Skip to comments.Howie Carr live thread 6/4/07
Posted on 06/04/2007 10:08:14 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie Carr live ping. Column to follow.
Howie Carr live ping
Do us a favor: Stay home!
By Howie Carr
Boston Herald Columnist
Monday, June 4, 2007 - Updated: 12:08 AM EST
Wouldnt it be cheaper if we paid the Legislature not to come to work?
There are so many things wrong with the idea of per diems. For starters, how about with the fact that you are basically bribing them to show up? Talk about the wrong incentive. They wouldnt have become solons if they werent inclined toward stealing.
Am I right, Chris Asselin, formerly of the general court, now inmate 90812-038 at Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institute.
By the way, per diems operate on the honor system. Legislators are taken at their word that they are actually due their traveling allowance for commuting to the State House. I ask you, does that seem wise, sanctioning a practice that requires the use of the phrases honor system and state reps in the same sentence?
How addictive is it to get paid to drive to work? Yesterday I am perusing the printout of sticky-fingered solons and up pops the name of Susan Pope. Talk about forgotten but not gone. Shes the Wayland Republican who last year retired due to ill health - the voters got sick of her. Since then she has futilely tried to jack up her pension on the grounds that her parking space should have been counted as part of her income.
Anyway, Pope was a lame-duck rep for one day this year, but she still managed to put in for her final 18 bucks. One for the road, you might say.
This per-diem issue is a perennial embarrassment at the State House, kind of like House speakers being convicted of felonies. Years ago, when the stipend for the Boston reps was a mere $5 (now its doubled to a sawbuck), a rep from East Boston was caught red-handed. Hed filed for a fin on a day when he was in Rome.
The reporter for this newspaper called the statesman and told him he was busted. There was a silence on the other end and then the solon spoke: For five bucks, youre gonna croak me?
Per diems are the crack cocaine of legislative perks. The hacks are addicted almost instantaneously. Consider the case of Sarah Peake. A year ago she was just another moonbat selectman from Provincetown, best known for demanding that a famous old painting at P-town Town Hall of the Mayflower Compact be removed. See, Sarah objected to the fact that no women were casting ballots in the Max Bohm oil painting. Hey, Sarah, it was 1620, remember?
Peake was elected state rep last November. And it wasnt long before somebody gave her the great news: P-town is so far away that they give you $74 a day just for showing up!
Sarah Peake has already collected $3,922 this year. Shes gone from moonbat to greedy moonbat.
How about Rep. Marie St. Fleur, the Haitian-born state rep from Dorchester who is one of the biggest tax deadbeats in the Legislature? Marie considers paying taxes strictly optional, but by God she keeps bellying up at the treasurers window. Even though she gets only $10 a day, shes already pocketed $530 this year.
After an almost yearly string of low-grade per-diem scandals, the treasurer now says his staff keeps tabs on the process. My suggestion is that for each day a rep files for the expense of traveling to Boston, he should be required to produce a photo of himself, holding up that days newspaper, the way kidnappers force their victims to do to prove that theyre still alive. Pose them one after another in front of, what else, the Hooker statue. You want the ransom, reps, prove it!
Theres another, more up-to-date way to keep tabs on the solons, of course. Ankle bracelets.
We already pay them way too much money for far too little in return. This is why they keep getting themselves arrested - idle hands are the devils workshop. My God, Paul Kujawski has already collected $2,592 this year, at $36 a day. He must have almost gone bankrupt when he lost his license for OUI.
What a racket. Being a rep sure beats working for a living, and if you dont believe me, just ask Tommy Taxes.
Did you read (see FR threads) about the Texas inmate who
wants to deliver a joke just before his execution? Here’s
one submitted, perhaps by someone we all know...
I cant overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you dont study, if you arent smart, if youre intellectually lazy? You end up getting
stuck in the electric chair
submitted by John K. of Beacon Hill, Nantucket,
Fox Chapel PA, Ketchum ID, and Georgetown/Wash DC
Are you saddened or gladdened that Paris Hilton is in jail?
MONDAY, JUNE 4
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Debate: only Mike Gravel is for making English the official
language, I heard...Hillary to send Bubba around the world as a “roving ambassador” if she’s elected...
isn’t today when WVMT comes back on board? their site still says Jerry Doyle 4-7 pm which is when they’re supposed to be carrying Howie.
though on the “personalities” page it says:
The Carr that drives you home!” (but no hours given)
I heard one news break that said the combined maximum sentence of all charges is 230 years.
wow, If he even does one tenth of that, He’ll be screwed for a good long time.
Did anyone else notice that “nutty” Mike Gravel often sounded like a Republican during last night’s Democrats debate? Mike Gravel better watch his back! There are many other Democratic candidates for President who will probably be making Mike Gravel “offers he can’t refuse” very soon! Mike Gravel/”Horses Head” as a final Presidential ticket.
here's a little Stagefright for ya
see the man with stage fright just standin up there givin it all his might
he got caught in the spotlight
but when he gets to the end
He wants to start all over again,
Robbie Robertson/the Band
That gravel dude is a real piece of work.
He seems to be having a little difficulty articulating today!
and after all, it's Monday.
Fred Thompson/Howie Carr for a Presidential ticket! I would love to vote for that ticket! It’s a nice dream anyways.
what happened? did the times rehire Jayson Blair??
People would wonder about a White Tie State dinner consisting of Fried Clams with Tar-Tar Sauce!
These guys might be numbskulls, but you just never know when these chumps
are going to find somebody that knows what he’s doing?
Happy’s a little slow on the uptake today too!
Limbaugh said he broke down today and bought a hard copy of the Slimes. Page 30, right. They have their finger on the pulse of America as much as Jorge.
Wow, el Rushbo better watch himself spendin money like that.
They use to have Jim Hightower during this break.
I’m pretty sure Rush use to do ads for the Slimes. Or he appeared in one commercial.
The Peabody awards? what about Sherman?
Max continues to shill for the industry, praising Mr. Earring. (not that I want to speak ill of the dead, but he and the rest of the crew were/are so over rated...)
I stopped watching 60 Minutes eons ago. Didn't bother for the Howie show either.
Max did the same for Cap'n Dan after he got the boot.
I guess the guy’s just “takin care of Business”