Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) is often cited as a "moderate" Republican. And what qualifies as "moderate" in Republican circles today? Olympia Snowe herself has made that clear: she voted against the American Jobs Act because would impose a surcharge on the income of .1% of Maine's citizens and despite the fact that it would decrease the taxes of almost all of Maine's citizens and businesses.
You can't get a more clear and unambiguous statement of which side Olympia Snowe is on — she is defending the wealth of the richest .1% of citizens against the interests of the other 99.9% of citizens.
In her five-paragraph statement about her vote against the jobs bill, Snowe indicated an objection to only one of the bill’s provisions: the surcharge on adjusted gross income in excess of one million dollars a year, which would affect only one-tenth of one percent of Maine residents.
So it’s pretty clear what side Snowe is on: She sides with the richest one-tenth of one percent of Mainers, and against 99.9 percent of her constituents. It really doesn’t get much clearer than that. But just to drive the point home, Snowe spoke to group of businessmen [Friday] morning, where she courageously told them their taxes are too high and they are over-regulated.
If this is what it means to be a "moderate" Republican, consider the implications for what it means to be less "moderate" — which is the other 99.9% of the Republican Party.