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From its inception, America has welcomed the best and brightest to its shores, and we have the worlds largest economy to show for it. Similarly, foreign direct investment has been an essential driver of our economic growth. Unfortunately, America is losing its competitive advantage in attracting global investment and the well-paying jobs it provides.

Maine, which ranks ninth in the nation in the number of workers per capita employed by foreign companies, is in a global race for jobs. At a time when most lawmakers are doing all they can to encourage job creation, however, the Maine Legislature has passed a tax haven bill that will ultimately discourage foreign investment in the Pine Tree State.

Insourcing companies, foreign companies that operate in the United States, are bringing investment and jobs to our country from abroad. In Maine alone, insourcing companies employ 30,500 people more than 6 percent of the states private-sector workforce.

To ensure insourcing companies have the best opportunity to grow business and workforce in the United States, policymakers must recognize how the global economy works. The tax haven legislation may seem like it is going after abusive tax practices, but in reality, it misses the mark completely in understanding the 21st-century complexities of how global businesses operate. This could spell bad news for Maines efforts to retain and attract insourcing companies, which would have a negative impact on the states economy overall.

In fact, the Organization for International Investment recently released an economic report providing a first-ever analysis of the role insourcing companies have played in the U.S. economy over the past decade. The findings were striking. Insourcing companies, as a group, outperformed the economy-wide average in nearly every relevant economic indicator, including increasing their contribution to U.S. gross domestic product by 25.2 percent, nearly double the private sectors 14.3 percent increase. The report also showed that these companies charitable giving has grown by 44 percent over the past decade, compared to an economy-wide contraction of nearly 5 percent.

Insourcing companies raise their industries economic performance, invest heavily in research and development, buy materials locally, establish innovative workforce training programs, and increase compensation and benefits for Americans by paying them a 22 percent premium above the U.S. private-sector average. In short, when insourcing companies invest in America, families prosper and communities thrive.

At the state level, Maine ranks 45th in the nation in corporate tax rate competitiveness, according to the Tax Foundation. Instead of working to modernize the tax code, lawmakers in Augusta recently passed legislation that would blacklist certain countries by deeming them tax havens and arbitrarily penalize employers in the state who have operations in these jurisdictions. The flawed premise behind tax haven legislation is that if a global company has operations in any number of jurisdictions, it must be doing so to avoid paying taxes. This legislation completely overlooks legitimate business decisions such as reaching new customers or streamlining supply chains.

The bills premise is a false assumption that misrepresents the value global companies provide, and it conflicts with the longstanding agreements that America has negotiated with other countries to ensure global companies pay the taxes owed in an equitable manner.

Take Luxembourg as an example: America has had a tax treaty in force with Luxembourg for more than a decade. Even though Maines population is 2.5 times larger than this European country, Luxembourg has invested more than $202 billion in the United States. In fact, last year alone, its investment in the United States outpaced those from Germany, France, China, and Mexico, to name a few.

Simply put, states that do not respect the obligations of our nations tax treaties and protocols risk losing the investments that directly support 5.6 million jobs in America. States that align with these international norms position themselves to capture global investment and jobs in the future. Gov. Paul LePage should veto the tax haven legislation that will only make Maine less competitive in the global race for job creation.

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Jose Ivan, found off Marshall Islands, says he set out from Mexico, 8,000 miles away, and survived on turtles and fish An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift in the Pacific, floating more than 8,000 miles from Mexico. The man, with long hair and beard, was discovered on Thursday when his 24ft (7.3m) fibreglass boat with …

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Libertarianism the political ideology of the live and let live is enjoying a surge in popularity. Some believe its hour has finally arrived and it can truly become an alternative to the Republican Party.

I understand its appeal. I like libertarians, and can read Ludwig Von Mises and listen to Murray Rothbard all day long. But it isn’t an alternative. It’s an electoral distraction.

Diehard libertarians disagree, of course. Last week the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, visited Alabama on a fund-raising tour. The former two-term governor of New Mexico made stops in Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham touting his party’s message of civil liberties and personal responsibility. He probably met receptive audiences since more voters are identifying themselves as libertarians now than at anytime in recent memory.

This trend should worry conservatives, especially since the libertarian candidate cost the GOP votes and victory in last year’s gubernatorial election in Virginia.

But how many of these new libertarians really support what the Libertarian Party stands for?

Many call themselves libertarians because of a single issue pot. When comedian, drug legalization activist and self-identified libertarian Bill Maher attended one of conservative Grover Norquist’s policy discussions, he rattled off a list of things the government should be doing and how taxes should increase as well. Norquist laughed, and then asked if he represented the big government wing of the Libertarian Party. Maher didn’t get the joke.

Some identify with libertarians until they scratch beyond the surface of “Hey, freedom, baby!” and learn about the party’s actual positions. Others just don’t want to be called conservatives, much less Republicans.

There are certainly true believers who bear the scars of a generational battle with conservatives. William F. Buckley drummed them out of the Republican Party decades ago and they’ve been building a 50-state network ever since. Their sincerity is beyond doubt, but their judgment remains in serious question.

“It’s the libertarian principles that matter,” wrote a good friend while debating the issue over email recently. However, their beliefs seem more like doctrine than principles. Conservatives believe in principles limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise and apply them to unique problems while guided by tradition and morality. We have flexibility to make judgments.

Libertarianism, as far as I can tell, demands consistent application of its beliefs, regardless of their impact. Responses to an issue must always be X, no matter if X is harmful or unwanted. Consistency isn’t a virtue in government; its application will eventually end in tyranny or chaos.

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MVI 1573 Our First Amendment Is In The Trash!
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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court's refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the company remains intact. Albuquerque-based Elane Photography had said its …

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Two weeks after hearing argument in a case examining whether corporations may be exempted from providing religiously objectionable contraceptives in their employee health plans, the US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether a commercial photographer in New Mexico has a First Amendment free speech right to refuse to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. It lets …

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Mar 202014

What – no Salisbury beach?

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travelers Choice awards for Beaches. In its second year, the awards recognize more than 322 beaches globally, including top lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S.

Travelers Choice Beaches Award-winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period.

Here’s are the lists:

Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.: 1. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii 2. Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 3. Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida 4. Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii 5. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii 6. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 7. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina 8. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii 9. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida 10. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Top 10 Beaches in the World: 1. Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 2. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 3. Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico 4. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy 5. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia 6. Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain 7. Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles 8. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Hawaii 9. Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales 10. Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Go here for the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Beaches, as well as reviews and candid traveler photos.

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Opening arguments began this morning in the ACLUs First Amendment lawsuit against the city of Bloomfield over a Ten Commandments monument prominently displayed on the City Hall lawn.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of of two Bloomfield residents who seek removal of the display. It alleges the monument is a government endorsement of religion and violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as the New Mexico State Constitution.

The city of Bloomfield is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based group that, according to its website, is a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty.

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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — GlobeQuest Travel Clubknows that many members venture to the Cabo San Lucas area of Mexico every year in order to enjoy its many pristine beaches, …

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FindYourMexico.com / February 27, 2014 / Mexico is a gigantic and diverse nation all the way from the rocky beaches of the Mexican Pacific Coast to the warmer waters of the Mexican Gulf, including all …

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Anti-oil protest have been held around South Island beaches as US oil company Anadarko continues its exploration of New Zealand waters.

Greenpeace says there were more than 2000 people at 20 beaches on the Mainland on Saturday, with the biggest crowds in Dunedin, Christchurch and Kaikoura.

The numbers showed New Zealanders did not want deep sea drilling off the coast, said Greenpeace energy campaigner Steve Abel.

“We don’t want to see dozens of oil rigs dotted off our coastlines – that is the awful vision of John Key and Anadarko. We want jobs for New Zealanders that don’t ruin our fishing grounds or risk oil washing on our beaches.”

Anadarko’s chartered ship the Noble Bob Douglas is now exploring the Canterbury Basin after failing to find oil off the west coast of the North Island.

It says it will most likely find natural gas in the Canterbury Basin, rather than oil.

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association says finding commercial quantities of oil and natural gas is not easy, but drilling can be done safely in deep water.

In November last year, six boats protested against the Noble Bob Douglas off the Waikato coast. A subsequent Greenpeace legal challenge to the exploration permit failed.

Anti-oil protesters are again planning a sea-going protest off the Otago coast.

They say deep sea drilling for oil and gas is extremely risky for the environment and question the safety record of Anadarko, which was one of the companies behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Marshall Islands Castaway Scene from THE SOUND OF CRICKETS AT NIGHT
As Life imitates Art, on January 30 of 2014 Jose Alvarenga washed up on Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands after being adrift for 13 months from Mexico on a …

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Majuro, Marshall Islands (CNN) — How long did Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the man who washed up on the shores of a group of Pacific islands last week, spend adrift at sea?

He says it was around 13 months. Local fishermen in the area of Mexico from which he set off say he may have been gone for a month longer than that.

But some people have suggested he looks too healthy for somebody who’d been through such an ordeal.

Officials in the Marshall Islands — where the bearded, shaggy haired Alvarenga turned up last Thursday in a heavily damaged boat — say they’ve abandoned efforts to pin down the length of time he spent lost in the ocean.

“We gave up on trying to find out the truth of how long he drifted,” said Anjanette Kattil. “Time will confirm his story. What we’ve been concentrating on is his medical condition to see if he’s OK and his repatriation.”

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Alvarenga’s story has raised questions about how he managed to survive on a small boat for so long.

“He looks way better than I would have expected for someone who has drifted for as long as he says he has,” Kattil said Wednesday. “But there is no question he has drifted for quite some time and he has washed up on our shores.”

Alvarenga has said he lived off fish and turtles he had caught and relied on rainwater, and sometimes his own urine, to try to stay hydrated.

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