C. Lindemann: Giving up 'billions,' not 'millions'

The headline in your otherwise excellent editorial of Sept. 6 was off by a few decimal points, "In January, we start giving up millions."

To say the money lost by Gov. Paul LePage's mismanagement (to call it "ideology" would be misleading) is just "millions" gives the impression that it is less than, say, "tens of millions" or "hundreds of millions."

Now, I don't have the exact figure of what the total loss is as the federal share decreases over a decade from 100 percent to 90 percent. But let's do a back-of-the-envelope calculation, rounding down to be conservative:

$256 million lost for the first three years equals $768 million. Let's say $224 million after that, taking the full 10 percent cut immediately. The hit to Maine sails past the billion dollar mark soon after the fourth year, well over two billion in a decade.

So, the accurate headline is "In January, we start giving up billions."

Of course this is a number so huge it is abstract, hard to wrap your head around. The scale becomes clear when you put these decisions by Gov. LePage and the "brains" behind him in the context of Maine's $6.3 billion biennial budget.

Carl Lindemann, Austin, Texas

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That's fiscal conservatism. The more helpless sick people you can kick when they're down, the better you can feel about yourself. You know, makers and takers and bootstraps and all that.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Yet these individuals who

Yet these individuals who have a strong compulsion to help others are some of the least likely to open their own wallet for charity.

Why else do they think it is the government's responsibility, certainly not theirs. They don't what to spend any of their money.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps ObummerCare will not

Perhaps ObummerCare will not even get off the ground.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hey Mark........

With all the "Hot Air" you've been blowing on ObamaCare, it should not only make it off the ground, but reach incredible heights, thank you for your assistance.................

MARK GRAVEL's picture

From what we read in the

From what we read in the news, takeoff is having lots of trouble. That said, don't let reality stop you from dreaming or facing Washington on your knees, palms up.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I'd rather be palms up......

I'd rather be palms up, than toes up..............

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Why do the Poor need government handouts?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Today, most poor families

Today, most poor families have conveniences that were unaffordable to the middle class not too long ago.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

How Poor are the Poor?

As scholar James Q. Wilson has stated, “The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago.” In 2005, the typical household defined as poor by the government had a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children, especially boys, in the home, the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or a PlayStation.[4] In the kitchen, the household had a refrigerator, an oven and stove, and a microwave. Other household conveniences included a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.

Like I said before, most of America's poor are not really that poor. The contemporary war on poverty has more to do with perception of equality than poverty it self.

Frank is a rich man, a mighty, mighty rich man.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I didn't see my "Crappy Boat" on the list......

Does that mean I'm not as rich as I know I'm not??????????

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Absolutely not, you are

Absolutely not, you are richer than you think I know you are.

FRANK EARLEY's picture


If I'm richer than you think I'm not. Does that mean I am not as rich as you think I am? Or might not be????????

Tune in next week folks, when we try and decide just who's on first.............

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Haven't you noticed those

Haven't you noticed those palms remain empty? That is why so many remain extended.


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