Even those like the ever so kind Senator Barry who said as quoted in the State House News Service
Sen. Berry said, A lot of people worked long and hard on this. There’s a lot of people being let down here. I see no reason to rejoice. I understand the practicality. A lot of people will be hurt, but I’m going to vote for it.
And even Senator Murray who joined some Senators in her office to write a terribly punitive bill…again in part from the State House News Service
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 27, 2010……Senate
President Therese Murray on Thursday criticized an illegal immigration crackdown that the Senate had passed on a nearly 3-to-1 margin moments earlier, spelling an unlikely path into law for the measure.
“I moved the bill because the members wanted to move it,” Murray told reporters after the bill had cleared the Senate on a 28-10 vote, with opposition from Senate liberals. “I don’t necessarily agree with everything that’s in it.”
“The bill is what it is,” said Murray, who did not cast a vote on the bill. “There are parts of it I think are unfortunate, but the members wanted it.”
Yes indeed,the bill is what is — a response to displaced and uninformed, except by Limbaugh and Beck, citizen outrage who see an opportunity to bully other weaker, vulnerable class of people and get away with being mean.
Not a response to make a positive difference in the lives of a critical mass of constituents.
I think the most offensive quote came from Senator Tarr “paraphrasing” President Lincoln in the Globe
“It was President Lincoln – and I’m going to paraphrase here – who suggested that respect for the law should be preached from every pulpit, taught by every mother to every child,” said state Senator Bruce E. Tarr, a Gloucester Republican.
And until recently I felt like Senator Chang Diaz,
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Boston Democrat who opposed the measure, said it had not been properly vetted and would add undue obligations for businesses and state government when they could ill afford it. Minutes after the measure passed, she looked stricken.
“It was a shameful vote,” she told reporters. “That’s all I have to say.”
And then I decided to write this blog and call all the no votes (Senators The “no” votes were Chang-Diaz, Creem, DiDomenico, Donnelly, Eldridge, Jehlen, Tolman, Walsh, Rosenberg, McGee)and thank them for doing “the right thing”, and lend my political capitol to efforts to influence the conference committee.