The letter from the governor of Maine, with a 850 “relief check” sent to taxpayers, contains an interesting statement:
This money comes from the record surplus of the state government which has recorded this year. Democrats, Republicans and independents in my administration and legislature have agreed that, [the rising costs of everyday goods] Most of that surplus is sent back to you-the people of Maine এবং and done in a way that allows you to use it as you wish.
Remember, the argument would have been equally valid even if the prices of everyday items had dropped. Many economic-like statements in the letter are misleading or controversial. Furthermore, the beneficiaries include only those taxpayers who have achieved a consistent total income of less than $ 150,000 in 2021, which is discriminatory against other taxpayers who can contribute the most to the budget surplus.
Among the suspicious statements in the Governor’s letter, I note the following:
You জনগ the people of Maine — are our greatest asset.
What does “us” mean? If this is the “people of Maine”, then the clause is a useless truth: the people of Maine are the people of Maine’s greatest wealth. Worst of all, the clause is a collective statement reminiscent of the slogan repeated by Aldous Huxley’s Lenina. Brave new wordsA third possibility is that “our” refers to the Maine government, which means the people will be considered an asset to the government. A charitable explanation is that Governor Janet T. Mills has simply misunderstood FA Hayek as our poisonous collective language. See his 1988 book, Deadly arrogance)