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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Afflicting the comfortable

One word for Yvonne Abraham this morning: Bravo!

The Globe's Metro columnist did exactly what she is supposed to do when she skewered two-faced GOP "leaders" Brad Jones and Scott Brown (not to mention Democrats Steve Brewer and Steve Baddour, who at least had the guts to talk to her).

At issue was the grandstanding over a state program providing transportation assistance to welfare recipients. Brown and Jones were in high dudgeon about the waste of taxpayers dollars in actually paying for someone to get to work!

You mean like legislators who collect a per diem to cover their transportation costs? Brown collected almost $4,000 on top of his salary in 2008. Jones took in about $3,200. Lawmakers collectively took in $534,000. The disputed car program costs $400,000.

She reports. You decide.

The hypocrisy is just another example of GOP-onomics, the "you can have it all but no one needs to pay except certain scapegoats" philosophy that started with Ronald Reagan and has led us to where we are today.

But to be fair, today's Herald does offer a good example that there is no free ride, noting the likelihood of higher fees in cities and towns to pay for "extraneous" local programs like trash collection.

Two reminders that good journalism is supposed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And tell the full story, not just selected snippets offered by politicians.

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Blogger tim said...

This was a great article. I am to the right of center and helping these people with insurance for the donated cars is something Republicans should be cheering not trying to eliminate. My two cents is let's help the people who need the assistance and leave the rest of us alone.The per diem is absurd but par for the course from beacon hill

May 20, 2009 3:22 PM  

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