Some Leftist Moonbat Blogs are jumping all over Charlie Baker for mis-speaking. He made a mistake and admitted it. Let’s not forget their idol Deval and his track record or misteps and broken promises.
Let’s start with that Property Tax Cut he promised. Hey Deval how did that work out for the citizens? At a debate in Springfield on Oct. 4, 2006, then-candidate Patrick rejected the idea, pushed by his opponents, to roll back state income tax rates from 5.3 percent to 5 percent. “We roll the income tax back and we pay for it with higher property taxes and exorbitant fees in many cases,” Patrick said. “I believe that the tax to cut right now, and to do it immediately, is the property tax and to relieve these exorbitant fees.”
After he got elected he started a series of “missteps” that just kept on coming: In the early months of Patrick’s administration, a series of decisions the governor later conceded as missteps (and the Leftist refer to as not really any big deal,) caused substantial unfavorable response from Mass taxpayers. These included spending almost $11,000 on drapery for the governor’s state house suite. Changing the state’s customary car lease from a Crown Victoria to a Cadillac, and hiring a staff assistant (who had previously helped chair his election campaign) for the Commonwealth’s first lady at an annual salary of almost $75,000
In the same month Patrick again came under fire, this time for contacting Citigroup Executive Committee chair, and former Clinton Treasury Secretary Rubin on behalf of the financially beleaguered Mortgage Company Ameriquest , a subsidiary of which Patrick is a former board member. Both Citigroup and ACC Capital Holdings have substantial holdings in Massachusetts. Patrick attempted to deflect criticism claiming he was calling not as governor but as a private citizen. Later Patrick backed down, stating “I appreciate that I should not have made the call. I regret the mistake.”
The Left likes to slam Lowell Politicians with cries of Good Old Boy dealing when it comes to hiring for positions but ignore Deval’s record. Despite his vow to slam the brakes on patronage Gov. Deval Patrick has parked several campaign staff and volunteers in top-dollar plum state jobs. Patrick’s most infamous gaffes are the selection of individuals for government positions at high salaries. Most notable – the attempt to hire State Sen. Marion Walsh (D), to a position with a salary of $175,000 for a position that was vacant for Twelve years. This was after Patrick appointed Walsh’s husband, retired District Court judge Paul Buckley, to a $113,000-a-year job as director of the state’s industrial accident board. Patrick tapped former campaign driver Mark Conrad to become permanent chairman of the state Parole Board at more than $100,000 a year. Jack Kowalski, who served as a driver/advance man for Patrick’s campaign, was hired in 2008 as a director of strategic marketing in the Department of Agricultural Resources at an $85,000-a-year salary.Jack Murray, another advance man for Patrick, landed a $115,000 job as deputy commissioner of park operations at the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
In December 2008, Patrick faced criticism from Massachusetts’s residents for the hiring of attorney and real estate consultant Dana Harrell to the newly created position of state Director of Real Estate Services. Harrell is a neighbor of Deval Patrick in Milton, and he and his wife have contributed to the governor’s election campaign and to the Democratic State Committee. The appointment to the $120,000-per-year position came at a time when the state faced a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall which caused Patrick to layoff state workers and cut programs.
On the state level, he supports increased enforcement of employment laws to crack down on employers taking advantage of illegal immigrants but wants to give those same illegals state services, including Public Housing, In-State Tuition and Drivers License. we can’t forget the CARS, Insurance and AAA for Welfare recipients.
Plus Patrick originally asked for a .19 cent per gallon increase in the state gasoline tax for every citizen of the state, which would have Massachusetts residents paying the highest gas tax in the nation.