and republican, minus Paul Lepage, from every working in government. That being said Republicans are BY FAR, THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS. During national elections we are viewed as a democratic state and how long have democrats been in charge of this state? Read that previous sentence and then think of the position this state is in, yeah your democrats are really great at what they do........? IDIOTS!!!!!

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Roger Doger, you can follow these folks all day long

And not see anything wrong with the mentally insane T Potty folks...there is your IDIOTS!!!!!

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/their-own-words-tea-partiers-talk-elect...

or

http://southpawbeagle.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/s-teabagger-large1.jpg

Roger Moulton's picture

OMG! I just realized the problem.

The democrats aren't even listening to what you say, they are just looking for improper english, typos, grammar mistakes and such. No wonder they don't make any progress and are the ones responsible for the condition of this state.

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

I find it very refreshing!

I find it very refreshing! The Sun-Journal is calling it like they see it! Where have I heard that phrase before? You and your ilk are nothing but a bunch of blowhards.

Roger Moulton's picture

They have that right

The Sun Journal does have the right to "call it as they see it". I for one would prefer that my media sources stay nuetral. That being said I didn't say they shouldn't have stated an opinion, I said they shouldn't have used the terms they used, nor the things they said against the governor while calling him out for being rude. If I told you what I really think of you and then ended it with because I think he's rude it would sound really stupid wouldn't it?

Labor Art...

Did Paul LePage ever locate those WPA murals? Seems I remember a story about them missing.

LePage enjoys being outrageous and offensive

To Roger Moulton's challenge, I respond, did you read the editorial?Your governor promised not to raise taxes, but his budget did, by eliminating State revenue sharing to municipalities, thus shifting costs to them+ raising local property taxes, his budget was a charade!

Lepage enjoys being out rageous

Lets see how much he enjoys it, when he loses the election, which I would gladly wager what ever you can afford to lose, letting Sun Journal staff or whoever you would like to hold the $ awaiting the result; he's a goner thank goodness, it's too late for charm school!

Roger Moulton's picture

hahaha

I wouldn't disagree for a second that he won't get re-elected. This state is full of idiots! It's not okay to say rude or vulgar things.....unless it's a statemtent against a republican. We all complain about taxes and agree our states in a rough place....yet when someone tries to do something about it we wanna run him out of town? You people don't make sense. Everybody complains about the way Lepage handles himself, about the things he tries to do, but I have yet to hear anyone offer alternative solutions(that would actually work and aren't some candy ass dems pipe dream). I am really worried about the condition that this state will be in when he's not re-elected. They are going to spend the next two years trying to change anything Lepage did and will try to enact new laws to prevent guys like Lepage running. I bet most of the democrats that just read that are smiling and nodding and agreeing. Mark my words when Lepage is gone, we will spend a minimum of two years doing this and driving our state deeper into a whole. At some point I do believe statistics will show he's on the right track and he has the right ideas, when that happens I'm going to jump up and down and point and scream "We told you over sensitive(repub bashing is fair game, no limits) tree hugging _______(synonym for multiple cats) that something had to be done and he was doing it" And then I'm going to pack my things and move to whatever state my daughter needs to move to in order to survive after the dems turn Maine into the first ghost state.

Paul Lepage

If you are worried about Maine turning into a ghost state; his budget which cut revenue sharing to municipalities, causing all local governments to raise property taxes as a result, takes a major step in that direction for all of us ; Lepage's budget did that not Democrats , ask your municipal officials if you don't believe me!

Roger Moulton's picture

No I didn't read much

of the article written by a pansie much like yourself. Our Governor needs charm school? Who cares about charm, he's not trying to win miss congeniality here, he's trying to fix a very broken state full of meatballs that think the problem is going to fix it self while we continue in our everyone deserves a hand out ways and continue driving the bus down the same terrible road. Was there a better alternative budget proposed that wouldn't have raised taxes but still covered as much ground on our debt? Because if not your argument is just silly, why argue against something when you have no better idea? Oh cuz your a democrat and as long as you love everyone and do your very best not to offend and want to "spread the wealth"(my hard earned money) and argue against anything republicans say all your buddies will think you're a good guy. WAKE UP PEOPLE WE NEED CHANGE, even if it comes from a guy that wouldn't win VH1's charm school. And I will close with read my challenge again I challenged you to find a more honest politician not bitch about Lepage because it's the "in" thing to do with pansiecrats.

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

Why don't you call me a

Why don't you call me a pansy, then tell me where we can meet.

LePage enjoys being outrageous and offensive

I apologize for my previous typos+ spelling errors in my post; Izzzy Shapiro would not be proud!

LePage enjoys being outrageous and offensive

There is not Charm school with enough skil yo help him crude+ rude thru+thru, aone termer Ipray for our sake, and he graduated with me from LHS in 1967!

Roger Moulton's picture

I challenge you all again...but you won't accept

I challenge you all again to find one politician as high ranked as Lepage, that hasn't swayed his views since he was elected. Every other politician out there has example after example of them changing how they felt during campaign after being elected. To my knowledge(yes limited, I avoid politics now, all dems and repubs are terrible...including Lepage, but he's the least of all evils in politics in my eyes) he's never changed his opinion/side on a topic to please the people. He may not be "sane" in the eyes of candy bum "that's offensive to......." America, however I believe with all that I am that in his mind he is honestly trying to fix this state and every move he makes to do so, is at minimum in his mind good for the state. The man wasn't tasked with an easy job, and now we all know why. All you tree huggers want jobs here, you want your kids to stay, but not at the expense of the welfare that pays for your baby daddies pain pill addiction. He's willing to make changes where they are needed, but all the ignorant folks around here want to keep things the same but expect the state to turn around. I've rambled once again but I challenge you to show me a more honest politician with the ranks of Lepage or higher.......YOU CAN'T.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Put this on your tongue....sour and bitter tasting...

Fail and all talk....

LePage’s job approval rating is significantly underwater at -16, with 39% approving and 55% disapproving. 18% of Republicans and 54% of independents disapprove of the job that LePage is doing as governor. -

See more at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/paul-lepage/#sthash.xiYpCi94.dpuf

Roger Moulton's picture

I LOVE LEPAGE!!!!

You people are all absolutely hilarious. Gov Paul Lepage is THE MOST TRANSPARENT political figure in my lifetime (1983 on). I agree, he is rude, offensive, and speaks his mind when the way too soft world thinks he should hold his tongue. We all hate how politicians lie and change their views due to popular opinion. Paul Lepage doesn't change his views, he doesn't ask some sissy in the background how to say something so that he doesn't offend anyone. He just instantly lets you know what's on his mind. Yes he uses words and tones that piss people off and it doesn't always make dealings he's involved in work well. But I for one am beyond happy to have a governer who is willing to tell you how he feels. This whole world has gotten way too darn sensitive. And correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure he's never said I am making this statement based on the opinions of all Maine people. This state is in a terrible place(I'm scared to death my daughter will grow up and move out of state), and he has the nerve to say the TRUTH. The truth that things in this state need to change drastically to turn things around. He was rate 4TH AMONG U.S. GOVERNORS FOR FISCAL POLICY. Yes he's rough and rude, but unfortunately this state has been driven into the ground and we need the Florida resident to turn things around(yes I think he was a resident of Florida while he ran, but I'm glad we overlooked it. HONESTY OVER CENSORSHIP....YOU PANSIES.

Thanks Roger Moulton!

There are many throughout our great state and the USA who feel the way that you do about our Governor LePage! We are sick and tired of smooth talkers and want it real...LePage is as real as we'll see it! We need him to be re-elected to help fix our economy and make it feasible for business owners to succeed here and provide jobs for our people! We're all doing our part. Some low information voters think that Republicans are rich people who just keep getting richer. The truth is far from it..we're struggling hard working people who refuse to add to our deficit by living off the system..many of us have worked mulitple jobs to keep food on the table, our rents paid and children clothed. We are your neighbors and we find pride in paying our bills and living within our means by having a sense of being responsible for our state to thrive for the future of our children! Thank You for our honesty Roger. This commentary section is full of wolves just waiting to pick off anyone who speaks against their grain. Don't let them get to you! Kudos

Scared.

Send her to New Hampshire so she'll still be close by, yet be able to take part in "The New Hampshire Advantage" and prosper!

CRYSTAL WARD's picture

Maine hurt Again

Morally reprehensible, sexually suggestive, disrespectfully, outhouse mouth, disgusting comments made about Senator Jackson are a disgrace to every Mainer. Again Governor LePage has Maine NEGATIVELY in the national news. Governor LePage's comments really hurt the State of Maine

Steve  Dosh's picture

Crystal ? I am probably the

Crystal ? I am probably the only person who comments in here who is not from your Great State of Maine and we realize that the guy is a buffon . Don't worry . He does not represent any one except himself with all his outlandish statements and actions . Even the usual LePage tea sipping G O P shills have no-thing to say these days because they are so embarrassed , also
It's sad , in fact . btw - ^^ your statements ^^ are spot on . /s Steve

Naw....

You're not the only one from out of state. I was listening to the Red Sox stuff the Tigers last night on the radio and kept hearing ads for spending the Fourth of July week up in Maine, "The Way Life Should Be" and all that. Maybe take in that Phish concert up in Bangor... But then I kept remembering Paul LePage and Vaseline....

Nope. Not this year... Gonna stay home in the Granite State...

For some sun, peace, and quiet...

FRANK EARLEY's picture

How might this have happened???????

Kind of makes you wonder, how did he get to where he is. Two years ago he somehow finagled his way into the Blaine House. Any sane person, who realizes that somehow the system backfired, and allowed him to be Governor, would cherish the moment. Imagine waking up one morning, and suddenly realize your the Governor, you can actually make this a better place to live. You have the power to make changes, and by golly, your going to do it.
Not so with one, Paul LePage. He set out on a course many years ago, which only now is culminating in what can only be described as bizarre. This guy had the key to the State, and what did he do with it, most likely pawned it on Lisbon St. , "I don't need no stinking key". As he sets out to both destroy, and embarrass the State we all love.
As for being Governor, his knowledge of Constitutional Law, is about on par with his compassion for the less fortunate. In other words, if your poor or elderly in this State, your screwed. On the other hand, when it comes to insulting the citizens, insulting fellow politicians, he's a genius. If embarrassing the State were a job description for Governor, he'd be a shoe in for re-election.
The sad part is, he is Governor, and possesses absolutely none of the requirements for the job, and word has it, he's going to try for another go of it. I can only hope that we as a people, don't make this mistake again. If anyone has any thoughts of going along with the governor again, look at his record for the past two years, then brace your self for the next two years. He should have plenty of time to change your mind........................

Bob Woodbury's picture

Ignorant.

That simple for a simple man. LePage is just plain ignorant.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Family values

I hope the Republicans in the governor's "posse" realize that they can no longer be considered the party of "Family Values". When you have to warn families to remove the children from the room before they can air the news that truly negates any claim to family friendly fare. The governor also told the representative from up North that he is not qualified to be in the legislature and should go back to "cutting trees". So while he is telling parents that their children don't need a four year college education he is telling the citizens of Maine they are not qualified to be in the legislature unless they have one. That should be a great campaign speech for the next election. I hope those Maine workers who are not qualified are paying attention to who thinks he's better than they are.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Claire ? The US G O P

Claire ? The US G O P ceased being the party of ' family values ' when that other power hungry meglomainiac Newt Gingrich divorced his wifey to marry his secretary . Not only that but they are neither moral nor are they in the majority
There is so much to dislike about Republicans these days it is simply astounding
Can your party be any more distainful or objectionable , Ms. Susan Collins ?
We shall see • /s Steve

Bully for your governor.

Hope he keeps at it. For a long while. He's make us look good in New Hampshire...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

It'll take more than LePage

It'll take more than LePage to do that.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Well put Mr. Rhoades

If Lepage reads your editorial the Sun Journal may be joining the three newspapers he has put on his "I won't talk to" list.

You say that like it's a bad

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Steve  Dosh's picture

. L O L , Wayne • There

. L O L , Wayne • There is a question as to whether he reads or not . We all - k n o w - he watches TV :D /s Steve

A Governor warning the people

A Governor warning the people that politicians are trying to stick it to them. What a concept. A big Kudos to LePage. Paul LePage 2014.

Thank You Mr. Sevigny for the

Thank You Mr. Sevigny for the sound of reason here! Apparently the majority of the commentors here like sugar coating..it's the way it's been for a long time and they're not used to anyone being direct. They see no problem with Alfond not wanting to publish public hearings that would surely minimize testimony for or against bills. I think the Dems need to clean up their own backyard. I'm not appalled by truth no matter the delivery! It's laughable that people are gasping-actually hypocritical.

TIMOTHY OLEHOWSKI's picture

So tell me Robert, what would

So tell me Robert, what would Teabaggers say if Obama had made those statements? He's been taking a lot more from the right for five years. The thing is you would never him him say it because he has class. LePage is nothing but a low-life. He needs to get his ass kicked.

Steve  Dosh's picture

LePage enjoys being outrageous and offensive

Ed. , Thursday night 20:00 hst ?
. . l o l . So do we . ...
Jerry ?
If you saw your Governor LePage drowning in Casco Bay would you ,
a ) Finish eating your lunch , or ,
b ) Continue reading this fine newspaper ?
/s , Steve :D
btw - Never take life too seriously
You'll never get out it alive any way ...

RONALD RIML's picture

Pray for the Redemption of his Soul

As I pushed him deeper and deeper into the depths..........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What would you do, Steve?

What would you do, Steve? Remember, now, you claim to be a Christian.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Paul ? i am a Christian and

Paul ? i am a Christian and yes , when Casco Bay feezes over i would gladly walk on water to go and save his tortured soul if he is at all reachable
What church does he attend , now that you mention it , Mr. Skull and Crossbones ?
Inquiring minds wanna' know . . ....
hth /s, Steve Dosh , regular parishoner at the St. Damien and Mary Anne Cope's church here in Hawai'i • 
ref : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Damien and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Cope

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"When Casco Bay freezes

"When Casco Bay freezes over"....???
That statement clearly infers that you would allow him to perish; most un-Christian like.
I have no idea what church Mr. LePage attends and I care less. I don't believe he was elected on the basis of his ecumenical affiliations.
If the Jolly Roger offends you, that is not its stated intention, but then, oh well....
Enjoy your week end, brother.

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