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State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, left, is pictured in front of a screen playing a soccer during a gun briefing. Credit: MassGOP
JM July 17, 2014 at 02:25 pm
Every vote she casts or opinion she holds is one in which it is apparent that she watches t.v. moreRead More than learns about issues.
Maura Healey, John Miller, and Warren Tolman
Rob C July 16, 2014 at 02:28 pm
All I want in an AG is somebody that will actually enforce laws. I do not care what causes theyRead More support or who backs them. As crimes are committed I want an AG that will prosecute regardless of how "PC" the offender is. No more of this "its not illegal to be illegal" garbage. Just enforce all laws!!!!!
John July 16, 2014 at 08:07 pm
What a novel concept. Do we dare dream of the day when we have elected officials -- at both theRead More state and federal levels --who actually enforce the laws that are already on the books? We've had quite enough of this "progressive" nonsense and where they've driven the state and the country right into a huge ditch. Time to elect some adults who have actually worked for a living and bounce these career Dem pols who are only good at the following: constantly reaching into my pocket for more "revenue," lying, cheating, distorting, and being the biggest frauds and hypocrites I've ever seen. Enough already!!
DJ July 16, 2014 at 08:56 pm
Clueless rhetoric John. Try bucking the trend you claim to repulse you and educate yourself.
Barry Finegold and family. Courtesy
Disciple July 1, 2014 at 02:04 pm
“Here you go again. You don’t seem to understand how unique each presidency is. A littleRead More Non Sequitur, Reagan vetoed the Big Dig but Tip O’Neil overrode his veto.” That’s a micro policy. At the macro level, Reaganomics is still dominant: outsourcing, free trade, unfettered business consolidation, killing unions, low taxes on the wealthy. None of this had changed presidency to presidency. “Here, I have an entire strip of mom & pops from Chelmsford through Westford to Littleton and then even going down 2A in Acton.” Often, that’s because of local government policy to block the big chain stores from entering the market. That’s a good thing. I wish my local government took the same view. ““They (Fed Ex) aren't that great and they don't go everywhere.” They work for me just great.” Again, when it comes to delivering to rural areas, FedEx relies on the PO. If they kill off the PO there won’t be any package delivery or mail delivery to most rural areas. We have some great postal workers here so I can’t relate to the crabapple comment.
Disciple July 1, 2014 at 02:06 pm
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we aren’t in another country,Read More we’re here.” Right, but the internet should be a public utility available to all for a nominal fee. Most other countries agree that broadband internet should be available to everyone at very cheap prices. Both Verizon and Comcast are overcharging us for access and have broken numerous promises to deploy broadband more widely. The only thing that can change this situation is public policy. ““Any big agency is going to have issues with service.” Yet you criticize FIOS/Comcast? Funny!” No, your defense of Verizon and Comcast is comical considering their reputation. According to you the private sector solves everything, but instead it turns into abusive monopolists feeding at the public trough. Inefficiency is expected in larger institutions, whether it’s Comcast or the government. The dissonance is that you are still insisting that the private sector is better. It’s not. “You are conflating. There is a huge difference between a railway and a water filtration plant.” As someone who has privatized water service, I can tell you first hand that it’s a disaster. They failed to maintain or upgrade their facilities for decades and now residents have faced huge rate increases in order to make up for their incompetence. The story is very much the same regardless of the location: Europe, the US, Canada. There’s nothing wrong with learning from other’s mistakes. “Why not try an example of an American town in modern times OK? Here, try this:” Sandy Springs just divorced itself from metropolitan Atlanta, so instead of creating its own government infrastructure it made more sense to outsource. It was only able to do so because it’s a relatively wealthy suburb with little crime and few social needs. Of course, Atlanta will suffer a little because they lose revenue. Despite what Sandy Springs would say, they rely on Atlanta for infrastructure and business opportunities. If Atlanta goes down, so will Sandy Springs.
Disciple July 1, 2014 at 02:12 pm
“You can have better disability insurance in the private market.” Not true at all. IfRead More you qualify for SSDI, the SSDI payments will be deducted from the private insurance payouts. Private disability is built as excess insurance above SSDI. “But hey, if you want to rely on politicians to keep your lifeline in a “locked box” then you go right ahead.” It’s invested in treasuries which are the safest investment in the world. “And the govt. doesn’t have control over your health care so they have no incentive to see you live less” And the private industry has no self-interest in denying you coverage to protect their profits? They have been doing that forever. “So the schools would still get funded the only difference would be that the schools would have to compete for tax dollars.” The school choice argument is so funny. The only reason Westwood has “good schools” is because its students are wealthy. If you import poorer students and students with special needs from other districts, the school ratings will suffer. “We don’t have a democracy we have a republic.” No, it’s a constitutionally limited representative democratic republic. The government is still a democratic institution. “About ten paragraphs ago, you were trying to convince me your theory about how there is no real choice between Wal Mart and Target, even though the exchange is voluntary, but all of a sudden, in an instance where the exchange is involuntary, I have choice?” You DO have a choice. You can opt out of Obamacare/Romneycare and buy your own plan outside the exchange, or you can buy no health insurance and pay a fine. That’s a real choice, moreso than Wal-Mart vs Target. And in either case you can buy from one of the heavily consolidated private health insurers who will be happy to deny your claims just like they used to. “I’ll agree ½ the people want statism, but in any election there are going to be winners and losers” Half? Medicare and Social Security are tremendously popular, as are most of the New Deal/Great Society reforms. “I don’t see how Libertarianism is any more toxic to ½ the population as any other party where opposition exists.” Libertarians represent roughly 20% of the population, about the same as true liberals. But libertarian views on the size and scope of government usually run counter to the desires of most of any country. It’s why most Europeans are balking at the privatization agenda of the World Bank, IMF, and the EU bank and subsequently had their elected leaders replaced with bank-friendly politicians. “Also, Freidman, while a very smart economist was a Classical Liberal and not a Libertarian. I don’t recall him ever endorsing a Libertarian in any races” Freidman realized that third parties are not going to win so he backed Republicans who would implement his agenda. “Oh no. That’s wrong. In many places and cases, a minority has protections. For example, there has to be a 2/3 majority, or there are parliamentary procedures like filibusters.” Of course there are protections for the minority opinion, many of them abused over the last six years. Fundamentally though, majority votes carry the day under most circumstances and even then, democracy implies voting not simple majority. “Actually he was very specific in his platform, so once again, you’re wrong:” OK, he spelled out exactly how crazy he is. I take it back.
Elizabeth Warren. Photo Credit: Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
Frank Pignone April 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Dear God: Just keep me alive long enough to see Obama ( whatever his name is ) lift off that padRead More ending these 8 years of his being kept alive by the very laws he wishes to attack and rid us of. That we the people 'choose' to be orderly and law abiding and respectful are the only reasons he hopes to have supper tomorrow evening....and he should be thankful. Even now we see on the news that the new 'Democrat' attack ads are based on 'Veterans' who are running for the House or Senate are not 'entitled' to 'anything'...so desperate in their quest to 'hold on' in November...I'm an overseas Vet and one thing I deserve as all 'Americans' do and that is a True American as President.... and this man is no where near that and due to his secrecy, we don't know much about him at all... Just 'mouth, teeth, 'gestures, 'feinted energy', and his only thanks to "God' is the invention of a Teleprompter....and we all can't wait for the years to come when all the Truth shall 'come out'... when all the 'fear' of him.. subsides.
Iron Mike April 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm
AMEN! Frank, I say almost EXACTLY the SAME PRAYER every night! May God awaken the AmericanRead More People, - keep us whole until 20 Jan 2017, and DELIVER US FROM EVIL!
Super Fun Size April 24, 2014 at 07:12 am
State Treasurer Steve Grossman and Jim Wallace of GOAL debate at the Statehouse on April 27, 2014. Courtesy
Lynne Roberts April 22, 2014 at 09:58 pm
If only more of the 49% of voters would read the history! They're not informed and therein lies theRead More problem.
Prometheus April 23, 2014 at 07:21 am
All rights are under attack....look at markey's proposal...he is after the First.
MoonBeamWatcher May 7, 2014 at 09:33 am
Coakley, Martha isn't she the MA DA who brought discretionary criminal charges against the fatherRead More who beat the snot out of the illegall who molested his son? The same DA who when everone knew that Tooky Amarault was innocent refused to let him out of jail after being incarsarated for 14yrs!? She's a typical ink grabbing Obama like liberal who should be retired from government service since she serves herself only!
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Myron Dittmer April 28, 2014 at 09:14 pm
Dear Charles...I don't do this much but I need to call you out.....you are an idiot based on yourRead More last comment! Please go find some therapy for your lack of political intelligence! If you think for a minute there is any intelligence at ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC or even CNN......you are in serious need of psychological help! Do us all a favor and stop drinking the Democrat kool-aid and come up for fresh sir once in a while.
Charles Ochs April 29, 2014 at 11:08 am
Myron-you are clearly one of the Morons that we all need to be alerted about ! I rest my case !!Read More Lets see now--the "Media", "Hollywood", "Trial lawyers", college professors--all the folks that the right likes to bash, but where many the most intelligent folks find employment? Hmmm- Also--PBS is the MOST highly respected institution in the USA. Why do you s'pose that is?
Dave May 4, 2014 at 11:42 am
Respected only by mindless libs like yourself. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. Because YOU think itRead More is respected that makes it so. Just like all libs that think if they say something it makes it real.LMAO
From left to right, staring at top row: Martha Coakley, Charile Baker, Steven Grossman, Juliette Kayyem, Joseph Avellone, and Don Berwick. Campaign photos.
Merry Christmas April 3, 2014 at 01:40 am
vote no for coakheadly doing nothing about corrupt police and out dated civil service and fireRead More fighers that harass people and police that do nothing and chiefs that quit to then do more public work after wanting to retire.
B/STOCK April 3, 2014 at 01:58 pm
Just found your blog Iron Mike. Listed it in my favorites.
Iron Mike April 3, 2014 at 02:05 pm
TY! enjoy, and share with BOTH your friends and your local MoonBats. You have nothing to lose butRead More your country, - because anybody who would 'unfriend' you - was never a real friend!
Warren Tolman. File photo.
George Mitrano March 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Since you started this conversation 3more people have died of drug overdose,can we agree that WE THERead More PARENTS have to get the lawmakers to act fast to get to the drugs before they get to the children.
kalman berke March 22, 2014 at 11:07 am
Drug education is like any other act of careful living. Drugs are rational things. Humans use themRead More irrationally in many cases. So, yes , educate your children just as you do about how to not play in the street. But the type of thing that gets elections won is called hysteria and this guy is a witch hunter. We all know, most of us, that witches are not real and to spend millions looking for them is a waste. Drugs can be dangerous. Users are not criminals nor witches. Do not make using them a major crime or the main thing that government does. That is just an easy way to avoid real problems that effect us all on a daily basis, like BANKSTERS. The jails are full of drug users for no good end. There are no Banksters, who have stolen billions from all of us, in jail.
Merry Christmas March 22, 2014 at 11:46 am
the attorney general signed off on a an illegal deal with corrupt trash company that cant pick upRead More trash on time and has problems with trucks and employees that are rude and opearate a facility with a building that should be condimend and the state is fining the city and company going back tiill now till its cleaned up and it should be shut down. they don't take in 30 tons a day but want a waste facility in a growing business area and residential area. the traffic and rats are bad now. they company is corrupt and the city officals are too with back door deals and close door meetings the people don't want a waste facility in salem. the trash contractor is a dinasour.
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