Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wampanoag "Good Faith" reveals itself in campaign expenditures

The initial campaign reporting filings for the recent Wampanoag-Genting Indian casino ballot proposal in Taunton, MA reveal what the people of Taunton can expect from the promised Wampanoag "good faith" agreement negotiated with trusting Mayor Tom Hoye (Trusting Tom) to spend and hire locally in Taunton.

Of those Taunton residents hired to work as "campaign consultants" on the Together for Taunton campaign, solely funded by the Wampanoag's financial backers in Malaysia, all were paid significantly less than the Mashpee tribe member consultants and other non-Taunton residents hired.  In fact, non-Taunton resident employees were paid 88 percent higher wages on average by the Wampanoag for their campaign work.

Four Taunton residents received a combined $21,850 in consulting fees for their staff work on the Together for Taunton campaign - for an average payment of $5,463 for their work in the first reporting period.  Compared with $39,666 paid to four non-Taunton consultants (including two Mashpee tribe members) - for an average payment of $9,917.  Taunton resident jobs on the campaign paid 45 percent less than others hired by the Wampanoag.  If that math carries through to the casino, those $35,000 per year average salary jobs promised by Cedric "crush the competition" Cromwell will translate to $19,600 jobs for Taunton residents - or more likely, immigrants willing to do low paying hard labor work who will move into or near Taunton.  (By the way, it will be this influx of low-income wage earners and their families that will - according to Taunton's mitigation expert consulting report - increase local public school costs by more than $890,000 per year.  The City's intergovernmental agreement (IGA) negotiate by the Mayor with the Tribe secured only $360,000 in annual mitigation costs from the casino for schools - a $540,000 additional deficit which while have to come from local taxpayers.)

As for "buying local" good faith?  Other than spending a paltry 6 percent of their printing budget with a local Taunton printer (the remaining 94 percent being spent with printers in Cambridge and Stoneham), virtually no goods or services other than pizza, parking and rent were purchased in Taunton.  The campaign couldn't even be bothered to stay local for basic office and cleaning supplies.  The total goods and local services purchased in Taunton amounted to $6,650 less than 10 percent of their goods & services purchased.  Food (pizza) being a significant portion of that spend - guess they couldn't find anyone outside of Taunton willing to deliver.

If we consider the Wampanoag-owned, non-tax paying restaurants, bars, parking, hotels, stores and whatnot the Tribe's proposed Indian casino complex will include once built, we can likely kiss all those local minimum wage-paying pizza deliver jobs goodbye as well.

Trusting Tom is starting to look more like the Taunton village idiot than a Mayor entrusted to negotiate good contracts on behalf of his residents.

25 comments:

  1. Free enterprise at work, gotta love it:)

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  2. What do you expect from a corrupt Admin and backers like Genting? Taunton you get what you deserve. And more to come.

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  3. Possibly, what are you doing to make it better:)

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  4. Sunshine baby, sunshine! Expose the current criminals and force them out of the dark shadows where they've been doing their corrupt deals. Keep it up WampaLeaks, Joan and everyone else!

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    1. Yep, sunshine ussually does the trick, results may vary however. Not all ways were there is smoke is there fire.

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  5. Oh there is more than smoke and fire there is a bonfire of corruption in this current admin.

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  6. How is this a known quantity and nothing can be done about it something here makes no sense, if there has been a crime committed and you know about it why have you not reported it???? Innuendo bonfires are in fact smokeless illusions with no heat and no true basis in fact.
    If what you say is true take this “trueness” (new word), present it at open council lay your bonfire out for all to see if it is true it will burn brightly, and have real heat assigned to it by the truth. Otherwise, we are back to half-truth and innuendo, which means less than nothing does. I say bring it if you got it, the truth is truth and should be presented as such:)

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  7. It ain't over till it's over. Your writing sounds familiar .You do get paid by Dictator Cedric Cromwell.Why lay it at a council or general meeting when your man will not answer questions or allow anyone to ask a question except for the ones he seeds in the audience.Then his flying monkeys clap for him and the other council like they have done something for them.Yes the truth is truth Paula or is it Trish now she is on the payroll both of you are.

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  8. Interesting approach to not answering my questions, I like you (believe it or not) want the tribe to do well. I disagree with your premise that I am some kind of shill sent to cause disruption and turmoil. Please read what I have read and tell me how I am protecting anyone was anything I said disingenuous????

    I asked a simple question and you ignored it by saying "Why lay it at a council or general meeting", you have to see the merit in placing your bonfire of corruption right out in the open, or is it possible this is a personal anger issue that you want to keep fanning????

    I see no logic in not showing wrong doing, if you are right then what is the problem and I am neither of those two people you mention. So bring your complaints right to the council then it has to be placed on the record and dealt with in a formal fashion.

    Skulking in the shadows is dishonest and requires to much energy. Cuz, you need to be part of the process and if we break some eggs in the process well how the heck else do you make a cake.

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    1. The Old HarpooneerJune 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      You are pathetic. Do you really believe the $#1t that you spout? You know doggone well that the council is not going to address any concerns that we have, and many of us were "part of the process," but were pushed out to make room for Cedric's lapdogs. Suck on that egg...

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    2. Old Harpooner,
      With respect, what is pathetic about my statements? You sound like an elder to me so I show respect, is anything I said in some way not true.
      If something is wrong or illegal and you have proof of the wrongdoing, why would you not bring it before the open council?
      This makes no sense to me, who pushed you out of the way you are not being reasonable or clear.
      Let me see if I understand your position you have positive proof of wrong doing and you can back it up with facts but you won’t bring this forward???? I do not understand this logic at all. Sounds like sour grapes to me.
      I am always amazed that people will not do the obvious thing even when it is right in front of their faces. If you present your valid claims in open council then the have to be addressed, if what you say is true that will be plain for all to see and you may be surprised by the results, the worst that can happen is you are proved right. How can that possibly be pathetic? Sorry I do not suck eggs bad for the digestion

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    3. Old Harpooner,

      For the record we are all Wampanoag equally, and all of us deserve to be heard on any given topic. Cedric and his lapdogs are not outsiders but Wamps just like all Wamps no matter their location. Division is a terrible game with none the victor.

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    4. Cedric Cromwell: Outsider, another "casino Indian." Became Tribe member 2006. Boston native. Present domicile unknown. Can you name anything he has done for the Tribe that he didn't get paid for?

      Aaron Tobey: Outsider, lived in Lakeville, present domicile unknown. I don't know if he ever stepped foot in Mashpee as a young man.

      Mark Harding: Outsider, native of Mattapoisett, went to Old Rochester Regional HS, where he never let on that he had Native heritage. All his classmates thought he was white. Never set foot in Mashpee. Lives in the mansion that he and Paula built with federal funding on Shoestring Bay, or his pied-à-terre on Martha's Vineyard, you know, the one that he swindled his grandmother out of?

      Marie Stone: Lives on another planet.

      I can give you names of people without a drop of Wamp blood who are more a part of our community than any of these. Not long ago we buried Harry "Sonny" Joseph, who had been with us since he was a child. He was even one of those arrested in the "Twelve Acres" kerfuffle. Where were any of the above?

      Division sometimes is necessary; in 1860 our republic was sharply divided between slave and free. Combined losses topped 600,000. Should the abolitionists have remained silent for the convenience of "peace?"

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    5. I remember Tony and Stacy and Author Emerson from time to time over by the bog and I know they would disagree with this foolishness about outsiders. You are born as a Wampanoag and it does not wash off simply because you are on the other side of the bridge where your parents were (imagine that). So what if they never came to Mashpee I did not realize that was a prerequisite to your heritage. What does Sonny have to do with this insanity? I respect your right to think and feel as you do, I just do not see how this is an effective way to make or maintain change and progress, all you are doing is perpetuating anger, dissention and mistrust .
      If any of these Wamps (see it matters not where they are from) are doing wrong then bring it to the council and make it stick bird!!! Otherwise stop the segregation talk as this makes you are no better and maybe worse than those who attempted this bigotry on us even now, that is the definition self destruction, hating your own worse than some of those outside our circle.
      Sir/Maam,
      Division is only necessary when you are attempting to destroy something, as a Wamp I would think this is an obvious ploy that was used against us over the historical record without success I might add. Therefore, why in the world would you stoop to foolishness that has been proven not to work?
      I say there is only way we can be destroyed and that is from within; a historical fact. If you see wrong in the present council then “dam_ _ don't cogitate activate and bring clear wrong doing and proof to the table. Let the system work by submitting your claims of injustice and make the system work through active participation and follow through in the tribal system, otherwise you sound like someone with a axe to grind. Innuendo only clouds and issue, it does not clarify an issue.

      If any of these Wamps are doing wrong then bring it to the council and make it stick bird, other wise stop the segragation talk as you are no better and maybe worse for this attempt at bigotry.

      Sir/Maam,

      Diviison is only necessary when you are attempting to destroy somthing, as a wamp I would think thisisa obvious ploy that was used against us over the historical record with out success I might add, so why in the world would you stoop to foolishness that has been proven not to work. I say this the only way we can be destroyed is from within and that is a historical fact. If you see wrong in the prosent council the ndammit don't cogitate activate and bring clear wrong doing and and proof to the table. Let the system wrok by submitting your claimns of injustuce and make the sytem work, eventually this is how Mr. Marshal was brought to the light.

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      Slave and free is not the same as what you are doing and you are no abolitionists using this methodology. You are using a bigoted methodology that tries to lesson tribal members as if they are not equal to you in some way. Where would this authority come from??? If you have issues with Cedric and present council then bring the facts and proof to the surface I have read reelwamps and now this blog and I note you never follow through on your innuendo. Yes, Yes you pump it out there for us to read but I never see a completed action, why is that. Based on this I must assume that this is a personnel matter and anger can sometimes cloud the judgment.
      Let me be clear my only issue with your process is the demeaning of Wamps, through bigotry and yes that would include Marie Stone who lives on another planet according to you, so what she is still a Wamp first second and last.

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  9. I want to thank Wampaleaks,ReelWamps ,Middleboro Remembers and people like joan for getting the true info out there to people like me I am not a member of the Mashpee tribe but I am a citizen of MA .

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  10. Well I said it before, there are only three things that will be accomplished with a casino..
    1. the Malaysian mafia will get paid back.
    2. The entire Wampanoag Confederation will be forever divided!
    3. The cost to Taunton will be paid by many for generations.

    No honor about economic developement with a casino.
    good one Cedric...you show NO honor!

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    1. You forgot:

      4. Cedric, Aaron, Markie, Marie, Yvonne, Queen Cheryl, Trish, et al, will continue to get paychecks.

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  11. I am thinking there will be quite a few folks running for office in a few months. That will take care of everything!

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    1. As it should be, based on our evlcution and change, as with any nation we will get better as we go along:)

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  12. Paula or it your son Steven writing this as anonymous since he has a contract with the tribe.By the writing it is one of you.AS for Stacy or Tony near the bog that is something you heard from Your father or Grandfather since you either were not here or even born at that time .So stop making yourself look like the ass you are.Paula do you not also have a contract with tribe yourself?

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    1. Sorry but I remember seeing them clearly on Tony's porch which was in front of the Bog so you would be wrong again. I am neither Paula nor Steven.

      Because I suspect you are an elder I will refrain from making snippy remarks. As I was taught to respect my elders. I simply respectfully ask why you won't answer the above questions or act if you have proof of wrong doing??? I am a reasonable person and look to defend no one who is doing wrong against any tribal member.

      You make it hard to believe what you say because some of what you say appears to be false and this makes any truisms hard to see.

      I say this; your blogs can be effective tools if they are used like a true blog format one in which you only supply the facts not your version of the facts but the facts. We all have a right to our opinions but there is only one set of facts on any issue!

      I say you should focus on these facts alone and let the chips fall where they may. You may see a more logical response to you statements if you practice good blog policy, which demands that your statements have clear and valid sources.

      Please stop with the some Wamps are better than others process it is beneath you and makes us all look foolish especially in this format.

      As an elder (my opinion of you) you have seen enough bigotry to last a life time why would you want to use this hateful tool to destroy your own (and they are Wamps make no mistake about it)???

      Can you really be that hateful, I hope not. A hopeful Wamp waiting for the truth.

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  13. Hey Paula Peters heard you was in Taunton last Saturday holding a sign I guess money so talks so bullshit walks or in your case holds a sign.

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    1. Sorry not Paula but A Wamp non the less:)

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