No, it’s not what you think. Maine’s Governor and Teabagger Supreme Paul LePage isn’t quoting Romney’s election-killing “47%” remark — he’s repeating it in every possible aspect. It started out in much the same way; while addressing a conservative audience in Falmouth, Maine last week, governor LePage said this:
“About 47% of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.“
Holy CRAP!! Maine has a 47% unemployment rate? Oh, that figures…this is the same state that was so infected by evil, business-eating unions that they painted a murals of union strikes in the lobbies of Maine Labor Department Offices, and named conference rooms after prominent union leaders. Of COURSE 47% of Mainers are unemployed.
Actually…wait. Maine’s unemployment rate is about 7.3% now, and was about 4.5% right before Bush’s recession crashed its economy. Matter of fact, about 65% of people aged 15 years or older are working or actively seeking work, and all but about 1% of those are disabled or retired. And, yet…we get this:
So, from whose ass, if not Mitt Romney’s, did LePage pull his figure? Well…maybe if you consider children, the retired and and the mentally disabled “able-bodied,” then that statement might apply. And it could be that those people in wheelchairs with colostomy bags are just being IRONICALLY “disable-bodied.”
Then again, it could also just be a blatant lie well in line with the rest of LePage’s Tea Party supported track record in regard to Maine’s economy and working class. Here are a few of the highlights. Or lowlights, depending:
- Those murals and conference rooms celebrating Maine’s long history of unionized labor and striking for workers’ rights? Yeah…he had them all torn down, because the image they presented were “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals.” The Portland Museum of Art has called this attempt at rewriting Maine’s history of fighting back against child labor, workplace deaths and brutal textile barons a “direct affront to our values as arts professionals.“
- LePage said of State employees that “”The problem is the middle management of the state is about as corrupt as you can be. Believe me, we’re trying every day to get them to go to work, but it’s hard.” He compounded the problem with a letter of explanation to state employees, criticizing those who had been “corrupted by the bureaucracy.” Senator Roger Katz said “For our governor to question their integrity, to essentially call them morally depraved — look it up — is demeaning and inexcusable“, going on to say that the comment was “not worthy of the chief executive.”
- LePage has been endeavoring to replace the state’s progressive income tax, with a top rate of 7.5%, with a 4% flat tax. Flat taxes are known instruments of economic suppression of the poor, well and truly biasing the very wealthy.
- LePage drew fire from everyone who wasn’t a Teabagger by referring to the IRS as “the new Gestapo.” When asked whether or not he knew that the Gestapo killed millions of people, LePage said that maybe the IRS wasn’t quite as bad as the Gestapo — yet. But “They’re headed in that direction…through rationing of healthcare.” Perhaps he’s unaware that the IRS doesn’t have anything to do with healthcare, and that rich people like him will always be able to pay for their own doctors.
- He said of Democratic Senator Jackson, a logger by trade “claims to be for the people but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline. [Jackson] ought to go back into the woods and cut trees and let someone with a brain come down here and do some good work.” Because LaPage isn’t a lumberjack, and he’s not OK.
- LePage, while complaining about censorship in his own office enough that he illegally moved to conduct business elsewhere, has always reserved a special hatred for newspapers. While using an F-35 flight simulator at the Pratt&Whitney engine plant, he was asked what he wanted to do in the simulator. He replied “I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up.” Careful, there, Governor…DHS doesn’t have a problem with imprisoning idiot teenage gamers who make joking terrorist threats. You may be next.
- He once privately commented that “Obama hates white people,” and then publicly responded that he REALLY said “Obama doesn’t like me.” Because “me” and “white people” sound so much alike.
- He’s a huge energy supporter, because energy is a huge supporter of his huge ass. Like the Kochs he emulates, LePage places much more importance on business and money than the environment. In 2011, he proposed repealing laws protecting land in Northern Maine, zoning them for industrial development because “Job creation and investment opportunities are being lost because we do not have a fair balance between our economic interests and the need to protect the environment.” Which sort of sounds fair. but he also supports lifting the ban on trapping and killing grizzly bears. Because Earth isn’t paying his bills.
The list goes on and on — this is less than a third of what could be written about LePage‘s tenure and views. Take it on faith: he’s a lying, manipulative, greedy, hateful, bigoted Teabagger, through and through. And this is what Baggers really think of Mainers.