With a riff on Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” line, Maine Governor Paul LePage stunned a private audience last week with the revelation that nearly half of the people in his state don’t work.
Not that it needs to be said, but this is clearly a fantasy that LePage pulled straight out of his ass.
In reality, 65 percent of “able-bodied” residents are currently working.
Furthermore, if it was true that 47 percent of residents in his state don’t work, that wouldn’t speak very highly of the good governor. That would mean a significant number of his constituents can’t find jobs.
Of course we know that’s not the message he intended to send or what he was implying.