National crisis: Maine governor removes labor mural from state labor building

posted at 9:16 pm on March 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

The left can’t believe he’d care about something so petty, even though they themselves seem to care an awful lot that he cares. Case in point: This self-parody by Clintonista Robert Reich, who plaintively wonders, “Are we still in America?” And so the next phase of the battle over organized labor is joined, my friends. Never mind collective bargaining; should a governor be permitted to relocate pro-labor wall art without being challenged?

That’s the first step to outlawing unions, after all.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history be removed from the lobby of the Department of Labor headquarters building in Augusta, Maine, according to LePage’s office…

A statement from the Maine AFL-CIO said removing the mural is an “insult to working men and women” and is another example of how LePage is putting politics before people…

Laura Boyett, the acting commissioner for the Maine Department of Labor, in a letter to her employees, said the department received feedback that the building is “not perceived as equally receptive to both businesses and workers,” and is therefore removing the mural and renaming all of the conference rooms.

He’s renaming the conference rooms because they’re named after Cesar Chavez and other legends of big labor, which, he thought, might give people the krazy idea that the state labor department has a pro-union bias. What could be sillier than that?

Hmmm:

A Deer Isle artist angered by Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove a labor-themed mural from a state building is making his own political statement by yanking his artwork from the State House.

Other artists upset with the administration’s decision, meanwhile, are planning a media event on Friday at the Maine Department of Labor building where the mural hangs…

“It definitely is a slight to the artist that obviously spent a lot of time on this,” Kola said. “I don’t know this for a fact, but judging by everything LePage has done so far, I think he is very much opposed to unions and sees this work as one-sided.”

In related news, I’m inviting all major newspapers, magazines, and print publications to a negotiation on fair use in the Internet age. It’ll be held in the Glenn Reynolds Conference Room in Mickey Kaus Hall, right next to the big mural of Matt Drudge stomping on the New York Times editorial board.


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Hey, liberals, now you know how people feel every time you have a hissy fit over a Nativity in public.

Only difference is free expression of religion is a constitutional right. Collective bargaining and labor union art isn’t.

englishqueen01 on March 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Their paranoia is a sure sign of weakness…and it smells…delectable.

ronsfi on March 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I guess I’m gonna have to take a close look at the mural before passing judgement.

Buddahpundit on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

“insult to working men and women”

I just checked with myself and sure enough, I’m not insulted.

Bishop on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

What I thought more appropriate might be having three murals, the first being a mural of all the entrepreneurs that risked their own fricking money and gave their all to create companies that hired all those people.
The second could be all the union organizers that effectively sucked the life blood out of the companies.
The third could be a mural of all the chinese, mexican, and indian workers now gainfully employed.

Tim Zank on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

In related news, I’m inviting all major newspapers, magazines, and print publications to a negotiation on fair use in the Internet age. It’ll be held in the Glenn Reynolds Conference Room in Mickey Kaus Hall, right next to the big mural of Matt Drudge stomping on the New York Times editorial board.

Ya draw them all the way in and then, at the end, you cut off their heads, metaphorically speaking off course. Nice.

Dusty on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

House of cards and the winds a blowin’.

SouthernGent on March 24, 2011 at 9:25 PM

“A Deer Isle artist angered by Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove a labor-themed mural from a state building is making his own political statement by yanking his artwork from the State House.”

Beautifying America, one yank at a time.

Dusty on March 24, 2011 at 9:27 PM

They should have dragged it out on the front lawn, and burned it.

Rebar on March 24, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I guess I’m gonna have to take a close look at the mural before passing judgement.

Close up? It looks even worse than in pictures. Very “welcome to Maine…AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH.”

Slublog on March 24, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Quick…

… get the drums, grab the bullhorns, order the signs, print the T-shirts, grab the kids from school, and stop shaving your arm pits!

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on March 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Tim Zank on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Add a 4th one – The businessmen that financed the Revolution of the Colonies from Great Britain.

ericdijon on March 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

“It definitely is a slight to the artist that obviously spent a lot of time on this,”

Well call a Whaaaaaambulance, somebody’s feelings are hurt.

I spent a lot of time on an art project in Jr High, too, and I still got a “c” on it. OK, it was mediocre, but I SPENT A LOT OF TIME!

iurockhead on March 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

It’s not like he’s dropping it into a giant vat of pee or anything…

Wethal on March 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Hell, the left still hasn’t gotten over Nelson Rockefeller taking down Diego Rivera’s mural from the lobby of the brand-new RCA building in 1932, just because Rivera stuck Vladimir Lenin’s image in the middle of the painting. By this weekend, the Maine mural’s going to be a bigger world crisis than Libya or the Japanese nuclear reactors to them.

jon1979 on March 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

He should replace it with a mural of the Koch Brothers forcing children to build a McDonald’s inside a WalMart, with Dick Cheney cutting the ribbon.

Chuck Schick on March 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yeah, well….you wingnuts once burned Masaccio’s “Tribute Money” because of Roe v. Wade, so there!

/crr6

Good Solid B-Plus on March 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

A Deer Isle artist angered by Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to remove a labor-themed mural from a state building is making his own political statement by yanking his artwork from the State House.

No. NO! Oh Dear Gaia…NOOOO!

Whatever will the state house do without “Bird Sitting On Tree Stump” by famed Deer Isle artist Bill Berditzman.

Bishop on March 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Today the mural, tomorrow that idiotic Wagner Act. Let’s roll.

slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Maybe the Governor should just tell them to “Kiss my butt.”

iurockhead on March 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Oh the humanity…

~~~~sniffles~~~~

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on March 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Heh.

JeffWeimer on March 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Somebody better get OFA on this right away. Crank up the buses!

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Man Allah, you crack my sh*t up! You are in fine fettle tonight.

surrounded on March 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Somebody better get OFA on this right away. Crank up the buses!

Ha. Please. Don’t give them any ideas. Some of us have to live here.

Slublog on March 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Ha. Please. Don’t give them any ideas. Some of us have to live here.

Slublog on March 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Frankly, I’ll be surprised if a rent-a-mob isn’t already in the works.

hillbillyjim on March 24, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I would love to see these put up in it’s place…

Seven Percent Solution on March 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Today the mural, tomorrow that idiotic Wagner Act. Let’s roll.

[slickwillie2001 on March 24, 2011 at 9:38 PM]

(slipping in a Davis-Bacon repeal provision in conference)

Dusty on March 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Color me surprised… I didn’t know Ceaser Chavez was from Maine!

kringeesmom on March 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I’d get rid of it just because it looks like crap.

mizflame98 on March 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM

A statement from the Maine AFL-CIO said removing the mural is an “insult to working men and women

Ok, ok… replace it with a depiction of what the AFL-CIO is doing to the taxpayer: a mural of the working women of Nevada.

Yoop on March 24, 2011 at 9:59 PM

No. NO! Oh Dear Gaia…NOOOO!

Whatever will the state house do without “Bird Sitting On Tree Stump” by famed Deer Isle artist Bill Berditzman.

Bishop on March 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Heh, that was pretty good.

roy_batty on March 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I’m not going to sell my velvet paintings at gas stations anymore since I’m pissed at big oil.

WashJeff on March 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Who are the rest of the conference rooms named after?

Inquiring minds want to know…

Khun Joe on March 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM

It might be fun to do a “Where’s Waldo” with it and see how many communist propaganda points can be found.

Buddahpundit on March 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

That’s the first step to outlawing unions, after all.

Concentration camps in Montana are next.

PattyJ on March 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

It’s wonderful when a governor of either political party simply does the right thing. Sadly, most issues aren’t as clear as this one. It’s just wrong for government to side with the unions, even if you think unions are worthwhile. (I don’t but I do understand the fantasy of the union versus business struggle being something akin to business competition.)

thuja on March 24, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I just love the smell
Of a union hissy fit.
Smells like victory!

Haiku Guy on March 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

The thing should have been removed years ago because it is brain damaging ugly.

Slowburn on March 24, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Rebar on March 24, 2011 at 9:27 PM

LOL

I guess we will start seeing signs that read “Hitler started out by banning union art”

tommer74 on March 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

“. . . right next to the big mural of Matt Drudge stomping on the New York Times editorial board.”

By God, Allah, you finally said it: “Stomp the presses.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Hey, liberals, now you know how people feel every time you have a hissy fit over a Nativity in public.

Only difference is free expression of religion is a constitutional right. Collective bargaining and labor union art isn’t.

englishqueen01 on March 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Now there’s an idea for a compromise. How about a “last supper” redo with union leader faces on the disciples and Obama as the Messiah.

Then everybody’s happy! Right?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM

If the Gov just hinted he’d offer the space to artists free, to compete to replace the old one, he would be trampled. Could probably find a nice new mural, cheap.

jodetoad on March 24, 2011 at 11:05 PM

I think he is very much opposed to unions and sees this work as one-sided.

So I suppose moonbats demanding that a nativity scene be removed means that they are very much opposed to Christianity even though they try to claim they aren’t and simply want the government to be “neutral” on the issue of religion.

They want it both ways — or whichever way suits their agenda at the moment.

crosspatch on March 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM

My two cents as an artist…

The artist was commissioned to paint “a history of labor in the state” – she should be expected to not display strikes or the labor sec. tnat was a child of Maine? (First female cabinet member as well.) Or “Rosy the Riviter”? (That’s an iconic person and image if anything is.) This goes without mentioning the secret ballot section – it would seem remiss to leave out subjects like this if you are actually creating an image of a history of labor in the state.

OTOH you could go with the anonymous fax to the governors office and say that it reminds you of socialist realist art used to brainwash the masses in North Korea.

And btw – the mural isn’t socialist realist in style.

dieudonne on March 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM

“insult to working men and women”

And luckily with labor-friendly Obama in charge, this isn’t as big of an insult compared to a few years ago! /sarc

dominigan on March 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Next, the huge mural decorating the Detroit Institute of Arts by the Mexican communist Diego Rivera needs to go.

NNtrancer on March 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Why do “labor” artists always like to portray children living in their utopia as starving? Freudian brush strokes?

dominigan on March 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

There is some astonishing art in state buildings in Southern California. I think it will be there quite a while.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 25, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Why do “labor” artists always like to portray children living in their utopia as starving? Freudian brush strokes?

dominigan on March 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Well given that Hitler was an artist…

Slowburn on March 25, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Who are the rest of the conference rooms named after?

Inquiring minds want to know…

Khun Joe on March 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Other great American defenders of the the oppressed proletariate like Karl Marx, Valdimir Lenin, and Che Guevara.

Rod on March 25, 2011 at 4:33 AM

Maine “The Way Life Should Be”

Where most folks live off minimum wage, supplemented with welfare, and political dollars from out of State have turned the place into a socialized hell…cheered on by the Baldacci family and money bags, Stephan and Tabitha King.

Hening on March 25, 2011 at 7:30 AM

“insult to working men and women

I just checked with myself and sure enough, I’m not insulted.

Bishop on March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Me neither.

What are they on about?

Good Lt on March 25, 2011 at 7:40 AM

the department received feedback that the building is “not perceived as equally receptive to both businesses and workers,”

Ah, so it’s a matter of lack of diversity.

Well we can’t have that, now can we? After all, we all know (because the libs have told us so many times) that it’s diversity that has made this nation great. If unions are opposing diversity, then they’re obviously stupid and evil and un-American!

AZCoyote on March 25, 2011 at 8:06 AM

she should be expected to not display strikes or the labor sec. tnat was a child of Maine?

dieudonne on March 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Just to point out, as I did above, in case you missed it, Frances Perkins was born in Massachusetts, raised in MA, went to school and work other than ME. It’s obtuse to suggest she was part of Maine’s labor history, but typical of preening lefty utopians to live life and sell their beliefs based on fantasies rather than facts.

If the artist had wanted a real Mainer to represent their labor history, they could have and should have picked Margaret Chase Smith.

Dusty on March 25, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Other great American defenders of the the oppressed proletariate like Karl Marx, Valdimir Lenin, and Che Guevara.

[Rod on March 25, 2011 at 4:33 AM]

LOL, Patriotic Mainers, all, who, when they weren’t advance labor issues in Maine, labored themselves by tending their lobster traps.

Dusty on March 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Thought the mural was being removed for safe-keeping, against the arrival of the SEIU busses & protest occupation-troops …

/.

CaveatEmpty on March 25, 2011 at 8:38 AM

In related news, I’m inviting all major newspapers, magazines, and print publications to a negotiation on fair use in the Internet age. It’ll be held in the Glenn Reynolds Conference Room in Mickey Kaus Hall, right next to the big mural of Matt Drudge stomping on the New York Times editorial board.

That’s pretty dang funny right there.

Brian1972 on March 25, 2011 at 8:39 AM

It’s way past time to change the name of the Department of Labor, to make it clear that it works for ALL of us. I suggest The Department of Kinetic Man-made Productive Behavior.

Dee2008 on March 25, 2011 at 8:43 AM

The big green meanie.

tree hugging sister on March 25, 2011 at 8:52 AM

In related news, I’m inviting all major newspapers, magazines, and print publications to a negotiation on fair use in the Internet age. It’ll be held in the Glenn Reynolds Conference Room in Mickey Kaus Hall, right next to the big mural of Matt Drudge stomping on the New York Times editorial board.

Does that mean we’ll finally get to see your face?

Count to 10 on March 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

“I don’t know this for a fact, but judging by everything LePage has done so far, I think he is very much opposed to unions and sees this work as one-sided.”

That may be the funniest, most illustrative comment by a knee jerk liberal I’ve ever heard.

peacenprosperity on March 25, 2011 at 9:11 AM

The artist was commissioned to paint “a history of labor in the state” – she should be expected to not display strikes or the labor sec. tnat was a child of Maine?

Labor in Maine? Let’s see…

Lumber industry? In the background, barely.

Potato farming? Not depicted.

Paper industry? In the background, barely.

Shipbuilding? Not depicted from what I could see.

Blueberry farmers? Not depicted.

And there’s not a lobster boat to be found.

What there is on the mural is a bunch of people in the foreground, some of whom are not part of Maine history. They are mostly standing around, and some of them are holding tools.

The artist either neglected to include or minimized the actual laborers that built and sustain this state. A bit of a failure on her part, I think

Slublog on March 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

supposedly the state got a $60000 grant to do this painting in 2008, that was when the state was in total control by lib dems. your tax dollars at work.

I know I voted for the right guy. Go Governor LePage!

Also noteworthy is that the long standing signage that read “Vacationland” when driving up the interstate from NH was replaced with “Open for Business”, (funds raised privately for this!, no taxpayer monies) another incident that caused a lot of moonbats to foam at the mouth.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/maine-LePage-business-sign-I95-welcome-turnpike-.html

maineconservative on March 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM

supposedly the state got a $60000 grant to do this painting in 2008, that was when the state was in total control by lib dems. your tax dollars at work.

At least it’s an actual picture of something, even if it’s ugly and depressing. In Vegas back in the 80′s an artist was paid $300,000 for “art” on the outside of City Hall. The “art” was a random placement of plastic shapes of various colors which just stuck out from the front of the building. A wading pool on the ground was supposed to reflect the sun and make the plastic shapes shimmer. It was such an eyesore.

Of course, years later, it cost the city more money to have it removed.

Of course the “artists” are unhappy about this, without government grants for their “art” most of them would have to flip burgers for a living.

Jvette on March 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Hey, liberals, now you know how people feel every time you have a hissy fit over a Nativity in public.

Only difference is free expression of religion is a constitutional right. Collective bargaining and labor union art isn’t.

englishqueen01 on March 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Amen…I mean Power to the People! It sucks trying to stay in the center…

Fartnokker on March 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Color me surprised… I didn’t know Ceaser Chavez was from Maine!

kringeesmom on March 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

There is a statue of Vlad Lenin in the Fremont district of Seattle. Guess he was a local boy made good.
I was gonna go and paint a mustache on it one night, but he already has one. Dang!!

Fartnokker on March 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Slublog on March 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Here’s the union history they should have had made into a painting: Typical Union Worksite

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM

“received phone calls in opposition to the mural”

bullllllsh*t.

Just another spiteful as*hole move.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Dave Rywall on March 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Gov LePage: “I would love to tax the rich if we had any in Maine” LOL!

http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/politics/lepage-retorts-to-heckler-%E2%80%98i-would-love-to-tax-the-rich-if-we-had-any-in-maine

maineconservative on March 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Next, the huge mural decorating the Detroit Institute of Arts by the Mexican communist Diego Rivera needs to go.

NNtrancer on March 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

No, leave that one there to remind them how they ended up the way they did.

txhsdad on March 25, 2011 at 1:45 PM

They are mostly standing around, and some of them are holding tools.

Slublog on March 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Sounds pretty accurate to me…

txhsdad on March 25, 2011 at 1:47 PM

It’s not like he’s dropping it into a giant vat of pee or anything…

Wethal on March 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

That is the best (suppressed) laugh I’ve had in a long time. Thank you from the bottom of my twisted black heart!!!

Also, who are they talking to that is so insulted by this move (other than drywall I mean)?

runawayyyy on March 25, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Dusty on March 25, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Child of Maine in that parents were from there, family was from there, she visited regularly, etc.

The artist either neglected to include or minimized the actual laborers that built and sustain this state. A bit of a failure on her part, I think

Slublog on March 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM

She depicted entire industries that employed large numbers of people in the area and highlighted individuals that were likely to be recognizable or easily explained to those without incoming knowledge. It’s an explanatory mural and this is the standard form for such things. 

dieudonne on March 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Of course the “artists” are unhappy about this, without government grants for their “art” most of them would have to flip burgers for a living.

Jvette on March 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

You don’t actually know anny artists that have taken government grants, do you? The vast majority of artists do not benefit from government grants. The very few who do are usually working on commission. There is no reason that artists should not be paid for their labors even if people aren’t wild abut the end product.

For those that are worried a out end product… The work also passed a jury from a call for artists – meaning that it was open for anyone to try and people had to agree that this was the best submission.

dieudonne on March 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

The latest Developments:

Another artist at the rally suggested that people form a human chain to block the mural’s removal. When asked what he would do if that happened, Governor LePage said, “I’d laugh at them, the idiots. That’s what I would do. Come on! Get over yourselves!”

Proud Maine voter who helped elect this man.

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/153122/314/Governor-LePage-stands-by-his-mural-decision

screwauger on March 25, 2011 at 7:51 PM

dieudonne on March 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I don’t need to know any artists. I can read.

How about the “artist” that was paid to design and build an entrance to the Las Vegas “art” district in the downtown area.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars for two neon paint brushes to form an archway over the street.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars?

I could go on. Government buildings are full of this stuff.

I am not opposed to art, it should be privately funded and they should live off what people are willing to pay them.

Public funds for art on public buildings is a waste and should be stopped.

Jvette on March 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM