Letters to the Editor, Camden Herald
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. —Thomas Jefferson
You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
What one person receives without working for…another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they worked for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
If you are tempted to sit this election out, I encourage you not to.
Vote your values. Sitting out this election doesn’t punish conservatives or liberals so much as it slaps in the face every soldier fighting for this same freedom abroad. They’ve offered their lives — not to protect our apathy, but to protect what America stands for, that government of the people, by the people and for the people should not perish from this earth.
Not so merry spring
Regarding the closing of the dog run in Merryspring Park: I am very disappointed in your handling of the problems at the dog run. It is a very short-sighted decision. If you had issues with the dog owners, they should have been notified and a meeting called. Possibly a compromise could have been worked out. I am aware that you had some "logical" reasons why you felt you needed to move the dog owners out of there. However, there is more than enough room at Merryspring to have an alternate dog running area.
I am also aware that there is a new dog park being prepared at the dog shelter (PAWS). That is a necessary worthwhile addition for dog owners whose options for legal dog walking areas in the Camden-Rockport area have been increasingly curtailed. There should be at least two areas anyway; one on either side of Route 1.
Examples of attempts to lock out our canines: the Snow Bowl, Hosmer Pond, Megunticook Lake, Laite Beach, Camden Harbor Park, and many more sites have wanted to ban all dogs. Then the decision was reversed and/or altered, probably for the tourists' sake, not the local, powerless dog-walking public's sake. Can you imagine coming all the way to Maine with your family and the family dog and then having to leave your beloved pet in the car while you vacation in Camden? Or sailing all the way from points Downeast with your family and anchoring in Camden Harbor only to find out that Foo Foo has no place to poop except out on the poop deck?
Merryspring, rather than seeing a dog-run as an inconvenience, think of the possible benefits — your canine membership fee could be mandatory for dog owners as a way of raising much-needed funds. An annual dog show/fair could be held at the dog run to raise money for Merryspring, and to further expose the public to the other parts of the park. Vendors from many local pet businesses could participate. Even the tourists could show off their beloved pets (and spend alot of money).
The sign of a progressive, humane, civilized and community-oriented town is to make sure that everyone's needs are considered and all possible avenues are explored and every attempt made to accommodate all it's citizens. It also happens to be the democratic way.
What do you say Merryspring?
Town office needs facelift
For more than 10 years the problems with Lincolnville’s Town Office building have been known by the residents and dealt with on a daily basis by the town’s employees who work in the cramped and inefficient structure. Lack of space, lack of service confidentiality and a lack of meeting space for the town’s boards and committees head the list of deficiencies in the current structure. The fact that the building is also not compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act further aggravates an already difficult problem.
For the past year and a half The Lincolnville Municipal Building Committee has been working very hard to solve this problem and create a reasonable proposal for a building that will serve the town for the next 30, and, hopefully, 40-plus years. Under the direction of the Board of Selectmen, the committee has proposed different options to the board. Working with architects and site engineers selected by the committee and approved by the selectmen, the MBC has developed a plan for utilizing the current town office building for office space and created an addition that would house an efficient and more private service desk area as well as a boards and committees meeting room, a conference room and public bathrooms. This renovation of the current building and creation of the public space in the addition is estimated to cost less than $500,000. The consultant’s fees, permits and site work bring the total to $690,000 of which $470,000 is in the town’s capital reserve fund. The town would need to borrow or bond $220,000 to move the project forward.
This plan alleviates all the drawbacks of the current structure, makes the town office ADA compliant and provides meeting space within the office structure. The selectmen have approved this plan, as has the budget committee, and elected to place this project on the ballot for the town’s vote on Nov. 6. Please view the project plans at the town office or on the town’s website and attend the public hearing Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the school for more information.
The town office is the face of the community. Let’s create a town office we can be proud of and one that will functionally and efficiently serve the town for the long term future.
Why we will be voting for Carole Gartley
We will cast our votes for Carole Gartley for all the qualities she possesses that Ron Joseph so eloquently pointed out in his letter to the editor on Sept. 20. Carole’s impressive credentials include being a community leader, a former educator who challenged her students to be the best they could be, an owner of a successful small business, and a managing partner in the successful renovation and rejuvenation of the old Van Balen building into the Breakwater Marketplace in Rockland. Carole has supported her husband Will in his small business (Gartley & Dorsky Engineering and Surveying), and they have raised two fine young men who are currently attending college in Maine.
Carole’s educational background is worth noting. She has a BA in Zoology, a Masters in Education Administration, and she is a graduate of the Midcoast Leadership Academy. She is a certified Assistant Principal and Principal and she is certified to teach all subjects to students in grades K-6 and all sciences in grades 7-12. As an educator, excellent communication skills are critical for success and Carole has demonstrated those skills admirably.
Carole is a Republican candidate who understands that her constituency is made up of not only Republicans, but Democrats and other political parties as well. If you want to know how Carole stands on an issue, simply ask her and she will tell you. Do not assume you know how Carole stands on any issue. If you ask her, you just might be pleasantly surprised with her answer.
Carole will be an advocate for small business. According to the National Federation of Independents Business (NFIB), businesses in Maine with fewer than 50 employees number more than 43,900, or 97 percent of all private sector firms. Those companies employ more than 247,000 people and pay more than $1.8 billion in wages. Carole’s incumbent opponent (Joan Welsh) has received poor ratings from the NFIB as well as the Maine Economic Research Institute (MERI). The NFIB website shows Joan Welsh has voted with the NFIB only 33 percent of the time and the MERI website has given Joan Welsh as rating of 17.5 out of 100 which they rate as weak.
If you own a small business, know someone who owns a small business, or work for someone who owns a small business, then Carole deserves your vote. She will work hard on the issues that are so important to the small business owners that employ so many of us in District 46 and the State of Maine. Carole will focus on issues such as Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief for small businesses, Tax Relief for small businesses, and spiraling out of control health care costs.
Contrary to what Ron Joseph suggests, Carole’s votes in the legislature will be extremely important. If you don’t have someone like Carole who is willing to work cooperatively and confidently with her constituents, other legislators, and legislative leaders, then we will not have a successful legislature in Maine. Carole will be a leader, if elected.
Please join us in voting for Carole Gartley on Nov. 6.
Christopher L Morong
Delisa R. Morong
I support Welsh
I am writing to encourage voters in District 46, Camden and Rockport, Maine, to re-elect Joan Welsh for the State House of Representatives. I first worked with Joan when she was the president and CEO of Hurricane Island Outward Bound in Rockland, Maine. In that capacity she provided strong business and moral leadership for an organization that offered transformational outdoor, educational adventures for young people and adults. In addition to successfully overseeing the implementation of traditional Outward Bound courses, Joan helped establish specialized programs for adolescent offenders where they were able to gain the maturity and the interpersonal skills that they needed to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Hundreds of young people benefited from these programs. During her tenure as president, Joan maintained balanced budgets, raised millions of dollars in contributions, and worked to ensure that the curriculum and staff were always of the highest quality. While she was there, Outward Bound was recognized internationally for the exceptional value of its programs.
I have also had the good fortune to work with Joan on the board of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. As a board member, Joan demonstrates the ability to be both practical and innovative, to think comprehensively and to strive for excellence. I believe if she is re-elected, she will continue to work to improve the regional economy, generate employment opportunities, ensure affordable health care, protect and preserve the environment and advance efforts to improve academic standards and educational opportunities in this region.
Karen L. Cadbury
Support for Pease
I am happy to be supporting Jethro Pease as our representative from District 44 which includes Hope and Appleton in Knox County and Searsmont, Morrill, Islesboro and Lincolnville in Waldo County. Jethro has a strong history of volunteerism and leadership and he will get things done. As our representative he will encourage small business, work for tax reform in Maine, support a balanced budget and encourage state programs to serve the truly needy. Jethro will be a dynamic addition to our state government and will uphold the concerns and values of the people of Maine. I urge you to cast your vote for Jethro Pease.
Pease gets my vote
In the upcoming election I will be splitting my Democrat preferences and voting for Jethro Pease, a Republican from Morrill, for the House of Representatives. In my career as the Director of the Community Action Agency in Waldo County I have watched and participated in many community issues in which Jethro played a part.
He has tremendous dedication to the fire department in Morrill, the town we both live in, and has committed thousands of volunteer hours to assure the citizens are well protected.
He worked tirelessly to oversee the town budget process and always demonstrated reasonable and careful concern as to the town administration. Jethro speaks up as clearly when he feels that he is mistaken as he does when he is passionate about a cause. I feel strongly that we need more ethical behavior and people who speak authentically and take personal responsibility in our state government.
I trust Jethro to represent the people honestly, with diligence and great care. I know that he is concerned to see that those in need to receive what they need to live a life of dignity and at the same time he tempers his willingness to provide help with common sense and a practical view toward efficiency and careful stewardship.
He has conducted a campaign that includes a great deal of door-to-door and careful listening to the individuals that he will serve. I am confident that he will serve us honestly and to the best of his ability.
Jethro Pease brings heart, honesty, intelligence, experience and a great capacity for work to government and I, for one, am most grateful that he is willing to take on this challenge.
Joyce C. Scott
I am writing to urge our community to re-elect Judge Susan Longley as Waldo County Judge of Probate. As an adult education instructor for RSU3’s family literacy program, Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE), I work with families with young children, children who will follow in their parents’ new role-modeling-behavior which demonstrates the understanding that education is the key to their futures.
Occasionally, our families need the court system to help them onto this path. For privacy reasons, I cannot name families here; but time and time again, I have been told of the fairness, even-mindedness, and excellent solutions they had been given by the court system. They said that their judge had been thorough, thoughtful, careful, and compassionate. Every time I heard this and asked who this judge had been, these families always answered “Susan Longley.”
As a social worker for children and as an advocate for adults with disabilities, I had real, front line experience with Susan Longley as Judge of the Probate Court in Waldo County. Judge Longley was caring and fair and had a clear and concise knowledge of the law and of the rights of individuals. She put people at ease in potentially stressful situations. I will be voting to re-elect Susan Longley as probate court judge so that the people of Waldo County can continue to benefit from her excellent skills.
Peggy D. Rice
Mazurek for Senate
As an independent voter in Senate District 22, I am excited to have a candidate who has an established record of public service and the ability to think independently. That is why I support Ed Mazurek for State Senator for Senate District 22.
I find it disturbing to witness Governor Lepage disparaging different populations in Maine and blaming them for the all the problems facing Maine. It is equally disturbing that the Republican political establishment supports the divisiveness that Charlie Webster and the Maine Heritage Foundation generate by slamming the reputations of various groups of Maine people. It is hard to sit by and see the majority party do so little about such negative politics. How does all this negativity create jobs?
We need a Senate candidate who will step up to the plate and bring everyone together to solve Maine’s problems. Coach Mazurek has a very long history of bringing together as a team many young people with different abilities and talents. He is a good man, and he understands that only when people work together can we succeed. Ed Mazurek knows both the problems and potential of Midcoast Maine. As an educator, city councilor and State Representative for Rockland and Owls head for the last eight years, he understands the plight of the lobster industry, the employment roller coaster, the changing technology in industry, and the need for an educated and skilled labor force. He knows that real jobs enable workers to provide for themselves and their families, not merely provide profits for out of state corporations.
I am asking all voters in Senate District 22 to vote for Coach Ed Mazurek. We can change the culture in Augusta from divisiveness and negativity to a positive atmosphere and spirit of togetherness and success. Coach Mazurek can lead the way.
Longley initiated mediation
As Waldo County Judge of Probate, Susan Longley introduced mediation as an alternative option to those bringing their disputes – usually family matters like contested wills – to be decided in probate court. Instead they may try the mediation process as a way to resolve such disputes and reach mutual agreement without continuing their disputes that could then only be decided by a court ruling.
Mediation is an option to probate court: voluntary, not required. Judge Longley is not the mediator and not involved in any mediation. Rather mediation is a separate process. If those in dispute cannot resolve their differences through mediation, they may proceed to probate court.
Still results have clearly shown mediation to be an effective option for those facing probate court. The large majority of those presented with this option have chosen to give mediation a try. Then the large majority of those disputes have been resolved through mediation with family members able to write their own agreement. Contention may be relieved and family members reunited, not compelled to fight it out in court.
Costs for probate court and taxpayers, along with costs for those facing probate court, are generally and significantly reduced. Chances for mending fences are probably greater with mediation than arguments in probate court
So this mediation option is a substantial step forward, just one of the improvements Susan Longley has initiated in her two terms as Judge of Probate. To me, that alone is reason enough to vote for Susan Longley.
Why I'm not voting for Rector
I will not be voting for Republican Chris Rector for the Maine Senate. I strongly recommend all voters opposed to the Gov. LePage’s agenda and excesses also not to do so.
Senator Rector has passed himself off as a moderate but the record of the past two years all too often shows the opposite. Many Democrats and unenrolled voters supported Rector in the past based on the illusion he is a moderate and a nice guy. Although he may be a nice guy he is certainly not a moderate.
Senator Rector has supported the LePage agenda 92 percent of the time and he is neither a moderate nor a Senator who can oppose the LePage agenda and his scorched earth policies. Reviews of Chris Rector’s votes clearly establish this assertion.
1. Rector voted to gut the Informed Growth Act, which required developers of retail stores larger than 75,000 sq. ft. to perform studies showing how they would impact surrounding communities (LD 322)
2. Rector voted against the bill that would have raised the minimum wage from $7.50 to $7.75 (LD 447)
3. Rector voted to allow money to have a greater influence in our elections by doubling the amount people can donate to candidates for governor from $750 to $1,500 (LD 856)
4. Rector voted to eliminate the right of workers to form a union at the notorious DeCoster Egg Farm (LD1207)
5. Rector voted to allow health insurance companies more freedom to charge customers what the market will bear, raising the cost of health insurance for those in who are elderly or live in rural areas (LD 1333)
There is a much better choice — Democrat Ed Mazurek. While he was in the House of Representatives he voted against those same bills that Rector voted for.
When you go to the polls this November, don't vote for the LePage/Rector agenda. Please vote for Ed Mazurek for the Knox County seat in the Maine Senate.
To the Voters of Waldo County:
At this time I would like to add my voice to the ever growing number of people who support Randy Mailloux for the office of Judge of Probate. I have known Randy for many years, and in fact served on the board of county commissioners in Waldo County when Randy first assumed the office. When he first assumed the office, the registry of probate, and the Probate Court was housed in the basement of the superior court house building. The court handles many matters that should be transacted in private, but in that location there was no hope of privacy. The board of Commissioners and Judge Mailloux found a much larger but unfinished space in the district courthouse. The county budget at that time could not afford a full-fledged renovation to that space; however, with the funds that we could raise, Judge Mailloux not only supervised what construction we did have done, but he took the further step of building much of the courtroom himself. What he did to modernize the court physically he also did in the legal sense. The dedication and hard work Randy put into the Probate Court was above and beyond anything that should be expected from an elected official, but he also maintained a private law practice as well. It is because not only what I observed during his tenure as Judge of Probate, but my personal knowledge as to the genuine stellar character, that I will be voting for Randy Mailloux for Judge of Probate for Waldo County in November.
Former Chairman of Waldo County Commissioners
Vote who you know: Curry
I have proudly voted in every election I was qualified to vote in for nearly 50 years. Even when living abroad I sent for absentee ballots, even for town elections. However, over the last 15 years or so I have been less and less convinced that my vote means anything in federal elections. I do, however feel we still have some control over local and state elections and that we can vote for people we actually know. That is why I'm voting to support Glen "Chip" Curry for State Senator the Nov. 6. I don't care at all that he is a Democrat, Republican or Whig. I do care that I know this person to live an intentional life which is based on family, children, education, compassion and fair play. Chip is a vibrant, honest, decent person and that's who I want to see representing me in Waldo County.
Longley deserves re-election
For Waldo County Probate Court, Susan Longley has demonstrated that she deserves to be re-elected as our judge. She tries her best to be fair, as well as make decisions in accordance with the letter of the law. Those are the qualities we need in the judge who oversees cases in Probate Court.
Mailloux the winner of debate
I recently viewed the Judge of Probate debate between Susan Longley and Randy Mailloux and I was impressed. The obvious winner was Randy Mailloux. He was prepared and spoke about the issues and helped viewers understand why this race is so hotly contested and important. Susan Longley clearly did not want to do that and seemed more focused on herself and her “programs.” I was most surprised with the issue of the recording of court events. Randy Mailloux stated how everything should be recorded (like he did when he was the judge) and how that is not happening and Longley's only response was that only contested hearings need to be recorded. So, basically, she admitted that she's not recording all of her court proceedings and she's not going to start because she just doesn't have to. Unbelievable! Everything should be recorded to make sure everything is being done fairly! The fact that she orders mediation when they're not legal but seems to be strict with her interpretations of the law when it comes to recordings is very troubling. No one should ever wonder why a judge is refusing to record court events.
I want to thank the Bangor Daily News reporter for forcing her to respond as it was obvious that she had no intention of doing that. It was also clear who is much more qualified to be returned as our judge of probate. That issue isn’t even close. I will choose to base my vote on qualifications and not who is nicer or who I know or all the other irrelevant issues that people normally base their vote on in other races. The Judge of Probate race must be different because so much is at stake and we all deserve to have the best qualified judge on the bench not the best politician.
I wanted to say thank you to the paper and to Belfast TV for putting this together. I urge everyone to watch it at https://vimeo.com/511895918 or on YouTube. . It will also, apparently, be broadcast on local public T.V. After I watched it, I have decided to cast my vote for Randolph Mailloux.
Strongly endorse Rector
As an independent builder, small business owner, and former school board member (chairman at Midcoast School of Technology for 13 years) I strongly endorse Chris Rector for re-election to the Maine State Senate. There are two main reasons for this: Senator Rector's support for small business and his creative and steady support for education. While a member of the Midcoast Builders Alliance, I worked with Chris to help develop uniform building codes and independent contractor definition. The work that Chris has done for contractors has established clarity in the building field. Clarity is good for employers, employees and independent contractors. The outcome of Chris' efforts helps to assure clarity in the building trades where question arise.
In the area of education, Chris is one of the initiators of the Many Flags/One Campus concept that continues to move forward in the Midcoast. Chris has long focused on the integration of vocational training through the career and Technical Education programs at Midcoast School of Technology with the academic programs in the sending high schools. Chris Rector has long taken a leadership role in driving education solutions. He deserves to be re-elected to the State Senate on November 6.
Owner Murray Builders
Elect Ed Mazurek
I recently received a Legislative Update from Chris Rector touting a number of purported legislative accomplishments and in particular reforming Maine’s health insurance laws.
This might be an accomplishment if you are naive enough to believe the following:
That expelling 27,000 needy people from insurance coverage is an accomplishment. (This cost will be transferred to all of us through the cost of emergency treatment.)
That giving health insurance companies the unfettered right to raise premiums up to 10 percent per year without a hearing or any government oversight is an accomplishment.
That allowing insurance lobbyist to write the legislation is an accomplishment.
That requiring all policy holders to pay a $4 per month tax for each person covered under their policy for a reinsurance pool for older and sicker people is an accomplishment.
That permitting insurance companies to charge premiums based on where a person lives is an accomplishment. (Rural participants are already paying increased premiums as a result.)
It is strongly suggested the LePage/Rector accomplishments are doing great harm to the social fabric of Maine and we need new and different voices in the Senate.
This is why I am recommending we elect Ed Mazurek as our next Knox County Senator.
Ann M. Bex
Recently I had a problem that needed to be solved at the state level with the help of Senator Chris Johnson. I was very impressed with how promptly he and his staff responded to my situation, and how quickly he understood the complicated details of the problem. I was also very appreciative of his time, his effective efforts, and his support. After helping me to work with state officials on a resolution, the very next morning he began the process of remedying the ambiguity in the regulation to prevent future problems such as mine. Chris Johnson is a hard-working, intelligent man who means it when he says he's there to work for his constituents. I know; I have seen him in action.
Mazurek has the experience
Rep. Ed Mazurek has represented District 47 (Rockland and part of Owls Head) for the last eight years, and has done so quite successfully. As a member of the Marine Resources Committee, and later as co-chair of the Transportation Committee, Rep. Mazurek not only thought of the needs of the people in his district, but of the state as a whole. He has sponsored bills to reduce taxes paid on fuel used by fisherman and parts purchased by windjammers; to start a pilot program to help schools serve local produce and seafood to students; to allow military personnel permanently stationed in Maine to qualify for the Homestead Tax Exemption; and other important legislation pertaining to our roadways and other modes of transportation. He also served on committees concerned with the groundfishing industry, the working waterfront, and rail.
His experience on Rockland City Council, the Penquis CAP Advisory Board and his service in the House gives him the breadth of experience we need in the Senate
Please help send Ed Mazurek to the Maine Senate so he can continue to his work representing the people of Knox County.
Things I wonder about
At my age (84) I have accumulated a number of “things” which puzzle me. For instance:
Christians are followers of Jesus and believe in his teachings. Right? And Jesus had a lot to say about how we should care for the poor and unfortunate. Most of our politicians claim to be Christian yet many are most anxious to reduce programs that benefit poor and low income people. How would Jesus feel about cutting Medicaid, food stamps, heat subsidies, Head Start, etc?
It is claimed by Republicans that lowering taxes on the rich will stimulate business and create jobs. If that is true, where are all the jobs that the Bush tax cuts should have created? My recollection is that we were losing 800,000 jobs a month when Bush left office. It seems odd to me that Republicans criticize President Obama for slow job growth when the spectacular loss of jobs occurred during the Bush Republican administration! At least President Obama is headed in the right direction.
I remember the World War II days vividly. People willingly made sacrifices. Gas, sugar, shoes, meat and food rationing were in effect. Income taxes were at an astronomical level with the top rate at 91 percent. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which began in the Bush administration, have added $1 trillion to our national debt. To pay for these wars what sacrifices have been made other than the tragic losses and disabling injuries suffered by our fighting troops? Our national debt would be significantly lower if taxes were raised to pay the cost of the wars. Republicans refuse to raise taxes to pay for their wars. What has happened to our national character that we are unwilling to make sacrifices?
We are the richest nation in the world and the only first world country that does not provide some form of health coverage for all of its citizens. We have the highest medical costs yet lag in quality of care, e.g. Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than we do.. Health care costs in Canada are half of what we pay and all citizens are covered. Fifty million of our citizens have no insurance and face financial catastrophe if a medical emergency occurs. Incidentally, I have asked every Canadian I meet if he or she would prefer our system of health care. I have yet to find any who would.
Romneycare which covers Massachusetts citizens is the model for Obamacare. They are virtual twins. Yet Romney said Obamacare was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court said it was constitutional. . Then Romney objected “on principle”. What “principle” is good for Massachusetts but not for the rest of us? If you, dear reader, are not educated on the “goodies” in Obamacare, I advise you to become informed before you advocate its demise.
I oppose proliferation of atomic weapons and applaud President Obama’s efforts to thwart Iran in its efforts to develop such weapons. But if I were an Irani I would wonder “Why is it okay for Israel to have “secret” atomic weapons but not my country?”
I have more things that puzzle me but I think this is enough for today.
How is President Obama doing for America?
In 2006 Obama called President Bush's deficit of $800 million the most precarious situation that we have seen in years, after 6 years in office.
President Obama has added $5.3 trillion deficit in 3-plus years to America.
2009: $1.41 trillion
2010: $1.29 trillion
2011: $1.38 trillion
2012: $1.33 trillion
Between 1789 and 2000 America accumulated a national debt of less than $5 trillion. This from George Washington through Bill Clinton's administration.
Almost daily the president tells us on T.V. how many jobs he has created. The only jobs he has created are federal jobs. Any other jobs that are created, that can help the economy, are we people that pay the taxes.
The first 2 years in office he and the Democratic Congress passed the Health Bill, 2,200 pages that was handed to Congress one day before they voted for it no one knew what was in it!
As soon as it passed, President Obama had 4,600 employees added to administer the Health Bill. Average pay for each $135,000. Government estimates to educate people to Obama care, $200 million. May 2, 2011, the president gave $2 billion to the railroads. March 22, 2011, the president pledged $3 billion to Brazil for offshore drilling. Brazil will sell its surplus to China. Earlier the president gave $1 billion to Mexico to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president refuses to allow American companies to drill in the Gulf, even though they would use their own money. He will not allow any ocean drilling. He has enacted regulations on the coal industry by making it too expensive to operate or build new coal plants. He is opposed to nuclear power and now is trying to make regulations to stop "fracking" to remove natural gas. The experts say there is enough fuel to last 200 years for the U.S.
Feb. 16, 2011, President spent $790 million that he claimed would create 2 million jobs. Congress asked for validation of the jobs and the government agency that is supposed to monitor it would not testify in the Congress.
Did you know that 57 percent of veterans couldn't vote in the last two elections because the states didn't send them ballots in time!
$716 billion was removed from Medicare to go into Obama care.
The government spent $24 billion to paper companies for the Obama Health Bill.
July 3, 2012, 131,000 pages of regulations have already been written, and they have just started. They have already added 142,000 employees to run it.
July 2, 2012, Food stamps have gone from 20 billion to 80 billion.
Have you heard the old refrain "Are you better off now than before?"