Illegal Immigrants In MA Have Received $35.7 Million In Health Care This Year

Courtesy of you and me.

(photo credit: Boston Herald)

Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration.

The figures — released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions — show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year.

They also made 6,160 visits to the state’s overburdened emergency rooms in the fiscal year ending in June for an additional cost of $1.9 million, a Herald analysis shows.

And how’s this for breathtaking arrogance?  Cadillac Deval won’t let anyone from his admininstration talk about the  rage-inducing numbers.

The Patrick administration, which supplied the figures last week, refused to make state health insurance officials available to discuss them.

But critics were quick to blast the huge medical bill being footed by hard-pressed, law-abiding taxpayers.

“Incorporating illegal immigrants into any type of government-sponsored health care is legitimizing their presence here,’’ said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, which favors stricter immigration policies. “It’s a kind of piecemeal amnesty.’’

Added state Rep. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), “It’s just another example in this state of working people paying the bills, and some people availing themselves of the benefits we have in the commonwealth.’’

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER.

Barney Frank Has Accepted $40,000 In Donations From Bailed Out Banks

And there’s more – are you sitting down for this shocka?  This comes after he swore he wouldn’t take a dime from banks that received TARP (aka YOUR) money.

Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions.

But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other institutions that received billions in TARP money.

Just yesterday, Frank made new campaign finance disclosures showing he received $17,000 from top executives of Bank of America — including $2,000 from CEO Brian Moynihan. B of A received $45 billion in bailout money. In all, Frank has hauled in at least $27,000 since 2009 from bank execs — and $13,000 from PACs — connected to banks that received TARP funding, including:

• $5,000 earlier this month from the Bank of America Corp. Federal PAC;

• $10,000 in August and September from the Bipartisan PAC/ Bank of New York Mellon Corp.; Mellon received $3 billion from TARP;

• $2,000 in June 2009 from the Financial Services Roundtable PAC, which counts TARP recipients B of A, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo among its members; and

• $1,000 in March from U.S. Bancorp PAC; the Minnesota-based bank received more than $6 billion in TARP funds.

Of course Bawney is trying to spin this as a mistake in semantics only.

In a statement last night, a Frank spokesman said the congressman has declined to take contributions only from the top 10 TARP recipients, but he noted he would accept donations from those institutions once they repaid their debts.

How big of him. 

Remember in Novemeber.

Deval Patrick’s Wife Has Aide To “Coordinate” Her Appearances On Taxpayer Dime

Groundhog day comes early to Massachusetts.

In a stunning rerun of one of Gov. Deval Patrick’s early embarrassing Beacon Hill stumbles, first lady Diane Patrick once again has a taxpayer-funded aide to coordinate her official appearances, the Herald has learned.

Patrick communications director Kyle Sullivan confirmed that Rose Arruda, who makes $55,000 a year to run Patrick’s ribbon cuttings and speaking engagements across the state, also works on up to 52 events a year for the governor’s wife, who’s a lawyer at the prestigious Hub firm Ropes & Gray.

Republicans immediately seized on the news — which comes almost four years after Patrick’s disastrous decision to hire a $72,000 chief of staff for the first lady in the first few months of his term. The aide resigned in March 2007 after public outrage over her hire.

Sullivan defended the move, saying, “The great majority of her time is spent on staffing Gov. Patrick at official events. Occasionally she will also assist Mrs. Patrick when she is attending an event in her capacity as first lady.”

Arruda, who identifies herself as a “staff person for First Lady Diane Patrick” on her Linked In profile, also assists Diane Patrick on the campaign trail, but only on her own personal time, Sullivan said.

Pu-leeze.  Since when does a hack on Beacon Hill do anything on their own personal time?  

Remember in November.

Sweet. Chris Christie Will Campaign For Charlie Baker In Massachusetts

Whiney teachers and hecklers beware.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who wrested control of the governor’s office from Democrats in that state, will campaign for Republican Charles Baker in Melrose Sunday morning. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for a rally at memorial Hall, 590 Main Street.

The rally will be held in the district represented by Baker’s running mate, veteran lawmaker Sen. Richard Tisei.

Christie always brings Teh Awesome and this could provide a nice boost for Baker as he hits the home stretch.

Click here for some vintage Christie for your viewing pleasure.

Finally. Rat Fink Cahill Pulls Lottery Ad As Marsha Coakley “Investigates” Collusion

Better late than never.  Tim Cahill finally pulled his taxpayer-funded state lottery ads last night after Marsha Coakley hauled Lottery officials into her office and then called on him to do so.  It must have killed her.  After all, a vote for the rat fink equals a vote for her pal, Deval.

Treasurer Tim Cahill agreed last night to stop running taxpayer-funded Lottery ads, hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley called on the embattled candidate to do so, after the release of explosive e-mails and texts that appear to show Cahill’s campaign staff working with the state agency to boost his sagging gubernatorial bid.

Late yesterday, Coakley told Cahill’s office she wanted the ads to come down until after the election.

“(To) avoid even the appearance of impropriety, we have informed the Lottery that we believe they should take the advertising down or postpone the ads until after the election,’’ press secretary Melissa Karpinsky said.

A source told the Herald the attorney general yesterday pulled in two top Lottery officials, the director of marketing and the legal counsel, and urged them to pull down the ads.

[…]

Earlier in the day, GOP attorney general candidate Jim McKenna had urged Coakley, a Democrat, to go to court to halt the Lottery ads, noting the apparent coordination between Cahill’s campaign and Lottery staff.

The messages came out Wednesday in a high-stakes lawsuit that Cahill filed against former campaign aides he accuses of sabotaging his long-shot bid.

Cahill consultant Dane Strother sent a text to campaign manager Adam Meldrum on July 27 telling him: “Yes on lottery ads and he has plenty of money.”

An e-mail from Strother to Meldrum later that day outlines agenda items topped by “Get the Lottery immediately cutting a spot and get it up … Needs to focus on the lottery being the best in the country and above reproach.”

The same e-mail also asks how much is in the treasurer’s abandoned property publicity account.

Don’t get too excited about Marsha’s alleged investigation unless the feds take over.  We all know how her last email-gate investigation ended.

Boston Globe Columnist: Hey, let’s avoid losing a congressional seat by taking in millions of illegal immigrants!

This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in the Boston Globe – and that is saying a lot.  No matter that they are criminals and a drain on our society, this tool wants millions of them to flood our state to preserve a congressional seat.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s our fault they are called illegal because we have made it too hard to come here and feed off of the public trough.

The relative decline of our population compared to the rest of the nation has been the source of much soul-searching. Why don’t people want to live in Massachusetts? Some blame the weather, an unpersuasive answer if you’ve ever spent a summer in a growing state such as Georgia. Others blame our politics, our high housing costs, our taxes, and even our economy (it’s geared to college grads, and hence shuts out those of lower skills).

Solution: Illegal immigrants. Each member of Congress represents about 647,000 people. Get a few million immigrants to move to Massachusetts, and we’d start to get some muscle.

[…]

Which is what puzzles me about this paroxysm of anti-immigrant rage that has swept the nation, a paroxysm that has even made its way into Massachusetts’s gubernatorial elections. Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has taken a tough line, supporting Arizona’s mean-spirited immigration law, ripping incumbent Deval Patrick for “siding with immigrants,’’ and vowing to put the State Police to work enforcing immigration laws. Patrick has been far better on the issue, but even as he decries “hate-mongering,’’ he agrees that “illegal immigration is a serious national problem.’’

No, it’s not.

Let’s deal first with this obsession over the word “illegal.’’ There is an easy assumption that “illegal’’ equates to immorality. But illegal immigrants are illegal because we have made it much harder today to be legal than it once was (did the Pilgrims ever have to show the Wampanoags their green cards?). Being illegal doesn’t make you a bad person any more than dropping the speed limit to 10 miles per hour would suddenly make those driving faster bad drivers. Indeed, if mere “illegality’’ was truly the issue, then you’d expect to see the anti-immigrant crowd pushing to loosen immigration rules.

Warped logic.

Boston Globe To Tierney: What Did You Know And When Did You Know It?

You know you’re in deep you-know-what when, as a Democrat, The Boston Globe demands that you come clean – and fast.

According to Representative Tierney, Patrice didn’t know the money was shady, and thought she was telling the truth when she filed Robert’s income tax forms claiming the money was from “commissions.’’ But that’s not what she asserted in court: A guilty plea is an admission to having knowingly committed a crime. John Tierney’s statement said that Patrice agreed only that she should have been more inquisitive about the true nature of her brother’s income. It was, in fact, a stunning lack of curiosity, since he previously had been charged with illegal gambling in the United States.

No one can account for absolutely everything a spouse does. But in most marriages, subjects like the management of a $7 million bank account tend to come up. John Tierney needs to explain precisely when he learned of this account, and whether he ever questioned its legality. The Tierneys made no reference to whether they themselves ever used or benefited from the money, though the congressman’s spokesman insisted that they did not. They should make it perfectly clear that they did not, and answer any and all questions on the matter.

With that information, voters should be able to make up their own minds about their congressman, who is on the ballot for an eighth term this November.

In handling issues like this, politicians usually follow a predictable script: There’s an expression of loyalty to one’s spouse, often followed at some point by an appeal to inquisitors to “lay off my family.’’ Inevitably, political allies pop up, chorus-like, to offer their support in such difficult times — as though someone got sick or died, rather than committed a serious felony.

Let’s hope the Tierneys and their supporters skip this drama and get quickly to the point: What did John Tierney know, and when did he know it?

Feel free to call his office and ask a helpful staffer.

Peabody: 978-531-1669

Lynn: 781-595-7375

Washington, DC: 202-225-8020

Democratic Congressman John Tierney’s Wife To Plead Guilty To Filing Bogus Federal Tax Returns For Her Brother’s Illegal Offshore Gambling Business; Update: Guilty Plea Entered

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This is my Congressman and he’s in a tough fight for for reelection against Republican Bill Hudak.  He’s a weasel…and he’s soon to be the husband of a convicted felon. Par for the course for a Massachusetts hack.

SALEM — The wife of Congressman John Tierney is scheduled to plead guilty today to federal tax charges arising from her brother’s illegal offshore gambling business, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Patrice Tierney, 59, of Salem, has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns, according to documents that were unsealed in federal court yesterday.

Prosecutors say the congressman’s wife managed a bank account from 2003 to 2009 with more than $7 million in money from illegal gambling activity by her brother, Robert Eremian, in Antigua. They allege she mischaracterized the deposits as “commissions” and her brother’s job as “computer consultant” in documents submitted to Eremian’s tax preparer.

We call that money laundering, boys and girls.

Tierney released a statement yesterday saying that his wife accepts full responsibility for being “willfully blind” to her brother’s action. He said she acknowledges that she “should have done more to personally investigate the true nature of Mr. Eremian’s business activities. …”

Tierney said his wife believed her brother when he told her eight years ago that he was leaving the country to pursue a career in selling or licensing software to a legal Internet gaming business. He said Patrice agreed to care for their ailing mother and serve as a “de facto” second mother to her brother’s three teenage children.

Riiight.

She now realizes that the trust she formerly had in her brother was misplaced and she should have more aggressively questioned Mr. Eremian when he asked her to pay his personal (and) some family obligations and tax payments from an account he funded,” Tierney said in the statement.

“I stand by Patrice in this difficult time,” he said. “As she moves on with her life, she continues to be the primary caregiver to her own mother; a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family; and a friend to the hundreds who know her.”

Hudak isn’t buying it.

“I call on John Tierney to disclose the full extent of his wife’s illegal activities and his own involvement, if any,” Hudak said. “We need full disclosure here.”

Hudak said last night that the charges against Patrice Tierney raise questions about John Tierney’s involvement.

A simple statement isn’t going to fly, Johnny.  He is asking the voters to believe that FOR SIX YEARS he had no idea that his brother-in-law ran an illegal offshore gambling business and that his wife managed its bank account.

Remember in November.

Update: Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in federal court this afternoon.

The wife of Democratic incumbent Congressman John F. Tierney pleaded guilty today to charges she helped cover up her brother’s $7 million ownership stake in a Caribbean gambling operation by falsifying his federal tax returns.

With her husband by her side – and former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern heading up her defense – custom jewelry designer Patrice Tierney, 59, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young and copped to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“I take full responsibility for what my part in this was,” said a soft-spoken and refined Patrice Tierney. She told the court she is being treated for depression and anxiety.

I’ll bet she is.

In what federal corruption prosecutors Fred M. Wyshak Jr. and Robert Fisher assailed in pleadings as a “conscious course of deliberate ignorance,” Patrice Tierney stated to her younger brother Robert Eremian’s tax preparer that the millions showing up in his Bank of America account came from “commissions” he earned as a computer consultant to Sports Offshore – a phone and Internet gaming racket based in Antigua.

“There were numerous, numerous red flags along the way that would have alerted the defendant that her brother was the owner of the business,” Wyshak said today. “She deliberately ignored those red flags.”

She and her Sergeant Shultz husband, Congressman Tierney.

Tierney sat listening to his wife’s confession with his head bowed and resting on hands folded together. He later emerged from court on his wife’s behalf but refused to answer questions as to whether today’s event could impact his re-election run this fall.

“Today is not about me. I’m here in support of Patrice,” the pol said.

Actually, today is very much about you, Johnny.  You still have lots of ‘splainin’ to do.

“Gutierrez si! Rahm no!”

I’m guessing Rahm’s first day on the campaign trail was not what he had envisioned.

Can’t he just eat his eggs?

But as he wolfed down scrambled eggs and sipped coffee at Izola’s Restaurant on 79th Street with three patrons, some residents tried to interrupt, blaming the former White House strategist for a lack of jobs on the South Side. As the cameras rolled, Emanuel stood up and tried to quell the simmering scene, explaining how he felt the Obama administration had helped create jobs.

“You are going to be asked some hardball questions and get your bat out,” Paul Johnson, 49, eventually told Emanuel. “Welcome to Chicago.”

At which point, Rahm was making plans to send a dead fish to the person behind naming his first days on the trail the “Tell It Like It Is Tour” – Axelrod, perhaps?

Emanuel also visited Pilsen, where he met with United Neighborhood Organization CEO Juan Rangel, a strong ally of Mayor Richard Daley’s. Rangel said he wasn’t endorsing Emanuel but felt he was among several candidates who are qualified to be mayor. Emissaries from those campaigns also greeted Emanuel outside Nuevo Leon restaurant on 18th Street.

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and former Chicago Public School Board President Gery Chico rallied around the restaurant catcalling as Emanuel made his way down the block. Some local activists also handed out fliers ripping Emanuel for being part of a White House that some feel hasn’t been active enough on immigrant rights.

“Gutierrez si! Rahm no!” several people chanted outside, while Chico’s supporters gathered signatures to get their candidate on the ballot.

“We’ll be ceding no ground to Rahm Emanuel or anybody else,” said Robert Reyes, a Chico spokesman.

Even potential rivals who weren’t there tried to pile on Emanuel, who has garnered national media attention for jumping into the local race.

“It’s a great restaurant visited by tourists,” said City Clerk Miguel del Valle, who has said he’s running to be mayor. “It’s a must stop for tourists, and I can understand why Rahm went there on his first day back.”

I think this photo sums up his reception perfectly: