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Robbin hacks steal from you, give to selves
By Howie Carr | Sunday, June 1, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Its only natural that Sen. Marian Walsh would want to jack up state pensions by maybe $6 billion: She may end up collecting as many as three kisses in the mail. She could end up a triple-dipper.
I kid you not. At the State House, they used to call the West Roxbury hackette Maid Marian, after Robin Hoods girlfriend. Now she seems to have morphed into Robin Hood himself, although shes a little confused on the plot line. Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor, but with her budget buster, Sen. Walsh is brazenly stealing from the poor, the taxpayers, to give to the rich, namely, the public employees.
This bill started out as a multi-billion kiss payoff for the state hacks, by jacking up their COLAs (cost-of-living adjustments). The reverse-Robin Hood then added the municipal retirees to the frenzy.
So about those possible three pensions. First of all, shell be 54 next month. From 1979-85, she was an assistant district attorney, but when she left she took a refund of her contributions. In 1988, though, she got elected to the House, and then in 1992 to the Senate.
The solons have a very sweet pension rule for themselves. If theyre in office one day in a calendar year, they get a years credit on their pensions. Nice work if you can get it. So after 19 years, Marians got her 20 years in. Thats pension No. 1.
Marians problem in the Senate is the fact that there can be only one queen bee, and that is the president, Terry Murray. Which brings us to the judgeship. Marian was one of Gov. Deval Patricks early supporters, which seems to entitle her to a $130,000-a-year no-heavy-lifting state judgeship.
A couple of months ago, she was on the runway, ready for takeoff to the bench. Her would-be Senate successors were scurrying around, pulling nomination papers.
But something happened, and she withdrew her name. But I predict that sooner or later shell be back before the JNC, cup in hand. So lets say Sen. Walsh eventually takes the judgeship and puts in 10 years. That would be pension No. 2 - 80 percent of what will by then be at least $150,000.
Finally, her elderly husband, Paul V. Buckley. In an amazing coincidence, this husband of a politician was handed a judgeship. Yep, another nationwide search. Alas, Buck got his black-robed, early-retirement package at age 64, too late in life to vest his 10 years for a judicial pension. He had to retire two years ago, at age 70.
Judge Buckley had enough time in for a regular pension - 15 or so years as a Bristol County prosecutor, plus six as a judge. But before he could take his pension, Buck was once again the beneficiary of a . . . nationwide search.
Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Buck to the Industrial Accidents Board, where at age 72 he now makes $113,050 a year. When Buck finally does cash out, he can designate his much-younger spouse to collect survivors benefits.
Paging Marian Walsh . . .
This is what happens in a one-party state. The hacks are utterly brazen. One of their mouthpieces last week brushed off the potential $6 billion price tag of this new pension grab, saying, Its $10 a damn month, thats all it is.
Funny, when theyre looking to stick their hand into our pockets, its only a sawbuck theyre stealing. When people with real jobs ask that the income-tax rate be cut back to 5 percent and say that its only three bucks a week, the payroll patriots explode in outrage and tell us they cant afford to part with the three bucks - our three bucks, by the way, not theirs.
This is Mafia economics. Whats theirs is theirs, and whats ours is theirs.
Nobody would have any great objection to giving a little more to retirees who are collecting the average $22,000-a-year state pension. But it would have to be capped, so as to prevent the Billy Bulgers, the David Bartleys and, yes, the Marian Walshes from yet more raids on the public purse.
The problem is, the big-time hacks would sue, claiming theyre discriminated against. Theyve done it before, theyd do it again.
Dont blame me, I voted for Muffy.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1097824
Did anyone have Harvey Korman in the dead pool?
A shame. The more we forget 9/11, the more "Sportscasting" takes over the Information Highway.
Because frankly he's been fallin' down on the job lately.
What a freak.