SURVEY SAYS…..

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The Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP) Steering Committee has prepared a survey to determine what issues most interest our members and how we can better engage current and future members of our movement. We want to hear from you!! The coming year provides some great opportunities to spread our message. We want to hear from you on how we can increase our numbers, engage more people currently outside the movement and to get our message out to everyone we can reach. Please be straight forward and constructive!  Take the Greater Boston Tea Party survey HERE.

NOTE: You do not need to be part of the GBTP to take part in the survey. We are looking from input from all grassroots activists, whether they consider themselves “Tea Party” or part of other movements that are part of WE THE PEOPLE (!) who are interested in LIBERTY – limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and having the government NOT running any part of our lives!!  Please!! Take the Greater Boston Tea Party survey HERE.

“If You Like Your FREEDOM…” GBTP Tax Day Rally

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If you like your Freedom…

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We are having our Tax Day Rally on Sunday, April 13th because April 15th is a weekday, and Tea Party people work for a living!!  Come join us on Sunday – the rally is from 1-4 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common!

We have a number of excellent speakers (listed below). Our Keynote Speaker is Barbara Anderson, Executive Director at Citizens for Limited Taxation.  Barbara Anderson has been a TEA (“Taxed Enough Already”) Party person for many years, before the modern day Tea Party mobilized. She and the organization she represents are responsible for the restrictions of Proposition 2 1/2 and the limits placed on excise taxes. She is a tireless fighter for limited government and fiscal responsibility.

If you like your Freedom, you can keep your Freedom.

[Just like your health care plan, right?]

There are many things broken in our country, and the root cause is largely due to the interference of big government in our lives. Over taxing, over regulating, spying on the citizens, government take over of health care – all are proving to be colossal failures.

Fortunately, there is a reawakening going on and the citizens are on the march and becoming more active. Here in Massachusetts we have

  • the Tank the Gas Tax Movement
  • the outrage at Common Core implementation
  • the outcry against DCF due to the number of kids’ deaths and the kidnapping of Justina Pelletier
  • the repeal of the Tech Tax by the Deep Blue MA Legislature
  • the number of people who have stepped up and running for office in MA.

We will have speakers on all those subjects and much more. We will also highlight the Wisconsin Renaissance. The battle Governor Scott Walker fought was won at the ballot box (twice). But there is much more – a budget surplus, a Blueprint for Prosperity, business is booming and Wisconsin is thriving – you will here more about it at the rally.

It is time to return to Freedom again.

SPEAKERS:

KEYNOTE:  Barbara Anderson ~ Executive Director at Citizens for Limited Taxation
Emcee: Tom Duggan ~ Publisher/Owner, The Valley Patriot & Talk Show host, WCAP

 

Students For Liberty (SFL) – Thank You!

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Below is a thank you letter I received on behalf of the Greater Boston Tea Party. Note that a number of Tea Parties in the area (Worcester, Greater Marlborough, others I may have missed – my apologies) hosted these students as they spoke about how to reach out to students and what it is like to be on liberal campuses. They asked for donations to fund a bus trip to the International SFL Conference in Washington DC, February 14-16. Thank you for your support of their efforts, and I hope to see them at future Tea Party gatherings!

Note: They also attended a taping of Stossel University as noted on Fox’s website article (link)  which can be viewed on YouTube here. Note that Dandrick Gelin of Quinsigamond  Community College asked a question during the taping. Plus Stossel also discussed the Sleepwalker statue at Wellesley College.

Pat,
On behalf of Students For Liberty, I’d like to thank you and all GBTP members for helping out with our student trip to DC to the International Students For Liberty Conference. Each student had an amazing time, and many memories were created. You could not imagine all the smiles that I saw as students roamed around the conference, attending multiple lectures on such various and important topics.
Students learned so much about the encroachment of government into our lives, giving them ammo for the upcoming fights against tyranny. More than 20 students now are a little more prepared to fight for the future.
When your fellow Tea Partiers ask how to get students involved, tell them our great story of success. Let it be an example of the type of events that can empower my generation.
I’ve attached some pictures from our bus ride. Please pass them along in your next email to GBTP members. We seriously can not thank you all enough for the help you gave us.

God Bless,

Daniel Morris

Students For Liberty Campus Coordinator

Salem State University, Salem, MA

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Greater Boston Tea Party February 2014 Newsletter

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A quick look at our calendar will indicate we have a busy month ahead, which is reflective of another exciting year politically. As Paul Craney from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance points out, we have three things coming together which indicate the potential for significant gains for conservatives in Massachusetts:

  1. An “off” (i.e. non-Presidential) election year.
  2. An open Governor’s seat (where his disastrous record will hurt the incumbent’s party).
  3. We are entering the “lame duck” years of a politically wounded President.

For those of you with strong stomachs that withstood listening to President Obama’s State Of The Union (SOTU) speech…. While Obama tried to put a “good face” on his record, I am pretty sure the American people are NOT “buying it” (not that he has left us with any money!). Even with a slavish media which seems bent on covering up every scandal possible, Obama’s fifth Presidential year approval ratings are only slightly above Bush 43 (amidst Katrina and a war) and Nixon (Watergate, a VP resignation).

Obama finished 2013 with PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” award. Indeed, the jokes that have flowed from his lie of “If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance” are numerous and telling – such as “If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom [snicker].” The President’s honesty being the frequent subject of jokes has not been this bad since Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” and Nixon’s “I am not a crook!”. Obama may well go down in history as the biggest presidential liar ever (at least among those who did not resign or suffer impeachment [yet]).

Obamacare: the lies, the disaster. It’s as if the Titanic, after hitting the iceberg, backed up and rammed it again and again! The website continues to reach new lows – while it is no longer completely non-functional due to crashing, recently there was Congressional testimony proving the site is not secure – Security Expert Hacks Obamacare Website In 4 Minutes; Accesses 70,000 Records. If the NSA doesn’t get your most private healthcare information, identity thieves will!!! Reports of patients not getting care, doctors being on hold for hours trying to verify insurance, etc, are all anecdotal because the main stream media is not doing its job.

And if the media had been doing its job over the past year, Obama would be toast – the Obamacare website, the Obamacare exchanges, millions upon millions of people being forced out of their insurance by Obamacare, the insurance bailouts written into Obamacare, the IRS scandals, Benghazi, NSA spying on the American people, an “almost war” with Syria, government targeting of its “enemies” (e.g. the IRS vs the Tea Party), Common Core hitting the fan at the state level, the tanking economy, unemployment, the revelation that the unemployment numbers were “faked” in 2012, his use of executive orders to circumvent whatever law he darn well pleases (!), etc., etc. etc… The list of scandals is never ending!

SOTU had Obama calling for a “year of action” while fully acknowledging he can not achieve it without resorting to government-expanding executive orders. Obama’s “I’ve Got a Pen and I’ve Got a Phone” – and the implied threat accompanying that statement – should concern every freedom-loving American. House Republicans should be our last line of defense against a lawless President. But they need to have the testicular fortitude to stand up for principles. There are some indications they may not have what it takes (Breitbart: House GOP to Obama: Let’s Do a ‘Year of Action’ Together) – particularly on immigration reform.

WE must be vigilant. Being informed and being fully prepared to counter the Leftist agenda is key. And the Greater Boston Tea Party has a lot of ammunition in its jam-packed meetings this month.  We have speakers touching on many of the points raised in SOTU:

  • Immigration Reform – Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies from the Center for Immigration Studies will be speaking at our Boston meeting.
  • Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance and Citizens for Limited Taxation and the Greater Boston Tea Party are hosting Michael Saltsman, joined by State representative Jim Lyons and Lenny Mirra to discuss the initiatives, both in Massachusetts and nationally, to increase the minimum wage. We sent details out as a separate email, and here is the link to the email for details.
  • Common Core (countering Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ [bottom]) will be the subject at the Holbrook meeting (where Paul Craney from Mass Fiscal will also address minimum wage, and the year ahead).
  • At Medford we will host Patrick Barron will present his topic Defining the Machine, exposing the “pay to play” system in Washington.
  • And also at the Boston meeting, Nathan Fatal from the New England Objectivist Society and Students for Liberty will discuss student activism – how to reach out to the young adults, a very important goal for our future viability.

Speaking of Students For Liberty – they are attempting to raise funds to charter a bus to go to Washington DC for an international conference. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to spreading the message of liberty to college age young adults. They are very passionate about their work! They are a worthy cause I would recommend supporting – and a little goes a long way! You can donate to help fund their bus trip here.

Our friends at the Northborough Tea Party will be very focused on the immigration issue, ramping up their American First Immigration Reform campaign. Look for some good things coming from that group, with ways for you to get involved.

We have a bright future ahead in 2014! The GBTP Medford Meeting will also return to being a monthly meeting (all meetings are monthly now). There is much work to do, and there is plenty of energy to utilize and a high level of interest to tap into. GET TO WORK!!

2014 IS an exciting year! I look forward to it, and with your support, we WILL make a difference!

Patrick

Why Massachusetts Should Not Raise the Minimum Wage

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Below are 2 Testimonials sent to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on June 11, 2013

Testimony 1: From Peter D. Laird Sr.

Mr. Chairman and Committee Members, thank you for the opportunity to comment  on the proposed bill to increase the minimum wage.  I come before the Committee as a citizen and particularly as a grandfather of eight grandchildren all living in Massachusetts.  It’s my hope that as I grow older all my grand kids will be living in Massachusetts, available for me to interact personally with them and that I will not have to resort to Skype or iPad transmissions from some distant state because that’s where the jobs are. As much as we all love Massachusetts and view it as a wonderful place to live, much of the rest of the country is growing relatively faster than the Commonwealth. Proof of this was in the last census and our losing a Congressional seat in the 2012 election.

Massachusetts is a high cost state to do business for a myriad of reasons. I don’t believe we should add to those costs – and to the PERCEPTION of those high costs – by increasing our minimum wage to the highest state rate in the country -20% higher than the next highest rate in the State of Washington.

Nationally, just 1 1/2% of the population earn only the minimum wage. More than half of that small percentage are teenagers or students – not primary breadwinners. The average family income of those students and teenagers is $65,000 a year.  When a teenager and student myself I earned $1.25 per hour as a stock boy in summer jobs at an electrical devices assembly plant and $.90 as a dishwasher in my college’s dining halls. Clearly, I couldn’t maintain a household on those wages nor pay for the totality of my college expenses, but I could and did buy books and help defray my parent’s, a teamster and a school teacher, expenses helping me through school.

In 1999 Massachusetts ranked 10th in teenage employment at 54%.  In 2012 the Commonwealth ranked 31st at 26.5%. This proposed legislative increase in the minimum wage will worsen this situation.

Numerous studies have been done on the impact of raising minimum wages. Professor David Neumark of the University of California/ Irvine and William Wascher, a researcher for the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC in 2008 did a thorough study of 102 studies that had been done in the previous three decades. Two thirds of the studies showed a consistent indication of a negative employment effect. Only eight per cent showed a positive impact. Of the 33 studies the two researchers felt were the most credible due to more stringent methodology, 28 of 33 (85%) found a negative impact on employment; none found a positive impact.

And the greatest negative effect was on the less skilled, in particular teenagers especially black and Hispanic teenagers.

Since an increase in the mandatory minimum wage has a negative effect on the most vulnerable – teenagers and black and Hispanics trying to gain entry into the job market to learn job skills to benefit them longer term, I’d encourage legislators to leave the Massachusetts’ minimum wage unchanged.

Thank you for the opportunity to make my comments.

Pete Laird Sr.

Testimony 2: From Paul D. Craney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Good afternoon members of this committee, I will try to be concise and brief since there are so many that want to offer their opinion today. My name is Paul D. Craney and I am the Executive Director of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a right of center economic, fiscal and good government non-profit group.

Thank you for letting me have this opportunity to speak to you today on the minimum wage and if we as a state should increase it. Before I begin my testimony, let me put the minimum wage in a context that everyone here can easily identify with, and that’s elections.

As a successful candidate for public office, you had to earn more votes than your opponent. As a candidate, you knew what the rules were for winning and for most it was developing a campaign plan to get 50% plus 1 vote. It’s the same for employers. They develop a campaign plan that addresses their largest two concerns: making payroll and knowing where their income is going to come from. As a candidate, you develop your campaign plan for the first Tuesday in November and the rules don’t change. As an employer, the same is also true. The end of every payroll period is their first Tuesday in November. With the economy being so slow, especially outside of the Boston beltway, by increasing the minimum wage rate, you are making it almost impossible for many to win; the rules are being changed for them.

Let me now examine the facts on the minimum wage hike. Massachusetts is one of 18 states that has a higher state minimum wage rate ($8 per hour), than the Federal law of $7.25 per hour. 23 states have a minimum wage rate the same as the Federal rate. The border states of New York and New Hampshire have lower rates than Massachusetts.

The debate over raising the rates for the minimum wage continues to draw emotion and proponents see the issues as a matter of fairness. In contrast to some perceptions, a majority of minimum wage workers are teenagers entering the workforce, and not adults trying to raise a family. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS,) 21% of hourly employed teenagers earn minimum wage or less compared with about 3% of workers age 25 and over. Of this small percentage of adults earning minimum wage or less, 94% also have a spouse that works as well.

In 8 out of 10 families supporting children, the minimum wage job accounts for less than 20% of the total household income. 4 A majority of studies also show that increasing the minimum wage actually cuts jobs and does not reduce poverty levels.  Additionally, nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners receive a raise in their first year of employment.

Since the majority of minimum wage workers are young adults, the effect of increasing the minimum wage would actually hurt them as businesses can no longer afford to hire them. The unemployment rate for teens in Massachusetts has been increasing over the last several years.

The MassBudget website states, “In 2011, 13.8 percent or close to one in seven young adults (ages 16-24) in Massachusetts are unemployed. This is a dramatic increase—more than doubling—of the youth unemployment rate in 2000, which was 6.7 percent, or one in fifteen.

Well respected newspapers have editorialized on the subject as well. The New York Times, editorialized about the minimum wage rate increase once on January 14, 1987 and then again on April 15, 1987. In each editorial, the Times disputed the flaws that proponents defended for the increase in minimum wage. The justifications they have been making since 1987 are still being used today.

The Times stated, “Raising the minimum wage by a substantial amount would price working poor people out of the job market.” “Raise the legal minimum price of labor above the productivity of the least skilled workers and fewer will be hired.” “Those at greatest risk from a higher minimum would be young, poor workers, who already face formidable barriers to getting and keeping jobs”

More recently, the Boston Business Journal editorialized on March 1, 2013 against the rate increase here in Massachusetts. The BBJ stated, “Regulate something and you get less of it. Regulate minimum wage jobs and you’ll get fewer of them. Massachusetts should shelve minimum wage hikes for the sake of the tens of thousands who can’t find a job.” I have submitted copies of these editorials with my written testimony for your reference.

So what is the solution for helping the small percentage of minimum wage workers who are trying to support a family? In the 1970’s the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was signed into law. This law allows low income households to receive a tax credit based on their income level; the lower their income, the higher the tax credit. This permits targeted low income households to receive a break rather than the minimum wage pool in general. Additionally, the Times editorialized in 1987 and it can still be encouraged today to increase job training for minimum wage workers in hopes that they will be promoted to higher paying professions.

Thank you again for your time and I am happy to answer any questions you may have today or as a follow up.

Paul D. Craney

Below are some references:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm

http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/labor/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx

http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012.htm#1

http://epionline.org/study/r132/

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/01/raising-the-minimum-wage-will-not-reduce-poverty

http://epionline.org/studies/macpherson_06-2004.pdf

Greater Boston Tea Party Elects new President, Officers

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DECEMBER 30, 2013

Boston – The Greater Boston Tea Party has elected Patrick Humphries to serve as president of the non-profit, all-volunteer policy advocacy organization. Humphries, whose two-year term commences January 1, 2014, replaces Christine Morabito, who served as the organization’s second president. Both are counted among founders of the organization.

Patrick Humphries graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After a stint in the Navy, Humphries went into the healthcare field, ending up in the healthcare information technology sector where he has been for the past 25 years. He has been involved with the Tea Party since early 2009. Patrick can be reached at phumphries60@gmail.com.

“Patrick has been an excellent representative and tirelessly dedicated member of the Greater Boston Tea Party since its founding.” said Christine Morabito, outgoing president. .”I have no doubt he will excel in his new role.”

In 2014, the Greater Boston Tea Party continues its mission to educate and advocate for public policy that promotes limited government, free markets, free speech, individual liberty and personal responsibility, all tenets of the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.

About the Tea Party’s future, Humphries said, “We are witnessing, and driving a re-awakening – which must lead to a rebirth of freedom. The Tea Party is a state of mind that is widely shared. Average citizens must get involved in the political process to ensure our freedoms. We save them or we lose them – now is the time.”

Steering committee member, Peter Laird, has been designated media liaison. He can be reached at pdlsr@comcast.net.

Kat Hess was elected to serve as secretary. The steering committee nominates and elects officers every two years. New terms commence January 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2015. Other members of the committee include Austin Hess, Catherine White and Pat Alessi.

Christine Morabito
Outgoing President, Greater Boston Tea Party

Taxation without Representation? Not with the Tea Party Around

This column originally appeared in the December 2013 edition of the Valley Patriot

gas taxBy: Christine Morabito

In July of 2013 the Massachusetts legislature did something both historic and fiendishly clever. When voting to increase the gas tax (not historic) they also voted to index the tax to inflation, meaning the tax will continue to rise, and rise without lawmakers having to perform the unpleasant task of voting for it.

This slick maneuver was viewed by conservatives as the epitome of “taxation without representation.” Just like the original Tea Party, the modern day Tea Party was having none of it. Limited government groups, conservative activists and Republican lawmakers joined forces to collect over 100,000 raw signatures from embattled taxpayers of all political persuasions, who have had enough of this nonsense. The goal was to give voters an opportunity to repeal the automatic tax increases during the 2014 elections.

About 87,000 certified signatures for the repeal were delivered to the Secretary of State’s office this week. That was 18,000 more than was required, illustrating the popularity of this citizen effort. The initiative is now on its way to appearing on next year’s ballot.

Not surprisingly, Governor Deval Patrick is not amused. Perhaps still stinging from the embarrassment of the Tech Tax repeal a few months ago, he is now lashing out at advocates of the gas tax repeal. Patrick said, “… I think those that are advocating that the indexing be undone need to answer for why it is they keep showing up for all the ribbon-cuttings every time there’s a new bridge or a new road project done, but don’t seem to want to participate in how to pay for it.”

While it was not crystal clear who the governor was referring to, we can safely rule out the activists and petition signers who are far too busy working and paying taxes to attend ribbon-cutting ceremonies. A reasonable person could deduce that the ribbon-cutting enthusiasts Patrick was speaking of were the several Republican lawmakers who supported the petition; his veiled threat to them: Good luck getting state funding for your district’s construction projects in the future.

During the budget debates, Beacon Hill lawmakers ignored Republican attempts to solve some of the state’s financial problems through reform efforts. Seems the lopsided legislative body was only interested in measures that would raise taxes – I mean, revenue. Patrick’s knee-jerk defense of roads and bridges is old and tired. Tax revenue is plentiful if only it were spent properly. In fact, Patrick recently announced that he will begin accepting his full salary of $151,800, having foregone some of it in previous years. He states, “We’re running a surplus. I think it’s fair.” The state did indeed end its fiscal year with a surplus of $1 billion. So, tell me again why we need to raise taxes?

The gas tax increase will disproportionately affect the poor and the elderly on fixed incomes. While I do not begrudge the governor collecting his six figure salary, if fairness was his goal, he would support tanking the gas tax because the little people cannot afford it.

If the repeal fails and this “forever gas tax” is allowed to stand, our slippery lawmakers will be given the green light to tie future legislation to inflation, as they have already done with their own salaries and are attempting to do with the proposed minimum wage increase. Like a naughty toddler acting up in the toy store, politicians should not be rewarded for bad behavior if we expect them to act appropriately in the future.

Luckily, some people are demanding politicians be held accountable. A debt of gratitude goes out to all those hard working Tank the Gas Tax activists, conservative talk show hosts and legislators who spend countless hours collecting signatures in all kinds of weather, promoting the effort on radio and television and delivering and retrieving petitions from city and town halls all across the state. This was no easy task for unpaid activists. The fact that these sometimes disparate groups were able to work so well together for the common good is worth noting.

Massachusetts drivers now pay 42.4 cents in taxes per gallon of gasoline, figuring in state and federal taxes. The prospect of this tax going even higher in the future is not sitting well with them and they are speaking out. This citizen’s petition is their way of telling their representatives that they are Taxed Enough Already. Good for you Massachusetts!

Related Articles:

Mass. passes historic gas tax increase
Gas tax rollback vote angers Mass. Governor
Patrick: Don’t repeal automatic gas tax hikes
Gov. Patrick lashes out at push to repeal gas tax law
Massachusetts caps fiscal year with $1 billion surplus in tax collections
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to begin taking full $151,800 salary he is entitled to

GBTP Boston Meeting: Monday December 2, 7:30 pm

The Greater Boston Tea Party will host Joshua Archambault of the Pioneer Institute at
Lir Restaurant (<–map link)  903 Boylston Street Boston

At 8:00 PM  Monday December 2

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Mr. Archambault will speak on “The fate of young and old under ObamaCare. Is it even about healthcare?”

This comes at a great time, soon after the Obama administration will have bungled yet another deadline to get HealthCare.gov up and running.

The doors will open at 7:30.
Come and socialize and get into the holiday spirit beforehand.

Note: With so much going on, and heading into what could be a big election year, we will once again be meeting up every month in Boston, starting in December. We will now be meeting the first Monday of the month (rather than the second Thursday) to avoid competition booking space. We won’t always have speakers, but we will bring out speakers on hot topics and candidates as they are available.

Martin Walsh – A Dangerous Choice for Boston…and Massachusetts

This editorial originally appeared in Massachusetts Matters - News and Comment

By: Stephanie Davis  October 22, 2013

Boston’s next mayor must be a big thinker with a proven record of fostering job creation and a passion for delivering city services in innovative ways. In this context, Martin Walsh’s mayoral campaign is highly problematic in three critical areas: temperament, taxation and fairness.

As a state representative, Walsh has consistently opposed legislation that would bring much-needed transparency, accountability and reform to state government. His abysmal 4% scorecard rating by the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance suggests a preference for status-quo politics as usual.

His initial support for the now-repealed “Tech Tax”, is equally unsettling since the levy is a dagger at the heart of good-paying jobs. Moreover, his vote to REPEAL the tax almost 4 months later indicates policy ignorance, a failure to lead or both. By voting no the first time, Walsh would have demonstrated an understanding of how private jobs are created. Perhaps most ominous is Walsh’s fervent sponsorship of legislation (H. 2467), which could again force property taxes sky-high not only in Boston but throughout Massachusetts by restoring compulsory binding arbitration.

Martin Walsh represents a narrow and exclusionary constituency whose primary objective is unfettered access to taxpayer dollars. In their worldview, the purpose of these revenues is to support their increasingly exorbitant pay and benefit schemes to the exclusion of other services citizens now enjoy. His interests are not aligned with middle-class residents struggling to prosper in an increasingly expensive and innovation-driven city. With this last thought in mind, it is equally disconcerting he enjoys strong support among local officials whose constituents will be most adversely affected if he becomes mayor.

Walsh and his endorsers must provide answers to these questions in the critical days before the November election. The city’s finances are already showing signs of strain. Based on his legislative history, Martin Walsh is part of the problem and not its solution.

Citizen Watchdog Training

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Saturday, November 16
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Osgood Bradley Building 18 Grafton St. Worcester, MA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)

Keynote Speaker: WRKO’s Jeff Kuhner

Presenters:  Tom DugganRob Eno – Paul Craney – Rep. Marc Lombardo – Rep. Matthew BeatonSteve Aylward – Clare Donegan – Stephanie DavisJim EttweinJohn Niewicki – Andrew Faria – Jim Stergios

Register: https://www.geticontribute.com/gbtp/initiative/citizen-watchdog-training-2013

An engaged, citizen-driven media was one of the driving forces behind the birth of American democracy. The preservation of our republic is incumbent upon the continued participation of our public in observing, reporting, and holding our government accountable at all levels.

Citizen Watchdog Training will feature:
 Your Dwindling First Amendment Rights and Media Propaganda
Accessing public documents (FOIA)
Social Media: Learning Facebook and Twitter to Spark Change
Common Core Standards
Fighting Smart Meters
Right to Refuse Amendment
Repealing the MA Gas Tax
Legislative/Public Policy Expert Panel
Power of Citizen Journalism: Become the Media with WatchdogWire

Please bring your laptop, tablet and/or smart phone
Wi-Fi will be available. We will be using hashtag #BostonWD
Free parking under I-290 adjacent to building

Sponsored by the Greater Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts Liberty Movement and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity

Lowdown on the Shutdown: A Tea Party Leader’s Perspective

Obamacare Pace Car

By Christine Morabito

The federal government “shut down” and yet the sun still rises in the East. Actually, a government shutdown is not nearly as catastrophic as some in Washington would have you believe. The blame game continues in earnest, with liberals trotting out various and sundry “victims” and attempting to blame Republicans – especially the Tea Party. So, one day we’re “dead” and the next we’re responsible for every pestilence known to mankind. They can’t have it both ways.

According to State House News Service, Gov. Deval Patrick opined, “I think Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with little people and I hope God forgives them for that, but I hope voters won’t.” Hmmm, where to begin …. It is clear that this tactic is about using powerful rhetoric to work people up into a lather; people who wouldn’t otherwise notice the shutdown. It’s about bringing on the hurt and gaining sympathy so they can blame the other side. It’s about videotaping eight-year-olds giving the thumbs down” to the shutdown, when they wouldn’t know a government shutdown if it crawled out of their chicken nuggets.

Make no mistake about who truly cares about “little people.” It is most certainly not the liberals, whom, with their every policy, (raising taxes, imposing excessive regulations and making people dependent on the government) keep those little people right where they are. The Tea Party, on the other hand, wants EVERYONE to succeed!

This is an excellent opportunity for the Tea Party to educate folks about the difference between essential and non-essential programs. By the way, if spending falls into the category of non-essential, shouldn’t we at least have a conversation about whether or not we can afford it? After all, that’s what we all do in our own homes when we have budgeting challenges. Our debt limit has been raised 7 times since President Obama took office. How much more debt are we willing to burden our children and grandchildren with?

Our federal government has gotten too big and spends entirely too much money. More importantly, they are doing things they were never intended to do, like imposing job-killing regulations, controlling student loans, car companies, and now the healthcare industry, just to name a few. And, do our congressmen really need 18-22 staffers? Well, do they? Some cuts will be more painful than others, but our politicians are lying to us if they claim spending is not a problem.

This shutdown is the ultimate in political theater. In a piece called “Seven stupid things the gov’t spent money on during the shutdown,” Michael Bastasch reports, “federal agencies created new websites to tell visitors that they don’t have enough funding to run their old websites,” chose not to close parks near Democratic senators’ homes,and feds have posted park rangers at the WWII memorial “to prevent rogue veterans from getting in.”

As for Obamacare, it has raised healthcare premiums, cut workers’ hours, caused doctor shortages and forced many people to lose their health insurance. Even the unions hate it. In a revealing letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, president of the Teamsters Union, Jimmy Hoffa, wrote the following, “Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class….The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.”

Major provisions of the healthcare law have already been delayed or amended, and exemptions given to friends of powerful politicians. The American people just want their exemption too.