They Have The Welfare Bucks … But Massachusetts Can’t Find Them

19, 000: Is That Enough To Say, “Enough!”  We mean enough fraud.  This loss of welfare recipients seems to be an actual physical loss of people since the Massachusetts officials are seemingly unable to find them. 

There have been commissions and committees appointed in the past, but according to the Massachusetts politician interviewed by the television reporter, the solutions to the different levels and methods of fraud were not found. The politician has promised there will be no more commissions, however she intends to seek solutions.  Good luck on that, but perhaps she has the resolve to persevere.

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19,000 Lost Folks, But They Have The Welfare Dollars

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Don’t Scream For Ice Cream

At least not yet, and maybe not forever, in the Great Brook Farm State Park in Massachusetts.  The environmental police recently closed the business citing no permit additions to the building housing the business.

State Seal of Massachusetts.

State Seal of Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CARLISLE — Looking to hit the spot with a savory ice cream at Great Brook Farm State Park this week?

You may be out of luck.

The park’s popular ice-cream stand was unexpectedly shut down by state officials over the weekend, after the stand’s operator made building improvements at the site without getting permission first.

Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the stand, said armed Environmental Police officers showed up at stand on Friday evening and stood guard throughout the weekend, turning away customers craving delectable sundaes and frappes.

You can find the rest of the story and links to a follow-up at the link below.

Ralph Hill, STP member, sent the original story link to us.

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Even WAPO Says NO

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Writing in tomorrow’s (3/12) Washington Post (WAPO) columnists and former pollsters to Presidents Carter and Clinton warn the Democrats away from forging ahead with passage of the current health bill.  Patrick E Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen quote Barbara Tuchman from her book, “The March of Folly,” as follows:

“Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests?” Her assessment of self-deception — “acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts”

They continue by expressing their opinion that is exactly the path that President Obama and the leaders of the Democratic Party are now following in their quest to push health care through the legislative process.  According to the writers, the players, who are pushing again for passage should have received the message from the last Senate election in Massachusetts, but they seem blind or deaf to the signal and carry on with their very own march of folly.

Caddell and Schoen are gruff, if not tough, when they state what they believe to be the truth of the issue:

First, the battle for public opinion has been lost. Comprehensive health care has been lost. If it fails, as appears possible, Democrats will face the brunt of the electorate’s reaction. If it passes, however, Democrats will face a far greater calamitous reaction at the polls. Wishing, praying or pretending will not change these outcomes.

They continue with what seems almost an excoriation of the Democrats when they point out that a popular poll say that four-fifths of those who oppose the health plan strongly oppose it.  They say that the Democrats and the White House fool themselves if they truly believe that time will make the bill more palatable once it passes.

The story continues with more surprise opinions that the Democrats (including the President) will rue the day the bill passes and  will suffer greatly at the polls coming in November and I would add … in 2012. You can catch the rest by flipping here.  And, here’s a flap from another columnist that writes that Caddell is not a Liberal Democrat. Meaning, I would suppose, that he can’t write about liberals in a truthful way.

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Why Indeed

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Often, politicians are so driven to get their point across, they stab themselves in their ample rears.  Here’s a excerpt from a story at regarding, in part,  Massachusetts‘ upcoming U.S. Senate race:

Van Hollen said Republican predictions that the political climate had changed so much that they can capture the 40 seats needed to regain control of the House was “pure hallucination.”

“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?” Van Hollen said. (emphasis added) “For the Republicans to say vote for us and bring back the guys who got us into this mess in the first place, I don’t think it’s a winner.”

Chris Van Hollen of Maryland (chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) chose a rather crude,  perhaps even cruel analogy given the history of events in  the Bay state. It just might go down in the annals of stupid as champion of all ignorant utterances.

If you don’t get it, search google for Chappaquiddick.

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Ted Kennedy – A Special Person?

By Bob Steiner

Whenever or wherever the “Kennedy” name is mentioned  it is normally done in a respectful manner.  When one thinks about the many sacrifices this family has made over the years on behalf of our country,  it is hard not to be appreciative of their many contributions.  Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. was a  B-24 pilot in the Air Force during  World War II.  He died while on bombing mission over German-occupied Europe.  Of course, everyone knows the story of John F. Kennedy.  As the commander of a Patrol Torpedo boat during World War II, he attained hero status for his service in the Pacific, even before being elected as our President. Of course everyone  knows about that sad day in November 1963 when he gave his life for our country.  While Robert Kennedy did not serve in the armed forces, as U.S. Attorney General  he too, was a hero by pushing civil rights issues. During the ’68 presidential campaign he was shot to death in San Francisco by a Palestinian immigrant named Sirhan-Sirhan.

After the three older Kennedys, we come to the youngest brother, Edward Theodore.  “Teddy” Kennedy seems to have been  the least-gifted son of the family.  With such talented and famous brothers it certainly must have been awkward for him, growing up in their proximity.  In any event,  on the “back” of the family name he has managed to make a “name” for himself, albeit not in the manner the rest of his family would endorse.

Obama & Edward Kennedy

Obama & Edward Kennedy

Since he was elected to the senate to replace his brother John, the one area where he has excelled was in promoting a national health care plan.  Even now, as it appears he is approaching the end of his life, he continues to work hard on this issue. See Notable Names Data Base.    Yesterday he contacted the Governor of his home state, Massachusetts,  and  apparently, sensing he may soon succumb to Cancer, requested that his state’s rules regarding succession be changed so Massachusetts will not be without representation in the event a vote on Obama’s health program should come before the senate.

Presently, if a senate incumbent in his state were to resign, die, or otherwise vacate his position, the law requires there be a “cooling off” period of five months, during which, the state has no one occupying that position. After this period of time the Governor would then call a special election to fill the vacancy. He has requested that the law be changed so the Governor (a Democrat and supporter of the  president) could  immediately appoint a new senator, should a senate position become vacant. This action would insure that the President would have  the maximum  support for his health plan in the Senate if the matter were to come to a vote.  While outwardly this sounds like a noble venture ,  I find  Mr. Kennedy’s action to be at the least high-handed, yet typical of a self-centered person who is willing to do anything  to further his own cause. It is interesting to note that he was the person who pushed the “five month” rule when Mitt Romney, a Republican, was governor. This is truly a shameful example of the partisan politics in Massachusetts and Ted Kennedy‘s role  as an “honorable ” politician.

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