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Do Democrats In Massachusetts Share Your Priorities?

Mar 07, 2018 06:02AM ● Published by Brian Genest

State House

Democrats on Beacon Hill have some strange priorities. 

Spending, shenanigans and stupidity are at the top of the list. 

If you’re a legal citizen who works, pays taxes and believes in the Constitution, your priorities probably didn’t make the cut with the jackasses…

Is letting illegal immigrants vote one of your priorities?

A herd of Beacon Hill donkeys has sponsored a bill to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections. (Editor's clarification: The bill in question would not directly give non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections. Rather, it would give municipalities the authority to allow non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections.)

It’s a real who’s-who list of Bay State Democrats, including State Rep. David Rogers of Cambridge, State Rep. Kay Khan of Newton and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton. 

You get the ultra-liberal idea. Apparently, they didn’t get news that most favor voter-ID laws.

Democrat lawmakers in Massachusetts don’t appear to be big on the law.

Is making Massachusetts a sanctuary state one of your priorities?

Letting “non-citizens” vote in local elections isn’t enough for Jamie Eldridge; the “bueno” senator also wants to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. 

Jamie Eldridge and 50 fellow leftist wackos, including State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), have co-sponsored a bill to outlaw law and order, literally. 

Their brilliant proposal would prohibit local and state law enforcement from enforcing Federal immigration laws in the state. They gave it a cute name: The Safe Communities Act.

Progressive and proud = shameless and stupid.

Is providing healthcare for illegal immigrants one of your priorities?

Speaking of stupid, let’s put state spending in perspective. This year, $2 billion will be shelled out on healthcare for illegal immigrants through MassHealth.

Local aid – the tax dollars sent back to the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts for schools, public safety, public works and other critical needs – is expected to be just over $1 billion. 

Healthcare for illegal aliens costs twice as much as local aid. Sick!

Meanwhile, Democrats voted against weeding out fraud in the MassHealth system. One of them is State Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover), who also represents Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury. Practically no one even noticed (compared to when Barbara L’Italien didn’t pay her taxes), despite the fact she’s running for Congress in a district she doesn’t live in

Democrats know no shame, especially in Massachusetts. And there’s no carpetbagger like one in protected-class high heels.

Is increasing state debt one of your priorities?

The state budget for fiscal year 2018 is a record $39.4 billion. There’s only one small problem: the state doesn’t have the money. Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed $320 million in spending – less than 1% of the total budget. Democrats voted to override the governor’s vetoes, so the state will be deficit spending hundreds of millions of dollars for the third year in a row.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts is already more than $80 billion in debt. Nothing to see here, folks…

Is giving state legislators an “emergency” pay raise one of your priorities?

State legislators knew just what to do in response to tough economic times. First, they voted themselves a pay raise and cashed in to the tune of $18 million. Next, they accessed the money right away by making the pay raise bill “emergency” legislation.

State Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) got an 11% raise and State Sen. Barbara L’Italien got a 62% raise. 

Crisis averted!

[Related: How huge is your state legislator’s pay raise?]

Is shelling out huge salaries for UMass administrators and coaches one of your priorities?

Legislative salaries are chump change compared to the big paydays for the top feeders at UMass. 

Chancellor Marty “Midas” Meehan is number five on the state payroll’s top earners’ list at $614,381.57 a year

This is the same Marty Meehan who spent $100,000 on a weeklong celebration – of himself –while students were facing a 5% tuition increase. It was the same story about considering more tuition hikes again last year, rather than belt-tightening. 

BTW, four of Meehan’s colleagues at UMass top the list. Some six-figure coaches are a bit further down.

Nice work, if you can get it. 

Is paying weed commission employees high salaries one of your priorities?

Those getting “work” at the “Cannabis Control Commission” are going to be living high on the hog!

Some “employees” are already on the payroll for more than $120,000.

It’s high time at the state feeding trough. 

Is switching our time zone one of your priorities?

Timing, in life, is everything. Ask State Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell). 

As chair of a “special commission,” Eileen Donoghue spent our tax dollars to examine the possibility of moving to Atlantic Standard Time. If you need a good laugh, check out the results of the commission’s study.

Admittedly, Donoghue has been very, very busy. She’s recently ruled out another run for Congresstried to become the senate president and ultimately appears to be settling for the Lowell City Manager’s gig as her consolation prize. 

What a great time to be an entrenched Democrat. 

Is silencing free speech one of your priorities?

There’s no bigger entrenched Democrat than State Rep. Colleen Garry (D-Dracut). She wants to keep it that way – by regulating, penalizing and stopping free speech.

Colleen Garry filed a bill to shred the First Amendment, silence her political opponents and make sure no one hurts her feelings. And it backfired, big time.

Collen Garry caused an outcry of opposition to her proposal, with the Lowell SunMassachusetts Fiscal AllianceBoston Herald and Boston Globe all coming out against her unconstitutional and completely ridiculous bill.

Irony: Colleen Garry was fined $5,000 by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance for not keeping adequate campaign finance records for many years and now wants to amend the very law she violated! Clearly, Colleen Garry is a legislator who really knows how to work the system, for herself. 

Is paying more to drive in Massachusetts one of your priorities?

If this news about the system doesn’t give you road rage, nothing will. The latest bad idea being rolled out is new tolls. Everywhere.

Let’s break down this clunker of a bill from Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn): The state will get paid, every time you drive. Anywhere. 

He wants to put tolls on Route 93, Route 95, Route 1 and Route 2. Why? To pay for transportation. (He must have forgotten about the gas tax, sales tax, excise tax and the $500 million transportation tax hike.)

Time to hit the brakes and find the money in the existing budget. Somewhere.

Is offering an “unspecified” gender on state IDs one of your priorities?
State Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) has filed a bill for 
gender-neutral driver’s licenses.

She wants to make sure no one has anxiety when applying for a state ID. Her idea is to offer three sex choices on the RMV form: Male, Female and Other.

Biological reality? Forget about it! Feelings and self-identification are the new norm. 

Jesus, take the wheel.

(Brian Genest is a member of the Dracut Republican Town Committee.)

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