Sunday, March 08, 2009

John Walsh at Tonight's Town Dem Meeting

Dem Party Chairman John Walsh made a visit to tonight's Town Dem meeting in Swampscott. He came chiefly to talk about transportation, an issue that's critical and, obviously, something the Governor is pushing. It was a pretty crowded room, so he had a pretty good sized audience. We usually get 30-40 people at our quarterly meetings - a few more actually showed up tonight.

His point was a great one. When this state was going through the Big Dig and how to fund it, who was over in the Corner Office? Walsh went back to 1998, when Paul Celluci was in charge, and talked about how Celluci pushed on the Pike, with Republican-appointed boards, a $1.9 billion bond loan the state needed to finish paying for the Big Dig. The Pike was then more than solvent and was easy pickings for Celluci. The bond was a 40 year bond -- the first 10 years of which the State had to pay nothing. The state also borrowed, under that leadership, on employee salaries -- so now the Pike is paying $130 million a year to fund the last 15 years' salaries.

It was a broken model by a group of Republican leaders who loved Government services, but refused to actually pay for them. Now, when the bill is due, Democrats are forced to pay for it. Governor Patrick wants to do it through a gas tax, an entirely reasonable way of doing it, which will cost the average citizen around $100 a year. That's the difference between Republicans and Democats: Democrats are the adults who clean up the mess, who understand values have costs and must actually be paid -- and that they make the state a far better and more prosperous (not to mention profitable) place.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

who cares!!

Anonymous said...

Ryan:
Walsh is a state party hack. Why the love affair with this overpaid donkey?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Who gives a crap is a Lynn hack shows up in Swampscott for a Dem meeting. Maybe next time he will show up with some money. This town has gotten crapped on by Walsh and his ahole pals for way too long.

Ryan said...

Anon 1:38, Lynn hack? Walsh lives in Abington.

Anon 8:39, I care. I wrote about it. That's what I do when I care about things. Moreover, I'd hope you'd care, because that's how $1.9 billion went poof and a lot of mismanagement happened.

Moreover, Charley Baker, the Supposed Republican Savior, was the one who signed off on the swaptions that exacerbated that $1.9 billion hole that Celluci pushed on the Pike and the state will now have to pay for, with tons of interest.

Anonymous said...

Let the campaign begin. A Cahill Baker final would be fun.

By the way, this guy Walsh is a hack and every thing out of his mouth is partisan. Did Walsh support Marzilla or Wilkerson? How about Sal the thief.

Anonymous said...

Did Celluci perform this magic in a vacumn? There is plenty of blame to go around for Big Dig problems Dems. included.

Anonymous said...

This state is fucked and the dems have their fingerprints all over the mess. Its one thing to be an asskisser, but at least be honest.

Ryan said...

"By the way, this guy Walsh is a hack and every thing out of his mouth is partisan."

Generally the Chair of a PARTY is going to be partisan. Why is it that you aren't demanding Karl Rove act as a nonpartisan? People only expect Democrats to be 'nonpartisan' -- or, in other words, cave into the Republican partisan tools every time.

Anonymous said...

I am an independent. Rove is a hack as well. Go Deval. At least he's someplace where he cannot screw things up. On vacation.

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