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"Welcome to Boston. Hand over your wallet and nobody gets hurt."

Last week, Boston's mayor, Thomas "Mumbles" Menino, unveiled his proposed budget for Beantown. And it was just chock-a-block full of surprises -- I mean, who could have expected him, in a time of crying about financial shortages, to announce the biggest budget in Boston's history?

But residents (you know, the people Mumbles needs to keep somewhat placated to keep getting re-elected) have been complaining about property and other taxes on them being to high. Not to fear; Mumbles has the solution -- MORE TAXES!

But these taxes are DIFFERENT. Mumbles wants the city to start getting more of a cut from money paid for parking, meals, and hotels -- you know, the places where visitors tend to spend more money.

Mumbles also wants to look into a city income tax, like all the finer cities have. One must keep up with the Joneses (or, in this case, the New Yorks), as well as other taxes.

But not to fear -- Mumbles promises that in exchange, he'll reduce the city property tax.

Um... oops, my bad. No, he doesn't. In fact, his hired gun expert begrudgingly admits that such taxes have resulted in lowered property taxes in... um... well, it must have happened SOMEWHERE, but he can't recall exactly where.

Ah, the good old Massachusetts Democrats' Solution To All Problems -- tax your way to prosperity.

I've often cited, quoted, and mentioned Boston columnist, talk-show host, and general gadfly Howie Carr. He claims to have hung the nicknames "Live Shot" on John Kerry and "Mumbles" on Tom Menino. Recently, Menino's people started buying up all the domain names they could think of that could be used to insult and mock Mumbles, but they missed one variant. Howie's people quickly swooped in and bought www.mumblesmenino.us, and immediately set it up with some of Hizzoner's greatest hits.

There's an old piece of wisdom that one should "never get into a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel," advising politicians to not get into disputes with newspapermen. When that guy also has a nationally-syndicated talk show, it's just infinitely worse.


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mr grammar nazi said...... (Below threshold)
jjs:

mr grammar nazi said...

..."property and other taxes on them being to high"

No Soup For You!!!

Where the hell does Menino ... (Below threshold)
job:

Where the hell does Menino get off? Just because Bush has turned his back on funding for education,first responders,cops,firemen,and medicaid, does a city really need all that stuff anyway? They're just spoiled.

Hey, job - i don't know abo... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Hey, job - i don't know about Boston, but I suspect that Jay has exactly the right take on Democrats taxing their way to prosperity. Here in Charlotte, NC we are looking at the county government calling for an 11% hike, the city wants another 9%, the school board is unhappy because they may not get 52 million more of the increase they want, and the democrat controlled city and county governments say if they don't have these increases then "vital" (read cops, fire protection, schools, etc.) services will have to be cut. Meanwhile we are finishing construction for a new arena for another NBA team ownd by BET BILLIONAIRE Bob Johnson who will get the profits from its use. And to top it off the city will have to pay for cops for the events there (in the deal with Johnson). This arena deal was rejected by taxpayers in a referendum a couple of years ago, but the politicians found a way to subvert that by saying they could pay for it all with increases to the - are you ready? - hotel/motel tax. Of course we are starting to hear that there "may" be a shortfall there. In addition now the city is trying to get together another give away package to lure a NASCAR Hall of Fame. Care to venture a guess as to who is going to get to pay for that? And then there is light rail and our trolley - but if we don't pay more taxes they may have to cut cops and fire fighters? BS - it is always the same with politicians. As for Bush cutting funds to cities, these are local and state responsibilities anyway. There is plenty of money to do meet the local needs if they cut out the waste and graft.




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