Skip to comments.Voting with My Feet in Massachusetts
Posted on 06/20/2012 6:37:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
One of the things I'll miss about Massachusetts is the revolving opportunity to vote against John Kerry every few years. For a while, of course, I had the privilege of voting against Ted Kennedy as well, and if I had lived a few towns to the south, I could have voted against Barney Frank, too.
There is something very satisfying about voting against extremely bad people. The rest of the country gets to see our liberal hacks only in the news. In Massachusetts, I proudly voted against them.
In this state, you'll quickly lose your mind if you start looking for candidates you actually like. On the rare occasions when Massachusetts elects a non-Democrat, such as Mitt Romney or Scott Brown, it is always Mitt Romney or Scott Brown. Massachusetts has an astonishing number of execrable politicians, and no good ones. Mitt Romney may or may not be a real conservative now, but he wasn't one back then. To the degree that he is now a conservative, it happened after he got out of Boston.
Scott Brown, of course, is the most liberal Republican in the Senate. Technically, I voted for him, but in my heart I was voting against Martha Coakley, his opponent. It was about 30 degrees that day, and raining hard. In an ordinary election, Scott Brown would not be worth the weather, but I would have rolled in pollen and walked through an African beehive to vote against Coakley. If you've never heard of her, you owe me a favor. Try to imagine Nancy Pelosi's spoiled little sister with a Boston accent. This time around, Brown is going against Elizabeth Warren. Personally, I think she is better than Coakley was, but that isn't saying much.
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Another thing you’ll miss about Taxachusetts is the soon-to-be mileage tax on your car.
The Mass state legislature is considering a bill to impose a $0.001 (tenth-of-a-cent) tax on every mile of every car you drive every year.
If you have a two car family, and you each do 20,000 miles per year, that’s another $400 per year to register you two cars ($200 each).
So, not only do you have a 6.25% sales tax when you buy the car, and a registration fee, an excise tax, and outrageous insurance premiums required to register the thing, you have $4.oo per gallon gasoline, about $5.oo in tolls to get in and out of Boston, parking at $20 per day, but the money used to pay for all of these taxes has already been taxed at 5% by the state and varying rates by the Feds.
And now they want to tax the miles you drive!
You see, the elitist statists and collectivists don’t want us to drive. They don’t even want us to own cars. They want us to walk, use bicycles or take the “public” transportation.
They don’t want us to live in suburbs, or, heaven forbid, the rural areas where we could actually be somewhat self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is anathema to collectivists and statists.
They want us all to move into the city where they can control our trasnportation, our water, our lights, our heat, our electricity, every aspect of our lives.
They are incorrigible, meddling busybodies intent on micromanaging every aspect of your life from birth, whether that’s even allowed, to death, which may be hurried along if you become a “burden to society”, as defined by them.
The usual causes - tribalist voters combined with the "something for nothing" crowd, influenced and manipulated by left-wing journalists, loud, liberal academics (with which Massachusetts is overrun) and union thugs. The result is what you see - an entire state slightly to the political right of San Francisco.
John "F'n" Kerry cleverly exploited the Irish Tribalists by creating the impression that he, too is Irish. The Irish Kennedy's could do no wrong. And who could forget the Bulgers!
The Italian Tribalists vote for their hacks.
Barney's gerrymandered district encompasssed a large Jewish Tribalist population, combined with welfare-magnet cities. There are many conservatives in MA, but they have been denied representation, partly through gerrymandering.
The liberal hacks have a engineered stranglehold on state governance and they're not about to let go.
None of this occurred in a vacuum. The electorate enabled it. If that wasn’t bad enough they flocked to NH et al and crapped all over those places polluting them w/ their leftist stupidity. Its amazing how leftists shun the inevitable outcome of their silliness never understanding why every place they live is screwed up. Its the ultimate end of their insanity. They demand we all participate too.
A regressive tax. I thought liberals cared about the poor. Instead they stick it to people driving around to multiple jobs, just to make ends meet, and low income people driving to the food store. And stick it to people who WORK! Another tax the welfare queens (i.e. Auntie Zeituni Obama) won't have to worry about, though.
50 miles to work with no public transportation in between.
I guess it will have to be the bike.
It is hard to explain to outsiders how we can be so screwed up politically but you have to understand a couple of things that factor into this.
The first factor is the "JFK factor." For some reason, JFK is worshipped by the vast majority of the people. When I grew up in the 1960s and 70s, virtually everybody in my neighborhood had a portrait of JFK hanging on their wall or propped up on their bedroom dressers. As a result, this adulation spreads to anybody with the surname Kennedy. I don't think anybody named Kennedy has EVER lost an election in Massachusetts. In fact, in the primaries, a Democrat concerned about an unusually strong Republican candidate will find some local drunk named Kennedy and get him on the GOP primary ballot. The result will be that the "Kennedy" will win the primary and then drop out of the race, allowing the Democrat to safely run unopposed in the general.
When I was younger, I figured that the JFK worshippers would eventually start dying off but inexplicably, they are replenishing their ranks with new generations of Kennedy lovers. Now we have some young freckle-faced Kennedy running for Barney Frank's seat. Don't know much about him or how he's related to the rest of the Kennedy clan, but he's got the tousled hair and the toothy smile so you just know he's going to automatically win in a landslide no matter how good the Republican is (and we are running a good one in Sean Bielat.)
The other factor is the "college factor." Massachusetts is home to a disproportionate amount of colleges and universities. The result is that upwardly mobile parents from all over the country (and world) send their offspring here to be educated (and indoctrinated in liberal ideology).
Due to the fact that the Boston area has a perfect climate (we have all four seasons in moderate proportions), great sports teams, access to first-rate beaches, skiing, hiking, etc., great hospitals and so forth, many of these students, now indoctrinated in liberal ideology, decided to stay and make the Boston area their home, further adding to the liberal population.
I will say it again. Boston (and New England as a whole) is far and away the best area to live in the continental United States. This is why so many conservatives decide to stay here and stick it out, despite the hopelessness of ever getting conservatives elected to public office. I've lived in most other parts of the country for a time, the hot and sticky Southeast, the hot and dry desert areas of the Southwest, the crowded shores of SoCal, the mean streets of NY/NJ, and I keep coming back to New England because politics aside, this really is the best place to live when all other factors are considered.
I just wish it wasn't so hopeless, politically.
Martha doesn’t have a Boston accent. She’s from Happy Valley. So she talks with a clenched jaw so she doesn’t sound like a sledfish from Maine. Yup!
In an ordinary election, Mitt Romney would not be worth the weather, but I would roll in pollen and walk through a Kenyan beehive to vote against Obama.
Never mind...see tag...
It is even more satisfying to live in a state where you occasionally actually get to vote FOR a good person who is a candidate you agree with and support.
Hope you have an opportunity to gain that experience.
BTW, in what state do you live?
> 50 miles to work with no public transportation in between.
Didn’t you hear?
Massachusetts is going to invest billions in high-speed rail from Boston to Providence! Now, won’t THAT be useful to folks like you? It won’t? Well, then you get to pay for the high-speed rail, anyway. And, of course, don’t be surprised at the tens of millions in kickbacks, billions in cost overruns, and schedules that are years in arrears.
I live in NH, and only since 2010, we’ve had a legislature that has been exhibiting some common sense. Too bad we’re stuck with the commie in the corner office, though.
I’m a refugee from MA.
Grew up near Boston.
I always loved the country and couldn’t wait to move out of the city. Did so at my earliest opportunity.
I live in a very rural area, now. Lots of kids and a more-or-less hobby farm.
Bravo Zulu. I'm sticking it out, too. The worm will turn.
Don Diego Vega: If I give my land to the people, where are we going to live?
Charlotte Taylor Wilson: Boston!
Don Diego Vega: Boston?
Charlotte Taylor Wilson: Yes! It is the only civilized city. They have the best art, the best music...
Don Diego Vega: You have to be kidding me! I was in Boston for a week, and I never heard a decent Mariachi player.
Zorro, the Gay Blade
” And, of course, dont be surprised at the tens of millions in kickbacks, billions in cost overruns, and schedules that are years in arrears.”
Yeah, but the new casino revenues will take care of all that.(dripping with sarcasm)
Good for you. I strongly gather that you are living in much more hospitable environment and are enjoying it immensely.
More should follow your example by getting out of a state that crawls with people who reject your political philosophy. Let them live in their self-created tax-burdened amd over-regulated hellhole.
Sadly, you'll get to help pay for it as well.
Your federal dollars at work.
> I strongly gather that you are living in much more
> hospitable environment and are enjoying it immensely.
Well, NH has seen a strong influx of statists, collectivists, meddling busybodies, and outright communists from places like MA, CT, NY, and even CA.
When we achieve conservative victories now, it’s only by the thinnest of margins.
The NH state legislature passed a “VT carry” (no permit required) concealed weapon law, but the CCO (commie in the corner office) vetoed it.
Amendments to the home school law favorable to home schoolers were passed above his veto.
In 2009, NH was on the verge of being numbered among the most hostile states for home schoolers with a bevy of unfavorable and cumbersome reporting laws. Even the bloody school districts didn’t want it, because it gave them more work to do. We just narrowly dodged that bullet.
The commies in the legislature were in a majority in 2009 and 2010, having been swept in with the 0bama0ma0 victory.
In the same year, the NH legislature passed “gay marriage” against polls saying 66% of the state was against it. The bill failed once, then they reintroduced it in the same session, which was unconstitutinal, IIRC, and were able to get it passed by twisting arms and threatening some of the more sensible democrats that voted against it the first time.
In the same year, they tried to get “genderless bathrooms” passed. Incredibly, only 80% of the state was against that one. Maybe it’s the 80% with children, and the others just didn’t care. We dodged that bullet, too.
After the incredible antics of the bolshevik majority in the NH 2008-2010 legislature, they were ejected in a massive rout in the 2010 elections.
I’m hoping that the people continue to remember how little the democrat bolsheviks cared about their children and their hard earned dollars.
I will leave New Hampshire by October even if I have to crawl across ground glass all the way south to the Potomac River...