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Friday, March 13, 2009

Beacon Hill Follies

What were you thinking Sal? Or you Deval? And Bobbie makes three.

The commonwealth is sinking deeper and deeper into a sea of red ink, tax talk is heavy in the air even though people are being laid off left, right and sideways. And there's the ever-present stench of the Big Dig debt hanging heavy in the air.

Despite all of this, you guys see fit to go with business as usual -- the kind of business that inflames the body politic in good times -- spending public cash on raises and new jobs for friends and supporters.

The legislative leaders past and present are easier to understand. DeMasi was walking out the door, pushed actually, and he was taking care of his friends. The repercussions, if any, hardly hold a candle to all the other stuff piled up on his ethics plate and Sal is loyal to his people.

DeLeo can mentally justify raises for staff taking on new responsibilities.

But Patrick, placing a political loyalist in a $175,000 public job that has been vacant for 12 years -- a job that carries that salary despite only being an "assistant director"? At the same time you are pushing for a 19-cent a gallon jump in the gasoline tax?

Where did you leave your brains? Here's the Globe:
Governor Deval Patrick, who campaigned on a platform to fight business as usual on Beacon Hill, has given one of his earliest political supporters a $175,000-a-year job as an assistant director at a state bonding authority, a position that had sat vacant for more than a dozen years.
That was the kinder, gentler version, compared to the Herald:
Outrage is sweeping Beacon Hill after Gov. Deval Patrick quietly slipped a $175,000 plum job to a political pal while squeezing taxpayers to pay more for less from the debt-ridden state government.

Asking citizens to fork over 19 cents more per gallon at the gas pump while bracing for cuts of cops and teachers, Patrick awarded supporter Marian Walsh the pricey plum as assistant executive director of the state’s Health and Educational Facilities Authority.

Toss in your Transportation Secretary Jim Aloisi mocking Senate President Therese Murray's insistence on reform before revenues and I'd say your chances of getting a tax increase anytime soon is about equal to Bernie Madoff paying back the $50 billion.

No offense to Marian Walsh, who had a solid record in the Senate and always led with her conscience -- until she also displayed an unbelievable tin ear.

But the buck does stop (or start) with Patrick. And the reality is this piece of political folly makes the drapes and the car and the book contract seem minor.

I bet Treasurer Timmie stopped licking his own self-inflicted wounds long enough to chortle.

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Blogger Not Whitey Bulger said...

Hey, a girl has to take care of her pension. Remember, you get paid based on your last few years - so Our Marian is in for a whopper of a boost.

March 13, 2009 9:38 AM  
Blogger Not Whitey Bulger said...

Let me correct myself. Her husband has already taken care of the pension.

"Two years ago, Patrick appointed Walsh's husband - Paul V. Buckley, a retired District Court judge - to the state's Industrial Accident Board, a post that pays $113,000 a year. That job will sharply increase his state pension."

Even Howie Carr can't make this stuff up. This generation of goo-goos would make even James Michael blush.

March 13, 2009 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aloisi was actually in favor of reform before revenue, before he decided it was meaningless. See the video of his blatent lying:


March 13, 2009 10:22 AM  
Blogger tim said...

I am surprised you are not trying to blame this on the handful of Republicans that are left like you do everything else

March 16, 2009 2:25 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sorry Tim, but the handful of Republicans who are left seem to be having a hard enough time figuring out their own "leadership" roles to be blamed for anything.

You can't be blamed when you don't do anything.

March 16, 2009 8:39 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Actually is not every Republican on Beacon Hill a minority leader, assitant minority leader or a minority whip with their pathetic numbers but at least they get a bump in pay

March 18, 2009 12:13 PM  

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