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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Fiscal responsibility

Grover and Barbara say no to the health care assessment. Why that's good enough for me. I'm sure it's all Mitt needs to know.

Grover Norquist, becoming better known to Americans as a Jack Abramoff enabler, is president of Americans for Tax Reform, a quaint phrase which roughly translates as "starve the beast." Barbara Anderson is head of Citizens for Limited Taxation, which means "businesses don't want to share the burden."

The dynamic duo is urging (former) Governor Romney to line item veto the health care bill when it finally emerges from conference. Why? Because it calls on businesses to pay a share of the cost of providing health care for their employees. Right now, deadbeat companies foist that responsibility onto Barbara's taxpayers.

Why the concern about the fee in a bill that is expected to require everyone to buy insurance? Because that fee could hurt Mittsy's political chances with right wing nuts across the country.

The utter naked hypocrisy of the proposal is reflected in these quotes, which talk about how a line-item veto of the assessment would easily be overridden.

''That would be the best of both worlds," Norquist said, asserting that the governor would get his healthcare bill while standing up to the Democrats.

''It's not his responsibility that the Republicans are in the minority in the Legislature," Norquist said. ''If he gets overridden, that is not his fault. It could be a centerpiece of how he governs in a state with strong opposition party."

Leaving aside for a moment that the tiny band of Republicans of the Massachusetts Legislature is far from a "strong opposition party," Grover's naked preference for bad politics over good policy is emblematic of his boy George's reign of fiscal terror on our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Go back to shaking down Indians, Grover.

Barbara is at least consistent. Since the early days of CLT as a tool of the Mass. High Tech Council, she has opposed virtually anything and everything that has called for business to pay its fair share. And let's see who's against the assessment: could it be the High Tech Council?


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