For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. — I Timothy 6:10
Love of Money
Money has never been all that important to me. I’ve never valued it as much as some people I know. I am especially wary of the government’s necessary involvement with it. Can the nation be too eager for money?
Clause 5 of Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution says that the National government has the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”
The National government is doing such a poor job of “regulating the value thereof” that it is doubtful America’s dollar can remain a stable currency for much longer. Maine, like each and every one of us, will have to manage this gloomy reality.
The most important example I must offer as a citizen interested in public service as chief executive is that I am not seeking self aggrandizement. I’m not doing it to make money for myself or anyone else. I’m not doing it to gain power for myself or anyone else.
The best way I can do that is to not fund raise for my campaign. Volunteers will do the work, or I won’t get elected. Period. Simple.
And I will work full time during the campaign dedicating my labor to building a better and more beautiful state. If elected I will shift my full time focus to governing, of course. But until that time I will serve the state as a paid laborer for a small company that scapes the land.
God knows I need this. I am not strong enough yet to handle the power and money that falls under the purview of Maine’s Governor. Prayerfully, the Campaign will add enough to my skill set that I will be prepared to govern well when I assume office.