Forward? Youve been forewarned
by Howie Carr/Boston Herald 1/16/2013
Theyre planning to HAMMER the middle class!
Thats all you need to know about this evenings State of the State speech.
Here you have the working population of Massachusetts still reeling from the 2 percent pay cut imposed by Barack Obama earlier this month, and now comes Gov. Deval Patricks tax-crazed scheme, The Way Forward.
Beware that word Forward. It is to the 21st century what investment in the future and for the children were to the 20th. A euphemism for higher taxes.
If they were truthful, theyd hang a big banner behind Deval as he speaks in the House chambers: From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You the Big Dig ...
The timing is perfect. Deval is a lame duck, ditto the Senate president. The House speaker is a semi-lame duck, plus hes got the Probation indictments to worry about. What better time than to rob the bank?
Take the money and run. You know the old saying on Beacon Hill. Lame duck is their favorite dish.
Patrick says he wont reveal until tonight which taxes he wants to raise. Ill go out on a limb and say ... all of them. This is the oldest trick in the hack playbook. The lame-duck governor (or mayor) steps up and waves his finger and says, Im going to tax you people back to the Stone Age.
Then some clear-headed, white hat-wearing solons step up and say, Never fear. Well save you. The real plan is only to tax you back to the Bronze Age.
And the taxpayers are supposed to swoon in gratitude, and think to themselves, what a lucky break were getting, theyre only jacking up the gas tax from 21 cents to 51 cents a gallon.
The sales tax is only going up from 6.25 percent to 7.75 percent.
And the income tax will be jacked up from 5.25 percent to 5.66 percent.
But of course all this dough disappearing from your pocket is going for worthy causes. Like the prevailing wage construction costs that made the Big Dig such a bargain. The work will be done very expeditiously, too. Remember the unofficial state motto: Dont Kill the Job.
And lets look at some of these vital projects. My favorite is the Boston-to-New Bedford/Fall River commuter rail line. Thatll run $1.8 billion, theyre saying now, which probably means at least $5 billion when all is said and done.
I have a counterproposal. Why doesnt the Commonwealth just buy a fleet of stretch limousines and assign one, complete with driver, to each of the 30-40 commuters who would otherwise be taking this marvelous new train back and forth from Bristol County to Boston every day.
You could give these people limo rides free for eternity, and the cost would be but a tiny fraction of the cost of this new rail system.
The Boston Globe has naturally been cheerleading for this giant welfare-state boondoggle. Theyve been prominently featuring quotes from the head of the Boston Foundation: This is really the moment to do something significant.
This is the same Boston Foundation that hires street workers to fight gang violence. One of their street workers was busted Saturday morning after police stopped his car and allegedly found a two-shot derringer, cocaine and a hooker whom he claimed he was giving a ride home.
And now they tell us they know how to spend billions upon billions of dollars.
What could possibly go wrong?