Massachusetts


The recent banning of baked goods, including cupcakes, at Massachusetts public schools by the Massachusetts legislature is the pluperfect example of nanny-state government gone awry, and a moribund ideology straining for relevance in the modern world. If the big-brained decision makers in the MA legislature think that this imperious action is going to help obese children shed a single fat cell then they are far dumber than even I imagine them. The only thing this legislative silliness does is engender anger and fury towards them. And it makes us question their decision-making abilities and motivations.

I cannot imagine the precious hubris of the folks who think that THEY, instead of parents, are responsible for the health and welfare of children. And furthermore that THEY can capriciously wield their legislative powers to enact laws such as this ostensible ban to perform do-gooding, PC actions that will keep them in good graces with the damn fools who see such measures as good and necessary.

With the myriad problems that engulf our state, these boneheads chose to spend precious time and energy on this “important” cupcake issue. I suppose in their minds they think that we really care about their phony-baloney agenda…and that casinos and cupcakes (two issues that have occupied much of the legislature’s time this year) are truly important in our lives. As soon as I heard the deliberations that went into the recent casino law, for example, to define when and how former legislators could dip their beaks into the promised gambling cornucopia, I saw that this was less about benefit to the state and more about self-aggrandizing special interests — the legislators themselves!

Banning cupcakes is just another way for our state government to place a stern, officious boot on our necks. It represents yet another erosion of our Constitutional rights that are neither valued or respected by those who believe they can relieve us of them with the stroke of a pen. I fear the rest of my fellow citizens here in the Bay State will wake up far too late, and consequently we will leave our children and heirs a restrictive place to live that not only sucks their wallets dry, but every bit of enthusiasm and initiative from their persons and their souls.

It was all at once amusing and infuriating to watch my congressman, Jim McGovern (D-Havana), bloviating on the House floor or in conference over the past few days. Yesterday, Mr. McGovern raised hypocrisy to a sacrament when he was challenging the new House rules for considering the GOP-proposed Obamacare repeal bill. McGovern was challenging the claims of transparency by the House GOP regarding their rules.

Well, if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black! If we put on our time travel suits and turn the clock back to last year just before Christmas, we will find that Obamacare passed because of the twisting, no shredding, of the House rules by then House Rules Chair Jim McGovern. Imagine that. The same guy who engineered the Christmas eve vote using “special” rules and the same man who invoked the “nuclear option” and twisted reconciliation more than once now is crying foul now that he is on the outside and warming the back bench.

Today, the shameless McGovern took to the House well to decry the GOP’s one page Obamacare repeal bill, which he called “the most expensive piece of one page legislation in history.”

What?

So, a two-thousand plus page piece of legislation that violates our constitutional rights, assumes control over 1/6th of our economy and spends enough money to cover 30+ million new insured isn’t expensive? Not according to the CBO, crows Pelosi, McGovern and the Dem choir. But if one scratches the surface of the very flawed CBO estimates on the “savings” that are claimed for Obamacare, one will see the vast deceit and obfuscation that was used to seed the CBO’s initial assumptions (by the House Dems.) The Dems claim that over the next 10 years that Obamacare will save over $800 billion. But a more accurate (and honest) analysis by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) reveals that Obamacare will actually cost $701 billion. [Breaking news: A new, honest and accurate estimate from the CBO just released finds that the repeal of Obamacare will actually save $540 billion and eliminate $770 billion in new taxes!] Double counting savings and omitting costs allowed the Dems to fabricate their favorable savings figure — which provided them the ammunition that they required to bolster support for its passage.

But average Americans still reject Obamacare; according to Rasmussen 60% of those polled favor repeal. So Jim McGovern, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their capo de tutti capi Obama can crow about the benefits of Obamacare, and decry the GOP for their repeal efforts. But they are on the wrong side of both public opinion and economics. Sorry Jim…hypocrisy may be a powerful political tool for you, but in this instance it is a loser!

It’s official. Scott Brown has transformed from the darling of the few Republicans in Massachusetts to a full-fledged pink RINO. Now all we need is that “I didn’t leave the Republican party, the Republican party left me” Arlen Specter moment and his transformation will be complete. Sure, Brown promised to be an “independent thinker” during his campaign against “Marsha” Coakley, but who would have expected him to cede his thinking to the Democrat caucus in the Senate?

I supported Brown last year. In fact I made contributions to his campaign and held signs for hours in the freezing cold on voting day last January. At that time the future held so much promise, and it looked like ‘Brown 41′ could have made a great impact on the direction of the country, and have had a moderating influence on this congressional lame duck session. Well, experience has shown not so much. Now, our future, at least for Republicans in Massachusetts, looks like the legislative dealings of the RINO twins (Snowe and Collins) from Maine. So far, Brown has done nothing but capitulate on the important issues confronting the Senate, and he has helped to sabotage the unified front of opposition that was required to put a stop to the runaway lame duck session. The latest, and most unforgivable capitulation, is his support and vote for Obama’s START Treaty folly. Unfortunately, your actions of this week regarding the military have traded our strategic and nuclear weapons for a difficult-if-not-impossible social system to implement in the military with your support for the repeal of DADT.

Well Sen. Brown. I’m a supporter of you no more. There is nothing you can do in the future to redeem yourself in my eyes, short of announcing you will not run for re-election in 2012 (that is definitely something I CAN support you on.) Because in 2012 I will not be supporting YOU. If you do not have a credible Republican primary challenger, I will use my vote for a safe bet from my perspective: I’ll be selecting “None Of The Above.” I can’t vote for a Democrat…and I can’t vote for you. So I’ll choose the only viable option left to me when I exercise my right to vote.

On November 2nd, Massachusetts voters decided that they wouldn’t participate in the Republican wave that swept the rest of the nation. I won’t speculate on the reasons why — except to say that the preponderance of voters here are highly susceptible to liberal/progressive claptrap nonsense. As a consequence of its citizen’s vote, Massachusetts will be sending back all ten Democrat House members to Washington. While I personally chafe at the notion and find it idiotic to have bucked this national trend, I am comforted to know that the House of Representatives is back in adult hands.

Consequently, all our reps will lose their various chairmanships of committees: McGovern, House Rules; Frank, Financial Services; and Markey, Environment — to name three examples. This is great news for our nation! See, as chair of the rules committee, McGovern shepherded in Obamacare with his craven manipulation of the house rules. Frank, who was almost singularly responsible for the housing bubble and the subsequent collapse of Wall Street (due largely to sub-prime mortgages championed by Frank,) used his chair position on the Financial Service committee to manipulate our economy and redistributed massive amounts of wealth. And let’s not forget Markey, who along with fellow traveler Henry Waxman in the senate, devised the onerous Waxman-Markey legislation, better known as Cap-and-Trade.

So with the House firmly in the hands of the Republicans, and with new leadership in place, this relegates our Massachusetts delegation to back bench status. Oh how far the once high and mighty have fallen. And oh yeah, in their positions of leadership these folks were condescending and rabidly partisan — and above all, loyal as lapdogs to Nancy Pelosi. They humiliated and ignored the input from their Republican counterparts. Well, payback is a bitch. Now that the Republicans have their place at the table, Obama et.al. are crying for a new civility and bipartisanship. Are they crazy?? If the Democrats had shown a scintilla of respect or civility to the Republicans since they took over the House in 2006, these calls would be justified.

But out of his own mouth Obama said that “elections have consequences.” And this landmark election on November 2nd will certainly carry with it consequences for all the Democrats in Washington, including Obama. And I know for sure that our Congressional delegation has made powerful enemies over the past four years, so their past actions won’t soon be forgotten. They will partake of the “bipartisanship” that they richly deserve.

I couldn’t be more delighted. I hope that they enjoy their tenure in this new atmosphere. An atmosphere that promises to exclude earmarks and pork from new legislation — the very thing that most of our extinguished legislators pridefully bragged that they successfully brought home. So, I hope their next two year term is full of the very things that they’ve denied their Republican counterparts for the past six. I predict long faces, tough decisions on futures and voter discontent. Little or no goodies from these folks means that the future looks just a little dimmer for them.

I couldn’t be more delighted! Every black cloud does indeed have a silver lining.

Gentlemen,

Based on your past legislative and voting performances in your respective legislatures, what justifies Massachusetts voters voting for you on November 2nd?

Rep. McGovern, you claim that you are concerned for the welfare of voters in your district, yet you supported harmful, and in some cases unconstitutional, legislation — for example Obamacare. You supported the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda almost 100%, and as a result we are trapped in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And your shameless bending of the rules (as Chair of the House Rules Committee) during the run-up to the vote on Obamacare was indefensible.

Harold, I’m disappointed in you because of two serious issues. The first is your serving as a defense attorney for OUI drivers (I served on a jury where you defended an OUI driver from Auburn, and you were the defense attorney for the OUI driver who hit my wife head-on in 2005.) How can you possibly be a defender of such individuals while being an unbiased legislative advocate for the people in your district? My second issue with you was your support to shanghai the will of the voters of Massachusetts with your support and vote for the National Popular Vote legislation in June 2010. This legislation is in direct contradiction to the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution, and diminishes the voice Massachusetts voters in future presidential elections. Shame on you!

I am always troubled when my supposed representatives act in a manner contrary to my welfare, rights and liberties, and when my Constitutional rights are unnecessarily trifled with. It is for the aforementioned reasons that I find both of you unworthy to serve in your respective offices and I urge my fellow voters to join me in voting for your challengers – Martin Lamb and James Gettens.

Sincerely,

Anthony G.P. Marini

Today the unbelievably short-sighted legislature in Massachusetts approved the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill which would award all the electoral votes in the state to the candidate who won the national majority (popular) vote.

This is a crazy action by the legislators in my state. Why? Because they have now effectively silenced the voices of the voters in the STATE of Massachusetts through their inane action. Why? Because there will be situations in the future where the state of Massachusetts will vote for candidate A but candidate B will win the popular vote. In this case, the will of the voters in this state will be muted.

But there is also another situation that may render the will of the voters in Massachusetts perpetually irrelevant. This would be if there were a bloc of say four or five populous states, perhaps in the midwest and west, whose total vote count are significant with respect to the rest of the country. With the NPV in place in Massachusetts and elsewhere, these four or five states could end up to be “king makers” for a long, long time. Because their votes highly influence the popular vote, and as such once the majority threshold has been reached, Massachusetts will just go along with the flow. This to me is CRAZY. And an irresponsible action by the Massachusetts legislature.

[As an aside, I wonder what the hyper-partisan, Democrat crazies in the MA legislature would have thought if their enactment of the NPV was just BEFORE the 2000 or 2004 elections? Suicidal and apoplectic come to mind immediately!!]

Finally, I’m a little perturbed with the process by which this important electoral change was handled. This change is is direct contravention to the Massachusetts Constitution. As such, if backers of the NPV wanted this to be enacted in Mass., then this change should have gone through the established Constitutional amendment process. But it didn’t, and I’m not convinced that the manner in which the Legislature handled this change will pass constitutional muster.

Until then, we’ll have to live with the hyper-partisan inanity that is the Massachusetts legislature. Here’s hoping that there is a swift challenge to this bill and furthermore that the MSJC has more common sense and Constitutional fealty than our elected representatives. I certainly won’t be hanging by my thumbs until then, that’s for sure.

News stories today are speculating that in order to balance this year’s budget that the Massachusetts state legislature is considering cuts to local aid to cities and towns. This action, if taken, would be yet another hard slap to the face to the taxpayers in the Commonwealth.

Why?

Because the individual taxpayers fund the madness that is administered by the solons on Beacon Hill. Without us taxpayers — the proverbial money tree — the legislature wouldn’t have any resources to codify their grip on our fine state. Without our tireless financial contributions via income and sales taxes, how would our elected betters pay for the patronage jobs they dole out to family and friends? How would they fund their pet projects? How would they fund their pay raises??

So many questions, so little time.

But decreasing local aid without undertaking dramatic cutbacks and reorganizations of state government would be a hypocritical step. After all, where would the shortfall from state local aid reductions come from? In a word, taxpayers. Local real estate taxpayers. The same folks who pull cash out of one pocket to feed it to the state (and to the feds) are the same folks who’ll have to fish around in the other pocket for the “missing” money. Yes, we are the money tree, whose fruit is always hanging from its branches. There is NEVER a time, at least to politicians, when the money tree lays bare and there is no fruit to pick.

Well, I’m here to tell my august legislature that the money tree is bare. Buck nekked bare. Lying fallow, waiting for nourishment before it will blossom again. And, oh by the way, not waiting for the “fertilizer” that it is constantly fed by craven politicians. Where there was once easy pickens, there is none.

What can’t our “representatives”, who are supposed to be in touch with their electorate, understand this simple fact? Why must we be once again insulted and affronted with the threat of the loss of local aid, given the amount of revenues (of all kinds) that the state collects from us citizens. This constant threat of local aid cuts, BEFORE a single cost cutting measure is implemented in the hierarchy of state government, is getting to be a tired threat.

And I guarantee a threat that won’t elicit fear, but ire. If local aid is cut in Massachusetts, without a significant cut in the state’s budget elsewhere, then I GUARANTEE that it will be an interesting election season this fall. I promise that I will work tirelessly to “retire” those gutless legislators politicians who take this opportunity to push the “Easy Button” (apologies to Staples!) in lieu of doing the heavy lifting that we hire them to do. We’re all tapped out, and we’re not going to take this abuse of government any more. We may not look angry, but I assure every single one of you on Beacon Hill that we are. And our displeasure will be recorded on the first Tuesday in November.

So, follow through with this scheme to reduce local aid at your own political peril. You have been warned.

Let the games begin!

Yes, this morning a new item that appeared on the White House bill of fare for Barack Obama after the remarkable win by Scott Brown in Massachusetts.

Humble pie.

That’s right, the formerly hubris-soaked POTUS will now have to ramp down his goals now that it’s not a sure bet that his agenda can’t be rammed down our throats any more like feed down the gullet of a pâté goose. If he’s a realist, he’s going to have to eat a heaping helping of humble pie and change his political tack from hard left to more centrist. He can make this adjustment kicking-and-screaming, or he can change for the benefit of the American people. And we all know that ‘change’ is an entrenched word in his lexicon.

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, then the legislative power that Obama let slip through his fingers by his politically-hyperactive agenda must have left him with a god-man syndrome not experienced since the Pharaohs. Oh what a power trip it must have been. But the operative word in that last sentence is ‘must’…because Obama is now assuredly (and essentially) a lame duck as a progressive and he will have to adapt to circumstances beyond his control in order to create or salvage a presidential legacy for himself.

Because it’s all gone for him. Over the span of a mere thirteen hours the voters in the bluest and ‘moonbattiest’ of the United States sent a rejection notice regarding Obama’s agenda, in particular regarding health care, to him and the remainder of the megalomaniac, Democrat-controlled Congress. Even to the most hardened Democrats in Mass., the stench of backroom deals, special interests cave ins and liberty infringements in Washington was just too much. At their core, even the most politically-marbled Democrats are still US citizens with an acute awareness of their Constitutional rights and liberties.

So, here we are at the 1st anniversary of his inauguration. What lesson will Mr. Obama take away from the amazing result of yesterday’s special senatorial election? Will the unexpected and improbable result be the cause of introspection and a re-evaluation of the unpopular policies of the current administration?

My first inclination is NOT LIKELY! The president and his advisers are motivated progressives, and they will be unwilling to let the gold ring of health care “reform” slip from their grasp from this setback, regardless of how the tea leaves read. Does anyone think that the results of a single election will chasten these hard line oligarchs and one-worlders?

However, and there always is a however, these are also craven politicians that we’re talking about. I believe that Obama and his minions enjoy their position and their power, and if they don’t do SOMETHING then they will enjoy a short tenure in their positions. Whether they admit their recognition of the plain and simple truth or not, they do I assure you. The present political zeitgeist is the oxygen in the atmosphere that they inhabit. Without their finger on the pulse of the public they cannot craft an adequate populist stance on issues.

So, if Obama and the Democrats don’t engage in the requisite introspection and contrition after Scott Brown’s victory, then it’s up to us to DEMAND IT. We need to make it abundantly clear that we first and foremost want public servants willing to do our bidding…and not craven politicians who feather their own nests using swag and support from special interests and party politicos. We expect them to learn their lessons from this watershed moment in Massachusetts, and we need to impress upon them that if they don’t, they will be gone on our terms, not theirs.

Because the premiere lesson to be learned from last night’s victory by Senator-elect Brown is that the political positions in the White House and in the Congress don’t belong to them, they belong to us.

And yesterday should have been a shining reminder of that one simple fact…

Okay, the campaign is just about over. Not many hours remain in this fight to be our next U.S. Senator, and the choice couldn’t be clearer.

On the one side, we have the Democrat Martha Coakley who represents the entrenched, corrupt majority party in Washington, DC (and in our home state of Massachusetts). Candidate Coakley has closely aligned herself with the contemptible and unpopular Obama legislative agenda, and she has indicated she will be a reliable 60th vote for all his cockamamie schemes. She is undoubtedly a cog in the powerful Democratic political machine.

On the other hand, we have Republican Scott Brown, an independent-minded statesman who has directly indicated that he will be the 41st vote for a successful Republican filibuster to derail the odious Obamacare legislation that is now being conferenced behind closed doors by the Democrat leaders.

Scott has run a magnificent, positive campaign that has focused on his citizen-centric political philosophy. He understands and has understood that the seat he is running for belongs to US, the people of Massachusetts. He has worked hard, criss-crossing the state –  shaking hands, meeting people and getting his message out there. He wants the job because he wants to REPRESENT us and be a voice for our concerns. And his observation during the last senatorial debate that it “isn’t the Kennedy seat, not the Democrat’s seat — it’s the people’s seat” galvanized even the most skeptical fence-sitting independents (and erstwhile Democrats) who sat on the fence until that time.

So, it’s now time to take action. It’s time to cast our precious votes. It’s time to take back our government and restore sanity and balance to the political circus in Washington. We in Massachusetts have the unique opportunity to loudly reject the far-left policies of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi troika, and to reset the thinking and the political landscape in the nation’s capital. Certainly we can accept and embrace the status quo in government and allow our Constitutional rights to be run over roughshod, or we can act as the first patriots did in our great state and chose the candidate who will act as a brake to the unpopular, socialist plans. And the candidate who will observe unwavering allegiance to the Constitution.

Please join me tomorrow as I cast my vote for Scott Brown for U.S. Senator. Scott has the demonstrated legislative record, temperament and background to be an outstanding United States senator. I believe that he will make us proud of our vote for him, and as a result we will finally get a long-overdue balance of political viewpoint in our senatorial delegation.

Get out tomorrow and vote for Scott.

GO SCOTT, GO!!!!

Until I read Massachusetts Senate Bill 2028, I don’t think I’ve read a more sweeping piece of proposed legislation that tramples on both the US and state Constitutional rights of citizens in our Commonwealth. And for this bill to have been unanimously passed by the MA Senate speaks volumes to the (not so) hidden contempt that they have for the Constitution or us citizens.

The link to the bill on the Mass legis system may be found HERE.

Now, I understand that this is 2009 and we’re almost to the point where we’re flying around in Jetson’s cars. Society is, after all, advancing. But the one thing that cannot change is the relationship of the average citizen to their constitutional rights, regardless of how much time has passed since our adoption (as a country) of this document.

Senate bill 2028, under the guise of an emergency, a pandemic, allows the government to intrude into our lives in ways that are in direct opposition to the constitutional rights of the individual. For example, in Section 2B (b), during a declared health emergency the Mass. Public Health Commissioner may authorize:

  1. to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises;
  2. to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility, and to allow the reopening of the building or facility when the danger has ended;
  3. to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, or to destroy any material;
  4. to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
  5. to require a health care facility to provide services or the use of its facility, or to transfer the management and supervision of the health care facility to the department or to a local public health authority;
  6. to control ingress to and egress from any stricken or threatened public area, and the movement of persons and materials within the area;
  7. to adopt and enforce measures to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste and human remains, provided that religious, cultural, family, and individual beliefs of the deceased person shall be followed to the extent possible when disposing of human remains, whenever that may be done without endangering the public health;
  8. to procure, take immediate possession from any source, store, or distribute any antitoxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies located within the commonwealth as may be necessary to respond to the emergency;
  9. to require instate health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination, or testing of any individual as a condition of licensure, authorization, or the ability to continue to function as a health care provider in the commonwealth;
  10. to waive the commonwealth’s licensing requirements for health care professionals with a valid license from another state in the United States or whose professional training would otherwise qualify them for an appropriate professional license in the commonwealth;
  11. to allow for the dispensing of controlled substances by 103 appropriate personnel consistent with federal statutes as necessary for the prevention or treatment of illness;
  12. to authorize the chief medical examiner to appoint and prescribe the duties of such emergency assistant medical examiners as may be required for the proper performance of the duties of the office;
  13. to collect specimens and perform tests on any animal, living or deceased;
  14. to exercise authority under sections 95 and 96 of chapter 111;
  15. to care for any emerging mental health or crisis counseling needs that individuals may exhibit, with the consent of the individuals.

Also found in Section 13 (95) (b):

  1. to vaccinate or provide precautionary prophylaxis to individuals as protection against communicable disease and to prevent the spread of communicable or possibly communicable disease, provided that any vaccine to be administered must not be such as is reasonably likely to lead to serious harm to the affected individual;

So, now we have a proposed law, written under the aegis of “public safety” that essentially declares martial law on its citizens during a time of health crisis…and it thwarts or abridges many of our constitutional rights and liberties like the right to privacy, the right to freely assemble, and the right to have control of our own bodies. Perhaps the Massachusetts Senate was taking advantage of presidential adviser Rahm Emmanuels’ theory that you should never let a crisis go to waste. So, why not use a pandemic or other health situation to unleash a major governmental power play?

The Constitution is set up as a framework that defines and then assures the protection of the personal rights and liberties enumerated within it. Furthermore, the government is society’s watchdog that our rights are vigorously protected. Senate bill 2028 replaces the precious rights of the individual and substitutes the needs of society at large in their place. This is not only wrong, it is madness. Each individual person is the custodian of their rights and liberties. If each of us allows our rights to be abridged or co-opted by legislators who claim to be looking out for our collective interests, then we can expect to have our individual rights either ignored or trampled by future  well-meaning legislation that can be dreamed up by our “protectors.”

Perhaps the members of the legislature need to be vigorously reminded that they represent us, not rule us! Because truth be told, the provisions of 2028 sound more like commands from an autocratic ruler rather than carefully crafted provisions that first and foremost protect the individual rights of the citizens they purport to protect.

Now, having said what I just said, I don’t want to see a pandemic kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of citizens. But I personally would rather take the chance of succumbing to the swine flu or some other pathogen with all of my Constitutional rights intact than surviving with rights provided to me (via 2028) as a cog in a larger machine.

When all is said and done, damn it, we are freeborn Americans with protected rights. These rights are too precious for me to allow them to be superseded FOR ANY REASON. Because once we start to slide down the slippery slope that is embodied by Senate bill 2028, we can expect to see our rights further eroded with future, well-meaning, legislation.

In these matters you can count me out!

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