Rep. Jim Lyons (R) Andover, Calls Welfare Benefits for Terrorists “Disgraceful”


LYONS3Boston, MA -“This is the most disgraceful example,” said Representative Jim Lyons, “of those who break the rules being subsidized by decent, hard-working, taxpaying families – families who follow the rules.”

Rep. Lyons, an Andover Republican, was referring to news reports exposing some of the taxpayer-funded benefits provided to the two brothers who terrorized the Boston Marathon. A spokesman for the Office of Health and Human Services conceded that older terrorist brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev had received welfare benefits, while welfare and other taxpayer-funded subsidies were provided to the Tsarnaev family over an undetermined period of time.

“We simply cannot allow the Patrick Administration to continue to ignore this kind of abuse,” said Lyons. “The crimes that these terrorists committed are beneath contempt. It’s hard to imagine the pain and loss suffered by so many families, because of these heinous actions.

“It’s a sickening fact,” Lyons added, “that decent, law-abiding taxpayers were forced to pay for the welfare that subsidized the perpetrators’ descent into radicalism and evil. We Republican representatives have been requesting information about the Administration’s out-of-control welfare-related spending for some time. Governor Patrick has been covering this data under a lid of secrecy.

“Now, under these tragic circumstances,” Lyons stressed, “we are beginning to see why the Administration has been so secretive. Let us hope we have reached a point where even this recalcitrant Administration will acknowledge the need for openness, transparency, and accountability.”

According to Lyons, a good initial step would be a full accounting of all taxpayer funds spent on behalf of the two terrorist brothers. This kind of information will prove highly useful to taxpayers and those legislators, who are working to end the widespread abuse of taxpayer-funded benefits.

“First, we have to recognize the costly misuse of precious tax resources,” noted Lyons. “Many of us have been working to reform state government. Unfortunately, the Patrick Administration has fought us every step of the way. It’s truly sad that it has taken such a heart-breaking tragedy to force the governor to acknowledge the problems.”

Lyons concluded by pledging to continue advocating on behalf of hard-working, taxpaying families. “Every time I set foot on Beacon Hill,” Lyons emphasized, “I have as my top priority: Making government responsive for those families who play by the rules.

“At tragic times like these,” Lyons said, “we all join together understanding the importance of faith, family, friends, and community. And we offer our prayers and wishes for the victims and their families and loved ones.”



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One Response to Rep. Jim Lyons (R) Andover, Calls Welfare Benefits for Terrorists “Disgraceful”


    April 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Hello Valley Patriot readers & REP. Jim Lyons, well with due respects to your written statements, comments on the Boston brother bombers…. It is very sad, that these tragedies do occure, but unfortunately there are EVIL, people out there!

    With this said, there are plenty of Agencies on top of this matter, but dont expect too much info. from the State house, also Gov. Deval Patrick Administration, LOL!

    More energies, efforts, emphasis, should be put on the neglect of the Regime,financial-Economic terrorist as William Lantigua & his Organized Crime Associates,not to mention many iof his Constituents are Welfare Recipients in City of Lawrence. Look how much Crime-violence surrounds other quiet communities around near Lawrence, because of W. Lantigua and City Councilors. They operate drug Enterprises out of Bars & Clubs-
    Illegal sales of Gaming-Lottery #’s, in the Bodegas, Multi service outlets, who turn around wire Electronicly to Dominican. This is whats REALLY going on, THE Local-National LOTTRERY- millions of dollars in revenues. NO TAXES; to Commonwealth Massachusetts… Being Laundered to areas Bars & Clubs via Artist-Concerts in Lawrence. This is the amount of monies, benefits for Lantigua, State Rep’s, City Councilors- Campaign Funds Donations-contributions…! LoL while this goes on Lantiguas Accountants, show the balanced budget books for the past 3 years… LOL, well of course, there NOT mentioning the proceeds racking monies from illegal Operations Drugs dealt in his friends Bars & Clubs, along with Illegal sales of Dominican Lottery #’s!
    STOP; “The Clowns in City Hall Lawrence”, creating SMOKE SCREENS!!!

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