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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Whose Been Filtering the #mepolitics Twitter Stream?


Yesterday, I noticed that my posts were either not displaying or went missing after a while on the #mepolitics twitter stream, which streams live on As Maine Goes.

I also noticed that there were other independent political voices missing from that same stream and the stream took on an eerie appearance of the eternal brotherhood of the Maine government & the Maine press, useful, to my perspective, only in keeping up to date on news stories such as the story published by the Bangor Daily News about Question #3- yet another bond promoted as being in support of Maine's economy.

Credit goes to the Bangor Daily News for still, at this date, so close to elections allowing the people's voice to be heard in the comments section, which is in stark contrast to the Maine media coverage of last years Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit. 

The people's response in the comments section is a resounding NO! NO! NO! from the voice of the public, who is the beast of burden financing the Corporation of Maine's designs on our economy.

Nowhere in last years media coverage did I find full disclosure about what is in the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit", which I researched independently by reading the statute and reported my findings in this blog post:Improved" Seed Capital Tax Credit Ramps Up Benefits For Maine's "Targeted Sector

I learned more when I worked for almost a month researching A Maine Citizen's Journey Through The Statute's of Transformation a statutory history documenting the construction of The Maine Corporation- or the Corporation Without A Name but possessing a huge network of subsidiary corporations with names like The Maine Development Foundation, The FAME Corporation, the DECD Corporation, the MTI Corporation, The SEGF Corporation- whose name was recently changed to the MVF corporation, The Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine Corporation, The Aqua Ventus "Business Consortium" also at The University of Maine Corporation- and so on- inclusive of The Maine State Owned Liquor Business.

For instance while researching the time line, I learned that the percentage that the Maine people are required to refund to capital investors and owners of the means of production for their capital investments was upped in 2011 from 40% to 60%  When the Seed Capital tax Credit was first instituted, the amount the taxpayers were required to refund of the owners of the mean's of production was 30% and so the peoples mandated charitable donations to the owners of the means of production has doubled since the Seed Capital Tax Credit was instituted and it has increased 50% under the Lepage administration- and it can now be said that the beasts of burden in this picture- the Maine taxpayer - has to refund capitalists the lion's share of their investment, while the capitalists is allowed to retain all of his profits. This I know ONLY because I dug deeper than the information that the Maine media makes available to the public much to the benefit of the Maine Corporation.

SURPRISE ! As I write, the independent voices have suddenly returned to the #mepolitics live stream since this morning when I posted this tweet:

This is the way the stream looked at 7:43 am on 9/29/2014 and pretty much how it looked yesterday as well.

This is the way it looked a few minutes ago when I checked at 9am:

Do you see the difference?

One More Screen Shot ! I just reposted and documented this tweet, which kept going missing on #mepolitcs when I tried to post it yesterday: It did not go missing on #corporatism

Maine Tax Payers unacknowledged beast of burden in Maine Venture Fund blog by Tim Agnew


AfterNote: There are always going to be those who tell me that I am mistaken to believe that an external entity is interfering in my social media interactions, simply because in the days of In-Q-Tel and a politicized IRS and so on, such an idea is too fantastic to accept - However shortly after posting this I became aware that others were posting on my wall for the new Facebook Page, Maine Taxpayers United For The Maine Constitution. However those posts did not post to my wall but went to my personal messages. I have checked the settings for all the Facebook pages I start and a they are set to allow others to post but consistently I am the only one who does post despite the fact that when I post in other places my posts usually engage participation from others- just not on Facebook Pages that I start, where there is no participation at all from others. Usually I do not receive messages either. If there is an external party messing with my social network interactions- the messages could have been delivered by mistake. I have not received any new messages since I posted a screen shot and explained what was occurring on said Facebook Page.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Maine Investment Fund Blog Artfully Parses Language to Occlude Role of The Maine Taxpayers.

Maine Taxpayers United For The Maine Constitution


Just an observation but if I tweet my blog post from which this was taken with #mepolitics and another hash tag. The tweet displays on the other hash tag but not on #mepolitics. This has occurred with a number of retries with different tweets on this subject matter. This is the way politics is being done in Maine - especially as the political season heats up. The political class wants to control the talking points. That is the state of affairs of politics in Maine today.

Recently The Small Enterprise Growth Fund Changed its name to The Maine Venture Fund. The MVF is a taxpayer subsidized high growth investors company. As with all of the corporations in the state corporate network, it was chartered by the Maine legislature in violation of the prohibition against the legislature chartering corporations to serve state purposes as found. in Article IV Part Third, Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution

Article IV.
Part Third.

Legislative Power
 Section 14.  Corporations, formed under general laws.  Corporations shall be formed under general laws, and shall not be created by special Acts of the Legislature, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where the objects of the corporation cannot otherwise be attained; and, however formed, they shall forever be subject to the general laws of the State.
Last year the legislature passed what they call "The Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" a name which is only appropriate if one believes that the state exists to serve the interests of private capitalists and owners of the means of production. The bill increased by eight fold the amount by which the legislature can redistribute wealth  collected from the taxpayer and transferred to private capitalists, venture funds and other owners of the means of production.

The current blog on The Maine Venture Fund ( by Tim Agnew) promotes the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit". It follows through on the way the media reported about this bill when it was up for being reinstated (and improved for capitalists and owners of the means of production) by the Maine legislature last year - that is from a perspective of the corporate beneficiaries of the redistribution of wealth, excluding any mention of the beasts of burden in this picture- the Maine Taxpayer.

Investors looking to provide capital to start-ups and early stage businesses weigh the risk of loss and the potential for return when deciding whether to invest, how much to invest and on what terms. The availability of the Seed Capital Tax Credit provides an incentive for investors to make the investments and to increase their investment size, making it possible for businesses to achieve their growth goals. quoted from Tim Agnews blog for the Maine Venture Fund

Notice the glossy craft of word parsing used here. Without actually saying so, it tell s us the the Seed Capital Tax Credit takes the risk out of investment for the investor- and also without mentioning how that is done! - by passing the risk along to the general taxpayer! - who does NOT share in the profits ! This is called socializing the risk and privatising the gain. AND this is being promoted on a blog for the Maine Venture Fund, which has long promoted itself as a fund for "high growth investors"- which generally implies high growth by taking a higher risk- the traditional trade off !

The next paragraph tells us of a shortage of funds for 2014 only and explains how the FAME corporation found a way to get around this and thus expand available tax credits for 2014 by one million dollars:
However, in 2014 only, the Finance Authority will make an exception due to the small amount of credit authorized for this year. FAME is accepting applications for up to an additional $1 million of investments to be made in 2014 as long as they are structured as convertible notes that convert in January 2015. When the notes convert, FAME will treat those investments as being made in 2015. Kudos to FAME for figuring out a way to speed up investment in Maine businesses!Tim Agnews blog for the Maine Venture Fund
Ah yes KUDOS to the FAME corporation for figuring out a way to get around the law and speed up the tax burden placed on the Maine taxpayers. They must be taking their cues from President Obama- rewriting legislation after it is written

Another paragraphs applauds that the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" is expanded to out of state investment funds, it just means that instead of taking a tax credit on taxes owed, being that an out of state company does not owe Maine taxes, such a company will receive a "refundable tax credit". Neither the Fame Corporation nor the MVF Corporation are going to say in plain English that this means the Maine taxpayer will be mandated to pay the investor a cash payout to refund up to 60% of his investment. The MVF blog reports that as "up to 50% of his investment "- but having done my homework to create A Maine Citizen's Journey Through the Statutes of Transformation time line, l know that the percentage of investment required to be refunded to the investor by the  Maine taxpayer was upped to 60% in 2011 -the lion's share of the investment, which even the IVF blog will not publicly admit even as they have so nicely managed to avoid mentioning who is covering all that risk for the private venture funds ! This has been the case for several years now- How can the MVF not know that the percentage paid by taxpayers is 60%?

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The final sentence is also written to the occlusion of any mention of  those carrying the lion's share of the burden of the venture capitalists investment- the Maine taxpayers- don't even mention them- not even a word of thanks for their involuntary investments in the plans designed by the plethora of corporations chartered by our legislature in violation of Article Iv Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution.

There is a lot of investor capital available in Maine searching for good deals and a lot of entrepreneurs trying to build successful businesses. The Seed Capital Tax Credit is the glue that brings investors and entrepreneurs together for the benefit of the State and its economy.Tim Agnews blog for the Maine Venture Fund

In the above the word "State" is parsing for the Corporation of Maine. A state severs the interests of the common welfare and is governed by the state Constitution.


(Arranged by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
and approved by the Maine State Legislature, Resolve 2013, chapter 75,
pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6)

Objects of government.  We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.

Corporations serves special interests and are governed by its corporate charter. In the case of the Seed Capital Tax Credit, the taxpayers are not being served- they have been transformed into the financial instrumentalities of the corporation..

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Maine Taxpayers UNITED for the Maine Constitution Face Book Page


What distinguishes this group from other groups is that it holds all Maine politicians accountable to the constitution of Maine- doesn't matter what party, doesn't matter if it is election season - it holds Maine politicians accountable to the constitution first and foremost . PERIOD!

Please join and post and participate.

Rule of Law by Consent of the Governed !

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lets Be Polite - Election Talking Points Only and No Debate Please !


Yesterday, my energy was sidelined by this FaceBook Discussion in which I replied to this post by Candidate for State Representative Beth O'Conner with the question :Can you explain how Governor Lepage took 70 thousand of our lowest income workers off the tax rolls so they can better support their families?

Beth O'Conner: To the editor: I am responding to “Wrong Camp” 9/11/14 by Rebecca Hopper. First, thank you Rebecca for your willingness to use your first amendment rights and the right to go out and vote as a citizen of our beautiful state.  Second, there are a few mistakes in the numbers you sighted regarding Medicaid expansion. There would not have been a savings of $570 million.
 The administrative costs alone in this expansion would have cost the taxpayers in excess of 7 million dollars annually and by the 2020 -2021 biennial budget the taxpayers will have to pay an additional 150 million dollars. The federal government offers incentives that sound great but in reality, Maine has already traveled this path. We were promised a 90% Federal match during the Baldacci Administration and that promise now sits at 62%. Our costs have soared about 250% in a decade. 
 The panacea of promises to help our neediest citizens has been a failure. Over 3000 physically and intellectually disabled who have been given section 21 and 29 waivers are on wait lists for services they had been promised. The expansion would have ensured thousands of able bodied adults go to the front of the line and raise our taxes in doing so. That does not sit well with me. 
Yes, Rebecca I do support Governor LePage. He has paid the hospitals the 750 million owed them, thus allowing them to offer better care and keep their employees working. Our unemployment numbers are dropping and thousands of new jobs have been created on his watch. The icing on the cake was taking 70 thousand of our lowest income workers right off the tax rolls so they can better support themselves and their families. Our Governor may be rough around the edges, but actions speak louder than words in my book and his actions are working. 
 Yes, Rebecca I do have ideological stances. They are based on the foundation of liberty and faith in the rule of law and not the arbitrary rule of man. I believe in fiscally sound policy that is morally just and serves the best interest of all of our citizens, equal rights, not special rights. I call it being principled.

There were many other questions I could have asked but I wanted to keep it simple. The FaceBook Page is called Maine Taxpayers United and Beth O'Conner has already threatened to bar me for being critical of LePage's policies, adding that my criticism tires her. I am reminding the reader of the former interaction as it gives impacting context to the the atmosphere present at Maine Taxpayers United.
Beth O'Connor the individuals who were making 16 K were fully taxed. That number was lifted to 20K leaving them more money in their pockets.

Before I had a chance to answer, Beth's response was followed with a post by Larry C Dunphy, a current member of the Maine legislature. The comment said in so many words" "That was a great answer, Beth".

I commented but when I looked the next day, it appeared that the Rep Dunphy's comment had been moved from the position previous to my post and placed after my post. As it turned  out, this was not the case. Mr Dunphy had deleted his post and Jeffrey Blake had posted almost the exact content as Mr Dunphy had posted the day before, coming in after my post. From then on Jeffry Blake became the mouth piece with one response from Beth O'Conner and support for Mr Blake given by Rep Dumphy.

Jeffrey Blake likes the Republican Party but does not appear to be a professional politician. The strange deletion of Rep Dunphy's comment to be replaced by an almost identical one by Mr Blake took on the feeling that Mr Dunphy had been called in to defend Beth O'Conner against the big bad citizen of Maine (myself) and, after seeing my response, Mr Blake was brought in instead as Mr Blake had no political capital at stake in the game.

I am by now accustomed to these kinds of strange goings on as I have seem much suspicious looking finagling since I have been writing this blog and sniffing about the economic development statutes that our legislature put in place and which the media rarely reports about accurately or fairly. When I get back to telling my story about my first head on encounter with the overlord class of Maine- I will make a similar speculation about what occurred in the course of that event as well. Some may call me paranoid and even arrogant but, still, there is a long trail of circumstantial evidence in my wake.

You can read that conversation on FaceBook, I am not going to give a step by step account of it here but instead get to the point as to what really bothers me about Beth O'Conner's presentation.

Mr Dunphy and Mr Blake may have thought she gave a fine answer to my question but in my opinion she merely recited a political talking point and during election season, especially, it seems to be the mission of the political class, to ensure that political talking points are all that the public hears. Social media has made that mission a much more difficult one.

So once again these are the exact words that Beth OConnor wrote:

The icing on the cake was taking 70 thousand of our lowest income workers right off the tax rolls so they can better support themselves and their families.

Her answer was to repeat the first part of her statement in different words.My question was why does that mean lowest income workers can better support their families. Granted a one time cash boon helps but when one is supporting a family on sixteen thousand to twenty thousand dollars a year income, that one time cash boon should be gone in about a nano second and so to parlay that as helping them to "better support their families" is really just political hyperbole- a bandaid over the real problem.

In Maine today, since the government took over central management of our economy, all capitalization goes by stated intent to finance jobs for the upper middle class and above. In my opinion such a policy is a population displacement plan as was not so hidden when the Baldacci administration came in, complete with Baldacci's guru in tact, professional social engineer, Richard Florida, who is credited with inventing the "creative economy" template. It is not easy to locate the same rhetoric today but in those days it was clearly spoken that Richard Florida's economic "solution" was that states had to compete for a new influx of wealthier citizens and the urban communities had to be designed to attract those citizens, who, according to Florida, and gobbled up by Baldacci, all wanted to live in the exact same sort of environment for which Richard Florida provided the template, compete with a point scoring system. The more that cities conformed to Richard Florida's "creativity" and "diversity" template - the higher the creativity score they received.

That was a thinly veiled gentrification scheme- which no state has any business pursuing since states are supposed to serve ALL of the people- not only the upper end of the economy- but we know that by design, the corporation of Maine serves the upper end of the economy, since such intention is integral to the definition of our legislature's "targeted sector"

               jen-truh-fi-key-shuh n]
noun 1.the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urbanneighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals,thus improving property values but often displacing low-incomefamilies and small instance of gentrifyingthe condition of being gentrified

Clearly- from the definition above state gentrification policies hurt and do not help lower income workers to support their families. The capital to grow the upper end is being extracted from the capital to grow the middle sector. The temporary boon from a tax rebate cannot counterbalance the policies implemented by the corporation of Maine to grow the upper end of the economy at the expense of the middle which is where low income workers are most likely to find opportunity to better support themselves and their families and there is a world of difference between a one time cash boon coming from a tax rebate and an opportunity to find employment that pays upward of their current income and/or provides an opportunity to develop in that direction.

In the course of the conversation Mr Blake stated that the reason why many are on general welfare is because they are lazy. This type of blanket characterization is representative of Maine's political class's view to all of those- welfare or not- in the bottom half of the economy as represented by the statistical Median Household income- except that one needs to replace "lazy" with "stupid"- which granted is my own version of political hyperbole, but there is a grain of truth to it as evidence in the glorification of the "creative" and "innovative" classes that we hear from our political class as standard rhetoric.The glorification of one class of people goes hand in hand with the denigration of another.

As I have spoken of in this blog previously, the global capitalist political philosophy is based in a two tier society in which the bottom half of the economy is governed by socialism and pacified off with "entitlements" ( politically correct speak for "rations") The top half of the economy is governed by private capitalism with the state playing the function of redistributing wealth as rations to the bottom and opportunities to the top.

I submit that as a culture we need to reconceptualize "social justice: as "equal opportunity for all" and that means opportunities at the bottom as well as the top to better one's circumstances through one's own efforts. It is only when lower income workers have access to opportunity that the words "they can better support themselves and their families: become true. Entitlements may make life a little bit easier but they are paid for at the expense of the real "opportunity zone" for the bottom sector- and that is the capitalization of a middle class economy, which is being depleted by both corporate and general welfare.


Mr Blake debated the subject for a while but ended his participation with this most revealing statement:

  • Jeffrey BlakeBeth O'Connor, Again I thank you for your well stated opinion. I apologise for running amok with your thread.

In the context in which Mr Blakes makes his apology to Candidate O'Conner, it comes across as apologizing for taking the conversation away from the talking points of the re-elect Lepage Campaign, a direction which is being construed by some these election season days as "railroading the conversation". Off-talking-point discussions about issues that affect the people of Maine are labeled as socially unacceptable behavior. If that is the case now- what comes after the election season? When is the time for the public's voices to be heard by those serving or hoping to serve the public? In my view there is no better time than during an election season for the people to speak their concerns and for politicians to listen and to respond.

In the process of responding to my question addressed to Beth O'Conner, Mr Blake came forth with this most acute character assessment of myself:

Jeffrey Blake You must be a product of the public education system. No, I didn't say all. Far, far to many welfare recipients should be working when they chose not to. The middle class, I'm proud to stay has far from disappeared. I and most of the people in my life are middle class. I submit that you, madame, are an elitist filled with misplaced guilt. Your statement regarding "living wages" supports my assessment. Just another guilty liberal. I revise my opinion of you and your stance. I doubt very much that we share any common ground.
How true it  is! (misplaced guilt aside since Mr Blake clearly did not accurately read what I was saying about minimum wage being conflated with a living wage, appearing to believe that I support that agenda !) However-  I do confess I am a publicly educated member of the most elite class in history - the American middle class- that rare breed of a class possessing transformative powers to manifest opportunities for all !  My families ceramic design and slip casting production business is a natural inhabitant of that rare zone- providing- of course, that the minimum wage is not conflated into a living wage, which would likely prohibit the ability of an organization such as our own to continue our long established practice of training people on the job and offering others an opportunity to discover their own natural abilities and skills in an ancient craft and in other business functions as well without having to pay to learn those skills.

The voices of business owners like ourselves should be part of the conversation, because we are a part of the answer. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How I Know Real People Read This Blog

The stat's for number of pages read and time spent are pretty good.
The top line in larger fonts represents the national numbers- also good for number of pages read and length spent reading- considering this is the internet.

I don't know who you are but thanks for taking the time to read what I write.

Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries

Andersen Studio is a great resource for revitalizing an east Coast Ceramic slip casting business but we need to connect with entrepreneurial influencers who can help us to launch a successful crowdfunding project.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Small Enterprise Growth Fund Re-named The Maine Venture Fund


Quietly, the Small Enterprise Growth Fund has changed its name to The Maine Venture Fund, leaving the world to wonder why. Freshening up their image? Having numerology concerns? Or perhaps for a legal reason that one can only fictionalize upon- but there it is - The Small Enterprise Growth Fund is now being called the Maine Venture Fund- just another episode in the ongoing linguistic re-configuration of reality.

Website (for more information): The SEGF is a professionally-managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine companies who demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit. The Fund has been actively investing in Maine companies since 1997, after its creation by an act of the Maine Legislature in 1995 to provide Maine companies and entrepreneurs access to patient sources of venture capital. The fund has received $13 million in capital contributions from the State of Maine and operates as a revolving, ‘evergreen’ fund. Copyright 2013 CDVCA. All rights reserved.

There are currently two websites for The Maine Venture Fund. The one that uses the SEGf web address which tells us that The SEGF is changing it's name to The Maine Venture Fund  and the other,which doesn't make mention of The Small Enterprise Growth Fund. There the only clue to any connection between the SEGF and the MFA is found on the About US page in the sentence: "The Fund has been actively investing in Maine companies since 1997, after its creation by an act of the Maine Legislature in 1995":

The Maine Venture Fund is a professionally managed venture capital fund that invests exclusively in Maine companies that demonstrate a potential for high growth and public benefit. The Fund has been actively investing in Maine companies since 1997, after its creation by an act of the Maine Legislature in 1995.  The fund has received $13 million in capital contributions from the State of Maine and operates as a revolving, “evergreen” fund

CDVA, the page above. where I found the SEGF listed stands for Community Development Venture Capital Alliance

Kerwin Tesdell is president of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs for low income people and wealth and entrepreneurial capacity in low-income communities in the United States and around the world. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Double Bottom Line Finance at the Stern School of Business and Community Development Law at the School of Law.

The SEGF ( now called the Maine Venture Fund ) is listed on the CDVA website but as long as I have been aware of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund  (now called the Maine Venture Fund )  has always been for "high growth investors" and decidedly not creating jobs for low income people- which would be middle class jobs and not jobs exclusively occupying the sector of the economy offering jobs that pay above the Median Household Income- which is part of the definition of  the Maine Corporation's "the targeted sector".

So- I have just now become cognizant of the CDVA and I already know that there is a discrepancy between what they say and what they do.

I suspect that CDVA & MVA would point to the second part of the phrase "wealth and entrepreneurial capacity in low-income communities" meaning locating companies with high end jobs in low-income communities and spinning it as trickle down economics. However the corporation of Maine has resisted requests to deliver an accounting of their economic policies which would give substance, one way or the other to such claims. I submit that trickle down economics requires a middle sector in order to work, otherwise it is nothing more than gentrification- moving the wealthier people in and driving the poorer people out. When you have a two tier economy ,the whole economy caters toward the top, driving up prices on everything and driving the bottom half of the economy elsewhere.

(In 2013 the maine legislature passed a statute to affirm the friendship between Maine & China, ironically starting with these words:

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; a
In April 2014, A Bloomberg headline reads:

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.
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.

This is the working of a free market economy?

My own crowdfunding project which I have permanently listed above, is the real thing in terms of being capable of providing jobs for low-income communities,and perhaps that is why it is so difficult to find where my support base is in this world, which has, in the linguistic reconfiguration of reality been phasing out the very concept of a middle class- there now being only two parts to the economy with separate governing systems for each- socialism for the bottom and private capitalism for the top with the corporate state as the mediator redistributing public wealth to both halfs through general and corporate welfare programs with the Small Enterprise Growth Fund  (now called the Maine Venture Fund)  being a beneficiary of the latter.

I was raised on Southport Island,where I attended school for the first time. I was always an outsider, not understanding the reasons as a child lacking any other perspective. My parents were then the out-siders and my mother was from England. The Boothbay Peninsula is a summer destination and home to seasonal locals with long roots and year long locals with equally long roots and the transitional and new arrivals communities. Our family business had feet in both worlds and that remains true today. Attending school with the local community is an experience deeply embedded into my own psyche. That community is deeply Maine, but in my opinion, completely overlooked by the corporation of Maine and it's economic development policies, about which by now, you must know, I am highly critical.

I didn't pay significant attention to what the state was doing prior to the Baldacci administration. I was  a-political. I didn't vote for Baldacci but I was ready to take an open mind to his policies and when he came up with "the creative economy", I thought that it would include businesses such as our family business- designing , producing, marketing, wholesaling and retailing ceramics, but I soon learned that it did not. Perhaps if the creative economy occurred simultaneously to our own most successful time, they would have embraced us - but I cannot say that for sure.

As I have learned through years of focused independent investigation of the statutes put into place by the corporation of Maine, that corporation has eyes only for businesses that are operating in the top half of the economy. The corporation of Maine takes on the role of the unions in mandating pay levels, health insurance programs, and pension plans to recipients of dollars extracted from the public's pockets and handed over to private corporations meeting the Maine corporation's specifications.

In my naivety, when I first became engaged in what is going on at the state level during the beginning of the Baldacci administration, I thought that the state would take an assessment of the existing socio economic environment and look for where the state can benefit the growth of what is already existent in addition to attracting new businesses. I was not wrong in thinking this is what a state would do, I simply did not understand at that point that Maine is no longer a state but has been transformed into a corporation which works to the benefit of its own special interests exclusively, a purpose distinct from that of a state which serves the common welfare:

(Arranged by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court
and approved by the Maine State Legislature, Resolve 2013, chapter 75,
pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6
Objects of government.  We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same. (emphasis mine

The words which I have emphasized " the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, carries a specific meaning, a meaning which is distinct from imploring the help of government created by man. It is Nature or God that affords us opportunity- not a government centrally managed economy .

I have often pointed out in this blog the multitude of statutory violations of Article IV Part Third , Sections 13 & 14 of the Maine State Constitution, which if heeded would prohibit the formation of a corporate state, which is likewise reinforced and emphasized by the words of the preamble to the Maine State Constitution. To the degree that the Maine Constitution is not being heeded and as a result of that, to the degree that the legislature has embedded a huge corporate network, state capitalism, and systems of wealth redistribution, it is accurate to say that Maine is no longer a state- it is a corporation, serving not the common welfare but the benefit of its own special interests identified as the "targeted sector".

The subsidiary corporations in the Maine State Inc Network, such as what is now to be referred to as the MVF (The Maine Venture Fund) always deem in their rhetoric and statutory charters that they are there to serve "the public benefit" a term that I have yet to find properly defined in Maine statutes as has been done in the New Hampshire Statute that establishes the granting of public benefit certificates to private corporations. I have already written on that subject HERE.

I have often quoted the following deeming statement found in the statutes that chartered the FAME and DECD corporations:

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.

I submit that it is fundamentally Marxist to make deeming statements about human character. Where as The United States Constitution was crafted from a process found in The Federalist Papers in which the entire range of human character was taken into account and a system of checks and balances was tailor made to fit that range, Marx proposed that the external system would transform human character when he said "the state would wither away"-apparently after it had effectively molded human character to its specifications. I have been in debates with die hard Marxist who claim that Marxism has never been tried because the state has never withered away, which is an odd way of saying that Marxism has never been tried because it has never succeeded!

That said, as The SEGF has just changed its cloak to the MVF, and as promotions for the next Juice Conference are being distributed  and I am still trying to find a way to capitalize a mold making project for our very large line of classic designs which have retained marketability for decades- via my crowdfunding project- PRE-LAUNCH drive- this seems like the right moment to continue telling the story of how I came to be involved in researching Maine's economic development statutes and in telling that story I will demonstrate that the state's statutory deeming of the saintly character of their investment partners is far far away from the truth. READ FIRST INSTALLMENT OF STORY HERE

So stay tuned and please consider signing up for my PRE-LAUNCH campaign. I will be offering rewards at all price points and it is also allowed to contribute any amount simply as a donation to the cause. Consider that I have been researching and writing this blog, bringing information to the public which is not found any where else -except by direct research as I do- and that there is no one paying my salary to do so. I have to stop this bad habit of working for free and that is why I am merging this blog into my campaign efforts to capitalize The Great American Ceramic Artists Designers Craftsmen Network. The way I have always seen it- Everything is Everything and so all processes are interconnected. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

OOPS- Maybe the Maine State Inc Owned Liquor Business Isn't As Profitable As Projected!

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Maine officials worry state effort won’t recapture revenue lost in alcohol sales to NH

Bangor Daily News

Under the previous contract, inked by the administration of former Gov. John Baldacci, the state was paid $125 million plus a small percentage of the annual profits between $7 million and $9 million per year over the contract’s 10-year span. The company doing the work, however, made about $36 million each year in profit.

Now how unfair is that- the company DOING THE WORK is making a bigger share of the profits that the corporation of Maine?  Gotta change that ! And I am sure companies will be rushing to compete for the contract especially after the University of Maine business consortium (a kinder, gentler way of saying public- private oligarchy), arranged to have the PUC terms of agreement changed in the Wind Baron Wars* in order to chase Norwegian company Statoil out of Maine so that Maine State Inc could create Maine Aqua Ventus and take over the wind mill Industry in true banana republic style politics for which Maine is establishing a grand reputation.

UMaine gets federal grant for offshore wind project, but far less than $47 million hoped for Bangor Daily News

OOPS Maine Aqua Ventus only got 3 million of those freshly printed dollars from the feds- those magic dollars that decrease the purchasing power for all as it redistributes wealth to the states chosen ones. Aqua Ventus was expecting to take in the 47 million that Statoil was supposed to get ! OOPs maybe the tzars of Maine State Inc don't understand global capitalism as well as they fancy that they do ! -Pure speculation - but could it be that Statoil has more sway with the feds than the corporation of Maine does?

And - I have been pointing out for a while that the whole idea that a state owned liquor industry being profitable has not had a chance to be proven true- The statute passed in 2003 returning the liquor industry to the private sector only expired in July of this year !- And even with a compromised start ahead of that expiration date- there hasn't been enough time to establish that the state owned liquor industry is profitable.

The same kind of accommodating finagling is going on with  state liquor contract negotiations as took place in the state arranged PUC terms of agreement that opened the doors for the state windmill industry- Maine Aqua Ventus: This is the problem when the state merges into the private sector. The state can re-write laws at whim and also write laws that oppose free enterprise practices as we find both in this quote from the Bangor Daily News article:

But, after the administrative hearing and while the panel was still deliberating its decision on whether the contract was valid, the state cancelled the contract award to Pine State and issued a new request for proposal that included substantial changes to previous language, redefining how much of a conflict a company could have in another state and still work in Maine. It also removed language that would have allowed bidders to offer incentive programs that would peg their profits to the success of their work.
The same kind of accommodating finagling is going on with  state liquor contract negotiations as took place in the state arranged PUC terms of agreement that opened the doors for the state windmill industry- Maine Aqua Ventus: This is the problem when the state merges into the private sector. The state can re-write laws at whim and also write laws that oppose free enterprise practices as we find both in this quote from the Bangor Daily News article:
Reiche, who also declined to comment for this report, said at the time the new request for proposal was issued that it de-emphasized the original focus of trying to compete more aggressively with New Hampshire.
 “We were interested in bidding on this when the state had a higher priority in recovering sales from New Hampshire,” Reiche told the Sun Journal in August.
He said his company’s original proposal hinged on an incentive program that would allow the company to take a profit only after it had accomplished the state’s revenue goals in clawing back sales from New Hampshire
But alas under the new laws, incentive programs are disallowed!

“This process was carefully crafted and vetted to ensure transparency and full and fair competition among bidders,” he said. “The governor was disappointed that there was only one bidder but is confident his goals of getting the maximum benefits for Maine will be realized.” 
 Peter Steele, the governor’s communications director.
Full and fair competition between bidders? Really? 

* If you want to know the history of the Wind Baron Wars that resulted in the formation of Maine Aqua Ventus- it is documented in the statutory time line that I created as a means to generate income from this blog. Since the download link never stays operational for long - I gave up on it and so anyone interested in obtaining A Maine Citizen's Timeline Through The Statutes of Transformation- which is a well documented statutory history of the transformation of the state of Maine into the corporation of Maine, complete with internal reference links, just send a payment- suggested minimum $10.00 but whatever you can afford- more or less- to via PayPal and I will email the doc to you.

If this blog were generating a cash flow I would research more deeply into articles such as this one- finding the bids that each company made, and follow the trail where ever it leads, but as an unpaid labor of public service urgency, I have to exercise discipline as to how I spend my time and I have to prioritize the use of my time on finding support for capitalizing  The Great American Ceramic Designer Craftsmen Network, which is where the motivation to do this blog began,

Sunday, September 14, 2014

   How is State Capitalism working out in Maine?

Under state capitalism cloaked in the language of quasi's and public-private relationships. the Maine State legislature accommodates the interests of state capitalism and/or it's chosen private beneficiaries by routinely rewriting the laws. When the state liquor contract laws were re-written to accommodate one company while making the incentives system of another bidder illegal, why was Governor Lepage so disappointed that there was only one bidder- the one for which the law was tailor made?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Hampshire Passes Benefit Corporation Certification Bill

This is an interesting new development coming out of New Hampshire. When I first saw these words

"Governor Hassan Ceremonially Signs NH Benefit Corporation Act at Badger Balm"-

I thought Uh Oh New Hampshire is now going the way of Maine- but upon further reading I found this was not the case. This is a bill about Benefit Company certification. I think I mostly like it. Over the years of operating as a private enterprise, which has donated to umpteen hundred non-profit causes, I was often offended by non-profits as well - especially when I found them operating in the free market while conducting practices that go against the conventional standards of the free market - and when asked why would  answer such as "because we serve the public good" always with the undertone of "if you are not non-profit then you do not serve the public good" and I know this is not the case. There are plenty of private enterprises, preferring to be part of the free enterprise system , that also have philosophies that serve purposes beyond the sheer profit motive, and yet that is how many portray any enterprise choosing to operate in the private sector and function under free enterprise rules of engagement.

Although government bureaucracies make me wary- this bill stipulates that being granted such a certificate does not mean operating under a special set of rules- It just gives recognition to private businesses that choose to do public good. Who ever came up with the idea that in order to do so, one has to operate under non-profit terms of engagement. That makes no sense!

I like that public benefit is not just deemed by the state legislature as it is in Maine such as when we find written in various charters of state corporations 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.

These are some sections that caught my attention because I find them to be based on sound principals serving the interests of the general public, which is what a state is supposed to do:
III. The existence of a provision of this chapter shall not itself create an implication that a contrary or different rule of law is applicable to a business corporation that is not a benefit corporation. This chapter shall not affect a statute or rule of law that is applicable to a business corporation that is not a benefit corporation.

“General public benefit” means a material positive effect on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a third-party standard, from the business and operations of a benefit corporation.

XI. “Third-party standard” means a recognized standard for defining, reporting, and assessing corporate social and environmental performance that is:(a) Comprehensive because it assesses the effect of the business and its operations upon the interests listed in RSA 293-C:7, I(a).(b) Developed by an entity that is not controlled by the benefit corporation.(c) Credible because it is developed by an entity that both:(1) Has access to necessary expertise to assess overall corporate social and environmental performance; and(2) Uses a balanced approach to develop the standard, including a reasonable public comment period.(d) Transparent because the following information is publicly available:(1) About the standard:(A) The criteria considered when measuring the overall social and environmental performance of a business.(B) The relative weightings, if any, of those criteria.(2) About the development and revision of the standard:(A) The identity of the directors, officers, material owners, and the governing body of the entity that developed and controls revisions to the standard.(B) The process by which revisions to the standard and changes to the membership of the governing body are made.(C) An accounting of the revenue and sources of financial support for the entity, with sufficient detail to disclose any relationships that could reasonably be considered to present a potential conflict of interest.293-C:3 Incorporation of Benefit Corporation. A benefit corporation shall be incorporated in accordance with RSA 293-A:2.01 through RSA 293-A:2.07, but its articles of incorporation shall also state that it is a benefit corporation.293-C:4 Election of Benefit Corporation Status.

IX. “Specific public benefit” includes:

(a) Providing low-income or underserved individuals or communities with beneficial products or services;(b) Promoting economic opportunity for individuals or communities beyond the creation of jobs in the normal course of business;(c) Protecting or restoring the environment;(d) Improving human health;(e) Promoting the arts, sciences, or advancement of knowledge;(f) Increasing the flow of capital to entities with a purpose to benefit society or the environment; and(g) Conferring any other particular benefit on society or the environment.

Section 293-C:8 The law regulating the Benefit Director


Very Significantly Different ! - The Public Benefit Corporation and the Benefit Corporation.