Massachusetts wants to hike taxes on heels of $30 million welfare fraud, finds citizens unenthusiastic

posted at 3:21 pm on February 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Every time government leaders come back to taxpayers for more money, they are saying to you, “As we see it, this government is running like a perfectly well-oiled machine, and there is nowhere possible we could imagine extracting this money except from you.”

In Massachusetts, the juxtaposition of Gov. Deval Patrick’s requests for a grab bag of tax and fee hikes with last week’s revelation of millions in state and federal welfare waste and fraud has Massachusetts residents noticing just how little respect Patrick has for their wallets. I would have thought this realization came with the address, but it’s healthy nonetheless.

The state’s welfare chief Daniel Curley was forced to resign last week after a report found his department had been wasting millions in federal and state taxpayer funds:

The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.

The shocking report, released to the Herald last night, found that the Department of Transitional Assistance has lost track of 47,087 households on welfare — or one out of 10 of the total 478,000 who received DTA mailings.

The welfare department also admitted that it overpaid federal food stamp recipients by a whopping $27.8 million since 2010.

And, a possible $25 million a year lost in state taxpayer funds:

A state watchdog agency’s study of information submitted to the state by welfare recipients found errors and eligibility concerns with an average annual cost to taxpayers of about $25 million per year.

According to Inspector General Glenn Cunha’s report, dated on Wednesday and posted on his website but not widely released, investigators discovered potential eligibility concerns that could result in the termination of benefits in about 9 percent of the households receiving benefits under the program known as Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children and designed to provide assistance to the poorest residents of Massachusetts.

In mid-January state Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said examiners with the office’s Bureau of Special Investigations found evidence of $1,334,019 in fraudulently obtained public assistance benefits and services.

Bump said examiners completed 1,769 investigations in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 (July through September), identifying 246 people defrauding the state out of food stamps, health care benefits, public housing or cash assistanc

Taxpayers who hear about this blatant fraud and abuse of the money the state takes from them and wonder why the hell it’s coming to them for more money are not heartless; they are sensible. The people who allow money taken from taxpayers to help low-income families to be squandered are the heartless ones. They are the ones who are failing their fellow citizens, both those who give assistance and those who need it. If a private company were engaging in a similar level of abuse of its customers and waste of their money and trust, liberals would rightly decry that company’s betrayal. But their standards are inexplicably different for the government, which is easily less efficient and more abusive than any local cable company, and has the unique ability to compel its “customers” with police force and the threat of incarceration.

Meanwhile, Patrick is asking for $1.02 billion a year in new taxes and fees.

Governor Deval Patrick launched a public campaign Monday to win support for raising taxes to repair and reinvigorate the state’s beleaguered transportation system, seeking ­Beacon Hill approval for $1.02 billion a year in new or higher taxes and fees dedicated to transportation.

In a sign of a shifting political landscape, legislative leaders ­acknowledged that more money is needed to shore up the state’s transportation system and that they are open to discussing tax increases, a nonstarter in previous efforts to ­address the long-simmering transportation funding crisis.

As in Maryland and D.C., this new tax money is for roads and infrastructure. Who could object to that? Well, there are the people who notice the state government has been neglecting that core responsibility only to use it again and again as its rationalization to take more money from them. There are apparently many Bay State residents, including constituents of Democrats, who have not gotten the memo about the “shifting political landscape.”

“Folks are really ticked off,” said state Rep. James R. Miceli (D-Wilmington). “I haven’t seen it like this since 1990. … There’s no support out there whatsoever in my district. They’re not going to bite the bullet.”…

“People are shell-shocked,” said state Rep. Theodore C. Speliotis (D-Danvers). “It’s folks who when they read the Herald about an abuse at the DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance), about EBT cards, they put that together and it really makes people very angry and frustrated. The middle class has always felt they bear the brunt of the burden.”…

“Dead on arrival,” Peterson said. “There is not one person I’ve heard from that’s in favor of this. Not one.”

Patrick and his allies will say the $25 million in wasted annual state money and the $30 million in federal money is a drop in the bucket he must fill to meet the state’s needs, so it’s silly to argue that correcting waste and fraud can fix every fiscal problem. Yes, it is less than he says he needs, but there’s a hole in the bucket, dear Deval, and you must fix it, dear Deval, dear Deval, fix it. Tens of millions of dollars is not a drop in the bucket to normal people who will likely never see a tenth of that amount in their lives.

Watching government officials downplay lost $25 millions while tsk-tsking them to cough up another $1.02 billion has a way of rubbing people the wrong way. Oh, and it cost taxpayers another bundle in overtime pay for DTA employees charged with cleaning up the million-dollar mess it had made.

All this and the nanny staters won’t even let you have a Happy Hour. Liberal paradise, this.

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In the meanwhile IRS audits on charities are up, into the sky.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Massachusetts voted these clowns in and they can live with it. We really do elect the government we deserve. Some of us, anyway.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I live in MA. If we had politicians and bureaucrats that were simply incompetent, that would be an upgrade.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

The land/state of fraudulent moochers/Looters

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

It’s a race with California. For who, at the end of this year, will have the nations highest state income tax rate.

jake49 on February 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Leftists are always tyrannical thugs.

Where are the trolls of HA? Axeladolph must have them in camp, re-educating session.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Massachusetts voted these clowns in and they can live with it. We really do elect the government we deserve. Some of us, anyway.

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Massholes voted those people into office. So they can just get their wallets out and SHUT UP!

GarandFan on February 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Another miserable Mass. resident here. This combined with the awful weather about to break out on Friday makes me want to bolt for good.

cdog0613 on February 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

You have my sympathy. I know whereof you speak as I live in Michigan, which has heretofore, been solidly blue. It’s a nightmare existence.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I have zero faith in the Massachusetts electorate… If they elect a communist like Elizabeth Warren to the Senate then they would not give a damn about their taxes going up… I hope that they prove me wrong…

mnjg on February 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Left MA for NH 8 years ago. Sadly the moonbats have followed and are voting blue. Just a matter of time before NH voters vote for “more free stuff” (sic).

philw1776 on February 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I also live in MA. The best part is having a brother for president and a brother for governor.

Led by brothers! I’m sure prosperity is right around the corner.

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

In Massachusetts, the juxtaposition of Gov. Deval Patrick’s requests for a grab bag of tax and fee hikes with last week’s revelation of millions in state and federal welfare waste and fraud has Massachusetts residents noticing just how little respect Patrick has for their wallets.

A small glimmer of hope in a state where “low information voters” sent a blue-eyed blonde fake Indian to represent them in the U.S. Senate.

wren on February 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I’m sure if they had a bigger budget, they could hire more people to crack down on fraud. /

Liam on February 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine…

This isn’t a thread about pervert marriage or abortion, FYI.

Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Nobody wants you, trolltard, except perhaps to hog-tie you to a chair and leave your computer logged into HotAir so you can only watch the adults run the conversation.

But since the mods refuse to ban ANY of the trolls, here you stay.

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I also live in MA. The best part is having a brother for president and a brother for governor.

Led by brothers! I’m sure prosperity is right around the corner.

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Not until you fix your roads. Worst I have EVER seen.
And this opinion goes back to the late 70′s

Jabberwock on February 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Hey the voters in Mass will pony up the taxes … those guys are complete fools (something in the water?).

Nothing to see here.

HondaV65 on February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Is there bno end?

StevC on February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

You have my sympathy. I know whereof you speak as I live in Michigan, which has heretofore, been solidly blue. It’s a nightmare existence.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I hear horror stories from that place almost as much as I hear about $hitcago. Share a few of yours?

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Or if you prefer coward.

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Shouldn’t you be “whining” that Emperor Hussein Obama has deemed himself authority of using drones to kill Americans without impunity?

You would be whining if it was Bush/Cheney doing it.

Libtard hypocrite.

sentinelrules on February 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I grew up in that miserable state and left as soon as I was able to. But now I’m in California, which may even be worse (though warmer, which is no small thing).

But Patrick, take a look at Baltimore. That’s the certain future — the certain death — of your policies. A child could figure it out.

http://sistertoldjah.com/archives/2013/02/06/baltimore-facing-financial-ruin-as-a-result-of-high-taxes-escalating-spending-population-exodus/

rrpjr on February 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Did you read the artical ?
That was local Dem politicians whinning. And whinning LARGE.
In MA no less.

Jabberwock on February 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

lost we will all await your comments. Feel free to leave them on the original threads.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Let me whine about the culture of the brothers. Show me where the brother culture has ever produced value.

Lostmotherland?? Doesn’t your culture prefer lost fathers?

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Whats wrong lost? You win an election, yet still getting daily beatings? Fine by me. Let the beatings continue until your morale improves.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Oh, and stop your whining. The beatings will continue.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I can’t wait until the people of the US finally get the clue that their SSA ‘accounts’ have no money in them because the government can’t keep their money year to year and must spend it as it comes in. Some IOU vouchers in the way of bonds, yeah, but those are getting cashed out as we speak since the program is now in the red.

Ditto the M&Ms.

Yes, the greatest fraud is telling people that they have all that lovely cash awaiting them for some golden day, and that its all gone.

If you think a bit of a problem with a few million in MA is bad, just wait until its revealed just what a Ponzi Scheme the federal entitlements are.

ajacksonian on February 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

C’mon, let’s impregnate as many sisters as possible. Then we can whine about greedy whitey keeping all his money from the needy offspring.

You libs need us and our money to keep the plantation going. We need nothing from the likes of you.

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

You’re dumber than a sack full of sesquipedalians.

HumpBot Salvation on February 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I hear horror stories from that place almost as much as I hear about $hitcago. Share a few of yours?

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Our roads suck. The public schools are a disgrace (used to be top notch, until the schools of education and the unions buggered them up), Detroit is a cesspool formerly run by a felon, and 50 years of Democrat rule have reduced it to rubble, and our former governor, late of Current TV and Stanford University is an idiot. If you need more personal stories, let me know. I have plenty. ;)

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Low IQ communist scum and slave of the State… We are only exposing the deadly danger of communism known as a liberalism… It is basically stealing the producers money and give it to the parasites who vote for the communists… and of course working hard on taking our freedoms away… Now go and f*** yourself…

PS: Your username is the ultimate WHINE… Lostmotherland…

mnjg on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

No that feel… I’m in MD. The wannabe California of the East coast.

Gatsu on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Let me whine about the culture of the brothers. Show me where the brother culture has ever produced value.

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Now don’t be an evil knuckledragging racist! Just look at all the vast world-changing empires that Africa produced, like…er…um…ah…

I mean, look at how they’ve gone from dependency on astonerii’s and Dante’s plantation-owning ancestors to dependency on Democrat welfare…whoops, wait, I didn’t mean that, I swear!

Wait, I know! Just look at how all the places where the brother culture and gun-control laws are the rule! They’re practically utopias…yeah…that’s it…utopias…

And don’t forget that the vast majority of black children are illegitim – I mean totally wanted by both their mothers and fathers and grow up in strong 2-parent households!

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.

The election is over. The rat-eared wonder won. What possible difference could this fraud make at this point?

It’s the left’s mantra now that their guy got another four years to destroy the nation.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings.

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It makes you wonder just how bad all the others are doing since FOX still has more viewers than all the other news channels COMBINED.

HotAirian on February 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

No whining…. you voted for these idgits

cmsinaz on February 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Has any of you Mass folk been following Willie Lantigua up in Lawrence. His basically running his own banana republic there.

rhombus on February 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Looks like I had too many links in my reply to Melon. It may have disappeared. *sigh*

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I went to Boston once for business….what a shithole…
Hated it – I don’t see why anyone lives there.

redguy on February 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

No that feel… I’m in MD. The wannabe California of the East coast.

Gatsu on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Pshaw! MD will never be the California of the East coast. MA, NY, and NJ are the big dogs in that battle. MD will be the Oregon or Washington state of the East coast. Commie-lite for lack of the kind of budgets and power those other states enjoy.

Meanwhile on the other side of the Potomac (other than DC itself) sanity is in greater evidence.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Attention Massachusetts Leftists:

Give it up. You will never, ever out-corrupt, out-boondoggle, out-scam, and out-spend my home state, the People’s Republic of Illinois!

Bwahahaha!

visions on February 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

*crickets*

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I hear horror stories from that place almost as much as I hear about $hitcago. Share a few of yours?

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Let me try this again. Our roads suck. A felon is the former mayor of Detroit. Detroit is a cesspool after 50 years of Democrat rule. And, our former governor,late of Current TV and Stanford University, is an idiot. There’s plenty more where that came from. ;)

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Do it! Voters must start paying for their support of the welfare state.

Charlemagne on February 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Yep. Definitely too many links. Three seems to be the ceiling.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

It is, which I am bad to forget. Lol!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

lml voted for Obama and Democrats. I guess he hates himself. :)

22044 on February 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Two parts, Melon:

Part One:

Our roads suck.

Detroit’s former mayor is a felon.

Part Two to follow.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Part Two for Melon:

Detroit is a cesspool, thanks to 50 years of Democrat rule.

And, our former governor,late of Current TV and Stanford University is an idiot.

There’s plenty more where that came from. ;)

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Here’s the test:

Conservatives could agree to all live together without any libs in the region. What would the lib version look like? Could they survive without conservatives to steal from?

Libs love their conservative betters because they need the fruits of our hard work. What do we need from them?

Nemesis of Jihad on February 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

It is, which I am bad to forget. Lol!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I should have learned from your post! Instead I got cocky. . .. Corrected now. :D

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I went to Boston once for business….what a shithole…
Hated it – I don’t see why anyone lives there.

redguy on February 6, 2013 at 3:57 PM

In defense…

Beautiful state… beaches, mountains, lakes, woods…
History: cradle of liberty, Old North Church, Lexington & Concord, Bunker & Breeds Hill…
Yes, Boston is Northeastern City (aka union mob-run shit-hole) and I wouldn’t live there either.

rhombus on February 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Perfect your citizens Padre Booker. Tax them into patriotic utopia.

tom daschle concerned on February 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Off to range. Enjoy, all.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Hey, I think we just found one of those 47,000 missing families.

You’re dumber than a sack full of sesquipedalians.

HumpBot Salvation on February 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Heh, that’s gotta be crossin’ the line.

antipc on February 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Left MA for NH 8 years ago. Sadly the moonbats have followed and are voting blue. Just a matter of time before NH voters vote for “more free stuff” (sic).

philw1776 on February 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Ain’t it the truth?

I live in Mass (sigh…) and vacation when I can in New Hampshire. Every year it gets more and more like Vermont as the Massholes (yup, that’s what they call us) migrate northwards to escape what they’ve created in Massachusetts, only to bring their liberal lunacy with them…

I don’t think the Old Man in the Mountain crumbled; I’m convinced he jumped when he saw what was happening to his beloved Granite State.

CaptFlood on February 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Oh, hell. I see my post showed up more than once. Apologies, all.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

“The shocking report,” has got to be one the most overused phrases. There is nothing shocking about government waste fraud or abuse, no, not ever. It is to be expected.

Fenris on February 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Off to range. Enjoy, all.

totherightofthem on February 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

have fun!

22044 on February 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Massachusetts wants to hike taxes on heels of $30 million welfare fraud, finds citizens unenthusiastic

…they need money to treat the mental retardation in the public sector!

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Too bad, so sad! This is what the voters wanted, so they had better SUCK IT UP!

DannoJyd on February 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine…

Ecstatic, actually.

Watching the troll beat-down is funny, though.

Almost as funny as watching Kenzi beat pig people with a magic stick.

MichaelGabriel on February 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Whine, whine, whine, whine… Don’t you people ever give it a rest? No wonder FOX news is plunging in the ratings. Who wants to watch a bunch of whiny RINO crybabies?

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

….I think I know why their ratings are declining lostmotherfluker !

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Same here. I left back in ’71 when I was 18 to join the Navy and returned in 2000. I’ve been regretting it ever since.

I detest liberals.

Corky on February 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I’m glad you are looking into Bacon Hill, home of the most corrupt gov’t in the country.

Deval Patrick is Agenda 21. If you don’t like this phrase, let’s just say he works for the UN.

Check out his sustainable development principles.

He wants an extra billion a year to build trains all over the place. So he can lower VMT (vehicle miles traveled).

He wants to penalize owners of V8 engines.

His latest tax proposal is to decrease the sales tax (they always tell us illegals pay taxes, so lets lower that burden) while increasing the state income tax. Aks sticking it to the rich. He is the left wing robin hood.

I could go on and on with example after example. Just keep digging into the most corrupt gov’t in the country.

shanimal on February 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

The massholes deserve it because they voted for it, including a President that is sending this country down the Marxist drain. Enjoy your weekends at the Cape while you still can afford it

HAGGS99 on February 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

lost = *crickets*

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Same here. I left back in ’71 when I was 18 to join the Navy and returned in 2000. I’ve been regretting it ever since.

I detest liberals.

Corky on February 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Don’t feel too bad…I moved here full time 7 years ago, from NYC, and as bad as it is in Tax-achusetts is now, it pales in comparison to how the Empire state is going.

Except, Massachusetts has probably the highest concentration of Hack Pols per citizen anywhere short of Chicago and New Orleans…and that’s saying something.

BlaxPac on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The massholes deserve the taxes and fraud because they elected them, including the marxist President, so enjoy the Cape while you can still afford it

HAGGS99 on February 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

How soon they forget.

How much did MA blow on The Big Dig?

$1B is peanuts.

BobMbx on February 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Patrick and his allies will say the $25 million in wasted annual state money and the $30 million in federal money is a drop in the bucket he must fill to meet the state’s needs, so it’s silly to argue that correcting waste and fraud can fix every fiscal problem.

LOL. Yes, no doubt Massachusetts voters will believe that the incompetency and corruption in the Patrick administration is limited to just the one department. Every other part of his government is a model of efficiency and integrity, right Deval?

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

AZCoyote on February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Lostinlalaland, has it ever occurred to you that you really are a monumental douche…and ought to just STFD and STFU…or FOAD.

Solaratov on February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I’m a drop of red in a blue ocean.

EA_MAN on February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM
No that feel… I’m in MD. The wannabe California of the East coast.

Gatsu on February 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I’m in MD too, place totally sucks. I’m heading for TX in a few short years…

RedInMD on February 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I can’t wait until the people of the US finally get the clue that their SSA ‘accounts’ have no money in them because the government can’t keep their money year to year and must spend it as it comes in. Some IOU vouchers in the way of bonds, yeah, but those are getting cashed out as we speak since the program is now in the red.

ajacksonian on February 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

A compelling argument for the purchase of the 2 billion rounds of .40 caliber JHP rounds that DHS has purchased.

rah1420 on February 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Listen, Northeasteners; I tell you what I told the Californians that are stampeding toward Texas for a sane tax load. if you come down here, LEAVE YOUR LEFTIST IDEAS OF TAXATION AND GOVERNANCE IN THE WASTE CANS AT THE BORDER! We have our OWN ideas- that seem to work pretty well- and we are heavily armed. :)

michaelo on February 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I’m a citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a lifelong Republican. I had some hope back when Brown won the special election, and I’ve volunteered for him, Charlie Baker (GOP candidate for Gov) and Sean Bielat. After this news, you know what the only thing keeping me in the state is?

The deposit my fiancee and I put down on our wedding for next year. Given that we both work for multinational corporations, we’re really not interested in staying around in MA. Maybe we’ll just cross the border to New Hampshire, maybe we’ll bite the bullet and move all the way down to Texas (corporate HQ for me is down there). But no way in hell do we want to put up with the bullshit coming out of Beacon Hill anymore.

DominusNovus on February 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

No ses, no lost, Hmmm….

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Lostinlalaland, has it ever occurred to you that you really are a monumental douche…and ought to just STFD and STFU…or FOAD.

Solaratov on February 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Nah. SomewhereAVillageIsLookingForItsLostIdiot would have to have a brain for that.

Resist We Much on February 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Since I obviously can’t defend what the most liberal Democrat state is doing, I’ll just try and hijack the thread by citing a press release from Faux News’ “competitor” MSNBC.

lostmotherland on February 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Edited for accuracy.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Meanwhile on the other side of the Potomac (other than DC itself) sanity is in greater evidence.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Actually, DC is on the MD side – VA took its part back years ago (Arlington). It’s almost like water in an insanity barrier…

affenhauer on February 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

DominusNovus on February 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

You have NO idea how lucky you are.

Being a member (in good standing) of the VRWC, I can’t seem to take advantage of my Koch Bros connections to earn $$$ to leave East-Chicago…aka: Massachusetts.

BlaxPac on February 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

DominusNovus on February 6, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Whatever. If you didn’t leave yesterday, you’re just another LIV Obama voter, and should stay right where you are, lest you bring your nonsense to a saner state. Just sayin’.

El Salsero on February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Once again I feel that I have to defend my state. I live in Southeastern Mass. On Beacon Hill my representative is Susan Gifford-Williams (GOP), who ran unopposed last fall. In my small town Brown got 60% to 40% for the fake indian. Romney got 52%.

I’ve only voted for a D once (Senator Kennedys’ final election). I voted for him because his opponent refused to debate him, and compared to our Junior Senator, Kennedy actually worked and tried to get things done for this state. Even though I disagreed with most of those things.

I live in a sea of red but we cannot win a statewide election. Why? Because of the union democrat massive corruption machine. In order to have an honest election here, it would require hundreds of GOP observers in every precinct in every city. Go ahead and look at the Brown-Warren election results. She won because the top 5 cities newtered the rest of the state, courtesy of election fraud.

But I will never leave this state again, I can assure you that. I lived in Los Angeles for over a decade, couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Things might be bad here politically, but Southern Cal is a cesspool of all that is wrong with this country.

So spare me the BS that everybody in this state are moonbat leftists. Keep politics in perspective, I don’t judge my friends by their politics. My family and friends are full of leftists and we get along fine as long as we leave politics out of it.

This state and the city of Boston are the best I’ve seen, the people are great even if half of them are left wingers. And I’ve traveled all over the country and all over Europe so I have lots to compare Boston to. The biggest US cesspools I’ve been to are LA, NY, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philly, and Atlanta.

Boston is great, just accept that we cant beat the union democrat corruption machine.

shanimal on February 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Yet business and wealthy people love Massachusetts. What is it with the wealthy and business that draws them to states with commie governments? I’d really like to know so I can try and make some money off it.

woodNfish on February 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

El Salsero on February 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

You’re right. I’m clearly an Obama supporter. My consistent support of Republican candidates, including Governor Perry, must be all some sort of ruse so that when I move to a state where Republicans have a chance, they’ll allow me into their inner circle. You’ve caught onto my plan.

Or, perhaps I should have just left my fiancee behind and high tailed it out of here when the state became too inhospitable for Republicans. Which would’ve been sometime shortly after I was conceived.

DominusNovus on February 7, 2013 at 1:30 AM

there’s a hole in the bucket,

LOL, haven’t heard that one for awhile.
There are multiple holes in all the buckets.

AesopFan on February 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM