Contrary to prevailing talking points, the truly bloated parasites are not the poor. I would have loved to see Gov. LePage, or any politician for that matter, do something about the honest working men and women in the state of Maine getting screwed over by exorbitant rents, but that would entail actually going up against rich people, the ruling class' best friends.
Case in point: the peasant class here around Bar Harbor is forced to annually migrate when rental costs skyrocket at least three-fold for the few months of tourist season. Even many a "lifer" will happily temporarily relocate elsewhere just to capitalize off the greedy gold rush that seems to infect the community. Businesses that couldn't care less about the year-round locals return from their vacations, dusting off their fake countertops and smiles (no really - we once ate at an establishment that didn't even bother to have actual tables underneath the tablecloth, just squares of unfinished chipboard). Small wonder many of the year-round residents are - from our perspective - rather insular and closed off to newcomers, as it must really get old getting used by the snowbirds. Much like many places in Alaska, such is the difficulty facing vacation destinations.
The only other place I've lived where the economic disparity is at such an extreme was in Savannah (crack houses down the street from mansions), where the gap between the haves and have-nots is flaunted in opulent displays of wealth. When you see all the shuttered houses left vacant during the off-season around here it's damn shame, with many of the ones up for sale boasting a sign from Sotheby's luxury real estate properties. And yet they still keep building new ones (like this estimated $30 million dollar obscenity): it's hard to fund any viewpoint on Mount Desert Island without seeing somebody's architectural eyesore marring the view.