Right-wing barometer Instapundit has noticed The Dumb Idea, and unsurprisingly comments most favorably. The Tennessee native apparently thinks that if Jeff Jacoby is on board, then clearly it's just snowballing all over the Commonwealth. Nice data point, there. Insty links the words “gathering some steam” to an opinion piece a.) in a Connecticut newspaper, and b.) cautions voters that there would be chaotic results, and to “be careful what they ask for.” That's not quite calling it a Dumb Idea, but it's close.
Meanwhile, as heard on 'BUR this morning, noted crackpot Grover Norquist is also dreaming of shrinking the Commonwealth so he can drown it in the bathtub. Norquist is originally from Weston; I can only speculate as to what he thinks of his old neighbors to wish something like this on them.
How about all this out-of-state interest in screwing over Massachusetts! They must be jealous of the Sox, Pats, and Celts, huh?
Let's put this in perspective: The state is going to have to make massive cuts in services anyway, due to the downturn. We're going to lose teachers, cops, and firefighters; we're going to have to forego any number of things. It's pretty dire without the help of the ballot issue. But cutting $11 billion from the budget would be a self-imposed disaster — putting the gun to our own heads and pulling the trigger. (For an object lesson, see what happened to California public schools after their tax revolt: They went from being some of the best in the nation, to being ranked 48th.)
For those of us who actually live here, who send our kids to the schools, whose parents live in the elderly homes, and who drive on the roads … let's act in our own interests.
(Thanks to votenoquestion1.com for the updated image.)