Category Archives: Federal

What do Democrats have against hospitals?

As Washington grapples with the impending doom of sequestration, a farcical crisis so absurd that I can’t even bring myself to write about it, the state of Maine is facing its own fiscal problems. In Washington, the budget is a disaster because Washington believes that reductions in the growth of spending are somehow unreasonable cuts […]

Tackling gun laws? Amend Constitution or obey it

I suppose we are finally having that long-overdue “conversation” about guns, aren’t we? Sadly it isn’t a particularly productive one. Neither left nor right is talking any real sense here. Banning assault weapons is little more than a marketing ploy, as the definition of what an assault weapon is and is not leaves millions of […]

Maine’s taxing tax problem

I received my first paycheck of the new year this week. Did you? Notice anything? My wife certainly did. Roughly $100 that had previously been in my paycheck was now missing. That money was probably going to buy groceries but had mysteriously vanished. I say mysteriously because we were told by the president during his […]

Cliff notes: The ugly but necessary path to governing

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: The “deal” to avert the so-called fiscal cliff is an embarrassingly bad piece of legislation. Historically awful, really. Just horrendous. But I would have voted for it. Governing is not about voting only for things you support and voting against things you don’t. We might wish […]

13 bold predictions for 2013

Last December, I took a look at what was then the future and made a series of predictions about the next 12 months. I have to say I didn’t do half bad. Things I got right: President Barack Obama defeating Mitt Romney in Maine, same-sex marriage passing, the world not imploding once it did, Gov. […]