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Three indicted Speakers
A Senator caught stuffing bribe money down her bra
Other Senators forced to resign in disgrace
They cut local aid instead of bureaucracy.
They refused to toughen up our laws on illegal immigration.
They voted to keep their hack holidays.
They only gave you the sales tax holiday during an election year.
The Governor wants to lower our schools’ academic standards to the federal level.
Our Governor lied about cutting property taxes.
Our Governor tried to put Marian Walsh into a job that had been vacant for 12 years for a nice salary of $175,000.
Our Governor hired an assistant for his wife.
Our Governor went on a jaunt during the debate over casinos.
Our Congressional did not care what you thought about Obamacare.
They wasted $787 billion on a stimulus plan that did not stop unemployment from increasing as promised.
They support cap and tax.
None of them have signed the No New Taxes pledge.
They all voted against reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
None of them are supported by any groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
They took money out of the defense budget to pay for the Ted Kennedy Shrine.
Senator John Kerry may not be on the ballot this time, but I want you to remember his attitude when he was caught hiding his new yacht in Newport this summer. He was trying to avoid paying his fair share. Moreover, he lied when claiming he always intended to pay the taxes. Why paint Newport, RI on the stern if he was going to pay? Rules and taxes are for other people not the elected class.
A decorated State Trooper, what do you knee jerk Republicans not understand about why you can’t continue do be a State Trooper with a heart condition, while you can easily perform the job of Sheriff. Way to go Holly, the lone Republican soft on crime. Comment by Liberal – October 25, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
That’s the problem with liberals – they think that whatever they accomplished, the world owes more to them than is reasonable.It is unfortunate that Tom Foley has a heart condition that prevents him from being a State Trooper. But he is NOT disabled – he CAN work at another job. So why is he collecting – and will continue to collect – DISABILITY. If he can perform Sheriff duties, then why doesn’t he give up the disability money he collects?I am all for helping someone who cannot perform their work due to a work related injury, but that does not ENTITLE them to a lifetime of income, if they can perform different work. Help them until they can train for other work (within a reasonable time), but not this lifetime income stuff when they are able-bodied in other areas of employment.Talk about bleeding hearts…Comment by Proud Neo-Con – October 25, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
Probation Department’s Scandal
- CONCLUSIONS: Report of the Independent Counsel Hiring and promotion have been thoroughly compromised by a systemic rigging of the interview and selection process in favor of candidates who have political or other personal connections.
- Hiring and promotion processes have been fraudulently orchestrated from beginning to end in favor of connected candidates. The fraud begins top with Commissioner O.Brien, and it extends through most of the hierarchy of the Department.
- First Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Tavares is one of the Deputy Commissioners who is at the heart of perpetrating the sham selection process. Former Deputy Commissioner William Burke, for example, agreed that he advanced any favored candidate who was not .really, really “and I mean really bad”:
- The hiring and promotion process within the Probation Department represents a pervasive fraud against the Commonwealth. Having created the pretext of following the procedures required by the Policies and Procedures Manual, the Commissioner instead awarded valuable positions with substantial salaries and benefits to individuals sponsored primarily by his political allies. The Fraud Is Systemic and Not Episodic Corruption in the hiring and promotion process at the Probation Department is systemic.
When Departmental hiring is authorized (typically following completion of annual appropriations), hundreds of calls on behalf of candidates are received by the Office of the Commissioner. These calls come from individuals in all walks of life, notably state legislators, but also judges, mayors, city councilors, prosecutors and other members of the executive branch.
- Two key legislators involved in budgeting for Probation and who sponsored candidates for hiring and promotion also refused to cooperate with the investigation, former Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran and Representative Thomas Petrolati, both of whom invoked their Fifth Amendment and Article 12 rights and refused to testify.
- Notwithstanding Commissioner O’Brien’s refusal to cooperate with the investigation, the evidence is overwhelming that he encouraged extensive falsification of interview results at all levels of Probation. Commissioner O’Brien Retaliated Against Employees Who Refused to Execute the Fraud. … Each of these Deputies acted knowingly, in breach of their fiduciary duties to the Probation Department and in breach of the express provisions of the Personnel Practices and Procedures Manual.
- Deputy Commissioners who served as Legal Counsel to the Department during this period, former Deputy Commissioner Anthony Sicuso and Deputy Commissioner Christopher Bulger, either were aware of the wrongdoing within the Department and failed to report it, or had substantial reason to believe that the wrongdoing was …
- Some observers have felt that Probation-gate was going to go away, given that embattled former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien may have evidence that everyone from powerful legislators to judges to the governor’s office may have sought jobs through him in exchange for support for his department.
The Globe, however, reported yesterday that Attorney General Martha Coakley has been quietly presenting evidence to a Grand Jury on the case.
For more than five years, Jack Abramoff’s name has been an epithet for high-level corruption.
But with the release of his penitent new best-selling book, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” the man known by the media as “disgraced lobbyist” Jack Abramoff has some adoring fans.
It was over a span of 10 years that Abramoff became the most powerful lobbyist on
Capitol Hill. Congressmen lined up to do his bidding, executives heeded his advice and heads of governments hung on his every word.
Then scandal brought him down to disgrace and prison, but this power broker said nothing.
Now a free man, he’s penned “Capitol Punishment” and is pulling back the curtain on the mysterious and corrupt world of federal politics, admitting how he initially felt dirty – but
got used to it.
While his name became synonymous with government corruption, the drastic fall from grace was his wake-up call. And he now admits he did wrong. He said he lost sight
of the “line,” and he had plenty of time to reflect during his 43-month prison
Not only is “Capitol Punishment” rocking K Street and the
Beltway Establishment, it is rocketing up the sales chart at Amazon.
With support for Congress at an all-time low, “Capitol Punishment” gives readers the opportunity to view the world of lobbying through the eyes of the ultimate insider in
Abramoff and learn just who is manipulating many of the decisions made by America’s elected leaders.
Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders -Dr. Tom Coburn, U.S. senator from Oklahoma, gives an insider account of the inner workings and intrigues of Washington. Coburn’s shocking stories reveal how career politicians are obsessed with reelection and have no concern for principles.WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment – Larry Klayman describes his efforts to stem abuses in the judiciary and executive branches of our government. He details his legal battles with President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney and the Bush administration.
http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/x1992232019/Former-DOC-lieutenant-from-Berkley-pleads-guilty-in-corruption-case The vendor would write checks to Mendes or for Mendes’s benefit, including checks payable to Mendes, his bank and personal credit cards, and Mendes would increase his “personal credit” line by selling ammunition left over from military training programs conducted at the DOC’s Bridgewater facility.