8/2/18, by James Mosher,
Rep. Larry Lockman: The Happy Warrior
Most Maine legislators scramble to align themselves on one side or the other of many pet policies bandied about in Augusta (and most, like sheep, gravitate toward party preference). They rush toward solar giveaways, Medicaid expansion, banning conversion therapy, alternative fuel tax, Welfare for Politicians, Tax Conformity, Ranked-Choice Voting, and the like.
Meanwhile, Rep. Lockman (R-Amherst) has been dedicated to fighting to keep Maine safe and secure for years now.
For the most part, he has been challenging Maine’s open borders Leftists all by himself. This is evident in his contending for immigration enforcement legislation such as LD 1652, tabled unassigned to die in the legislative abyss in March 2016, during the 127th Legislative Session, by then-House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe (D-Skowhegan). Despite the parliamentary maneuver by McCabe, Rep. Lockman took numerous opportunities to bash House leadership over the head with their decision. They paid a hefty price thanks to Lockman’s tenacious effort.
You can see full details of Rep. Lockman’s persistence in living color in the video at the top of this column.
During the 128th Legislative Session, Rep. Lockman proceeded with two bills attempting to address illegal immigration once and for all: LD 366 (roll call vote of 77 Yeas to 59 Nays in May of 2017) and LD 1833 (roll call vote of 76 Yeas to 65 Nays in April of this year). Even though the bills were defeated, there is a clear indication of a momentum shift; immigration has become the hot-button issue.
Rep. Lockman is committed to fiscal stewardship. He is devoted to exposing and cleaning up waste. Last year, both he and Rep. Chris Johansen (R-Monticello) were the sole dissenters in the vote for the biennial budget.
Lockman denoted his reasons for opposing the budget bill in his column for the Bangor Daily News entitled “The big spenders in Augusta are throwing fiscal sanity out the door”:
“We cannot afford the job-killing 10.15 percent income tax rate for high earners, the highest in New England and twice as high as Massachusetts’ top rate. If left in place, it will turn Maine into an economic wasteland.”
“We cannot afford to provide welfare benefits to noncitizens.”
“We cannot afford to dump more money into the public schools without meaningful reforms and real accountability.”
“We cannot afford to undo LePage-era fiscal reforms that have right-sized government and put Maine on a path to move from poverty to prosperity.”
It takes tremendous courage and resolve to oppose the majority report, especially in a culture where so many are easily triggered and safe spaces abound. As a husband, father, and grandfather, Rep. Lockman is aware of the cost of policy blunders and remains vigilant in ensuring to chart the right course. He is a real leader!
He has been a Conservative champion, proceeding with proactive measures to counter progressive policies for a number of years now. One great example of this is his commitment to eliminating Maine’s Harboring Havens.
In fact, as you can see in the above video, Rep. Lockman led the charge in May of this year to incorporate specific guidelines regarding illegal immigration into the Maine GOP Party platform.
In spite of sizeable opposition — on both sides of the aisle — Rep. Lockman has modeled superbly, time-and-again, how to turn legislative losses into victories. He is the quintessential happy warrior! We would do well to commit to sending similar candidates to Augusta every election cycle. The condition of our state would drastically improve if we were to succeed in doing so.
James Mosher is a husband, father, veteran and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared.
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