Will it be a spectacle?

Recently, Gov. Paul LePage described the events in Wisconsin's state capital as "ugly" and a "spectacle." Ugliness may be in the eye of the beholder. If LePage were describing a demonstration by his friends in the tea party, he would probably call it the beautiful sight of democracy in action.

LePage, referring to the elimination of shutdown days for Maine state employees, also noted that most private-sector employees would be celebrating rather than protesting a 2 percent boost in take-home pay. He's certainly right about that, especially in the case of lower-wage workers, including workers at Marden's.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is using the familiar strategy of vilifying unions, state workers and teachers, and pitting public- and private-sector workers against each other in a race to the bottom. Both public- and private-sector workers have taken the hit from, among other things, a pension underfunding crisis that they did not create. Public-sector workers in Wisconsin have agreed to concessions, but Walker's overreaching into the area of collective bargaining rights has created push-back that he obviously did not anticipate.

I hope Gov. LePage sees something more than a "spectacle" here.

Renee Cote, Auburn

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Obama can say that when he

Obama can say that when he bowls he looks like someone participating in the Special Olympics and everyone laughs and thinks he's witty. LePage makes a comment about growing beards and everyones up in arms with hurt feelings. It's wonderful. Those must be the same people who thought Bush was fiscally irresponsible and Obama is the next Alan Greenspan. There were some interesting polls from Wisconsin. While the majority of people there now disagree with what the Gov there is doing as a whole, most likely due to the way he is made out to be a villain who hates children, kittens and rainbows, if each section in his bill is broken down and made separate, the majority of people polled support the Gov's proposed ideas. Very weird.

RONALD RIML's picture

Contrast/Comparison

A. - Obama self-deprecatingly compared himself to one who has problems not of their making. A bit gauche, but no one actually harmed.

B. LePage minimized the effects of BPA (Bisphenol A) upon humans by stating that the most harm it could cause would be for women to grow 'Little Beards"

It appears there is more to it than "Little Beards" This is from the FDA: ---> http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm197739.htm

"Overview
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.

Studies employing standardized toxicity tests have thus far supported the safety of current low levels of human exposure to BPA However, on the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children. In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.

In the interim:

FDA is taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply. These steps include:
supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market;
facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans; and
supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA.
FDA is seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.
FDA is also supporting recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services for infant feeding and food preparation to reduce exposure to BPA.

FDA is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods, as the benefit of a stable source of good nutrition outweighs the potential risk from BPA exposure"

So when will LePage cease making a dangerous ass outa hisself????

Mark Elliott's picture

One word Zach: "sheeple"!

One word Zach: "sheeple"!

RONALD RIML's picture

Thousands of liddle sheeple with beards... All chanting:

I bought it - when I heard it - from Mardens!

Greg Rose's picture

Lepage will see....

only exactly what the Maine Heritage Policy Center wants him to see. He certainly only HEARS what he wants to hear and what the MHPC wants him to hear. He would only SAY exactly what the MHPC wants him to say as well except for the horrible case of PTS (Political Tourette's Syndrome) he is afflicted with ("kiss my butt" "go to hell" "little beards").
I am sure that Lepage and the MHPC are watching Walker's pool-pah closely. If it plays in Wisconsin, Lepage will want to try it out in Maine - you can almost gaurantee it. He's already testing the waters.
Lepage is OUR spectacle here in Maine. We can only hope that he and his buddy Walker go the way of the Dodo bird.

Mark Elliott's picture

Greg, while you are

Greg, while you are definately entitled to your opinion but I am extremely offended by your "Political Tourette's Syndrome" comment! Not everyone with TS exhibits that behavior, called coprolalia, as a matter of fact, less than 15% of all confirmed cases do! It's a bad stereotype and your use of that term really shows your ignorance!

Greg Rose's picture

My opinion...

Mark,
Take my comments any way you like and please feel free to be as extremely offended as you like. Did I say anything about anyone who is actually afflicted with Tourette's or did I make a mockery of Lepage by inventing a whole new disease? While my post was anything but a personal attack on you, yours is certainly one on me with veiled defense of those who truly have Tourette's. I refuse to get into a flame war. It accomplishes nothing. While I will refrain from personal attacks, you go right ahead.

Mark Elliott's picture

Take my comments any way you

Take my comments any way you like and please feel free to be as extremely offended as you like. Did I say anything about anyone who is actually afflicted with Tourette's or did I make a mockery of Lepage by inventing a whole new disease?

--> You are insinuating that someone with a foul mouth has tourette's syndrome.

While my post was anything but a personal attack on you, yours is certainly one on me with veiled defense of those who truly have Tourette's.

--> How is my comment a personal attack on you? I truly have tourette's syndrome so my defense is very much legitimate.

I refuse to get into a flame war. It accomplishes nothing. While I will refrain from personal attacks, you go right ahead.

--> typical liberal spin. Totally screw up and pass the blame to someone else! Next your gonna say Bush did it!?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Marden's

Renee, Do you think Marden's should pay an entry level stock clerk $41,000 a year? I think not. Marden's pay scale and benefits package is at a par with any other retail store in Maine and in many cases--Better, so lighten up a little.
Other then that, this is a great piece.

RONALD RIML's picture

Al, what is Marden's pay scale and benefit package??

Care to share it with us????

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