Author Archives: ConsEph

Freddie Mac Woes and Newt

The SEC announced today that it had filed securities fraud charges against former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives for misleading statements made during the run-up to the housing securities market collapse. http://sec.gov/news/press/2011… Richard Syron who had held several senior posts in Boston area enterprises was Freddie Mac’s CEO during this time period and was amongst those against whom charges…

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Good Work If You Can Get It – Methuen / Ayer Edition

While 10’s of 1.000’s of unemployed Massachusetts residents struggle to find work we have yet another example of the public sector being totally out of touch with the reality facing those who fund their operations.  Today’s example is courtesy of the Methuen and Ayer Housing Authorities with a tip of the cap to the Dracut Housing Authority. Today’s Lowell Sun…

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Core Competencies First, Please

MAGOP Chair Nassour has barely issued her announcement that she would be stepping down in October to prepare for the birth of her third child, congratulations!, and to provide time for the incoming interim chair to get ready for the all important 2012 elections when the names began flying.  Here we have a Blute, there we have a Polito and…

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Another Nationwide Search

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) I have been disappointed with the results of transportation reform and the performance of Secretary Mullan. Whether it be his handling of Lightgate, the culture of cover-up running throughout MassDOT or the terrible performance of the MBTA and commuter rail under his watch, just ask the people stranded for hours in the…

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The Myth of Transparency

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) The Patrick, Murray, DeLeo Administration has made a great deal about improving transparency in the Commonwealth’s governance. They have even established a special sections of the Mass.gov website devoted to transparency  http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=mg… In his welcoming remarks to the “new” website (I qualify the reference to new as there is no date…

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Capuano – Supporting Weiner

Our esteemed Congressman and erstwhile Senate candidate, Michael Capuano, has finally come out and spoken about the actions of his former Washington DC roommate, Anthony Weiner. In this article from The Boston Channel http://www.thebostonchannel.co… our Congressman is quoted: “Based on what I know, he has made some inappropriate decisions and taken some inappropriate actions. But none of them violate the…

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