Will not remain silent

I didn’t take a mortgage for more than I could afford. I didn’t conceive children that I couldn’t support. I didn’t run up credit card bills to the point I couldn’t repay them.

I didn’t run a major financial company into the ground making risky investments. I didn’t bankrupt a major automotive company with extremely high labor and benefit costs. I did not promise health care to everyone.

I do earn more than I spend, live within my means and pay off my debt. I do provide for my family. I do work. I work far away from my family. I do see them once every four to six weeks. I do miss them.

I do. So I provide for those who didn’t, or don’t.

President Barack Obama said, “Share the wealth.” What he is saying is, “Get up early, work hard, and the government will redistribute your efforts and the results of your good decisions with others who haven’t made good decisions.”

I am troubled when the executive directors of Community Concepts and Western Maine Community Action receive $169,000 and $99,000, respectively, per year in compensation to create dependence on government programs. And from what I have seen, individuals receiving state or federal assistance have far more gadgets and leisure time than I do.

So many have worked hard and sacrificed, only to have their efforts squandered by those professing compassion and social justice while profiting greatly at our expense.

We will remain silent and politically correct no more.

Mike Wells, Wilton

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 's picture

Awesome

Mr Wells, Slam Dunk, right on....we have a winner. Concerned kd......the same. Both unanswerable. Our public employees now have us out numbered, so.....they vote for their raises and pick our pockets. Well, for the retired cops, and those who post on this message board from disabled or retired wisdom.....there is no more money. It's gone. When foreigners stop buying our bonds, you had better hope you have at least a partime job. I need someone to snow blow my walkways or mow my lawns. The people you support in politics are digging a hole underneath you. WE see it, thats why we are hanging onto OUR cash.

Mark Wrenn's picture

redistribution of wealth

Here's your redistribution of wealth: "The top-earning 20 percent of Americans — those making more than $100,000 each year — received 49.4 percent of all income generated in the U.S., compared with the 3.4 percent earned by those below the poverty line, according to newly released census figures. That ratio of 14.5-to-1 was an increase from 13.6 in 2008 and nearly double a low of 7.69 in 1968." http://yhoo.it/b7k7n8

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So freakin' what? Anyone

So freakin' what? Anyone making over a $100 grand a year is probably working his butt off and efficiently managing his/her money. What' wrong with that? What you don't mention is that they paid 80% of the taxes, too. You have to get away from the Food Channel once in a while, Lilly and watch some real news; aka; FOX NEWS CHANNEL.

Mark Wrenn's picture

right...

Fox would never report that income disparity is as high as it was back in the 20's - that would involve putting actual objective facts into the mouths of their spokesmodels - which they would never do, of course. The well off keep getting ahead, but the middle class is not benefiting from hard work and increased productivity. Redistribution of income to the top.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The only reason there's

The only reason there's income disparity is that there are now more people than any other time in our history sitting on their asses collecting government checks for not working. 99 weeks of unemployment benefits? Come on.

Mark Wrenn's picture

you're right!

You nailed it! Look at all the classifieds in the paper - a gazillion jobs and no applicants! All those people on unemployment? They chose to lose their jobs! And the people that are working? They're getting more overtime than they ever dreamed possible! Quitting your job is the path to unemployment $$$! Wait, what? You can't get unemployment if you quit? Okay, nevermind...

RONALD RIML's picture

Boy, they sure saw you coming........

Some, no doubt are working their butts off......

Though many of my neighbors are 'Coupon Clippers' and 'Trust Fund Babies' - and they pay other people to manage their money. That's what 'Big Kids' do.

Tennis, anyone???

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Obviously, you're on the

Obviously, you're on the right side of town. Nothing wrong with that, is there? Wouldn't rather be on a tree street in Lewiston, would you?

RONALD RIML's picture

There is no wrong side to this Town....

And we've got everything from Single-wide's to Multi-million dollar properties (occasionally next to each other) - One fella sold one of his businesses for 19 Billion, yep, with a 'B' - afew years back.

But I did have to rent my house out on a "Tree" street in Lew-ees-ton for awhile before it sold when I moved here... ;)

RONALD RIML's picture

How little you know....

You might be 'Concerned' - but very, very uninformed.

Those of us who have both paid into 'Social Security' and Municipal Pension Funds are penalized by Social Security. It's like putting your money into two banks, and finding you may only draw all of it out of only one, and a fraction out of the other.

I paid into Social Security all the time I was in the Navy/Reserves or self-employed. During my Law Enforcement career I paid into a municipal pension fund. My social security will be significantly offset by what one would normally draw with my contributions. That's what I get for working hard. So I've got wealthy neighbors. I also have poor ones. And you have made your choices. Be-itch, be-itch, be-itch!!

http://legacy.usw.org/usw/program/content/4489.php

"Certain public sector workers are negatively impacted by two provisions contained in the Social Security Act: the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). While originally intended to ensure that public employees were not "unduly enriched," in reality the two provisions cut benefits and result in unjustly penalizing public sector workers. The WEP impacts those public sector workers who were covered by a non-Social Security pension in their employment and also worked in a job that was covered by Social Security by reducing the amount of Social Security that they are eligible for. One USW member has described it as putting money in two banks only to find out that you can't get all your money back out of one of them when needed. The GPO impacts the Social Security survivor benefits for those public sector workers who are covered by a non-Social Security pension in their government employment."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're right about Social

You're right about Social Security reducing benefits when there is other income. What a screwing that is.

RONALD RIML's picture

Your point is "Let's just say..."

Sounds like a Glenn Beck Info-mercial.

I haven't pissed in your Wheaties - so why piss in mine???

Mark Wrenn's picture

reality

Since current benefits are paid with current contributions, Social Security can't go broke. The money you are paying in now is not yours - it goes to your parents or grandparents. All the fear mongering about Social Security is just a GOP wet dream.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What do you mean, it can't go

What do you mean, it can't go broke; it IS broke. They've been tapping it with IOU's and not paying them back for 40 years. Since they've turned it into a social welfare program (alcoholism is now a disability, entitiling one to SSI benefits) and there are now barely 3 workers for every recipient, you're damn right it's broke.

RONALD RIML's picture

Don't want to confuse you youngsters....

'Coupon Clippers' are not little old ladies looking for 50 cents off at Wal-Mart... Here's the definition - I should have remembered it was an archaic term....

http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/53/messages/684.html

"Coupon clipper" also refers to an investor who buys bonds. ~rb

Fewer and fewer of us use that sense of coupon clipper, though, since bonds no longer have coupons to be redeemed. The practice of redeeming coupons was abandoned a couple of decades back, but the description remains. It conjures up a vision of an elderly, wealthy person, living off his/her bond interest.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Why don't you tell us?

Why don't you tell us?

Mark Wrenn's picture

ideology

If the GOP ideology hadn't destroyed the economy, there wouldn't be as much need for help as there is.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How long are you going to

How long are you going to buzz that saw, Lilly? Your boy's had almost two years, and he still hasn't got a grip on exactly what his job description is.

RONALD RIML's picture

He doesn't have Cheney to tell him what it is.....

Too bad, so sad......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Actually, I agree with that.

Actually, I agree with that. Cheney could help him out a lot; as long as they don't go hunting.

Tim Lajoie's picture

Au contraire, mon frere (I

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Tim Lajoie's picture

Oh...C'mon Patty. Where's

Oh...C'mon Patty. Where's your sense of humor? That joke led late night talk shows for months after it happened...Fine, you're no fun.

 's picture

Don't you know that the elite

Don't you know that the elite know more than you do? They look down their noses at you like you are a dummy. They believe they have the right to make decisions for you because you are to stupid to make your own. Obama continues to spend even though we have no money. The man is irresponsible. He believe's in taking from those who have more. Crush the corporations. Who cares if anyone has a job. Hate the rich and take away their money. Has you ever heard of a poor person creating a job? Obama is taking away the American dream. He doesn't want personal responsibility. The main point in your letter Mike it that you tell the truth and make sense. The liberals hate that kind of message.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Jeez, I totally blew my post,

Jeez, I totally blew my post, it should have been directed at Veritas, not Mike Wells.

RONALD RIML's picture

10% of Americans control 90% of the Wealth...

Why do they have you in their back pocket, Gary???

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Yeah, but what percentage of

Yeah, but what percentage of taxes are the 10% paying? That's right; a hell of a lot more than the 90% are paying, considering that 56% of all American households are paying no taxes at all.

RONALD RIML's picture

Paying no taxes?? You better back that one up!

I can't hardly buy anything without paying sales tax, fuel tax, etc, etc. Anyone who smokes, buys alcohol - you name it pays taxes.

What's this "Pays no taxes B.S?"

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Now, it makes sense

Now, it makes sense

 's picture

Mike, you are dead wrong,

Mike, you are dead wrong, because that's EXACTLY what Obama is trying to do. Are you on the receiving end of the wealth distribution, by any chance?

 's picture

The problem is

there are no longer enough jobs for everyone. Perhaps one should be grateful for these folks who have no jobs as the one they take could be yours. I know a lot of people who do not work whom have said toy/trinkets etc. Not sure where they get them but the government does not over pay anyone unless you count fat cat bankers and alike. I do work for a living before you bash me. Have since I was 13 and still do 40 +years later. I am grateful for my education and up bringing so I do not have such narrow views of people less fortunate than myself. They are not all bad people or republicans only a percent. And they are not all rich children brought up as such.

RONALD RIML's picture

I Call Bullshit!!

Mike Wells writes: "President Barack Obama said, “Share the wealth.” What he is saying is, “Get up early, work hard, and the government will redistribute your efforts and the results of your good decisions with others who haven’t made good decisions.”

No way in Hell, Mike - No Way in Hell.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

It's time you take the

It's time you take the blinders off, my friend. Look around; do you see prosperity and equality?

Steve Bulger's picture

Waiting

Ron, I'm waiting for your rebuttal backed up by facts, cites and sources. The basis for Mr. Wells' complaint goes back to October 12, 2008 when Mr. Obama was quoted as saying to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (aka Joe the Plumber), "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance at success, too… My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off [...] if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody." (source: Wikipedia) So, while Mike may not have quoted then-candidate Obama exactly, I believe that he captured the essence of the now-President's socialist agenda.

RONALD RIML's picture

"Spread the Wealth" is NOT "Share the Wealth"

Too entirely different concepts. It's a 'Capitalist Concept" that if businesses invest and hire, the economy moves around. They're sitting on money now like fat hogs, stifling what they could be moving.

And right now, American Corporations are not 'Spreading the Wealth' by hiring.

And there are those of us who worked on farms during the summers to know what "Shidt-Spreaders" were. Not a 'Sharer".....

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/story/print?guid=D72FA6C8-C26D-11DF-BA8...

"Sept. 17, 2010, 12:12 p.m. EDT

U.S. companies keeping cash on sidelines
Households continue to slash debt as net wealth declines, Fed finds

By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – American companies are still holding onto record sums of cash stored, a decision that reflects their anxiety about the health of the U.S. economy and at the same time contributes to the weakness.

Net household wealth also fell for the first time in a year, reflecting lower stock prices and a sharp drop in home values, according to the latest quarterly “flow of funds” report issued by the central bank.

The Federal Reserve on Friday reported that nonfinancial companies held $1.845 trillion in cash and short-term assets at the end of the second quarter, just a faction below a record $1.846 trillion in the first three months of the year. The first-quarter figure was the highest sum recorded since the central bank began record keeping in 1952.

Companies are reluctant to invest heavily until they see more evidence that the U.S. recovery is accelerating. Yet a high U.S. jobless rate, tepid consumer demand and sluggish export growth are acting as strong headwinds."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Extend the tax cuts, repeal

Extend the tax cuts, repeal oBAMa care, abolish cap and trade, insert the fair tax, and you'll see the economy take off and unemployment drop beyond your wildest dreams. Very simple solutions, but no one on either side of the aisle has the 'nads to do it. So, here we are, instead, p*****' and whining, and being led down the path to Perdition by a community organizer who's been educated way beyond his level of intelligence, and doesn't know a spread sheet from a racing program.

RONALD RIML's picture

Obama care doesn't go into effect until 2014....

Like that's hurting the economy???

Tell the companies to start spending some of the 1.8 Trillion they're sitting on. Or tax them out of it.

Mark Wrenn's picture

tax cuts

The tax cuts have been in effect for about 10 years now, how many jobs have they created? What? Worst recession in decades?

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