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State needs a wicked superior state slogan

Seems the new state tourism czar doesn't like our current tourism slogan, which is, um, er, whatever it is, so he's casting about for a new one. Mix 104.1 aims to help out. What's your idea for a state motto? And while he's at it, shouldn't he do something about the slogan on our license plates, too?

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In all honesty, though, we are middle of the pack when it comes to taxes compared to other states.

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Mass taxes are below the national average but we have a ton of deferred maintenance in transportation-- roads, bridges and transit and we decreased investment substantially in higher ed and other priorities.

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We elect governors who promise to cut spending. They cut things that nobody's going to notice in their day-to-day lives. Stuff like T maintenance and highway maintenance. Until it all falls apart 15 years later, and we are left wondering who to blame.

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A smart home owner who had a failing furnace might spend twice the money on a high quality model that will last for 20 years instead of a cheap one which will fail in less then 10. They know that spending more money now will save money in the future.

Our politicians would look at the existing furnace and figure that calling a service guy twice a year is going to cost less today and ignore the fact that they could have bought the best furnace after only a few years of paying for service calls.

Our politicians are more inclined to cut programs or maintenance budgets then address pension (and other) reform. And voters care more about "personal stories" then comprehensive, reviewed plans. It's a toxic mix.

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"Gov. Baker Plans to Increase State Spending on the MBTA to $187 Million"

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2015/03/03/mbta-commuter-rail-t-service-go...

"Report: MBTA not even spending the capital funds it has"

http://www.universalhub.com/2015/report-mbta-not-even-spending-capital-f...

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The operating budget is in very bad shape. It's so bad that the T has been operating on capitol improvement funds. The $2.2B in capitol improvement funds the T has is about a third of what it needs to address deferred maintenance and capitol improvement such as power and signaling, green line cars, more T locomotives and rail cars. New Red and Orange line cars have been ordered. Baker's panel and Baker have done exactly what the state legislature has done for a few decades, kick the can down the road on capitol and T operating budget, imo.

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Wonders never cease - I wasn't aware the cape got internet.

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Once you clear the tunnel exit, that is.

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"Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem"

"By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty"

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I've clarified that in the original post.

But as for the official state slogan, I prefer a less literal translation: "Leave me alone, or I'll run you through with this sword."

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But I believe the correct translation is: "You you move my cone, I'll slash your tires"

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But only with a sword.

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"Matt Damon is from here. Ben Afflack used to be."
(Sorry about kicking a guy when he's down.)

"I'll take whatever you have in your pocket."

"Come for the baked beans. Stay for the cream pie."

"We finally nailed Whitey Bulger but don't worry, Boston 2024 stepped up their game."

"Come visit the first public beach in America, stay for Kelly's Roast Beef and Santarpio's Pizza."

"Come walk the Freedom Trail"

"Beaches, Biking, Hiking, Bitches: We got it all. How's your mother?"

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We were a British colony!

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N/T

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Or how about "Massachusetts: Where the poor get taxed worse than the rich."
Sorry, I'm being a jerk.

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Is it because the concept of economic justice makes us shake a little that we tax the poor at a greater rate than the rich?
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"Massachusetts: We Apologize for the Inconvenience, and Thank You For Riding the T"

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It's "We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused."

Because, you know, some people don't find it inconvenient to be stranded in a dead subway train for a half an hour.

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I vote for this one in the snark category; top shelf humor, dry, can be said in passing.

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My girlfriend loves to tell how, when she first drove across the MA border, there was a variable message sign right there after the Sturbridge tolls that said "WELCOME TO MASSACHUSETTS | EXPECT DELAYS."

It was good advice then, and it's good advice now.

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"The Spirit of America."

Oh, wait....

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Make it in Massachusetts!

Just like Prime Computer!

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2012/03/24/make-it-in-massachusetts-absurd...

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I somehow managed to hold onto my cache of "Make it in Massachusetts" stickers and so have one on my laptop. Last summer, while working in the courtyard of the BPL in Copley Square, this guy came up to me and asked me where I'd gotten it - turned out he'd worked in the King administration.

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too bad someone couldn't get the rights *ahem* to make the bumper stickers again for that one and a "Spirit of Massachusetts" one. I bet they would sell like hotcakes. You know how people eat this kinda stuff up these days.

If someone can re-sell 80s T-shirts and get the rights to defunct department stores like Ames and Caldor, why not state mottos too?

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It's all here.. what was wrong with that one?

Other than vulgar or nasty ones that poke fun at taxes, politicians, and our accent.. I can't think of any.

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I think the radio station has it right.

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After supper tonight, I finally curled up with the Globe and read the story. "It's all here". Yup, they paid someone to come up with that.

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stay for the stifling humidity!

OR

Massachusetts is for winners (and then have photos of the Pats, Cs, Sox and Bruins with their trophies).

OR

Don't come now because we need to spend $10B to get the city ready for tourists. Come back in 2024.

OR

Our children can read good and do lots of other stuff good too!

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Yesterday was winter. Tomorrow is summer. Enjoy.

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"Where City Council records are occasionally available in stenographic form"

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"Visit the Cape, Stay for The Zak."

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"If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

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Massachusetts: We Don't Give a Damn About the Middle Class

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or...

Come for the history, stay because a protest is blocking your exit.

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A lot of our states most noteworthy history were protests themselves.

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"Tied for 47th worst state in the Union"

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Massachusetts: Whole Lotta Whining Goin' On

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I can't remember the winning slogan, but I didn't like it. Since no one can remember the slogan, I guess I was justified in thinking it was crappy.

Or they can just bring back "the Spirit of America" and go all retro.

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Thank you for that ear worm.. since I had to suffer, now can you too.

1987 Commercial (1st version)

1987, Commercial (2nd version, child):

And for Family Guy fans... the re-boot!

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Sorry, though.

I was thinking about tracking down Family Guy on this one, too.

No one has mentioned the last one. Of course, someone could say it was "come for the snow, stay for the humidity" and I wouldn't be able to disagree.

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Always thought our motto was "Go f#%^ yourself." I also thought tourists loved it.

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Massachusetts -- yeah kid,
Massachusetts -- Paul Revere n shit
Massachusetts -- I got your founding father right here!
Massachusetts -- We're so big even your mom looks up to us
Massachusetts -- Wicked innovative
Massachusetts -- there can be only one.
Massachusetts -- Shoveling professionals
Massachusetts -- I can see England from the TD gahden roof
Massachusetts -- King can suck it!
Massachusetts -- our dads are your dads too.
Massachusetts -- home of the wicked smaht kids

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Eom.

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Turn right at the Dunkin Donuts across the street from the Dunkin Donuts, drive past three more Dunkin Donuts, make a left at the big Dunkin Donuts, and you're there! Watch out for turkeys.

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Where inferiority is more than a complex. It's a way of life.

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"Fuck you, We've Always Done it This Way."

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"Fuck you, because it's the Massachusetts way"

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"Fuck You!"

No need to be chatty, or offer anything in way of an explanation.

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Has more convicted House speakers than your state.....come and see!

It's not very catchy and won't fit on bumper sticker, It needs some tweaking.

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...extremely unlikely to be true. Have you ever heard of Louisiana?

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Picture of Matt Damon - tagline 'how do you like them apples?'

http://media.giphy.com/media/jfsaMQr3GNkKk/giphy.gif

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-- Motherfu***r, did you see that guy just cut me off? [speeds up alongside, lays on horn, throws bird]"

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"Massachusetts: Where turn signals are a sign of weakness"

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More than just the Hub of the Universe

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I've only lived in one state with a memorable motto and it was adopted about the same time the state was fighting off the threat of having to acknowledge interracial marriage, so "Virginia is for Monochromatic Lovers" may have been a better choice.

So, really, all our motto has to do is remind the rest of the god-fearing, money spending US of A that we're not a bunch of pantywaste egghead commies, no sir, and they should feel nothing but the warm embrace of liberty in our borders. It's not so much the motto as how we sell it. My nominee:

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Top Ten Rejected Massachusetts State Slogans

10. "Tourists pronouncing 'Worcester' wrong will be publicly flogged"
9. "We assure you...Carrot Top doesn't set foot in this state unless he has to"
8. "The ratio of colleges to liquor stores is the best in the nation"
7. "If Duke the Dog gave away our secret B&M recipe, he'd be floating in the Mystic River"
6. "Want fireworks? Be a Yankees fan in Boston"
5. "Want more fireworks? Be a Yankees fan, a Jets fan AND a New York Post reader"
4. "Home to Dr. Seuss, Mark Wahlberg and Norm from Cheers"
3. "Thousands of indictments served"
2. "Whitey Bulger - Our National Treasure"
1. "This is our bleeping state"

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Massachusetts the official state of confusion.

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Won't our IOC Overlords assign us the motto of their choice?

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Everyone in Massachusetts does things their own way. Doin' yer MA your way!

How do you do Massachusetts? How's yer MA, kid?

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that old slogan/nickname - "TAXACHUSETTS"

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Because "State and Local Taxes are 0.4% Lower than the National Average" won't fit on a bumpersticker.

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Evolution of Massachusetts Mottos

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem

Don't blame me, I voted for McGovern.

Make it in Massachusetts!

The Spirit of America

#SwirlyJustice

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