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  •  It sounds like working too early (7+ / 0-)

    can cause life-long problems with learning. Anything.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:24:21 AM PST

    •  Well, LePage was able to learn English, after a (8+ / 0-)

      fashion. His English was so poor he had to take his college entrance exams in French!

      Now, compare him with Mike Michaud, the Democratic candidate for Maine Governor this year--also a Francophone (about a fifth of Mainers speak French as their first or "at home" language)--like LePage, blue collar. Mike's a former mill worker who got into politics because he was concerned about what the mills were doing to Maine's rivers and environment.

      Very similar backgrounds, but Mike is a Democrat, and if he wins, will also be the first openly gay man to be elected Governor anywhere in the US.

      I'll bet Mike was pretty young when he first went to work, too. Two very different results, of course.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:30:26 AM PST

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      •  I was being flippant, but LePage is (4+ / 0-)

        obsessed with doing away with Child Labor Laws.

        As to French, I took it for six years, four in high school and two in college, and I'm still not really great at it. I don't get to practice it much though.

        LePage seems to think that work trumps education, failing to see how education benefits the workforce and provides well-informed citizens. He is the poster child for a poorly informed citizen who has risen above his level of competence.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:52:08 AM PST

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