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Jobs programs guarantee profits, not new employment

Do government programs to encourage job creation work or do they merely guarantee corporate profits? Nobody knows the answer with certainty, but there’s evidence corporations promote development subsidies more to boost their profits than to create new jobs. The mantra of most politicians is “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But many of them oppose direct government hiring […]

Government raises taxes, while denying it

These days, people consistently oppose any proposed tax increases by the federal or state government. Candidates rally support by promising to cut taxes. If that happens, the amount of money governments take out of people’s pockets ought to be going down or at least remaining the same. In Maine, the governor has led the drive […]

To cut budget, few big targets except entitlements

The battle continues to cut the size of government budgets and, as a result, the size of government itself. In Maine, the proposed cuts come under the cover of tax reform. In Washington, the struggle comes more openly. The federal government is now operating under a rule called “sequestration.” That effectively places a cap on […]

Obama claims success, faces disrespect

President Barack Obama, with more than a year and a half remaining in his second term, has begun taking his “victory lap,” according to the political insider media. Not waiting until his last days in office, the president has begun touting his most important accomplishments. He reminds us that he found high unemployment and an […]

Politics rule courts, regulators

Should presidents and governors select judges and regulators based on their political views? Should they be able to direct their appointees in making decisions? The answer to the first question seems obvious. Because the elected chief executive is given the constitutional right to pick those who judge, a president or governor must be expected to […]

‘Just say no’ opposition blocks government

“Just say no.” That anti-drug campaign response coined by First Lady Nancy Reagan has become the motto of opponents of government policy. Critics can reject a policy without proposing an alternative. Their aim is to stop government action, not to solve problems. To avoid the label of being nothing more than naysayers, opponents may claim […]

Income gap grows as unions decline

To judge from the news, you might think that organized labor was alive and well. On the West Coast, the slowdown at the nation’s largest ports is coming to an end after lengthy negotiations between unions and employers. In northern New England, a settlement has been reached between Fairpoint, the telephone company, and its striking […]