Menino nails it.

HELL YES. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

Buried in the middle of a short article on page 3 of section B of Tuesday’s Boston Globe are some quotes from a letter sent from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital by Boston Mayor Menino to Barack Obama and John Boehner. The article starts out by saying that he was urging them to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff and not to cut health spending.

When I read that, I figured this was another piece of mush. But for some reason I kept on reading. Here are the actual quotes:

“…tell us the truth, especially on taxes.

“Brian, my nurse, doesn’t come to my room in the morning to say, ‘Mayor, if you just sit here, unburdened by taxing exercises, free from our rehab rules and regulations, you will get stronger.’ He tells it like it is. You can, too.

“…tell those who can do more, to do more. In a hospital, it gets real clear real fast about what real fortune is. We need more ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ and less, dare I say, ‘I built that.’”

Mayor Menino, although a fundamentally decent person, has often been a disappointment as a leader. But on this one he nailed it. I wish we had more political leaders who would talk this way. This should have been the front page lead.



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5 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. Doubt that a numskull like Boehner can be reached.

    As has been stated many times before, then GOP of today is basically a collection of unapologetic crooks, bigots, and pro-plutocracy extremists. How they keep getting elected is beyond me, and something I’d rather not think too much about. I hope and pray that Obama goes over the cliff rather than caving to these scoundrels and crackpots again.
    Admirable of Menino to try, though.

  2. Menino Far From a Failure

    Mayor Menino has been a leader for 20 years. Certainly the voters of Boston believe so. From local job creation to supporting equal marriage, Mayor Menino has been there. No surprise to me he is making a statement on this issue.

    • No one said "failure"

      Carl did not say “failure”, nor have I on this website. What he did say was:

      Mayor Menino, although a fundamentally decent person, has often been a disappointment as a leader.

      I agree with Carl and will always give Menino props for being an early supporter of Marriage Equality, but I to have been disappointed on several occasions.

      However, that does not mean that I will support him for Mayor to infinity and beyond, when other candidates put themselves forward for consideration. I have listed my disappointments, particularly with the idiotic Level 4 Biolab, elsewhere, and I look forward to the day when we have new leadership.

  3. When you face disability or death,it really changes one's perspective

    Folks tend to forget that every single one of us will die. The question is not “if” but “when”. Hello! Therefore, having more money to leave in a heap behind you when your body is placed in an urn or a casket is a meaningless legacy. What matters, all that matters, is the character you have created for yourself and whether you have left the world a better place than you found it. Good for Menino.

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