Carla Howell (above) is the President and Co-founder of the Center For Small Government. In 2002 she also ran as a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. In 2000 she ran against Senator Ted Kennedy and won 308,860 votes - the highest vote total of any third party U.S. Senate candidate running against both a Democrat and Republican in recent history. In 1998, she ran for State Auditor and received the endorsement of the Boston Herald.
Michael Cloud is Co-founder of the Center For Small Government. In 2002 he also ran for US Senate against 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, winning 19% of the vote - the highest vote ever received for a Libertarian US Senate candidate.
Together they are two of the most subversive activists in Massachusetts politics. Their latest delightful endeavor is to force down the state income tax by putting a referendum question on the ballot. The only issue is to cut it by how much, as explained in this press release:
Massachusetts politicians just raised the sales tax from 5% to 6.25% and also raised a number of other smaller taxes -- while they continue to spend billions upon billions of dollars in pork, waste, overspending, failed Big Government Programs, and unnecessary programs that are better handled by the private and voluntary sectors of the economy.
Can you think of anything worse for the many who have suffered pay cuts, stock market losses, furloughs, and layoffs? Who are looking for a job? Who are trying to keep their retail business from going under in Massachusetts?
Wouldn't it be great to order the legislature and the governor to not only reverse the sales tax increase, but to CUT it instead?
So...we filed several ballot initiative petitions on Aug. 5th to CUT the Massachusetts sales tax rate: to 5%, 4%, 3%, and 2-1/2% - giving us some options if we choose to run an initiative.
I say abolish the tax entirely, but at the very least the current unjust increase cannot be allowed to stand. Meanwhile, at Northampton's Happy Valley novelty shop the repeal has already occurred.
How appropriate to have a game featuring a donkey - the symbol of the Democrats - right by the sign.
I like this Dann Vazquez video about the Northampton Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell on King Street in Northampton.
Today at UMass
A day-glo Buddah.
A dead duck by the Fine Arts Center.
This weekend UMass is hosting the Northeast Organic Farming Convention. Many of the participants like to sleep by the campus pond in tents.
Relaxing in the tent city.
August 9th is the anniversary of the death of Garcia.
We miss you Jerry!