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Do Massachusetts Voters Have the Guts to Change

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The state of Massachusetts has a golden opportunity to radically change its government in 2014, but only if voters have the guts to do it.

We already know our two term Governor Deval Patrick is not running for reelection, creating a chance to elect a republican for the state’s highest office. The current Attorney General Martha Coakley is running for Governor which means her office is open and current State Treasurer Steve Grossman is also leaving his position to seek the governor’s office. But that is only the tip of the iceberg.

This week long term State Senator Stephen Brewer announced he will not seek reelection this year opening up his seat in the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Middlesex state senate District. Brewer has served on Beacon Hill for 25 years and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means committee, which is responsible for the budget. While one who certainly cared for his constituents he also ranks near the bottom of the list for fiscal responsibility. Currently there are two republican candidates and one democrat who have announced they are running to replace Brewer. There are several other races in the works for other seats throughout the state as well.

This means the voters of Massachusetts can truly make a difference in the way this state is run. They can turn this state from being ruled by one party and their big government, big spending ways to one of fiscal responsibility, smaller government, lower taxes and a more business friendly environment. We only need to look at the last eight years to see the effects of this one party rule. We have fraud throughout the welfare system with deceased people collecting benefits, others having multiple EBT cards and merchants making fraudulent transactions. We have various government agencies with little or no oversight that endanger lives by this culture or patronage and “hands off” attitude. We have massive waste of taxpayer money on such projects as Evergreen Solar and A123, state supported green energy companies which have gone out of business stiffing us with the bills, yet Governor Patrick insists we didn’t lose money and wants even more for similar misguided and unnecessary projects. And let us not forget the automatic gas tax increase which was passed by our democrat controlled legislature or the fiasco that is Obamacare with our governor signing us onto the program causing us to spend millions for a computer system which isn’t working. At least what we had, flawed as it was worked.

Look at the news stories, when they actually appear. Massachusetts is losing businesses because of the high costs and over burdensome regulations imposed upon them. Massachusetts is one of the top states in the nation – for people to move out of. Only today we learn over 400 employees of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority who are due to get laid off in 2016 will be getting raises adding to their already generous pensions. The stories go on and on. This is what one party rule gets you.

On the national level Massachusetts voters also have a chance to replace all of their career congressional representatives as well. Yes, it is true; all members of the House are up for reelection this year. We are already seeing announcements for candidates for these offices.

If Massachusetts voters, Republicans, Democrats and Independents have the guts to do it, they can bring sanity back to Massachusetts. All one needs to do is take a serious, rational, look at what is happening in this state to understand change is needed. We can no longer continue to spend money foolishly with no accountability. We need to have rational, intelligent discussions on Beacon Hill, leaving the emotions outside the chambers and fix this state.

This is the opportunity we have waited for in Massachusetts. We have a chance to either change for the better, making this a great place to live or we can continue to have our citizens and businesses leave the state and become another statistic of failed economic policies. We are on an unsustainable path.

Do the voters of Massachusetts have the guts?

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