In January of 2012 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts put the Lawrence Public School system into state receivership. Deval Patrick appointed Jeff Riley as the receiver/superintendent of the system. One of Riley's first challenges was what to do with the chronically underperforming Arlington School. Riley took a unique approach, allowing the high performing Community Day Charter system to take over management of the elementary grades. This is a first in the state pilot program.
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"Community Day Public Charter School has a long history of educational success in Lawrence. When a few schools inside our district were declared to be "Level 4/Chronically underperforming," it was a no brainer to bring them in to discuss the possibility of a partnership," said Riley.
Riley continued, "the result was an agreement whereby they would take over the management of the Arlington Elementary School. This was a logical fit as Sheila Balboni and her team have worked for decades in the Arlington neighborhood and have the connections to, and trust of, the parents."
(Recount soon! - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Things in Amesbury are starting to get heated. Ken Gray, a Republican, engineer and an entrepreneur decided to challenge an 8 year incumbent Thatcher Keezer III, a well known, and big spending Democrat with clear ties to the state party. Ken Gray's message of lowering taxes struck a chord with the voters in a tax soaked city and he won the primary. The response to this was to form a PAC called "Pro Amesbury" PAC to smear Ken's name with mailers claiming that if he were elected, Ken would fire police, teachers and fire personnel. Deval Patrick was a little more than aware of this PAC and stated that he too, was Pro Amesbury as he handed Keezer a bag full of $1.6 million in the form of a grant on the Saturday before the election. This grant indicates a clearly defined political strategy to tips the scales in Keezer's favor. The video below shows Deval yukking it up as he hands over the graft.
It failed, and Ken Gray won the election by 2 votes. A recount petition has been filed by Keezer and will happen next Thursday at town hall. Thatcher and his crew will have obvious support financially, thanks Governor, but Ken is left to finance this by himself. We are trying to help Ken raise the funds necessary to keep up the fight, but could be bled dry by a democratic party willing to airdrop whatever funds are necessary to retain power. If you or anyone would like to help including businesses, they can contribute any amount to:
Ken Gray Recount Fund
PO Box 222
Amesbury, MA 01913
Kimberly Atkins, not exactly a right wing conservative, has a great column in today's Boston Herald, where she claims Mitt Romney cleaned Deval Patrick's clock on Obamacare.
The anger Romney expressed over the comparison Obama made between the Bay State health care measure that Romney signed into law and Obamacare was echoed by former U.S. senator - and possible future candidate for something - Scott Brown.
"I tell you what, when the president was in Boston, it made my blood boil thinking he's comparing the Massachusetts plan to the federal plan. Two different plans," Brown said yesterday during his talking head gig on "Fox News Sunday" ... while dodging questions about his own political future.
Gov. Deval Patrick, usually one of the president's most eloquent defenders, gave the counterpoint to Romney's attack on "Meet the Press" - but revealed what a tough job Democrats will have remaining optimistic about Obamacare if problems continue to persist.
What she missed, in an otherwise outstanding column is the following whopper of a lie from Deval Patrick. The whopper comes at 0:49 of the clip below.
Patrick says that the Massashchusetts Health Care Plan "has not broken our budget." That is a very odd statement. Wasn't the whole reason he pushed cost (price) control legislation, that was unfortunately supported by a good number of our Republican legislators, last legislative session. Lets look at the actual data shall we?
The Massachusetts Republican Caucuses have held their series of Tech Tax Roundtables and have been getting very good press coverage. Here's a roundup.
Mike Ryan, who declined to name the company for which he works, said software and technology companies could relocate because the tax is hurting their businesses.
Start-up companies may look elsewhere, he said.
"If this keeps going on there are going to be no tech jobs in this state," said Ryan. "This was poorly thought out."
Officials from the Corridor Nine, Marlborough Regional and Blackstone Valley Chambers of Commerce also spoke out against the tax, saying it will hamper the success of software and information technology companies.
In the days after the measure passed, members of the three chambers told local legislators that are unhappy with the tax.
"You're putting our businesses at a disservice," said Jeannie Hebert, president of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.-Metro West Daily News
Ebon Elza, owner of EE Networks, was in the process of updating his small company's sales and use tax on July 30 when his bookkeeper - his wife - happened to notice a news bulletin on the state Department of Revenue's website about a new computer services tax.
She clicked on the link, and Mr. Elza started to scramble.
"I found out on July 30 that I was supposed to start collecting taxes on July 31," Mr. Elza said. "This was the first I had ever heard of it. It just came out of left field.
"It's like driving down the Mass Pike and all of a sudden the speed limit goes from 65 mph to 45 mph and no one tells you, until you get pulled over and get a speeding ticket," Mr. Elza said. -Worcester Telegram
Attorney Scott W. Foster has heard from six computer software businesses interested in joining a lawsuit to block the Massachusetts technology tax.
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The tax, an extension of the states' 6.25 percent sales tax to cover most software purchases is too vague to survive a court challenge, Foster says, with most software vendors unable to figure out exactly what they should tax and what they should not. The state ordered businesses to start collecting July 1, but the rules and guidelines won't be out until October.
"They need to collect a tax and they don't know what they will be collecting it on," Foster, partner at the law firm Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas in Springfield, said.
Foster said a new as-yet-unnamed business group is forming to put fort the suit has not yet been filed. - MassLive.com
Tim Murray personally responsible for $10,000 of $80,000 fines
Tim Murray and Attorney General Martha Coakley have come to an agreement on the fines Tim Murray owes due to his accepting contributions raised by a public employee. The Boston Globe has the story.
As part of his settlement with the attorney general, Murray's political committee must pay a $20,000 fine. By Aug. 15, Murray's campaign account contained more than $227,000. Murray must also personally pay a $10,000 fine. Additionally, Murray must dissolve his political committee and have no involvement with a political fund-raising committee for two years, Coakley's office said.
Murray's agreement with the chamber of commerce already prohibits him from campaign involvement.
The second public official, Plante, solicited donations from DOT employees for his son, who was a Murray fund-raiser, according to the agreement. Plante, who makes about $88,000 per year, solicited donations from DOT employees and others for three Murray fund-raisers in Worcester in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the agreement said.
So Murray's fine is really $10,000 not the $80,000 in the headlines. In contrast Tim Cahill was personally responsible for the full $100K of his fine.
At the direction of Gov. Deval L. Patrick, the state's top education official Friday expressed concern about travel by Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle and ordered that an audit of Dobelle's spending be made public within 30 days.
In his first public statement on the issue, Secretary of Education Matthew H. Malone said media reports on Dobelle's expenses threaten to undermine public confidence in Westfield State and other schools.
In a letter to the university's board of trustees, Malone said the governor shared his concerns that taxpayer's funds be spent properly.
"As I am sure you appreciate, the issues ... call into question the proper use of taxpayer funds, and also undermine the good and important work taking place on your campus and public campuses across the state." Malone wrote.
Worcester's Anthony Weiner - John Fresolo to Run in 2014
But despite resigning in disgrace, Fresolo says he will run next year to reclaim his seat. Because he speaks only to journalists who write fawning profiles of him, he announced his intentions to Rosalie Tirella of InCity Times, after she wrote that he was 'passionate' and 'sexy' and urged him to run. In response, Fresolo wrote that 'I do intend to run next year.'
His declaration came the same day as the special primary election to fill his seat, which cost $33,000 and will result in a Sept. 10run-off between Democrat Daniel Donahue and Republican Carol Claros, which, by the way, will cost another $33,000.
Despite the secrecy of the ethics probe, rumors have circulated that it focused on Fresolo's alleged abuse of his per diem expenses, along with an Anthony Weiner-like episode that involved a young female staffer finding a picture of Fresolo's, er, passionate sexiness on his office computer. The picture was reportedly not meant for the staffer, who was horrified nonetheless, and you can't blame her.
The Daily Caller obtained video showing, State Senator Dan Wolr - who is set to resign on August 29 - talking to a crowd at the Tatnuck Bookstore on Tuesday August 20, 2013. He regales the gathering with stories of his ACORN organizing past. Including how he shut down a private small business - a McDonalds Franchise - in Cambridge, MA. That took place when Wolf was a Union Organizer.
"After I got out of college I moved to Boston for a while, worked on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester and Roxbury working for a group called ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now," Wolf said as several audience members began clapping.
"We should clap. You know, we can not continually push back [inaudible] the other side on issues where we really have been doing the right thing and doing it for the right reasons and then put to shame, which ACORN was I think for pretty wrong reasons," Wolf said, referring to ACORN's disbandment after it was revealed that ACORN employees were willing to help a faux-pimp with his business activities.
"And then I did some union organizing. We were trying to set up a union called the United Labor Union, which was an offshoot of ACORN aimed at organizing minimum-wage and low-wage workers in everything from some of the factories in Alston we organized, and also, we actually organized the McDonald's in Central Square, which then shut down. Which was kind of an interesting strategy," Wolf said.
Here's the video:
Wolf Clarifies - Will Resign if Ethics Commission Doesn't Change Ruling
Dan Wolf is not challenging the Ethics Commission in Court. He has told Cape Cod Online that his decision is tentative based on an appeal to the Ethics Commission.
Cape and Islands Sen. Dan Wolf, who announced his candidacy for governor in July, will resign from the senate and suspend his gubernatorial campaign on Aug. 29 if the state Ethics Commission does not change its conflict of interest ruling against him, according to a statement released early this morning.
When considering a run for governor, the Harwich Democrat, who is the founder and CEO of Cape Air, said he met with Ethics Commission staff in May to make sure there were no conflicts between his ownership of Cape Air and his service as the state's top executive.
The article further states that Wolf is working on taking steps to divest in Cape Air completely if necessary to run for Governor.
State Rep. Randy Hunt, R-East Sandwich, said recently that the responsibility of appointing the Massport board would pose a conflict for Wolf if he were elected governor. In that scenario, Wolf said last week, he would take steps to "no longer have a financial interest."
The most extreme option, Wolf said, would be permanently separating from Cape Air, which he was prepared to do, he said during the Aug. 12 interview. He is also considering less extreme options such as creating a blind trust, but said he is awaiting further guidance about his options.
Near the end of the sixth full year of the Deval Patrick administration, we are all mighty familiar with his excuse for welfare fraud. You know all those stories we hear are "just anecdotes". That was, of course, until the State Auditor came out with a blockbuster report that showed just how rampant fraud in that department has been, under the Patrick Administration.
Now, the Governor's good friend Barack Obama and his administration are taking a page from the Patrick Playbook. NBC News, yes you read that right, recently completed an investigative report showing that businesses are cutting employee hours due to Obamacare. The administrations response? "Just anecdotal" evidence.
Goodridge said he's cutting the hours of 50 workers to no more than 29 a week so he won't trigger the provision in the new health care law that requires employers to offer coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. The provision takes effect in 16 months.
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Luke Perfect, who has worked at Goodridge's Kennebunk Subway for more than a decade, said it was "horrible" to learn he was among the employees whose hours would be limited, and that it would be a financial hardship. "I'm barely scraping by with overtime," he said.
The White House dismisses such examples as "anecdotal." Jason Furman, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisors, said, "We are seeing no systematic evidence that the Affordable Care Act is having an adverse impact on job growth or the number of hours employees are working. ... [S]ince the ACA became law, nearly 90 percent of the gain in employment has been in full-time positions."
This is a typical liberal response, any data that does not fit their narrative is "anecdotal". You see it across the spectrum. Deval Patrick became a master at this, and now the President's administration is following suit.
Yesterday both the house and senate passed a $500M tax package, supposedly to pay for transportation projects. The taxes include a 3 cent increase in the gas tax that will increase every year with inflation, this way the legislature will never have to vote on the tax again. The house passed the bill by a vote of 106-47 (roll call not yet available). The Senate only had six votes against.
Also included in the legislation is a software services tax. The tax, according to Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) is poorly defined and will be subject to interpretation by the Department of Revenue, and must be enacted within 4 days of passage, to start July 1, 2013.
In a statement issued by his office Wednesday evening, Patrick said he could not support the bill because it fails to account for a revenue source that will not be available in the future. While the statement did not specify that source, it was an apparent reference to tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike that are scheduled to be taken down in 2017.
Without those tolls, the Patrick administration believes the $805 million in new transportation funding that the bill promises by fiscal year 2018 would not be achievable.
Of course the Governor threw his temper tantrum while out of the state. There is no news if it involved a bottle of chardonnay and a nap.
Last year a listener to the Howie Carr show gave Howie a receipt showing a $7000 balance on an EBT card. Ever since, Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton) has been trying to get a list of the highest EBT card balances. After the Patrick Administration wouldn't answer her as a representative she filed a public records request with the department.
That public records request went unanswered for longer than the period of time prescribed by law. O'Connell then went to the Secretary of State's office to force the Patrick administration to release the records. We learn today the Patrick administration now wants to charge $800 for the information. The Boston Herald has the story.
Shocked by a receipt showing one EBT user carrying a $7,000 balance, O'Connell in January first requested months worth of food stamp and cash benefit balances from the DTA.But after state officials repeatedly ignored her, she twice scaled back her request, including in an April letter asking for all balances from August, September and November 2012, and January through March of this year.On the heels of a Herald report last week that the DTA still hadn't responded, officials sent O'Connell a letter yesterday, saying it would process her request for $800. An estimate sent by the state's EBT vendor said it would take 10 hours, at $80 an hour, to find and produce EBT cards showing large balances.
What was that about the former Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Director, Stacey Monahan, and a "commitment to change"?
Yesterday, Suzanne Bump, the Auditor of the Commonwealth, talked for over a half hour to Tom Duggan, the editor of the Valley Patriot. Duggan has a weekly radio show on WCAP in Lowell, called Paying Attention. During the interview, Bump vigorously defended her audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance against the onslaught of Governor Patrick.
Duggan has provided a transcript of the interview, at the Valley Patriot's website. Bump was very adamant during the interview that the Patrick Administration is playing a game of trying to discredit the Audit using smokescreens.
We didn't get pushback on the findings that we had [at DTA] when we matched the heads of household and the Social Security death list, they didn't give us pushback on that.
What they did give us pushback on was, they said that our number of 178 dependents whose Social Security numbers were either dead or people using dead Social Security numbers, they [DTA} said that was wrong, but they wouldn't allow us to test how it is that they reached their conclusions about it.
And without our ability to test it, we can't accept it because that's the whole essence of auditing. You get the data and you have to verify it.
This is an interview that everyone interested in State Government should listen to. It's non-confrontational, and lays out the facts. Good on Bump for agreeing to do it.
(Worthy of discussion. Mr. Gomez told Janet Wu he supported the "Navy Guy" in 2008, but told Governor Patrick he supported Obama.
I've met Gabriel, he seems like a genuine guy. Wants to help his country sincerely. Will he however be able to square the two statements? Time will tell. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
We had all heard that Gabriel Gomez had asked Governor Patrick to consider him for the position of interim Senator to hold the seat vacated by Secretary Kerry until the special election can choose Kerry's successor. I had not given it much thought other than thinking it was an odd request, a Republican asking a partisan Democrat like Governor Patrick for a Senate seat.
Well, now the letter that Gomez sent to Governor Patrick has been released and, in my opinion, it casts a new light on Gomez' campaign.
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:
Paul D. Craney of Mass Fiscal Alliance has a column in today's Taunton Daily Gazette and Fall River Herald and makes the point about the single issue that unites Democrats, Republicans and unenrolled voters, read it here.
LINK TO STORY http://www.tauntongazette.com/...
EDITORS NOTE: The email that was sent regarding this storm improperly linked here for the Michael Sullivan Story. This was an error. You can read about Michael Sullivan and Nomination papers HERE. Sorry for the error - Rob.
H/T Charles Grillo
Here is the text of Deval Patrick's executive order banning travel after 4 PM today.
Reaction on Facebook has been universal derision from both my conservative and liberal friends. They see this as an undue violation of civil liberties.
By His Excellency
DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO 543
MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL BAN
I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:
There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following:
public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel
public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business
utility company vehicles and utility workers
healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services
travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities
travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores
Given this 8th day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen at 12:15PM.
DEVAL L. PATRICK, GOVERNOR
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Here is a link pdf of the Civil Defense statute. The statute says that defying an Executive Order for civil defense is punishable by one year in jail or $500.
I do not support Governor Patrick's proposal to raise the income tax nor his boost in state spending. But his proposal to cut the sales tax demonstrates he is operating on a political level light years ahead of the state's Republican leadership.
For full disclosure I will point out that I ran for state rep arguing the GOP should push for large cuts in the sales tax instead of small cuts in the income tax. My humiliation in the primary shows this may not be a great issue. But I still believe it could be.
The governor will try to sell his plan as tax reform not a tax increase. The GOP must be careful how they fight against the plan. Embrace the sales tax cut but argue for revenue neutrality on any sales tax decrease. Most likely the much higher income tax will pass anyway but the Republicans can argue against the excessive income tax increase and take credit for a sales tax decrease.
I argued the sales tax should be cut in 2 or 3 steps to 3%. Should we get to 4.5-5% this could be a helpful issue for the next GOP governor candidate to run on. The 4.5% rate can likely be achieved with no income tax increase if the state budget grows at a very small rate. This is unlikely in the end but should give the Republicans in the legislature a strong case to argue.
• Here is the first salvo being fired that is designed to seal the 2014 election for the Democrat Party, and here is the biggest challenge conservatives have for restraint and sensible planning.
If we respond as we have in the past two gubernatorial cycles, a draconian (in the eyes of the liberals and media) tax referendum will find its way off Carla Howell's desk and onto the ballot, with the assistance of diligent, hard working and well meaning conservative activists. That referendum will then be used, by the far Left (incarnated as Neighbor 2 Neighbor, the new ACORN, and SEIU), to mobilize the urban blue collar union base, and the folks who rely on government benefits, to landslide an election against conservative values and conservative candidates. This strategy has defeated us in the last two gubernatorial cycles.
This year (and next) INSTEAD, we need to keep constant and withering pressure on the leadership of MassGOP, whether that be Kirsten Hughes or Rick Green, to quickly develop a Republican Party infrastructure that mimics a political campaign and then to use that infrastructure to appeal to the same urban communities that have been used against us, yet this time to appeal to them with a message of economic hope for their families and greater access to success.
This needs to be done face to face and in cooperation with the RTC/RCC's, led by strong management, and avoiding "quick-fix" solutions. Hard work begets great results; quick fixes beg for unforeseen crises. After two successive unforeseen crises, it's our own fault if we rush headlong into another.
When a family member of a noted political figure passes away it is generally good form for others in the same delegation to offer a kind word or public condolence to the elected official.
It has now been 3 days and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren has yet to issue any formal public condolences to Senator Scott Brown on the passing of his father. Maybe she is waiting for Deval Patrick to comment first? And maybe Deval Patrick is waiting for Barack Obama to go first? And maybe they are all waiting for Mayor Menino to say something? Either way, not a single one of them has offered any public condolences to Senator Scott Brown. In fact, I don't think John Kerry or any member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation has made a statement!
Brian McGrory, the tongue-twisted imbecile Editor of the sinking ship known as The Boston Globe has yet to write anything other than the standard form letter obit in his paper. Yet, Elizabeth Warren's dog got a 2,000 word biography from McGrory when it kicked the bucket...
Are the liberals in this state so full of hate that they can't even reach across the aisle when a Senator's father passes away, to offer a kind word?
It's been an interesting time for me in Massachusetts this year, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it's met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats' appetite for abusing government power.
Here's the latest example: amid chatter that Senator John Kerry will be appointed to a Cabinet position for Obama's second term, Democrats are scheming to change the rules for filling his seat:
Power-hungry Bay State Democrats - eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet- are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014.
"I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don't have to pay for another election," said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
"I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election," Johnston added.
The current law triggers a special election within 160 days if Kerry accepts a long-anticipated post in President Obama's Cabinet. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scored an upset win over his heavily favored Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the special election for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat...
...The move comes eight years after Democratic lawmakers stripped then-Gov. Mitt Romney of his appointment powers in an effort to keep Republicans out of the office, and three years after they changed the law again to let Patrick appoint a temporary replacement.
What Johnston really means, of course, is that it would be preferable for the Democrats if they didn't have to bother campaigning against Scott Brown again. Even in a state like Massachusetts, it's harder for the Democrats to turn out voters for special elections, and the Republicans have a fighting chance. Yeah, so, not really "preferable" for the Democrats.
Laws are not meant to be flipped over and over like pancakes depending on what party is in power or who is in office. It never ceases to amaze me how the same Democrats who screamed bloody murder about the Patriot Act under George W. Bush are quiet little mice regarding Obama making unilateral decisions about killing people, including American citizens, with drone strikes. For additional giggles, go research what various Senators have said about the filibuster power depending on whether or not their party had control.
Let's hope that State Senator Barry Feingold (D-Andover), who chairs the Massachusetts' Legislature's election laws committee, really was telling the truth when he said that he does not support changing the current law, and that he is able to stand up to his power-hungry colleagues who disagree with him.
Another classic example of our Governor Deval Patrick (I hate saying that as I always throw up a little in my mouth) talking about how the world ought to work. In this case, Washington and how our POTUS Barack Obama (there is that throw up thing again) should treat Congress. Read the story here.
Governor Deval Patrick said today he has propelled his legislative agenda at times by bringing "a little South Side to the table," and his fellow Chicagoan President Obama should do the same with Congress - including keeping members in session over Christmas if they haven't finished fiscal cliff negotiations.
Basically, Deval is suggesting Barack recall Congress over the Christmas break in order to take care of the people's business. He suggests that Barack ought to get tough, in other words a little 'south side' on Congress. The nation is headed over a fiscal cliff, largely caused by Obama and Senate Majority leader Harry Ried's failure to have an economic plan. Taxes are poised to go up on EVERYBODY, Obama's last budget recommendation did no carry a single 'Yes' vote in the House of Representatives, Obama is overspending by a trillion dollars a year, and there hasn't been a budget approved by the US Senate in 3 years. Somehow this is the Republican's fault because they keep yelling to 'stop the spending'.
At any rate here are some of Deval's quotes:
"Frankly, if there's a list that they don't finish - the work they need to do around a compromise around deficit reduction - he ought to haul them in there over Christmas and make them sit their behinds in the seats until they finish,"
Anybody note a particular condescending tone to that? He is talking about the US Congress, not a bunch of 5 year olds... "Sit their behinds in the seats" Really? What an arrogant snot!
And then this:
"I'm not sure that's where the president will be," the governor added. "But there's going to have to be one or another unpleasant confrontation before some of the folks in the Congress who have not gotten the message get the message, that they have to deal with this president, because he is president; not because they like him, not because they favor every one of his policy choices, but because he has the job, and he was hired for the job by the American people - and that's all the justification he needs."
What Deval fails to acknowledge is that EVERYONE in Washington was 'hired' by the American people to do something - not just Obama! In fact, many people in Washington were 'hired' to stop Obama from doing whatever the hell it is he thinks he is doing to the American people and their economy....Obama is NOT the only elected official in Washington.
Then Deval let's the cat out of the bag. He comments that without a closure to the fiscal cliff the state of Massachusetts could be short shipped some $250 to $350 million in federal funds. So there it is! He is talking trash because he won't get HIS Obamabucks sent to him. He might actually have to cut his own budget in his own house for once....
"He said not resolving the issue could cost the state $250 million to $350 million in federal revenue, adding to expected budget cuts. We're going to have to, very likely, make some budget adjustments mid-year anyhow, because revenues have slowed as the national economy has slowed," the governor said.
Gee Deval, I thought Massachusetts was humming along like a finely tuned engine? We always hear about how great we are doing - just like back in the days of Michael Dukakis. Ya know, the Massachusetts Miracle? Also, did anyone notice the phrase 'budget adjustments'? I wonder if budget adjustments are code words for 'layoffs' under a Democrat Governor?
Suffice it to say Deval Patrick ended the interview with a comment about .... wait for it....here it comes.....RACE! Yup, when all else fails, mention race.
"It's hard to engage on race in America," said Patrick, who, like Obama, is the first black person to hold his political office. "It's all around us, but we haven't figured out as a nation yet how to acknowledge both the extraordinary progress we have made ... and how much remains to be done."
It's hard to take claims of racism seriously from a man that suggests the President ought to get a little "SOUTH SIDE" on Congress.....
If Deval Patrick and Barack Obama want to have America stop thinking of them as black men, then maybe they should stop acting stereotypically black..
The Liberal Blog FireDogLake.com asked, this week, why figures from the financial crisis weren't in Barack Obama's "Big Bird" ad.
There's only one thing that sticks out to me about this ad, though the casual viewer probably won't notice it. Let's look at that litany of Wall Street "criminals" and "gluttons of greed," which later get juxtaposed with Big Bird. You have Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski. So two CEOs prosecuted and convicted by George W. Bush's Justice Department, and Madoff, whose son turned him in before Obama took office, in December 2008, and who pleaded guilty...
Interestingly FireDogLake found something really obviously missing...
...That's painfully telling. Nobody from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Citigroup or JPMorgan Chase or Goldman Sachs or Bear Stearns or Morgan Stanley or Merrill Lynch or even Countrywide or Ameriquest was available to stand in as a "glutton of greed" in this advertisement. Literally no major figure responsible for the financial crisis has gone to jail. So the campaign has to use two CEOs from a decade-old accounting scandal, and a garden-variety Ponzi schemer. The financial crisis plays no role in this advertisement trying to juxtapose cuts to PBS with the financial crisis!