The next battlefront in the War On Taxpayers, surprisingly enough, might be Maine. The Republican governor, Paul LePage, has indicated his support for right-to-work legislation. LePage ran on a platform of “smaller and more business-friendly government, less regulation, lower taxes and welfare reform,” as the Bangor Daily News describes it. This would make Maine the first right-to-work state in New England.
The proposed Maine legislation has no effect on collective bargaining – they’re just designed to make union membership voluntary. That, of course, is poison to a big union operation, which must control the supply of labor to have power.
That’s why the usual clockwork of hatred and paranoia is creaking to life in Maine. The Daily News reports that Maine public union workers are “on the precipice of protests” over the Governor’s “attacks.” Chris Quint, the executive director of the Maine State Employees Association, sees Republican reform proposals in his state as part of “a nationally coordinated effort by wealthy corporations,” led by – you guessed it! – the sinister Koch Brothers. As the Daily News reports, these masters of evil donated money to a group that donated money to a group whose CEO played a role in drafting Governor LePage’s budget. Many Bothan spies died to bring this vital knowledge to the Rebellion.
Unlike politicians who receive money from big unions, who are noble and selfless servants of the public interest with the wisdom of Solomon, anyone who has ever taken money from a group that received money from a foundation that took a single dollar from an organization the Koch Brothers support is part of a massive conspiracy, and should be excluded from participation in American politics. Possibly even their right to vote should be disenfranchised. Maybe the Left should get cracking on a Constitutional amendment to that effect.
Quint also loosened his tinfoil hat long enough to venture the theory that “the proposals surfacing in Maine were too similar to those in other states to be considered benevolent.” So multiple states can’t have the same good ideas at the same time? That’s going to have some far-reaching implications for American governance.
It looks like there aren’t enough Democrats in the Maine Senate to prevent the required simple majority quorum, using the standard Party tactic of fleeing the state, so hotel owners in New Hampshire and Canada shouldn’t get too excited.