I CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY TO GET OUT THAT PEN AND USE THAT PHONE TO CALL THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND ENSURE THAT EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL AND EVERY STAFF MEMBER BE SUBJECTED TO THE LAWS TO WHICH THEY SUBJECT THEIR CONSTITUENTS! AND WHILE HE HAS THEIR ATTENTION, LET'S INCLUDE EVERY LABOR UNION AND EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION THAT WAS EXEMPTED FROM OBAMACARE!
I have been fuming since Sen. Susan Collins' ObamaCare repeal vote, so Cathy has graciously let me have a moment to fume with all of you!
I took Sen. Collins to task last fall when she let her own party down by not endorsing, and in fact being downright hostile to, her party's presidential nominee. (What happened to Ronald Reagan's 11
Commandment?) I have no personal knowledge of who she voted for in the end, but her latest vote suggests that it was not for Donald Trump, who, in one of the great feats in Maine political history, actually pulled off the what-seemed-impossible and got Maine to cast one of its electoral votes for him, running on the repeal of ObamaCare.
While I don't remember Sen. Collins promising to repeal ObamaCare - a red flag in and of itself and unlike many of her Republican brethren who we can confirm would say absolutely anything to get and stay in power - her outsized role in defeating the Senate's repeal is one more very good reason why she has no business being Maine's next governor.
As Gov. LePage so ably points out in a WSJ editorial, below, Sen. Collins is indeed downright dangerous for the future of our state, refusing to prevent the expansion of medical welfare, Medicaid, in Maine. As a refresher for Sen. Collins, we are one of two states in a demographic death spiral, and with a Maine House controlled by a party and outside interests that have never met a spending bill they didn't love, we are heading to, if are not already in, an economic death spiral as well. We simply cannot afford to go backwards and get ourselves another $750 million in debt - debt which, it must be pointed out, was paid off by the fiscally responsible and disciplined team of Gov. LePage, Maine gubernatorial candidate and former DHHS commissioner Mary Mayhew and U.S. Rep. and former Maine Treasurer Bruce Poliquin.
I've heard Sen. Collins repeatedly claim that millions of people will be "thrown" off their medical insurance. As Sen. Collins undoubtedly knows, while this is a good soundbite designed to play to the uninformed, that 15 million number actually comes from the CBO predicting that because people will no longer be forced to buy a product (insurance, which is largely sub-par) they don't want, they won't! And in CA today, health insurer Anthem is pulling back from 16 of 19 pricing regions where it offered ObamaCare - because, as it was designed to be, it isn't feasible. (The actual number of people on ObamaCare is more like 8 million, so we are making 64 year old grandfathers pay for maternity care for a small minority.)
Those of you who know me know my political hero is Margaret "this is no time to go wobbly, George" Thatcher. I quote her often because I simply can't say things any better. One of her gems to live by was, "T
he problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money." And that's exactly where medical welfare expansion will take the hardworking taxpayers of Maine.
Here's another Thatcherism as it applies, I think, to this situation: "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing."
Did Sen. Collins vote for ObamaCare (if you don't stand with us, you stand against us) to be liked and showered by public accolades from every lefty progressive outlet and corner, such as being greeted at the Bangor Airport with tumultuous applause (am I the only one wondering if the "spontaneous" outburst was bought and paid for?) and fawning ads ("standing up with her trademark courage"
- if that's true she would have remembered the spine we sent
) sponsored by deep pocketed organizations
such as Planned Parenthood and AARP
who benefit by Medicaid expansion as she toys with the voters on a run for the Blaine House?
Or is she truly that tone deaf to the hardworking taxpayers of Maine, who have repeatedly shouted that they don't want more welfare
- in any form -
foist on them? (Witness Gov. LePage winning re-election with the largest number of votes ever recorded.)
I have always publicly recognized, respected and appreciated Sen. Collins incredible work ethic and the things she has done over her very long political career for the State of Maine. In this case, however, she has done almost irreparable damage, which will only lead to a further erosion of
taxpayers who can afford to move to more economically viable climes. (Remember, the average Maine
pays $1000 - yes, really - in taxes. If a family paying $30,000 in Maine taxes moves, that means we have to replace that 1 family with 30 new ones.)
I have no doubt Sen. Collins loves the State of Maine. But a vote against all the literal and figurative ills of ObamaCare seems like the height of hypocrisy from someone who is exempt from its consequences.
51 Senators, including Sen. Collins and Sen King, had a clear message for we "little people:"
Let them eat cake!