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, June 29, 2015

Confessions of A Blogger Writing In Her Pajama's - Well House Robe !

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Day Five of my Crowdfunder once again came up empty so now on day six it is looking unlikely that I will have garnered enough public support to take advantage of the 50% discount on the iuniverse program by 2 PM today when the sales person is going to check back with me.

Perhaps when I complete the remainder of the thirty day crowdfunder I will have suceeded in garnering enough public support to justify investing in such a program. That bar is $500.00 because until I reach $500.00 I do not get to retain any of the funds pledged. If I reach that bar, perhaps there will be another deal available- or I can do another crowdfunder to try to raise the rest of the funds needed,- so with that thought in mind, I am going to continue with this crowdfunder to its completion. It feels like doing one of those dance marathons of the depression era-or a fillibuster speach on the floor of the Senate.

This is a particular sort of endurance test which I have decided to take on in much the same spirit that I decided to take on the elevator pitch in hopes of procuring funding for re-doing the molds for our ceramics. I had never done such a thing before and when I did it was my first direct encounter with the corporation of Maine- that is when I first learned that the taxpayers were under writing a high growth investment company to the tune of 10 percent in a deal arranged by the people's representatives in which the taxpyers involuntary investment is treated like a non-profit investment- while the private investors are referred to as "high growth investors" a term which traditionally means that they take high risks to make high profits- but at The Maine Venture Fund, the legislature has passed 10% of that risk on to the taxpayers, which likely means that the tax payers cover all the overhead costs and as usual, do not share in the profits- its called socializing the risk and privatizing the gain. That was a shocking eye opener for me and accounts for how I became involved in my independent research project which is recorded here on this blog.

The advantage of having a knowledge of  the entire economic development policies of the state came into play when I was analysing the speculative intent of small language changes in the "Expanded and Imporved Seed Capital Tax Credit" -small language changes that advantaged the Maine Venture Fund over other investment companies pursuant to their public corporation status.

I was thinking today about the way that bloggers are frequently treated with general disrgard. I have heard Fox News commentators use the phrase "bloggers in their pajamas" when just plain bloggers would have been fine. Such a phrase is used as a derogatory phrase but it makes little sense. What does it imply? That the blogger is working independently out side of the system. He is wrting at home- hardly unusual for any type of an author. I bet even Steven King sometimes wears his pajamas when he is writing in the privacy of his own home, especially if he is struck with a moment of inspiration before he gets up and puts on his suit and tie, which would be the standard uniform that a repsectable author wears when writing in the privacy of their own home- but not those bloggers ! They wear pajamas ! I am surprised that the line is not that bloggers sit but naked at their computers when composing their blogs ! Why the demonization of bloggers in our society- which essentially means independent and individualistic voices?

The phrase represents being outside of the system- or a voice independent of the system- not on the system's payroll ! That describes me. How could I write what I write as an employee of the system which my research is revealing? There is to the perspective that I have revealed an intentional design to keep the operations of the system concealed from the public's eye.

The attitude represented by the phrase "bloggers in their pajamas" is part of a larger speech regulation trend that seems to be rapidly growing steam in the USA and clearly in Maine. I run into speech regulation every where in my personal life from family to acquaintances. I call the perpetuators of such free speech regulation "polite society" for they claim that they regulate speech because it is rude to experess any subject of thought which they have banned- as the self proclaimed arbitor of good manners in our soiciety. Recently I was in a group of people when out of the blue one of them asked what my politcal affiliation is. First I was asked if I was Tea Party and I said the Tea Party is no longer what it started out to be. Then I was asked if I am a Libertarian and I said No because I believe in a very very very strong defense. They were shocked and deeply offended that I would say such a simple sentence in response to a direct question in public. I was told "Why you can't say that here at this non-profit organization". Did the speaker understand that she, as a manager of that organization, was saying that said organization stands for the regulation of free speech? I will likely never step foot in that organization again as I cannot support any organization that claims it has the authority to regulate free speech.

While in my personal life I have been told "You have other places to air your views so you don't need to do so here"- Conversely one of the reasons I write my blog is because I am a thinking person and there are very few forums in which one is allowed to express one's thoughts on important subjects.

The sales woman from iuniversal called early. I have on more day more than I thought. I just need to make a down payment of almost 300.00 but I will not have access to any funds raised until I reach 500.00. The small contributions matter as much in terms of feeling that there is public support for this projects as the large one's do. A sponsor level contribution could get me to the level of making a clear committment to the program which is teh best means for one in my situtation to find a network of support needed for success in this type of an ambition.

Once I meet the $800.00 project goal I get to be a contributing author on Beacon, which also provides an ongoing source of journalism funding and is another way of connecting to a community as well:

This is about Beacon

Beacon: A Journey in Crowdfunding Journalism

A Different Kind of Crowdfunding: One for All
In 2013, founders Dan Fletcher, Dmitri Cherniak and Adrian Sanders launched Beacon as a different kind of crowdfunding platform, one that focuses on writers more than their stories, and takes a collective approach by sharing revenue across different projects.
Users subscribe to their favorite of Beacon’s 150 writers for a minimum of $5 a month, and in return receive access to all the content produced by all writers on the site. About 60 percent of the subscription fee goes to the chosen writer, while the rest is shared with the other Beacon writers.
Funding Writers, Not Stories
The idea to focus on content producers, rather than individual stories, was inspired by social media’s impact on news consumption, something Fletcher has spent his career observing. Before Beacon, he was Facebook’s managing editor, and before that he had a gig at Bloomberg, coordinating social media accounts and training.
“So much conversation about what happens in the world happens on places like Facebook and Twitter,” he said in an email interview. “If you’re able to tap into that activity, and channel it into something that actually supports journalism’s growth and development, that’s tremendously powerful.”

I am really excited about that concept. I need to feel that there exists a support network for what I am doing. I probably can squeeze the money out from somewhere for the down payment for the program but it is the feeling that I am not receiving public support for my already established efforts in research journalism that holds me back- that and all the other pressures on the use of my time that I am facing- which if I were not spending time on this, would mean I would have a lot mooe availabe time for the other.

So once again- a lot of small five are ten dollar contributions are not likely to get me to my financial goal unless they are really a lot- but they make a huge difference in feeling that there is public support out there for my mission. A large sponsor category contribution can make a big financial impact on meeting my project goal to  become one of the Beacon authors.

I do not have a large audience relative to the main stream media but I have a growing audience in which there are usually at least three instances of locations where the number of pages and session duration numbers are unususally high- meaning that people are reading more than just one post and spending more than a twitter moment on my blog. The image above shows the Google Analytics Page for today. For a long time- several years - the circles were located in theBoothbay Region but now they have spread out over a much larger territory. The people reading my blog, if they support my mission can help me to reach my goal to become a Beacon author and to join the iuniverse program so that my megaphone can have a wider reach.

Today is a particuarily important day to see some public support for what I am doing. Please become a backer of my project.  A one dollar contribution has as much weight as an 800.00 contribution when it comes to measuring public support and feeling that I have public support does matter to me. It makes a crucial difference.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Maine Media Coverage of Government Economic Development Policies Fits the Definition Of Propaganda

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Day four of my Crowdfunder once again comes up empty with the deadline for taking the deal being offered by iuniversal tomorrow. If worse comes to worse, I can probably find a way to squeeze the initial payment out of my own already stretched resources but I have to consider all the aspects of that decision which includes the use of my time.

Even before I knew that I believe in God, I was a person that felt that the universe, or everything that is, speaks to one through the events that manifest around us. It has occurred to me that I am being offered very good terms for the iuniversal program at the opportune moment for me to make space in my life for writing my book. In terms of writing the biggest competition for that space of time is the blog. For a long time my blog focused on digging up the history of Maine's economic development statutes, reading and analyzing statutes that came into being years ago and by the time I discovered them were already deeply entrenched into the Maine political socio-economic system. This gave me a background understanding which I haven't actually found spoken out loud else where. I am sure there are others as well  who understand the background of the entire economic system in Maine  and possibly even better than I do- but they are not saying so- at least not out loud. I once recieved this comment to my blog:

Please contact me regarding this article. I find it 100% true and have some insight to what is going on in Brunswick. on MRRA and Tempus Jets Drain More Money From The TaxPayers Via The Pine Tree Zone.

I contacted the author of the comment but I never received a response. I did not publish the comment to protect the author's identity.

As much as I may feel that my background research has been very thorough, there is no way for me to know that I have uncovered the whole. In fact, every time I look, even at a statute I have looked at before, it is not unusual to discover something new, especially since when ever I re-read a statute I have a greater background understanding of the whole system of economic development statutes than I had the previous time that I looked at it. The design for the whole system is hidden in all of the parts and the parts are likewise hidden in the whole.

However this year my focus has been on bills or current news stories. Since the legislative sessions wind down in June, that means there will not be as many current news stories calling to be examined- or I should say, there will not be new works of legislation calling to be examined. As I have examined each piece of legislation in the news I have found that all are reported in independent main stream news resources as if they are all using the same outline and script instructions. The legislation is spun uniformly, telling the same story through out the main stream media. Important aspects of each bill are omitted uniformly by all of those independent news sources, and the issues are framed in a uniform way by all of the supposedly independent news media in Maine. There is never a background context that connects the current legislation with the entire economic development policies of the state.

: ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.

I covered the bills in the public media focus as well. I covered them by first reading the legislation.

I started by three part series on the Put ME to Work bill by first looking at what was going on in the Community College statutes. There in I found that through the mechanism of refundable tax credits and factoring in a background knowledge of the entire economic development policies instituted in Maine, that the cost of work training for private companies could easily be passed along to the general Maine Tax Payers - which you can read about in detail HERE. I found that every certified educational institution in Maine is considered to be part of the community college system. including the University of Maine, which has a legal document protecting its rights to the ownership of intellectual property in place. The inclusion of legal claims to intellectual property rights throughout the charters for the subsidiary corporations in Maine's corporate network established to serve as "instrumentalities of the state"  is one of the very significant facts that has been uniformly omitted throughout Maine's main stream media in it's ongoing coverage of Maine's economic development policies. Selectivity in reporting relative information is one of the ear marks of propaganda:
Propaganda  Wikipedia
Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position.
Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis

When I went to find the actual Put Me To Work bill, I noticed another glaring omission by Maine's main stream media - including an editorial by  Speaker of the House Mark Eves in the Portland Press Herald- that there was no link to the actual bill- nor was there any mention of the bills LD number. making it more than the usual challenge to locate the actual bill. When I searched "Put ME To Work" on Google . the top results are for a music video- Perhaps the Maine Legislature could use this video to promote their legislation as well !

When I eventually found LD1373, the reason for hiding it seemed all too clear. Can you spot it as easily as I did ?

If not there is a clue in the title of the blog post that I wrote after locating the Put Me To Work  bill text"

25% for You- 75% for Maine State INC in Maine's Put ME to Work Bill

I searched for other features in Maine's premier news paper -The Portland Press Herald on LD1373- one written by someone other than the Speaker of The House who is one of the government sponsor's of the bill. I didn't find anything, Could the writing on the wall be any clearer? The Maine main stream media is in the business of distributing what qualifies, by definition, as government propaganda- We have been hearing only one message serving one agenda for decades.

I am one of the few voices in Maine questioning and examining that agenda. My blog readership has been growing slowly but surely over time. In the beginning my readership was mainly in the Boothbay Region- then it expanded to Damariscotta and Newcastle- suggesting that there must be some sort of street level word of mouth taking place, At first my Google analytic's chart displayed one big circle for the Boothbay area. Today there are many big circles and other circles of descending sizes. My readership is still concentrated in Southern Maine but the smaller circles extend all the way up to the border of northern Maine.

But still I have a very small megaphone and considering that- publishing a book - even of modest success will increase the size of my own media voice significantly. In order for Maine to be governed by something other than a calculated propaganda machine sounding like one chorus delivering the same message in unison, there needs to be a more high profile media voice expressing alternate points of view.

Once again please consider becoming a backer of my project- what ever size. I know your financial resources may be as stretched as my own but consider the fact that in addition to that the demands on my time and energy are also being stretched in order to bring another voice and another perspective into Maine's media profile- be it a very small megaphone for now.

Tomorrow I have to put down slightly under $300.00 to take advantage of the 50% discount on the iuniversal program. For the Beacon Journalist Crowdfunder I have to raise $500.00 before I get to keep any of the funds - or I thought I read that- but have to find it again- If that is correct I will not actually have access to any funding until I reach that level.

Please Click on the link  as seen in the side bar and make a contribution.

Thank You ,


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Day Three Of Crowdfunder- Weighing Conflicts of Interest

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Day Three of my campaign is another day of coming up empty and as the hour approaches when I must decide whether to take the deal or not, I have a lot of considerations to weigh including most significantly the use of my time. We have an understaffed business with many huge challenges to meet and on top of that a lot of work to do for probate.  At least 300% of my energy is needed for that meaning my plate is already too full.

However our business exists in a larger context and the way I see things the context and our own personal place with in it are inseparably part of each other.

One of my earliest childhood memories was sitting in the field and thinking of my world. I thought first there is me and then my family and then the community and so on until there was the whole world. That was a world in which the atomic bomb has just been created and I gave the world only twenty five years- but I was wrong on that score. However it did affect the way that I lived my life- perhaps it affected my whole generation which is why we were the tune out generation- you know the history.

But I tell you this story because it has been a recurrent memory through out my whole life when ever I find myself confronted with issues of how I spend my time. It is the reason that when I created my first blog, the name I came up with was Sitting On A Log. I always find myself returning to that time and place in hours of  big decisions.

I could say, I should bite the bullet and spend all of my time on our business and personal situation which needs more of my time and energy than I have to give- but then I would be giving in and let the propaganda that is so prevalent in the public dialogue in Maine rule- without any opposition.....Or practically none as I do not see anyone else delving into the history and the incredible propaganda that has been embedded into statutes that have been written, as I have done and can't seem to stop doing. I am going on auto quite frankly, I am permitting myself to go on auto and use my time and energy to follow the narrative I have been following where ever it goes. I don't know if I have the ability to turn auto off ! The best thing would be to make it part of my source of income so that I don't feel so conflicted about stealing the time needed for our business to tell the story that isn't being told by anyone else that I can see.

So I say that if you want this story told- you should be supporting my efforts to get to a place where I might derive some income from telling the story, based on the faith that if I were to publish a book with the help of a network of professionals such as iuniverse that I would be making more of an income from the use of my time spent here than I do now- which is nothing. My motivation in telling the story is not to make money- it is because the story needs to be told and that is why I cannot say that I have the ability to turn off auto so that I can invest my time and energy in our own family business that also needs to be saved !

Andersen Design- An American Ceramic Art & Design Company- Still Made In The USA .

On that note- although there is a whole other part to this post calling to unfold, duty calls- I have to cut it short and attend to other pressing issues.

Please become a backer of the narrative that is unfolding through this story teller. Any small amount shows support and that matters. And any large amount could go along way toward resolving my current conflict of interests.



iUniverse initially focused on business-to-consumer print-on-demand publishing as well as publishing both new and reprinted titles.[2] Soon after they were founded, Barnes & Noble purchased a 49% stake in the company. As part of the agreement, Barnes & Noble was to offer iUniverse titles both in their online bookstore and at their physical stores.[3]
In 2004, porn star Amy Fisher's memoir If I Knew Then about how she pled guilty to first-degree aggravated assault and served seven years in prison, became the best-selling book in iUniverse's history, selling 32,445 copies up to 2004.[4] Nevertheless, according to a 2005 Publishers Weekly article, out of the more than 18,000 titles published by iUniverse until 2004, only 83 had sold at least 500 copies and only 14 titles had been sold through physical Barnes & Noble stores.[4]
In September 2007, iUniverse was purchased by Author Solutions, the parent company of hedge fund owned rival AuthorHouse.[5] On January 22, 2008, Author Solutions announced iUniverse operations would move from Lincoln, Nebraska to Bloomington, Indianato be co-located with AuthorHouse.[1] In June 2008, it was announced that Author Solutions would "onshore" iUniverse's Shanghai, China operations—creating more than 140 new jobs in its Indiana headquarters over the next few years.[6]

Industry recognition[edit]

iUniverse has been recognized by both industry groups and independent publishing watchdogs. In 2003, iUniverse received the Editors' Choice designation from PC Magazine in a comparison of six print-on-demand companies.[7]
In 2011, iUniverse was ranked #1 of 12 in the online book publishing category by[8] The company earned the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award, and was appraised as an indie publisher that “does a great job with its basic features, up-to-date marketing and helpful paid add-on services.”
Publishers Weekly notes iUniverse has partnerships with The Writers' Club (under Writers Club Press) and Writer's Digest (under The Writer's Showcase).[9]

This is would be so much easier if I just had the state working for me mandating that the taxpayers  support my crowdfunder- isn't that what the taxpayers are in the government's design to redistribute the wealth to the new owners of the means of production- the taxpayers are the crowdfunders who reduce the risk for the new owners of the means of production- but crowdfunders with no free will. It is so much more difficult when you have to try to get a crowd to fund your project of their own free will. - But having made that point- when the economist tells you that the projects funded by the New Markets Tax Credit wouldn't happen any other way. then whats that about? According to the philosophy of the economist- it couldn't happen via a crowdfunder in which the funders have a free will- and exactly what kind of a political philosophy is that?  Isn't that actually saying that if the crowdfunders -ie the taxpayers- had free will- they wouldn't support the project? And exactly how does the economist know that?

Friday, June 26, 2015

MISSION: To Connect Global Popular & Local Understanding


On day two of my crowdfunder I received my first contribution. I thank George Colby, whom I know via FaceBook, for his generosity,

The other night I watched the premier of a new series on cable, Mr Roberts, Twenty or even ten years ago, the series would be considered science fiction but our contemporary world has already caught up with fiction and is now driving the story line. It is an age old theme about a secret sect of  the powerful who control the world, They go by different names-the most known name today is probably the Bilderberg Group. The series features such a corporate group secretly controlling the entire world through the E corporation, which the protagonist calls the Evil Corporation. The protagonist is a tech savvy young man- a security specialist working for the E Corporation. The series features a running narrative by the protagonist. A line that caught my attention was when the protagonist said "they force us to work for them" . It resonated with my own feelings about the agenda statutorily entrenched in Maine through rhetoric glorifying the "public-private relationship"

Popular culture represents a certain level of collective awareness- not in the political sense but more like Jung's collective unconsciousness except that it is a form of collective consciousness. In my personal social media network there is a prolific awareness of Agenda Twenty One, which if my reader has not heard of, You can find out about it on Democrats Against Agenda Twenty One the first words you wil see on that page say:


 Rosa Koire, the founder of  Democrats Against Agenda Twenty One, is one of the most well known voices speaking out against Agenda Twenty One. She alerts us to the fact that Agenda Twenty One is a conceptual idea emerging from the United Nations but the plan is to embed it locally everywhere and yet it still seems difficult for a local populous to recognize that an agenda that they object to globally is actually being embedded at a local level.

My research has concentrated on that local embedding in the state of Maine. The rhetoric that Rosa Koire identifies as emergent from Agenda Twenty One is found embedded in the statutes that have constructed the corporate state of Maine in blatant violation of  the Maine Constitution, which prohibits the Maine legislature from chartering corporations by special acts of legislation:


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

And yet the Maine legislature has embedded a progressively expanding network of corporations serving as "instrumentalities of the state" into the government of Maine. I have been writing about this network for six years on my blog and so I will not go into detail here.

The purpose of this crowdfunder is to raise funds for my own efforts to connect with a supportive network- which I explained in the first update.

In this update I am talking about how I conceptualize my approach to writing a book on this subject. I began with a narrative about a new state of the art television drama because it represents a portrait of popular awareness. The problem that I see in popular awareness is in connecting what is understood on a global level with the way that is being implemented on a local level. In Maine no one was paying attention as the propaganda which replaced government for the people by the people and off the people was embedded into our statutes. It is the rhetoric of a political philosophy in diametrical opposition to the founding philosophy of the United States upon which the Maine State Constitution is based but the general public does not connect the dots and the main stream media has mainly served as a vehicle for the distribution of the propaganda.

PropagandaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position.
Propaganda is information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.
My challenge in presenting this story will be to find a balance between entertaining the ear of popular culture, which  needs to make this connection themselves and embedding the understanding that I am attempting to communicate in the real world- not just a remote mythological world out there but not part of what is happening right here at the most local level.
As I do that I also need to connect what is happening locally in Maine with what is happening in various degrees all across the USA. I hope to cover a few other key states, particularly the states associated with the emerging political candidates in our next election. Those political candidates, if governors, will tell the public how many jobs they created. I am not only interested in the numbers of jobs created but how they were created. I want to make a distinction between jobs created by fostering a free enterprise system versus jobs created by fostering state corporatism and a public-private hegemony form of government.

In so doing I will need to present information in a substantiated and analytical way which some may find boring but I want to reach those people who think analytical thinking is too boring and so I need to develop a writing style which will keep those people interested - That's the challenge !

If you understand what I just said- Please become a backer so that I can take advantage of the 50% discount currently being offered for the iuniversal self publishing program. I need to take that offer by Monday. In order to assure  that I can receive the funds gathered even if I do not reach my modest crowdfunding goal of $800.00- I need to pass the $500.00 limit. Once I achieve the $800.00 goal, I can be a publishing author on the Beacon website. No contribution is too small or large. Every contribution gives encouragement to write this book far beyond the value of the dollar amount.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Networking Essential For A Successful Crowdfunder And Developing Such A Network Is It's Purpose


As you can see I am doing a crowdfunder in an attempt to raise the resources to take advantage of a 50% discount on iuniversal's program for self publishers. It is no surprise that I raised no funds on the first day because I am what you call an outlier blogger, which means in essence that I am not connected to a network of people working or supporting what I do. My mission in bringing the information and point of view that I present in my blog is to affect change in the entrenched political paradigm in Maine, and the USA,including the media. Crowdfunding depends on networking and I lack a network, which is why I want to be part of the Iuniversal program, a program which connects self published authors to community of professionals in the self publishing industry.It will help to build a network.

I do not get paid for writing my blog and so it is not easy to find the time and focus to put the information I have gathered and the ideas that I have developed into a book form, especially when I find myself spending more and more of my time commenting on current bills and issues that arise. The iuniversal program can provide a community with which I can connect on this project helping to maintain the focus needed to bring the book into being:

When you publish with iUniverse, you not only partner with one of the most well-known organizations in the industry, but you also receive unique supported self-publishing benefits.

Here are just a few of the advantages you'll discover as an iUniverse author:
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I would like to have the book out in the months before the next election season, Political campaigns must be in the works long before I am anticipating publishing my book but I expect there to be more bonds on the ballot. The bonds will be sold to Mainers as "job creation" . If you read the actual text of the bond bill. it will probably tell you that the bonds will be processed through the same state corporations that redistribute the taxpayers money to the new owners of the means of production, which I have written about on my blog. The fiscal information will not accompany the bond question on the ballot as required by Maine Constitution because in 2013 the Maine legislature passed a statute over riding the Maine Constitution by directing that information to be placed "somewhere outside the guardrail" which means "outside the voting area". There are no instructions in that statute stating how to let the public know that information is available and where it is to be found.

The other reason for wanting to publish a book is to preserve the research I have done and the view on the historical transformation of Maine which I have expressed in a more permament form so that  that the work I have done can continue to have a life of its own, even after I am gone.

The total cost of the program is about $800.00 with the discount. To take advantage of that discount I  need $300.00 by Monday. To keep the money I raise from the crowdfunder even if I do not meet my goal, I need to raise $500.00 and to be able to publish stories on Beacon I need to successfully reach my goal of $800.00.

Please consider being a backer of my book publishing crowdfunder. If you can only make a small contribution, that is appreciated. If you can afford to make a large contribution that will help to make up for the fact that I do not currently have a network of support needed for a successful crowdfunder. The goal of this crowdfunder is to pay for a subscription to a community that can help me to develop such a network.

You can click on the ad for my crowdfunder found at the top of the side panel on my blog to make a contribution.

Thank You,


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Lttle Help From My Freinds !

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Greetings to my freinds and supporters:

I have written over three hundred blog posts mostly on the subject of researching Maine economic development statutes. In the process I have developed an in depth understanding of the history and interconnectedness of Maine's economic development policies.

For some timeI have been thinking of writing a book on the subjects that I have explored in this blog . I would like to time the publication of such a book to have its most impact in the months leading up to the next election.
  • I have been offered a 50% discount on a self publishing program if I take it by Monday June 29, 2015.
  • The self publishing program will connect me with an online community for self publishing and help me with every phase from organizing my material into a book form to marketing.
  • I found a crowdfunding site for journalism, It takes a day for project approval. 
  • My Crowdfunder is now launced on Beacon- Here I The Live Link !

I feel that this is the time to be starting if I want to have a book out in the months before the next election season and that being in contact with such a community will help to maintain a focus on the goal. Any support I recieve in terms of fundraising, especially if I can reach my $800.00 by Monday, the day of the deadline will be powerfuyl encouragement to follow through.

So please help with any amount that you can afford no matter what size.

Thank You,


Friday, June 19, 2015

Fixing The Blame For the New Markets Tax Credit

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June 12, 2015 – The New Markets scam
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In this episode of the Beacon podcast, Maine People’s Alliance political director Ben Chin interviews Joel Johnson, an economist for the Maine Center for Economic policy, and attempts to make the deliberately-complicated New Markets tax credit scam (through which out-of-state corporations have fleeced the Maine taxpayers of more than $30 million) a little more understandable.

This Beacon POD Cast is presented by Mike Tipping, Bangor Daily News Journalist and Director of the Maine People's Alliance, who tells us in his introduction that Chin and Johnson are going to "dig a little deeper" into the New Markets Tax Credit and repeats the ubiqutous media line that one of the reasons why the scam hasn't caused more public outrage and government action is because it is "so deliberately complicated". This line is the explanation officially adopted by the main stream media as the villains of New Markets Tax Credit scandal are identified as "out of state investors".

 I submit that the first set of villains are found in our own home grown Augusta political culture which cannot reasonably be so naive as not to know that refundable tax credits are prolific through out the economic development policies which, for decades, said culture has entrenched in Maine. How irresponsibly naive can the political culture in Augusta be not to recognize that the refundable tax credits themselves are routinely transferring the wealth of Maine tax payers to the bank accounts of a new class of owners of the means of production ? How can they not know that refundable tax credits are the root cause of the scandal, a root cause which the media and economic development culture of Maine are scrambling to cover up as they lay the blame on out of state investors and the one day loans- anything but the refundable tax credits and themselves !.
The newly enacted Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program and the expansion of the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit(both occurring after publication of the Ernst & Young/COST study) further help to ensure that start-up businesses can receive equity and debt financing on favorable terms, thus allowing them to make additional capital investments in machinery, equipment, and hiring employees.  quoted from Journal of Multistate Taxation and IncentivesVolume 21, Number 8, November / December 2011Department: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POLICYMaine: Ranked Number One for Low Tax Burden on NewInvestment and Job Creation (emphasis mine-article found on Pierce Atwood website- the legal firm said to have written the law for their clients which was subsequently passed by the Maine legislature whose key sponsors recieved generous donations to their political campaigns)

means of productionplural noun 1.(in Marxist theory) the raw materials and means of labour (tools,machines, etc) employed in the production process

In the quote above, I emphasized the words "favorable terms" as applied to the businesses, in support of my case that the people's representatives do not represent the interests of the people in which case the terms would be favorable to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are treated as the pawns in the game. The elected representatives of the people represent the interests of the Maine Development Corporation, which is statutorily formulated as a set of public-private relationships which have the use of taxpayer's money to capitalize its own agenda. A public-private relationship formed for the purpose of a special interests can never be synomynous with the common good. The deals that the representatives of the Maine Development Corporation arrange (by which I mean the Maine legislature and administration),  allow the public-private hegemony to acquire the means of production in which the taxpayers will be employed as wage earners after having financed that owership but without sharing in it, not voluntarily, but as so mandated by elected representives who serve the interests of the hegemony. The start up businesses which are the benficiaries of the states redistribution of wealth via refundable tax credits and other mechanisms are the future owners of the means of production.
pawn   [pôn]
The definition of a pawn is a person or thing manipulated and used by others, or a game piece in the game of chess.
A person unwittingly used in a scheme and taken advantage of by others is an example of a pawn.
A chess piece that has the least value to the player is an example of a pawn..
The interview is between Ben Chin, Political Engagement Director of the Maine People's Alliance and Joel Johnson, an economist for the Maine Center for Economic Policy. two organizations from Maine's left wing which is positioning itself as the party that is doing something about getting back the money stolen from the taxpayers via the New Market's Tax Credit scandal but like the right side of Maine's political spectrum, is engaged in damage control in which the scandal is framed as exclusive to the New Markets Tax Credit and the blame is placed on out of state investors and the one day loan. 
“Essentially, it just facilitates a sort of crony capitalism,” said William McBride, chief economist at the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. “A lot of these highly targeted tax credit programs are a way to funnel cash out of the general coffers and into some very, very select special interests.” (emphasis mine) The fact that Maine made its tax credits refundable means the program is “extra dangerous,” McBride said.Payday at the Mill by Whit Richardson
Mike Tipping tells us that Mr Chin and Mr Johnson are going to make the scheme "a little more understandable"  Mr Johnson tells us in a matter of fact way that the New Market Capital Investment Program was created by legislature (with a little help from Pierce and Atwood according to Mr Richardson's reporting) - providing for 100 million in refundable tax credits to make it easier for out of state investors to invest in Maine by "reducing their risk". There is repeated emphasis on the use of the New Markets Tax Credit to connect out of state investors who will invest in worthy projects in rural economically distressed areas...that wouldn't otherwise get the investment"
In recent news it is reported that New Markets Tax Credits are being used at MRRA- where in 2011 the medium income for the Midcoast area was $45,708

Regional Demographics (2011) The communities in the midcoast region offer a high quality of life, a hardworking and skilled labor force, excellent educational resources and an innovative business climate. The region is home to a number of major employers, including L.L. Bean and Bath Iron Works. Bath, Brunswick and Topsham are the major communities in the region. Counties: Cumberland and Sagadahoc Regional Population: 397.8 sq miles (1030.297 km2 ) Population Density: 226.95 sq miles (587.797 km2 ) Median Age: 41.6 years Median Income: $45,708 Largest Nearby Cities - Lewiston/Auburn: 19 miles (30.58 km) - Augusta (Capitol of Maine): 30 miles (48.28 km) - Portland: 35 miles (56.32 km) - Boston: 130 miles (225.30 km) - New York City: 350 miles (563.27 km) - Situated within commuting distance of 70% of Maine’s population

 In Per Capita Personal Income by State, 1990 to 2012 published by Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico, the medium household income for Maine is listed at 39,481 for the year 2012. That means that the medium income for the Midcoast area for the year 2011 is about 14% higher than the medium income for the state for the year 2012. Factor in that in the area of the town of MRRA, a primary beneficiary of Maine's corporate welfare system. the wages will be even higher as the requirement for recieving corporate welfare is that the companies created jobs paying higher than average for the area, a steadily increasing target and then factor in that the wage statistics reported here for the entire Midcoast Area are four years old. Now make sure you swallow the story line about the New Markets Tax Credit is being used for rural economically distressed areas with a large shaker full of salt !
When Roney and FAME’s staff voiced concern over the deal’s structure, Chris Howard, the attorney from the Portland law firm Pierce Atwood who helped create the program and represented Stonehenge, Enhanced and Cate Street in the deal, argued that the use of one-day loans would be eligible under the federal program, so should be under the Maine program, as well.Payday at the Mill by Whit Richardson
Mr Chin asks Mr Johnson to explain refundable tax credits. First Mr Johnson explains non refundable tax credits in a way that suggests that they are not a good value because if one has a 200 dollar tax credit but only owes 100 dollars in taxes, one cannot use the other 100 dollars in tax credits- so enter refundable tax credits, while cloaked with the name of a tax credit thay are direct cash payouts to the investor in which the taxpayer receives no share of ownership but is rewarded for his contribution by being granted an opportunity to work for a wage. or so we are told. The way every action of the public-private hegemony is justified as job creation one might think  that the solitary purpose of the whole shebang is to give people the opportunity to work for a wage ! Which couldn't happen any other way of course ! or so we are told !

To clarify, I am not intending to disparage working for a wage. Many people are happier this way but the wage earner should not have to capitalize the means of production without sharing in the ownership. This would never be acceptable in a free enterpise society, but a free enterprise system cannot co-exist with a centrally managed economy, and so we can no longer describe the economic system in Maine as a free enterprise system. 
1983 §961. Finance Authority of Maine Act 
The authority will serve a public purpose and perform an essential governmental function in the exercise of the powers and duties conferred upon it by this chapter.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.(emphasis mine)
It is merely incidental that refundable tax crtedits are a very favorable deal for the capitalists because in the private sector said capitalists would have to exchange a share of the profits to get another party to invest in his business   It's the taxpayers money that Maine State Inc is trading in return for an asset for itself in the form of  high end income tax revenue on labor. It's a win-win for the Maine Development Corproation and their pals.

To the question of why classes exist in human societies in the first place, Karl Marx offered an historical explanation that it was the cultural practice of Ownership of the Means of Production that gives rise to them. This explanation differs dramatically from other explanations based on "differences in ability" between individuals or on religious or political affiliations giving rise to castes. This explanation is consistent with the bulk of Marxist theory in which Politics and Religion are seen as mere outgrowths (superstructures) of the basic underlying economic reality of a people [5]Wikipedia- Means of Production

The jobs that are created are for private individuals as are the private profits made by the owners of the means of production and so all together fall into the category of "incidental to the public purpose" The unspoken side of the legislature's rational is that any costs or harm acrurring to private individuals are also deemed to be incidental to the "public purpose",  leaving one to speculate what is the "public purpose" ?

 The definition of the purpose in the FAME Corporation statute begins with the words "There is a state wide need" State wide purposes are repugnant to Maine Constitution Article IV Part Third Section 14 which prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations by special act of legislation with an exception for "municipal purposes", whch arguably is intened to exclude "state purposes" .

The jobs created are not state wide jobs but state wide taxpayers are subsidizing those jobs.  The "state wide need" described in the statute could just as well say "anything and everything" and so the "public purpose"- of the Fame Corporation becomes to centrally control everything and anything. This is a collectivist political philsophy (versus the individualism protected by the American political philsophy) deemed into law by the Maine legislature.What ultimately follows from this line of reasoning is state ownership of the means of production and that is already in the works. The paragraphs that follow the declaration of a public purpose enuemerates various financial tools that the FAME corporation can exercise to perform the function of redistributing wealth, which practice reveals to be intended to be redistribution of public wealth to the new class of owers of the means of production-a transference which is supposedly "incidental" to the public purpose of the FAME corporation - OR To be specific the transference of public wealth to a new class of private owners of the means of prodiction is "incidental to the public purpose" . The public purpose then becomes state ownership of the means of production, consistent with Marxist political philosophy. Should our legislature protest to this interpretation of their policies, then it is fair to ask them to explain why they, having jurisdiction over education at the University of Maine, have an entrenched a minor in Marxist and Socialist Studies since 2004 or so? Including this:

Marxist Philosophy I: The Philosophy of Karl Marx
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog
PHI 342 - Marxist Philosophy I: The Philosophy of Karl Marx
Special attention is given to the Marxist theory of knowledge, ethics, political and social philosophy as formulated by Karl Marx in his theory of knowledge, ethics, economics and political philosophy. Additional readings from Friedrich Engels and Mao Zedong.
General Education Requirements: Satisfies the General Education Ethics and Western Cultural Tradition Requirements.
BUT If one searches the cirriculum of the University of Maine for "Federalist Papers" , There are no matches and one gets a list of results in response to the word "papers".

"Maine Government" under "Maine Studies" brings up this description:

POS 362 - Maine Government Print Course
POS 362 - Maine Government
Analyzes changes in the institutions and policies of the state of Maine in recent times.  Covers the role of Maine in the federal system, the impact of institutional and organizational reform, and state policymaking.

A search for Maine Constitution on the University of Maine cirriculum brings up a few courses on the American Constitution but nothing on the Maine Constitution  (too local a government?)

The University of Maine is a key corporation in the Maine State corporate network and is also the location of the state's Advanced Manufacturing Center- ie state owned means of production. The Maine legislature has jurisdiction over the educational system. The fact that an examination of the cirriculum being offered at the University of Maine, a course in Marxist and Socialist Studies is offered as a minor and that there appear to be no courses in the Maine Constitution is testimony to the intentionality of the political philosophy that is being implemented by the Maine legislature and their own willful ignorance of the Maine Constitution to which that body takes an oath of loyalty! So loyal are they that they omit studies in the Maine Constitution in the public educational system over which they have jurisdiction !

Mr Johnson appears to have not yet made the transition to a new lexicon to be used to explain refundable tax credits to the people burdened with the costs . He tells us that the refundable tax credit is "basically as good as cash" which is a turn of phrase that the Maine Development Corporation might use to market the tax credits to capitalists to help "soften the risk". Mr Chin, to his credit , does ask Mr Johnson if the state recieves anything in return, but does so far too meekly. Mr Johnson tells us that the state is giving away taxpayers money as tax credits in trade for investments which "wouldn't have otherwise happened". He uses the voice of the collective taxpayer when he says that they (the taxpayers) decided "We're going to "bite the bullet" because we need investors but with the understanding that investors are putting down 61 cents down for every dollar and that  61 cents is at risk !

EXCUSE ME ! But that's the deal with being an owner ! The owner takes the risk and makes the profit. The wage earner is not taking a risk. The wage earner knows exactly what he is going to make for the hours that he puts in and he is due his pay whether the owner makes a profit or not ! The wage earner doesn't generally share in the profit because he isn't taking the risk and likewise doesn't share in the risk because he isn't sharing in the profit ! In the deal written by the Maine legislature, the taxpayers are taking the risk- 39% of the risk and the Cate Street Scandal clarifies that like a big exclamation point But Mr Johnson wants us to focus only on the risk being taken by the profit makers ! as if to say they are suffering too great a burden in having to take the risk in orrder to reap the profits- and as if to say the only and sole purpose that any of the players in this scheme is to create jobs for wage earners. Profit- why that's merely incidental and insignificant ! Don't let's go there !

The deliberately chosen context of this interview begins and ends with the New Market Tax Credit and so the fact remains outside the parameters of the chosen context that in the case of the Seed Capital Tax Credit,  taxpayers are refunding 
60% of the capitalists investment and that 60% is at as much risk as the 40% that the capitalist invests, if he invest that much, taking into consideration that the capitalist may have had his original investment doubled by the Maine Technology Institute before applying for The Seed Capital Tax Credit which would mean that the taxpayers refund 120 % of the capitalist's pre-MTI matching fund investment and there in lies the deliberatly complicated design so intentionally hidden for all these years from
 the tax payers - that is to say the design built into an entire system of economic policies in which each part is presented as if it is a stand alone part with no relationship to all the other parts.

As an economist for the Maine Center For Economic Policy,  Joel Johnson  knows that the issue when framed as refundable tax credits extends well beyond the New Markets Tax Credits and includes the Seed Capital Tax Credit and more:

Testimony in Support of LD 1287, An Act To Ensure That Tax Expenditures Create High-quality Jobs
This bill is about fiscal responsibility and ensuring that public dollars are spent wisely. It would bring transparency, accountability, and enforcement mechanisms to four large economic development incentive programs: the Seed Capital Investment Tax Credit, Pine Tree Development Zone Tax Credits, the New Markets Capital Investment Credit, and Employment Tax Increment Financing. Maine Center For Economic Policy June 10 2015

The taxpayers could never have made the decision attrributed to them by Mr Johnsons, even if they really did have one collective mind, because until the New Markets Tax Credit scandal broke, the word "refundable" wasn't ever used by the powers that be when discussing  tax credits and so most taxpayers did not have the information that Mr Johnson credits them with having when they made their collective decision, as told by Mr. Johnson. 

To be clear: The taxpayers are the only contingency which has to bite the bullet. The legislature is arranging a sweet deal to procure a financial asset for the Maine Development Corporation (formerly know as the State of Maine) in the form of a high end revenue stream derived from taxing labor in the "targeted sector" where in, the state is dictating high end pay and benefits in exchange for the generous corporate welfare being delivered to the new private owners of the means of production. At the same time the Maine Development Corp is developing its own ownership of the means of production complete with legal claims on the owership of intellectual property rights. The question is why does a so called "state" need the rights to the ownership of intellectual property? Is marketing intellectual propeerty in the commercial market now entrenched as an "essential government function"?

Mr Chin and Mr Johnson wind up their discussion by placing the blame for" not fixing the problems in the program" on "the corporate side of the Republican Party  ( versus the Libertarian side of the Republican Party) where as the good guys - the Democrats- have a bill to get our money back in this one deal, as if that solved the whole problem.. rather than evading it.

We are told that The Democrats are developing a peice of legislation to protect the taxpayers from future theft at the hands of our of state investors,  but true to form there is no link given to the legislation or even an LD number to give a clue as to how to find it.  We are told that said legislation  lets the state decide if, even though a transaction is legal by "the letter of the law",  it can be designated as  a "sham transaction" . This is described as an "independent review"- from other government agencies ( another department of Maine State Inc). If the other party doesn't agree then the other side can bring that case to court. It sounds so reasonablle when considered from the purity of the scam only context but when considered in a general context it is a dangerous, totalitarian transition. The state writes all the laws and now it will also be the judge? Why would any business, honest or otherwise want to do business in Maine knowing that the state can just change the terms of agreement any time it so chooses ? Especially with the state's already established banana republic precedence in the case of Statoil

 After spending a lot of time saying that the Governor should cancle the payments on "sham transactions", in closing,  Mr Johnson says: "This is an incredibly complicated law and Im learning something new every day by digging into it. Part of the reason they are complicated is because only the people that benefit from them actually understand it and that is why it is so important when news papers like the Portland Press Herald dig into this issue and help economists like Mr Johnson understand it- and he thinks the legislature as well  HUH? The is an economist speaking?

You don't have to be an economist to notice the ethical mandate in the first two paragraphs of the bill, but familiarizing one'self with the long history of such bills, does help to make the paragraph stand out like a flashing red warning sign:

§1100-Z. Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program

1. Findings and intent.  The Legislature finds that encouragement of investment in qualified businesses and developments located in economically distressed areas of the State and the creation and preservation of jobs are in the public interest and promote the general welfare of the State. The Legislature further finds that the enactment of incentives as set forth in this subchapter to promote investments is necessary in order to ensure the long-term economic vitality of this State, to preserve numerous opportunities for jobs for the people of the State and to make this State more competitive in the attraction of investment capital and thus to ensure the preservation and betterment of the economy of the State for the benefit of its people. The Legislature further finds that the foregoing benefits to the State and its people far exceed the costs to the State of providing the incentives set forth in this subchapter. The Legislature further finds that the provisions of this subchapter are necessary to accomplish these objectives.
The Legislature finds that the incentives offered by the State pursuant to this subchapter are intended to induce major investments in qualified businesses and developments located in economically distressed areas of the State and that any party who accepts and reasonably relies upon these inducements in making qualified investments is entitled to the full realization of these incentives without impairment by subsequent changes in law. The Legislature finds that when determining whether a project is financially feasible an investing party must rely in good faith upon the Legislature to ensure that the promised incentives of this subchapter will be available for a period of 7 years following the date of each qualified investment and that a party's confidence in the full realization of these benefits is a critical factor in inducing the party to make the desired investment. It is the intent of this Legislature that all successor Legislatures honor the commitments held out by this subchapter.
2011, c. 380, Pt. Q, §1 (NEW)2011, c. 380, Pt. Q, §7 (AFF) .]
Really all you need to catch this warning sign is an understanding of human character. This is the first piece if legislation which I have come across that includes an ethical lecture on why one must honor the arrangement. Shouldn't this be a signal in and of its self  ?

This bill is written in the voice of the Maine legislature but we have been told by the media that the legal firm for Cate Street Capital wrote the bill.- thus justifying Mr Johnson's statement that "only the people that benefit from them actually understand it" being that as we are told by the source which we are told both the economists and legislature rely upon for digging deeply into things, that it is in fact the party that benefits from the bill who is responsible for writing the bill. Apparently the legislature only lent that party the use of their voice- and so we are getting an inside glimpse into how those much heralded "public-private relationships" written into Maine statutes, ad infinum , actually work. The economists and the legislature are only just learning about the bill from the media. Are U 4 REAL?  Mr Johnson ?

Well Thak you Mr Richardson for writing and getting published  the article Pay Day at The Mill. Until now I always thought that the Maine media got their script instructions from the Maine legislature !

I have wittnessed in online comments and discussions that the story line which releases the Maine legislature from repsonsibility for this bill is having some success with the public. Even Mr Richardson spun this idea into his story. The Maine legislature are being portrayed as simple rural folk- which is meme code for "honest"  and "worthy" !. The Maine legislature are as much victims as anyone else- don't blame them ! I was even in a debate on The Maine Citizen with another poster who held that the Maine legislature cannot be held responsible for their actions because they are not being paid very much. I do not know what they are being paid but such a rational is indicative of the culture which the Maine legislature has created in their ongoing mission to mandate pay at all levels of society and thus removing the relationship between productivity and responsibility from the exchange between a wage earner and the wage he earns. At what level in this new rationing system does the wage earner become responsible for anything ? Wages are being treated as entitlements handed out by the Corproation of Maine.  And what kind of insanity holds that an ethical and responsible character is something that can be purchased  only if the price is right !

If the public buys the line that the legislature are not repsonsible but merely victims then maybe there will be no new birth of a new political paradigm in Maine- one that calls for a ban on refundable tax credits for starters and one in which the Maine taxpayers stop authorizing bonds sold as "job creation" which actually authorize the redistribution of wealth from taxpaywers pockets to the bank accounts of the new owners of the means of production. That's the hidden agenda behind the story line promoting the concept that we cannot hold our legislature responsible for the effects of their actions.