Congratulations to Gov. Paul LePage for his efforts to rein in welfare fraud. He is to be commended, along with the current legislators, for their efforts to correct the many failings in welfare.
One has to only look at Detroit, Mich., to see what runaway entitlements can do to a once proud city. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. It has descended into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. Hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing and food stamps. It was and is entitlement gone wild. Total chaos prevails.
The liberals scream about helping the needy, but it has gone way beyond reason or the state's ability to pay for it. I thank Gov. LePage for seeing the end result and putting on the brakes before the state's taxpayers are all destitute.
It is not a matter of ignoring human needs but rather of trying to restore human dignity in those who have become entitlement junkies. You can give a man a fish or you can teach him to fish for himself. The latter better serves all and is more like the old Maine Yankee who was too proud to ask for help.
It is obvious that government cannot be all things to all people and each should care for their own. The fact that the state is about to go bankrupt is a major red flag that LePage recognizes and is trying to prevent.
George A. Fogg, North Yarmouth