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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Maine Biz Uses Claims Made by Government Chartered Non-Profit Corporation To Support Legislature's Side in Bond Debate

Maine Biz has an article on the Governor's Veto and uses the Maine Development Foundation as one of their sources on behalf of the legislature.

This is my online comment to that article.

MTI- Maine Technological Institute is BOTH government and non-profit. It is a non-profit corporation chartered by special act of legislation in violation of the Maine State Constitution, which our legislature routinely ignores as it continues to entrench a network of special corporations chartered by special acts of legislation. Article IV, Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations by special act of legislation with an exception for municipal purposes and - an almost never applicable exception - for something that can't be done any other way.

Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State constitution then goes on to say that all corporations, however formed , are subject to general law. However corporate records are generally found at the Bureau of Corporations but this is not true for special corporations formed by special act of legislation. Those records are stashed away at the legislature's library which serves as the corporate headquarters depository of corporate records for the corporate state - all of which is government.

The Maine Development Foundation is another non-profit corporation chartered by special act of legislation. To quote from Title 10 Chapter 107 of the Maine statutes:

The foundation shall exist as a not-for-profit corporation with a public purpose, and the exercise by the foundation of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed and held to be an essential governmental function. [1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).]

The Maine Development Foundation is a kind of head honcho of the corporate state, giving birth to a vast network of government chartered corporations each with their own special funds- usually called "the fund" in each special charter. The funds are frequently replenished with tax payer dollars and money from any source the legislature can concoct. They are depository of redistributed wealth. There now exists in Maine a deeply entrenched network of such depositories all to the benefit of the legislature's "targeted sector", which includes some and excludes others creating one economic sector which is taxed without being represented and another that is represented without being taxed.

When Maine media publishes the opinion of the Maine Economic Development Foundation it is using one hand of government to endorse the other hand of government- both of those hands representing non-profit corporations unconstitutionally chartered by the Maine State legislature. If taxpayer money is going to government chartered non-profit corporations, then how can it be that the taxpayer sees a return on their investment? MTI does give grants to for profit private enterprises. This is essentially capital that MTI accumulates in part through non-profit sources and then redistributes to private interests in the legislature's "targeted sector"- but this does not constitute a return on the investment for the taxpayer- it is a free windfall for private interests in the legislature's "targeted sector" which is that sector which suits the legislature's grand design for the way Maine should be- a design that is created and implemented from the top down.

It is time for this to be a substantive debate. Government sources that support the legislature's claims are self-referential. The entire network of corporations chartered by special acts of legislation is just one big corporate state network whose records are all likely to be found in the legislature's library. This is the real source that needs to be investigated to get to the truth of the matter. If the media will not make this debate the substantive debate that it needs to be, then the people should by calling the legislature's library and requesting the records.

Special Act of legislation Chartering MTI
Special Act of Legislation Chartering The Maine Development Foundation

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Government Nepotism in the State of Maine- One Hand Awards The Other.

I hope others will join me in researching the real facts behind the rhetoric of the current bond debate instigated By Governor LePage's veto of the  research and development bond.. This page Maine State Legislative Links is where I keep track of what I come across in my research and makes a good starting point.

 I invite all to contribute a guest editorial about this subject.

Close to the top of the list is The Journal of Innovation & Transformation,  published by the Southern Maine Community College, a likely recipient of those r&d funds that the governor just vetoed.

About two thirds of the way down is The Midcoast Campus A Model In Educational Development  by Charle s Lawton , P .h. D. There you will find a chart of the "targeted sector", which looks pretty comprehensive were it not for the fact that it noticeably excludes the retail and tourist industries, which happen to be the main stay of my small community. It seems these sectors are not desirable in the eyes of government academics who design the plans for the future Maine economy, which is a reason why Governor's Lepage's recent support for taxing internet retail sales hits so hard. Not only does the state government not contribute anything to the wealth created by internet sales, but the state government ignores the entire in state retail sector in it's economic development schemes- but that is to be expected when the government is deeply entrenched in the special interests business as it is here in Maine. A special interest sector includes some while excluding others.

So the MRRA- the Marxist Regional Redevelopment Authority- I'm sorry- that's wrong- the first "M" stands for "Midcaost" and not "Marxist"- That is the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority- which is at once a municipal corporation - meaning local government defined by the territory that it occupies- which is much smaller than the entire Midcoast area- and an "instrumentality of the state"- which covers an area much larger than the entire Midcoast Area. Given the special act of legislation that stands as the charter for this corporation grants it the power to acquire adjacent property by eminent domain - and given that this is an agency of a state controlled economy, one can argue that "Marxist" makes as much sense as "Midcoast" makes nonsense.

In the short amount of time that I am able to devote to researching this subject today, I came across a recent press release for the MRRA.

It tells us this:

September 16, 2011 - MRRA Receives MDF's "Champion of Economic Development" Award - Click here to read press release

So the MRRA - an instrumentality of the state- ( in other words quantifiable as "government" in terms of LePage's claims about r&d research recipients) has received an award from the Maine Development Foundation- which is another government agency

A quote from the website of  The Maine Development Foundation

“MDF is a special creature of state law enabled to bring private sector thinking and experience to state government planning and program implementation. There is no other entity like it.”- Kay Rand, Managing Director, Bernstein Shur Government Solutions LLC

Charter for the Maine Development Foundation - est in or about 1977-1979
Charter For The MRRA est in or about 2009

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Maine Public Must Take The Reigns In A Substantively Resourced Bond Debatee

This editorial

‘Conservation Priorities’ response

makes some important points that are not often discussed in our Maine main stream media. It describes the land trust interests which have been acquiring land on a tax exempt status as a united network of corporatons, and ties the effect of the tax exempt status to the economic burden of rural communities.

For the past 30 years, preservationists have aggressively pursued land acquisition — sometimes at the expense of the taxpayer, sometimes with the support of private funding. The $126 million borrowed by Maine taxpayers, to be repaid by future generations, has been used to acquire 530,000 acres of the total 1.8 million, or roughly 30 percent. The remaining 70 percent was acquired through collaborative efforts with Maine’s land trust community.

With Governor LePage's veto of the research & development  bonds and refusal to sign off on the other bonds, igniting a debate between those who claim that the bonds serve to create jobs in "industry" and LePage who claims that the private sector does not benefit, it is time for the people of Maine to play an active role in making this a truly investigative debate.

In that spirit, the issues raised in ‘Conservation Priorities’ response and associated issues relating to the plethora of "funds" that the legislature has created over the past decades need to be a substantive resource in the debate. Few, if any, of the specially chartered corporations serve  municipal purposes- the only exception granted by Article IV Part Third, Section 14 of the Maine state constitution - other than the rarely applicable- "can't be done any other way" exception- to the Maine state constitutional prohibition against our legislature chartering corporations.

Article IV Part Third, Section 14 of the Maine State constitution then goes on to say that all corporations however formed are subject to general law.

If one searches for corporations that have been chartered by special act of legislation at state bureau of corporations they are not to be found. I recently learned that they are separately filed in the legislature's library. Two weeks ago I requested the annual reports for The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, The Loring Authority, and the Small Enterprise Growth Fund. The annual report for Maine Technology Institute should be added to the list- for where does one expect that the bond money for research and development, which Governor Lepage vetoed, was intended to go - if not MTI? - MTI being a government chartered non-profit corporation? All corporations qualified as as a "quasi" should also be qualified as government since all quasis are created by and tied to the government.

At this point in the debate, each side has presented only rhetoric, although LePage has demanded that research & development funds directly show that jobs are created in the private economy. The "Democrats" in the legislature claims that r&d funding has benefited "industry" and Lepage has claimed that r&d funds mostly benefit government and non-profits.

Considering the entrenched network of "funds" that the legislature has created for the benefit of its "targeted sector", which is inclusive of all things green energy and high tech, where would one expect that r&d bonds and other monies collected from the taxpayer are going, if not the network of "funds" that is used to redistribute wealth to the "targeted sector", which usually is listed as education, health care, green energy, new tech or high tech, and the financial industry.

With the corporations chartered by special act of legislation filed separately in the legislative library- what type of governmental system does this picture paint? The legislature library is like the central depository of all the capital investment records of the corporate state- the information base from which the state manages the distribution of capital -or as some would say "the means of production". What is the common name for a system in which the government controls the means of production?

Is the bond debate going to be just a rhetorical debate with one side saying this and the other side saying that and no real numbers and figures to back any of it up?

OR- Is the public going to take the reigns and play an active role in the system? I submit that the public must demand fact based substantiation to claims being made and that those facts are largely to be found in the corporate records that are separately filed in the legislative library. The public has a right to know- and if the public does not demand it, it is the public that is shirking the role of its responsibility in the whole system. Lest we forget the public servants work for the public and that implies that the public has central responsibility.