It’s supposed to be “Don’t Mess With Texas” but we’re a bit north for that.
Paul LePage has done it again. He has meddled with a Maine icon. A couple of weeks ago the mural and now this—the sign on I-95 that motorists see while entering Maine from the south.
This pro-business-until-it-kills-us governor just doesn’t get art. First he takes down a mural that doesn’t flatter big business enough (but it was in the Department of Labor!) and now—a classic dead-give-away that he doesn’t get it—he “puts up a sign” on another public work to make it, well, “work” better (all right, the work in question is itself a sign, but that doesn’t make it right).
True art doesn’t need to have a sign put up! Does art not speak for itself? This governor had to make sure that people appreciate that “in the beginning Big Business created the heavens and the earth.” And Walmart saw that it was good.
Here! Here’s a sign to explain it! says the governor. Take that, you liberal NPR-huggers!
Anyway, so you’ll know what this rant is about: I was talking with Daughter Number One on the phone yesterday and she rather indignantly told me what she had seen as she crossed the line into Maine (“You know that sign… ? Do you know what it says now??!!! How can he get away with that??!!)
It’s true. I saw it on the internet.
But this may not be the end of it. Already the hackers are at work. While the sign is not exactly defaced, a cyber-version has been altered and it’s only the beginning. Here are three photos showing the progression (regression?).
The governor’s new improved version:
The way it should be, if the governor were perfectly honest:
Only three years and nine months to go.