Author Archives: CriticalDan

Summertime, and the Living is Easy

Post by Daisy The Patrick/Murray administration announced yesterday that our esteemed Governor and Lieutenant Governor are embarking on a summer “listening tour.” They’ll be taking time out of their busy schedules to talk with the public, to listen to our frustrations and our concerns. Well that’s not a bad idea. Surely they will be going to all parts of the…

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Governor Patrick: Leading from Beyond

It is not unusual to find in our Governor faint echoes of President Obama’s defining traits.  This week brings yet another example.  Whereas in foreign affairs the President is contentedly “leading from behind,” in the Commonwealth’s ongoing budget debate Governor Patrick is “leading from beyond.”  Beyond the Commonwealth’s borders, that is.  And not really leading at all. All…

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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week – June 24, 2011

Obama vs. ATMs: Why Technology Doesn’t Destroy Jobs – Russell Roberts (Wall Street Journal) The story goes that Milton Friedman was once taken to see a massive government project somewhere in Asia. Thousands of workers using shovels were building a canal. Friedman was puzzled. Why weren’t there any excavators or any mechanized earth-moving equipment? A government official explained that using…

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Miscellany: Of snitchin’, fuzzy math, the Gov’s debt to Whitey, and MA’s Insane Clown Posse



No Snitchin’! As part of their legislative ethics revamp package rolled out this week, House Republicans proposed a “snitch rule,”  requiring any legislator with knowledge of unethical conduct by his or  her colleagues to, well, snitch.  Which  calls to mind this iconic movie ending  (the violence-averse should skip to the 35 second mark).  Of course a  snitch rule would not…

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Maine on Tax Cuts: “YES WE CAN!”

Post by Libby Lucia Over the next week, legislative leaders on Beacon Hill will be putting the finishing touches on the state budget.  The clock is ticking to finalize the negotiations and send it to the Governor for his review and signature before the start of the next fiscal year that begins on July 1st. As these negotiations continue, the…

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