Author Archives: CriticalDan

An insult to Animal House

Publisher’s Note:  On June 14, 2011 House Speaker Robert DeLeo cleared Representative Mark Cusack of any wrongdoing.  – Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno Okay… So apparently while the rest of the country recoils in disgust from Congressman Weiner’s online displays of, um, Weinerdom, our Massachusetts Democratic Legislators have the exact opposite response – and seek to ‘keep up with the Joneses’…

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Patrick reaches again for the taxpayers’ credit card

There is a lot of frustration out there today about Governor Patrick’s announcement this week that approximately four thousand state employees will soon receive a three percent raise in pay, at a total annual cost of somewhere around $10 million.  Even the Globe instinctively recognizes the incongruity of this move with the Commonwealth’s still ugly budget reality, writing in the…

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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week (June 10, 2011)

The Real Cost of the Auto Bailouts – David Skeel [Wall Street Journal] President Obama’s visit to a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, on Friday was the culmination of a campaign to portray the auto bailouts as a brilliant success with no unpleasant side effects. “The industry is back on its feet,” the president said, “repaying its debt, gaining ground.”…

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“I love it when a plan comes together.”

The  Globe’s front page this morning blares the headline: “US Overrules Patrick on Immigration.”  Here’s the meat:

The US government will force the state of Massachusetts to join a controversial federal program to detect and deport illegal immigrants, despite Governor Deval Patrick’s refusal to endorse it, a senior Homeland Security official said yesterday. Patrick’s rejection of the Secure…

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Patrick/Murray reverse course (again!) on Secure Communities

Remember the Secure Communities Program?  If you don’t, read this and this for quick background. Nutshell: Governor Patrick took some well-deserved flak late in the 2010 Governor’s race for his clumsy prevarication on Massachusetts’ failure to join the vast majority of other states in a federal program under which state and local law enforcement officials provide finger print information on…

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