P. Caron: Republican troublemakers

I saw on a news program a while ago that Gov. Paul LePage is worried more about putting money in government officials' pockets and getting them back to work than he is about all the people who are out of work and out of money. Boy, if that doesn't tell it all.

And U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner ... all he does is fight with the president at every turn.

Time to get LePage out of office. When it is time to vote again, people need to think twice — look back at what has been happening. We have to stand up for ourselves because the politicians won't

This country is going to hell and it is all because of the Republican politicians.

Phyllis Caron, Lewiston

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Phyllis, you are too optimistic

We now know from Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that the Republicans had planned to shutdown the government at least since January. The shutdown was their tactic to prevent Congress from dealing with the many problems the country faces, deny Obama any credit for accomplishments, and ruin the economy so Republicans would do better in the 2014 and 2016 elections. Its the same tactics they used in the Clinton administration to accomplish the same goals.
The Republicans want a government without social security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, any remnant of a social safety net. They said it all in the 2012 Republican Presidential debates when Ron Paul was ask what he would do about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer and not insurance. Before he could answer the audience yelled, "Let him die." That should be their motto - Let America die.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

"This country is going to

"This country is going to hell and it is all because of the Republican politicians."

Really, just the republicans? The Republicans who have no power to get any legislation passed with a Democrat controlled Senate and Democrat controlled Whitehouse.

Amazing bit of paranoia. It is, in fact, people who disagree with the direction of the government who elected LePage and put Republicans in control of the House of Representatives. It is this opposition that provides balance for people who think differently than you. Let's face it Phyllis, not all people think like you do - THANK GOD (I kneel down and kiss the ground in thanks)!

RONALD RIML's picture

Let's see just who ran the debt to hell......

After WW-II it was going down till - you guessed it!! Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II... Clinton got a handle on it - and Obama is stuck with the mess and a recalcitrant Republican Party that never saw a tax-cut it didn't love......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ronald Presents Misleading Facts!

Here we are back to blaming Bush.

How about finding a chart that goes out to 2012 in inflation adjusted dollars? Moreover, the national debt in inflation adjusted dollars was higher when Clinton left office then when he entered. Your chat is comparing debt as a percent of GDP. At the end of the Clinton administration we had a stock market bubble that ultimately ended up busting. Because revenue was up due to the excessive stock transactions, the debt as a percentage of GDP "appears" to decline while it rose in absolute dollars.

Using debt as a percentage of GDP paints a false picture.

President Bill Clinton: Added $1.396 trillion, a 32% increase to the $4.4 trillion debt level at the end of Bush's last budget, FY 1993.

FY 2001 - $133 billion.
FY 2000 - $18 billion.
FY 1999 - $130 billion.
FY 1998 - $113 billion.
FY 1997 - $188 billion.
FY 1996 - $251 billion.
FY 1995 - $281 billion.
FY 1994 - $281 billion.


President Clinton added to the national debt each year of his administration.

 's picture

Another gold sticker for copy-and-paste!

Due to Obama's sequester and shut-down, it can only be a silver sticker. Sorry. Such a nice job, too. But, I agree that Clinton's handle had something on it, but you won't find it in his presidential library.

Obama did not get "stuck" with anything. Whatever it was, he asked for it, campaigned for it, bloviated about it, and promised to change it. He kept his promise. He made it much worse.

Jim Cyr's picture

This country is

going to hell because of all the " Low Information " voters, over regulated bloated government, lack of free markets, 30-40 million illegals, lack of understanding of the Constitution and the principals of our Founders, the many that refuse to push the cart but want that " FREE RIDE " instead of seeking further self reliance, the many children being raised without a two parent family, morals and principals just not that important etc. etc. etc.


"all because of Republican

"all because of Republican polititians?" I don't think they are the only ones involved in these fiascos. You might want to check on the voting records of Democrats AND Republican elected officials who also were handed their powers by the voters.

 's picture

If we're on the road to hell ...

... it will be a quick and easy trip. The Democrats borrowed money and paved the road with good intentions, and they'll already be there to welcome all the rest of us.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Case in point, over $600

Case in point, over $600 Million to roll out ObumaCare - wow.

 's picture

As usual, false

$600 million is the figure used by crank websites on the far, far distance right. Original estimate $55 million. Currently spent $196 million (same as much less complex facebook rollout). Current maximum allowed under existing contract $292 million. Just as misleading as debt figures.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

The exact cost to build

The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract back in 2011, but at that time, the cost was expected to run “up to” $93.7 million – still a chunk of change, but nothing near where it ended up. The amount of cash sunk into this brick exceeds that spent on Solyndra — by about 20%.



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