Author Archives: CriticalDan

Patronage for me, but not for thee

That seems to be the message sent by Governor Patrick to Barnstable County Sheriff Cummings as the Gov signaled his intention to sign a $325 million supplemental spending bill, using the most exacting of veto scalpels to carve $104,000 from the appropriation.  For those of  you keeping track at home, that means the Governor objected to exactly 0.032 percent of…

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CriticalMASS Top 10 Reads of the Week (April 8, 2011)

Obama promised higher energy costs.  He wasn’t kidding – Editorial [Washington Examiner]
President Obama held a town hall meeting Wednesday at a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fairless Hills, Pa., to promote his Big Green energy agenda. Not everyone in the audience was receptive to his message. When one man failed to clap as Obama talked about government forcing higher…

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Sometimes Reports Reach Obvious Conclusions, New Report Concludes

I’m continually amazed at the time and effort that people put into proving the obvious.  You know what I’m typing about.  “Fast food linked to obesity, study says.”  “Talking on cell phone while driving and applying make-up can pose risks, experts say.”  And my favorite: “Survey: incarceration up despite falling crime.”  Unsurprisingly, Google tells me that someone out there has…

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What we have here is a failure to communicate

Discussing the recent Fidelity flap this week during his semi-regular WTTK appearance, Governor Patrick commented, “This is a plan they had been executing on for a while … As a business person, I get that.”  The seemingly innocuous remark is actually quite significant, and useful to an understanding of how we came to the point where every time our Governor…

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CriticalMASS Top Ten Reads of the Week (April 1, 2011)

The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics – Matthew Continetti [Weekly Standard]
David Koch’s secretary told him the news. This was in February, during the rowdy standoff between Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and demonstrators backing 14 Democratic legislators who’d fled to Illinois rather than vote on a bill weakening public employee unions. Koch’s secretary said that an editor for a left-wing…

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