Looming Environmental Disaster

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2018
Contact: Roger, roger@holbrook4me.org 


The Portland sewer systems dump hundreds of millions of gallons into Casco Bay annually.  This untreated mix of household sewage, street run-off, chemicals, medical and industrial waste, and assorted byproducts is pouring into the Atlantic Ocean today; and under current plans, this will continue for decades to come!

Where is Portland’s Voice in Congress?  Our representative, who is proud to be endorsed by numerous environmental groups and eagerly takes their campaign donations, has been quiet on the topic of sewage in Casco Bay. The hypocrisy is nauseating!

From East End Beach in Portland, Willard Beach in South Portland, Crescent Beach State Park, Kettle Cove, in Cape Elizabeth, to Scarborough Beach, Ferry Beach, Pine Point Beach, Higgins Beach in Scarborough, and south to Old Orchard Beach, and East to Popham Beach, Sewall Beach and Head Beach in Phippsburg; take a swim in Maine’s waters and you run the risk of sucking in some of Portland’s discharge. 

Untreated sewage contains E.coli and salmonella which present significant health hazards. These toxins threaten our food chain from lobsters and clams to fish, muscles, and oysters. Destroy our lobster industry and watch our tourism industry end. 

Portland has been struggling to fix the problem for 20-years and they are only half-way done. Their current plan would help reduce the storm-water problem by a mere 10%.  So far, the cost of these repairs has been borne on the backs of property owners with ever-increasing water bills.

Piecemeal repairs over the next 20 years are not acceptable solutions while the health and wellbeing of Maine people and the state’s economy are at risk.  

We have to be better stewards of our natural resources than what the current plan offers.

To fix the problem completely and forever Portland needs financial help from the federal government. Rep Pingree, the 5-term Democrat, representing every beach on the Maine Coast South of Belfast, has done nothing to help the City of Portland. 

From her position on the Appropriations Committee she has sent taxpayer money to a private yacht company in Rockland, so they could remodel a lounge, and sent federal funds to refurbish the runway in Rockland where she arrives by charter jet… but she’s accomplished nothing to help the environmental disaster happening right now in Portland Harbor.

Holbrook went on to add:

“Here’s another example of Ms. Pingree’s Ruling Class attitude.  She gladly takes endorsements and campaign cash from national environmental groups, yet ignores this huge problem here in her own district. That is just wrong, and it is why I’m running for Congress: Maine needs a better representative in Washington.”


Posted on 12 Jan 2018, 11:30 - Category: Jobs & Economy

Just A Common Soldier

Posted on 29 May 2017, 12:59 - Category: Veterans

Terror on Campus

From The American Spectator, May 1, 2017, by Ben Stein

The nation’s universities have become no-go zones for people who do not hew to the one-party, anti-American, anti-police, anti-business attitudes of the violent brownshirts. Quiet, scholarly geniuses like Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald — who dare to suggest that Americans should work for a living, who speak out in defense of the police — are shouted down, shoved, sometimes assaulted, and chased from campuses under guard. Ann Coulter — a long-time friend, staggeringly intelligent and amusing — is not permitted to speak at a University of California, Berkeley, campus, because she makes such witty, shining defenses of our great nation. This is a taxpayer-funded campus.

There’s an atmosphere of terror on campuses across the country. My beloved law school alma mater, mighty Yale, shamed itself recently by blackballing faculty who wanted to keep a sense of humor on the campus.

The formula is simple. Get a few nonwhite students to label a potential speaker a racist, whether or not there is the slightest evidence he or she is. Then bring in the looney left faculty, then bring in the women with fake charges of sexism, and soon you have a mighty avalanche against the speaker. The fascists call themselves anti-fascists, of course. But anyone with eyes and ears can see and hear who’s burning the books.

As far as I know, neither Hitler nor the Japanese ever planned to invade America. Certainly Vietnam didn’t. North Korea is a menace, but a poverty-stricken nation of 22 million is not going to subjugate us and take away our freedom.

They don’t have to. We’ve done it to ourselves on our campuses. Via our imbecile young people and their pawns and masters in the faculties, we have incinerated the First Amendment. We’ve made sure that our young learn only lies and subversive propaganda against America. Hitler had his storm troopers to silence the opposition. We have Black Lives Matter, which aims to emasculate the main force guarding black lives — the police — and which is always in the vanguard at closing down free speech. It’s a catastrophe for this country. It’s not what our young men and their parents fought for, died for, and wept for in The War. Look quick. We’re losing this war for freedom — and fast.

Posted on 19 May 2017, 12:57 - Category: State We're In

Can't You Hear The Howls?

I can. "Hooowoo is Trump going to pay for these tax cuts?” "They will cost trillions!” “Tax cuts for the rich!” “What about the deficit?"

These exclamations demonstrate the disrespectful nature of the ruling elites in Washington, who treat the rest of us as ignorant and stupid. Let me explain.

First of all, why would a reduction in tax rates be labelled a “cost" to the government? Costs to the government are for employees, buildings, military, computers, etc. The very notion that a tax rate cut “costs” the government money reveals a lot about whose money they think they are spending. The government considers that ALL money is THEIR money - not yours! To reduce a revenue is a cost? Yikes!

Secondly, rate cuts won’t “cost” anybody anything. Ever hear of dynamic scoring? This is a foul if not absent word in the liberal lexicon. Dynamic scoring means that you take into account ALL the factors, over time, in analyzing the outcome of a shift in policy - not just a single or narrow set. As opposed to static scoring: "a simplified analysis wherein the effect of an immediate change to a system is calculated without regard to the longer-term response of the system to that change.”

Let’s look at an example. If the government cuts tax rates, there will be less revenue. Right? Wrong! Presidents Kennedy and Reagan cut tax rates and revenue leapt. In the Reagan era, revenue doubled! It works every time it’s tried. Why? Lower rates puts money in the hands of individuals and companies to spend, expand, and start new ventures, creating new jobs and new tax revenue. 

I did a simple analysis based on the very modest assumption that rate cuts will cause the GDP to grow at 3%, instead of the anemic rate of under 2% for the past 8 years. The result was a revenue increase of $500B a year in the 5th year.

What about the rich people? President Trump’s proposal will reduce the top marginal rate by 4.9%, but they may pay MORE taxes because of the elimination of deductions – the so called loopholes.

“Loopholes” irritate me. That word connotes some sort of sleazy cheating. Folks, there are no loopholes in our tax code! Each and every permitted deduction is legally sanctioned by Congress - or the IRS comes a-knocking. Legal deductions are not Get Out Of Jail Free cards. The government WANTS you to use them, otherwise why would they go to the trouble to pass them into law?

The thing that is not taught in our public school system is basic economics. Rich people have earned more money than others, through hard work, smarts, and sometimes a little luck, so they own more assets - stuff. But all people are the same when it comes to assets. Unless it’s under a mattress, this “stuff" is inextricably locked into our economy. It’s in a bank, it’s in a house, it’s in a stock account, or perhaps a boat. Maybe, it’s a stream of income from a job or from investments. The point is the difference between a rich person and a poor person is just the amount, but the money is always at work in our free market economy. So, why pick on the rich?

Money you have in a bank is loaned out to other people to buy a house or start a business. Money in a stock provides capital for a business to expand. Money that buys a boat provides jobs for many people. Any expenditure by anyone, rich or poor, is economic activity that creates revenue for government. Rich people spend more per capita. But all spending elevates our economy. Targeting rich people for being successful is a liberal tactic to divide us and it’s called class warfare to get votes. Successful people should be celebrated! 1% of taxpayers pay 39% of taxes. Way to go!

And, hey, what about the deficit? Did you ever hear one liberal complain about the deficit? I can’t find one. Obama doubled it in 8 years. So, now suddenly, a tax rate cut that purportedly “costs us” is a complaint because it adds to the national debt? Should I laugh or cry?

In fact, a national pundit recently asked, “Why impose any taxes?” The revenue from taxes bears no relationship to expenditures by Congress. They just spend whatever they like. So why collect taxes at all? Good question.

Posted on 08 May 2017, 01:44 - Category: Taxes

Are We A Sovereign Nation?

Derrick K. Watson, District of Hawaii Federal Judge, recently issued a 43-page opinion establishing a Temporary Restraining Order on President Trump’s second executive order restricting certain people entering the United States from six failed nations. The nations were selected by President Obama as representing high risks to the safety of American citizens. Of primary concern, is the inability to reliably identify the person’s birthplace, their criminal history, and their involvement in terrorism.
Since the 1400’s, the image of the blindfolded Lady Liberty has symbolized that true justice is be meted out objectively under the law, without favor of identity, money, or power. Judge Watson apparently used a crystal ball to see beyond the executive order to impute some intention, and ignored the law and the words. 
Title 8 §1182 (f) of the U.S. Code states:
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

There are grave issues set up by Watson’s TRO. 

1. President Trump is entirely inside the law. This is the same statute used by Jimmy Carter to round up and deport Iranians.

2. The President does not need a court or Congress to exercise this power under the statute.

3. The TRO’s did mention the statute, but only to say Trump “exceeded authority” However, no proof was presented.

4. The TRO’s cited statements made by Trump during the campaign, before the election, AS THOUGH THIS IS POLICY. The judges determined, without any evidence, that Trump’s EO was discriminatory to a certain religion. 

5. The U.S. Constitution does not apply to non-citizens living in foreign countries. 

6. If a District Judge can stay a lawful, Constitutional EO, how about if a President wanted to send in troops somewhere to protect U.S. interests and a judge didn’t like that?

Either the United State is a sovereign nation with effective borders and the rule of law, or we are a banana republic. When rogue, politicized judges base rulings on political ideology or imputed intentions, rather than on the facts and the law, we are little better than third-world. While defying the judge’s corrupt order is appealing, two wrongs do not make a right. If our President defies the court, as Jackson did Marshall and Obama did with oil in the Gulf of Mexico, it would not be helpful. Appointing judges who would behave as badly in the opposite political direction would be equally as deleterious. We are better than that. Perhaps the process of removing political-hack Federal judges should be eased to increase impartiality and accountability.

Posted on 27 Mar 2017, 10:58 - Category: State We're In

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