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Politics & Other Mistakes (73)

What a waste

Let’s try to set aside all this anger, profanity, racism, sexism, misinformation and political posturing. In other words, let’s not discuss Paul LePage, governor, self-appointed education commissioner and giant bedbug infestation. Instead, let’s turn our attention to a matter of significance to every Maine taxpayer, namely how much money state government is wasting in trying to do whatever it is state government is supposed to be doing. Surely, on this topic, we can find common…

Ramblin’ gamblin’ man

Free Shawn Scott.I mean that metaphorically, of course, since Scott, a Las Vegas gambling developer, isn’t currently incarcerated. My call for his liberation has less to do with shackles and chains and more to do with him being constrained by legalities in his effort to build a casino in York County. I admit that as a poster child for a leniency campaign, Scott leaves much to be desired. According to published reports, his past is littered with lawsuit – more than three dozen in an eight-year period – as well as…

The gentleman is a dope

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKES_by Al DiamonNeo-Prohibitionists opposed to legalizing marijuana in Maine need not worry about coming up with a political strategy for defeating that initiative. The pro-pot crowd has done it for them.There’s little doubt that if the state’s voters were asked to decide a simple referendum question about whether adults should be able to indulge in cannabis-related activities for whatever purposes they chose, a sizable majority would permit them to do so. That…

Careful what you say

If it weren’t for the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, I’d have to get a real job. But the qualifications listed in help-wanted ads almost never mention contempt for authority, indifferent personal hygiene and prodigious consumption of beer, rendering me ill-suited to anything resembling regular employment.

You shouldn’t have bought it when you saw it at …

The trait his supporters like most about Paul LePage is also the flaw that makes him a failure as governor.Fans of the Republican chief executive claim they love that he’s not a politician. He says whatever he thinks — without considering the consequences. He disregards the facts — fabricating factoids as he goes along. He makes enemies — out of folks who ought to be friends.

Who’s crazy?

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKESWhich side in the debate over General Assistance is correct?That’s easy.None of them.Certainly not the city of Portland, which admits it regularly and knowingly allowed people with assets ranging from $20,000 to as much as $160,000 to stay in its homeless shelter on the taxpayers’ tab. Portland’s excuse is that these folks were suffering from mental illnesses that somehow made it impossible for them – or anyone else – to manage their…

Alligator stomp

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKESMaine does a great job of figuring out the cost of maintaining its transportation infrastructure. Every year, the state releases a detailed report showing how much it needs to provide safe passage across the landscape for residents and tourists, whether by automobile, rail, or teleportation device.

How LePage turned his back on his upbringing

Governor LePage likes to remind us that he comes from difficult beginnings.The story of his heart-wrenching transition from a horrific childhood in Lewiston to the Blaine House in Augusta is a story that many Mainers are acquainted with by now. At times, he was faced with de-escalating his father’s drunken behavior, which included family abuse and attempts to set the family home on fire.

County lines

Nominations are now open for the person who mostresembles county government in Maine.First up is Alex Rodriguez. The disgraced New YorkYankee is expensive, unproductive and obnoxious. If therewere three of him, he’d be a county commission. Except withbigger muscles and smaller testicles.

Return of the mothership

by Al Diamon/POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKES Imagine a political party that welcomes extremist kooks, convicted felons and space aliens, while promising to solve our problems by taking wishy-washy stands and promoting unworkable solutions.In Maine, we already have the Democrats, the Republicans and the Green Independents for that. If there’s pent-up demand for additional groups offering more of the same, I’m missing it.
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