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Maine Gov To Able-Bodied Unemployed: "Get Off The Couch And Get Yourself A Job"
Real Clear Politics ^ | May 8, 2012

Posted on 05/08/2012 7:32:15 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

(VIDEO AT LINK)

"Maine’s welfare program is cannibalizing the rest of state government. To all you able-bodied people out there get off the couch and get yourself a job," Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine) said at the state Republican convention this past weekend....

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TOPICS: Maine; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: economy; maine; unemployment; welfare

1 posted on 05/08/2012 7:32:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s a crazy idea for governors across the country.

Get up off your asses and fight back against the feds who are killing jobs.


2 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How cruel! *SNORT*


3 posted on 05/08/2012 7:38:02 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maine’s welfare program is cannibalizing the rest of state government.

Well, at least that's different from all the other state governments where pension obligations to unionized government workers leave no money for any actual government service. I wonder how the outlay for Maine's welfare program compares to their outlay for government pensions.
4 posted on 05/08/2012 7:38:14 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: fatnotlazy

It would be even crueler if the good governor would cut off the welfare checks for the able-to-work people. Talk is cheap, let’s see some action. ( But the rhetoric is at least a positive first (tiny) step so thanks Gov for that.)


5 posted on 05/08/2012 7:44:09 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boy, that’s hate speech, if I’ve ever heard it!

Viva LePage!


6 posted on 05/08/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big guy talk. Tells them to get off the couch but won’t cut them off from their nanny state payments. That would cost him his prized Governor office and key to gov washroom.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 7:47:25 AM PDT by albie
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Where in the constitution does it state that the government will provide cash payments and other valuable gifts to folks who will not work?


8 posted on 05/08/2012 7:48:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Normally I’d agree with him but and here’s the rub:

We currently have less jobs available than we did just 4 years ago and more people have entered the “available” workforce since then.

So the squeeze is on and damned difficult.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 7:49:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: albie

I’m sick of these idiots who talk tough but don’t have the courage to seize control of their constitutional authority.


10 posted on 05/08/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dagnabbit. All those unemployment bennies must be cutting into the pension fund...

Kinda like wild-eyed government spending and crappy Federal Policy have cut into everyone else's.

11 posted on 05/08/2012 7:51:05 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Vendome

Exactly. If he’s willing to talk tough, he better be willing to openly declare that his state will no longer recognize the authority of the EPA, IRS, and a whole range of other job killing federal agencies.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 7:53:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maine Gov To Able-Bodied Unemployed: "Get Off The Couch And Get Yourself A Job"

Better if it had read, "Maine Gov to Mentally-Deficient, Anti-Business, Anti-Fossil Fuel, Anti-Private Property President of the United States: Get Out of Our Way So We, the People, Can Engage Our Individual and Corporate Abilities to Create Jobs so the Unemployed Can Work And Not Rely on Your Sorry Butt for a Handout."
13 posted on 05/08/2012 7:54:55 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like this guy already.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 7:57:20 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where in the constitution does it state that the government will provide cash payments and other valuable gifts to folks who will not work?

Nowhere, of course. But entitlement payments are in a race with pension obligations to government workers in most states and cities - it's interesting to see a governor mention anything besides the cost of pension benefits these days.
15 posted on 05/08/2012 7:59:00 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Vendome

There are some jobs out there, but it ain’t 2004, that’s for sure:

http://www.Indeed.com

http://www.Careerbuilder.com

http://www.Jobvertise.com


16 posted on 05/08/2012 8:00:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find the Governor’s comment offensive. I am offended. He has no business telling people to get a job. It is his business to remove welfare. But it is not his business to lecture.

What about the wealthy who do not desire to work and do not need the money? Is he going to put them in labor camps?

His standing in my eyes just dropped significantly.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 8:05:28 AM PDT by impimp
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To: impimp

Yep, it’s like a drug dealer telling his customer to “Just Say No.”


18 posted on 05/08/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: All

LePage better be prepared to show them were the jobs are in Maine, lest he be the ass he already sounds like.


19 posted on 05/08/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT by newzjunkey (I advocate separation of school and sport)
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To: dfwgator

I was not being sarcastic. You seem to misunderstand my post. I am offended.


20 posted on 05/08/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT by impimp
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To: newzjunkey

Your post reminds me of that old Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy keeps pressing the button at the crosswalk signal, but nothing happens.

Finally Lucy comes walking by and says “You do realize that you have to use your feet too...”


21 posted on 05/08/2012 8:11:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: fatnotlazy

Cruel? It’s positively barbaric and un-nuanced!


22 posted on 05/08/2012 8:16:54 AM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Julia can’t take your call right now, but if you leave your name, number and an EBT card - she’ll call you back.


23 posted on 05/08/2012 8:24:22 AM PDT by februus
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To: cripplecreek

“Here’s a crazy idea for governors across the country. Get up off your asses and fight back against the feds who are killing jobs.”

That would be a solution, hovwever, we all know those Governors would love to be a fed and won’t raise a finger against their masters.


24 posted on 05/08/2012 8:24:54 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
LOL! Looks like .gov is going to run the "dead-beat borrower" playbook on the unemployed.

See, when the Too Big Too Fail banks got caught making questionable loans (with fraudulent documentation) to people who couldn't afford them back during the Housing Bubble, they started in with the "dead-beat borrower" meme, pretending that somehow these "peasant sharpies" outwitted these highly-paid banking professionals.

Now, it's the turn of "dead-beat unemployed" in the barrel. We're supposed to pay no attention to .gov behind the curtain killing all the jobs with insane regulations & conspiring to send the rest to Mexico and Asia.

Naturally, the 75% of people who have jobs are going to believe the .gov swill propaganda.

25 posted on 05/08/2012 8:28:49 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: cripplecreek

>Here’s a crazy idea for governors across the country.
>Get up off your asses and fight back against the feds who are killing jobs.

Preferably something with teeth.


26 posted on 05/08/2012 8:30:11 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
To all you able-bodied people out there get off the couch and get yourself a job

Does Maine have any laws against discriminating against unemployed people? Can the long-term unemployed really find jobs there? Is the Maine Department of Unemployment prepared to handle the influx of people seeking work for which they are qualified? How effective is the Maine Department of Unemployment at placing its clients at suitable jobs?

If conditions there are anything like the conditions where I live, then the Governor's call is a hollow one. There need to be jobs first. Washington DC is doing its level best to curb job growth by giving investors and bosses the jitters about the future, so those people hold back from job creation.

The dweebs in DC haven't figured out why companies are hoarding their cash: it's cheaper to save it than to risk losing it to regulation and taxation. Companies want to make their dollars work. But it has to be a positive result, not a negative one. Companies are required by stockholders and lenders to make profit, not engage in blind social welfare. Our community organizer in chief loses sight of this fact.

27 posted on 05/08/2012 9:05:36 AM PDT by asinclair (Lemons everywhere.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe the Gov should look into state subsidies to lure in couch manufacturers.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 9:06:21 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: asinclair

I worked at the “unemployment office” for many years in Iowa and for awhile in Texas after Katrina. If you are relying on the staff at the state office to find you work, you’re already screwed. Most people find work these days through the Internet or word-of-mouth from friends/relatives/co-religionists/former co-workers/networking.

http://www.Indeed.com

http://www.Careerbuilder.com

http://mobile.craigslist.org/sls/2947267408.html

http://www.Jobvertise.com

http://www.Nationjob.com


29 posted on 05/08/2012 9:15:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Lazamataz
A friend of the family knows LePage pretty well. Says that he's the real deal.

If he doesn't get smeared a la Herman Cain, he might go places in a few years.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 9:21:21 AM PDT by wbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the governor have to say about the Democrat party “base” of welfare parasites?


31 posted on 05/08/2012 9:23:28 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: wbill

The only “problem” with LePage is that he is blunt. That offends certain people with delicate sensibilities. He’s doing good things but Maine is very much a welfare state. He’ll probably be replaced next time by another nanny stater.


32 posted on 05/08/2012 10:11:30 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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