Maine’s Trailer Park Mentality………..

Posted: 07/05/2008 in Uncategorized
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Manufactured housing has become to some extent a relief upon the housing market in not only rural, but urban areas of Maine as well. But in itself, manufactured housing also brings some unwanted problems to Maine as well. Back in the early 70’s manufactured housing was strictly in the vein of trailer homes. 12 and 14 foot wide tubes on wheels that you could live in. It was then, and still is today, a housing alternative for those groups of people who have been labeled as being of “lower ability” by many critics and writers.

Today, the standards under which the homes are built have a stricter standard than in days past, but even so, they do not match up to a real stick and stone built home. Because of this fact they have remained a very economical alternative housing option. A manufactured home is an ideal choice for persons of modest or lower income who desire a place of their own. Home ownership should lend a sense of responsibility and respect to people. Owning your own home tells other members of the community that you have reached level of independence that those living in apartments or rented homes do not have. Owning a piece of land was what America was built upon.

But as the last few decades have passed, persons of lower ability became a necessary piece of the attempt to drive Maine into the world of Socialism. Trailer parks became manufactured housing communities. An ideal breeding ground for ignorance and poverty. Lower ability became not only a way to describe those of lower income, but of lower class status in society as well. They became a perfect place to congregate people and drive the desire to succeed from them. And of course, just like in the big cities from away, with their huge ‘projects’ and housing developments, the desire to maintain this population in just that state spread to the cities and larger towns of Maine.

Today, in the 21st century, the style of housing has become known as section 8 housing, whether or not the landlord even participates in the program. In part, the government’s desire to retain this level of housing status is what is leading Maine down the road to ruin. More and more of these people have come to rely on government subsidies for their well being and daily needs. And the result of this trend is that we now have a level of community that is for the large part ignorant, uneducated and unable to fend for themselves. They have become a growing burden upon the people of Maine, and as such will eventually lead to a sort of revolt amongst the taxpayers that will more than likely destroy the Maine we have come to know and love.

In large part, the Dirigo health program is the progenitor of this coming revolt. The tax levied upon the people of Maine in an aggregate total has reached the point where the citizens are soon going to demand relief from those high taxes. Currently, Dirigo Health is in the process of being taken into the Harvard Pilgrim Health company. Supposedly, this will reduce the costs of administration of the program. But in reality, it will only serve to raise the costs to the taxpayer, who generally will never be able to partake of this service. Thus the Dirigo program becomes merely another program of redistribution of wealth. In theory, a tax is collected to provide for the welfare and safety of the public at large. However, with there never being a total enrollment of more that eighteen thousand or so, the benefit of this program falls to a select minority of lower income people. People of lower ability.

Just another incentive for the State of Maine to keep these people herded together. The more they stay together, the larger the community grows. The larger the community grows, the system of providing for their welfare will grow, increasing the need for more taxes. This cycle of increasing the size of the community in this state receiving welfare needs to come to an end. Unfortunately, as long as ignorance proliferates amongst that community, it will continue to grow.

Everybody wants to do the right thing and care for those who are less fortunate, but many of these people are not really less fortunate. They have the ability to hold down positions of employment, pay rent, buy food and more, the same as every other person in this state. But they seem to prefer living on handouts and collecting welfare in its many forms. And why shouldn’t they? After all, if you had the opportunity to have everything you want handed to you, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it?

There are many things I believe we should be doing as a state to improve our lives as well as improve the state. Not only image-wise but economy-wise as well. Putting Dirigo in a coffin and burying it will be a good start. The medical providers (hospitals etc.) need to learn to control costs and eliminate waste. The drug manufacturers need to cut back on advertising and all of those premiums the salespeople like to hand out. Have you ever seen some of the crap hanging around some doctors offices? There is a lot of money tied to the cost of those medications, and the cost would be a lot lower if it wasn’t attached to it. That’s one of the reason generics and OTC’s are so much cheaper.

The next thing we need to do is find a way to reduce the ignorance these people seem to be entrenched in. Education means more than just simple schoolwork. Today’s available entertainment overshadows education in almost every way. Talk shows on TV, soap operas, sitcoms, violent video based games and more dilute a true education. I’d like to see a longer school day, more time throughout the year in school, and values based education being taught in the classroom. And by values based, I don’t mean by ideological values, but work values that teach the worth of work. True work and not jobs that produce nothing of value that can be traded upon.

There is an old joke floating around that tells of a blonde behind a cash register. The register breaks down for some reason and the blonde can’t figure out how much change to give back to the customer. I can tell you from experience that this is no joke. I have had this happen on more than one occasion. Coupled with the abstract stupidity of this community, the future of Maine looks bleak indeed. Their inability to survive in their own, and the rapid, government provoked growth will lead Maine into tax bankruptcy. Get rid of Dirigo, and get rid of Maine’s current welfare program.

A better program to get people on their feet and improve their lives would be something along the lines of Roosevelt’s WPA. There is no shame in working to put food on your table, or a roof over your head, even if it does come from the taxpayer. And in the long run, both the taxpayer and the recipient will be better off. Infrastructure can be improved, and individuals can learn and improve upon working skills and trades.

Let me share a short story, true but short. I was riding to the library earlier today on my bicycle. While on a busy street, a rundown wreck of a car with some of these people in it came by. The girl driving the car flipped me off, and swearing at me told me to get on the sidewalk where I belong, it’s what they were for. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Maine bicycles have all the right, and in fact the requirement to travel on the street. Sidewalks are for pedestrians. So I came upon the light, and she was the first car in the right hand lane. The light was red, and there was no traffic coming so she was able to make a right turn after stopping. Of course she sat there sucking on a bottle of Pepsi in one hand while a cigarette was in the other. There were kids under 16 in the car by the way. The light turns green and I go past her while she is still sitting there spitting out expletives about how stupid something or other was. I don’t know what she was talking about, but perhaps it was herself?


Proverbs 10:14-16 (King James Version)

14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

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