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Now that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has definitively proven he doesn’t know how to governor any good at all — accidentally allowing a bunch of liberal bills he’d intended to veto to become law — it’s revenge time. Since he can’t get back at the courts or the legislature, he’s going after his favorite target: poor people, the one group he really gets a kick out of kicking. His new genius plan? An “asset test” for single childless people on food stamps, to make sure that no single people in Maine collect the state’s princely allotment of $29 a week while owning anything more than a house and a single car. Recipients would be kicked off food stamps if they have more than a total of $5000 in savings and assets, especially stuff like a boat or a camper, because since when should the poors have nice things? And here’s the kicker: Since the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a federal program, the plan won’t save Maine a single penny — but it will help shame people who don’t have jobs, which is an excellent reason to do it.

In announcing the change, LePage issued a statement explaining why the asset test was absolutely needed to make sure the poor know their place:

Most Mainers would agree that before someone receives taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, they should sell non-essential assets and use their savings. Hardworking Mainers should not come home to see snowmobiles, four-wheelers or Jet Skis in the yards of those who are getting welfare. Welfare is a last resort, not a way of life.

And if you happen to be a self-reliant backwoodsy kind of person who uses a 4-wheeler or snowmobile to hunt or otherwise help with sustaining yourself, tough shit, that’s a luxury now. The new restrictions are just LePage’s latest step in a steady stream of screw-the-poor measures. In 2014, his administration started requiring single, childless food stamp recipients to work or volunteer 30 hours a week to qualify for their $29 in food stamps. Roughly 9000 people left the program after failing to meet the work requirements, possibly because they figured that “volunteering” at less than a dollar an hour wasn’t worth losing the time they could be looking for work — which means, obviously, that once they left the program, they all found work, right? Or went hungry, like the Bible wants them to. With those cuts in benefits, Maine grocery stores lost out on the $21.6 million a year that the recipients otherwise would have spent, which somehow makes Maine a much better place, since presumably all 9000 people went out and became venture capitalists.

Critics of the latest measure — which, as an administrative action, doesn’t require legislative approval — point out that the asset test isn’t going to save any Mainers any money, but it will serve as a disincentive to savings, leading people to spend what little savings they may have, making it less likely that they can manage a crisis.

Rachel Black, with think tank New America, said that asset tests actually make it harder for poor people to achieve self-sufficiency:

“Research from Maryland and Virginia has shown that the longer a state has eliminated the asset limit, there’s a correlation to an increase in savings,” she said.

Another reason the tests are counterproductive, Black said, is that some low-income people don’t fill out the assets paperwork properly and are then denied benefits, even if they have meager assets and would otherwise qualify.

And once you’ve been denied, you have to wait three years to apply again. Better get self-sufficient fast, you leeches!

A former chairman of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee said the rule is another way to “shame people from using the SNAP program” and “counterproductive” because it encourages people to spend down their savings.

“We have so many people who are food insecure and this is just another way to put more people in that category,” said Rep. Richard Farnsworth, D-Portland. “This is morally unconscionable.”

Even so, a lot of Republicans think it’s the greatest thing ever, because they’re sick and tired of how easy poor people have it with their princely $29 a week in food aid. Spokesman David Sorenson of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services explained in a written statement, “If these individuals have $6,000 in the bank, they should pay for their own groceries.” Lord knows, $6,000 is plenty to live on if you have a medical emergency or your one old crappy car breaks down.

We imagine that Maine’s next step will be to inspect food stamp recipients’ homes for color TVs, refrigerators, and other luxury items. After that, perhaps some sort of brand or highly visible mark on their clothing could be used to shame poor people a little bit further so they’ll clean up their act and stop being deadbeats.

Just in case you live in Maine and haven’t yet dropped a line to Gov. LePage asking him to resign, you might want to go ahead and do that now. We’re sure he’s keeping close track of those requests.

[Portland Press Herald via Addicting Info]

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  • I mean, if you have both kidneys and they both work, you should sell one and buy groceries with the proceeds. Hard-working Mainers should not come home to see those getting welfare walking around with two healthy kidneys. Welfare is an absolute last resort, not a way of life.

    • Michael Smith

      Exactly. And there’s always the “kill yourself and your family will be taken care of” option that Tom Hagen told Pentangeli about in Godfather II. If someone is offering to do that, you shouldn’t be able to collect welfare while being alive.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Jello Biafra did not mean it when he sang “Kill the Poor”.

    • AngryBlakGuy

      …why would I want a “used” warn out kidney when Carly Fiorina says I can get fresh aborted fetal kidneys?

      • 3583818

        Mmm

      • bozilingus

        Fetal kidney pie???

    • Angry_Cop

      STOP GIVING THEM IDEAS

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I was going to suggest trafficking in baby parts, but there are some supply-side issues with that at the moment.

    • deanbooth

      Sell you stomach instead and you’ll never be hungry again!

    • Thaumaturgist

      The poors in China and India regularly sell body parts. Why can’t the pools in Maine sell their body parts?

  • Left Coast Tom

    Hardworking Mainers should not come home
    to see snowmobiles, four-wheelers or Jet Skis in the yards of those who
    are getting welfare.

    Are there no code enforcement officers in Maine’s towns?

    • Michael Smith

      I’d like to go onto a right wing blog comments section and suggest that the obvious solution is subsidized garages for the poor.

      • Msgr_Moment

        They probably will suggest a more Modest Proposal.

        • Michael Smith

          Apparently, when Modest Proposal came out, conservative readers were really outraged until they realized it was satirizing their own attitude toward the Irish poor. And that seems really nice, but I think if it came out today, conservatives would just start clamoring for the plan to be put into action.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Most Mainers would agree that before someone receives taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, they should sell non-essential assets and use their savings.”

    That makes most Mainers A Idiot. Aren’t people also supposed to take responsibility by saving for things like education for kids and retirement? Are those the funds you want to see people deplete?

    • Tut tut. Public assistance isn’t meant to help you create modest financial security. It’s meant to sustain you just until you get a low-wage job so that you qualify for a payday loan to get your car fixed – the car that died and caused you to lose your other job because there was no public transportation to get you to work.

    • marxalot

      Yes, because we want them to die in the traces rather than retire, and we’d like to ensure that the next generation are under-educated and desperate, to build up the serf class.

    • Angry_Cop

      Benefits are for Lebensunwertes Leben. If they and their offspring are subhuman, why help creatures who have no future no matter what is done?

      I understand your issue here, you’re a decent human being and so you have no concept of how these people actually think about the poor. Hitler would certainly approve.

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    Winter’s coming. If only we could also cut off their heat.

    • bozilingus

      “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. Then I will make them stay together in a big pile so they don’t have to receive any heat.”

      • willi0000000

        so that’s why they’re called “huddled” masses!

    • Thaumaturgist

      If they have a motorcycle in the driveway, maybe we can.

    • nmmagyar

      IIRC, LIHEAP was cut last winter

  • Lizzietish81

    So, I wonder how many elderly folks will be screwed.

    • No more dusty Werther’s from Pop-Pop!

    • Ryan Denniston

      AOTK? Then they’ll come back for seconds, because they are afraid of the Browns terroristing them with clocks.

      • Terroristing them with their what now? Oh, clocks!

        • Ryan Denniston

          Saw this on a site about conspiracy theories regarding Obama making the next two term president be another black man. Your comment reminded me of it, Obama’s plan to build a new monument in Washington.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            BBC ain’t just a TV station.

          • dshwa

            No feelings of inadequacy there, no sir.

            You know, I’d hate to plumb the depths of the minds on that site.

          • ThatDale

            Depths?

          • bozilingus

            Maybe instead of painting The White House black he will just paint the Washington Monument black.

  • Spurning Beer

    This isn’t going to go over well in the ghettos of Kennebunkport.

  • bozilingus

    Tennessee is a special place for being fucked-up, but at least we aren’t Maine. :-)

  • Michael Smith

    You’d think that if Republicans really wanted to get revenge against Democrats, they would try to get poor people to actually like them.

    “Hey, I’ll fix your wagon, Democrat. I’m going to go screw the poor and make sure they always vote for you!”

    • Spurning Beer

      Two simple tricks: 1) rely on xenophobia and racism to keep poor white people on your side, and 2) keep them from voting anyway.

      • janecita

        A lot of poor white people don’t realize that they have a lot more in common with the black family down the road, than they do with the white millionaires that they help elect.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          You’ve got that right.

        • Tallmutha

          And then there are the poor white people who (I don’t know who made this up, it wasn’t me) would happily live with their family in a refrigerator box with a sparrow roasting on a spit for dinner, just as long as the black family across town is living in a refrigerator box with no sparrow roasting on the spit.

        • marxalot

          That’s the whole core of the Jim Crow, divide and conquer strategy. Divide things along racial lines so that the proletariat never bands together and eats the rich.

          • janecita

            Thanks for mentioning “the proletariat”, now I have L’Internationale stuck in my head;-)

        • Vegan and Tiara

          I think it was JP Morgan who said “I can pay half the working class to kill the other half.” Sadly, this is true.

          • willi0000000

            that was Jay gould . . . Sam Clemens had a thing or two to say about him:

            “Jay Gould had just then reversed the commercial morals of the United States. He had put a blight upon them from which they have never recovered, and from which they will not recover for as much as a century to come. Jay Gould was the mightiest disaster to ever befallen this country. The people had desired money before his day, but he taught them to fall down and worship it. They had respected men of means before his day, but along with this respect was joined the respect due the character and industry which had accumulated it. But Jay Gould taught the entire nation to make a god of the money and the man, no matter how the money might have been acquired. In my youth there was nothing resembling a worship of money or of its possessor, in our region. And in our region, no well-to-do man was ever charged with having acquired his money by shady methods.

            The gospel left behind by Jay Gould is doing giant work these days. Its message is “Get money. Get it quickly. Get it in abundance. Get it in prodigious abundance. Get it dishonestly if you can, honestly if you must.”
            – Samuel L. Clemens

            Sam was an optimist regarding timelines.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            Gould sounds like he’d fit right in with the Kochs.

          • tomamitai

            The “libertarian” Koch brothers’ daddy became rich helping Stalin modernize Soviet oil production.

          • Vegan and Tiara

            I think he was also a founding member of the John Birch Society. At least back in the 1960s the GOP had the good sense to throw the crazies out of their party, now they’re letting them run it.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Don’t forgot the gay hating and pro forced birthers.

  • JohnR

    If you don’t vote don’t complain, if you do vote then by all means scream at the top of your lungs.

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    Hardworking Mainers should not come home to see snowmobiles, four-wheelers…”

    Can’t imagine why any poors in Maine would need one of those.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    It’s very disappointing to know that a significant number of Americans – I’m going to finger-in-the-air guess in the 50M to 75M bracket – think this is absolutely the right thing to do.

    That’s a lot of vindictive assholes to be loose in a pro-gun culture.

  • MsAnthropesMr

    How about guns? I think guns count as assets.

    • JohnR

      Oh yeah, gun rights are in the Constitution, it doesn’t say anything about the right to eat. Sorry jk.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        The general welfare only applies to generals. Sheesh.

  • JohnR

    I want to hear good ol’ Bar say “Oh look a snowmachine and a television so what if they can’t afford food this is working out quite well for them”.

  • alnnc

    When is the legislature going to get off their butts and impeach him?

  • lesterthegiantape

    another day, another gelatinous blob of sentient evil.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …only Paul Lepage could find a way to utilize food stamps, to make someone poorer! As a former manager of a Wal-Mart, it always dumbfounded me how the Waltons could support the Republican Party. The 2 highest volume days of the month were the 1st and the 16th, because those were the days that EBT cards were reloaded. On those dates a store can easily do 700k in sales alone!

    • MsAnthropesMr

      It’s not enough that we be wealthy. It is that the poor must get even poorer.

      • Anarchy Pony

        If they’re even poorer, they’ll be more desperate, willing to work for even lower wages, thus allowing the bosses to take more of the profits.

        • tomamitai

          The French and Russian royals thought that way, whatever happened to them?

          • Anarchy Pony

            History is for nerds.

      • ShriekinViolet

        How can I enjoy dinner and a roof over my head if simply everybody can have the same things?

    • Vegan and Tiara

      The Waltons don’t want to pay any taxes because they are wealth creators, thus they are Republicans. At one point the Walton and Mars families had spent $500 million dollars lobbying to get rid of the “death tax.” Never mind that they all inherited their money, and didn’t spend a day worrying about bootstraps, they still deserve to never, ever pay taxes.

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    Company lay you off and having trouble finding a job? Sell cars, house, garage sales.

    Our job is to make sure you spend many years recovering from this.

    PS. They are going to check for 401Ks and college 529 plans too, right? Don’t want poors ever getting uppity ever again.

    • Spotts1701

      Don’t forget coin collections – I don’t care if your grandpappy gave you it, that’s an asset and you’re gonna have to spend it.

    • eggsacklywright

      “Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids…”

    • JustPixelz

      I think those assets are protected from bankruptcy. But not from Paul “I am not my brother’s keeper and don’t give a fuck about him anyway” LePage.

  • Angry_Cop

    Will any of these poor Mainers have to sell their $2k-plus “assault rifles” to get aid?

    Thought not.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Is this guy still around? I blame the Mainers and Massholes for reelecting this smarmy fuck.

    You got what you wanted, obviously.

    • Slithytoves

      The Mainers were screwed by a third party Independent and the idiots who backed LePage, of course.

    • janecita

      Blame the real people, the idiots that voted for Cutler (I)

      • Slithytoves

        Too fast for me!

        • janecita

          Great minds and all that

          • Oblios_Cap

            I really can’t say too much. Here in Florida we re-elected Scott.

    • willi0000000

      don’t go blaming the Massholes . . . we gave you Senator Elizabeth Warren . . . Le Glue belongs to the Maineiacs.

      [ by the way, i find your arguments pointless ]

      • Oblios_Cap

        That’s why I wear a cap.

  • marxalot

    29$ a week?
    Shit, I can panhandle that.
    Fuck you once again, Arse-Face lePage.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Hey, that’s ten or twelve Big Macs a month!

      • Anarchy Pony

        That’s almost one every other day! Luxury!

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Hell, for $29 a week, you might as well be a full time musician.

      • Angry_Cop

        I threw in the towel on my full-time music career in my mid-30s. There were some weeks when $29 would have been really, really nice to have.

        First day at my first IT job I just wandered around in total shock, couldn’t stop thinking “my God, they just throw money away here!”

        You never miss being poor, but you never forget what it’s like, either.

  • dslindc

    What an asshole!

    • JustPixelz

      My asshole farts in agreement.

  • Spotts1701

    Yeah, can’t imagine why one would need a four-wheeler or snowmobile in a state that averages 8-10 feet of snow per year in the upper areas, and 4-6 feet closer to the coast. Must be an unnecessary item.

    • bozilingus

      They must have killer public transportation.

      • eggsacklywright

        Snow monorails everywhere.

        • bozilingus

          Is Homer the engineer?

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Sounds like coastal Down East poors are going to have to hunt their own crab legs now instead of relying on the far more delicious welfare ones.

  • eggsacklywright

    STFU, sphincter face.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Sven Sphincter.

      • eggsacklywright

        A ignoranus.

  • JustPixelz

    I’m struck by the “childless” angle. I guess couples who’ve popped out a kid or 19 can keep their SUVs, snowmobiles and bank accounts. Move over anchor babbies, there’s a new reproductive strategy in town.

    • Vegan and Tiara

      I was just thinking that LePage’s plan is a great way to incentivize poor people to have children. Of course if we really want to teach the poor (and dumb teenagers), a lesson we’ll outlaw abortion.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …just out of curiosity, does this apply to firearms?!

    • Angry_Cop

      OF COURSE NOT

  • OneYieldRegular

    I predict that Paul Lepage is going to have a very, very difficult time in the rest home when his time comes.

    • Amy!

      Why? There are lots of crabby old yankees in Florida rest homes.

  • TheBidenator

    Northeasterners this fuckface and Chris Christie are exhibits A and B for why you don’t elect fucking Republicans to govern you. Don’t let it happen again

  • TheBidenator

    Sounds like if poor people want their steaks, crab legs and caviar from now on it’ll be time to grow some cantaloupe calves by becoming a drug mule…

    • Belasaurius

      especially prescription drugs from Canada. Although the Canadians are so nice, they’d probably give the mules a ride home rather than make them walk.

    • Hardly Ideal

      A bit OT, but I’m getting tired of the ol’ Welfare Lobster meme. Not only is it totally anecdotal, but I imagine that starving for the rest of the week would be a good disincentive from blowing your money on giant aqua spiders. Anything beyond that- say, welfare drug tests- seems like burning down a house to kill a single flea.

  • LarkintheAM

    This asshole’s term does not end until Jan of 2019. Plenty of time to pursue that Dickensian solution. A decrease in the surplus population can only be a good thing for Maine, right?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Are there no country clubs? The golf courses, they are still in operation?

    • Anarchy Pony

      No, greater population means more competition for employment, allowing employers to drive down wages, and the poorer the populace the more willing to work for shitty wages.

    • Tansy Geek

      Nah, they all move to Massachusetts or North Carolina, leaving no one to wait on the summer tourists or smuggle Canadians. The end result being the state will just look more poor and desolate.

  • Belasaurius

    i know we can’t advocate violence on these non-comments, but ….

    • Belasaurius

      i can’t think of a way to finish that sentence

      • janecita

        But Robespierre had the right idea?

        • marxalot

          SAINT-JUST DID NOTHING WRONG

  • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

    OT, but it’s OK, because it’s…

    Florida man, Florida Man
    Florida man hates Puppy Man
    They have a fight
    Puppy Man wins…

    Puppy Man!

    • marxalot

      GOOD.

    • Angry_Cop

      I’ve raised shepherds. I’m having a hard believing that was truly…accidental. They’re smart dogs.

    • Hardly Ideal

      /jollyaccordionsolo!

    • Suttree

      A day late but Particle Man Libelz!!11!!!

  • marxalot

    “Welfare is not a way of life.”
    So, those on it should not be able to live! Simple!

  • JoeChristmas

    He should take Walker’s place in the clown car.

  • He seems nice.

  • Oh how I wish Joe Bageant was still around to offer his banhammer of truth and social justice to the likes of LePage and the rest of the social darwinists.

  • Vecciojohn

    I used to be in the position of making decisions about whether people had an IRS-approved hardship and could take a withdrawal from their always meager 401(k) accounts. It was usually a matter of needing rent money or the next mortgage payment or a similar crisis when one or more household members lost a job or the like. The rules as laid down by the IRS are very stringent and I would often have to bend over backwards to say yes. By the way, there is a 10% penalty tax on premature withdrawals from taxable accounts, so there’s another nasty trick you might want to think about playing on the lazy bums, Governor.

  • goonemeritus

    Will he be listing guns as an asset, of all the things
    people have too many of guns seem the easiest to sell.

    • bozilingus

      Remember, a gun is a tool, and can be used to receive money from strangers. Not as profitable as taxing the poor, but anyone can do it.

  • FauxAntocles

    Apparently Maine does not have enough homeless people yet. I wonder what the Reptilian homeless goal is.

    • Angry_Cop

      A homeless human is an edible human.

      • vivian

        You’d think it would be in the Reptiles’ interest to fatten up them poors first.

    • dshwa

      AOT, K

  • bozilingus

    The lead photo begs for this clip…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZN4r8p6KbU

  • beatbort

    I still don’t understand how this wretched person was elected governor? Did he just show up one day at the governor’s mansion and shove his way in the door?

  • proudgrampa

    I feel ill…

  • docterry6973

    Fuck Maine. They elected him twice.

  • dshwa

    Is there anyone these people don’t hate and want to o treat like crap?

    • jmk

      Only people like themselves… and that only provisionally.

  • jmk

    “Hardworking Mainers should not come home to see snowmobiles, four-wheelers or Jet Skis in the yards of those who are getting welfare.”

    Gee, Paulie, you sticky asshole, how the fuck would the average “hardworking Mainer” know who in his or her neighborhood is getting welfare, anyway? Are you proposing some kind of public branding, so “hardworking Mainers” know who to resent? What’s next? Public workhouses?

    • lovelydestruction

      His face does look like a sticky asshole.

  • VandeGraf

    LePage’s mean spirit wants nothing to do with effectiveness. In fact, reality is detrimental to his concept of the world. Since he can’t do anything else destructive, he might as well kick the uppity poors who feel they should eat too.

    • Hardly Ideal

      I guess that’s the difference between LePage and I. If I want to satisfy mean and destructive impulses, I’d just have a romp in Armored Core rather than pee on the poor.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Wonder how many of those poor schmucks voted for LePage to make Maine great again. It’s amazing to me that these reactionaries can get elected when they keep killing off their constituency.

  • PubOption

    That photo makes me think that LePage is about to shoot some mucilage out of his nose.

  • toomanyrappers

    But, we can’t apply taxation based on assets–right?

    Fuck you, LePage!

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    Meh just more of the same Republican theme.
    THOSE people are getting all this stuff while you have to work for it! Now, be distracted while we legislate the fuck out of your personal life, deregulate the fuck out of the companies, and pay no attention at all while your air sucks, your water becomes flammable or your pay check freezes for 30 years (or, goes down)
    And the dorks fall for it time and time again, and then they hit hard times and suddenly they put their hands out and there is nothing for them at all to get because they allowed it to be taken away.
    What part of “Promote the General Welfare” do these supposedly constitution lovin fuckheads not get anyway?

  • azeyote

    how does a Mainerite know if their neighbor gets the moocher stamps anyway? – is there a big red M (not for Maine) painted on their door?

  • nmmagyar

    I going to go out on a limb and say that 95% of the places on the “Approved” list to volunteer at will be religious organizations; just like 95% of the places on the court ordered community service lists are churches.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Weren’t they going to impeach him?

  • spends2much

    Also, no SNAP unless your BMI is below 15. Before that, you can live on your stored body fat, moochers!

    • Dee Andee

      Bet that’ll be next!

  • jviscont1

    welcome to the USA Pope Frank. Could you do a side trip to Bangor to save a soul?

  • Dee Andee

    I have to say I’m surprised at this article, considering that in South Dakota, I’m not allowed to have more than $2K in savings, and am allowed only 1 car, 1 home (disabled). I figured that’s how it was everywhere. Silly me, I forgot SD is a red state (if only I could!). So far his punitive measures aren’t as bad as the ones here.

    States can decide what your monthly income to qualify is, or whether to count the value of your one car against you or not (in some places a car worth more than $4,650 will disqualify you). Because damn, everyone knows that a car with close to 200K miles on it is totally reliable and that cars like that will never need more than $2K in repairs at any given time! It’s not like a poor person in SD can’t just take the bus–oh wait, they only have buses in the two biggest towns? Silly me again.

    • AnOuthouse

      All the poorz I know seem to be magnets for drunk drivers. Once they manage to get the $3k car with 200k miles on it to pass inspection and limp down the road, they are invariably hit by some drunk who doesn’t have a pot to piss in. The insurance pays the full value of the car but that isn’t enough to buy another car with so you lose your job and get poorer.

    • in the name of the moon

      I was just going to mention the $2000 a month thing. I care for my aunt who has profound developmental disabilities and gets the equivalent of the whooping minimum wage a year. I was hospitalized earlier this year and missed withdrawing a check and am now terrified she will lose her benefits, even tho we charged the amount so she still technically spent it. btw Did you know that in 2009 they passed the ABLE account act? so if you are disabled you might be able to set up one for medical or whatever. I’m looking into it. She has a special needs trust but that shit is complicated af

      • Dee Andee

        I can’t have that account, as I was 50 when I became disabled. You have to have been 25 or younger when you became disabled. I think it’s an awesome program, though! It helps the parents out, too.

  • Rick Hill

    It’s as though these people WANT a revolution….

    • HeywoodJablomey

      The fuck-you topping is that a public hearing will be held 10/6, where pleas from (or on behalf of) the poors will be heard, and then promptly ignored as this shit is signed into legislation without a vote.

  • HeywoodJablomey

    What if you still owe payments on your snowmobiles and SUVs and ATVs? Ruin your credit to ensure further hardship in future? What if nobody offers to buy your “luxury” items? Are you supposed to dismantle them and sell them for scrap? I suppose you could part them out; burn the tires for warmth and make a big ole pot of piston soup or fender stew to eat. What a detestable shitstain.

  • Gorillionaire

    Oh let me guess – LePage is gonna farm out these evals to a private contractor that is gonna bill the state about five hundred bucks per SNAP client and the contractor will turn out to be his college roommate.

  • AnOuthouse

    “a self-reliant backwoodsy kind of person who uses a 4-wheeler or snowmobile to hunt or otherwise help with sustaining yourself”
    No. Such. Thing. Everyone knows that Maine SNAP beneficiaries use the 4 wheelers to smuggle heroin and illegals in from Canada.

  • Tansy Geek

    On the environmental end, there will be fewer moose vs car collisions and fewer black bears knocking over garbage cans and bird feeders. There will be more shared recipes for home made moose nostril stew and black bear a la mode.

  • m3bosha

    Uh oh. He’s stepped in it now. I’ve been watching that North Woods Law show on the teevee. Those Mainers (Mainites? Mainiacs?) Really, really like their snowmobiles.

  • akita96th

    Seems to me that all the assholes in the GOP party get to be elected governors of Red states and then they spend all their time trying to out asshole each other to be the biggest asshole they can be.

  • Cismontane

    I thought New England was supposed to be part of civilized America, as opposed to the many barbaric regions of this country of which we know little.

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