Does he not care?

Paul LePage is against a minimum wage and employer-provided health care. Fewer Marden's employees have health insurance today compared to when LePage began running the business.

Without a minimum wage and without employer-funded health care, how are Mainers supposed to afford health care for their families? If LePage becomes governor, there will be no state health insurance program to turn to.

If LePage cuts education statewide, as he has made cuts at the local level, all Maine children will suffer.

If people don't want to be forced to choose between education for their children or caring about parents, they shouldn't vote for LePage.

He wasn't good for education in Waterville, and he wouldn't be good for education in Maine.

Has LePage thought out those issues completely, or at all?

Does he seriously think Maine families can survive without making a living wage? Or does he simply not care?

Laura Veit, Lewiston

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Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

I'm a Libertarian you troll.

I'm a Libertarian you troll. What you call childish is still more thoughtful than your half assed Donkey Show sources and rants. Really, do you sit alone each night with a box of tissues and a Michael Moore movie?

Bob Woodbury's picture

Ahhhh...

"get rid of it and let the market decide, people will work, just let them negotiate with the employers for the wages."

I thought slave labor was against the law.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

veritas: But the Dems aren't

veritas: But the Dems aren't warmongers like so-called conservatives.

WWI, Wilson, D
WWII, FDR, D
Korea, Truman, D
Vietnam, Kennedy/Johnson, D
Bosnia, Clinton, D

Yup, no warmongering there.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

Don't forget the Somolia

Don't forget the Somolia debacle... Clinton had a great way of waiting until a genocide was almost complete before half assing his way through a conflict.

RONALD RIML's picture

Did they also offer us Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

Whom the F.B.I. identified as the “mastermind” of 9/11........

Clinton certainly Phuced up. But he didn't know he was getting Bush as a successor.

RONALD RIML's picture

I'll have to tell the Kaiser Wilson started WW-I

And the 1st American killed in Vietnam was in '53 - Eisenhower's watch.

You oversimplify. But what else is new.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

If Visine can repost...

Here are some facts about theMac antSaior at 3:40 pm on Oct 31, 2010 Here are some facts about the Donkey Show:
They see the paycheck of the working class as a source of revenue for their wet dreams.
They hate the rich because they run businesses that put people to work; keeping them off the welfare roles negating any need for them.
They hold firm to the belief that if you tax businesses enough, more will flock to your state.
They see "bipartisan" as everyone else letting them do what they want.
They see the First Amendment as a great freedom...as long as you aren't speaking ill about them.
They prefer name calling to intellectual discourse.
They reserve the right to call the president an idiot for eight years, and then claiming that such actions are reprehensible when their candidate is in office.
Sound close?

RONALD RIML's picture

Get real; NAFTA was a creation of Reagan & Bush.

Clinton merely signed the Treaty that the Senate finally ratified after Reagan and Bush I did their thing.

The other real cause for our economic demise was the "Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999" - which was which was the brain-child of it's three Republican sponsorsd, and passed through a Republican House and Senate. Unfortunately, Clinton signed rather than veto it. I think I'll blame the 'R's rather than the 'D's on this one. It allowed the banks to go into the 'Wild-West' deregulation which caused the last Cluster-Phuc resulting in the Global Finacial Melt-down of 2008.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Guttering again.

You must really like the smell down there.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

The author of the letter.

The author of the letter.

RONALD RIML's picture

Republicans - The minimum outcome for voters

Who deserve what they get.

RONALD RIML's picture

You think they bought him when they saw him????

RONALD RIML's picture

You're so smart - you didn't answer it???

So you didn't knew Gore served in 'Nam, and Obama was too young for it?

But the Dems aren't warmongers like so-called conservatives.

RONALD RIML's picture

Gil's got this habit of disparaging others' Military Service.

Does that help you make up for perceived shortcomings in your own??

RONALD RIML's picture

The Messiah was KIA is AD 33 by the Romans

And Al Gore served in Vietnam which you totally missed. But, you never did have your facts straight about that war, did you, Gil.....

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Why did you post a picture of Boss Tweed?

Did you finally see the light and now understand it's the Democrats who are wasting our money? Nah, it's too much to hope for that you see the truth.

RONALD RIML's picture

Boss LePage sans beard and 'stache

Or Boss Hogg with a Lew-ees-toun l'accent - Bought and Paid for by Business Interests hostile to Working Men and Women.

Jobs?? More like positions of indentured servitude.

Truth?? You wouldn't know the truth if it hit you in the stern with a snow shovel!

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Code talker.

Working People? That's Democrat code for union goons who want all their bennies handed to them as long as someone else pays for them.

Indentured servitude? If you accept it, you're either too stupid or too lazy, or both, to take responsibility for yourself. Move to where the jobs are. (Cue the whining.) That's too hard. Government should give me a good job and lots of free stuff, right here.

Truth? You couldn't find it with both hands, a flashlight, and a sea chart. Shove off.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Be a good democRAT and vote

Be a good democRAT and vote for both. And, oh, be sure to vote often.

RONALD RIML's picture

Draft deferment disguised as a College Education -

Then a four hour drive to Canada. Yep - that kept him out of Vietnam. What a guy!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What kept Clinton, oBAMa,

What kept Clinton, oBAMa, Biden and Gore out of Vietnam?

RONALD RIML's picture

Your ignorance didn't recognize Gore in Vietnam

Gore was stationed with the 20th Engineer Brigade in Bien Hoa back in 1971. Obama, born in '61, was much too young for that war.

RONALD RIML's picture

Thank God!!!

The United States was founded upon principles of classical liberalism as reflected in our Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Occasionally one can spend some time in the military and still remember that.

RONALD RIML's picture

But he could redeem himself

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MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

It's still early ...

... and already the inevitable descent into the gutter.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

No problem.

No problem.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Cheat the system?

The system is set up to allow and encourage cheating; that is, using the easy rules to get on and stay on welfare. I know several 20-somethings who have moved to the Farmington area, not because of the wonderful job prospects; because it's easy to get state assistance, a minimum-wage part-time job, and share an apartment with 4 or 5 others doing the same thing - all the while whining that someone should "give" them a better job.

I run a small business and have several employees. Those who are conscientious I pay up to $10 and hour - because that is the upper limit of what the job is worth to me. The rest get $7.50 and most of them deserve only $4. Too bad I can't pay them that.

And not one of them, from best to worst, has any business trying to support a family on this level of income. And they certainly shouldn't be starting one. But, hey, the system encourages producing more rug-rats to get more welfare and keep it longer - under the theory that they will grow up to be good little Democrats.

Mark Wrenn's picture

hire

It appears the person doing the hiring is not too smart - hiring people only worth half of what he pays them.

RONALD RIML's picture

Did you report them to the AG's office for welfare fraud??

Or do you just pizz and moan about it here....

Facta, non Verba.

Mark Wrenn's picture

minimum wage

Lepage wants to do away with the minimum wage so he can get rid of those greedy $7.50 an hour workers and replace them with people he could legally pay maybe $4 or $5 an hour, and have the taxpayers pick up even more of their needs. Genius!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And where's your proof for

And where's your proof for THAT? You're beginning to make Tron look insightful, lilly.

Terry Donald's picture

No he does not

You ask "Does he not care?"
No, he has said a number of times, publicly in debates and forums, that he has worked to keep Marden's employees on welfare. I can't believe that the media, and DHS has let this slide. When he said that an employee had refused pay hikes for 3 years, and Marden's agreed, to allow that employee to stay on welfare, that says to me he doesn't mind cheating the system. I believe that's fraud and theft from taxpayers to help line the Marden's pocket with even more cash.

Terry Donald's picture

So what do you do with the

So what do you do with the money you should have been paying your employee, but agreed to keep so he or she could stay on welfare. You conspire with someone to cheat the system, you both are guilty.
Here's what I would do if my employee, earning $12.50 an hour (that's what LePage said) turned down a raise. I'd say take the raise, scrimp a little, cut out the high speed internet, pare cable down to basic, let's try to find a car pool for you to save gas and I'll work to adjust your schedule to help. Next year you'll get another raise and be making that much more! I'm sure there are many ways a boss like you could help, rather than stuff that extra cash back in your pocket.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Minimum wage minimizes employment.

When your employer provides a benefit to you, the cost of that benefit is a cost of employment. If he pays it all, or you pay it, or you share, the cost remains the same. The average cost for family health insurance is around $14,000 a year. It might be higher. After some quick arithmetic, that amount translates to $6.73 per hour for a full-time worker.

The current minimum wage is $7.50. For someone making that wage, his employer would have to raise it to over $14 per hour to provide health insurance. I don't know any employers who could afford to do that, even Marden's.

If the government put its gun to that employer's head and forces him, the employer will have to lay off enough employees that the combined savings will cover the new insurance requirements for the remaining employees - or go out of business.

Working families do not benefit from hikes in the minimum wage. The real beneficiaries are the unions whose contract amounts are tied to minimum wage.

RONALD RIML's picture

"What" doesn't work???

"Obamacare?" What pray tell is that??

Are you by chance referring to the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" passed and signed this year? It was later amended by the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act" a week later. Some facets don't take effect until 2014.

But hey, if it were up to the Republicans we wouldn't even have Medicare or Medicaid - and be similar to some third world countries.

John Clement's picture

Since when is minimum wage a

Since when is minimum wage a livable wage? minimum wage should be eliminated because it allows employers to keep wages down. years ago I had a job that paid minimum and asked for a raise, the boss said "why, you make the minimum wage?". At that moment I realized what a trap it was. get rid of it and let the market decide, people will work, just let them negotiate with the employers for the wages.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Deimos is a person of wisdom

Deimos is a person of wisdom and knowledge. Well stated.

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