D. Bell: Fresh view for Democrats

I am writing to support state Sen. Cynthia Dill, a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Dill serves South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough.

Sen. Dill has proudly championed working class values as an award-winning civil rights attorney, town councilor, state representative and state senator.

A working mom from Maine, she offers a fresh view for Democrats seeking some sanity in Washington. To the average American, members of Congress who are stonewalling the country and the president should, instead, pay attention to the business of the people.

Offering repetitive legislation to restrict women in a free country, stonewalling and other tactics that are not the people's business should be rejected.

Cynthia Dill is a great candidate and she offers wonderful energy and vision.

Diana Bell, Fryeburg

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Weird discussion.

After my comment on Friday, there was not even one mention of the letter nor of Kamerad Dill. As usual with leftists, they are more concerned with tearing others down than with supporting even one of their own.

Wrong again, Herr Riml. I prefer to reserve my battles for the spelling azzholes. How cunnin'.


What's fresh?

This is a list of the tired, old platitudes that Democrats have used for decades to fool voters into electing them.

Notice the subtle phrasing. If you're against the policies of our illustrious president, then you are stonewalling and not paying attention to the business of the people - as if the two were even remotely connected. And, just to touch all bases, we have a glancing reference to the manufactured "war on women".

With advocates like this, Dill doesn't have a chance.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Politicians keep spouting

Politicians keep spouting these old platitudes because they work. There is enough political zombies that need to hear the party line every now and then to keep them moving – The Walking Political Dead.

Zack Lenhert's picture

....because Republicans never

....because Republicans never bend the truth to fit their message. It's not like the GOP manufactured a "war on religion" or an "attack on marriage".

Yes, the GOP is just chalk full of fresh ideas... like tax cuts for the rich.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

democrats are very

democrats are very enthusiastic about providing for the poor and the needy, 99 week extensions of unemployment benefits, free medical care for everyone; as long as they're doing with other peoples' money.
"Attack on marriage"???
When in the history of mankind has marriage ever been defined as anything other than a union between a male and a female of human descent?
Tax the rich, feed the poor, till there ain't no rich no more. Then, who will sign your paychecks, Zack; a poor man?

Zack Lenhert's picture

The middle class is still

The middle class is still waiting for the effect of the Bush tax cuts to "trickle down". Please explain to me again how tax cuts pay for themselves and when we can start to see them reduce the deficit.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You'll understand it

You'll understand it perfectly come January when oBAMa and congress allow them to expire. You'll be taking home less money in your paychecks, assuming you are fortunate enough to be gainfully employed.
I am of the middle class; the Bush cuts caused my tax rate to drop from 28% to 25%; I am not wealthy.
That Bush's tax cuts benefitted only the rich is the biggest lie the democrats and liberals have been spreading and people have been buying into it because they're clueless. Too busy watching American Idol and partying.

The intent of the tax cuts paying for themselves requires the concomitant reduction in spending, which of course, did not happen. But that isn't the fault of the tax cuts, but rather the politicians who lack the balls to make the necessary cuts.

It was oBAMa who, when campaigning, said he would cut the deficit in half. How's that working for HIM.?

Zack Lenhert's picture

"That Bush's tax cuts

"That Bush's tax cuts benefited ONLY the rich"

Nobody said they ONLY benefit the rich (maybe someone did, not me though), they just disproportionately benefit the rich. Look at any metric you want, the rich have been doing pretty well for themselves the past couple of decades relative to the middle class and working poor. I would rather pay a little extra in taxes if it meant stronger school systems and safety net programs.

I do not bemoan the rich for being rich, for the most part they are just playing by the rules of "the game". It is the rules that allow the rich to have more political influence than your average working American that I have a problem with.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What would you rather be,

What would you rather be, rich or poor?

Zack Lenhert's picture

Some people are so poor that

Some people are so poor that all they have is money.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Thought so..

Thought so..

Zack Lenhert's picture

thought so, what?? Are you a

thought so, what?? Are you a mind reader?

I am not motivated by money. Yes, some of the things that are important to me do require money, paying the mortgage and health insurance etc. But as long as my family is happy healthy and warm, I am happy. I live modestly and have no real desire to be "rich".

Why do you claim to know the motivations of others? You don't know me.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"I live modestly and have no

"I live modestly and have no real desire to be "rich".
Had that been your original response, my answer would've been 'thank you'. Instead, you blew me off with some hippy platitude.
You don't know me either, Jack.

Zack Lenhert's picture

I blew off your question (not

I blew off your question (not you personally) because you gave me a false choice.

"You don't know me either"...You're right, that's why I didn't make any assumptions about your motivations.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My question was serious. Your

My question was serious. Your second answer appeared to be serious and made sense. We are not all driven by wealth. To many of us, yourself probably included, enough money to go around is enough to keep them happy. Not a bad way to be.
As far as the comment about knowing which movies not to go see, that was not a serious comment. I threw it out there to see what it might catch. You took the bait and may not have caught the sarcasm. No harm intended. Many of those people at Clooney's house are among my favorite performers. Just wish they'd keep their politics to themselves. You, know; "Shut up and sing".

RONALD RIML's picture

You top tax rate may be 25% on the last dollar your earned..

But what is your effective tax rate??? Probably much lowr.

"Your tax bracket is the rate you pay on the "last dollar" you earn; but as a percentage of your income, your tax rate is generally less than that.

"To take an example, suppose your taxable income (after deductions and exemptions) is exactly $100,000 in 2012 and your status is Married filing jointly; then your tax would be calculated like this:

( $ 17,400 minus 0 ) x .10 : $ 1,740.00
( 70,700 minus 17,400 ) x .15 : 7,995.00
( 100,000 minus 70,700 ) x .25 : 7,325.00

Total: $ 17,060.00

This puts you in the 25% tax bracket, since that's the highest rate applied to any of your income; but as a percentage of the whole $100,000, your tax is about 17%.

You can go to the page where I got this from and compute your actual tax percentage. I doubt very highly it's 25%


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I have no reason to doubt the

I have no reason to doubt the accuracy or the legitimacy of what you've laid before us. But what I want to know is, does the 17% tax make me a member of the evil rich or am I one of the many lucky beneficiaries of the Bush tax cuts?

RONALD RIML's picture

You can proudly state you are in the 17% tax bracket

with a true and honest heart.


I tried to parse what you said, Zack, but ...

... you lost me. The left has manufactured a war on religion. Not all religions, of course, only Christianity and Judaism. The left fawns relentlessly on Islam.

What attack on marriage? Perhaps you refer to those who believe that marriage is one man and one woman. News flash: that belief is spread all along the spectrum, not just on the right. The rich (those who make more than $250k per year) already pay much more than their "fair share" and the Bush tax cuts (for everyone) tried to remedy that imbalance a little. The cuts expire at the end of the year when taxes (for everyone) will go up. Fresh idea from the left: Punish everyone because somebody, somewhere is having a good time.

Just because an idea is fresh doesn't imply that it's wise. BHO got elected on a bewildering gaggle of fresh ideas, not one of which has worked. How's your Solyndra stock doing?

RONALD RIML's picture

"War on Religion?"

We merely war against 'Religious Azzholes'

Do you qualify????

Zack Lenhert's picture

News flash: that belief is

News flash: that belief is spread all along the spectrum, not just on the right.

The same could have been said about segregation, it doesn't make it right.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Pirate hasn't heard any

The Pirate hasn't heard any rumors about the government giving the investors back their losses on that Solyndra stock, have you, Mike? It would seem oBAMa could redistribute some of that $15 mill he picked up at Clooney's house the other night. The guest list presented a great opportunity to pare down one's list of movies not to go see.

Zack Lenhert's picture

Are you so partisan that you

Are you so partisan that you will only let yourself be entertained by Republicans? You guys really are extreme.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I pledge allegiance to

I pledge allegiance to neither political party which makes me non-partisan, I guess. So, what was your point?

RONALD RIML's picture

Solyndra??? Mere Chickenfeed!!!

How about the Republican sponsored Medicare Part 'D' Prescription Drug Plan -

"Traditional Medicare, administered by the federal government, has very low administrative costs of 2-3%, whereas private health insurance administrative costs are at least 3 times as high, and sometimes much higher. Medicare is affordable because it creates a large pool of beneficiaries, which spreads the risks and costs of the program among millions of people (47 million) – something private insurance companies cannot do. In addition, private insurance companies are for-profit companies that inflate the price of coverage in order to generate profits for their share-holders. Using private insurance companies to provide the Part D coverage is more costly because it divides the negotiating power of Medicare beneficiaries across hundreds of plans, and inflates the cost of coverage in order to generate profits. These higher costs are passed on to the Medicare beneficiaries and the taxpayers who fund
the Part D program."

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Then why doesn't the govt.

Then why doesn't the govt. merely expand the Medicare coverage to include all of Part D and THEY can 'manage' more efficiently and less costly than the private companies?
If they want to run and rule everything, why don't they alter the current Medicare system to cover everything for everyone, no exceptions, eliminate all the so called donut holes in medicare coverage which forces the elderly to buy supplemental coverage, often at the risk of getting screwed; s***can that abomination called obamacare and do it right once and for all?

RONALD RIML's picture

You already know why.....

'Medicare for Everyone' is what Theodore Roosevelt proposed back in 1912.

A Republican with both a brain and a heart (and guts - he resigned his position as Asst. Secretary of the Navy in 1898 to help found the "First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment" upon the start of the Spanish-American War) He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for leading several charges during the war, and was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Portsmouth Accord to end the Russo-Japanese War.

But enough of that...... We tend not to listen to bright men. Insurance companies have lobbyists - and Obama was wise enough to know that only an 'Insurance-Based' solution would pass Congress. Of course he knows that 'Obamacare' as written is not the answer - but the only answer that would pass.

We can't get rid of the 'Mob' - Guido and the Boys running that protection racket known as the 'Insurance Company' have their tentacles deep into every facet of American business and politics.

And they complain about the 'Mafia?"

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

The Mafia has more integrity.

The Mafia has more integrity. At least, when they tell you they're going to do something, they do it. The old saying is that there is no honor among theives. There is more honor in the Mafia than there is among the ranks of our political system.


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