Cutler is thinking ‘out of the box’

9 years ago

To the editor:
We all know someone who has needed some financial assistance from the government – good, honest people who have fallen on hard times. We’ve also seen those people try to transition back to the world of work, which is difficult since their benefits are cut immediately once they try to do so. It is nearly impossible for them get off welfare and still provide food and shelter for their families.

I was pleased to see that Eliot Cutler has a plan to reform welfare. It is a plan to:
1.    Stop Waste, Fraud and Abuse.
2.    Fix the Cliff Effect and Build a Bridge to Education and Work.
3.    Encourage Personal Responsibility, Self-Sufficiency and Resiliency.
4.    Improve Accountability at DHHS.
He maps it out for us clearly. You can read more about his plan at On the web page, Cutler cites a quote from former President Ronald Reagan. “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.”
Cutler wants to fix what’s already in place, but he also wants to help people transition from welfare to work. It is good to know there is someone who is thinking “out of the box” and wants to come up with ways to not only fix today’s issues, but make a significant change for the future. That’s what Maine needs. I really believe that Maine also needs Eliot Cutler as Governor.
Ray Gauvin