The problem, my dear Frustrated, is that you and your sensible friends have not yet done enough public education to build the kind of political support that elected officials need to vote for new taxes.
That’s political support with a small “p”. We’re not talking about voting we’re talking about talking with our neighbors and friends and our own elected officials about the importance of paying attention to those facts of yours and making a decision on the merits. Yes the merits.
You know It really is quite satisfying and oddly comforting for an elected official to make decisions on the merits of the situation – what is good for the state’s economy, what’s good for the safety and health of their communities residents.
Depriving your community because your vote has been influenced by the big P Politics of re election strategies for an election 19 months away, makes it hard to sleep at night. Sometimes. For some people.
Take comfort in the fact that Massachusetts policy makers are not thinking about revenue options like ultimate fighting as Jon Stewart reports. When it comes to raising (gasp) taxes he asks “Why should we have to pay for things done for us?
Anyway take heart. As the members of Red Sox Nation would say “There's always THIS year.
Crossposted at Hecate at the Public Policy Institute