Was in Manchester, NH this weekend for the North Beast poetry slam and to see our great friend Elizabeth.
On the way home I see the sign to welcome people to the state. Maine: The Way Life Should Be. We all love this sign. But when our complete imbecile of a Governor came into office he had to add “Open for Business.” So now it reads. “MAINE: The Way Life Should Be. Open for Business.”
Open for business? Really, Governor. That doesn’t mean what you think it means.
And Open for Business is not the way life should be. Open for business is Mountaintop Mining in Applachia, destroying billion year old mountains for coal and filling in rivers and valleys with slurry. Open for business is clear cutting of rain forest in the Amazon river basin, destroying all sorts of animal and plant species and the land forever. Even putting less oxygen in the air, and helping accelerate global warning.
Open for business is drag nets that are hundreds of square feet destroying the cod population of the Gulf of Maine for freaking fish sticks. A cod fishery that was so big when the New World was “discovered” that you could catch cod with a net.
Open for business is incentives for a company to destroy natural resources and leave the residents with pollution. Open for business has been the policy of the Republican Party for 30 years, where the rich get richer and the poor are blamed for being poor.
Maine is a beautiful state. It has amazing resources. Four distinct seasons although with a long winter and short summer. It’s a wonderful place. It could even be called the way life should be. But what it doesn’t need to be is open for business.
And Governor LePage, the sign should be taken down. Like most things you have done it’s full of bluster, and useless on paper. Open for business may sound good to some idiots, but it’s not what you think. Government’s job is not to prostitute citizens for industry.