We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In considering the motivations of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision to vote in the Senate Finance Committee in favorof sending its unwritten healthcare bill to the full Senate one should understand that aside from any other reasons Maine would benefit.
Snowe has teeter-tottered, basically desiring an expansion of government health care programs, but the decisive factor may well be that she is a Senator from Maine.Regardless of her political stripe, the best explanation of Senator Snowe’s vote is she wants to bring home the dollars from other states’ taxpayers to provide medical coverage to the voters in her state.
Maine is a gross receiver of $1.41 of federal spending for each dollar of federal taxes paid from the state’s taxpayers.
Maine, however, has one of the highest state and local tax burdens among the states.
Maine’s business tax climate is among the least attractive.
Maine’s Dirigo Health, its attempt at universal health care, is a failure, as in other states. The percent uninsured in Maine did not budge under Dirigo.Dirigo contains a “public” option, which didn’t work, so Senator Snowe has opposed one.She, however, has pushed in the Senate Finance Committee to reduce the penalty for not buying insurance, which together with the guarantee of coverage regardless of health condition will result in increased premiums to those who are insured and make a subsidized government plan more attractive.Similarly, the taxpayers' or overall costs of the expansion aren’t primary to her.
Politico has a discussion of the leverage Senator Snowe may obtain from her vote. Some of those in favor of a more extreme bill fear that. They needn’t, as now that she has voted in the Finance Committee, her voice can and will be ignored by the Democrat leadership patching up whatever they wish to move forward.That will likely include some sort of sub rosa “public” plan.
Others notice the bailout of Maine's failed Dirigo, at the expense of other states. Instapundit wonders "Payola?"
Yes, this is correct. I heard Alex Jones quote from government documents and mainstream media that they are planning to use Child Protective Services to steal up to 100,000 children for their domestic force of 'excretory hygiene assistants.'
Can you imagine having your child stolen by the government and then forced to wipe illegal aliens' behinds?
I do not understand what has happened. Maine, Vermont, NH, MA, all, were the original yankees. Hard workers, careful with their money, tried and true capitalists, world traders, self-reliant......where did those people go and where did these weaklings that now populate those states come from?
Some of them moved west. Still quite a few in place, judging from the denizens of this site.
The 'weaklings' stayed put. They tend to live off the fruits of others.
The migration routes were pretty well defined for many years. Some changes due to highway routes and cars. Many made it to the West Coast and are now trying to figure where to go next. Probably time to start taking back.