Yow. David Bernstein has had it with our friends on Beacon Hill, judging from his latest in the Phoenix. The whole thing is well worth a read. Here are a few highlights.
First up for a zinger, surely, must be Senate President Therese Murray. Her mantra, “reform before revenue,” has already gone up in smoke. Perhaps a more realistic timetable would be “reform before Rapture.”
Excellent start. Next up:
The legislature is also resisting Patrick on the mammoth transportation-reform effort, thanks to Patrick’s inspired selection of James Aloisi, the Don Rickles of intergovernmental relations, to alienate everyone in his path.
Ouch. Still, the man does have a point.
[Senator Steve] Baddour and his House counterpart, Joseph Wagner, both fashioned reform bills that left out the cost-saving recommendations of the Transportation Financing Commission – in particular, lower wages, reduced benefits, and elimination of redundant jobs. If I was cynical, I would suggest that Baddour, Wagner, and the rest of the state legislature are trying not to upset their good friends in the organized labor force, like the 6000-member BOSTON CARMEN’S UNION.
Or maybe it has something to do with the new lobbyist the Carmen’s Union hired at the start of the “season of reform”: Robert Travaglini.
HAHAHAHA!!! Imagine — Trav working for the Carmen’s Union! Hilarious!!
No, sorry, that’s not a joke.
Oh. I see. I feel ill.
Anyway, here’s the coup de grâce:
The Senate killed the gas tax, but they did – at the urging of State Treasurer Tim Cahill – vote to join Powerball, in hopes of raising $25 million a year off the most ill-advised, hopeless dreams of the populace. Cahill – for whom we’ve saved a sweet spot at the top of our grill – has also recommended slot parlors. What won’t Cahill do to separate the desperate from their money? Coming to your spam filter soon, if Cahill becomes governor: “Show her your manhood in bed – Commonwealth can give you inches, stamina!”
Oddly enough (and I am not making this up), Comedy Central is running a male enhancement ad at the very moment I am typing this. Coincidence??