Responsible Republicans are leading the way

Thank goodness for reasonable Republicans. Tuesday night saw our political environment writ clearly on stages both large and small. Roy Moore, a man accused of what can only be described as heinous actions, lost a Senate seat in Alabama, a state Donald Trump won by 28 points. Meanwhile, back in Maine, Shane Bouchard won the […]

Lessons on regulation, subsidies and taxation

“If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” America seems to approach infrastructure with Ronald Reagan’s famous quote echoing in our minds. Because infrastructure can be complicated. For certain segments of the internet, hue and cry has been raised over some proposed Federal Communications Commission rulemaking. […]

Let’s give thanks for a remarkable time in history

Thanksgiving. It is the quintessential American holiday. At the conclusion of the harvest season, we gather together to take stock of the good. In the words of George Washington, it is set aside “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty […]

Can we tax reform our way out of debt?

I, for one, welcome our new debt-concerned Democrats. As the tax reform debate wages in Washington, those on the left are assailing GOP plans from an unusual vantage: our national debt. Some estimates indicate the reform proposals will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years. That is why some Democrats claim they […]

The lesson from Tuesday? Buckle up for a wild ride.

Another exercise in American democracy has come and gone. Now, hopefully, the campaigns will get their signs picked up before the snow flies. As we prepare for another Maine winter, what can we learn from Tuesday’s results? Maine is a center-right state. Yes, the retort to this assertion will be “but Medicaid expansion!” However, advocates […]

Cheers to our corporations

While it probably won’t have a catchy name, Mainers will remember the October storm for years to come. With more power outages and likely a higher total cost than the infamous Ice Storm, it would be hard to forget. So thank goodness for corporations. Wait, what? Directing hate towards “corporations” is a cause celebre in […]

Read past this headline, or you may not understand what’s really going on

“Report: Majority Of Portland Residents Can’t Afford Average Rent, Median Home Prices” “There’s a growing gap between Republicans and Democrats on helping needy” Read those two headlines. Now, what is your first impression? Probably that Portland is on the verge of mass homelessness and that one political party doesn’t want to help needy individuals. Back […]

Government consolidation starts with two letters — L-A

Think two letters can create a major political debate? How about “L-A”? Beyond the casinos, MaineCare expansion, more than $100 million in new debt, and a technocratic constitutional amendment all appearing on the statewide November ballot, Maine’s municipalities have put their own questions to voters. In Portland, rent control and super-NIMBYism are up for debate […]

Antiquated regulations can nudge workers in wrong direction

You win some, you lose some. This week, the men of the United States national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They had one job: Don’t lose their final qualifying match. But they did, to Trinidad and Tobago, a country with a population approximately equal to the state of Maine. So […]