POLITICAL: Taxachusett’s Tax Revolt still alive

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Is the 3rd Time the Charm — for Rolling Back Taxes?
By Michael Cloud and Carla Howell

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Our Ballot Initiative to Roll Back the Sales Tax is ahead in the polls.

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The Massachusetts revolt continues.

Hope they can pull this off.

They have more lives that a cat and better patriots than here in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee!

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POLITICS: The last of the imperial Kennedys?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Kennedy should resign
By Jeff Jacoby
Globe Columnist / August 23, 2009
The Boston Globe

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RUNNING for reelection in 1982, Senator Ted Kennedy aired a series of sentimental television ads in which longtime supporters spoke of him as an empathetic human being who was no stranger to suffering and sorrow. One of those supporters was 83-year-old Frank Manning, founder of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. “He’s not a plaster saint, he’s not without his faults,’’ Manning said in the ad. “But we wouldn’t want a plaster saint.’’

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They say speak no ill of the dead.

Sorry, but even now we can call them as we see them.

Kennedy’s conduct was an insult to anyone with a shred of human decency. Mary Jo was whitewashed. Any one else would have spent time in jail. What else has been covered over to keep him in office? Disgraceful. More disgraceful to the “liberal leftist” press who failed their sacred trust.

Further, he was a CINO. The classic example of a Catholic In Name Only. He gave public scandal by voting for abortion and everyone gives him a free pass.

It’s not my job to judge. Above my pay grade. But he’s one I don’t understand. Silver spoon and all. He had it all and squandered it.

Eye of the needle.

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LIBERTY: Calling Taxachusett’s voters — CARLA HOWELL’S OP-ED

Monday, September 22, 2008



Below is Carla Howell’s final draft of her Op-Ed Column for the Sunday,
September 21 edition of the Boston Globe:

Why Haven’t You Been Told These Things About Ballot Question 1?

by Carla Howell

Why are 1,350,000 Massachusetts voters already planning to vote YES on
Question 1 to end the state income tax?

First let’s look at what happens if you join those YES voters – and what
happens if you don’t.

If you vote YES, we end the state income tax, let 3.4 million workers
get back an average of $3,700 each, every year, and roll back annual
state government spending to $34.7 billion.

If you vote NO, we keep the state income tax, require those workers to
keep paying an average of $3,700 each every year, and maintain state
government spending at $47.3 billion.

Which choice, which vote is better for the 3.4 million workers and
taxpayers of Massachusetts? Let’s look at some key Massachusetts
government numbers.

The $28.2 billion “budget” figure tossed around is only part of it –
called the Statutory Budget. There are three other parts of the complete
budget: NON-Budgeted Spending, Capital Spending, and Expendable Trust
Spending(1). These four budgets come to $47.3 billion in state
government spending for this year.

Massachusetts cities and towns are spending $27+ billion(2) this year.

That totals $74.3 billion in Massachusetts government spending. Subtract
$5 billion in state funds given to cities and towns (to avoid double
counting) and subtract another $12.6 billion from the state income tax.

What’s left? $56.7 billion for city, town and state governments AFTER we
end the income tax – way more than needed to fund every essential
government service.

Government waste is one reason why so many voters already plan to vote
YES on Question 1. Last April, Fabrizio Surveys asked Massachusetts
voters this question: “How many cents out of every dollar you pay in
state taxes would you say is wasted by the state government?” Their
average estimate was “41 cents.”

Ending the income tax will cut state spending by just 27%, leaving
billions of dollars in state government waste still to cut – without
even touching the waste in local government spending.

There’s one more number that will make you feel at home if you’re
inclined to vote YES on Question 1.

45% of Massachusetts voters already plan to vote YES on Question 1 –
according to three polls, approximately the same number that polls show
will vote against Question 1. With a November 4th voter turnout of 3
million, that comes to a whopping 1,350,000 votes to end the state
income tax.

The numbers show we can easily afford to end the income tax and how many
voters want it. But it’s the benefits to the people of Massachusetts
that make a YES vote on Question 1 a real winner.

Voting YES will give back over $3,700 each, on average, to over 3,400,
000 Massachusetts workers and taxpayers. That’s a $3,700 pay hike for
each of them, not just once, but every year.

It will take $12.6 billion out of the hands of Beacon Hill politicians –
and put it back into the hands of the men and women who earned it. Every

In productive, private hands this $12.6 billion a year will create
hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Massachusetts.

This tax cut will force the state legislature to streamline and cut the
waste out of the Massachusetts state budget.

It will force the state legislature to get rid of the failed, flawed
government programs that don’t work – and often make things worse.

It will make the state legislature accountable to Massachusetts workers
and taxpayers – instead of the government employees, lobbyists, and
special interests who profit from high government spending.

With less government and no income tax, Massachusetts will become a
magnet to private, productive businesses and individuals. This will
bring the state more good jobs and more good workers.

A YES vote will enable Massachusetts families to pay off their mounting
bills and debts – and save thousands of them from home foreclosures and

By making the Massachusetts total tax burden more affordable, we’ll
allow more of our young people to stay in Massachusetts near their
family, their friends, and their home.

These are the reasons why you should vote YES on Question 1 to end the
income tax. It’s not just what’s best for you. It’s what’s best for 3.4
million Massachusetts workers and taxpayers – and their families.

(1) (http://www.mass.gov/Aosc/docs/reports_audits/SBFR/2007_SBFR.pdf
Pages 308 – 312)

&f=dls_mdmstuf_aag_aagindex&csid=Ador , See Fiscal Year 2007 Schedule A,
Actual revenues/expenditures for each town. Adjust up $1.3 billion for
all towns to bring budget current.)

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