Why should I vote for Charlie Baker?

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    1. Deval has raped the registry.
    2. Deval has raped the rainy day fund.
    3. 3 resort casinos? are you serious? no casino for the businesses who have struggled for decades with watered down licenses.
    4. raised taxes across the board.
    5. In a bad economy instead of pulling back on spending he increased it. He is to afraid to cut services and instead wants to spend every cent we have.

    Cahill in my opinion did well with the lottery. he did well with his conferences for woman (financial) He just does not have the IT that it takes to take on the legislature.

    Baker has the guts.  He was part of the weld administration not the Weld administration. he will not be afraid to cut services and make these govt agency's live in their means. I cannot blame the cost of the big dig on Baker. That was all mismanagement at the union level. Guessing low how much this or that cost. Working until the money ran out then saying "we cannot leave a hole in the ground"
     
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    [QUOTE]1. Deval has raped the registry. 2. Deval has raped the rainy day fund. 3. 3 resort casinos? are you serious? no casino for the businesses who have struggled for decades with watered down licenses. 4. raised taxes across the board. 5. In a bad economy instead of pulling back on spending he increased it. He is to afraid to cut services and instead wants to spend every cent we have. Cahill in my opinion did well with the lottery. he did well with his conferences for woman (financial) He just does not have the IT that it takes to take on the legislature. Baker has the guts.  He was part of the weld administration not the Weld administration. he will not be afraid to cut services and make these govt agency's live in their means. I cannot blame the cost of the big dig on Baker. That was all mismanagement at the union level. Guessing low how much this or that cost. Working until the money ran out then saying "we cannot leave a hole in the ground"
    Posted by ccfaulk[/QUOTE]

    Another moron for Baker -

    "I cannot blame the cost of the big dig on Baker. That was all mismanagement at the union level. "  Hmmm- strange, I always thought that mismanagement could only be done by managers.  Who knew the people doing what they are told to do were responsible for mismanaging.  Who knew that the project was designed and managed by unions.

    "Make Gov't agencies live within their means".  What does that even mean? Agencies aren't revenue producers.  They're given a budget that they manage to.

    And I think you are confusing guts with nerver.  But I will say that Baker has a lot of nerve.

     
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    "Make Gov't agencies live within their means".  What does that even mean? Agencies aren't revenue producers.  They're given a budget that they manage to.


    Ever heard of going OVER budget? So staying within their means would be staying on or under budget would it not?

    And what is "nerver"? Us being morons we're not up on all these college type words you smaht guys use.
     
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    Let's see if this moron can give you a rebuttal.

    1. thanks to the gentleman who explained to you that within your means meant within your budget.
    2. Do you really think they order a new bridge and then general contract the job themselves? You think Deval or Baker would be qualified to run a huge contruction job?? You knew exactly what I meant.

    3. Deval has some nerver to think he will win a second term.
     
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    [QUOTE]Let's see if this moron can give you a rebuttal. 1. thanks to the gentleman who explained to you that within your means meant within your budget. 2. Do you really think they order a new bridge and then general contract the job themselves? You think Deval or Baker would be qualified to run a huge contruction job?? You knew exactly what I meant. 3. Deval has some nerver to think he will win a second term.
    Posted by ccfaulk[/QUOTE]

    You still don't make any sense.  The workers are the Unions.  The Contracts employ members of the Union.  The heads of the Government agencies (appointed by the Gov) manage the projects and oversee the project managers.

    The Unions had absolutely nothing to do with the budgets or managing to the budgets.  It was contractors and sub contractors - none were union members.

    But you're right.  it was a mistake to use members of a construction trade union - you do know the difference between a trade union and a labor union?  I think we would all have been better off with no union members working the big dig.  no trained iron workers.  No trained construction workers of any kind.

    Blaming the unions for the big dig cost overruns.  Shame on you for blaming the guys that risked their lives to build the big dig while the fat cats sat in their offices.

    And where was Charlie Baker?  he was the man figuring how to finance the Big Dig.  That's what Charlie Baker did.  he pushed it out and pushed it out to keep taxes low under the Weld administration.  It kept taxes lower under Weld, but we are paying for it now.  And I wonder if pushing it out had any impact on the amount of interest we had to pay.

    Yep, another fine example of fiscal conservatism.  Keep taxes lower today at the cost of higher interest payments tomorrow.

    Thank you Charlie Baker.

    Of course, the right wingers will deny it.  They won't argue the merits of such a strategy.  Instead, they'll just say "Charlie didn't do that".  and when facts are presented proving that is exactly what Charlie did, they'll deny the facts.

    Here's the republican leaderships strategy for governing.  Play today and leave the bill for when the Democrat gets in office.  Leave the Dem holding the bag.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : You still don't make any sense.  The workers are the Unions.  The Contracts employ members of the Union.  The heads of the Government agencies (appointed by the Gov) manage the projects and oversee the project managers. The Unions had absolutely nothing to do with the budgets or managing to the budgets.  It was contractors and sub contractors - none were union members. But you're right.  it was a mistake to use members of a construction trade union - you do know the difference between a trade union and a labor union?  I think we would all have been better off with no union members working the big dig.  no trained iron workers.  No trained construction workers of any kind. Blaming the unions for the big dig cost overruns.  Shame on you for blaming the guys that risked their lives to build the big dig while the fat cats sat in their offices. And where was Charlie Baker?  he was the man figuring how to finance the Big Dig.  That's what Charlie Baker did.  he pushed it out and pushed it out to keep taxes low under the Weld administration.  It kept taxes lower under Weld, but we are paying for it now.  And I wonder if pushing it out had any impact on the amount of interest we had to pay. Yep, another fine example of fiscal conservatism.  Keep taxes lower today at the cost of higher interest payments tomorrow. Thank you Charlie Baker. Of course, the right wingers will deny it.  They won't argue the merits of such a strategy.  Instead, they'll just say "Charlie didn't do that".  and when facts are presented proving that is exactly what Charlie did, they'll deny the facts. Here's the republican leaderships strategy for governing.  Play today and leave the bill for when the Democrat gets in office.  Leave the Dem holding the bag.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    DWL

    The unions did cause costs to rise on the Big Dig and they also added to the cost of insurance because of the Project Labor Agreement which squeezed out non-union contractors resulting in higher bids of 15 to 30% on the roughly $10B of construction value for this $14.B project.

    The unions padded the payroll with nonproductive shop stewards and work rules that required oilers (senior union guys who road out their pre-retirements) to sit next to pieces of equipment that didn't require oiler duties like the equipment from the 40's did. 

    Baker spent 4 years in the mid-90's as part of the Weld/Celluci administrations as their director of finance and administration for the whole state budget . The Big Dig budget was developed by the Turnpike Authority (a quasi-public independent organization) under Kerasiotes, who later was dismissed and charged by the SEC for covering up the project cost increase.  Given the Big Dig budget by the Governors Baker was told to find a financing plan which he did, the use of Grant Annuity Notes based on future FHWA funds.  This is the same funding mechanism that Gov Patrick is utilizing on their current multi-billion bridge program.  That funding program was developed by Jim Aloisi Patrick's secretary of Transportation a man with 25 years of involvement with policy and funding of the Big Dig.

    The Big Dig is a non-story and its time for this media created bogeyman to go away. 




     
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    [QUOTE] Baker did what he was paid to do.   I would have done the same and so would every other manager.  Everyone thought it was easy money. DEM and REP.    a relative in the painters union, work? at the big dig. 32$ hr, never opened a paint  can, sat around all day drinking beers.                Politics can make fools of us all !
    Posted by chiefhowie[/QUOTE]

    Not familiar with the particulars, but let me take a guess....

    The painter worked for a contractor or subcontractor.  The contract said, "I can do the job for x amount of money" and was given the contract.  Someone said, OK, that's a good deal.  The person who hired the contractor was not Union.  He was a manager, probably a project manager employed by Bechtel (I think).  If the contractor was able to complete the job that he was contracted to do in the allotted time with a painter who drank all day, then the person giving out the contract was incompetent and the contractor was stupid because he could have completed the job with one fewer employee on the job.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : Dukakis hired Bechtel.  Good call!
    Posted by GreginMeffa[/QUOTE]

    You lost me.  First it was the Union's fault.  Are you now saying it was Dukakis's fault?  Wasn't Dukakis gone long before work started?  Shouldn't someone in the government been assigned the task of keeping an eye on the project?

    If you hired a contractor to do work on your house, would you not inspect his work from time to time to make sure it was being done correctly?

    Half the people in the Army Corp of Engineers are hired to inspect the work of the contractors to make sure they are doing what they were contracted to do.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : Not familiar with the particulars, but let me take a guess.... The painter worked for a contractor or subcontractor.  The contract said, "I can do the job for x amount of money" and was given the contract.  Someone said, OK, that's a good deal.  The person who hired the contractor was not Union.  He was a manager, probably a project manager employed by Bechtel (I think).  If the contractor was able to complete the job that he was contracted to do in the allotted time with a painter who drank all day, then the person giving out the contract was incompetent and the contractor was stupid because he could have completed the job with one fewer employee on the job.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    I little context; this was a state MassDPW (now MassDOT Highway Div) until 1996 at which time the legislature gave it to the Turnpike to manage because they had the ability to Toll (revenue).  This was part of the big metro-Boston politician skrew job to the rest of the state and especially metro west and the northshore.

    The state decided to go the PLA route, limiting competition to only union labor added 15-30% premium or about $2B to cost of project.  The state used the project to fix any problem within the Boston core and quickly caved in due to politics (note the legislature and Boston have been under Dem control since the 80's).

    The state hired Bechtel an international construction management firm to assist in managing the project under state's control.  The state bid the construction projects under state procurement laws Chapt. 30 or 149a for bldgs. The painter worked for a painting company that was a subcontractor to one of the General Contractors who won one of the 100 plus construction contracts awarded under the public low bid model during the 90's.

    The painter drinking his way through lunch was one of the relatively small percent (less than 5%) that actually did this.  We all paid and are paying for the this level of inefficiency.

    Baker developed the funding model to pay for the $11B budgeted project, and this model is now being used by over half the states including Mass for its current bridge program.

     
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    Former Dem Speaker Tom Reilly endorses BAKER!!!!!!

    Bwa hahahahahahahaha
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : Because he'll fight those dirty unions! http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/10/gop_governor_ca.html?p1=Local_Links Oh nevermind.  Accept one of the biggest bloosuckers' endorsement first.
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    I'm also curious to see what happens with Cahill's allegations that Baker's campaign contrived the Locc's desertion, and that he helped steal information for Baker. 


     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : You lost me.  First it was the Union's fault.  Are you now saying it was Dukakis's fault?  Wasn't Dukakis gone long before work started?  Shouldn't someone in the government been assigned the task of keeping an eye on the project? If you hired a contractor to do work on your house, would you not inspect his work from time to time to make sure it was being done correctly? Half the people in the Army Corp of Engineers are hired to inspect the work of the contractors to make sure they are doing what they were contracted to do.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    Wasn't Matt (aka Fat-Matt) Amarillo in charge of the Big Dig  financing?

    But you are digressing as usual, Baker will take less of my money, and cut governement size and spending.

    If he doesn't, we are no worse off, we all know Dee-Val will continue his hacko-rama hiring deal.  He is an empty suit, like the president, and he follows the same game plan.

    I'll repeat, three reasons:

    1. Baker will take less of my money by reducing/repealing taxes.
    2. Baker will cut the size of the MA government
    3. Baker will cut government spending

    Did I write slow enough for you?  Wait a minute, RectumCleaner (aka movingtampon) says the state is doing great!  No need to even have an election, we're doing so well that we should just keep the status quo and everyone will be fine!

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : Wasn't Matt (aka Fat-Matt) Amarillo in charge of the Big Dig  financing? But you are digressing as usual, Baker will take less of my money, and cut governement size and spending. If he doesn't, we are no worse off, we all know Dee-Val will continue his hacko-rama hiring deal.  He is an empty suit, like the president, and he follows the same game plan. I'll repeat, three reasons: 1. Baker will take less of my money by reducing/repealing taxes. 2. Baker will cut the size of the MA government 3. Baker will cut government spending Did I write slow enough for you?  Wait a minute, RectumCleaner (aka movingtampon) says the state is doing great!  No need to even have an election, we're doing so well that we should just keep the status quo and everyone will be fine!
    Posted by dazydo[/QUOTE]

    Why the bad mood - develop a callus?

    How will Baker reduce the size of Government?  What's he going to cut?  Is he going to cut education, local aid?  What will he cut?  Or does it not matter to you what he cuts as long as he cuts?  Will it matter to you if his cuts result in you're property taxes?

    And no Fat Mat was not in charge of figuring out the Financing for the Big Dig.

    Did I write slow enough for you?  D1ck head.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : Why the bad mood - develop a callus? How will Baker reduce the size of Government?  What's he going to cut?  Is he going to cut education, local aid?  What will he cut?  Or does it not matter to you what he cuts as long as he cuts?  Will it matter to you if his cuts result in you're property taxes? And no Fat Mat was not in charge of figuring out the Financing for the Big Dig. Did I write slow enough for you?  D1ck head.
    Posted by DirtyWaterLover[/QUOTE]

    I would imagine he'd cut certain jobs that aren't needed. It's not like it's any secret that govt tends to have many wasteful positions. Ever see a crew patching a hole? Four guys standing around while one guy does the work.
    Hell, I was on a city paint crew for a summer job while in college. It was a crew of four not including me and that was two too man. We painted three...one crosswalk, one "Stop" on the road and one hydrant. And that was a busy day.
    Certain departments can be consolidated to cut money also. There is a lot of waste in govt. It doesn't have to mean aid or programs will be cut.
     
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    stolen equipment, job delays, non union show up union walk off but still get paid, concrete was poor union guys that work with concrete everyday didn't know that?, overtime, phantom jobs, stolen fuel, false disability claims, inventory trucks driven by union members slowed or stopped so overtime kicked in. Hiring construction companies that have 30 guys at the beginning of the job and ended with 5,000. who paid for the ramp up of that company? we all did.

    I will say the job was not easy and a ton of men/woman busted their buttocks to earn a living.
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/09/big_dig_company_pleads_guilty/
     
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    [QUOTE]stolen equipment, job delays, non union show up union walk off but still get paid, concrete was poor union guys that work with concrete everyday didn't know that?, overtime, phantom jobs, stolen fuel, false disability claims, inventory trucks driven by union members slowed or stopped so overtime kicked in. Hiring construction companies that have 30 guys at the beginning of the job and ended with 5,000. who paid for the ramp up of that company? we all did. I will say the job was not easy and a ton of men/woman busted their buttocks to earn a living. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/05/09/big_dig_company_pleads_guilty/
    Posted by ccfaulk[/QUOTE]

    So basically what your saying is that the project wasn't managed very well.


     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Why should I vote for Charlie Baker? : I would imagine he'd cut certain jobs that aren't needed. It's not like it's any secret that govt tends to have many wasteful positions. Ever see a crew patching a hole? Four guys standing around while one guy does the work. Hell, I was on a city paint crew for a summer job while in college. It was a crew of four not including me and that was two too man. We painted three...one crosswalk, one "Stop" on the road and one hydrant. And that was a busy day. Certain departments can be consolidated to cut money also. There is a lot of waste in govt. It doesn't have to mean aid or programs will be cut.
    Posted by hawkeye01[/QUOTE]

    News flash - the Government isn't intended to be efficient.  The Government is intended to be unbreakable.

    I used to work for the state so I know what's going on.  A lot of people getting paid to do simple tasks.  3 people in the private sector could easily do what 6 people do in Government.

    But the intent of the government is to keep the wheels moving.  Slowly, yes, but keep the wheels moving.  A friend would say it's all torque and no horsepower.

    When they make cuts, the Government doesn't become more efficient.  They don't trade torque for horsepower.  They simply cut functions and programs.  They offer fewer services. 

    They don't offer bonuses to managers for being more efficient.  They don't give incentives for "doing more with less". 

     
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