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Anatomy of a Collapse

Brian McGrory, Boston Globe columnist, gets it absolutely right today

while writing about Matt Amorello’s continuing fall from grace. The

column is a little too maudlin and finger-pointy for my tastes but the

main theme is dead on target: Massachusetts government is filled with

under-qualified men and women who got their positions by being

politically… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on August 11, 2010 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Massachusetts Folly Writ Large

Recently, my partner at Clean Sweep asked me what I thought about this

idea: Could the whole Obamacare debacle be nothing more than trying to

solve the health care crisis exacerbated by illegal aliens filling up

the emergency rooms? I told him I thought it was an interesting idea,

it had a ring of possibility to it, and that I’d see if I could find

some data reflecting on the issue. No matter which way the data falls,

it’s an interesting question and one worth… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on July 13, 2010 at 12:40pm — No Comments

The Buck Stops . . . Somewhere

Harry Truman was a colorful president, to say the least. He was

definitely the sort of person that tales and legends grow from but this

one, at least, has photographic evidence: a sign boldly stating “The

buck stops here” on one side (“I’m from Missouri” reads the other) sat

prominently on his desk. Right or wrong, and people have been debating

many of his decisions since he made them, Truman was willing to take the

fallout. How often do we see that in a… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on May 24, 2010 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

Trying something new - Voting for good people

The end result is that an elected official is expected to follow the

party line, regardless of use for the constituency, or else “bad” things

will happen. I don’t know about you, but I like to look at candidates

who roughly follow my way of thinking but also having the knowledge that

he or she will put the needs and desires of his or her district before

anything else. That’s all. It’s so simple that it’s a little too

profound to be followed by modern… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on May 22, 2010 at 8:18am — 2 Comments

If Only They Spent This Much Energy on Cuts Rather Than Taxes

Our esteemed State Senate President, Therese Murray had a bright idea

about a month ago. She thought it’d be a swell idea to get some local

hospitals to kick in some money that could then go to businesses

struggling to keep up with the constantly expanding health care

expense. Let’s rephrase that: “Hi, you’re successful. Can I have a

bunch of your money to give to some other people? You won’t really get

anything out of it but I’m gonna look like a hero when I give… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on May 19, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

How Much for That Councilman in the Window?

Eleven out of the thirteen members of the council thought that pledging

blind for re-election was a better idea than carefully and judiciously

examining the mayor’s proposed budget. Think about that for a moment.

Those eleven members sided with a minority interest group over the

citizens of Boston without having any of the facts at hand. That’s

outrageous enough that none should retain their jobs come election time.…



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Added by Richard Whitney on May 11, 2010 at 8:35am — No Comments

Arizona and Massachusetts: Doing the Job that Washington Doesn't Want

Did I wake up in Massachusetts this morning? I went to bed there but

seem to have woken in Never-Never Land or Bizarro World or some such

oddity. Not only is a politician on the front page of the Boston

Herald
and not facing indictment, it’s a Republican, and he’s

introduced legislation that require checks on immigrant status. There

was no quick confirmation from the Boston Globe, at least not

the last time I checked which was admittedly rather… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on April 27, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments

Blood from Stones

The fact that Marx may have been correct in reverse has the potential to
be one of the greatest jokes in history. Too many good people are
getting needlessly punished through this mismanagement to make it funny,
though.

More thoughts . . .

Added by Richard Whitney on April 25, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

Coke or Pepsi?

Why are we arguing about party this and party that? The real question should be the human being we are voting for, not if they sport a "D" or an "R"!

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Added by Richard Whitney on April 24, 2010 at 9:21am — No Comments

Is It a Tax When We Don't Know How Much They Take?

Well of course it is, this is no Zen exercise about trees, woods, and other noises. If the VAT isn't the sneakiest, most underhanded, nastiest way to take money away from those that actually produce I guess I need to rethink some definitions.

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Added by Richard Whitney on April 23, 2010 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Thoughts from a Town Meeting

Not having grown up in New England, I thought of town meeting as a

quaint, antiquated system that should have gone the way of the

dinosaurs. Perhaps if it had, I thought, something useful like oil

could be produced; nothing useful could come from a group of people

sitting around listening to other people treat picayune matters as if

they were truly earth-shattering. Or so I thought. I was horribly

wrong.



Recent experiences from an old-fashioned town… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on March 16, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments

Massachusetts Breaks New Ground: Double Dipping Politicians, Only Half As Many Needed

The point is not that Lantigua has two jobs. Many people do. What
really matters is that he is going to continue his pattern of recklessly
self-serving behavior until he is forced to stop, at which point he
will undoubtedly claim persecution, anti-immigrant backlash, and evil
Republicans. The fact is that none of the above are true, especially
not here.

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Added by Richard Whitney on February 9, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

The Dangers of Cosmetics

What we do want is very simple: minimal government interference and

maximum assistance in living the best lives we can for ourselves, our

families, and our communities. We want to help the people that need

help, not those the government decides are worthy. We want to hire

those that can do the job, not those the government deems worthy. We

want to conduct business, make profits, and spend those monies at other

business, thereby helping to ensure prosperity for… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on February 8, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Success, not in spite of a lack of labels, but because of it

We are all here because we are dissatisfied. It makes no difference if the person who feels that dissatisfaction is a Republican, Libertarian, or a Democrat because, first and foremost, we are Americans. We have a proud history of individualism and self-reliance yet tempered with a team spirit when that is needed. This is what makes the Tea Party successful: you don't have to be anything but you with an open mind to be one of us. And you don't have to give up anything or follow anybody blindly… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on January 31, 2010 at 8:39pm — No Comments

When is an increase a decrease? When the government says so

When is an increase a decrease? When the government says it is apparently. If Patrick needs some lessons in cutting perhaps he should take a trip to Detroit where the automakers became quite adept at the task until they learned that the federal government could serve as their personal ATM from time to time. Cutting means getting rid of things, like the so-called wind farm scheme that has seen stiffer opposition than the British trying to take Breed’s Hill. Slashing the budget generally does not… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on January 30, 2010 at 9:01am — No Comments

Enough Already!

Now on to the real business hidden in the title. When started, the original plan was to focus on Massachusetts politics with a strong focus on Beacon Hill. Much to everyone's surprise, Scott Brown happened pulling us into the deeper, murkier, smellier world of national politics. I promise that we will try to get back on track because there really is no dearth of outrage to discuss - he says, thinking specifically of Governor Deval Patrick "cutting" the state budget by adding 3% and using the… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on January 28, 2010 at 9:53am — No Comments

Where Did That Idea Go?

We tend to have a certain "all or nothing" approach within our culture, especially with regards to those we call heroes. This is unfortunate because it changes one of the most important aspects of people that I want to look up to: they did astonishing things even though they are human. When we start thinking that a person did superhuman things because he or she is superhuman we stop idealizing and start worshiping. When this happens, unpleasant facts and realities need to be shunned lest they… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on January 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Improper Endorsement

There is absolutely no lack of material for comment floating through the news today. As we have mentioned earlier, this race has attracted national attention along with national money, a fact that the Boston Globe deplores. What is it telling us, though, that the Globe neglects to mention that the vast majority of that money, a 2-1 imbalance, is earmarked for Martha Coakley? Oddly, the Globe didn't mention some of the reasons Coakley needs that money, such as paying people to hold her signs… Continue

Added by Richard Whitney on January 14, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments

Righteous (or perhaps not so much) Indignation

A Senate race should never be a national cause celebre, and certainly not a special election to replace someone who died in office. Under the current circumstances, though, it is hard to see how things could have turned out differently. Looked at pragmatically, can we honestly say that the current situation with the Massachusetts special election is one of circumstance? Or is it more arrogance and disregard for true democratic principles?



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Added by Richard Whitney on January 11, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

LIGHTER SIDE

 

Political Cartoons by Chip BokPolitical Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

ALERT ALERT

Joe Biden Vows: Give Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare To All Illegal Aliens In U.S.

Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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