The Hangover was recently extended a kind invitation from the Maine Democratic Party: A pre-convention celebration with:
*GOV. JOHN BALDACCI*
(Their typeface, not mine)
Thank you, MDP for this thrilling opportunity. What citizen wouldn’t like to discuss the absurd school consolidation plan proposed by the Governor last year? Then one might enquire why the Governor based the state budget on the savings generated by it, when the plan actually had little chance of passing. And of course, there’s the whole tax structure issue, where Mainer’s hit the Triple Crown of Giving: high property taxes, a 5 to 7 percent sales tax on just about everything but groceries, and an 8% state income tax (nearly 3% higher than Mass–, er, Taxachusetts). We would also like to hear the Governor’s views on diminishing non-service industry-based jobs. And considering that the service sector is doing well, perhaps he could explain why we don’t have any Emperor’s Club VIP franchises yet. This state, in technical economic terms, is a mess.
Unfortunately, The Hangover will not be attending the Celebration. The event costs a prohibitive $250 per person (unless you were one of the first ten people to reply to the email, which allowed you to get in for a late-night infomercial-ish $100. No, we are not making that up). So, we’ll let the developers, lawyers, bankers, and businessmen do cocktails and weenies with the holder of Maine’s highest office.
However, the invitation did the leave The Hangover with one question: How much to celebrate with a good Governor?