Charlie Baker wants a third term as governor?

Is this a joke? Who are they surveying for these polls? Stranded Red Line riders Tuesday morning in the rain in Dorchester? People in ambulances after Saturday’s derailment on the Green Line just beyond Kenmore Square? Or riders after the other derailments on the T and commuter rail over the last eight months?

What’s the T’s new slogan?: “Next time, take the bus.”

During Tuesday’s fiasco on the Red Line, Tall Deval was far from the front lines. He was touring Springfield.

“I believe,” he reassured the soaked straphangers three area codes east, “we are heading in the right direction.”

Which was not outbound, either on the Red Line Tuesday, or the Green Line Saturday.

Odd, this flurry of trial-balloon stories — Tall Deval is “quietly” putting together his team … many voters say they’d be open to four more years. What’s the rush here? Didn’t he just get re-elected seven months ago?

And how much political excitement can one state take – I mean, why this Baker boomlet so soon after the thrill of Seth Moulton’s dynamic bid for president?

On the other hand, maybe Tall Deval is trying to strike while the iron is hot — it’s been almost a whole week now since a corrupt Mass. state cop has been sentenced to prison. No members of the Legislature have been in court on drunken-driving charges since, uh, earlier this month. No Tall Deval-appointed judges have been indicted and suspended without pay since … May.

He’s been such a dynamic leader, Tall Deval. A sheep in sheep’s clothing. Today, the Legislature will move another step closer to jacking up the state income tax. It’s no longer enough for the greed-crazed solons to enact a “millionaire tax” that will in short order make everyone in the state a “millionaire.”

Now the hacks want to dispense with the fiction that it’s only the so-called rich that they’re out to beggar. Now they want a graduated income tax, period.

As doomsday nears, Tall Deval laid down the law on behalf of the taxpayers. Meekly, he “cautioned” the Legislature against making any rash moves.

“I’ve said that we didn’t think we should be raising taxes on people,” he thundered, “and I certainly don’t think we should be pursuing a graduated income tax.”

But of course Tall Deval doesn’t have the votes to sustain a veto of any of the coming tax increases. He’ll go through the motions, just like he did with the hacks’ pay raises a couple of years ago, but it’s all political theater.

Maybe that’s why he wants that third term in 2023 — to get his sticky fingers on some of the new billions that will be flowing into the state coffers, however briefly, after the millionaire tax passes in 2022. And Tall Deval does maintain a certain base — sometimes it seems like he’s had a selfie taken with half the voters in Massachusetts.

One of whom is Michael Ribodoux, age 54, who owns, or owned, a tow shop in Worcester, until he was killed last week in Auburn by one DeJesus Amaro of Taunton.

Here’s a headline about him from last summer in the Taunton newspaper: “Police: Taunton man busted twice in two days found lying on stranger’s bed.”

The first charges were for illegal possession of fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine. The next day, after blowing off his first court appearance, Amaro was caught passed out in a camper. The cops had to chase him down after he came to and fled.

Brought up before a Weld-appointed judge, Kevan Cunningham, Amaro’s bail was set at $500. He made it, later got probation and didn’t turn up again until last week. Driving a stolen car in the wrong direction on Route 20 in Auburn, DeJesus Amaro struck a Jeep in which Ribodoux was a passenger. Ribodoux, a grandfather, was DOA.

DeJesus Amaro took off running again. After his capture, police say he told them he’d smoked two marijuana blunts earlier in the day and was chugging on a bottle of cognac — Hennessey, of course. At age 24, he has no driver’s license, never has had one. He did, however, have two outstanding warrants from Taunton District Court.

This is Charlie Baker’s Massachusetts. Very good for people like DeJesus Amaro, not so good for people who work for a living and play by the rules, like the late Michael Ribodoux.

Four more years? The way things are going in Massachusetts, does it really matter?

Source: www.bostonherald.com

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