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Lower gas prices and my efforts saved 3 jobs this week. Thanks free market...

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Fri Jan 16, 2015 at 21:00:22 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

A couple weeks ago I was disheartened to announce that the new higher minimum wage rate was going to cost me 3 workers.  I was troubled because 3 of the workers on my payroll would have to go.  Alas, I have found a way to save their jobs in the short term in part due to lower energy prices..

So I was reviewing the gas mileage rates for travel as mandated by the federal government.  With a bit of research I discovered that the rate is not actually mandatory - it is optional.  Federal law states that mileage can be reimbursed at 57.5 cents per mile for business travel in 2015 - up from 2014.  I did a little homework and found out that this rate is not actually mandatory - it is optional and organizations don't actually need to reimburse at all if they don't want to..  So I am cutting the mileage reimbursement rate by 20 cents per mile.  This saves the organization hundreds of dollars a month.

The second observation I made was that my energy costs are significantly lower right now than before.  Gas is less expensive, which helps my argument with cutting the reimbursement rate, and propane prices are lower as well.  I WILL save enough in total to cover the cost of the 3 workers I had planned to terminate - at least for now.  This is good news indeed..

So what are we to learn here?  

A) Gas prices affect businesses?
B) Labor prices affect businesses?
C) V3PN is a genius?
D) Supply and Demand works?
E) If energy prices go back up 3 people lose their jobs?
F) Businesses are stymied by government rules and red tape?

This is how business people save jobs.  They do not save jobs by looking up statistics on Wikipedia and posting responses based on hypothetical calculations as offered by politicalengineer.  They get into the income statement and balance sheet and dig up every penny they can afford in order to make things happen.  

One other thing to think about:  From the IRS website:

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

   57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
   23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014  
   14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

The reimbursement rate for mileage went up even though the price of gas went down.  Mileage reimbursement rates for medical care went down - I thought Obamacare was supposed to help people.  And finally, charities are still second class citizens under Obama...  Lord how we know Democrats hate charities because they take work away from the government...

Nothing the federal government does makes sense!!

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Baker AGAIN forsakes party

by: Redmaxxxxx

Fri Jan 16, 2015 at 06:43:59 AM EST

(He should have picked a Republican for an elective position.  This was a significant misstep by the Governor.   - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Yet again Charlie Baker has forsaken building the Republican Party by appointing a Democrat as Bristol County District Attorney.  This was the perfect opportunity to build the party by installing a Republican in an elected position and giving that person a head start in the next election.

Doesn't Charlie understand that if he doesn't grow the party that he will be defeated in 2018.  Charlie does what he thinks is good for Charlie rather than what is good for the party, not realizing that they are one in the same.  Shame Charlie, shame.

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Fattman Campaign Manager Nominated for National Local Campaign Manager of the Year Pollie

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 15:17:56 PM EST

Jordanne Anderson, former Fattman for Senate campaign manager, has been nominated for the prestigious American Association of Political Consultants' 2015 Pollie Award for Local Campaign Manager of the Year.  Anderson, at just 22-years-old, steered the campaign of Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) to a landslide 56% to 44% victory over 44-year incumbent politician, Sen. Richard Moore (D- Uxbridge).

Considered the "Oscars of Politics," the Pollie Awards are the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communication and public affairs industries. Nominations are submitted by political professionals from across the United States. Christopher Lyon, a New York-based political consultant who helped elect Rudy Giuliani Mayor of New York City in 1993, nominated Ms. Anderson for the award.

"In nearly 30 years in politics, I don't think I've ever seen a local campaign challenging an incumbent better run than the Fattman campaign," said Lyon.  "It's not easy to defeat an incumbent.  In the rare instance when you do, it's typically a victory of the narrowest of margins.  But Rep. Fattman won in a blow-out.  That's an incredible accomplishment!  Jordanne Anderson did a singularly impressive job making it all happen and successfully implementing a highly effective campaign plan.  Jordanne deserves to win a Pollie for her work."

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Baker Administration Enacts Three Month Regulatory Pause

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 13:47:04 PM EST

Today, the Baker Adminstration announced that the Governor has instituted a three month pause on all new regulations as a first step to ridding the state of job killing regulations.  In a press release the administration stated:

Governor Charlie Baker today announced a 90-day pause on all new regulations to allow for the Administration's long-term goal of streamlining unnecessarily burdensome regulations on the Commonwealth's small businesses and job creators. The three month time frame will halt new regulations and those in the renewal process in order to enable the administration to implement new guidance that regulations going forward communicate a clear, desired and effective goal and focus on the development and implementation of the 2016 Fiscal Year Budget.

"If Massachusetts is to succeed in creating new jobs and making state government more efficient, we must tackle burdensome regulations," said Governor Baker. "Regulations void of a clear and concise purpose increase the cost of doing business and make dealing with state government more difficult. This temporary freeze will allow us to review codes already on the books, ease the unnecessary amount of bureaucratic red tape and focus on crafting the next budget."

The regulatory pause was outlined in a memo issued to all Cabinet Secretaries today by Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore, who in accordance with Executive Orders issued in prior administrations, has final approval before any regulation is filed.  The three-month period is effective until March 31st.

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Rick Green Unanimously Re-Elected Chairman of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

by: MassFiscal

Wed Jan 14, 2015 at 15:16:38 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

We are very glad to announce that Rick Green was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance for 2015 today. This will be Rick's 4th term as Chairman. Also serving is Jim Rappaport as the Finance Committee Chairman, Mark Cohen as Treasurer, Brian Bialas as new legal counsel, Mike Kane as Clerk, and Danielle Huntley, Cindy Terwilliger, and Brad Williams as directors. For more information on the board, officers and staff, please visit our website.
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Governor Baker gets working; Calls for hiring freeze; dampens enthusiasm for 2024 Olympics

by: Karl Marx

Fri Jan 09, 2015 at 22:45:22 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

Governor Charlie Baker is riding the news cycle. As the news that Boston is the designed U.S. host in the international sweepstakes for the 2024 Olympics, the new Governor expressed some doubts.


Gov. Charlie Baker hedged on throwing his full support behind Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, telling reporters today "there's a lot to learn about this" as the Hub prepares to make its pitch to the International Olympic Committee as the United States' bid city.

Baker, emerging from his first Cabinet meeting on his first full day in the Corner Office, also said he'll explore tapping a point person for the administration to tackle questions surrounding the city and state's Olympics bid, as well potentially setting up "regional conversations" for public input beyond the community meetings already announced for Boston.

"I'm where I think many people are, which is there's a lot to learn about this," the newly sworn-in Republican said when asked if he supports the bid. "I've only been in office for less than 24 hours, I haven't seen the bid book. I don't think I need to see the bid book.

This is a pretty gutsy move and shows Baker's cautious side particularly as the city's elite is celebrating the designation.

Move number 2 of the day is no less striking. Governor Baker called for a hiring freeze to help stem a $500 million state deficit. It's small step that will save $6 million but a needed one.

So far so good.

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Baker Upholds First Promise Releases $100M in Chapter 90 Local Aid

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 08, 2015 at 17:42:52 PM EST

Governor Charlie Baker today, in one of his first actions in office, directed Acting Secretary of Transportation and Chief Executive Officer Frank DePaola and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to follow through on the Baker-Polito administration's commitment to release immediately $100 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds critical to job creation, public safety and economic growth.

"I am pleased that one of the first acts of this administration is to fulfill our commitment to ensure local governments have access to the infrastructure funds they have been promised for transportation upgrades," said Governor Baker. "The release of these funds represents a step towards creating better jobs and building stronger communities in Massachusetts."

A letter from Governor Baker was issued today informing local officials of his decision to release the funds. Each community's share of funding is predetermined by a formula that includes factors such as population, road miles and employment. The release of this $100 million constitutes the remaining one-third of additional Chapter 90 funding authorized in 2014.

"After serving as local elected officials, Governor Baker and I understand the need for a strong partnership between our communities and state government," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Today's announcement sends a clear message that our administration will be responsive to the needs of local governments across the commonwealth."

Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the Highway Department district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Department districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation's Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns. Funding for Chapter 90 is accomplished through the issuance of bonds.
 

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Baker Gives Inaugural Speech

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 08, 2015 at 12:56:23 PM EST

 Today, Governor Charlie Baker delivers his inaugural address to a joint session of the Massachusetts state legislature.  Remarks as prepared for delivery:

"Mr. President and Members of the Senate, Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor Polito and Members of the Governor's Council and the Cabinet, Chief Justice Gants and Members of the Judiciary, Former Massachusetts Governors Weld, Swift and Romney, Reverend Clergy.

"Jan Cellucci and Angela Menino - I've known and admired you both for many years.  And remain a huge fan of the energy and joy your husbands' brought to public service.  And other distinguished guests - My thanks to all of you for being here today.

"To my fellow citizens, it's with great humility and high honor that I assume the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

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Charlie Baker is Governor

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Jan 08, 2015 at 12:34:24 PM EST

Our long eight year nightmare is over.

Charlie Baker is Governor of the Commonwealth  

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Observations regarding Paris terror attacks

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Wed Jan 07, 2015 at 19:05:26 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

One officer was observed lying on the ground begging for his life before being shot by one of the terrorists.

1. If police in Paris carried guns this would not have happened.  The police officer would have had a fighting chance instead of begging for his life.  I could same the same about all the victims.

2. Are we sure the 3 killers were not Al Sharpton, Mayor DeBlasio and Barack Obama seeing as at least one cop got shot?

3. I will not hold my breath waiting for Michelle Obama to hold a sign saying "# Bring back my cartoons

4. Islamic terrosists are cowards.  They don't have the balls to start a real f*ckin war on a battlefield mano-a-mano.  Instead they run into an office building taking everyone by surprise and shooting people before they have a chance to get into it with them.  If Obama had any balls and truly believed that fighting terrorism was righteous then he would demand Al Qaeda and Isis meet him on a battlefield in Syria or Iraq or anywhere else in the middle East and settle this like REAL men.  We have cowards opposing cowards...  If I were Mohammed I would be ashamed to have cowards fighting for me.  Nothing but a bunch of pussies.

5. Editor Stephen Charbonnier is a hero.  Before he was killed he looked one terrorist in the face and stated "I would rather die standing than live kneeling".  That should be a best selling T-Shirt starting tomorrow..

6. In 2012 the White House (meaning Obama) criticized the publication for its free speech efforts.  This means Obama has been on the wrong side of absolutely every issue domestic and international since being elected to public office.

7. Next week Hillary will meet with the victims families and insist that as President she will find the people who made the anti-Muslim movie causing this violence.

8. Had this happened at the White House the terrorists would have been on the second floor residence eating lunch before the Secret Service knew what was happening.

9. Somehow the Democrats in Washington will tie this to global warming.

10. The US federal government can hack into my computer and audit my activities whenever they want, but for some reason they can't seem to plant a virus on the websites run by Al Qaeda terrorists planning death squads.  Why is that?

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Chris Christie, Please Stay Home

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Wed Jan 07, 2015 at 11:53:20 AM EST

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Chris Christie is coming to Massachusetts tomorrow for the inauguration of Charlie Baker.  He should just stay home.

The Governor of New Jersey is an ethical train wreck that would be more at home in the legislature of Massachusetts than chumming around with a governor-elect that pledged to change the way business is done on Beacon Hill.

Christie's latest ethical flap comes as it is being reported that Chris Christie has been getting all expenses paid trips to Cowboy's games, and has been doing favors for Jerry Jones in return.

Less than two years before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tickets and travel to NFL games, government documents show Christie personally pushed the Port Authority to approve a lucrative contract for a firm part-owned by Jones. Christie nonetheless accepted the gifts from Jones, despite New Jersey ethics rules barring gifts to public officials from persons or entities that those officials "deal with, contact, or regulate in the course of official business."

On March 19, 2013, Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release announcing their selection of Legends Hospitality LLC to operate the observation deck on the top floor of One World Trade Center. The next day, the Port Authority board -- which is appointed by Christie and Cuomo -- specifically cited the governors' announcement in voting to approve the contract for the company, which is jointly owned by the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Checketts Partners Investment Fund.

That is not the only extent of the Christie administration's ethical failures, that go far beyond a bridge shutdown.  

He has been allowing many employees to double dip as they are collecting pensions.  His office has "blacklisted" news organizations who shine the light on his adminstration. There are many more stories.

It would be best for the incoming Governor if Christie just stayed home.
 

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This week I get to terminate some employees - thanks MA state legislature..!!

by: Vote3rdpartynow

Tue Jan 06, 2015 at 15:13:02 PM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

January 1st always brings a feeling of optimistic hope to my life.  A new year, a new beginning, a new chance to make good on promises to work and family.  This year I get another new job - I get to lay off 3 people.

I don't want to lay them off.  Their work is okay and though they are not world beaters they can help make a difference in the organization.  Its not that they were difficult, offensive, ill-trained, abusive, or disobedient in any way.  The reason I am laying them off is because the state has made it too expensive to keep them on.

17 months ago I was hired to lead a non-profit organization.  The organization has suffered over the years and has not been in the black for 4 years - until this year.  I had to terminate some bad employees, retrain some others, cut costs, and renegotiate almost every contract for every vendor we have.  Every 60 to 90 days I had to stand before a Board of Directors and explain financial matters using rhetorical gymnastics not seen before.  It has been a year of great accomplishment due to the hard work of many people who finally get to say 'we hit our goals'.  

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In Tomorrow's Speaker Election It's not About Any One Name

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Mon Jan 05, 2015 at 11:01:56 AM EST

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard chatter in conservative media circles about a nascent challenge to Speaker John Boehner.  At first glance you may be thinking that there is no way that the speaker can be unseated without a majority of the GOP caucus.  But there is.  Daniel Horowitz (full disclosure Conservative Review, where he is senior editor is a client of mine) explains at Conservative Review:

As noted before, even without an alternative, members are free to vote for whomever they choose when their name is called by the Clerk of the House. If 29 members vote for someone other than Boehner, the process goes to a second ballot and a brokered conference meeting. That is where conservatives' leverage begins to negotiate concessions from the inevitable litany of people who will toss their hat into the ring.

But the supposition of Republicans not being given an alternative is irrelevant at this point.

Basically all that needs to happen, to get the ball rolling is for 29 brave souls to vote for anyone but present for Speaker, when the roll call vote happens tomorrow.  Then a brokered conference will happen and Boehner will not be Speaker. It is that simple.

Horowitz also joined me on Herald Radio last Friday to explain.

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Where are they now? Barney Keller edition

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Mon Jan 05, 2015 at 10:53:55 AM EST

Barney Keller, the former communications director of the Massachusetts Republican Party under Peter Torkildsen and Jenn Nassour, has a new job in DC.  Keller has been the communications director of the conservative Club for Growth over the past few years. He is now an Executive Vice President with Jamestown Associates, the firm that did Baker's TV ads after the first ad company was fired.

Join me in wishing him good luck in his new position and take a look at what he's doing at this link.

Barney Keller, Executive Vice President
A political and communications expert, Barney Keller, joins Jamestown Associates after nearly four years as the Communications Director at the Club for Growth.

During his tenure at the Club, Barney helped lead the organization's issue advocacy campaigns and acted as their primary spokesman. He also served as a political and communications adviser to the Club's affiliated PAC and Super-PAC, contributing to the election of US Senators and Congressmen, including Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Ben Sasse.

Prior to joining the Club for Growth, Barney worked for Pat Toomey's winning Senate campaign, Rick Lazio's campaign for Governor, as well as the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Republican Parties.

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ICYMI: Rick Green Editorial on Internet Sales Tax

by: MassFiscal

Mon Jan 05, 2015 at 07:55:21 AM EST

(IT is not just an internet sales tax. But the entire internet that will be taxed up to 16%. The FCC is voting soon on this.
- promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno
)

In case you missed it, MassFiscal Chairman Rick Green had an op-ed published in the Boston Globe this past weekend concerning the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act," the name advocates of an stepped-up enforcement and collection of an Internet sales tax use for their proposals.

The beginning of Rick's article is reproduced below. The piece was published as part of a debate on the question, and you can read the whole thing here.

"Should Internet Retailers be Required to Collect State Sales Taxes?"
January 4, 2015
The Boston Globe
By: Rick Green

The Marketplace Fairness Act (Internet sales tax) has been hailed by state governments as a cure to lower revenue during the economic downturn. Surprisingly, it is also supported by large retailers like Home Depot and Amazon.

The Internet sales tax is not new, though. Rather, it is an existing tax that goes uncollected. Most sales taxes in the US are actually "sales and use" taxes. That means that consumers buying goods on the Internet are liable for use taxes in their home state, but states don't collect them for both economic and political reasons. Economically, collection costs exceed the potential revenue, and politically there are few elected officials willing to run on a platform of universal tax audits.

The Internet tax appeals to state and local governments because it solves the political problem. Using the federal government to force out-of-state businesses to collect taxes removes local politicians from the line of fire. The economic problem still remains, though. The exorbitant cost of collecting the taxes has simply been shifted onto businesses.

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R.I.P. Former MA Senator Edward Brooke, Republican

by: Karl Marx

Sun Jan 04, 2015 at 10:48:07 AM EST

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

A man who broke barriers in Massachusetts politics has passed away. Ed Brooke was a congenial and sharp pol. They don't make them like Ed Brooke any more and the lessons he left behind are priceless. Brooke, a Republican, appealed to a majority of Massachusetts voters. Many forget that while the Dixiecrats were opposing civil rights and defending Jim Crow, Ed Brooke and the GOP were out front for equality before the law.

BrookeCoverHerald

 

Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke III, a liberal Republican and civil rights champion who was the first black to win popular election to the U.S. Senate, paving the way for scores of minority politicians including President Obama, died yesterday at age 95. “Before there was a President Barack Obama, there was a Sen. Edward W. Brooke,” Ralph Neas, Brooke’s former chief counsel, told the Herald. “The president has said on a number of occasions that Sen. Brooke helped pave the way for him and that is true ... He was the undisputed champion of civil rights on Capitol Hill and the Constitution never had a more diligent protector.” Brooke, who died of natural causes at his home in Coral Gables, Fla., was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that branch since Reconstruction.
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No Longer An Anti-Semite's Dream: A World Map Without Israel

by: The Angelic One

Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 13:35:24 PM EST

The long-term goal (among many) of any Islamofascist is to wipe off Israel from the face of the earth.

Who knew that a major publishing house in the West would act as an enabler to this anti-Semetic dream by intentionally omitting Israel from the English-language atlases they sell to schools in the Middle East?

Collins Bartholomew, the subsidiary of HarperCollins that specialises in maps, said that including Israel would have been "unacceptable" to their customers in the Gulf and the amendment incorporated "local preferences".

Given the return of anti-Semetism in Europe, one shouldn't be surprised at the latest fantasy pertaining to Israel's annihilation. Nor should we be surprised at the boldness in which the anti-Semites express their hatred for the Jews.

Many of the Islamofascists want to finish the job that Adolph Hitler had started. With the resurgence of the craven appeasement & escalating violence around the world that made the original Holocaust possible, it won't be long before the extermination camps will be back in vogue - once the average person through social media becomes increasingly comfortable with the concept of do-it-yourself campaigns to kill the Jews & thus make the world "Judenfrei".

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Polito: Health Connector driving Billion Dollar Deficit

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Dec 18, 2014 at 10:35:47 AM EST

Yesterday Karyn Polito went on Herald Radio and told hosts Hillary Chabot and Jacklyn Cashman that the Health Connector Authority and Obamacare are the driving factors in the commonwealth's current billion dollar shortfall.

Lt. Gov.-elect Karyn Polito blasted the state's botched health care Connector as the top culprit for an "eye-popping" budget gap as large as $1 billion that must be closed when she takes office next month - and suggested heads could roll as a result.

"There are problems at the Connector board," Polito told Boston Herald Radio. "Whoever is responsible for the shortcomings there, we will hold accountable."

Despite Gov. Deval Patrick's early cuts and projections that the gap will be as low as $329 million, Pol­ito voiced deep concern about conflicting reports that show a skyrocketing de­ficit despite solid state revenues.

"It's clearly a spending problem. It's clearly a management problem. It's clearly the lack of accountability in holding the system to 
the goals that we are setting," 
she said, adding that the new administration under Gov.-elect Charlie Baker will target the "problems that are putting a drag on our budget and taking funding away from the areas of greater need."

Sources close to the Baker transition team have told Red Mass Group that it is "worse than you can even imagine," at the Connector Authority.

Disclosure: I am a frequent contributor to Herald Radio

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Baker Announces Transition Committee Members

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 12:12:48 PM EST

Today, the Baker Transition Committee released a list of committee members in key areas.  There are some really good people from all sides of the issues on these committees.  

The makeup of the committee reminds me of what I've been saying for awhile.  Someone with Charlie's skill set makes a less than optimal candidate sometimes.  He is a trained manager.  He looks at and welcomes all opinions before making a decision, instead of working like a lot of us on gut instinct.  

That is exactly the kind of leadership that the Commonwealth needed after 8 years of Deval Patrick's agenda driven leadership.  We, as conservatives won't always agree with him, but even those who opposed him from the right should give him a chance.  

Some of the key appointments to the committees that stand out are:

Education

Donna Colorio - Donna was a Worcester School Committee member who has led the fight to get Common Core out of Massachusetts schools.  She is a great member for this committee.

Beth Anderson - A charter school advocate is one of the co-chairs of the committee.  Charters are the best hope for thousands of low-income children trapped in underperforming schools.

Marty Meehan - Yes, I spent the better part of my 20s looking to get rid of Marty Meehan from Washington, but... he has been a fantastic steward of my alma mater, growing the endowment and making it a world class institution, which in many regards has surpassed the flagship of the UMass System in performance.

Better Government

Steve Poftak - Steve is a fantastic transparency advocate, and he is a chair of the committee.

Greg Sullivan - The Democratic head of research at the Pioneer Institute, Sullivan - former Inspector General - has been a pitbull on transparency and good government issues.  He will be a great voice on this committee.

Jobs and the Economy

It would have been good to see more manufacturers that may have left Massachusetts on this committee.

But Mike Heffernan is on, and he's built a great company here in Mass.

Health Care

The man who I wanted to be Secretary of HHS is on this transition committee.  Josh Archambault of Pioneer has been a stalwart voice against both Romneycare and Obmacare.  It is good to see him on this committee.

The full Committee lists are after the jump...

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The "Umble" Glibness Of Gruber The Glib

by: The Angelic One

Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 11:50:04 AM EST

Watching key Obamacare architect & MIT academic slimeball Jonathan Gruber testify at this week's House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington (DC), I couldn't help but be reminded of Uriah Heep, the disgustingly obsequious fictional toady created by English writer Charles Dickens for his novel DAVID COPPERFIELD.

Gruber spent a good amount of time groveling before tough grilling from the likes of Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC). But if you pay close attention to the tense exchange between both men, you can see that Gruber's rehearsed responses are a clever form of "pleading the Fifth" without calling attention to the fact that he's deliberately NOT answering Gowdy's questions. Like the ever "umble" Heep, Gruber glibly pretends to be contrite & self-abasing as a way to cloak his true character, his true motivations, & his true role in Obamacare from any further scrutiny.

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) tersely remind Gruber that "glibness" can have unintended consequences in the lives of ordinary Americans whom Gruber infamously derided as "stupid". But her admonitions will have no impact on Gruber & his ilk. They will put up with the discomfort of what they perceive to be the GOP version of a show trail because they know that most Republicans are spineless & will be loathe to do the unpleasant job of (to paraphrase Conan The Barbarian) crushing their enemies, repealing the legislation of said enemies, & listening to the genuine lamentations of the NGOs, the media, & the academies of whom Gruber The Glib is its most notable personification.

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