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Name That Party!

This morning's Boston Globe has a pretty good piece on political corruption in Massachusetts. The former House Speker, Sal DiMasi, is looking at some very hefty corruption charges, and the evidence seems very solid. DiMasi, if convicted, would be the third consecutive Speaker to be convicted on felony corruption charges, following Tom Finneran and Charlie Flaherty.

The Globe cites two other prominent Massachusetts politicians who have also recently been convicted of corruption -- former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson and former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. And they also talk about how the DiMasi scandal has affected Governor Deval Patrick.

But in all the words about corruption, one word is never mentioned. One term that is essential to the story, one word that ties all six of these prominent elected officials (sitting and former) together.

"Democrat."

Massachusetts is as close to being a one-party state as there can be -- discounting Senator Scott Brown, the Democrats hold the entire Congressional delegation, every single statewide elective office, and a supermajority (over 85%) of each House of their legislature. So, in that sense, it's understandable that they don't mention the corrupt pol's party affiliation -- in the Bay State, it can pretty much be assumed.

But it still smells funny.

What is less excusable is the Globe's failure to mention how it has endorsed and given major support to each of the above-mentioned pols over the years. They endorsed all of them, repeatedly. It championed them and their causes. It covered for them when they got caught in "mistakes" and "errors in judgment" until they got too big to ignore.

And there is one other point that needs to be hammered home. DiMasi has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Finneran and Flaherty were convicted in federal court, as were Wilkerson and Turner.

What's so significant about that? Because it means that none of them were brought down by the state officials whose job it is to fight that kind of corruption. Officials such as Attorney General Martha Coakley, who the Globe fought for tooth and nail when she ran against Scott Brown for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. In Massachusetts if you're a politician and thinking about indulging in corruption, the message is clear: don't sweat the state officials; they'll turn a blind eye. No, it's only the feds you gotta worry about.

Then again, considering how close an ally Governor Patrick is to President Obama, and Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder has shown little interest in corruption charges that don't benefit them directly.

Your Democratic party at work, folks. This is exactly what you get when the Democrats completely own a state. And you know just how rancid the state is when the Boston Globe -- the party organ of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts -- comments on the stench.

Update: Why didn't anyone point out I forgot to actually link to the Glob column?

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Comments (21)

Mr. Tea, you've neve... (Below threshold)
Edward A. Schuster:


Mr. Tea, you've never looked at my state, Illinois very closely. Half of our governors are in jail, Rahm is Mayor of Chicago, and you know is in the white house. The legislature is either Democrat or RINO. So, as a Tea Party member I'd say that we've got our work cut for us.

I'll make it easy for you J... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

I'll make it easy for you Jay. Anytime there is a news report about a scandal or corruption and the party is not mentioned then you know it is a democrat.

As a resident of MA I have ... (Below threshold)

As a resident of MA I have to say I am not surprised. Our town chuck full of corruption. It's criminal.

"third consecutive Speaker"... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"third consecutive Speaker"

As the MSM likes to say 'there appears to be a pattern'.

Going deaf by the silence o... (Below threshold)
Mighty Mouse:

Going deaf by the silence of the reports on this non scandal. Move along nothing to see here.

So, corruption is the 'elit... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

So, corruption is the 'elite', enlightened thing to do?

One step to reducing corrup... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

One step to reducing corruption would be the elimination of no bid contracts such as this one:

16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling, and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).

The above provision was included in the same bill that eliminates union collective bargaining.

Just as unions are very powerful and have undue influence over politians, so too do the lobyists for energy companies. The same human frailities that lead to politicans giving sweet deals to union lobbyists exists in politicians giving sweet deals to energy lobbyists.

You can assume if no party ... (Below threshold)
Bob:

You can assume if no party is mentioned a corrupt politician is always a Democrat. If he/she were Republican, it would be pominently mentioned.

You're behind the times, Ti... (Below threshold)

You're behind the times, Tina. Those plants are old, dirty, worn out, and some even say they have no actual value. They'd need major investments to get up to current clean standards -- if they could be at all. And the Koch companies have also come out and said that they have no interest in them. PowerLine busted this a couple of weeks ago.

Gotta keep up with the latest talking points, Tina. Don't fall so far behind.

J.

Tina S- "human fra... (Below threshold)
914:

Tina S-

"human frailities"?


I prefer rancid greed! i.e. Uncle pickle splash.

You're behind the times,... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

You're behind the times, Tina. Those plants are old, dirty, worn out, and some even say they have no actual value. They'd need major investments to get up to current clean standards -- if they could be at all. And the Koch companies have also come out and said that they have no interest in them. PowerLine busted this a couple of weeks ago.

I once had a car dealer describe a Buick I wanted to trade in a similar mannor. The dealer said my car was old, worn out and would require more money to fix up than it was worth. He offered me $20 dollars for it. I put an ad in the newspaper listing it for $1,000 or best offer. I ended up selling it for $2,000. It turned out that the car dealer was using an old negotiating tactic. He tried to convince me the condition of the car made it practicly worthless so that he could buy it at a bargain price. Only by getting competitive bids was I able to access the true value of the car. If the power plants are going to be difficult to sell, doesn't it make sense to open up the bidding process to everyone? Can you name one good reason for not doing so?

While Koch Industries have said they have no interest in buying the power plants, they did not say they have no interest in running the plants. The provision also allows for no bid contracts to hire a company to operate the powerplants. If I were the CEO of Koch Industries, my preference would be to operate the plants for about a year and than make an offer to buy.


the department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state.


TinaYou have to re... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Tina

You have to remember "THE BEST INTEREST OF THE STATE" As long it doesnt cost the state money than WHY DO YOU CARE. As long as the work being done is what is being paid for (meaning that the state is getting its money's worth) than why do you care. Notice I didnt say in the Best interest of the politician's friends (like the unions are in WI and other states and get sweetheard deals from their dem buds).

As far as your car analogy goes, something is only worth as much as someone else is willing to pay for it. Ethanol and wind power are 2 prime examples. WITHOUT GOVT SUBSIDIES they would fall by the way side due to people not wanting to put money into unprofitable ventures. Since this is costing the US taxpayers money with no similar return on investment THEY ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE STATE (us taxpayer).

Your argument is a perfect one for dissolving the public sector unions since they get "no bid" contracts by default and since their perks outweight the benefit the state taxpayers are paying for them to do their jobs.

As Jay Tea said. Try to keep up.

One final point, Tina: we w... (Below threshold)

One final point, Tina: we weren't talking about Wisconsin, but Massachusetts. Please knock off the "hey, look over there!" game. If you don't have anything to say about the rank corruption of Massachusetts Democrats, don't feel obligated to say something just to get into the conversation.

J.

And one final final point, ... (Below threshold)

And one final final point, Tina: the Massachusetts Democrats already have heaps of techniques for corruption they already use.

Don't give them new ideas.

J.

If you don't have anythi... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

If you don't have anything to say about the rank corruption of Massachusetts Democrats, don't feel obligated to say something just to get into the conversation.

Jay, sorry for getting off topic. It would not suprise me if Sal DiMasi is guilty. I distrust all politicians.

And one final final poin... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

And one final final point, Tina: the Massachusetts Democrats already have heaps of techniques for corruption they already use.

I agree, there are far too many "legal" methods of coruption. For instance, it's far more common for a politician or judge to indirectly receive money from public interests by having their spouse work for a political consulting company; as opposed to being paid directly, which would amount to a bribe. If Sal DiMasi is guilty of taking bribes, he is not only corrupt but stupid.

it's far more common for... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

it's far more common for a politician or judge to indirectly receive money from public interests by having their spouse work for a political consulting company

I meant special interests, not public interests

Tina, I work in the utility... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Tina, I work in the utility sector... those stations are white elephants. Dirty, expensive and inefficient. If there was a market for them the local and regional players would be lined up, or suing over this no-bid contract. But instead... you have wind farms in Iowa getting the attention.

Why would we read that trip... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Why would we read that tripe, when we have you to read it for us. Ha ha just kidding.

Sheik Yur Bout asks if corr... (Below threshold)

Sheik Yur Bout asks if corruption is the enlightened elite's "thing to do?"

Answer this: From Peking to Kuala Lumpur, Moscow to Havana, Jakarta to Boston and Detroit to DC, isn't corruption exactly what the enlightened elite is up to?

Tina S: If Sal DiMasi is gu... (Below threshold)

Tina S: If Sal DiMasi is guilty of taking bribes, he is not only corrupt but stupid ....

.... Or a "Democrat."

But I repeat myself.




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