Do they really have to make it this easy? It’s not even fun. Well, maybe a little. 😉
Senate minority leader Richard Tisei has an op-ed in today’s Globe in which he castigates both the Governor and the legislature. He is shocked! shocked! that, in a time of high unemployment and falling revenues, the legislature “is occupying itself with most trivial and frivolous issues.” Here’s his oh-so-pious bottom line:
The Legislature should convene in emergency session to discuss what can be done to jump-start the Massachusetts economy, restructure government, and make service delivery more efficient.
But more importantly, we need to stop debating inconsequential legislation like the Fluffernutter bill and focus on doing everything we can to promote job growth and get the state’s economy back on track.
Oh, tut tut! There’s that ol’ Fluffernutter bill again, every Republican’s favorite bugaboo. Where’s Senator Barrios when we need him?
Sadly, elsewhere in today’s Globe, we learn the following:
Republican state lawmakers are pushing for a change in law that would require public elementary and high schools to instruct students on the proper use and display of the American flag…. The bill would mandate that schools also teach students about “the proper etiquette, the correct use and display of the flag.” The proposal is set to come up at a public hearing Tuesday at the State House. The bill is cosponsored by the five Republican members of the Massachusetts Senate, including Scott Brown of Wrentham, a candidate for the special election to fill Edward M. Kennedy’s US Senate seat. (AP)
Ah. A real job-creator, that one. Focused like a laser beam on “what can be done to jump-start the Massachusetts economy, restructure government, and make service delivery more efficient.” No doubt this bill — co-sponsored by Senator Tisei himself — has nothing to do with draping the Senate Republican caucus in the flag (fortunately, a fairly small flag would suffice) when one of its tiny number is running for US Senate. Because as we all know, there has been an absolute epidemic lately of improper displays of the flag in public schools around the state, which has led directly to the drop in budget revenues.
Please, Senator Tisei. Make it a little more challenging for us, will ya?