Mackenzie Andersen's Crowdfunding Video





This is a video for a yet to be launched crowd funding project.


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]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Friday, December 12, 2014

Senator Rubio's World Views VS the Canonized World View Of The Maine State Legislature

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I came across this speech on foreign affairs delivered by Marco Rubio in September. Rubio shows a holistic grasp of a complex and changing world world and true innovation in his plan to deal with that reality.


  VS


The world view canonized into statutory law by the legislature of Maine ( out take from A Maine Citizen's Journey Through The Statutes of Transformation)-


Emulating Comrade China’s Road Map to Success



2013 JOINT RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF MAINE AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINABeginning 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…….

Commentary: It goes on to list the economic reasons-and to establish that,  China is on board with “climate change” (actually “pollution”- which is not the same as climate change) -China, having  risen 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

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.

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 RusselAdmiral 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
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 cities.

Bloomberg News April 29 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Banned at The University of Maine ( A Corporate Instrumentality of the State! )

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This video ends with an announcement that it is not clear where the directive to  ban Christmas at The University of Maine comes from ( my phrasing)

1981
§10903. State agency
The university shall be an instrumentality and agency of the State for the purpose for which it was established and for which it has been managed and maintained under Private and Special Law 1865, chapter 532, and related supplementary legislation. [1981, c. 693, §§ 5, 8 (NEW).]SECTION HISTORY
1981, c. 693, §§5,8 (NEW).

The identity of the persons making this decision is kept under cover in this article and video. However the University of Maine is a corporate instrumentality of the state- as so deemed by the Maine legislature in 1981. In 1995 The Maine State Legislature granted itself jurisdiction over educational matters at the University of Maine and since at least 2002 there has been a minor in Marxist and Socialists Studies at the University of Maine. Marx was an atheist. The Communist regime in the Soviet Union confiscated religious property and ridiculed religion.

1995 Title 20-A: EDUCATION Part 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS Chapter 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS §10.Education Research Institute


1. Legislature to contract with university.  The Legislature, through the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters, shall contract with the University of Maine System to establish and maintain the institute.(emphasis mine)

A. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters; [1995, c. 395, Pt. J, §1 (NEW).] (emphasis mine
ABOUT 2002 
Marxist & Socialist Studies Estanlished as a Minor At The University of Maine

InterdisciplinaryCurricula: Marxist and Socialist Studies
The Marxist and Socialist Studies curriculum encourages students to look at the world from a variety of Marxist and Socialist perspectives. Many departments offer approaches that have their foundation in the work of such economic theorists as Adam Smith and such political philosophers as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Such approaches seem to assume that capitalist values are “natural,” “according to human nature,” progressive, just, or simply the only way that rational people would view the world. Marxism and Socialist perspectives challenge such assumptions and judgments and such a world outlook.
All students who elect the Marxist and Socialist Studies curriculum should take PHI 342, Marxist Philosophy I: The Philosophy of Karl Marx, and at least three other courses from the “core courses” and two courses from the “elective courses.” In addition, these courses should be taken from at least three different disciplines.

In 2013 the Maine state legislature passed a statute affirming Maine's friendship with Communist 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…….







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



However, as reported the identity of the persons making the decision to ban Christmas at the University of Maine is not made known. It just happens to be that the Maine state legislature holds a lot of power over the University of Maine and has a habit of trying to conceal its activities from the public !

Monday, December 8, 2014

Governor Longley's Architects Of Transformation

John M Daigle, Perry Hudson, Philip W. Hussey, Jr, James L Moody, Sr, P.Andrews Bixon, Rand N.Stowell, Jr Reccomendation to Jame's B Longley, Governor  of Maine in the year 1976

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John M Daigle was president of Casco Bank Trust Co and Casco Northern Corporation. Perry Hudson was the general manager of New England Telephone. Phillip W Hussey, Jr, owner of  Hussey Seating Company. P. Andrews Nixon was the head of the largest distributor of residential heating fuel in New England and the operator of the Dead River chain of 20 c-stores in New England. Rand N Stowel Junior was the CEO, President of United Timber Corp, a family owned forest products company with multiple subsidiaries including wood products manufacturing, saw milling operations and extensive timberlands making it one of Maine's larger businesses. In later years Stowel formed the Predictive Control Systems LLC. In 2001 Stowel was sued by his partner in Predictive Contril Systems for back pay. It would be interesting to apply the reasoning presented by Stowel's legal defense concerning the "corporate veil" to the formation of the the Maine Development Corporation & Maine Capital Corporation and the relationship of those corporations to the use the profit motive of private investors (see below) - but that is for a later post.
           I am wondering if James L Moody Sr is actually intended to say James L Moody Jr:
Moody(Jr), the son of a 1929 Bates alumna who taught school in Gorham, came to Bates hoping to be a teacher, but left eager to join the business world. In 1959, Moody joined Maine based Hannaford Bros. Co. and rose rapidly through the ranks. He served 19 years as chief executive officer and five years as board chairman before retiring fully in 1997. Under Moody, Hannaford grew from a small Maine wholesaler to a $2.9-billion regional grocery retailer.. http://www.bates.edu/news/2001/01/11/moody-professorship/
Ironically, while (assuming Moody Jr was meant), the CEO of Hannaford Brothers was an architect of the new centrally managed economy of Maine, Today the entire retail sector, including Hannaford, are excluded as beneficiaries of  the Maine Corporation's wealth redistribution system. In 2014, Governor Lepage's failed jobs bill of was intended for businesses hiring 1500 employees, but excluded the retail sector.
9 Transformational business expansion project.   "Transformational business expansion project" means the construction, development, rehabilitation, expansion, modernization or acquisition of any building, structure, system, machinery, equipment or facility in a military redevelopment zone, as defined in Title 30-A, section 5250-I, subsection 11-A, that has a projected cost of $50,000,000 or more and the operation of which is projected to result in a net gain of at least 1,500 job opportunities. "Transformational business expansion project" does not include an electric rate stabilization project, as defined in Title 10, section 963-A, subsection 7-A, or a project primarily involved in the provision of housing or retail sales to consumers.
 Title 10, section 963-A, subsection 7-A 11-A. Military redevelopment zone.  "Military redevelopment zone" means a specified area within a municipality that is contained within a labor market that includes a military facility that sustained a loss of 400 or more employed workers, if the loss was caused by a federal military facility closure or downsizing, during the 5-year period immediately preceding the time of application for designation as a military redevelopment zone, or is projected to sustain a loss of 400 or more employed workers during the 5-year period immediately following the time of application, and has been designated by the commissioner as a military redevelopment zone under section 5250-J, subsection 3-A.
2009, c. 461, §7 (AMD) .]

In other words Governor Lepage's failed jobs bill of 2014 was intended exclusively for the development of the  tax payer subsidized city states- or what ever it is that one calls a municipality that serves as an instrumentality of the state- located at former military bases- i.e., the two towns go by the names of the Lorring Development and the Mid-Coast Regional Redevelopment Authority- municipalities, which, unlike other municipalities have their economic development subsidized by state and federal taxpayers- AND - within those two municipalities, economic development of the retail sector is excluded from the benefits of taxpayer wealth redistribution. Hannaford is one of Maine's businesses that currently hires more than 1500 employees but it is unlikely that Hannaford employees earn "above average incomes" and so Hannaford would also be excluded from the state's wealth redistribution policies on that score as well.

To note that in 1976 the Task Force on Economic Development targeted small to medium sized businesses. In 2014 LePage's jobs bill targeted big businesses to which Pine Tree Zone style exemptions would be extended. With the new legislature, I expect to see this bill tried again. Maybe this time around the Maine media will actually report on what is in it, including the fact that it is not intended to benefit the whole economy of Maine- just the economy of the tax payer subsidized municipalities that serve as instrumentalities of the state- call them what you will- city state's - or- the courts of the Kingdom of Maine Inc!

So the 1976 Governor's Task Force were the heads of Maine's Corporate Industries-they who were making recommendations for legislation to the Maine legislature, but unlike the legislature and the Governor, the heads of corporate culture do not take an oath to uphold the Maine Constitution and their recommendations are quite blatantly conspiring to get around the Maine Constitution. The intent to charter corporations by special act of legislation is so clearly stated, that one has to wonder if the task force was even cognizant about what is in the Maine Constitution as they took on the lofty role of advising the legislature on legislation that ought to be passed.


I have received the statute for the Maine Capital Corporation. The following is a quote from the now repealed statute"
This impediment to the development and expansion of viable Maine businesses
affects all the people of Maine adversely and is one factor resulting
in existing conditions of unemployment, underemployment, low per capita
income and resource underutilization. By restraining economic development, it sustains burdensome pressures on State Government to provide services to those citizens who are unable to provide for themselves. (emphasis mine)
To help correct this situation, it is appropriate to use the profit motive of
private investors to achieve additional economic development in the State. 
This can be accomplished by establishing an investment corporation to provide equity capital for Maine businesses and by establishing limited taxcredits for investors in the corporation to encourage the formation and use of private capital for the critical public purpose of maintaining and strengthening the state's economy.

Well it's a good thing they implemented that- otherwise we might have huge general welfare in this state  on top of the huge corporate welfare system needed to sustain Maine's centrally managed economy. The architects of Maine's transformation justified their moves by saying they would save the state money by relieving the state of the burden of providing assistance to the most unfortunate at the bottom of the economic scale. The architects solution for this burden created a new taxpayer burden in support of a system which  has aggressively expanded into a corporate welfare system for the upper end of  the economy - for those creating jobs providing higher than average incomes. Those  citizens who are currently unable to provide for themselves are not likely to find an opportunity in the upper end jobs market- far more likely they might get a foothold on improving their own circumstances by finding a job in the retail sector and other opportunities existing below the upper end of the scale. The burden of both welfare system lands on the middle class - the backbone of a free enterprise system, which promotes opportunities at all levels of the economy for those with individual will and motivation to improve their own circumstances through the application of their own talent and skills.

The language used begs for analysis:

"It is 'appropriate' to use the profit motive of private investors to achieve additional economic development in the state?"

Is not that already being done and who should know that better that the leaders of private industry in the state of Maine? The profit motive has always been the motivating force of economic development and any economic development which occurs is always "additional economic development". No one can argue the truth of such a statement on its own merits






syntactic/sɪnˈtæktɪk/adjective 1.Also synˈtactical. relating to or determined by syntax2.(logiclinguisticsdescribable wholly with respect to the grammatical structure of an expression or the rules of well-formedness of a formal system

Adjectives and Adverbs

DefinitionsAn adjective is a word or set of words that modifies (i.e., describes) a noun or pronoun. Adjectives may come before the word they modify.

The word "appropriate" is used as a modifier in the first sentence.  It does not grammatically apply to the paragraph which follows that sentence which is advocating that the recommended way to use the profit motive of private investors to create additional economic development is to appropriate the use of the taxation system to increase the profit of private investors:
This can be accomplished by establishing an investment corporation to provide equity capital for Maine businesses and by establishing limited tax-credits for investors in the corporation to encourage the formation and use of private capital for the critical public purpose of maintaining and strengthening the state's economy.

Interesting line of reasoning - the tax credit will benefit the profit motives of private investments and this serves a public purpose- but the public has no direct share in the profits. The public purpose is defined collectively as "economic development" - the private profit motive is defined as pertaining to special interests.


This raises another Constitutional question-one pertaining to the power of taxation: The heads of industry are recommending the use of tax credits to benefit the profit motives of private investors- as noted previously- a special contingency which has not sworn loyalty to the Maine Constitution is advising those who have taken such an oath.



Article IX.General Provisions.
Section 9.  Power of taxation.  The Legislature shall never, in any manner, suspend or surrender the power of taxation.

Does a tax credit fall under the definition of suspending or surrendering the power of taxation, especially under the contemporary system in which there is a large network of government by tzars in the form of un-elected boards and administrators of the corporations chartered by special act of legislation?

The architects of Maine's transformation were the leaders of Maine's corporate culture- the biggest and most powerful businesses in the state. Corporate culture is essentially a collectivist culture, while Maine a state once fostered a myth of rugged individualism - now long gone history.

During the election season, LePage went into attack mode against general welfare as he stood on a record of hot pursuit of radically expanding corporate welfare! One can't blame a politician for following the ques. The public is made well aware of general welfare but kept in the dark about the extent of corporate welfare. The media has implemented general welfare as a political talking point, while  while preserving the veil that keeps corporate welfare hidden from the public. This is the same media which didn't even comment on the fact that Lepage's jobs bill was for the benefit of the state governed municipalities (legally local governments)  only!  The city states are separate islands within Maine with bills being developed exclusively for their benefit but paid for by the rest of Maine! It is parsed politically as a "public purpose (read collective) of maintaining and strengthening the state's economy." but the resources all go to strengthening the economy of those state governed municipalities only (once again to special interests). Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

The solution designed by the architects of transformations in the 1970's has become a system that benefits the upper end of the economy only- as if ONLY jobs that provide an income level higher than average for the community in which it resides spur economic growth but this simply is not true. If a business establishes employment at any level, it spurs economic growth but it is seldom the upper end jobs that provide solutions for those currently unable to provide for themselves- pursuant to the justification given by the faction of the economy represented by heads of industry for transforming a free enterprise system into a corporate state. Clearly the solution did not work as the number of people on general welfare has only increased since the free enterprise system was transformed into state corporatism.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1977 The Maine Capital Corporation - Seeding The Hegemony


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At this moment I am reading a report I received from the Maine Law Library- a report which was used to create The Maine Economic Development Corporation I have researched the Maine Development Foundation Corporation through the statutes but the report brings to light new information about The Maine Capital Corporation- a private investment corporation chartered by the Maine legislature which had the use of tax payer money in the form of offering tax credits for stock. It was chartered along side and contingent to The Maine Development Foundation Corporation.

All of the above being repugnant to the Maine Constitution, which prohibits the chartering of corporations by special acts of legislation with an exception for municipal purposes and if the objects of the corporation cannot be otherwise achieved. (Article Iv Part Third Sections 13 & 14)


Article X.Additional Provisions.

Section 3.  Laws now in force continue until repealed.  All laws now in force in this State, and not repugnant to this Constitution, shall remain, and be in force, until altered or repealed by the Legislature, or shall expire by their own limitation.

The record that I am reading shows that when originally chartered by special acts of legislation, both the Maine Capital Corporation and The Maine Development Foundation had "sunset laws" meaning they would be phased out at a specified date. The Maine Capital Corporation was phased out to become the FAME corporation (Financial Authority of Maine). The Maine Development Foundation Corporation still exists today and has spawned a massive network of state corporations which collectively functions as a channel for redistributing wealth. 5 out of six of the recently passed bonds will be channeled through the system I call Maine State Inc which is intentionally designed, in my opinion, to be non-transparent to the public through the camouflage of fragmentation used to hide the whole system which is designed so that all the parts work together. This is evident in the fact that all the subsidiary corporations of Maine State Inc have names but Maine State Inc has no official name- it poses as the State of Maine but a state is governed by its constitution and the consent of the governed.

The Report- Governor's Task Force For Economic Redevelopment, Recommended Legislation For An Economic Development Program -110th Congress, 1976 - reads like a design for a new system of government.

At first while reading this political thesis, I was willing to give the authors the benefit of the doubt that the authors might naively believe that what they were doing really was for the public benefit until I read the line under "Recommendations
2, eliminate the requirement for a local referendum on municipal bond issues.
 Referendum
The right reserved to the people to approve or reject an act of the legislature, or the right of the people to approve or reject legislation that has been referred to them by the legislature.
The referendum power is created by state constitutions and is conferred on the citizens of a state or a local subdivision of the state. Referendum provides the people with a means of expressing their opinion on proposed legislation before it becomes operative as a law. The power of referendum does not permit the people to invalidate a law that is already operative but suspends or annuls a law that has not yet gone into effect. In this sense, referendum is similar to a governor's Veto power. Also, by referendum the people may reinstate an act that the legislature has expressly repealed. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/referendum
From that point forward. the document came across as arrogant, presumptive with intentionally feigned ignorance about the fact that there is a state constitution which is the foundation of the rule of law in Maine.

The report is a design for a new form of government which grants broad powers to "public private relationships" and un-elected boards as it conspires to take the power away from the people. This occurred only eight years since the Home Rule Amendment was added to the Maine State Constitution, which provides local governments with economic development authority within their own municipalities- a completely different political philosophy than the centrally managed economy that is designed in the report justifying the reasons to go against the Maine constitutional prohibition against the legislature chartering corporations by special acts of legislation to create the Maine Development Foundation Corporation.
1969 HOME RULE AMENDMENT provides municipalities with the authority to be agents of economic development. Governor Kenneth M. Curtis

Article VIII.

Part Second.

Municipal Home Rule.

Section 1.  Power of municipalities to amend their charters.  The inhabitants of any municipality shall have the power to alter and amend their charters on all matters, not prohibited by Constitution or general law, which are local and municipal in character.  The Legislature shall prescribe the procedure by which the municipality may so act.

Section 2.  Construction of buildings for industrial use.  For the purposes of fostering, encouraging and assisting the physical location, settlement and resettlement of industrial and manufacturing enterprises within the physical boundaries of any municipality, the registered voters of that municipality may, by majority vote, authorize the issuance of notes or bonds in the name of the municipality for the purpose of purchasing land and interests therein or constructing buildings for industrial use, to be leased or sold by the municipality to any responsible industrial firm or corporation.



I am also reading a second report dated two years later;


REPORT OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TAXATION ON ITS STUDY OF THE MAINE DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
On the basis of its study, the Committee recommends: that the Maine Capital Corporation and its related tax legislation be subject to legislative review during the same period as the Legislature "sunset" review of ·the Maine Development Foundation; and  that the Foundation's statutory purpose of "...promotion of an improved climate for economic development in the State .." be changed to regulate the use of State or other funds available to the Foundation to lobby the Legislature or to advocate to the public a position on initiative and referendum questions. 

Noting that I have in the recent post, Missing Most Of The Economy, referred to Mr Douglas Ray whom the state identifies as a  "legislative liaison" as "a tax payer funded lobbyist for the DECD Corporation". Here you see that the architects creating the foundation stone of the corporate state also  identify Mr Ray's function as a lobbyist. They just leave out the part that the lobbyist for the Maine Development Corporation is being funded by taxpayers to lobby the legislature in their own interest- or shall we say the interests of "public -private relationships" code for hegemonic power.


Today, when reading congressional hearings it is remarkable that most of the testimony comes from taxpayer funded lobbyists for the Maine Corporations's subsidiaries- or private members of the "public-private relationships" club.

Recommendations
Whether and to what extent the Foundation ought to be able to implement the statutory purpose of " ...promotion of an improved climate for economic development in the State ..." (10 MRSA §917, sub-§6), and especially the ex­ tent to which the Foundation should be permitted to use State funds or any other resources available to it to lobby the Legislature or to publicly or privately promote its position on a major, controversial issue.
The Committee recommends legislation in the first and third areas (a text of the recommended legislation is Appendix 4) :

2. The Committee recommends repeal of the liberal construction clause and revision of the Foundation's purpose clause relating to "creating a climate for economic development." This is to clarify that the Foundation, in creating a climate for economic development, may conduct objective analyses and attempt to develop broad consensus on issues of significance to the economic health of Maine, provided that its activities do not require it to register with the State as a lobbyist employer and that it does not advocate to the public a position on an initiative or referendum question. (emphasis mine)
Commentary Note the careful parsing of the language. The concern is that the Foundation avoid having to register as a lobbyist- NOT that it should not lobby- which indeed it does, if not directly then through it's proxy corporations. And note that it says that it does not advocate to the public a position on an initiative or referendum question- but advocating to the public's alleged representatives at congressional hearings on initiatives and referendum question- that's done all the time ! In fact the "legislative liaisons" of the state's own corporations are the mainstay of testimony at congressional hearings- the legislature's go-to corporations! -As for not lobbying to the public for positions on initiatives- no need for that since most do not make it into the Maine media, and when an initiative is covered by the Maine media, it is seldom done so in a comprehensive manner, often leaving out fundamental facts such as that the limit on the amount of The Expanded and Improved Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit was being expanded by eight-fold!


1977 The Maine Capital Corporation

Investment corporation authorized by.the legislature under 'Title 13-A: MAINE BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT , established in 1971 despite constitutional prohibitions found in Article IV part Third Section 14 prohibiting the legislature from chartering corporations for state purposes. Title 13-A is now repealed as was planned under the sunset laws- but it has been reincarnated throughout the network of Maine State Inc.

The original enabling legislation for the Maine Capital Corporation was passed in l977- the same year that the Maine Development Foundation Corporation was also chartered by special act of legislation.. It was later amended to broaden the purpose of the Corporation and clarify its ability to use a wide range of investment instruments.


The organizational phase of MCC extended over a long period of time, primarily due to the challenge of selling its 10,000 shares of common stock ($1,000,000) to private investors. MCC has never received a direct State appropriation and this meant it had·to find other means for covering its organizational expenses. The stock issue was marketed by the firm of Burgcss & Leith Incorporated for the modest commission of $20,000 plus $5000 expense fee. Burgcss & Leith was assisted by the Maine Development Foundation, (Corporation)which was not compensated for its efforts. 

Tax Consequences

Tax factors related to MCC were detailed on pp. 34-35 of the Offering Memorandum (see Appendix I). The major provision that would affect State.tax revenues was the Maine income tax credit of·fifty percent spread over a minimum of five years, available to investors in MCC's stock. We have no knowledge of which investors have availed themselves of this credit and to what degree. We do know it is instrumental in mobilizing the capital, as intended by the legislature * ( emphasis mine)

This tax credit is capped by a number of features,  all included in the legislation. At a maximum it would be $500,000 spread out over at least five (5) years. As MCC makes more investments, with positive economic consequences, tax benefits to the State will accrue which sooner or later will surpass the costs.- Source Governor's Task Force For Economic Redevelopment, Recommended Legislation For An Economic Development Program -110th Congress, 1976

* Commentary:The Maine Capital Corporation is the precursor to The Financial Authority Of Maine Corporation- which tells us in its charter that “Any benefits accruing to private individuals or associations, as a result of the activities of the authority, are deemed by the Legislature to be incidental to the public purposes to be achieved by the implementation of this chapter- which putting one and one together- it may be deemed incidental to the legislature but the legislature knows it is not incidental to their private partners, which is why the legislature used tax credits to sell stocks in a private corporation.- As for the taxpayers who are footing the bill, as far as I know they were never consulted- consistent with the recommendation found in the Governor's Task Force For Economic Redevelopment year 1976 ie: 2, eliminate the requirement for a local referendum on municipal bond issues. The bill for all of the"financial instruments" used by the Corporation of Maine are simply packaged as "creating jobs" on public referendums for bond issues ( see how the constitution has been bypassed on bond questions HERE)  but whenever the channel of distribution of bond revenue is the corporate network of the state of Maine, the "financial instruments" developed for that corporations's use will be implemented- one such financial instrument being tax credits- which in contemporary legislation are usually identified as refundable tax credits. The basis of this opinion is laid out in the statutes- which is the foundational research source for this blog.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Fiscal Information Required by Maine Constitution to Accompany Bond Questions

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Continuing my investigation into the constitutional bond ratification process : This looks like the fiscal information which is constitutionally  required to accompany the bond questions . This information is found on the Maine Treasurer's report to the Maine legislature.
Treasurer Douglass's February 12, 2014 Bond Update to MaineLegislature:
Honorable Members of the 126th Maine Legislature:

Update on General Obligation Bonds: $52M funded to date; $84M total expected in FY2014; $78M requested in Q1 FY 2015
 excerpt:
Here are some additional facts about Maine General Obligation Bonds:
• Maine GO bonds are traditionally structured to mature in 10 years,
with two payments per year after the initial borrowing.
• AU bonds expire after 5 years if not issued, but may be reauthorized
for 2 years by the Legislature.*
• GO bonds are issued by the State Treasurer with the full faith and
credit of the State.
• The State Treasurer has constitutional power to pay debt first out of
revenues.*
• Maine’s Constitution prohibits using bonds to pay for current
operations.*

Constitutional provisions are from Art V, Pt 3, Sec 5 and Art IX, Sec 14.


This paragraph plus the statement at the top of the report looks like the information that constitution requires to accompany the bond questions. Clearly it would not be difficult to include these short paragraphs on the ballot - the simplest and most accessible way to comply with the Maine Constitution
In June 2013, Maine had $104.5 million in outstanding Authorized but Unissued Bonds. In November 2013, voters ratified $150 million in additional bonds. The total Authorized but Unissued Bonds now amount
to $254.5 million. Treasurer's Bond Update to legislature



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.  

a statement setting forth the total amount of bonds of the State outstanding and unpaid

In June 2013, Maine had $104.5 million in outstanding Authorized but Unissued Bonds.

the total amount of bonds of the State authorized and unissued,

The total Authorized but Unissued Bonds now ( Feb 12, 2014) amount to $254.5 million.

and the total amount of bonds of the State contemplated to be issued if the enactment submitted to the electors be ratified.  

$84M total expected in FY2014; $78M requested in Q1 FY 2015 (see top of report-also this page)


These two paragraphs could almost fit in a tweet- why was it necessary to pass a new statute deeming them to be placed anywhere out side of the voting area?

And am I reading correctly that between June and November of 2013- the bond debt went up 150%? Could this have anything to do with the passing of the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" in the fall of 2013 which multiplies the rate at which the legislature can transfer taxpayer money to capitalists by eight-fold- a minor fact not reported in he media?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Made in America VS Global Capitalism


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In the last election on November 4, Year 2014. Mainer's once again approved all of the bonds asked by the state. Five out of six of these bonds will be distributed through Maine State Inc channels with the DECD Corporation being one the primary channels of redistribution of taxpayer money.


Recently I launched my own crowdfunding website AndersenDesign.biz  dedicated to capitalizing the mold making project which I have been wanting to accomplish for years- in fact my efforts to capitalize a mold making project for our family ceramic business involves the event that brought me face to face with the overlords of Maine's economy. This was the Juice Conference of 2009. If I had not attended that event motivated by finding a way to capitalize the mold-making project, this blog would not exist.


And so in this post I am going to contrast the governing philosophy of Maine State Inc- as it is found in the statutes that established the hegemonic network of "public-private relationships" with the philosophy of The Great American Ceramic Artists Designers Craftsmen's Network, which seeks to go against the grain of  the Maine government instituted  economic agenda by encouraging and supporting a network of American slip casting productions

The operating modality of Maine State Inc is expressed in the Legislative findings used to establish the DECD Corporation:

The findings begin by describing the global capitalist reality in which we exist today. Andersen Design is well aware of this reality as the ceramic industry is one of the first western industries to be affected causing most major ceramics companies with, which Andersen Design competes, to move their production over seas to global low cost labor markets. This is the response to global capitalism which the overlords of Maine's economic development have adopted. They  are in effect mandating that it is the philosophy to be followed by the entire state of Maine for our own good. The overlords who are perpetuating this mandate are the ones who will be redistributing taxpayer funding through  their cleverly designed and intentionally non-transparent system of wealth redistribution. This system serves the top tier of the economy exclusively and it is set up to have the taxpayers finance just about everything from the training of the workers to the payroll taxes of the owners of production and even to reimburse the owners of the means of production their capital investments.

And Maine State Inc has established many Marxist-styled state own manufacturing and research facilities and made sure to include the right to ownership of intellectual property within the statutes chartering the corporations in the state's network-and all of this- every aspect is founded on a philosophy that Maine has to adopt global capitalism as the foundation stone of its economy.

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Andersen Design has long been committed to producing our product in the USA. Are we naive? That remains to be seen/ Is the state short sighted? That remains to be seen. In 2013 the Maine legislature passed a statute affirming Maine's friendship with the People's Republic of China- citing as the primary reason business advantages.

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…….

My father always told me that the Chinese were not to be trusted. he said they produced their products at too low a price to drive the competition out and once the competition is destroyed, the Chinese will increase their prices. In recent years the Chinese have been putting extended effort into developing a home grown consumer market- using a rather bazaar strategy of constructing entire cities built from scratch by the state on the theory that "build it and the people will move in" The overlords of Maine's economy, ever seeking to emulate the economic success of China are building their own little state planned and governed towns giving these municipalities names like "The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority" and " The Lorring Development". These state governed municipalities not only defy general legal definitions of local and state governments as distinct and separate entities, but it defies the Maine State Constitution, Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution, prohibiting the legislature from chartering corporations for state purposes.

Getting back to my point- China is making a concerted effort to develop a home grown consumer market. Will the central managers of Maine's economy ask why? I don't think so. Their entire city is constructed on the philosophy of global capitalism. The hegemonic union of "public-private relationships: is too busy counting its  gold and the view looking backward is so lucrative ! And yet the same banana republic tactics used by the corporation of Maine to drive Norwegian owned company Statoil out of the windmill industry making way for the University Of Maine's  "business consortium",  to take over ownership of that industry, can be used by third world labor markets against the west, whenever those countries no longer need the western consumer market.

So is Andersen Design naive? That remains to be seen. I have visualized a strategy for putting our mold production on line- which I hope you will support HERE- but we are faced with a changing social environment in which it has become popular to support the reconfiguration of the "minimum wage" by conflating it as a "living wage?  The age old American saying "Life doesn't owe you a living (wage) " - or" Each according to their ability" - is threatened to be replaced with the communist meme of "each according to their need"- excepting of course the employer's need to have a fair exchange of value between the what worker delivers and what the employer pays the worker.

If this comes to pass, it will mean that every one who has currently earned their right to a living wage will suddenly find that they are being paid minimum wage, and they too will demand an increase in pay-and rightly so-. The result will be that the wages paid and prices charged throughout the entire system will rise, resulting in a dollar with the purchasing power equivalent to what  we nave now- at best - and so Andersen Design will just raise our own prices as well.

So we shall see, but let it be said, while I do not exclude any possibility of ever having an Andersen Design product produced over seas- it is still our intention to preserve the wonderful work process of creating hand crafted ceramic in the USA- and so my take on factoring in global capitalism is that we were doing very well in the 1980's while competing against products produced in low wage global labor markets- That's looking backward- and looking forward is that the rich of the Chinese culture like to have Western made products. Developing a reputation built on "Made in America" may be an exporting asset- and let it be said that Andersen Design is one of an elite class of American products to have been sold in the Japanese market.

One of my favorite authors is Philip K Dick, an American science fiction author. he wrote a novel called The Man in the High Castle, which I read more than once. The story is placed in an alternate reality in which the Germany won WWII. The United States is divided East Coast and West Coast. The Germans had the East Coast, the Japanese had the West Coast- and nobody cared much about what is called by some "fly-over territory" or "middle America' and so middle America was still American.

In this novel the Japanese are neurotic and the Germans psychotic. The story opens on the west coast of the USA,where there is a craze among the Japanese for collecting "Americana"- which represents to my interpretation, that when the United States is no more, the world will yearn for it- and I think that was a spot-on insight- and still is. And so maybe it is not so naive, even factoring in global capitalism, to be committed to producing a product in America- it's just that our conclusion about how one can respond to global capitalism is the very opposite of what is being advanced by the overlords charged with centrally managing the economy of Maine and using to taxpayers money to implement their vision.

So - If you are not sold on the global capitalist agenda as being the ONLY choice we have -please consider supporting my mold making crowdfunder and you will receive an American made classic at a discounted price and become part of the new evolution!

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