This video is filled with many sorrowful images but I look at it I see freedom and I see locations where a ceramic slip casting production could take advantage of the natural affinity between ceramic production work and the often deeply rooted rural inhabitants. Such an enterprise is a natural fit between the existing populous and the work.
But the freedom is an illusion in Maine, 2014. All rural areas are threatened by population relocation plans of either Agenda 21 or by the corporate state deploring that the inhabitants are not producing their "fair share" of revenue to meet the corporation's bottom line. Back in 2012 then gubernatorial wannabe Steve Woods suggested that the state could deny infrastructure tax dollars to rural communities which he claimed were not producing enough sales tax revenue to justify their existence and openly expressing his philosophy that the people serve the interests of the state and not the other way around-meaning that the state today is a state in name only while in practice it is a for-profit corporation.
In 1987, in what can arguably be described as an incremental strategy to take over the financial resource that property taxes provide to municpalilities, the Maine legislature created municipal revenue sharing purportedly because the state has to provide for infrastructure- the same infrastructure that gubernatorial wanna be Steve Woods proposed could be used as a tool of manipulation to force the current inhabitants out of rural areas.
1987 §5681. State-municipal revenue sharing creates a general pool for municipal expenditures controlled by state Governor John R. McKernan, Jr.
2001 Statute establishing Municipal Tax Increment Financing (TIF) controlled by the DECD corporation3. Declaration of public purpose. It is declared 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.[ 2001, c. 669, §1 (NEW) .] (emphasis mine)
2001 Municipal Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
2001 Chapter 383: ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Subchapter 9: MAINE RURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY controlled by the DECD corporation §13120-A. Authority established; purpose
Mr Douglas Ray is a taxpayer funded lobbyist for the DECD corporation.
It is common practice that the majority of those giving testimony in congressional hearings at the Maine legislature are tax payer funded lobbyists from subsidiary corporations of Maine State Inc. In 2013 a bill came up specifically targeting Maine based manufacturing, agricultural and creative industries, MrRay testified as neither for nor against it.
Cosponsored by Senator Langley of Hancock and
Senators Cleveland of Androscoggin, Representative Gilbert of Jay, Representatives Johnson of Greenville, Mastraccio of Sanford, Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth, Morrison of South Portland.
Of the 390 or so businesses participating in the Pine Tree Development Zone Program a vast majority, more than 300 are manufacturers, that's roughly 80%. These businesses have pledged almost a billion dollars in investment and anticipated payroll of nearly $850 million and 74 hundred jobs. Mr Douglas Ray testimony before THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT March 19 2013
If the Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit is applied to that almost billion dollars in investment, that means that both a 1977 law blanket exempting all small business Maine investment companies from taxation and/or the Pine Tree Zone corporate well fare program assures that investors owe no taxes and the Expanded & Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit, being a "refundable tax credit" assures that the Maine taxpayers will refund those investors up to 60% of that almost billion dollar investment-
1987 Maine Department of Economic & Community Development: Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. Charter for the DECD CORPORATION
Note that the words are "the best interest of the State- with "State" being code for "corporation". The words are not "the best interests of the people of Maine, which is the view that would be taken by an authentic state governed by a constitution such as that of Maine.
Grammatically, the word "state" is only capitalized when it follows the name of a state such as in Maine State, to capitalize the word state by itself, particuarily in a document of government, is open to interpretation, I submit only that the meaning here of capitalizing State without including the name of Maine has a meaning of its own.
Centralized management of economy fifth & sixth planks of the Ten Planks of The Communist Manifesto
1997 The DECD serves as Fiscal Agent for the Maine Development Foundation Governor Angus King
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.
The stature is called Rules for Non-profits Corporations which I wrote about here. However once I brought attention to this statute the rules were taken out of public view but are found in downloadable form at the website for secretary of state with a message that states:
So none of this looks very promising for establishing a ceramic slip casting production in remote areas of Maine where there exists high un-employment and low incomes and a populous of rural inhabitants which in the history of Andersen ceramics have shown a natural affinity for the work we have to offer.
Even if one could jump through all the hoops established by Maine's central management bureaucracy in the end one would have a business controlled by the state. The state is progressively assigning every business function unto its self ( see in recent post where in the 2013 legislative session created yet another new government function of managing relationships between private industries !) and has now estanblished its self as union organizer in mandating what terms businesses, beneficiaries of the states gifts of redistributed taxpayer dollars, will have with their employees. Even if one had no conflict with those terms, the state can change the terms when ever the state wants, as it did with Statoil, driving that foreign investor out of Maine so the state could claim the wind industry as a state owned industry. This one act established the level UNtrustworthiness of Maine State as a business entity. If one's business is so controlled by the state, it is not a free enterprise and not existing in a free enterprise system.
Enter Crowdfunding- Crowdfunding allows a business to raise capital independently even in a state in which the concentration of capital and distribution of capital is controlled by a singular corporation masquerading as a state.
Still there is much to wonder about -Why did the town of Brunswick never compete to redevelop the navy base that occupied land formerly a part of the municipality of Brunswick when the land that could be had for a song? Why was there no competition to the state creating a municipal corporation governed by the state at the former navy base in mockery of not only the Maine constitution but general law existing in the USA? One has to wonder what goes on behind the scenes in this state.
As a rooted Maine resident the idea of being instrumental in establishing an industry compatible with the resident population of low income areas sounds like "conscious capitalism" & "social benefit" for a part of the economy that has no investment value to the corporation of Maine, but which is representative of deeply rooted Mainers....- Until one considers the reach and ever increasing power of Maine State Inc. I have to say that New Hampshire is as close as those areas of Maine and New Hampshire is still a free enterprise state- a lot safer for any business. I do not know if Maine would welcome a business unable to meet the standards of the state's targeted sector which is intended to be instrumental in delivering the high end tax base that the corporation of Maine covets. I do not trust what the corporation might do generally. I am sad to say that but I have to because it is true. But I will also say that if a true opportunity were to manifest in such locations, the opportunity to set up a ceramic slip casting production to benefit the invisible population ( or at least invisible to Maine State Inc) is worth the risk and a leap of faith! I would like to be part of a movement toward our economy becoming a whole economy for a whole people once more!