DHHS is too big and is responsible for far too many unrelated tasks to allow anyone (or any group of anyones) to oversee its operations. It has to deal with everything from inspecting restaurants to assessing psychiatrically challenged criminals to aiding welfare moms to chastising deadbeat dads to motivating the chronically lazy to sheltering abused infants to listening to complaints from the elderly to doing what can be done for people with a wide range of disabilities.
No wonder it turns away creatures with six eyes, four arms, and a pair of antennas.
According to knowledgeable sources, Republican Governor Paul LePage wants to break up the department into several manageable units, each with a clear focus and obtainable goals. There might be a department for children and families, one for welfare, one for health care, one for mental health, and one to do all those other odd jobs (who’s got the governor’s tranquilizers?) that have ended up on DHHS’s desk. Unfortunately, LePage was so busy insulting assorted legislators, special interests, ethnic groups, and visiting Alpha Centaurians that he never found time in his first term to propose the idea.
He’ll get to it just as soon as he’s re-elected.
Or when Bigfoot is named Miss Maine.
Whichever comes first.
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: The Editorial Page
, Paul Lepage, DHHS