It would appear that the mysterious Ben has decided to reactivate his extremely enjoyable blog, "Romney Is A Fraud." He’s got two recent posts up: the first – a must-read – recalls that Mitt Romney, reportedly under consideration by the Bush administration as the "flood czar" to supervise the rebuilding of New Orleans, actually vetoed millions of dollars in state aid in 2004 that was supposed to help the flood-stricken town of Peabody recover from a devastating rainstorm and to help it prevent future similar occurrences. The second post is about the Newton firefighters’ recent, incredibly stupid, decision to protest their lack of a contract by blocking traffic at Newton Corner, thereby causing a massive traffic jam that backed up the Turnpike for miles. Romney responded, correctly, by harshly criticizing the firefighters’ actions. What Romney did not mention, but what Ben reminds us of, is Romney’s similar, incredibly stupid, decision to block traffic on Storrow Drive to take down the famous "Reverse the Curse" sign after the Red Sox won the World Series, thereby causing a massive traffic jam that backed up Storrow Drive. What’s particularly galling about Romney’s pious hypocrisy on the firefighters’ protest is his comment, quoted in [...]
(UPDATE: The first story is up. Send in your own!)
Remember last October? No, not that small matter of an election, I mean the Red Sox winning the World Series. The Sox fan site Sons of Sam Horn had a thread last year, urging the Sox to win it for friends who suffered through ’78 and ’86; for the 80-year-old Grandpa who’s never seen a championship; for Ted Williams and Pesky and Yaz… you get the idea. It was very personal and touching. The thread is gone, but it’s now a book.
Strange as it may seem, there are things more important than baseball. As a joint project of several of the MA Lefty Blogs and MassACT, we’re getting personal stories about dealing with the health care system in MA.
If you’ve had experience dealing with our mess of a health care system, or know someone who has, we really need your story.
- If you’ve ever gone without insurance;
- if you’ve been underinsured;
- if you work full-time and don’t get health benefits;
- if you own a small business and can’t afford to insure your valuable employees;
- if you’re self-employed and can’t afford insurance, or find it’s breaking your budget;
- if high deductibles or co-pays have forced you to forgo care; etc.
… We need your story.
It doesn’t have to be long — a few paragraphs is fine. You can be anonymous or attributed. (The only rules: It can’t be libelous or otherwise obscene.) You can comment on this thread, or email me (remove "REMOVE" from the email address). We’ll keep the stories posted prominently here, but if we get enough, we’ll start a new blog especially for that purpose.
Here’s the first story, from a woman I know through activist stuff, who prefers to remain anonymous: