The Pain in Maine’s Due Plainly to His Reign

Yesterday, the Raisin reported on Governor Paul LePage of Maine ordering the Department of Labor to remove a mural that celebrates the history of labor in the state. There’s going to be an awful lot of blank wall space, so I thought we’d try to help and suggest a replacement. I did a little digging, and i found out about something called the Maine Heritage Policy Center. From WLBZ (Bangor):

Tarren Bragdon has risen to a position of influence as CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and was the leader of Gov. Paul LePage’s transition team. He goes In the Arena with Pat Callaghan to talk about the efforts to shrink the state budget and reform government.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center says Gov. LePage’s proposed budget doesn’t make enough cuts. The center believes Maine should cut 4,000 state jobs. Bragdon talks about that, as well as collective bargaining rights for state employees, and Gov. LePage’s decision to create private advisory groups to counsel him on business matters– which will not be subject to Maine’s open meeting laws.

Why is that important?  Well, this is from Dirigo Blue:

Trevor Bragdon has stepped down as the State Director of AFP Maine, and will be replaced by long-time Republican legislator Carol Weston.

AFP Maine is a chapter of Americans for Prosperity, an AstroTurf front group founded by David Koch, a major funder of libertarian groups across the country. Trevor Bragdon is the brother of Tarren Bragdon, the Executive Director of the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), and one of the co-chairs of Gov. Paul LePage’s transition team. MHPC has ties to the Heritage Foundation in D.C., which also receives money from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.

Anyone else think it’s quite a coincidence that the Koch brothers’ names keep popping up when anyone is discussing the new Republican governors who are trying to pull the rug out from anything that’s good for the middle class and the poor?  With that in mind, I’ve come up with a picture that I think will look just great on the walls of the Maine Department of Fellating Corporate Bigwigs Labor.
SaintsCyrilandMethodiusPaintingbySvitozarNenyukOriginal painting


Reporting for the progressive Maine blog Dirigo Blue, Gerald Weinand has discovered that a proposed “right to work” law in Maine mirrors similar proposals in several other states, like New Hampshire and Missouri. The legislation in Maine, LD788, sponsored by State Rep. Tom Winsor (R), would make Maine like other low-wage anti-labor states by weakening unions. Right to work laws typically allow workers to opt-out of union dues while benefiting from union contracts, a cycle that usually kills a labor union over time. But the assault on worker rights in Maine appears to be part of a larger attack coordinated by conservative front groups. Winsor’s bill contains phrases and language strikingly similar to other right to work proposals from Republicans across the country:

Maine’s anti-union bill LD788:

§ 653. Right to refrain
A person may not be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, to:
1. Become a member […] of a labor organization;
2. Pay dues […] to a labor organization; or
3. Pro rata portions. Pay to any charity or other 3rd party, in lieu of payments under subsection 2, any amount equivalent to or a pro rata portion of dues, fees, assessments or other charges required of members of a labor organization.

New Hampshire anti-union bill HB 474:

273-D:4 Freedom of Choice Guaranteed, Discrimination Prohibited. No person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continuation of employment:
I. To resign or refrain from voluntary membership in, voluntary affiliation with, or voluntary financial support of a labor organization;
II. To become or remain a member of a labor organization;
III. To pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind or amount to a labor organization;
IV. To pay any charity or other third party, in lieu of such payments, any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of a labor organization.

Missouri’s anti-union bill SB109:

Section A.290.590.2. No person shall be required as a condition or continuation of employment to:
(1) Become or refrain from becoming a member of a labor organization;
(2) Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other similar charges however denominated of any kind or amount to a labor organization; or
(3) In lieu of the payments listed under subdivision (2) of this subsection, pay to any charity or other third party any amount equivalent to, or on a pro rata basis, any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges required of members of a labor organization.

David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity group has beefed up its presence in Maine since the election of Gov. Paul LePage (R), a far-right tea party favorite. […] Both Americans for Prosperity and the Maine Heritage Policy Center appear to be laying the groundwork for the same type of anti-labor effort as Wisconsin’s led by Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI).

The conservative strategy for decimating the labor movement is being replicated with great speed — and little creativity. Each state, from Wisconsin, to Ohio, to Maine, and others across the country face a similar threat of phony Tea Party groups, business front organizations, and even nearly identical legislative proposals.

Maybe they should just put this over the doors of government offices:


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37 responses to “The Pain in Maine’s Due Plainly to His Reign

  1. Wow! You hit this one out of the park, nonnie. Giving ‘the blessings’ from the Church of Money (which is replacing all others) is so apt. Love the way you dressed them and showed their ‘sacred’ objects.

  2. Friend of the court

    the Heritage Foundation is a charity? what a crock. guess there is no tax write off for giving money to a right wing political org. i’m sure they do alot of good deeds for the needy corporations, though. stuff like this makes me wish i believed in hell.

    • the heritage foundation is a think tank, not a charity. i don’t know why it’s receiving funds from a charitable organization. well, i do know why–so old chuck koch can write off his political contributions as charitable ones. however, what i don’t get is how he gets away with it.

  3. Definitely one of my faves. The fact that the Koch Brothers’ names keep popping up is completely disturbing to me.

    • glad you like it, spinny! 😀 the koch’s are the puppetmasters in the shadow government that’s pulling all the strings. i used to think dick armey was the dangerous guy, but you don’t even hear about him anymore. he was just a koch errand boy.

  4. But wait! There’s more:

    Awesome art, Nonnie. 🙂

    • so daddy koch made his money from dealing with stalin, and poppy bush’s daddy made his money from dealing with the nazis. and the teabaggers want the rethugs in power, because they’re the patriotic ones who love this country? 😯

      the painter of the original did most of the work. i hope he never sees what i did to his painting. 😮

      • According to Levine, Daddy Koch graduated MIT and started a business with a classmate. They had come up with superior technology in refining oil…but the old American oligarchs squeezed Koch out of competition. Koch took his plan to Stalin. (early 1930s) Koch did top notch work for the USSR…which normally Westerners had a reputation for sabotaging or shoddy workmanship. But Koch went sour on communists to the extreme. Levine suggests its possible they dicked Koch over somehow. Koch was an original member of the John Birch Society and admired Mussolini’s crushing moves on Communists in Italy.

        And did you read about the Koch method for ripping off oil producers? They skimmed off EVERY barrel as middlemen. The estranged brother threw them under the bus. The brothers had to pay reparations, but the tiny amount was laughable. These are some fucked up crooks.

  5. That poster captures the essence of whats going down and raises a provocative question: Why don’t the gopers just declare the party is a religion? Even L Ron Hubbard figured that one out….”And the gold bars were stacked high, in the direction of heaven, that they might worship them”. And the god of mammon looked down on them wallowing in the filthy luker and proclaimed: ” Gonna need more Gold!”

    • speaking of religion and rethugs, you have to see this…

      • I started realizing that I didn’t belong in the GOP when I figured out it was the party of God, Guns, and Greed–not necessarily in that order.

      • I can’t put into words how much I loath ultra-religionist and their zealot minions. Barton should take vows and go live in a monastary. A vow of silence would be nice too.

      • You know, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about “the capitalist messages in parables” … and they’re all painful.

        That is really, really not the point that Jesus was trying to make, here. But I guess if you can’t tell the difference between the kingdom of God and money, then that point is lost.

        David Barton makes me sick.

        By the way, did you see Mike Huckabee saying that everyone should be made to listen to Barton at gun point? This has pretty much put the nail in the coffin of my respect for the loon. Yes, I backed him in 2008. It’s not the first big mistake I’ve made in my life.

        • barton is just another charlatan twisting the bible into saying what he and his corporate customers want it to say in order to make money. it’s a pity that so many people are so afraid of what’s going to happen to them when they croak that they listen to asswipes like this guy and give them their hard-earned money.

        • Wken is very much on point. Any beleiver who can”t define the essence of the Good News on a 5×7 index card in a hundred words or less doesn’t “get it”. Mention of cash not required. There is no verse that justifies killing people in His name. Which brings us back to the Huckster. He really said that! Brings to mind the accounts of zealot crusaders doing their warm up rallies and dragging out all the Jews in town to suffer forced conversion at swordpoint or be murdered.

          • wken is always on point and always smart and always fair. that’s why i love when he comes over and comments, especially when the post has a religious aspect.

  6. jean-philippe

    As Paul Lepage’s ancesters seem to be from Québec, I feel a little guilty here. Sorry for dumping our trash in Maine…

  7. Holy Distortion, Batman! This is sooooo twisted. Reminds me of when the press went to court about Kucinich, they claimed “freedom of the press” to omit a valid candidate, because he did not have a chance to win.

    Freedom of the press was twisted into the ability to discriminate and omit & essentially silence a voice.

    Now they are saying “Freedom to not be in a Union” is what is at risk?
    Are they out of their frickin’ minds?
    What lowly worker would not jump @ the chance to have a voice w the overlords, I mean corporate employers who call all the shots?
    The corporate flow equates to shit comes from the top, the lower employees take it because they have to.

    There is no feedback, negotiations, employee representation at all.
    If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.

    What a jaw dropper to read the verbiage of the anti union bills.
    People are just scrambling to be emancipated from Unions….
    because the corporations have been so open minded & accepting?

    WalMart, the new wing of our nation’s homeland security has anti union swat teams they send out to individual stores if there is any talk of union organizing. The Manager is displaced w the swat team’s personnel. They find out who is talking Union & who is interested & involved & they get fired immediately. Chilling effect on the low low (wages) prices employees.

    There was one case workers got a union in a Wal Mart & Wal Mart shut down the store. Easier for them to walk away from a giant brand new big box structure, than to have unions infiltrate their “corporate empire”.

    So now they sell it as “free from Union dues”, but seriously, are the workers buying this? Who amongst us worker bees thinks the corporation CEO’s stay awake at night worrying that the workers are having to pay union dues??

    BTW- I love your corporate screw constitution redo– can I use it?

    P.S. If all this tea baggery is not enough, Rand Paul has announced if daddy does not run in the 2012 presidential election, he will!

    • the basic unfairness is what gets me. giant corporations are allowed to pool their resources in order to take down politicians they don’t like or to get laws passed favorable to them, but people banding together is something the rethugs just can’t stomach.

      of course you can use the constitution redo, fran. 🙂

      • Speaking of the corporations, your T-shirt design is a hit. It’s going to the printers tomorrow. On behalf of Coffee Party USA, I thank you for your donation.

        • yayyyyy!!!!!!!! 😀 you have no idea how thrilled i am, neon vincent! so sorry it took so long for me to send them to you. i completely forgot about them after i made them.

  8. First of all … that title is nothing less than brilliant.

    As for why Gov. LePage does the things he does … you know, the corps bought and paid for him, so he’s just giving them their money’s worth.

    • thank you for noticing the title, wken. i was rather proud of that one.

      the why of what he does doesn’t come as any surprise to anyone. what really makes me sick is how the media has made him and christie and some of the others into folk heroes. they don’t focus on what they say, just how they say it. being vulgar is just so adorable to our fawning press.