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The Ati-thesis , Marxism


"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Maine Legislatuer's Intentional Lack of Transparency Meets the Gruber Model


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In 2013 when the Maine legislature amended the bond ratification process. the bill that was passed and signed into law by Governor LePage  it was written in such away as to do away with constitutional ALL compliance with the constitution at the voting booth:

Article IX.


General Provisions.

Section 14.  Authority and procedure for issuance of bonds.  ........ Whenever ratification by the electors is essential to the validity of bonds to be issued on behalf of the State, the question submitted to the electors shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued, and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified........ 



 http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1122&item=1&snum=125
"this bill [the Affordable Care Act] was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in — you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. . . . Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass. . . . Look, I wish . . . that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not"..Gruber Confession Washington Post


This is exactly what is being done in Augusta and we have a press just as one sided as the press that once was hypnotized by Obama. The Seed Capital Tax Credit- when taking the whole package of incentives put into place by Augusta, into consideration, is not a tax credit at all but a direct cash payout (direct redistribution of wealth to the wealthy). What capitalists is not going to first get his Pine Tree Zone Tax incentives which include up to 100% exemption from personal and corporate income tax before applying for the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit", which is a refundable tax credit- meaning that if no taxes are owed a direct redistribution of wealth from taxpayers to capitalists is due. And how was the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" expanded? One major way was by opening this credit up to out of state investors who don't owe Maine taxes in the first place- so it can't be a "tax credit" for taxes not owed - its a direct transfer of wealth.

What is the "tax credit" called in the fiscal note? It is called a "reduction in revenue" - which can only possibly true for what ever small percentage, if any, that actually are credits against taxes owed, but even then that is a questionable use of language- but clearly Maine's legislature is looking to avoid the use of the word "debt" -for good reason. Since the legislature expanded by eight-fold that amount that can be allocated to this "tax credit" (going unreported in the Maine. media as they unilaterally pressed for the passage of this bill as if Maine would surely fall into a deep recession if not passed) - it means that this year the total amount allocated to the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" exceeds the constitutional limit on debt- upon exceeding voter approval is required - so the tax credit that isn't a tax credit is called a "reduction in revenue" so that it isn't a debt either- it just means that the legislature through its un-elected tzars instructs the taxpayers to refund investors in the means of production large portions of their investment, possibly even MORE than they originally invested- while the investor retains ownership and profits and labor is taxed. Lou Dobbs uses the phrase "taxing labor more than capital" but Maine takes it way beyond that- capital doesn't get taxed- labor gets highly taxed and also pays back the capitalist for his investment!

If you don't think the Maine legislature is doing this intentionally, I went back and checked the new bond ratification statute to see what was in the bill that was voted upon and signed by the Governor. I wanted to see if the word "OR" which makes compliance with the Constitutional requirements optional was in that text.

The word "OR" is not in the text that was voted in by the 2013 legislature and signed by Governor LePage but a paragraph using the word "AND" for the placement of voter instructions (in the voting booth AND outside the guardrail) has been struck out and replaced with instructions which include placing the fiscal information "outside the guardrail" -ie outside the voting area- a dubious stretch to say that it qualifies as "accompanying the bond question- especially when the instructions to include the fiscal statement in the voting booth has been intentionally struck out! The intent could not be clearer- to make the statement less likely to be seen by the voter- granting the corporate state (through which 5 out of 6 bonds will be distributed) more NON-transparent to the public!

Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage ! 
Gruber Confession Washington Post


By the time the bill is officially published in the statutes, the word "AND" has been replaced with "OR" changing the meaning from a mandate to NOT comply with the Maine constitution to making compliance an option !

The question is who made that change? I have written to the Augusta Law Library and included that question in my request for information on the bond ratification laws going back to the 1950's when the requirement for a fiscal statement accompanying the bond question was added to the ballot. How can such a significant wording of a bill passed by the legislature be changed AFTER THE FACT- and still be legal?

Current statutes have many amendments and date back only to 1979- co-incidentally the year the legislature decreed that Maine's economy was not being centrally managed (as it is in Marxist systems) and deemed a new "essential government function" of centrally managing the economy, assigning authority for doing so to them selves and an extended board of un-elected tzars (my word- of course- the authors of the legislation wouldn't tell it like it is). There after in 1981 the legislature passed a statute deeming that if a corporation serves state purposes, then it is not a corporation (Rules for Non-profit Corporations) to deal which Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine constitution which prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations to serve state purposes  - just as today the legislature has devised a way to deal with the constitution's requirements for bond ratification.

Maine people should care because no one else will. We should be asking what all this manipulation and intentional non-transparency is intended to conceal. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LEGISLATING A RUN AROUND THE MAINE CONSTITUTION

Administrative law is commonly defended as a new sort of power, a product of the 19th and the 20th centuries that developed to deal with the problems of modern society in all its complexity. From this perspective, the Framers of the Constitution could not have anticipated it and the Constitution could not have barred it. What I will suggest, in contrast, is that administrative power is actually very old. It revives what used to be called prerogative or absolute power, and it is thus something that the Constitution centrally prohibited. 
The History and Danger of  Administrative Law  Philip Hamburger, Columbia Law School
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Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare bragged about how the United States legislature passed ObamaCare , turning over a sixth of the U.S. economy to the government, Gruber admitted that the Obama administration went through "tortuous" measures to keep the facts about the legislation from the American people, including covering up the redistribution of wealth.

The Architects of Obama Care don't have anything over the Maine Legislature which has likewise taken over massive portions of the Maine economy and in the process embedded a vast unconstitutional network of state corporations which redistributes the wealth of the people using equally manipulative ethics codified into statutory law.


5 out of 6 bonds recently voted in by the people of Maine will be distributed through the unconstitutional corporate state network. To avoid having to provide a fiscal statement with the bond questions, In 2013, the Maine legislature passed a statute that says, in effect- You can comply with the constitution- Or you cannot!

I just updated my timeline A Maine Citizen's Journey Through The Statutes of Transformation To Include the following : You can receive the entire timeline , which includes a targeted search of the 2013 legislative session by sending a contribution to mackenzie@andersenstudio.com via Paypal.It is well worth it to see the legislative session as a whole. the timeline includes many mini-timelines of incremental-ism which I show our state has been transformed from the State of Maine to the Corporation of Maine- 5 out of 6 bonds are destined to be processed by corporations chartered in violation of Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine constitution, which I have written at length about on this blog and in my pre-election marathon!

LEGISLATING A RUN AROUND THE MAINE CONSTITUTION

2013 The Maine legislature amends the statute governing the ratification of bond issues. The constitution requires this information to accompany the bond question Article IX Section 14

  • the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid,
  • the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued,
  • and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified.

    At this date ( Nov 11 2014) I have put in a request to legislative Law Library for a copy of how this statute read before it was amended in 2013. It appears that it probably stopped right before the word “or” in the last sentence. This deems that the constitutional words “accompanying the ballot” are satisfied by posting the information “outside the guardrail”. The guardrail which separates voters from the rest of the world. The only reason for doing this is to go against the constitutional intent by making the information less accessible to the voter than is stated in the constitution.

§152. Ratification of bond issue; signed statement

In accordance with the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, section 14, the Treasurer of State shall prepare a signed statement, called the Treasurer's Statement, to accompany any question submitted to the electors for ratification of a bond issue setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors should be ratified. The Treasurer of State shall also set forth in that statement an estimate of costs involved, including explanation of, based on such factors as interest rates that may vary, the interest cost contemplated to be paid on the amount to be issued, the total cost of principal and interest that will be paid at maturity and any other substantive explanatory information relating to the debt of the State as the Treasurer of State considers appropriate. To meet the requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot or it may be printed as a separate document that is made available to voters as provided in Title 21-A, sections 605-A and 651. [2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 534, §2 (NEW). 2007, c. 515, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 342, §3 (AMD). 2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).

This is what it says in Title 21-A, sections 651. .
2. Election materials distributed and posted.  At any time after the materials are received and before the polls are open, the clerk may open the packages or boxes of election materials, break the seals on the packages not marked "ballots," and use the materials for instructional purposes. On election day, the clerk or the election officials must post the voter instructional materials described in section 605-A, if applicable to the election, as follows:
A. In each voting booth: one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A; and [2011, c. 342, §22 (NEW).]
B. Outside the guardrail enclosure at each voting place:
(1) At least one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A;
(2) One set of sample ballots for each ballot style being used in that voting place;
(3) A list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballots;
(4) One voting rights poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;
(5) One election penalty poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;
(6) One Treasurer's Statement prepared under Title 5, section 152;
(7) One citizen's guide to the referendum election prepared under section 605-A; and
(8) One copy of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review's estimate of the fiscal impact prepared under Title 1, section 353[2011, c. 342, §22(NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 342, §22 (AMD) .]

§353. Explanation of proposed amendments and statewide referenda

With the assistance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall prepare a brief explanatory statement that must fairly describe the intent and content and what a "yes" vote favors and a "no" vote opposes for each direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional resolution or statewide referendum that may be presented to the people. The Office of Fiscal and Program Review shall prepare an estimate of the fiscal impact on state revenues, appropriations and allocations of each measure that may appear on the ballot, within the following time frames: for a direct initiative, within 15 business days after the applicant has given consent to the Secretary of State for the final language of the proposed law; and for a statewide referendum, bond issue or constitutional resolution, within 30 days after adjournment of the legislative session in which the measure was passed. The fiscal impact estimate must summarize the aggregate impact that the constitutional resolution, statewide referendum, direct initiative or bond issue will have on the General Fund, the Highway Fund, Other Special Revenue Funds and the amounts distributed by the State to local units of government. [2011, c. 342, §1 (AMD).]
SECTION HISTORY

1973, c. 625, §3 (AMD). 1979, c. 534, §1 (AMD). 1979, c. 541, §A2 (AMD). 1979, c. 663, §1 (AMD). 1991, c. 837, §A1 (AMD). 2005, c. 316, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 695, Pt. A, §2 (AMD). 2009, c. 341, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 462, Pt. D, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 538, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 342, §1 (AMD). 


Update Nov 12, 2014!  The link I originally referenced is here ,

THIS IS HOW THE LAW WAS WRITTEN IN 2011- showing the process of incrementalism at play


In this link  part of the sentence

below is struck out:


§152. Ratification of bond issue; signed statement

12 ....To meet the 
13 requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot 
14 question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot or it 
15 may be printed as a separate document that is

WORDS STRUCK OUT
posted in each voting booth on election day 

16 and, in the case of absentee voting, the statement must be made available to each voter 
17 who votes in the presence of the municipal clerk or provided along with the ballot to each 
18 absentee voter who does not vote in the presence of the municipal clerk voters as 

19 provided in Title 21-A, sections 605 and 651.

§605-A. Instructions

1. For election officials.  The Secretary of State shall provide the clerk, registrar and election officials of each municipality with printed instructions and information to assist them in performing the requirements of this Title.
2011, c. 342, §15 (NEW) .]
2. For voters.  The Secretary of State shall prepare instructional materials and posters and provide them to each municipality to assist voters in registering to vote and in voting.
A. The voting instruction poster must include information on how to mark the ballot, including how to mark a write-in vote; how to replace the ballot if the voter makes a mistake; and how to receive assistance in marking the ballot. It may include other voting information. [2011, c. 342, §15 (NEW).]
B. The voting rights poster or notice must contain information advising prospective registrants and voters of their voting rights. [2011, c. 342, §15(NEW).]
C. The election penalty poster or notice must contain information regarding penalties for voting law violations. [2011, c. 342, §15 (NEW).]
D. The Treasurer's Statement must be prepared according to Title 5, section 152 to accompany ballots containing any statewide bond issues. The Secretary of State shall supply written instructions to each municipality, which may be provided to an absentee voter to indicate where the voter may view the Treasurer's Statement on the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website. [2011, c. 534, §13 (AMD).]
E. For each referendum ballot, a citizen's guide to the referendum election must be prepared and include the full text of each measure; the Attorney General's explanatory statement prepared under Title 1, section 353; the Treasurer's Statement prepared under Title 5, section 152; the Office of Fiscal and Program Review's estimate of the fiscal impact prepared under Title 1, section 353; and any public comment submitted pursuant to Title 1, section 354. The Secretary of State must post a citizen's guide to the referendum election on the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website and provide a printed copy to each municipality and to each public library in the State. [2011, c. 342, §15 (NEW).]
Each municipality must post the voter instructional materials as described in section 651.

Later I found the same section as it is now published in the Maine Statutes:

§152. Ratification of bond issue; signed statement

In accordance with the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, section 14, the Treasurer of State shall prepare a signed statement, called the Treasurer's Statement, to accompany any question submitted to the electors for ratification of a bond issue setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors should be ratified. The Treasurer of State shall also set forth in that statement an estimate of costs involved, including explanation of, based on such factors as interest rates that may vary, the interest cost contemplated to be paid on the amount to be issued, the total cost of principal and interest that will be paid at maturity and any other substantive explanatory information relating to the debt of the State as the Treasurer of State considers appropriate. To meet the requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot or it may be printed as a separate document that is made available to voters as provided in Title 21-A, sections 605-A and 651. [2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 534, §2 (NEW). 2007, c. 515, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 342, §3 (AMD). 2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).
Who added the word "OR"  to Title 5, section 152 and when?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Statutory Bond Question Requirements Amplify -NOT Negate Maine Constituion



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UPDATE NOV 11 2014: Since I wrote This post- I cam across the statute governing Bond Ratification- as amended by the 2013 legislature It looks to be that the sentence "To meet the requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot" was amended by adding this "or it may be printed as a separate document that is made available to voters as provided in Title 21-A, sections 605-A and 651" Section 605-A no longer exists and I am tracking it down. Section 651 says it can be posted outside the guardrail which separates voters from the rest of the world. I am writing a new post to cover this new information

Update Nov 12, 2014!  The link I originally referenced is here
THIS IS HOW THE LAW WAS WRITTEN IN 2011- showing the process of incrementalism at play

In this link  part of the sentence

below is struck out:

§152. Ratification of bond issue; signed statement

12 ....To meet the 
13 requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot 
14 question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot or it 
15 may be printed as a separate document that is

WORDS STRUCK OUT
posted in each voting booth on election day 

16 and, in the case of absentee voting, the statement must be made available to each voter 
17 who votes in the presence of the municipal clerk or provided along with the ballot to each 
18 absentee voter who does not vote in the presence of the municipal clerk voters as 

19 provided in Title 21-A, sections 605 and 651.


Later I found the same section as it is now published in the Maine Statutes:

§152. Ratification of bond issue; signed statement

In accordance with the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, section 14, the Treasurer of State shall prepare a signed statement, called the Treasurer's Statement, to accompany any question submitted to the electors for ratification of a bond issue setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors should be ratified. The Treasurer of State shall also set forth in that statement an estimate of costs involved, including explanation of, based on such factors as interest rates that may vary, the interest cost contemplated to be paid on the amount to be issued, the total cost of principal and interest that will be paid at maturity and any other substantive explanatory information relating to the debt of the State as the Treasurer of State considers appropriate. To meet the requirement that the signed statement of the Treasurer of State accompany any ballot question for ratification of a bond issue, the statement may be printed on the ballot or it may be printed as a separate document that is made available to voters as provided in Title 21-A, sections 605-A and 651. [2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 534, §2 (NEW). 2007, c. 515, §1 (AMD). 2011, c. 342, §3 (AMD). 2013, c. 131, §1 (AMD).
See this following  blog post to see what that means 

I have been rethinking the 2011 statute and I have realized that it does not negate the constitutional requirement that the required information accompany the bond question- it simply adds statutory requirements that amplify the methods of making the public aware about the fiscal impact of the bonds on which they are voting. -in my most humble layman and citizen's opinion!

And so This is how I replied to the response I received to my inquiry to the Boothbay Town Office:


Dear Bonnie Lewis,
Thank you for replying to my question.

 How was the voter informed that the fiscal impact information was available. I know I was not and was looking for it to be stated on the ballot- or accompanied to the ballot s is stated in the Maine Constitution- which takes precedence over the additional requirements created in a 2011 statute,which I became aware of only after the fact of voting and finding that the information was not accompanying the bond questions.


Article IX.

General Provisions.
Section 14.  Authority and procedure for issuance of bonds. 

........Whenever ratification by the electors is essential to the validity of bonds to be issued on behalf of the State, the question submitted to the electors shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued, and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified......... 
 I understand that in 2011 the legislature amplified what the constitution requires - and said that the constitutionally required information is to additionally be posted somewhere outside the guard rail which separates those voting from those waiting to vote. I didn’t see this or any one reading it or any notice telling the voter that such information is available.
2. Election materials distributed and posted.   At any time after the materials are received and before the polls are open, the clerk may open the packages or boxes of election materials, break the seals on the packages not marked "ballots," and use the materials for instructional purposes. The election officials shall post one instruction poster in each voting booth and at least one instruction poster outside the guardrail where it is visible to voters before they have voted. The election officials shall also post one set of sample ballots or one set of sample ballot labels for each ballot being used in that voting place, along with one poster of the constitutional resolutions and statewide referenda, outside the guardrail where they are visible to voters. The election officials shall post a list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballot. On election day, the clerk or the election officials must post the voter instructional materials described in section 605-A, if applicable to the election, as follows:A In each voting booth: one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A; andB Outside the guardrail enclosure at each voting place:(1) At least one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A;(2) One set of sample ballots for each ballot style being used in that voting place;(3) A list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballots;(4) One voting rights poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;(5) One election penalty poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;(6) One Treasurer's Statement prepared under Title 5, section 152;(7) One citizen's guide to the referendum election prepared under section 605-A; and(8) One copy of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review's estimate of the fiscal impact prepared under Title 1, section 353.
However from what you are saying “outside the guard rail” is the only requirement that can said to have been satisfied - by stopping in your office, located outside the guard rail, and requesting to see the “Fiscal Impact Statements Poster” which is a statutory requirement. The requirement that the information accompany the bond question has even greater authority because it is a constitutional mandate in order for the bonds to be ratified.

So the way I read it , to comply with the constitution , the ballot needs to be “accompanied by “ a printout of the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued, and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified.........
 In another section the 2011 statute says this:
An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws
D.The Treasurer's Statement must be prepared according to Title 5, section 152 to accompany ballots containing any statewide bond issues. The Secretary of State  must include written instructions on each referendum ballot that indicate where the voter may view the Treasurer's Statement on the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website.

And according to the 2011 statute- it was also supposed to be posted outside the guardrail with an additional message on the ballot that the information is also available on the Secretary of State’s website. There was no such notice on the ballot that I could observe and so the ballot not only violated constitutional requirements but also statutory requirements.
So if we are still a state governed by our constitution, the bonds cannot be ratified. –just saying.




From: Bonnie Lewis
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:30 AM





Susan,
I have had the Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election, which is a booklet that the Secretary of State’s office sent in early Sept. so that voters could read through it to be informed when voting, as well as a poster with an abbreviated version.   The sample ballots were posted when  “Absentee Ballots”   became available, which was Oct. 6, 2014. 
I didn’t have anything to hand out to each voter.  But the voter could have stopped in to review the booklet, or “Fiscal Impact Statements Poster” .  This information was also available on the Secretary of State’s website at   www.Miane.gov/sos/cec
Hope this information answers your questions.  Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Sincerely,

Bonnie D. Lewis
Boothbay Town Clerk

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Maine Constitution Rules For Posting Bond Question On Ballot !


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UPDATE! I just voted in Boothbay, Maine, where the bond questions on the ballot are not compliant with what is essential for the validity of the bonds to be issued pursuant to the Maine Constitution. None of the requirements set forth in Article IX Section 14 were on the ballot. Only the total amount of the bond debt and the interest is listed with each bond question. This means that constitutionally, what ever the outcome of the vote, the enactment of the bonds cannot be ratified.

Article IX.


General Provisions.

Section 14.  Authority and procedure for issuance of bonds. 

........Whenever ratification by the electors is essential to the validity of bonds to be issued on behalf of the State, the question submitted to the electors shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid, the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued, and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified......... 

AFTER NOTE
I believe I have found how our legislature has devised a way around this. The Constitution only says that the questions "
shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth".. and does not say specifically how that is to be done.


2. Election materials distributed and posted.   At any time after the materials are received and before the polls are open, the clerk may open the packages or boxes of election materials, break the seals on the packages not marked "ballots," and use the materials for instructional purposes. The election officials shall post one instruction poster in each voting booth and at least one instruction poster outside the guardrail where it is visible to voters before they have voted. The election officials shall also post one set of sample ballots or one set of sample ballot labels for each ballot being used in that voting place, along with one poster of the constitutional resolutions and statewide referenda, outside the guardrail where they are visible to voters. The election officials shall post a list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballot. On election day, the clerk or the election officials must post the voter instructional materials described in section 605-A, if applicable to the election, as follows:A In each voting booth: one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A; andB Outside the guardrail enclosure at each voting place:(1) At least one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A;(2) One set of sample ballots for each ballot style being used in that voting place;(3) A list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballots;(4) One voting rights poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;(5) One election penalty poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;(6) One Treasurer's Statement prepared under Title 5, section 152;(7) One citizen's guide to the referendum election prepared under section 605-A; and(8) One copy of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review's estimate of the fiscal impact prepared under Title 1, section 353.


http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/chapters/PUBLIC342.asp

 The above was signed into law in 2011. From what I am reading it looks to say that the information required by the constitution to be accompanied to the bond questions will be posted "outside the guardrail enclosure" which in Boothbay would be the hallway where people are standing in line to vote. I personally do not recall seeing such a notice but of course I wasn't looking for it there- I expected it to be accompanied to the question as is stated in the constitution. I personally would not qualify a poster in a completely different location- in fact out side the guard rail of the voting area to satisfy the description that the information accompanies the question. Clearly it does not.


Are the voters expected to stand out in the hallway and read the information before going into the voting area? I saw no one doing any such thing, nor do I recall noticing any thing posted on the walls, but I have written to the town manager requesting whatever information was provided regarding the bonds, how it was provided, and how the voter was informed about its availability.


If the legislature and the administration were really interested  in acting in truth with the intent of the constitution, they would provide that the information be made available to the public in advance of the election on the internet and in the media as well as CLEARLY accompanying the questions on the ballot on printed form.



An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws
D.The Treasurer's Statement must be prepared according to Title 5, section 152 to accompany ballots containing any statewide bond issues. The Secretary of State  must include written instructions on each referendum ballot that indicate where the voter may view the Treasurer's Statement on the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website. -so one has to be sure to bring an i-phone to the voting booth because the state can't print up the required information on paper for the voters convenience!
AND STILL THE GOVERNMENT COULD'N'T PRODUCE A BALLOT TO COMPLY WITH THEIR OWN STATUTE! 


But it is apparent that our legislature is more interested in figuring out the minimum that they can do to pretend that they are complying with the constitutional intent- and that might have something to do with the fact that are legislature is, in practice, more a board of the corporation of Maine than they are representatives of the people of this state


I am feeling very victimized by our legislature and Governor. They have passed a statute to change the intended meaning of the constitution for if "outside the guardrail" can be interpreted as satisfying "accompanying the bond question", it can equally be interpreted to mean "anywhere except in the voting area", which is where the bond question is found. The legislature and the Governor have passed an intentional  run around the constitution. knowing that unless challenged in court, whatever statutes they pass are the law of the land, even if it is also a violation or will full obstruction of constitutional intent.




Monday, November 3, 2014

Maine Statute Affirms "Shared Values" with The People's Republic of China


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Here we are at the day before the vote and I still have a lot of territory to cover regarding the 2013 Maine legislative session which I researched for my time line, A Maine Citizen's Journey Through The Statutes of Transformation, which you can receive in full by sending a contribution to this otherwise unfunded independent research blog to mackenzie@andersenstudio.com via paypal. I will then send it to you via PayPal as download links never seem to stay functional for long.

                    

In my last post I covered the No-Contest between the interests of the general public's need to know about toxic materials and the business interests of Maine State Inc.

In the same legislative session a bill was passed confirming Maine's friendship with China

Beginning with this statement:



WHEREAS,  the United States and the Republic of China, known as Taiwan, share a most important relationship supported by our common values of freedom, democracy, rule of law and commitment to a free market economy; and…….



The Statute goes on to list economic reasons for befriending China -and to establish that China is on board with “climate change” - an interesting choice of words, especially since it isn't true. China has publicly acknowledge that she has a pollution problem and is allegedly making efforts to address that problem. The fact that China has a pollution problem is non-controversial. Global warming is controversial. Pollution and global warming are not synonymous and are not interchangeable terms. But at the same time the Maine Legislature is befriending China , it is also NOT passing a bill to protect the public's right to know about hazardous materials because granting such a right to the general public conflicts with Maine State Inc's business interests- and there in lies the real "shared common value" between Maine State Inc and China. China could not have become the economic global power house of which the board of Maine State Inc is so enamored had it had environmental regulations equatable to those of the USA  in place. China rose to the top of global economic status by offering companies cost-savings in the form of minimalist environmental and health considerations, is now changing its tune:
Combating pollution has shot up the agenda of the ruling Communist Party, which for years pushed for rapid economic development with little concern about the environmental impact. Under public pressure to reduce the air pollution that blankets Beijing and cities across China, the country’s leaders are rebalancing their priorities. China Declares War on Pollution-NY POST

Maine State Inc is now emulating China's road map to success by marginalizing the public's environmental concerns. It wouldn't do to say the truth- that China is now addressing its pollution problem- so lets spin it using the far more controversial "global warming" meme. That will fly under the public's radar!

The spin that the United States and the Republic of China share "
common values of freedom, democracy, rule of law and commitment to a free market economy" is sadly all too true, at least from the perspective of practicing policies. I hope in the future to expand my research into economic development statutes to a national level since the spokes persons for the corporation of Maine are perpetually justifying their own unconstitutional actions with the claim that all the other states are doing the same thing forcing Maine to take action and at the same time the legislature lauds itself for passing the diabolical Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit-making Maine a leader among the states-soon to be emulated ! All the while that the political class of Maine promotes the myth that all the other states in the USA are moving away from the free enterprise system, it ignores one's of Maine's most confounding competitors- the state of New Hampshire- which is not part of the global capitalist evolution- yet, and yet, is always far ahead of Maine in economic state by state comparisons.        


                

Meanwhile  China is making hegemonic moves on the Pacific Rim. Hegemony is a common value that Maine State Inc shares with The People's Republic of China as is evidence in the bill passed in the same legislative session in which the legislature of Maine created yet another essential government function- that of managing relationships between private businesses

§3304. Industry partnerships


This act includes a long list of new government functions beginning with this:

1. Objectives.  The objectives of an industry partnership are to:
A. Organize businesses, employers, workers, labor organizations and industry associations into a collaborative structure that supports the sharing of information, ideas and challenges common to their industry cluster; [2013, c. 368, Pt. FFFFF, §1 (NEW).]
And while Maine builds hegemony within , China expands hegemony without:


Assistant secretary of state for East Asia, in February labeled China’s claim to almost all of the South China Sea, hundreds of miles from its shoreline, as “inconsistent with international law.Danny Russel
Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, told an Australian audience on April 9: “I am concerned by the aggressive growth of the Chinese military, their lack of transparency, and a pattern of increasingly assertive behavior in the region.” Bloomberg News Apr 22, 2014
And while Maine expands the authority of the legislature to redistribute the fruit of the public's labor to a new class of owners of the means of production via the Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit, the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to expand in Maine's new found friend, the People's Republic of China:


China’s Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi
The income gap between the rich and poor in China has surpassed that of the U.S. and is among the widest in the world, a report showed, adding to the challenges for President Xi Jinping as growth slows.
The growing wealth disparity that accompanied China’s breakneck growth
 in the decade through 2011 has increased the risk of social instability in the world’s most populous nation and biggest developing economy. Xi is engineering a slowdown in expansion to below 8 percent and leading a campaign against corruption as he grapples with rising unrest, credit risks, and pollution choking the country’s biggest citiesBloomberg News April 29 2014

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And why leave out indoctrination ? The Maine Legislature sold a piece of the University of Maine corporation to their new friend :
 2013 Confucius Institute installed at the University of Southern MaineThe Confucius Institute partners with  the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. which features a departmental focus on globalism: , International Cooperation Office School Of International BusinessInternational Institute of Chinese Language and CultureGlobal Institute of Management and Economics


McDonnell said banned topics and questions of academic freedom were never an issue in USM's negotiations with Hanban, and the university made no agreements about topics that could not be discussed."Our (program) is really designed with our school of education to teach Chinese language, so we're not confronted with those issues," he said.Hanban, which provides the instructors and materials, also gave USM $150,000 in startup funds, and will provide about $100,000 a year to administer the institute, depending on the level of programming it offers, McDonnell said There is no cost to USM, which has struggled with deep budget cuts in recent years that have led to the elimination of some programs and instructors. Maine leaders laud wisdom of Confucius Institute PPH

Of course it isn't an issue, Maine State Inc and The Confucius institute are on the same global capitalists page:


Founding philosophy of the DECD Corporation:


§13051. Legislative findings
The Legislature finds that the State's economy is linked to the national and international economies. Economic changes and disruptions around the world and in the nation have a significant impact upon the State's economy. The rise of 3rd-world and 4th-world countries as manufacturers of commodities for mass markets and the gradual evolution of the national economy to a technological, informational, specialty product-based economy have significantly affected the State and its communities. [RR 2013, c. 2, §5 (COR).]
In order for the State's economy to grow and gain a solid footing, it is necessary to determine the State's assets and the economic opportunities that are or will be available to the State's enterprise, municipalities and labor force. When these opportunities are determined or become apparent, state economic development policies and programs must be focused on facilitating the realization of these opportunities and removing barriers that impede the exploitation of these opportunities. [1987, c. 534, Pt. A, §§17, 19 (NEW).]


Unfortunately I cannot cover all that went on in the 2013 legislative session in this blog. If you want to see the entire report before the election tomorrow - you can send a contribution via PayPal to mackenzie@ andersenstudio.com and I will email it to you. I will make a special effort to keep my eye on this today.

Bills that are frequently attempted to pass but don't are bills that protect the public against eminent domain, bills that establish a state bank, and bills that grant state property taxes. 



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My own representatives, Chris Johnson and Bruce McDonald have been sponsors of a bill attempting to create a state property tax using educational equality as the reason. I think that is pure bull. If one is interested in educational equality- how about beginning with economic opportunity equality? This state is not interested in creating economic opportunity equality- opportunity is for the upper echelons - the state provides rations for the rest- whether you call those rations general welfare or high paying jobs in the publicly funded workforce with equally high taxation. The upper echelon is not taxed and is granted an unending stream of public capitalization to pursue whatever opportunity suits their hearts delight- that is unending unless we stop it by JUST SAYING NO TO BONDS ! The rest pay for the upper echelons opportunities but have few avenues to pursue of their own.(crowd funding may be changing this)  The system is designed from above- do your designated part - or leave! It is a hidden population displacement plan.

I strongly advocate voting both Chris Johnson and Bruce McDonald out of office! The last thing we need is a state property tax.