What a thoroughly pleasant presentation of insightful opinion! I find myself emailing a friend in Alabama who had seen an MSNBC presentation of the issue and wanted a local perspective. I was pleased to let this editorial represent my thinking. Nice work!
I notice that defensive union supporters quickly resort to the time period covered by this mural as they seek to burnish the image of the present-day labor union movement. And well they should! Back in the day, unions had an honorable and necessary role to play in the economy of this nation. We're much the better as a country because of the sacrifices and struggle characterized the early days of the union movement.
I also notice that unions don't much refer with pride to what they've been up to since, oh, WWII or so. Unions Present claim the honor due to Unions Past.
Unions, like the early Christian Church, suffered a moral decline once brought into the halls of power. The Roman Emperor's Constantine's Edict of Tolerance did more to hobble the Church than any persecution. President Roosevelt's embrace of unions on behalf of the Democrat Party did more to ruin their integrity than any corporate oppression.
Once unions became attached to the teat of government largess and got their hands on political power, everything changed. Union Bosses now match Corporate Bosses greed for greed. Union lobbyists, like corporate lobbyists, swarm around the Congress like buzzards on fresh carrion. Unions, like giant corporations, banks and the like, now need reining in, too.
Removing the mural may seem petty, but I see the removal as fair notice that the past is the past and the present is the present. Unions now hang upon the economy and our nation's politics like so many albatrosses round the neck of the Ancient Mariner. Let's put artistic depictions of the union movement's proud history where it belongs: in a museum, not in the offices of a department of government which now must objectively manage the excesses of its bloated and selfish present-day versions.
The Journal applies a false dichotomy here: voters either embraced the new tax configurations or declared their love of high income tax rates. Not so. I think things were much more interesting and much more complicated. My own vote to repeal reflected my complete lack of trust in the people running our one-party state. Given a rich new assortment of taxes, our Democrats would ramp each in turn up to the max to pay for their purchase of voters by feeding entitlement groups at the public trough. I also voted against every un-prioritized bond issue, even those that might arguably 'pay off'.
Right wing whacko that I be, I want the focus in Augusta to center on reduced spending. I want to see a legislative culture that earns my trust with a pattern of pro-business legislation and with a demonstrated knack for program pruning and program accountability. I want the bureaucracy to shrink and the private sector encouraged to grow. Yeah-open the state for business!
The tax configuration and schedule that such a government presents would at least get a second look based on my respect for their intentions. Democrats intend to spend us into oblivion with government largesse that, of course, demands confiscatory levels of taxation. Having a cornucopia of taxes to fiddle with simply begs for Democrat mischief. I simply do not trust anything they propose at this point!
I think that LePage's experience as a homeless kid on welfare likely give him a uniquely useful platform from which to reconfigure how welfare gets administered in this state. I have no idea whether his campaign will go anywhere, but he has my vote. I have a step-niece now in her late forties. She has never worked a day in her life. Except for one brief stint out of state with boy-friend #15, Maine has provided her with medical operations, false teeth, apartments, transportation and enough money to support several addictive involvements. There must be reasonable and affordable ways to support the truly broken or down on their luck, but our state's system has gotten so out of hand, real needs will go unmet while the state goes broke. The mess is a Democrat Party mess. Their appeals to concepts of social justice or sympathy have merged with shrewd instincts for political opportunity to create multiple entitlement groups that insure two things:perpetual re-election and destruction of the states economy, politics and culture.
Way to go, Dems. Another couple of terms in leadership and you'll truly finish us all off. Bankrupt and violent Greece represents our future.
Somewhere along the line many politically active liberals tired of trying, on the merits, to convince the rest of us that they knew what was best for us. The sullen mockery, arrogance and libel of 'veritas' and 'SSDD' represent what's left of liberal sophistication when the veneer wears thin. I imagine a real split must await the ranks of leftists: clever liberal politicians vs. the angry radicals. The former must still go through the motions of convincing a wary electorate while the latter have tired of the effort. The viciousness of the latter makes the task of the former most difficult.
Bill Maher thinks the American public is stupid. He suggests mugging the electorate with what's good for them because we don't have enough sense to embrace it in an electoral setting. I hope the likes of Bill and veritas and SSDD ramp up their rhetoric and hostility to the point where the undecided amongst our citizenry finally get it: leftists don't like Americans, neither the way we live, nor our values nor our stubborn love affair with personal freedom. With enough personal abuse and hostility from the angry impatient left, those with the vote will never give over the reins of their lives and homes to these people who so clearly hate them.
Which will mean one of two things: America gets back on track or mere rhetorical hostility turns physical and violent. We're in for a fascinating ride, unfortunately. This November's election will either serve as the Republic's last gasp or its first gulp of fresh air in years.
And if me peg leg weren't jammed into the bleedin' scupper, I'd rise and show meself a bit more respectful for all the help ye be givin' me in my thick-skulled ignorance. As it is, I'll be tippin' me hat to yer woman and givin' her advice a trial run.
"Name calling is unacceptable" she wrote as she decried the low iq's, mildly retarded southern stock and all those birthers and baggers among the ranks of those with whom she disagrees. This is why we don't trust Progressives when they say they've found the formula for utopia and if we low iq types would just let them control our lives, we'd be soooo happy. You guys have nothing but contempt for our values, our ideas and our very existences! Trust you lot with my health care? Uh-uh!
LP proposes the existence of a list of vague "proxy" words which he further alleges represent the one fear conservatives no longer dare speak (high cholesterol? erectile dysfunction?). Man, that oughta tell an alert reader lots right there. If these guys have to resort to 'proxy' words, they obviously have nothing of substance on anybody's iPhone camera worth the broadcasting and they've got several years worth of large scale opportunities to winnow and harvest. Next to nothing!
I watched several videos of Pelosi et al ('et al', of course, obviously inserted as a transparent proxy for people of a certain color whose very existence I reportedly fear.) and their historic (lol) March on the House. I can't see ANY extraneous crowd of hecklers, just reporters and empty stretches of sidewalk in the videos. The only voices I hear come from breathless reporters gushing about the symbolism of NP's giant gavel and the arm-in-arm formation. Gimme a break!
Watched Beck last night; he nailed the whole process: Radicals newly arrived in the seats of power want to press conservatives into the subordinate, despised roles they snuck out of. Call us names, slur our characters enough and, didn't Joseph Goebbels tell us about Big Lies Repeated Often Enough? LP fits right in with this crowd.
Leonard, my friend, keep conflating that list of yours with every breathless echo of alleged victimhood cooked up by this radical crowd and their friends in the media. Let your eyes fondle each entry as if it were another bead on an unholy rosary. I KNOW why I oppose Obama, Democrats and Progressively minded useful idiots (technical term attributed to V. Lenin for those whose service to Bolshevism would ultimately earn them lockdown in a labor camp). My opposition to Progressivism has NOTHING to do with the color of anyone's skin. These folks work to destroy America and turn her into Amerika (Old SDS spelling)!
Finished watching Beck today–again. (I know, bad habit!) Saw extensive video footage of leftist protests to Bush that included effigies of the guy being hung, given a Hitler moustache and etc. Those leftists went on protracted vicious hate-fests that DID get videotaped for posterity . . . unlike the largely (methinks) phoney claims by today's Democrats of TeaParty rhetorical excess. Have we had any conservative riots yet? No? Oh course not! Rehearse the persistent string of leftist trashings and riotings in the last ten years if you want to see what real violence looks like. Again, gotta say: Beck got it right–former frustrated street radicals now have power in the present Administration; they want to demonize their conservative opposition by relegating them to powerlessness in the streets. Frankly, not willing to take the bait.
Your posting starts out with some substance to argue and chew on but quickly sinks back to the turgid mix of slurs and insults that pass for dialog and reason in progressive circles . . . lower iq this . . . mildly-retarded-southerner that . . . .birther/baggers bringing up the rear. You fit right in with the general Progressive Slur Campaign that seeks to goad the right into behaving like they used to when they were in the streets trying to destroy the country. Now they have power at last, wear ties and have a serious opportunity to ruin America. They can pretend to live above the shabby fray as long as you and yours will do their bidding in the trenches.
I won't accept demonization lightly and I have no plans to accommodate you by being anything but as spot on accurate and reasonable as I can manage. Unless you intend incitement, how about you doing your bit, too, to avoid gratuitous insults and soul-satisfying slurs as we both speak truth to power. Change the climate one posting at a time, my dear AllarieLarsen!
PS: I have read lately about England and their Civil War-royalists/parliamentarians, roundheads and cavaliers etc. Nasty business. The violent passions of that bygone era feel very similar to the passions that choke us now. I hope we here in America of 2010 do not follow Old England's sad trajectory of hatred and violence.
How did you get your spiffy skull/cb's icon to stick? I use Safari and an Apple lapper and have some small level of proficiency with the beast but haven't figured out this one yet. Thanks. (And when does national "Post Like A Pirate" day come around this year?