Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Scintillating Stuff

When is enough enough? The latest proposal to literally rob the taxpayer to feed the system is the - once again - proposed per mile tax. Penny a mile is the latest. This on top of a gas tax by the federals and the state. Then comes the registration fee and, of course, a nice 6.25% sales tax when you purchase a car. Feed the system, folks.
The folks at GM say that bankruptcy is still a possibility. That is exactly what should have happened since the viable divisions would have been sold off and continued to produce. Corvette and the truck division are huge money makers as is Cadillac.
President Obama loves to point out that he “rescued” the auto industry. What he fails to mention - no surprise - is the tens of thousands of jobs that were lost. This was a chain reaction that started with the questionable closure of franchises with no apparent plan other than a dart board. No when Bain Capital pulled similar stunts to save a business the mouth pieces for the Community Organizer hammered away.
In 2008 I thought McCain would have been a better president but Obama was needed more. Stupid me. Three and one half years of disaster upon disaster.
Keating and Nicki Tsongas were the only two members of our Congressional delegation to vote against the proposed tax on health industry devices that would hit Massachusetts especially hard. Within ObamaCare there are these fiscal landmines that seem to surface almost daily. Thankfully, the wing nuts in the media are doing their job and mentioning these little fiscal tidbits.
Our BOS seems to have forgotten more about gaming and the Indian casino issue than the governor, Gaming commission and our Casper The Ghost state senator even know. The governor is doing a spiffy song and dance on the issue that would make Gene Kelly envious. Meantime Pacheco is busy in the backroom of the union hall getting pumped about jobs.
Someone in Bridgewater has a bee allergy and live near a bee keeper so naturally the idea is to get rid of the bees. Maybe they’ll have a by-law?
So Scott Brown is hesitant to debate the leader of the Fugawi Tribe at the Kennedy Center and on MCNBC. Wonder if Lieawatha would debate Brown with Glenn Beck as moderator on FOX?
I see that that great old and wonderful “R” card is being tossed out from the left regarding criticism of Obama. If substance of argument fails just call everyone a “racist.”
The economy continues to be sluggish and Romney is suppose to have some answers to cure this. I have yet to see anything substantive from him on it. Maybe I missed it?
Revenues are up in Massachusetts - that’s a code word for taxes - so I imagine we’ll soon have the sales tax increase rescinded?
The gun running AG of the United States managed to get Obama to exercise executive privilege to prevent even more damage to both the DOJ and the administration. Each day this is starting to look more and more like Watergate Part II. That was a botched break-in followed by stonewalling while Fast And Furious has resulted in needless deaths including an American followed by stonewalling.
I can’t wait for that new gin mill to open up in Taunton. Maybe that was Freetown? Or was it New Bedford? Naw….I think it was on Innovation Way in Fall River? Maybe Precinct Street in Middleboro? No….now I remember it was Lakeville!
Obama and Romney have both raised gazillions to trash each other and lie to us under the guise of campaigning. But when they come to town it is on our dime. Obama did stroll into Boston recently and the tab for much of the security was picked up by Joe & Jane taxpayer. In Durham, N.H. they at least took issue with spending $20,000 for a presidential visit until an anonymous donor kicked in the money. Maybe welfare reform should start with giving welfare to the campaigns of politicians?

Saturday, June 9, 2012


An extensive list of fines which represent disguised revenue enhancement will now be on the books for Middleboro. I’m sure the chief will order up a whole passel of new ticket books and maybe even assign paid details - can they do that? - to forage around town during snow storms and patrol the downtown area on their latest Huffy bikes while on the lookout or is that hear out for words on George Carlin’s infamous list. Maybe the MYA can branch out and target silly string at the local stores - if we have any left - stores that is.
The basis of much of the levies of fines is just simple behavior modification. That, after all, is what the law really is - confine us to socially acceptable behaviors. Most take the form of the obvious - usually found somewhere in that Commandment thingy. But why stop there? Some of those by-laws have shown that just about anyone with a cause or grievance can get something on the books. Can we have one for unsightly weeds on the sidewalks? Our downtown really does need a Round-Up and that is the kind that you can squirt on the little non acceptable vegetative pests. Personally a little vinegar or judicious use of a weed extraction tool will accomplish the desired results.
Beautification has taken root (pun intended) in our downtown. MiMi has lead the charge for potted plants that hang from various light structures. At least they are at a height that discourages thievery and prevents the potted plants from become an ashtray. Ah…there is a real cause for the spiffy tee shirted MYA group - the elimination of the butt tossers! Smokers do have that attitude that the world is their personal ashtray. I am often amazed and, yes, confrontational when I go to a store and see someone casually dump the contents of their vehicle’s ashtray into the parking lot. Usually the car/truck itself has an interior that would qualify for some serious fees at the Waste Management depot.
Waste Management from what my simple mind can grasp is now “In Charge” of our dump (AKA - Landfill). I also see town employees in the area that I assume are part of a brigade designed to make sure wood, plastic, metal and assorted body parts end up in the proper receptacle. All are extremely courteous and helpful so maybe they are really WM?
The Landfill (AKA - Dump) is quite interesting. There are cranberry bogs adjacent to it and that fermentation of a few generations of disposable diapers, cat litter, food particles, dead pets and what ever else ends up in the plastic bag eventually works its way into the holding pond and the bogs. I do notice that the whole berry sauce the last few years has been especially enjoyable and its ability to glow in the dark means less candles.
The landfill/dump has become just about the highest point in Middleboro. If that Global Warming thing is the hoax I believe it is then I expect some real returns to harsh winters. With that comes opportunity. A ski lift! Maybe a toboggan course? You could even use that punch card that is issued for dump/landfill visits as entry.
Now the next TM will have 32 articles. If I attend - a rarity - I’ll last through about ten at tops. Why do they have to read the silly things? Is that another “law” on the books somewhere? Maybe back when school attendance was spotty and many were barely literate it may have been necessary. Hmmm….based on the continual lackluster MCAS results maybe it is better to read them?
I’m all in favor of a voter ID measure. I’m old enough to remember taking a literacy test (I barely passed) and paying a poll tax. I think that tax was $5? Even back then I thought they should charge $5 for those who didn’t vote. Is that another potential by-law? More revenue enhancement?
When the TMFH (Town Meeting From Hell) took place I saw several folks who were not residents in the crowd. What passed for security was quite lax and the unions did manage to pack the house. The section I was in was filled with them and I sat with two who were friends of mine. I would have loved to see a check of ID’s at random.
You could not get into the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention without a photo ID. What a group of “racists” and “bigots.” I guess that falls under do as I say not as I do?
In Bridgewater $1,140,000 in CPA funds were used to purchase an historic home and 14 acres of land. The total amount paid was $1,300,000 with other state monies (re: Taxpayers money) allocated. The home is now on the market less than two years later for about $250,000. When you deduct the land portion of the purchase the eventual loss will be $300,000 in CPA or TAXPAYER funds. Significantly more when you include the other taxpayer funds via the state.
A Dorchester peace activist landlady recently refused to rent to a Iraq/Afghan vet since it represented a “conflict” for her. Since this is Massachusetts the vet will probably be locked up for being a “racist,” “Sexist,” “Ageist,” and any other ist that can be dreamed up.
Driving along Route 79 the other day I realized a lost opportunity - I could have made a small fortune selling No Casino signs.
And on the casino front my second favorite non Indian after Elizabeth Warren - one Glenn “The Raven” Marshall - is now out of the slammer and into a half-way house.
The more I read about Scott Walker and Wisconsin the more stunned I became. The public employees pay virtually nothing towards their retirement and under 15% for their share of health care. Tag on generous benefits for vacations and various leaves and it is great to be a public employee in Wisconsin. Now the bubble has burst and the latest requirements for “fair share” are still less - far less - than I contributed.
The lesson of Wisconsin is a change is in the wind. Here in Middleboro it is currently unsustainable to continue to offer packages that simply can no longer be funded. The real kicker is not the monetary compensation but the sundry list of “other” that is a fiscal hit either up front or down the road.
Lost in the media feeding frenzy in Wisconsin was votes in San Diego and San Jose that altered public pensions. It is not a liberal/conservative issue but one of fiscal solvency and sanity. The unions damn well can see the numbers and know this. Their job is to protect their members but they also must realize that those elected also have a job and that is to protect the taxpayer and services.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

More Nonsense

Interim School Superintendent Michael Malone had a laundry list of accomplishments of the system in the paper. Sadly missing was any mention of improving test scores since there wasn’t any. New computers and enhanced security are part of the highlights! I wonder if that “enhanced security” will now exclude a six year old from writing an absence note?
Since the note was in Crayon the secretary may have thought it was from administration.
I read that the infamous cross is not on state property but that part of it is over the property. Does the state retain air rights? What are they planning on building so they need the air space? Maybe a Native American museum for two Indian frauds - The Raven and Elizabeth Warren.
Turns out Princess Lieawatha made some money on flipping real estate. This is the exact thing her campaign criticized about Brown who holds four investment properties.
Freetown joins the list of communities that have rejected a casino. I’ve lost count. And what tribe was it this time?
Cross, swearing by-laws and absence notes and Middleboro makes state and national headlines. Be proud, folks!
I wonder if folks had to show ID’s at the Democrat State Convention?
Queen Elizabeth has sat on the throne for 60 years. Heck, even at my age it only takes a few minutes.
Bumpkin is now 50 or about five pounds a year.
Deval Patrick shows once again an arrogance that is just beyond belief. This time he managed to answer a question about Elizabeth Warren’s lies and stated “we” meaning the people of Massachusetts don’t care and are not interested. And he answered for her.
Romney made a smart move - a campaign stop at Solyndra headquarters.
Bill Clinton was the latest to be critical of the Obama campaign strategy of attempting to crucify Romney over his Bain Capital days. The strategy is like his four years - a failure.
I wonder how much the revenge factor played into Clinton's comments?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC is proposing a ban on large sodas and other surgery drinks. Another “public health issue” and I hope Bloomberg will require ALL employees of the city to pass a fitness test and a test that shows no risk regarding BMI, weight, smoking, driving too fast, pursuing dangerous sports or anything else that is a risk. Do that - Mr. Mayor - and I’d have some sympathy for you proposals.
A nice public health issue would be to immediately remove Obama from office and ship him out to Syria since his actions from 2009 on have caused undo stress upon Americans. Stress can kill!
Some folks will vote for Obama because they are loyal Democrats. Some folks will vote against Obama because they are loyal Republicans. I will vote against him because he sucks. How’s that for clear and concise political commentary.
There has been a surge of Christianity in China. I wonder if they have any cross issues?
Joe Biden’s “Summer of recovery” has become a “Summer of disillusionment.”
Adam Bond has a meet and greet coming up 7-9PM on 6/8 at the VFW. Is Mary his campaign manager?
Scott Walker is governor of Wisconsin and he faces a recall election this week. The centerpiece of Walker’s campaign was 5 and 12 meaning a requirement of public employees to pay 5.8% towards their retirement and 12.5% towards their health insurance - significant increases but essentially less than what I paid when I was a public employee.
This should set off alarms for everyone who negotiates public contracts. The comps are available as to what compensation and benefits exist in the dreaded private sector. Use it as a framework. IMO the mind set of too many public employees has become one of entitlement and they are now being viewed as a privileged class by those in the DPS.