Posted tagged ‘Deval Patrick’

2,000 new state workers? Glad to know things are going so well…

August 26, 2008

Since taking office 18 months ago, Gov. Deval Patrick has not only increased his office budget by 80 percent and spent thousands on cadillacs and new drapes, but also added nearly 2,000 new jobs to the state payroll. The Boston Herald also reported that last year dozens of corrections officers made well over $100,000, while some state troopers were raking in close to $200,000.

And here I was thinking that times were tough, what with Massachusetts facing a $1 billion budget deficit and all.

Whew! What a relief!

I mean, how bad can things be if Deval can afford to add so many people to the state payroll and give out six-figure salaries to prison workers? And remember, these high-paying “jobs” also come with ridiculously generous pensions and health benefits that the rest of us will be paying off decades from now. (At least these hard working “public servants” won’t be around to rub our noses in it: Decades from now, when those of us employed in the dreaded private sector are spending our golden years dining on peanut butter and Hamburger Helper, the payroll patriots will all be playing golf down in Florida.)

And our legislators wonder why citizens are mobilizing to abolish the state income tax….


Is an economic tsunami headed for Massachusetts?

August 15, 2008

State Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) was the speaker at Quincy’s RCC meeting Tuesday night, and while it was encouraging to hear how our elected Republican legislators are managing to make an impact despite being heavily outnumbered, the economic forecast doesn’t look good.

Actually, that’s an understatement. According to Sen. Brown, the flagging economy, combined with Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed $16 billion in new spending (yes, that’s $16 billion), has Massachusetts on track for an “economic tsunami.”

But hope is not lost. As Sen. Brown pointed out, the impending crisis has reached a point where even the most oblivious Democratic legislators are beginning to realize that real economic trouble is on the horizon. It also presents an opportunity for Republicans to work even harder to raise awareness among the general public about the impending crisis and to renew our calls for fiscal restraint on the part of spendthrift Democratic legislators, lest we all get washed away when the FY09 Tsunami makes landfall.

Jeff Beatty: Massachusetts has seen Obama movie before

August 13, 2008

Today’s Human Events features a commentary by U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Beatty that serves as a wake-up call to the rest of the nation as to what they can expect if Barack Obama is elected president and Beatty’s opponent, John Kerry, is re-elected.

How does Beatty know what life under a Kerry-supported President Obama will be like?  Easy: For the past 18 months, we here in Massachusetts have been test driving an Obama administration under its regional brand name: Deval Patrick.

Remember all those starry-eyed promises about how Deval was a different kind of politician? He was no backroom political dealmaker. He was a self-made man from the South Side of Chicago who, along with his high-powered wife, was going to help the common man and rescue us from property tax hell. Together We Can!

Then came the $27,000 drapes, the $72,000 social secretary for said high-powered wife, the Cadillac, the 80 percent increase in his office budget … and now $16 billion in proposed new spending. That’s more than the total cost of the disastrous Big Dig. (No word, of course, on when, if or how Cadillac Deval plans to make good on his property tax promise, or where he plans to find $16 billion in new revenue — details, schmetails.)

Now, here comes Barack Obama. He’s a different kind of politician. He’s no backroom political dealmaker. He’s a self-made man from the South Side of Chicago who, along with his high-powered wife, is going to help the common man. Yes We Can!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

As Jeff Beatty notes in his commentary, an Obama presidency would be little more than a bad remake of Deval Patrick: The Motion Picture. On November 4, let’s hope the nation gives both Obama and Kerry two thumbs down.

Remind me again who’s looking out for the working class?

July 3, 2008

Michael Graham’s column in today’s Boston Herald exposes one of the great myths promulgated by the Democratic Party: that Democrats look out for the working class. As Mr. Graham points out, since taking office Deval Patrick has proposed numerous spending increases — including still more toll hikes and his controversial plan to offer in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. And how has Gov. Patrick proposed paying for these budget busters? Why, through casino gambling and a huge increase in the cigarette tax, of course — two proposals that would disproportionately hurt poor, working-class residents who can least afford yet another hit on their wallets.

And our state legislators wonder why Massachusetts residents are mobilizing to abolish the state income tax…