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, October 31, 2014

Why Maine Should Say NO to Bonds!

Bonds are one of the ways that the Corporation of Maine finances its perpetual expansion and dominance over the free enterprise system. As the corporation of Maine concentrates the bulk of available capital in Maine under its own control, it drives the collective socio-economic culture of Maine in the direction determined by a class of overlords- some elected (the legislature and administration) and some not (the tzars and private partners in "public-private relationships). Governor Lepage's recent comment that "$100,000.00 a year income is not that wealthy" reflects the age old character of those in pursuit of wealth for wealth's sake, it is never enough- the goal is perpetually moved- one can never reach it because there is always someone wealthier until one gets to the level of the George Soros's of the world, a man on record of saying it is fun to use his wealth to destroy nations. This attitude is also present of the constant PR for the advancement of Maine State Inc which perpetually emphasizes competition with other states and Maine achieving  "global" or "world class"distinction.

§969-A. Powers and duties of the authority: Receive and accept from any source allocations, appropriations, loans, grants and contributions of money or other things of value to be held, used or applied to carry out this chapter Legislative charter fro FAME corporation

Article IV.

Part Third. Legislative Power

Section 13.  Special legislation.  The Legislature shall, from time to time, provide, as far as practicable, by general laws, for all matters usually appertaining to special or private legislation.

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.. Governor Seldon Connor's Speech is about this constitutional amendment !

Question 2:  Bond Issue
Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats related to ticks, mosquitoes and bedbugs through the creation of an animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service?
Link to legislation for Public Law 572 and Public Law 608 

Expended under direction of DECD corporation- A public private relationship with the University of Maine Inc (U of M is a corporate instrumentality of the state)  playing a key role. Public private relationships have been sold without criticism to Mainers for decades. My criticism of these relationships is that are hegemonic power and use taxpayer money to enrich private investors in exchange for which the public receives rhetoric about creating jobs, which the state refers to as "quality jobs" meaning above average income, which can be taxed at a higher percentage than jobs providing an average or below income, and bring a higher rate of return to the corporation of Maine. It is difficult to track the private investors due to tax privacy laws. The FAME corporation, also chartered by the Maine legislature by special act of legislation includes an exclusion from general law Title 17, section 3104, which  prohibits those in public service from profiting from their positions.
1995 Maine Employment Tax Increment Financing Act

The Maine Employment Tax Increment Financing Program is established to encourage the creation of net new quality jobs in this State, improve and broaden the tax base and improve the general economy of the State. The Legislature declares that the actions required to assist the implementation of development programs are a public purpose and that the execution and financing of these programs are a public purpose. [1995,c. 669, §5 (NEW).]ECTION HISTORY1995, c. 669, §5 (NEW). (emphasis mine)

Commentary-The legislature declares that it can use the people's resources to serve the upper crust of the economy exclusively- this was not decided with the consent of the governed but by the legislature acting In the interests of a for-profit corporation. Maine State Inc has no self benefit in supporting jobs below the upper crust. Upper crust jobs provide a higher employee income which the corporation can tax at a higher rate than the bottom half of the economy- it does not make bottom line sense for this corporation to serve anything but the upper crust of Maine's economy- bottom line being its own profit margin. In the new paradigm decreed by the legislature the people serve as instrumentalities of the Maine corporation's profits. Maine State, which serves the interests of the inhabitants of the state is marginalized. This amounts to  a state corporate gentrification process for Maine- which always implies inhabitant displacement.

Public Law 572 Expended under direction of University of Maine Corporation- which includes the Aqua Ventus- The state off shore wind mill project which established itself in the wake of the legislature's new regulations designed to drive foreign investor Statoil out of the Maine windmill picture. Statoil was expected to receive 47 million in funding from the federal government. Aqua Ventus was awarded only three million- so Aqua Ventus has to find a lot of funding . 

Mini Time Line Of Incremental-ism:State Control over Education & Publicly Funded Workforce

Question 3:  Bond Issue
Do you favor a bond issue to provide $4,000,000 in funds to insure portions of loans to small businesses to spur investment and innovation and to provide $8,000,000 in funds to make flexible loans to small businesses to create jobs, revitalize downtowns and strengthen the rural economy?
Link to legislation for Public Law 596

Dispersed Through THE FAME CORPORATION (Finance Authority of Maine), DECD CORPORATION,(Department of Economic and Community Development) MAINE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE ( a non-profit public charity corporation that matches private investment funds) UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM  (multiple state campuses)
2. Eligible corporations. The fund is open to local, regional and statewide nonprofit or governmental economic development corporations or entities, that are capable of providing financial assistance to businesses in order to create and protect jobs, as well as revitalize downtowns and build strong communities and a sustainable economy, referred  to in this section as "corporations." In the case of loans to quality child care projects, the authority may also provide loans directly to eligible borrowers. To be eligible for assistance from the fund:
Note The statute chartering the DECD Corporation excludes the retail sector which is the mainstay of our downtowns- The legislative findings for the DECD corporation read like a treatise on global capitalism In 2013 , Mr Douglas Ray, taxpayer funded lobbyist for the DECD Corporation was neither for not against a bill in support of in-state manufacturing but strongly supported the expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax credit which expanded by eight fold the rate at which the legislature can extract money from taxpayers and transfer it to private capitalists and corporations. The Seed Capital tax Credit was also expanded by opening it up to out of state investors which means that the 'tax credit" is a cash payout since out of state investors do not owe Maine taxes.
 As for your question regarding retail sector, retail is not an incentive priority primarily because retail is largely driven by demographics, they locate where there is a population that should be inclined to buy whatever they’re selling. Retail also has the highest failure rate of business sectors. Quoted from an email conversation with Mr Douglas Ray, lobbyist for DECD Corporation ( official name legislative liaison) One need only say the words LL Bean to deflate Excluded Retail Sector excuse #1. 

§13059. State agencies to cooperate (DECD CORPORATION)

All state agencies and any other organizations designated by the department to implement community and economic development programs and policies shall cooperate with and expeditiously respond to requests of the department. [1987, c. 534, Pt. A, §§ 17, 19 (NEW).]2. 

Definitions.  As used in this section the following terms have the following meanings
A. "Certified retained business" means any for-profit business in this State other than a public utility as defined by Title 35-A, section 102 that retains 100 or more qualified employees in this State and that meets all of the following criteria to the satisfaction of the commissioner::(emphasis mine)

Commentary it is a mystery to me what “Certified retained business” means according to the statute referenced above. The only applicable definition that I can locate in references statute is3. Corporation.  "Corporation" includes municipal and quasi-municipal corporations. [ 1987, c. 141, Pt.A, §6 (NEW) .]

Quasi-corporationDefinition An entity, such as a county or school district, that has not been incorporated by a state, but that performs some functions of a corporation. Sometimes called a quasi-municipal corporation. Cornell University Law School 

In the case of Maine State Inc- that would also include the "quasi municipal corporations" chartered by act of special legislation by the Maine legislature which consist of the state courts at municipalities that call themselves The Loring Development Authority and The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. Such a definition would not be found at the Cornell University Law School be cause the chartering of municipal corporations to serve state purposes defies not only the Maine Constitution Article IV Part Third, Section 14, but it also defies general law for which a municipality (local government) and a state or federal agency are mutually exclusive legal definitions. The merging of a municipality and the state is a move toward totalitarianism- add to that “public-private relationships” and it becomes the usurpation of a constitutional form of government by a hegemonic power representing the interests of the few. I conclude, speculatively, that the reference to the definition found in the utilities statute is meant to obscure that “Certified retained business" intends to include the quasi- municipal corporations governed by the state – ie, the towns that are called Loring Development and The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. Unlike their neighboring municipalities these two municipalities have the gold dust of Maine and federal taxpayer dollars fueling their economic growth and they believe them selves to have the authority to design the economic development of surrounding municipalities despite the fact that the Home Rule Amendment assigns the home rule authority to economic development.

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.

(1) The business is not engaged in retail operations; or, if it is engaged in retail operations, less than 50% of its total annual revenues from state-based operations are derived from sales taxable in this State or the business can demonstrate to the commissioner by a preponderance of the evidence that any increased sales will not include sales tax revenues derived from a transferring or shifting of retail sales from other businesses in this State; and
Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue, to be awarded through a competitive process and to be matched by $11,000,000 in private and other funds, to build a research center and to discover genetic solutions for cancer and the diseases of aging, to promote job growth and private sector investment in this State, to attract and retain young professionals and make the State a global leader in genomic medicine?
Link to legislation for Public Law 574


  •  Any business in which the University of Maine Corporation is a partner is, at least partially, a state owned business (Marxist political system)

How can the legislature of Maine, operating in violation of the Maine Constitution, Article IV part Third, Section 14, in every instance that it charters a corporation for state purposes, pretend not to be cognizant that a political system in which the state controls the means of production (capital) is Marxism and at the same time be the authority responsible for the entrenchment of Marxist and Socialist Studies as a minor at the University of Maine Corporation? If the Maine legislature is so uneducated and unaware about political philosophy- then what business does it have assigning itself jurisdiction over educational curriculum at the University of Maine corporation?

So with the corporation of Maine set up to take money from "any source" and to profit off of its investments, particularly in the ownership of intellectual property rights, why does this for-profit corporation need to raid the pockets of the general taxpayer every election season? Private corporations do  not have access to funds produced by the fruit of the labor of the general  public and so the corporation of Maine has set itself up to be in unfair competition with the (general) private sector. The corporation of Maine is a hegemonic power which can rewrite the rules of the game as needed in pursuit of its own agenda (as it did to drive our Norwegian company Statoil - re-writing  regulations midstream so the the University of Maine business consortium could claim ownership of windmill industry in Maine) 
Question 5:  Bond Issue
Do you favor a $3,000,000 bond issue, to be awarded through a competitive process and to be matched by $5,700,000 in private and public funds, to modernize and expand infrastructure in a biological laboratory specializing in tissue repair and regeneration located in the State in order to increase biotechnology workforce training, retain and recruit to the State multiple biomedical research and development groups and create a drug discovery and development facility that will improve human health and stimulate biotechnology job growth and economic activity?
Link to legislation for Public Law 568

Dispersed by The DECD Corporation and The Maine technology Institute

The Maine Technology Institute, as established in section 12004-G, subsection 33-D, is a nonprofit corporation with public and charitable purposes. The duties, activities and operations of the institute are within the provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3). Governor Angus King ( and outside the power of the legislature as granted by The Maine Constitution- !
  • Governed by a board of directors appointed by state. (technical definition of a tzar)
  • The Maine technology institute is a non-profit public charity providing capital to for-profit investors by matching the private investment by 100%. I have not found anything in the package of gifts that  the corporation of Maine provides for private investors which prohibits the private investor from  then using the amount once doubled by Maine's public charity for investors to apply for Maine Seed Capital Tax credit - after first visiting Maine's Pine Tree Zone Gift Center for Capitalists to pick up their 100% tax exemption of corporate and personal income tax and to arrange for the general Maine taxpayer to cover up to 80% of its high end payroll taxes - thanks to the involuntary generosity of the general Maine taxpayer as so mandated by the legislative board of the corporation of Maine.

    Once the private for-profit investor has secured tax exempt status he can take the investment doubled by the Maine's charity for profiteers  to cash in on an up  to 60% refund of his investment - which is a 120% reimbursement of the starting point investment thanks once again to the involuntary generosity of the Maine taxpayer as so mandated by the legislative board of the corporation of Maine via the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" which is a "refundable tax credit" meaning that if no taxes are owed- the taxpayers owe the investor a cash refund on their investment.

    Last year in a move uncritically supported by Maine's media, the legislature increased by eight-fold the rate at which it can re-distribute the fruit of the general taxpayer's labor to capitalists and the owners of the means of production. This increase in the amount was not reported in the Maine media- neither was it reported that the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital tax Credit" was expanded by opening up the gifts offered involuntarily by Maine taxpayers to out of state investors- transforming the tax credit- referred to as "reduced revenue" to an out and out cash payment to investors who never owed any taxes to the corporation of Maine to begin with, - this was heralded by the Maine media as a bill that we had to pass as Maine would probably fall into a very deep recession if we didn't (my words)

    While the taxpayer funded lobbyist for the DECD Corporation, Mr Douglas Ray, had no opinion about a bill attempting to support 
    to manufacturing, agricultural and creative industries located in the State of Maine, Mr Douglas Ray strongly supported the Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit- which easily passed out legislature with 100% vote in the Senate ( don't know roll call for House)

    So think about how this "public -private relationship" works- public funds matched by private funds but the private investment  is then reimbursed possibly in an amount greater than the original private investment, by the taxpayers - who have no percentage of ownership.
    •  . Do you really want to vote for bonds that support the continued manipulations of Maine State Inc?

Question 6:   Bond Issue
Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue to ensure clean water and safe communities across Maine; to protect drinking water sources; to restore wetlands; to create jobs and vital public infrastructure; and to strengthen the State’s long-term economic base and competitive advantage?
link to legislation for Public Law 589

This is the Only Bond that is NOT being distributed by the corporation of Maine. If any bonds are passed this one should be as it is hard for environmental issues to compete against the business interests of the corporation of Maine in a legislative vote- I will cover this in a separate blog post. 

Question 7: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $7,000,000 bond issue to facilitate the growth of marine businesses and commercial enterprises that create jobs and improve the sustainability of the State’s marine economy and related industries through capital investments, to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and other funds?”

Link to legislation for Public Law 592

Provides funds for the development of lobster processing capacity in the State.
This is another bond which will be dispersed through the DECD corporation- which I have written about in abundance here and so I will say that I think this is a good cause better financed through private means to assure that this does not become another Marxist styled state owned businesses or that a private investor ends up owning it when actually the investment has been paid for by the taxpayers.
This seems like a good candidate to finance through a private crowd-funder.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Maine Candidate Anna Morkeski Running on Local Government Control Over Maine State Dominance.

Click to read story on Lincoln County News

Anna Morkeski sounds good but in terms of right to work, it has to be factored in that while no union dues are charged to its beneficiaries, the Maine gov is currently writing statutes that mandate employee pay and benefits for its targeted sector (companies providing above average income) as a bargaining chip in exchange for giving owners of the means of production up to 100% tax exemption on corporate and personal income tax and a tax credit of up to 80 % payroll taxes - the largest payroll taxes in the state which the Maine Gov passes the lion's share on to the general tax payer via the Pine Tree Zone tax incentives program. This means that while beneficiaries of the state's negotiations do not pay union dues in effect the general Maine tax payer covers the union dues regardless of whether or not the taxpayer is the beneficiary, while the corporation of Maine ends up with an high end employee income tax revenue which can be taxed at a higher rate than the middle class and lower jobs that the Maine economic development policies exclude from their targeted sector benefits.

So if one really advocates for making Maine a right to work state, one should also advocate for a REPEAL of the PINE TREE ZONE TAX BENEFITS which benefit the few (maybe) at the expense of the many. I say it maybe benefits the few because of Maine State Inc's over use of tax credits and tax exemptions to gift to owners of means of production and capitalists. This will continue to drive up taxes on the general public and eventually Maine will be like Denmark where wages are high but taxes are higher- on average taxes in Denmark are at 80% according to Mikkel Clair Nissen

So all we can really say for certain is that Pine Tree Zone tax incentives benefit the expanding power and might of the corporation of Maine and its hegemonic power over the free enterprise system in this state.

Response from Anna Morkeski:

Anna Morkeski I am all for ending corporatism in Maine. Sorry the article didn't cover everything. I didn't write it. Please feel free to talk to me directly about issues you would like to see addressed. Also saw you liked 'The Committee to Rebuild Maine's Middle Class". Do check out where they get their money and how they spent it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Can a Write in Vote For The Late Governor Seldon Connor Effect A Paradigm Shift in Maine Politics?


I do not feel that any candidate running for governor truly supports the interests of the state of Maine. Since I have been researching the economic development statutes it has become clear to me that since the Maine legislature deemed that centrally managing the economy is an essential government function in 1977 when the legislature chartered the Maine Development Foundation Corporation, that every governor and every legislature has advanced the corporate state no matter what party is in control and the media has obediently not questioned or engaged any conversation about the underlying political philosophy that is being altered by such actions on the part of our legislature and administrations.There is never a point in time when the political philosophy at work is included in the political talking points of the day.

And so as Mikkel Clair Nissen describes about Denmark, there is no right - as in conservative- side of politics in Maine today. All parties, R's D's and I's are united in their support of state corporatism- which is in fact 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, inSocialism: 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

I have been thinking that I will vote for no one for governor but if I vote for anyone it would be Lepage but just when I think I might do that LePage opens his mouth and reminds me again that he is not actually a Governor of the state of Maine but the CEO of Maine's most powerful corporation.

Article IV.Part Third. Legislative PowerSection 13.  Special legislation.  The Legislature shall, from time to time, provide, as far as practicable, by general laws, for all matters usually appertaining to special or private legislation.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. Governor Seldon Connor's Speech is about this constitutional amendment !

The other day I read someone say that they were going to write in the name of the late Andrew Ian Dodge and that's when I got the idea that I could write in the name of anyone- living or dead ! After all, when one writes in a name, in most cases, one knows that the candidate will never win and so it is really just a way of sending a message to our politicians. Who better to write in than Governor Seldon Conner who delivered a speech on the passage of Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine Constitution- such a speech as I would like to hear the likes of coming out of the mouth of a politician running for office in Maine today !

Here it is again:

Section thirteen presents a discretionary field of action which your own honor will impel you to occupy to the fullest extent.'The title of 'Special and Private Laws,' which includes so large a portion of the laws of former Legislatures, is an obnoxious one, conveying suggestions of privilege, favoritism and monopoly; though happily these evils have not in fact, stained the character of our legislation, they should not be suffered to have, even in the form of our laws, any grounds of suspicion that can be removed. Other weighty objections to special laws for private benefit are, that they are obtained at the public expense, and in their passage distract the attention of legislators from matters of public interest. The opportunity is now afforded, and the duty enjoined upon you, by the amendment, to restrict the necessity for such laws to the narrowest possible limits. An analysis and classification of the private and special laws upon the statute books, will inform you of the objects for which it is desirable to provide by general laws, if practicable. 'Many objects have been hitherto specially legislated upon although they were amply provided for by general laws. I have distinguished authority for the statement that sixty or more of the corporations created by a special act for each, by the last Legislature, could have been created and organized under general laws. The reason why the general laws have not been resorted to to a greater extent, is not, so far as I am informed, to be found in any insufficiency or defect of those laws, but in the greater ease and simplicity of the method of application to the Legislature and in the fancied higher [146 Me. 323] sanction of an authority proceeding directly from it. Section fourteen, relating to corporations is compressive and peremptory.. It relates to all corporations, except only those for municipal purposes. It clearly prohibits their creation by special acts if the objects desired can be secured under existing general laws.' ( emphasis mine) From Governor Seldon Conner's Inaugural Address  1876 - I don't have a link for this - it was found in The Maine Constitution- A reference guide by Marshall J Tinkl

You, my reader. may be familiar with Napoleon Hill who wrote Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill utilized his creative imagination to have council with Lincoln, Darwin, Ford, Edison and such people. Anyone will be utilizing the same power of the imaginative council of Governor Seldon Connor by casting a vote for him in this election. A write in vote is a message to our politicians. A vote for Governor Seldon Connor is a message that says' We've got your number! we know what your up to- and we want our constitution back- specifically in regard to Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution'


And so if you share my feeling- that NONE of the candidates best represent the interests of this state and it's inhabitants- then consider writing in a vote for Governor Seldon Connor. One write in vote might not get much attention but many write in votes for a long dead Governor of Maine might send a few shock waves through the legislature and our administration. It would create a new political talking point which has long been missing from our public dialogue ! Why did all those people vote for Governor Seldon Conner ? And of course they might trace it back to this blog, which well documents the reason for writing in Governor Seldon Connor !

I am calling for a political paradigm shift! There is no representation in the current political class for the thought that Maine is not only going down an unconstitutional course but a wrong course- we have been hypnotized into believing that a free enterprise system is not an option. We are no longer the Independent Mainer ! We have been brainwashed into believing that we need Big Daddy to manage our economy for us!

So I posted this on Facebook -Feel free to share it if your are so inclined:

I was told that this was not the time to be putting out such a message because if Governor Lepage loses we will have Michaud. Hmmmm. Is one worse or better than the other? LePage seems to be radically advancing the corporate state from what  I can see and I think Michaud will do the same.

Further on in the conversation that ensued the following statement was made. I post it only as a typical example of the kind of argument that one can expect to engage if one questions the hardened political paradigm of our times:

Again true, but the "state of Maine", just as the UNITED STATES, are both licensed "corporations". So is every other state and the vast majority of municipalities. Whether illegal or not that is the way the system is run, for now, so we need the best person possible to run it. I do not see that scenario changing anytime soon, regardless of what anyone thinks. Cynical, yes, but also realistic.

I think this person has never read my blog and believes that I am easily intimidated, but I asked him to verify his claim by pointing to the corporate charter of Maine and asked him who had the authority to sign off on such a charter, being that our constitution prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations for state purposes. If every other state is a "licensed corporation" - then why are the states called states instead of corporations? It is true that not every state has a prohibition against the legislature chartering corporations for state purposes in their constitutions. Some do and some don't but Maine is does! And it is true today that Maine is a practicing corporation, but it is not true that Maine is a licensed corporation- and so the author of the assertion did not answer my request for verification of his claims.

As for the United States being a corporation- that's another topic but it was not originally so and some say that it was never a constitutional change.

What this assertion is really saying is that there is no Rule of Law. "Reality" is only about whoever can connive and manipulate their way into practice- regardless of the law of which the very foundation is the constitution. If there is no longer a practicing Rule of law, then you can be sure that the way we are headed with the nicely parsed justifications for the hegemony of "public-private relationships" is that eventually the private part of that unholy marriage will get the upper hand and we will all be ruled by global corporations.

Power to the People!