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February 23, 2007

Has Deval Patrick Discovered Shame?

Here's some good news: Taxachusett's prodigal Czar, I mean Governor, Deval Patrick is giving back some of the money he's looted from the public coffer.

Patrick will be making personal contributions toward the $46,000 Caddy he bought on the public's dime, to bring its costs into line with the Crown Victoria Mitt Romney used to drive. (Patrick alleges that Crown Victorias don't meet his security needs.) He also says he'll repay taxpayers for the $27,387 he blew on high-end furniture for his fancy office.

Despite outrageous tax rates, Massachusetts has a $1 billion budget deficit.

To those who carp on his habit of spending the public's money to finance his imperial lifestyle, Patrick responds:

Don't trivialize optimism and hope.

In other Deval Patrick news, the Governor is doing his part for optimism and hope by raising taxes even higher on the state's staggering economy. Pardon me: he's not raising taxes, he's lowering them and closing "corporate loopholes." But Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation isn't buying the spin:

This is anything but closing loopholes. This is a large tax increase on corporations at a time when the state's economy is struggling.

Sorry Massachusetts. But you voted for the guy, you get to live with the consequences.

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Patrick and his pricey wheels, via Coupe DeVal.

On tips from Bernie and V the K. Hat tip: Deval Patrick Watch.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 23, 2007 9:12 AM

Comments

Hey - I didn't vote 4 the guy but I have 2 live with the consequences - wtf?

Posted by: Bandit at February 23, 2007 9:44 AM

"Patrick Deval, the Cadillac of Governors'"

Being somebody that live out of state and works in MA., my guess is that the non-resident tax is how he's going to close the gap.

Isn't taxation without representation why we fought a war?

Posted by: Bernie at February 23, 2007 10:38 AM

The Mayor of Detroit was caught in a similar scandal when it was discovered he used city funds to buy a $65,000 luxury SUV and was using his city credit card to fund personal vacations to tropical resorts.

And, of course, he was soundly re-elected. Democrats don't give a damb about corruption when they're the ones wetting their beak.

Posted by: V the K at February 23, 2007 11:05 AM