Have you ever bounced a check? I guess we all have at some point. Usually the penalty you pay when it happens is enough to make you learn your lesson. Banks don't like it! It is embarrassing and hurts your credit. Unless you are a Massachusetts Congressman - then there are no penalties and no consequences.
Massachusetts has elected 18 times a man who made bouncing a check a personal pastime. Ed Markey bounced 92 checks at the Congressional Bank until 1991. It got so bad, and public outrage so great that the House Bank was shut down and an audit performed. In other words, the taxpayers got mad at Ed Markey for overspending his budget. Sound familiar? Sure, Ed Markey is part of the Congress that has voted to overspend not only HIS budget, but the taxpayer's budget as well... The guy can't stop spending money - his and yours! In his defense though, he tried fixing the overspending problem by voting to raise his own pay by 40% over the years. Is that the kind of distorted logic we can expect from him in the future?
Formerly friendly news outlet, the Washington Post summed it up pretty well.
It was that kind of afternoon for the former Time magazine White House correspondent, who, in the face of deep skepticism, continued to assert that Obama is committed to robust investigative journalism that is unobstructed by the government. Carney used the word "unfettered" a dozen times in his insistence that Obama believes in an open press.
"How can it be unfettered if you're worried about having your phone records seized," asked ABC's Jonathan Karl.
The press secretary explained that the Justice Department was conducting an investigation into leaks of classified information in issuing a subpoena for the AP records, and he emphasized that Obama understands the need to prevent leaks if they could jeopardize national security.
Oh and Megyn Kelly had her own take, which you can see after the jump.
I think Congressman Markey was trying to use the old expression: "There, but for the Grace of God, go I", while referencing the fact that Newburyport was able to avoid damage of Hurricane Sandy.
Instead, the Congressman says "because this past week is a but therefore God, goes Newburyport moment".
This video is of Ed Markey campaigning for John Tierney whose wife is a felon. Ed Markey comments to the crowd how great it is to see Patrice Tierney in the audience. Notice how he doesn't know how to use the microphone when starting.
One of the sloppiest speeches I have ever seen - and honestly typical of Ed Markey. Nothing but lies and fear mongering.
Diane Hessan - google her and you will find her fundraiser on ActBlue for Deval Patrick where she raised $5,250. She was one of the "Business Leaders for Patrick and Murray" in 2010. A finalist for the 2012 Mass Technology Leadership Council CEO of the Year. She of $5,000 to the Dem State Party in 2010.
Nicholas Lowe - He's new to the game but pumped $1,000 to Markey last May (2012) but where did he come from? Let's check his profile as partner at his current firm:
"Nick began his career as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Edward J. Markey (D), U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Nick spent two years with Congressman Markey, where he focused on telecommunications, environmental and foreign relations issues. He worked closely with Congressman Markey's legislative team as they helped implement the new regulatory framework created by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the first significant overhaul of United States telecommunications law in more than sixty years. This historical Act represented the deregulation of the broadcasting market and marked the first time the Internet was included in broadcasting and spectrum allotment. "
Yeah - shocker - a Democrat fundraiser and a campaign staffer of Markey's highlight his ad.
He's been in Congress for 37 years and he can't get business leaders who didn't work for him to show up in his ad?
On these pages we are not often in agreement with Congressman Michael Capuano (D-Somerville). Today, however, we are in full agreement with the Congressman. He called the recent revelations regarding the targeting of conservative organizations Nixonian, according to the Boston Globe.
He said the recent reports that IRS targeted small-government groups for extra scrutiny were in a different category. Asked to discuss the reports, Capuano said that if the accounts were true, "There's no way in the world, I'm going to defend that. Hell, I spent my youth vilifying the Nixon administration for doing the same thing."
President Richard M. Nixon attempted to wield his control of the IRS as a way of pressuring political enemies.
At a White House press conference on Monday, President Obama said he first learned of the IRS controversy from news reports.
6 term US Senator from Montana, Max Baucus, is finding that out these days just what the repercussions might be. Last week he described Obamacare as a "huge train wreck coming down" and his name is all over it. (Please note Simple Malarky, the use of double quotations which indicates an EXACT quote, and not an approximation as indicated by a single quote) The Democrat Senator was instrumental in the writing of Obamacare (aka the unaffordable affordable care act), but nobody knew it at the time because nobody bothered to read it - see Nancy Pelosi.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Democratic senator Max Baucus is retiring because he is "fed up" with the Affordable Care Act, according to his Republican colleague Chuck Grassley. Speaking at Friday night's Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office "because he's so fed up with the possibility of the implementation of Obamacare being a train wreck."
Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in writing the 2010 law.
"Vulnerable Democrats will face voters just as Obamacare's tax hikes, mandates, fees, penalties, and red-tape bureaucracy take shape over the next eight months, and Senator Baucus's retirement reflects that political reality," said Rob Collins, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a statement.
"Baucus signed his own pink slip when he decided to play an instrumental role in not only crafting but passing Obamacare into law, and he wouldn't want to have had to answer for that every day on the campaign trail," a GOP Senate aide tells National Review Online. "Max Baucus is as essential to Obamacare as a ball is to a game."
I think many Democrats wanted to vote for Obamacare in order to put a feather in their cap, but after reading it, which was not done before passing it, they realized this piece of garbage was going to cost millions of jobs, trillions of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of lives. I am still trying to see a single positive aspect of Obamacare as we know it...
This is a major blow to the Democrats, who will lose the Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. But Baucus knows his days are numbered due not only to Obamacare, but his fingerprints all over the recent tax breaks to Obama's buddies at GE:
Baucus was notorious for his ties to K Street and his willingness to use his position as finance chairman to reward clients of his former employees. The "fiscal cliff" agreement signed earlier this year included language approved by Baucus's committee that provided significant tax breaks to companies such as General Electric, where his former chief of staff Peter Prowitt works as an executive director of government relations. Former finance committee chief counsel Michael Evans helped secure the extension and expansion of biofuel tax credits for his clients in the algae industry. The American Wind Energy Association successfully lobbied to save tax credits for wind producers with the help of former Baucus adviser Shannon Finley. "There are former Baucus staffers lobbying the federal government as far as the eye can see," says a GOP Senate aide. "If anyone's mourning this retirement announcement, it's them."
My question is why give tax breaks to companies that pay no taxes (i.e. GE)? The answer is: wait for it,,,,here it comes....added profits to the executives. GE is a hugely profitable company and giving it additional tax breaks is simply criminal, when so many other small companies are fighting to stay alive. No doubt Elizabeth Warren will scream and shout about these tax breaks...(insert cricket noises here).
The move from "kept" Catholicism to evangelical Catholicism is for everyone, the pope seems convinced. "Kept" Catholicism has no future anywhere, and not just because of aggressive secularism and other corrosive cultural acids. "Kept" Catholicism has no future because it doesn't merit a future: or, as the pope put it to his former colleagues, "A Church that does not go out, sooner or later gets sick" in the hothouse atmosphere of its own self-absorption, which Francis has also called "self-referentiality." When the Church is about itself, rather than the Gospel and the invitation to friendship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the Church betrays the Gospel and the Lord. How? The "self-referential Church" falls victim to "a kind of narcissism that leads to spiritual worldliness and to sophisticated clericalism," which in turn are obstacles to what the bishops at Aparecida called "the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing."
The pope's thoughtful diagnosis on what ails the organizational nature of his own religion should (with adjustments) be applied to the Republican Party on a state (if not a federal) level. Does the Massachusetts GOP "merit a future"?
The Bay State GOP has become a shell of itself from its Yankee glory days. Why? Well, a small clique of people exploit the party to maintain their business interests & have little or no interest in the ideals that drive the party's base. This clique is hostile to the party's most idealistic factions - social conservatives, neo-libertarians, & constitutionalists - & rightly view them as a threat to their power & influence. Many Republican activists sadly refuse to address this "elephant in the room" or pretend it doesn't exist. So they shouldn't be surprised when other activists leave the state, become unenrolled voters, or go through the motions of politicking without any genuine passion.
The Democrats have a similar problem but their fight is one between the Old Left & the New Left. The defeat of Stephen Lynch by Ed Markey in the recent special primary held for the open US Senate seat reflects not only the New Left's consolidation of power within the party but a cautionary tale of how the Old Left's "worldliness" & political "sophistication" has led to its erosion & decline as a major component within the Democrat Party.
The rate of voters enrolling as Democrats may not be as severe as those enrolling as Republicans but the rate remains a downward one nonetheless. Unenrolled voters outnumber Republicans & Democrats due, in part, to the dissatisfaction said voters hold against BOTH political parties. These voters could be open to a third party - or a revitalized party.
Political revitalization is a possibility for the state GOP but only if its activists get real with confronting the malaise which afflicts the party. The party needs to return to the fusionism model (or a neo-fusionistic version of said model) that was very successful in the past. From that foundation, the GOP needs to adopt a practical ideology wherein the Massachusetts Republican Party is viewed as the conservative liberals up against the radical liberals who run the Democrat Party (& who obsess about running the lives of Massachusetts voters). Just as Catholics are being urged by their pope to rediscover their inner radical to overcome the institutional narcissism of their religion, so, too, must the state GOP embrace not only its party's own radical past but the radicalism of Paine, Jefferson, Madison, et al who dared to believe that people can run their own lives within the framework of a constitutional republic. The ashcan of history awaits Bay State Republicans if they refuse and/or fail to revitalize themselves & their party.
PPP gives Fast Eddie Markey a 4 point lead over Gabriel Gomez. Emerson gives Markey a 6 point lead. WBUR gives Markey a 6 point lead too, 8 points if you count leaners. Suffolk gives Markey a whopping 17 point lead (outlier much?).
Of course anything can happen in the next two months and its anybody's ballgame. And Gomez ain't helping his case with news coming out about his 280,000 dollar tax "scam" today. (I didn't listen to Howie Carr's show today, but you know if it was a Democrat taking that tax money, Howie's whole show would have been about that.) The bottom line is that Markey can win. If Markey does win, his House seat opens up for a special election. The Democrat candidates are already raising tons of dough
State Senator Katherine Clark of Melrose narrowly led the way with $262,000, and had $257,000 in cash in the bank at the end of March. State Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont raised $257,000, and had $247,000 in cash the bank at the end of last month. And State Representative Carl Sciortino of Medford raised $152,000, and had $139,000 in cash in the bank at the end of the quarter.
Former Ashland Selectman Jon Fetherston Thursday pulled nomination papers for the U.S. Senate special election and said he will spend the next three weeks collecting the necessary 10,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot.
Fetherston, a true conservative and a team player, backed out of the Senate race and endorsed Michael Sullivan when Sullivan got in. But Fetherston was ready to move forward with a Senate run. He lives in Ashland, right in Eddie Markey's House district. If Markey wins the Senate seat, we need a House candidate. How about Jon Fetherston? Anybody know if he'll run? Draft effort?
The NRSC released a statement after the Washington Post mischaracterized Gomez as opposing abortion:
UPDATE: The NRSC responds with a statement: "The current Democratic Playbook doesn't seem to have a section on how to cover new Republicans like Gabriel Gomez. Gomez is a young, Hispanic, problem solving former Navy SEAL. National Tea Party groups say he is too centrist and Bay State women know he has the same position on life as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. The cookie cutter attacks continue, but no one is buying them."
Thank you NRSC for clearing up any confusion prolifers may have had.
(It is important to defeat Markey. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
It's been more than 24 hours since the polls closed and Gabriel Gomez was declared the winner, by a comfortable margin, of the Republican primary. Since then we have witnessed much teeth gnashing about how Gomez is not conservative enough, about how he doesn't deserve our support, about how it's time to take our ball and go home and sit out the general election.
To this line of thought I say simply, shut up, stop whining and think about what's at stake. Do you really want to be responsible for Ed Markey being elected as the next U.S. Senator from Massachusetts?
Yes, if you stay home and don't vote for Gomez you have contributed to the election of Ed Markey.
Yes, if you continue the ongoing attacks against Gomez you have contributed to the election of Ed Markey. The primary is over, the candidate we supported may have won or lost (mine lost) but rest assured, Gomez will face enough attacks from here on forward from the Democrats and their friends in the media that we do not need to help them in their cause.
On the Republican side:
One candidate sent me a robocall that glitched and repeated 5 1/2 times until my answering machine hung up.
I haven't heard from one candidate, but someone I respect on FB talks positive about him a lot.
The third candidate went to an event I went to, shook my hand, and asked for my vote.
All three went to an event in Orange near me.
On the Democrat side:
One candidate used Newtown in a campaign ad as a political ploy. He also called Orange one day for a conference call after attending a fundraiser in California.
The other ran an ad with a really good life story, but I haven't heard anything else.
Still officially undecided, but I'm pretty much sold on the only person who actually asked for my vote.
Do any of you remember the article that ran here on RedMassGroup last fall regarding Elizabeth Warren, and her daughter Amelia Tyagi and their push to enroll voters on welfare. Here is the story.
As the story goes - Betsy Warren, aka Granny, and her daughter used welfare lists to get people registered to vote ahead of the fall elections. This is an obvious conflict of interest missed by all the fish wrappers such as The Boston Globe. They were too busy writing about how great Moochelle Obama's upper arms looked after vacation.
At any rate, when I heard that our beloved Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, aka poor little helpless brother, was given citizenship just last September 11th, 2012 I wondered if there was any connection. After all, Dzhokar and his brother are now proven to have been on welfare and he got his citizenship after the Warren Tyagi effort to register welfare recipients onto the voting list. The timing is exactly right! The location is right as both the Marathon Bombers and Elizabeth Warren live in Cambridge, Massachusetts! Heck, Elizabeth Warren probably knocked on the front door of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev's front door end lectured them about how the middle class is getting hammered. She probably told them that the big evil businesses were not being fair to the working class - a message that would have been received well by two guys on welfare looking for more reasons to hate America.
It would be interesting to know if one of the Warren/Tyagi voter registration solicitations went to the Tsarnaev brothers. We will find out in time.
OK, I've kept my mouth shut for long enough. Gomez is toast with his letter to Deval and the backing of Obama supporter "Pink" Floyd Weld R-NY, he is such a liberal Republican he should just become a Democrat.
Winslow has given tons of money to far left Democratic candidates like Sonia Chang-Diaz, Travaglini and others. It's right there in the Massachusetts OCPF website. go here: http://ocpf.cloudapp.net/Repor... and type in Winslow and Norfolk for the town, then look at 12.12.2008 and see Martha Coakley's name. Look at 2.23.2008 and see Sonia Chang-Diaz, find 5.20.2005 and see Robert Travaglini. Sure he gave to Republicans as well but to Liberal Dems - Shame on him. Not a real Republican at all.
The ultra-left Boston Globe endorsed him, The leftist Lowell sun who endorsed Niki Tsongas over her Republican challenger (Golnik?) supported him and why the Herald supported him is beyond me.
Mike Sullivan is the only true Republican running and I for one am sick and tired of compromising my principles and voting for the lesser of two evils. I Like Mike!
You can hear an in-depth discussion of transportation issues, from WBUR here:
Charles Chieppo, of the Pioneer Institute, who is part of the discussion above, has a policy paper which you read here (pdf).
In addition, this weekend progressive Democratic House Member Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), wrote a lengthy op-ed on why she doesn't support the Governor's proposal. She sees his tax increases as a non-starter, especially in this economy. The meat of her op-ed can be seen here:
Over and over, I hear from people that they are worried about paying their bills. To overburden people with taxes to pay for "new wants" beyond necessary "needs" would be poor leadership. Heeding signs of alarm from the state's bond-rating agencies, the legislature's approach is sensitive to the economic needs of the middle class and small business owners rather than raising their taxes. This plan will also not interrupt what is still a fragile economic recovery. It is moderate and provides a dedicated revenue stream without completely upending the tax code and increasing the income tax.
(Call your representatives 617-722-2000 - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Last week, without even a hearing, the Massachusetts House put on the calendar for debate tomorrow a bill that raises taxes by $500 million. It contains tax on utility bills, a $1 per pack hike in cigarette taxes, a gas tax indexed to inflation and a new service sales tax on computer design work.
Unfortunately, our State Representative Carolyn Dykema and fellow Democrats squashed all attempts to allow public hearings on these proposed tax increases. If that isn't bad enough, motions to allow more time for public feedback and amendments were voted down on straight party lines.
Are these tax increases a good or bad idea? Will they help or hurt our economy? What effect will this have on taxpayers? Do we even need a tax increase?
There should be a public discussion and time for public input. This Wednesday night The Holliston republican town Committee will be holding a public forum so taxpayers can learn more about the proposed tax increase. The event will feature Paul Craney, Executive Director of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, Chip Faulkner Associate Director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, and Mike Hruby President of New Jobs for Massachusetts.
This event is open to the public and free. I hope that you will attend.
Wednesday April 10 from 7 to 9 PM
in the Training Room
Holliston Police Department
550 Washington Street, Holliston
Please note that the Holliston Police Department does not allow food or drink, other than water, in the training room.
Even those on the left are recognizing the double standard that was applied in the case of Jack Lew. The New Republic's Alec MacGillis provides a detailed account of the double standard applied by the media and the Democratic Party. http://www.newrepublic.com/art...
What's striking about Lew's smooth ascension, though, is how little protest it stirred on the left. His record from the past decade includes plenty of markings that should have given Democrats pause-and would have, surely, if the same markings had been on the resume of a Republican appointee.
It's too soon to say how Jack Lew's past decade raking in the dough in New York will inform his actions at Treasury-by many accounts, he's been a staunch defender of the liberal line on budget and taxes these past few years. It's pretty hard to believe, though, that one's values and priorities are not colored by one's turn at the trough. Why get too worked up about, say, income inequality, when the winner-take-all economy has worked such wonders for one's own bottom line? It was left to Senator Bernie Sanders to make this point in his conspicuously lonely protest against Lew's confirmation: "We need a secretary of the Treasury who does not come from Wall Street but is prepared to stand up to the enormous power of Wall Street." Many Democrats have no trouble seeing the inequities and ethical gaps of today's economy manifested in the Mitt Romneys of the world. It's unfortunate and, yes, not a little hypocritical that they aren't more willing to draw those same connections when it comes to their own.
Elizabeth Warren was one of the 71 senators voting on Wednesday to confirm Mr. Lew. And no, the Boston media never asked Ms. Warren why she felt that a Citigroup banker, whose unit was at the heart of the financial problems faced by that institution, was qualified to be the nation's chief financial regulator. Mark my words: this is not the last we've heard of this story--not by a long shot.
This may be the most vile and disturbing news to come out of Washington in generations. President Barack Obama, the architect of the Sequestration, included in his sequestration an exclusion for the president, which naturally is him. The story is on CNSNews and carried by Drudge:
A report published last month by the Congressional Research Service--"Budget Sequestration and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules"--identifies certain programs that are exempt from sequestration and lays out special rules that govern the sequestration of others.
Section 255 of the Budget Control Act includes "Compensation for the President" as one of those exemptions (Page 19).
So what it boils down to is this - Obama gets this really bad idea for making 'meat clever' budget cuts in case his administration can't seem to find any common ground with the House of Representatives. The cuts include up to 20% pay work/cuts for many members of the federal government. But, he includes in these cuts, aka Sequestration, an exemption for himself. He, the President, will not have to suffer any of the cuts he imposes on everyone else.
One more example of how Obama thinks he is above everyone else in this country. That is why he takes a $1 million golf weekend with Tiger Woods, and send his family off to overtake a resort somewhere else for another $2 or $3 million. He is completely out of touch with reality and the working man. It's sickening...
I wonder how federal workers feel knowing that the SOB that came up with the idea for Sequestration (Obama) left himself out of the painful cuts. As I write this Obama is marching around Washington telling stories of how bad things are going to be when these cuts take effect. But they won't actually effect HIM. He is above the federal budget cuts. This is what Obama calls leadership. This is how he leads by example! This is how the commander asks only of his troops what he is willing to do as well.. Uttter failure and lack of leadership!
Also note, by comparison, Tom Brady of the New England patriots has taken a significant pay cut in order to allocate money elsewhere in the Patriots organization so they stand a better chance of getting tot he playoffs. The story here in USA Today says:
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has taken a steep discount on the going rate for elite NFL quarterbacks to help the team allocate money elsewhere and make at least one more title run in his career, according to a person familiar with the agreement.
I am no fan of Tom Brady, but this is leadership! This is sacrifice for the better of the team! This is a leader who is willing to do himself what he expects others to do as well... Sacrifice!
According to the Boston Globe's Frank Phillips, Gabriel E. Gomez, the Cohasset businessman who is running as a Republican in the US Senate special election, lobbied Democratic Governor Deval Patrick to give him the temporary appointment to the seat after John F. Kerry resigned to become secretary of state.
With this new information and the facts that Gomez endorsed and donated to Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 over Vietnam War Veteran and GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain AND ALSOdonated $1000 to Ultra Liberal Democrat Alan Khazei over Scott Brown in the 2010 Special Election, many Massachusetts Republican Activists are concerned that Gomez is really an opportunistic Democrat who pretends to be a Republican in name only (RINO).
Gomez's only previous experience in public service was a shellacking in his last place defeat in his 2003 unsuccessful candidacy for Cohassett Selectman.
Click on the following link to read about Gomez's unsuccessful lobbying effort to Democrat Deval Patrick for appointment:
Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil is reporting that Citigroup structured Jack Lew's incentive contract so that he would benefit financially from taking a position in the federal government. I'm sure that Lew isn't the only Wall Streeter to get such a deal. However, it does show how those with priveleged access top government can count on big paydays from using their influence to benfit their patrons. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...
Jack Lew is the nominee for Treasury secretary whose own bonus as an investment banker was bailed out by the Treasury Department when it rescued Citigroup Inc. (C) in 2008. He owes much to America's taxpayers. He should also be grateful to Citigroup for agreeing to let him rejoin the government without suffering much for it financially.
An intriguing revelation from Lew's Senate confirmation hearing last week was that he stood to be paid handsomely by Citigroup if he left the company for a top U.S. government job, under his 2006 employment agreement with the bank. The wording of the pay provisions made it seem, at least to me, as if Citigroup might have agreed to pay Lew some sort of a bounty to seek out, and be appointed to, such a position.
Still waiting for some ace reporter from the Boston press corp to put two and two together and ask our Senator Warren whether she will vote to confirm Jack Lew as the chief banking regulator in the United States.
The White House Press Corps was furious this weekend over Barack Obama's media lockout in order to get in a few rounds of golf with Tiger Woods. Obama was purposely avoiding the WH Press Corps in order to escape their clutches for time alone.
Normally the President is happy to play golf with a hoard of journalists stuffin their noses up his backside. But this time things were different and for the country's good he had to stop them at the gate.
What is most hilarious is that when he finally admitted where he had been and what he was doing, and with whom he was doing it - they asked this question: "Who won?".
The economy is falling apart, North Korea has openly admitted it wants to destroy South Korea, hiring is down, the price of gas is up 30+ cents in the last month, his administration is resigning in droves, and what does the media ask the POTUS when given a chance? Who won?
Tiger Woods won you dipsh*ts! Tiger Woods is a professional golfer you assh*les! Of course he won! Barack Obama is a skinny, cocaine sniffing, weak-kneed sissy that throws like a girl and pretends to skeet shoot at the summer White House. Obama has 6 inch biceps and 9 inch upper arms - he is lucky to be able to support a bottle of water with those skinny little arms. Do you really think he can beat the world's best golfer? Dumbasses!
I think a better question for them to ask would be: "Hey assh*le, when are you gonna get around to creating jobs that pay more than minimum wage?". Or how about: "Does it bother you that the little fart Kim-Jung Un is calling you out and making you look like a girl?". Or maybe the question: "Why have you done nothing about the price of gas?" would be more appropriate? At least I would be interested in an answer if they got one. But to ask the POTUS who won a golf match between him and the world's best is silly.