Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread week of April 22, 2012
Posted on 04/22/2012 6:12:59 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Howie thread for the week; no Sunday column but we'll get things going anyway
Welcome to the weekly Howie Carr thread; no column in today’s Sunday Herald however
Alert: Howie will be off all _next_ week due to a hernia
operation. (”So who is sponsoring your operation? Hey,
I resent that! I’ve had two on my left side, this is the first on my right side.”
My guess is a mixture of Col Hunt and Avi Nelson filling in.
Wed column ping
Nothing to see mantra costly
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Photo by Christopher Evans
Nothing to see here folks, move along.
Thats the new mantra of the states Democratic leadership.
And youll be hearing a lot more of it today, if the House of Representatives takes up the proposed reforms in the EBT card program. EBT, of course, stands for Everybody But Taxpayers. Anyone opposed to putting a halt to the fraud will be dismissed as mean-spirited, racist, xenophobic, or all of the above.
After all, these layabouts are merely seeking a modest benefit, as Deval Patrick who hasnt seen anything in years as he moves along put it Monday.
Granted, its only Wednesday, but so far the EBT anecdote of the week comes from Beverly. Heres the lead from the Salem News: A Lowell man arrested Friday with nearly a half-pound of heroin was also carrying an EBT card belonging to a known drug user.
A Lowell man indeed. The suspect allegedly entered the country illegally in 2010. And when lugged, he had not only an EBT card but a MassHealth card, the paper reported.
Nothing to see here folks.
Today, those mean-spirited solons will likely mention how 20,000 of the EBT cards go missing each month. But if we take them away from Devals constituents, what will they have to use as collateral in their heroin deals with illegal aliens? I know, nothing to see here ...
The Democrats have so many scandals to avert their eyes from, they must be getting sore necks from turning their heads so often.
Such as the cover-up of Lt. Gov. Crash Murrays mystery 108 mph traffic accident, and the stonewalling in the governors office over releasing Crash Murrays cellphone records.
Repeat after me: Nothing to see here folks, move along.
Or how the state refuses to participate in Secure Communities its more important not to round up violent illegal aliens (and their EBT cards) than it is to protect American citizens. Remember, every deported illegal is one less vote for Barack in the fall.
So much not to see, so little space.
Granny Warrens no-interest loan from Harvard just what a one-percenter making $350,000 a year needs, right?
Monday, in the House, the Republicans tried to roll back Devals 25 percent sales tax increase. The Democrats wanted a study. The Republicans pointed out there was no study when the rate was jacked up. Thats right, said the Democrats, and we dont want to make the same mistake twice, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Nothing to see here ...
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061126871
Fri column ping. First, 2010 GOP nominee for 6th dist. Bill Hudak files for bankruptcy http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1378301990/Former-candidate-files-for-bankruptcy
Scammers indEBTed to these pols
By Howie Carr | Friday, April 27, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
First of all, no one seriously believes that the hacks, from Gov. Deval Patrick on down, are really going to end the EBT free cash benefits to the non-working classes who keep them in office.
So theres going to be another audit on whether or not cash can be cut out of the massively fraud-ridden program. As Rep. Shauna OConnell said late Wednesday night, Without restrictions on cash access, all of these reforms will be useless.
Exactly. And that is the plan in the end, nothing significant will change. Which was why the vote in the House to reform the EBT program was 122-33, with 89 Democrats joining the 33 Republicans.
So what this late-Wednesday roll call gave us was a litmus test the names of the 33 most radical members of the House. These are the solons who cant even abide the idea of cracking down on EBT fraud.
The 33 members of the EBT Caucus can be roughly divided into two groups urban solons and suburban moonbats.
First, moonbats: Both reps from Newton, Cambridge and Somerville, and one each from Greenfield, Acton, Wayland, Pittsfield, Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Northampton, Amherst, Brewster and Wellesley.
The other contingent of no-EBT-reform-ever reps comes from the cities devastated by illegal immigration and the War on Poverty. They include two reps from Springfield, one from Framingham and one from Lawrence (youre shocked, I know). Then there was Jim ODay from Worcester, the guy who seldom wears socks.
The breakdown in Boston is fascinating. Remember, most of the Boston reps are deeply in the satchel for the leadership. So the reps from Eastie, Charlestown, Brighton, Southie, the Back Bay and Hyde Park voted yes. They were joined by Rep. Russell Holmes, OConnells co-sponsor, who had the courage to speak the truth about EBT: We send cash to our community and it gets spent on drugs and alcohol.
But the other Boston reps Byron Rushing, Gloria Fox, Jeff Sanchez and Linda Dorcena Forry (who has a photo of herself with Barack Obama on her website) cant stand the idea of reform. The arguments of the Fraud Caucus were just what you might expect.
Rep. Ruth Balser of Newton whined: If a poor woman has to go to a job interview and she needs to put on lipstick, shes not going to be able to.
Maybe this mythical poor woman could pawn her iPhone or flatscreen HD TV to raise the money for the $2.99 lipstick.
Rep. Ben Swan of Springfield merely said, I rise in the hope that some of you would leave this alone for the evening.
All Swan is saying, is give fraud a chance. Dont worry, Ben, we will. This is Massachusetts.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1061127440