Don't tell me you sold all your shares in Red Tape International, the leading producer of the red tape used in government.
Sure, it made sense to sell at the top of the market, knowing every governor in the country has vowed to reduce or eliminate its use, including our own.
Who knew, however, that while the governor was preparing to burn great piles of it on the Blaine House lawn, some legislators would be intent on wrapping more job-killing red tape around a seemingly bright spot in the state's economy.
Perhaps the market for red tape is not yet dead.
Several lawmakers already have submitted legislation designed to slow down and add more steps to locating a wind turbine in Maine.
Several weeks ago, former governor and current wind-power developer Angus King visited our offices to talk about the project he hopes to complete in Highland Plantation.
King came armed with a couple of props in a box, two 6-inch binders stuffed with paper, representing the research his firm has generated to meet state standards and requirements.
The cost of that paperwork: $5 million. That's all money spent before a project is approved or sited, money that would simply be lost by the company's investors if the project does not proceed.
King wasn't complaining about that, simply making a point that wind projects are not spread willy-nilly across the landscape.
The new legislation has not yet taken shape, but it is expected to have the usual components of red tape — more steps, more time and more expense.
It has been filed on behalf of wind-power opponents who really don't care how projects are killed, as long as they are killed.
Ironically, Maine's Wind Energy Act of 2008 was an attempt by Gov. LePage's predecessor, Gov. John Baldacci, to cut red tape, speed up the process and create jobs for Mainers.
It sets up limited areas in Maine where a well-defined process can be used for siting wind projects. In other words, it was designed to cut red tape.
Here's where you can go; here's what you need to do. Simple.
What's happening now is more illustrative than surprising and shows why red tape always multiplies.
Like many issues government handles, this one is contentious. If a legislator or even a constituent doesn't want something to happen, there is always another study, report, hearing or regulation that can be done.
It is always better to have more information than less, right? And the Legislature has always been generous with its red tape.
Time, however, is money. And, of course, money is money. Every new step, new report, new expert or new hearing adds a little delay or expense to a project.
Until, of course, you reach a tipping point where the project becomes unfeasible.
In 2008, Maine made a decision that was, and continues to be, supported by Maine people — push forward with wind power.
If the current Legislature thinks wind power isn't good for Maine, it can repeal the Wind Energy Act.
What it should not do is simply wrap wind power in more red tape.