Will LePage seek second term?

AUGUSTA — A clearly frustrated Gov. Paul LePage told a group of  State House reporters Wednesday that his future in politics was uncertain.

Speaking on the Legislature's override of his veto of a state budget bill, LePage ruled out a U.S. congressional bid, which he hinted at last week in the dust-up over comments he made about state Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash.

LePage said he would be consulting more with his family before deciding whether he would seek a second term as governor. 

"I am going to be meeting with my family at some point and we are going to be talking it over," LePage said. "Quite frankly, I don't know how you recover from this. I really don't know how you recover from a tax increase. This is a giant obstacle. It's like having a giant hole in the bottom of your ship and you are trying to get across the pond."

It's the second time in two weeks that LePage has referenced his future as a politician in Maine. He also has yet to officially announce whether he will seek a second term.

After answering nearly 30 minutes of questions from Maine television and newspaper reporters, LePage said he planned to continue his work on domestic-violence issues in Maine but did not detail any other specific issues he hoped to tackle in 2014.

"I don't have any more priorities," LePage said. "We put it all in the budget and got defeated." 

The governor spoke in a calm and measured tone during the news conference. He took aim at Democrats for the tax increases. He criticized them for not meeting with him on the budget but said he was equally displeased with members of his own Republican party.

He said there were a few Republicans in the House he was aligned with, but he criticized House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, for not making himself more available for discussions on a LePage proposal that would have set up a temporary state budget.

"He hasn't been around a lot," LePage said of Fredette. "If he was here we would have talked about it. I spoke to some folks up there and I know my staff has. You got to be here; I'm here and if you're not here I don't know what I can do."

Fredette declined to comment on LePage's statements Wednesday.

But a spokesman for the House Republicans, David Sorensen said the governor's comments were off base. Fredette has been in attendance for 65 of the 66 days the Legislature has been in session and was meeting with LePage's staff as recently as Wednesday evening in the governor's offices, Sorensen said.

The only day Fredette missed was for his daughter's high school graduation, Sorensen said.

"You can say a lot about Ken Fredette but you cannot say he is not available," Sorensen said. "For the governor to say he was not available has no basis in fact."

While he praised Senate Minority Leader Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, for his loyalty and support, the governor had few other words of praise for lawmakers, blaming both sides for creating a "country club" of the Legislature.

"I will say this: The Republican Party is not a very strong one," LePage said.

He said Republican members on the Legislature's budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee broke a promise to him during recent all-night budget negotiations.

"They made a promise," LePage said. "I woke up in the morning and they had broken it, so it didn't last long, maybe two hours."

LePage also seemed to criticize Maine voters.

"I don't know what else I can do," LePage said. "I can continue working, but until the Maine people send people to Augusta who are willing to work on their behalf, this is what we are going to have." 

Brent Littlefield, a political adviser to LePage, said LePage wasn't throwing in the towel and was simply passionate in his desire to improve Maine's economic standing and doesn't believe increasing taxes is the correct path forward.

Despite being unable to pass the budget he proposed to the Legislature, LePage has been remarkably effective with his veto pen. Of the more than 48 vetoes issued by LePage, Democratic lawmakers have only been able to muster the votes to override him two times, including the budget.

When a reporter pointed out LePage had managed to save the state income-tax cuts passed by the previous Legislature, he said it didn't matter.

"We didn't save anything," LePage said. Overturning the tax cuts would have ensured "a massive Republican win" in 2014, he said.

"That's where the Democrats lost courage," LePage said. "Republicans lose courage, well, every four years."

LePage also referenced Charles Cornwallis, a defeated British general who fought against the American rebels during the Revolutionary War. Cornwallis famously won every battle he fought but ultimately surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown. 

"Cornwallis won most of the battles but he lost the war; that's how I feel," LePage said.

Littlefield, however, was quick to note that while some Republicans did team with Democrats to override the budget veto, it was a minority group. Sixty percent of the Republicans in the Legislature stood with LePage.

"The governor has expressed his frustration with the fact that after two years of job growth, as a result of his pro-economy policies, legislative Democrats with a minority of GOP registrants raised tax rates, which may harm the economy," Littlefield said in a prepared statement. "The governor continues to seek the support of Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats who believe job growth and getting our fiscal house in order should be a top priority for the state."

A political fundraiser for LePage featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on July 2 in Kennebunk was still scheduled to go forward, Littlefield said.

But as to whether LePage would run again for governor: "A formal political announcement would come later in the year," Littlefield said.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters at the State House on Wednesday about the Legislature overriding his veto of the state budget. LePage said Wednesday he wasn't running for Congress and would consult more with his family before deciding whether he would seek a second term as governor.

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JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

It's all political with Pauly, not problem solving

"We didn't save anything," LePage said. Overturning the tax cuts would have ensured "a massive Republican win" in 2014, he said.

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Poor Governor, he didn't get his way - Once

So he doesn't know if he's going to quit. He's got a good role model - former Governor Palin. His business friendly pro-growth policies have turned out to be business-owner friendly and no growth. Giving another millionaire more welfare doesn't add one person to the employed rolls. Why should Maine voters sent more representatives like the governor to Augusta to loot the treasury and then increase taxes on the poor and middle class? We see what's happening in Texas where Republicans lead by Governor Perry are in a race with Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida to be the worst state government in America. LePage wants to be in that race, but the Legislature including a few courageous Republicans won't let him. Too Too bad.

Roger Moulton's picture

So......?

So you think that governor Lepage wants to join the race to worse state? Exactly where did you think we were on that list prior to Lepage taking office? Lepage was rated 4 amongst U.S. governors for fiscal policies in a recent publication.

"Why should Maine voters sent more representatives like the governor to Augusta to loot the treasury and then increase taxes on the poor and middle class?"

Oh you are absolutely right Mr. Idiot, we should just keep voting for the ones like we did before, THAT DROVE THIS STATE INTO IT'S CURRENT POSITION! What part of that do you not get? You people are flippin crazy. Everybody agrees that the state was in rough shape. We have a governor(and who cares about his speech, class, political correctiveness, he's not a greeter at walmart his job is to run a state) that inherited a huge mess of a state, and the democrats have somehow twisted it in there mind, followed by the rest of you dummies, that Lepage put us in this position........nope, no it was definitely democrats that lead us to where we are now. Is there any sense or logic to wanting to continue our ways?

Jonathan Albrecht's picture

Ok, but

If you read that he was fourth, then you must know the publication's name. Why didn't you use it. Then we could verify your comment and the assumptions that were used to rate him and the other governors. Earning fourth for fiscal policies is rarely a badge of honor.
The State's position prior to Mr. LePage was excellent. Bond rating very good. Balanced budgets as required by law. Income growth better than the national average over 30 years. Given Maine's many geographical limitations - no natural resources other than trees and seafood, end-of-road state, distance to markets, and no energy resources except hydro, no major cities, airports, one highway; its remarkable that Maine has had the record it has had. There was no huge mess and the numbers prove it.
But LePage's business owners friendly policy has produced the worst job growth in New England and 44th worst in th US.
And no we shouldn't and can't continue doing what we have been doing. We need massive investments in transportation, internet, education, and research. We need to complete the transition from an agrarian economy to a post-indusrial economy started by Democrats in the 70's. We need a modern tax structure which Republicans have opposed for thirty years - one that broadens the sale tax base, shifts the the burden from property taxes to income taxes, and increases the progressivity of the income tax all opposed for years by Republicans. Taxes have little or no impact on economic growth, but they do impact individuals. The lowest 20% of wage earners in Maine pay twice the tax burden of all other taxpayers. That must end.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Jon ? He ain't poor. We are

Jon ? He ain't poor. We are the 99% How quick you forget http://www.occupytogether.org/spreadtheword/
What are the big bully's views on same sex marriage , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT , and concealed weapons ?
. . After all , there are federal laws that - mus† - be upheld
We do not believe the man has solid a moral fibre in his body or any grey cranial matter inside his skull
Does he attend a church ? If so . which one ? Enquiring minds wanna' know . . ..
Who is Palin ? Oh ! That poor rich witch from AK with the TV show on the HIstory Channel ® 
. We remember her . . and her very dysfunctional ƒamily . ..
./s , Steve
btw - Post a picture . It's E Z to do ;)

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Well he has gotten one thing right so far

"I will say this: The Republican Party is not a very strong one," LePage said.

Right from the horses own mouth.....why the long face Pauly?

Steve  Dosh's picture

. . .L O L , Jer , Stating

. . .L O L , Jer , Stating the obvious, he is •  HAhahah
We do appreciate the double entendreé , too
Horse walks in to a bar , bartender says, " Why the long face ?"
Paul LePage doesn't smoke , drink , and gamble does he ? Oxford Plains ?
Where's there is smoke there is usually ƒire
Q: Did i raise you in a barn ?
A: Naah .. /s Steve

Roger Moulton's picture

wow!

I want someone to find out what Mr. Dosh is on for drugs, and then get me some. I think a pinball stays a straighter course than most of his comments.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You noticed, eh?

You noticed, eh?

Dexter Voter's picture

Governor Bashing

Everyone wants to bash the Governor but the ones doing this have forgotten who sold the State Liquor License to out of staters causing a money shortage for the state. Or who is spending money faster then they can bring it in on out of staters coming for all the welfare they can get. But we can always raise the taxes and blame the Governor for all our money problems. I am just tired of people thinking that taxes will get us out of trouble when they spend more in the same bill then they will ever make. All you people that make these silly comments against the Governor instead of making meaningful comments need to think a little before you speak. Oh wait that is what they want the Governor to do.

Steve  Dosh's picture

ME , the state of shoes and

ME , the state of shoes and boots. .er no . Boos and shoots ! /s Steve Dosh , HI :D

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Spending faster than they can bring it in

Well thanks to the governor there will be $400 million of our federal tax contribution headed to other states to pay for health insurance for their poor and enriching their health providers while here in Maine we will have 70.000 of our poor trying to figure out how they will get by without health insurance and our health providers trying to figure out how they will pass on the cost of their charity care to the rest of us. Talk about money going out and never coming home.

Roger Moulton's picture

When I was 18

I had to figure out how I was going to have health insurance, so I went and got a job and did just that. If you are truly physically unable to work, you get government funded, free health insurance. I honestly don't have much knowledge on elderly healthcare (at least I admit it and yes I know you hypocrats...oops democrats will feed off that statement) , but from what I gather the people the lost there free benefits are able bodied people under retirement age. There are jobs out there, I have two of them with zero schooling post h.s. And I'm willing to bet given a week I could be offered ten jobs....They may be "too hard", or "doesn't pay enough" or whatever excuses people will give for not getting a job, but the jobs are out there.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hey Roger, when I was eighteen.......

When I was eighteen, I was working full time nights, in a Boston night club, while still finishing high school. When I was 44, I got sick, never to work again. That "free" health care you speak of, costs me upwards of three hundred a month. Right out of my SS check, and that amount goes up every year. Hey, even though I'm only 55, I still don't completely understand this "elderly healthcare" stuff. One thing is for sure though, it ain't free. Even at three hundred a week, it's a bargain..................

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Mis-print alert......

I meant three hundred a month, is a bargain.............

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Brewer in AZ saw what Kasich in Ohio is seeing

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 one Ohio lawmaker last week.

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

Dexter Voter's picture

Brewer

This has nothing to do with my comment

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Passing it

To Claire, watch the steps...

Dexter Voter's picture

Well

How can that money being going to other states poor when most of them move to Maine for the welfare. Also I would like to see where these 70,000 of our poor are.This an arbitrary number someone came up with and people like you throw around with no proof.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hey Dexter, you need to get out more.......

The poor are everywhere, I'm poor, and the fact is when LePage is said and done, there will be many more of us. I don't know who your referring to when you say, they come to Maine for welfare, I have a very close friend, unable to work since last November. She lost everything due to one inconsiderate individuals careless actions. She has basically been turned down for every type of help available. She has worked all her life, and now at a time she desperately needs the help, none is available. She was turned down for food stamps. If anything you need to leave the State for welfare, because many towns just don't have the funding anymore. So if you can't find any poor folks out there, come on down to my house for dinner, I'll invite my friend, but you'll have to bring the food, we don't have much to spare....................

Dexter Voter's picture

Frank

I am not rich but I have worked my whole life and have no sympathy for people who blame a governor for their problems. Lepage is trying to get bussinesses to come in but as long as taxes are raised nobody is going to come to Maine. But go ahead and complain about how poor you are and keep paying to be online so you can blame someone.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Dex ? 4:04 pm hst Thursday

Dex ? 4:04 pm hst Thursday ? 
Q: " Most of them move to Maine for the welfare. "
A: No ? 
Q: " Also I would like to see where these 70,000 of our poor are. "
A: By your own strange calculations ( and some recent articles in this very newspaper ) they are all located in Loystone ! [ sic. ]
hth ? /s Steve
\/olunteer , today
Sign up ? http://www.korashriners.org/ <- shameless plug •  ( not authorized )

Dexter Voter's picture

Answer

What do welfare recipients come to Maine for? It certainly isn't to work. Next articles in this news paper have never listed the 70000.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Based on 2010 Consensus

Under the Affordable Care Act, Maine can accept federal dollars in order to assist residents who have lost their health insurance get Medicaid health coverage if their incomes are less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. 69,500 Maine people who are not currently insured could qualify for health care coverage in Maine if the measure is approved.

Of the 69,500 Mainers who would benefit, more than 16,300 are age 50-64 who have lost their jobs or are working in jobs without health benefits. -

See more at: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-maine-urges-override-of-veto-of-ld1066/#stha...

They don't have a list of names......

Dexter Voter's picture

Answer

What do welfare recipients come to Maine for? It certainly isn't to work. Next articles in this news paper have never listed the 70000.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

the poor

The other states that are accepting federal funds to pay for health insurance for their working poor have plenty that are not moving to Maine. See Florida, Arizona, Mississippi etc. The folks that are not covered in Maine were listed in the bill that was vetoed by the governor. I did not make the figure up. They are folks that are not covered by Medicare and are mostly working but don't earn enough to be able to afford health insurance in the exchanges.

Dexter Voter's picture

Proof

Again the 70000 in ME if you don't have the proof don't bother answering this. All you can do is complain about what the Governor did but no solutions except to spend more money. You do not recieve anything form the government without having to pay it back with tax money.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

70K, thats a drop in the bucket.....

Didn't I read last week that AZ. was looking to sign up 300,000 with their expansion? I've been to many places in AZ, and like Dexter, I haven't seen that many desperate souls there either, it must be a conspiracy......

Steve  Dosh's picture

Claire ? " The folks that are

Claire ? " The folks that are not covered in Maine were listed in the bill that was vetoed by the governor. "
You are correct ?
Dex ? You have the right to remain .. s t u p i d . ( sorry )
Become more informed and all money earned does not go to taxes , yet • 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/healthcare-overview
/s, Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i • 

Dexter Voter's picture

Dosh or dick

Have you seen this bill and were there 70000 names on it. if not don't call me stupid.

Walter Burbank's picture

LePage Retirement Party

Anyone know yet where the LePage retirement party will be?

Steve  Dosh's picture

Walt ? I do ( raises hand

Walt ? I do ( raises hand )
A: " H E double hockey sticks . "
It gets ho†† they'ya /s, Steve :D

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

The black

The only thing that has come out of all the drama going on in Augusta is an increase in our child poverty rate, a decrease in our health rate, and the honor of being one of three states in the country that is losing jobs. If there is one thing businesses hate more than taxes it is instability. With "Tantrum Boy" vetoing everything the legislature passed, refusing to meet with them other than to shout insults via the media and his taxpayer funded TV, and his refusal to let his department heads testify before the legislature, the towns and cities of Maine have been left chasing their own tails trying to figure out a budget and businesses who depend on city and state contracts are in the same position. People whose jobs depend on city and state spending are left wondering if they should buy anything so they retrench creating a loss for local businesses. All this to protect the governor's tax cut for the wealthy. It will be interesting to see what kind of a record the governor thinks he can run on. Other than his clever repartee and his hatred of government I don't see it.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Claire ? ^^ †rue dat ^^ ( in

Claire ? ^^ †rue dat ^^ ( in the parlance )
Republicans and Independents ?
Never let the †ruth be the enemy of the good
We have seen the enemy and he is us
Be careful what you wish for
You may actually get it
Now , crap or get off the pot •
/s Steve

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Been watching Breaking Bad,

Been watching Breaking Bad, eh, Doc?

Claudette Therriault's picture

joke

Lepage is a joke of a governer. Although he says he is educated, he is one of the most ignorant person, I have ever seen and has no common sense at all.

He needs to do the state a favor and not run for governor again. Even better, he should leave now..

Dexter Voter's picture

All these comments here

All these comments here against a man that was trying to get this state back in the black. Yes the Governor does open his mouth and put his foot in it every once in a while, but at least he is trying to stop us from being a welfare state. But why try to lower taxes and get bussinesses into the state when we can raise taxes and keep them out. Democrats now have a tax increase that they say will be repealed in two years. What a laugh, the only way it will be repealed is if the Democrats don't have control. Come on people this political crap has to stop and we need people that want to work to help the the state of MAINE.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

You have it half right

Since Maine has not paid federal taxes in more than 4 decades - and since Maine currently gets $1.41 in federal dollars for each dollar the pay to the federal government - a 40% return -- how can they have any financial problems?

"we need people that want to work to help the the state of MAINE."

When a man has nearly 50 vetoes in as little over two years, that isn't accomplishing very much. At least on the taxpayers dime when work is suppose to be done with compromise and communications and not an ideological refusal to work at all when the other party that was ELECTED to get business done is hampered by a bully of, it's my way or the highway.

MARK GRAVE's picture

The sad thing is that these

The sad thing is that these people honestly think pre-LePage modus operandi was the best thing for Maine. We see it otherwise, but we may be in a minority.

I only hope that the Governor’s changes exist long enough to see change.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"We may be in a minority." Ya

"We may be in a minority."
Ya think?

Jason Theriault's picture

495 days

495 days until 11/14/2014

AL PELLETIER's picture

What a crock!

Ken Fredette did not make himself more available for discussion? His excuses for being a sore loser are pathetic.
Lepage would have nothing to do with engaging in constructive discussion with Democratic legislators. Storming out of his office and hiding in the Blaine House for a week doesn't exactly make himself available for discussion.
He better get Adreinne to figure out what he meant to say.

MARK GRAVE's picture

“constructive discussion with

“constructive discussion with Democratic legislators.”

Only if Democrats were rational. They squawk like a parrot - more revenue, more revenue. That is the only tool they have.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"They squawk like a

"They squawk like a parrot."
You've angered the parrot because you used the word "squawk" which has the word "squaw" in it, which we all now is now offensive. What say you?

MARK GRAVE's picture

Nothing to say about that.,

Nothing to say about that.,

However, tell the parrot I do support interspecies marriage.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hahaha...Actually, he's got

Hahaha...Actually, he's got his eye on that cute little two headed turtle whose picture was in yesterday's paper.

AL PELLETIER's picture

I shouldn't respond to your idiotic post,

I know better, but I caved in. "Only if Democrats were rational" is the most idiotic post I've ever read. Lepage is a raging lunatic and your saying Democrats are not rational!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING. Please keep your body and opinions out of Maine, neither are needed here.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Tax cut--tax cut

Give it to the rich and they sit on it and bank it and send it overseas and into hidden banks....

MARK GRAVE's picture

Jerry, You hit a home run for

Jerry,

You hit a home run for showing your ignorance about economics. Unless someone is literally sitting on cash, it is invested in the economy.

Where do you think the money comes from when you asked to mortgage your home, one of many examples?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Banks don't loan, it sits then;

Stagnant money, sitting on it...to hard for you to fathom huh?

MARK GRAVE's picture

Banks never sit on money,

Banks never sit on money, never. Most of it, except for a small amount to cover withdrawals, is always invested in something.

I'll tell you what; I'll go out on a limb and say you'll never be wealth in this life or the next whit that frame of economic mind.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Some Live to Learn, you just live...

"Billions in tax dollars sitting in banks unused"

(CBS News) The federal debt is now about $16 trillion.

However, billions of tax dollars are sitting in bank accounts, doing absolutely nothing, according to a congressional report.

The report was compiled by the office of Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma.
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For example, back in 2005, Congress set aside tax dollars for a futuristic magnetic levitation train across the Mojave Desert, to Las Vegas. But a series of technical errors caused so many delays, supporters abandoned the project. The $45 million for it could sit around forever.
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Moronic feeling coming to your head about now.........Dr. Mark Dribble.....

MARK GRAVE's picture

The article addresses

The article addresses appropriated funds that have not been spent, which is different than money deposited in a bank.

A bank that holds unspent appropriations makes money off that money through short-term loans to other banks to maintain liquidity required by the Federal Government. These banks also invest that money in many things, like loans, treasury bills, and other bond instruments. That is how banks make money off your deposits. Hence, that money is not locked in a vault; it is put to work keeping the economy moving.

Like I said, all bank deposits are used in the economy.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Correction: I'll tell you

Correction:
I'll tell you what; I'll go out on a limb and say you'll never be wealthy in this life or the next with that frame of economic mind.

MARK GRAVE's picture

How Banks Work 101.

Stayed focus and try to learn.

http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/banking/bank1.htm

Money in a bank is largely circulating in the economy.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Is money deposited in a bank

Is money deposited in a bank stagnant by you definition?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

BS, stagnant money doesn't do squat, if not invested...

Unless someone is literally sitting on cash, ----------it is invested in the economy-----------says you.....you know exactly what everyone does? Got that crystal ball again or making deals with the devil are you....

MARK GRAVE's picture

Why don’t you educate the

Why don’t you educate the readers and me on what banks do with deposits?

Certainly it is anything but sit on it!

You did say that the rich put money in banks.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Going back to my original comment that got your nut off

When I originally stated that the ----tax cuts--tax cuts-- response was in reference to , like I said overseas ...OFFSHORE Banks...so those hidden tax evaded illegal US dollars are sitting in banks, NOT US Banks....those monies that are there illegally from the RICH are not doing THIS economy, the US Economy NO justice (henceforth) "stagnant" in helping THIS economy! It is only assisting other investments elsewhere( International) and are stagnant to the development of the US since they are tax evaded RICH hidden dollars........because you can follow the money and if those tax evaders do us those monies, it is traceable, in a US economy when filing.

Your largest trouble Dr Spin is you are again missing the whole premise of the original comment and trying to show off that you too can be very stupidly smart by going off in a tangent of idiotic, off the Mark dribble from the original statement.

Multi-national companies, which may simply mean a company in one country that owns a company in another, often transfer profits from one to the other because of tax benefits. Some call this legal tax evasion. This form of tax avoidance is maybe legal, but ways of blocking it have also been put in place.
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According to one estimate, some $2 trillion of U.S. corporate profits are trapped overseas in this way. This is no longer a matter of suffocating terrorism or blocking some tax evasion, these are large enough sums to affect country’s economies in a significant way.

Money keeps hopping around, seeking new tax havens

http://www.rubel-menasche.com/insiders/edahn-golan/money-keeps-hopping-a...

AL PELLETIER's picture

Yes

I do know that Ken Fredette is a Republican which makes his excuses even more pathetic.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

Are Snowe, Collins and Jeb Boy...

...so desperate to keep an elephant in the Blaine House that they'd endorse the likes of LePage?

If yes, it says more about them than they'd want known.

Paul LePage is, at best, emotionally unstable. His explosions reveal that flaw. For his own health as well as that of Maine, it's time for him to retire to the Villages.

MARK GRAVE's picture

So Tony, have you measured

So Tony, have you measured your life achievements against LePage’s?

Betty Davies's picture

Dear Mr. LePage...

I heard you lost your marbles. Here they are. Now, pick them up and please Go Away.

Lepage 's political future

He doesn't stand a chance at getting re relected any way+ he may realize that!

MARK GRAVE's picture

If the number of negative

If the number of negative kudos to you comment is any indication of an election, then it looks like LePage has a chance to me.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Get off your thin cloud Pauly

Cornwallis was a leader, you couldn't hold a saber to him....never mind even coming close to his leadership as a strategist.

LePage is more like, Boris Badenov of Pottsylvania. Boris established that he was an active member of Local 12 of the Villains, Thieves, and Scoundrels Union. ...AKA ...Tea Potty...of Pottsylvania

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9f/Boris_natasha_fearle...

MARK GRAVE's picture

Didn’t Cornwallis lose the

Didn’t Cornwallis lose the Revolutionary war for England?

Why do liberals always idealize losers – Cornwallis, Jimmy Carter..., etc.

Perhaps we can guess who you would have sided with in the revolutionary war – the losing side.

Boo hoo.

Waaaah! I didn't get what I wanted! Wahhh! I thought they were my FRIENDS! *snif* Why doesn't anyone like me? I'm just gonna pick up my ball and go hoooooome! Wherever that will be... *sob*

How passive aggressive. My fear if he decides not to run, is that the Tea Party will put up a stronger candidate with a better chance of winning. Then we'll be truly screwed.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Wayne, Sometimes getting

Wayne,

Sometimes getting screwed is a good thing. I’ll support a “true” Tea Party conservative.

Oh that's right, you can't,

Oh that's right, you can't, because you don't even live here.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Who says I don't?

Who says I don't?

You did,

A number of times

MARK GRAVE's picture

No, who says I don't vote in

No, who says I don't vote in Maine elections?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Notice all the responses you

Notice all the responses you got to that one?

Steve  Dosh's picture

Wayne . . We hear that • 

Wayne . . We hear that •  Who cares if he runs or not ? Obviously he doesn't care • 
"A political fundraiser for LePage featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on July 2 in Kennebunk was still scheduled to go forward, Littlefield said.."
Buck fush
Thanks , Scott , for reporting on all this
/s, Steve , for the readers

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