Public Housing Director paid $360,000 put in only 15 full workdays in Chelsea, MA

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    Dec 20, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    Yep and some believe the problem is not enough taxation...

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/12/18/chelseas_housing_boss_was_rarely_on_the_job/?page=1

    Michael E. McLaughlin, who abruptly resigned as Chelsea housing director last month after his $360,000 salary was revealed, put in only 15 full workdays in Chelsea all year to earn his extraordinary paycheck, according to a Globe review of his work cellphone records.

    The phone records are like a diary of McLaughlin’s work life, painting a picture of an executive who was constantly on the phone but rarely stayed long in the city where he managed low-income housing. The records show he didn’t go to Chelsea at all on almost half the working days in 2011, spending 47 weekdays in Maine and Florida with his top assistant and close personal friend, Linda Thibodeau. He spent another 21 work days at out-of-state conferences from Phoenix to Miami, usually with Thibodeau.

    “The office was just a place [McLaughlin] stopped to delegate to everyone what to do,’’ said one housing authority employee who asked for anonymity out of fear of retaliation. “He would come in 9:45 a.m. and out by 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. . . . ‘I’m meeting a guy in Methuen.’ There was always a meeting for lunch or coffee.’’

    Yet McLaughlin still portrayed himself as a workhorse, claiming to take so little vacation that he was eligible to sell back unused time to the authority. On the day he resigned, McLaughlin cosigned a check to himself for $81,578 for unused vacation time, a payment that would be legitimate under the terms of his contract only if he had limited himself to four vacation days annually since 2003.

    McLaughlin also claimed that he almost never got sick - he reported 3.5 hours of sick time in almost 12 years - an iron constitution that led him to write a check to himself for another $114,237 on his last day as payment for years of unused sick time.

    The revelations about McLaughlin’s lax work habits and questionable payments for unused vacation and sick time come amid burgeoning state and federal investigations of the housing authority, which has been taken over by a state receiver in the wake of McLaughlin’s departure and the resignation of the entire board of directors.

    The FBI is investigating whether McLaughlin, a former state legislator and longtime Democratic powerbroker, illegally diverted federal funds to his own use. State housing officials tried to stop payment on the checks written to McLaughlin on his last day, but he had already cashed the one for unused vacation time.

    “These are disturbing allegations,’’ said Greg Bialecki, secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, in a prepared statement. He said the fact that McLaughlin spent so little time in Chelsea and still claimed to take almost no vacation “further indicates that our efforts to remove the former executive director and board members were the right thing to do.’’
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    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?
    Dayum.. doesnt Riddler sound like those whiney OWS folks?icon_wink.gif
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    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.
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    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.
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    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.
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    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.


    Which impact? The doubling of the stock market in 3 years? The reversal of 750,000 private sector job losses to net job growth over the past 12 months? The 3 million jobs created by the stimulus?

    As I said, delusional.
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    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.


    Which impact? The doubling of the stock market in 3 years? The reversal of 750,000 private sector job losses to net job growth over the past 12 months? The 3 million jobs created by the stimulus?

    As I said, delusional.


    Try one of the slowest economic recoveries on record, anti-stimulus with massive added debt he's added that will be on the books for decades, jobs destroyed because of the stimulus. Created 3 million jobs? Yeah I'm the delusional one...
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    Dec 20, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.
    How? By diverting it all into his personal accounts? yeah right uh huh..icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
    A crook in the Whitehouse is better than Obama.. ok whatever son.
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    Try one of the slowest economic recoveries on record, anti-stimulus with massive added debt he's added that will be on the books for decades, jobs destroyed because of the stimulus. Created 3 million jobs? Yeah I'm the delusional one...
    LMAO Go read your history books tike.
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    Dec 20, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    LOL

    I went to the trouble of actually composing a post about how this has no connection to taxation then realized as I was typing this could only have come out of one of the moronic riddler's posts that I have inadvertently stumbled into despite the stupidity filters that prevent me wasting time with his idiocy.



    Never mind. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidLOL

    I went to the trouble of actually composing a post about how this has no connection to taxation then realized as I was typing this could only have come out of one of the moronic riddler's posts that I have inadvertently stumbled into despite the stupidity filters that prevent me wasting time with his idiocy.



    Never mind. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Yep - because spending has nothing to do with taxation. Considering how you seem to believe that socialism is actually a good thing... I'm sure any readers will take your comments readily in stride. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Upper_Cdn saidLOL

    I went to the trouble of actually composing a post about how this has no connection to taxation then realized as I was typing this could only have come out of one of the moronic riddler's posts that I have inadvertently stumbled into despite the stupidity filters that prevent me wasting time with his idiocy.



    Never mind. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Yep - because spending has nothing to do with taxation. Considering how you seem to believe that socialism is actually a good thing... I'm sure any readers will take your comments readily in stride. icon_rolleyes.gif


    So the solution to dishonesty in government is lower taxation?
    Wouldn't it be better to find the corrupt and prosecute them or at least fire them? Should this person be left on the job as long as taxes are lowered?
    Wouldn't you still have a corrupt person in a high-level job?
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    riddler78 said
    Upper_Cdn saidLOL

    I went to the trouble of actually composing a post about how this has no connection to taxation then realized as I was typing this could only have come out of one of the moronic riddler's posts that I have inadvertently stumbled into despite the stupidity filters that prevent me wasting time with his idiocy.



    Never mind. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Yep - because spending has nothing to do with taxation. Considering how you seem to believe that socialism is actually a good thing... I'm sure any readers will take your comments readily in stride. icon_rolleyes.gif


    So the solution to dishonesty in government is lower taxation?
    Wouldn't it be better to find the corrupt and prosecute them or at least fire them? Should this person be left on the job as long as taxes are lowered?
    Wouldn't you still have a corrupt person in a high-level job?


    Riddler's in the Paul Singer model of vulture capitalists. He believes that natural resources, the government, human beings exist to service corrupt wealthy people so they can "add value" to their bank accounts through graft.
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    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.


    Which impact? The doubling of the stock market in 3 years? The reversal of 750,000 private sector job losses to net job growth over the past 12 months? The 3 million jobs created by the stimulus?

    As I said, delusional.


    Try one of the slowest economic recoveries on record, anti-stimulus with massive added debt he's added that will be on the books for decades, jobs destroyed because of the stimulus. Created 3 million jobs? Yeah I'm the delusional one...


    From Politifact:

    "The president’s Council of Economic Advisers, in a report released in March, estimated that between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs were created or saved by the stimulus through the fourth quarter of 2010.

    Separately, the council’s report cited four independent analyses by the Congressional Budget Office and three private economic analysis companies. Here’s what the groups found:

    • CBO: Between 1.3 million and 3.6 million jobs saved or created.

    • IHS/Global Insight: 2.45 million jobs saved or created.

    • Macroeconomic Advisers: 2.3 million jobs saved or created.

    • Moody’s Economy.com: 2.5 million jobs saved or created."

    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2011/oct/21/national-republican-senatorial-committee/national-republican-senatorial-committee-ad-says-s/

    Now everyone can see how full of shit you are.
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    Christian73 said
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    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
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    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.


    Which impact? The doubling of the stock market in 3 years? The reversal of 750,000 private sector job losses to net job growth over the past 12 months? The 3 million jobs created by the stimulus?

    As I said, delusional.


    Try one of the slowest economic recoveries on record, anti-stimulus with massive added debt he's added that will be on the books for decades, jobs destroyed because of the stimulus. Created 3 million jobs? Yeah I'm the delusional one...


    From Politifact:

    "The president’s Council of Economic Advisers, in a report released in March, estimated that between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs were created or saved by the stimulus through the fourth quarter of 2010.

    Separately, the council’s report cited four independent analyses by the Congressional Budget Office and three private economic analysis companies. Here’s what the groups found:

    • CBO: Between 1.3 million and 3.6 million jobs saved or created.

    • IHS/Global Insight: 2.45 million jobs saved or created.

    • Macroeconomic Advisers: 2.3 million jobs saved or created.

    • Moody’s Economy.com: 2.5 million jobs saved or created."

    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2011/oct/21/national-republican-senatorial-committee/national-republican-senatorial-committee-ad-says-s/

    Now everyone can see how full of shit you are.


    Yeah - full of shit? Do you ever even bother reading this stuff?

    Here are the CBO's revised estimates -
    http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=3026

    All the estimates have been continually revised downwards and the jobs supposedly created are unsustainable at best and we are now seeing that. Obviously you haven't heard of Bastiat's Broken Window Fallacy - I mean why would you - he died in 1850 and his ideas have been around and pervasive since at least that long. In fact, the CBO now believes that there will be a long term lingering negative effect as a result of the stimulus because of the borrowing. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
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    jpBITCHva saidNot sure why this is posted.
    Is it shocking news that there are crooks?


    It's only news when it fits riddler's Randian worldview. Note that he hasn't mentioned Gingrich taking $1.6 million from Fannie and Freddie. icon_lol.gif

    Of course, I'm sure he's not availing himself of any of the perks of his socialist country or affluent parents. Hardscrabble this one is.


    Actually, it's ridiculous what Gingrich got from Fannie and Freddie and for what he did - but this only goes to support the underlying point that the problem is spending - not in revenues. I don't think Gingrich would make a good President but then again, I still think he'd be better than Obama.


    Do you ever tire of your ridiculous cop-outs? Gingrich would make Bush look like Teddy Roosevelt. He was road of out DC on a rail by Republicans and deservedly so.


    And yet... still better than Obama's impact on the economy.


    Which impact? The doubling of the stock market in 3 years? The reversal of 750,000 private sector job losses to net job growth over the past 12 months? The 3 million jobs created by the stimulus?

    As I said, delusional.


    Try one of the slowest economic recoveries on record, anti-stimulus with massive added debt he's added that will be on the books for decades, jobs destroyed because of the stimulus. Created 3 million jobs? Yeah I'm the delusional one...


    From Politifact:

    "The president’s Council of Economic Advisers, in a report released in March, estimated that between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs were created or saved by the stimulus through the fourth quarter of 2010.

    Separately, the council’s report cited four independent analyses by the Congressional Budget Office and three private economic analysis companies. Here’s what the groups found:

    • CBO: Between 1.3 million and 3.6 million jobs saved or created.

    • IHS/Global Insight: 2.45 million jobs saved or created.

    • Macroeconomic Advisers: 2.3 million jobs saved or created.

    • Moody’s Economy.com: 2.5 million jobs saved or created."

    http://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2011/oct/21/national-republican-senatorial-committee/national-republican-senatorial-committee-ad-says-s/

    Now everyone can see how full of shit you are.


    Yeah - full of shit? Do you ever even bother reading this stuff?

    Here are the CBO's revised estimates -
    http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=3026

    All the estimates have been continually revised downwards and the jobs supposedly created are unsustainable at best and we are now seeing that. Obviously you haven't heard of Bastiat's Broken Window Fallacy - I mean why would you - he died in 1850 and his ideas have been around and pervasive since at least that long. In fact, the CBO now believes that there will be a long term lingering negative effect as a result of the stimulus because of the borrowing. icon_rolleyes.gif


    I did read it and CBO hasn't made any substantive changes to it's initial analysis. And, yes, I did know of your obscure economist. Would you like me to quote Judith Butler on the operation of state violence in suppressing unpopular opinion or Lisa Duggan on the neocons attack on democracy? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidYep and some believe the problem is not enough taxation...
    I believe the problem is not enough people making $360,000 for 15 days of work.