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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Transparent Tim

There are apparently three givens in life -- death, taxes and Tim Cahill's desire to be all things to all people.

Treasurer Tim is once again setting the standard for the wrong sort of transparency in government. With new found fervor (where was the elected keeper of the state's purse during the original debate?) Cahill is attacking not only the health care debate in Washington but the passage of the Massachusetts law on which it is based.

And the lifelong Democrat (until it was expedient not to be) also tells us he really is a closet John McCain voter who is to the right of lifelong Republican Charlie Baker.

This is not the type of transparency we are looking for in our elected officials.

I've amply cataloged the um, evolving positions of the treasurer on things like pensions and school building assistance, among other things. But his concerns about health care legislation are somewhat new -- and somewhat uniformed by facts.

For example, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report that found the law actually works in providing access to more people at a relatively low cost.

Nor has the fact the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority which has created a dizzying array of options for purchase, stopped him from declaring it has "totally failed" in creating competition and connecting people to coverage.

Rather we have the sound bite language of a man in danger of sliding off the right edge.
“The real problem is the sucking sound of money that has been going in to pay for this health care reform,’’ Cahill said. “And I would argue that we’re being propped up so that the federal government and the Obama administration can drive it through’’ Congress.
Sucking sound? H. Ross Cahill?

Tim later expounds to Howie Carr that he saw the hand writing on the wall in 2008 -- and saw McCain as the solution.
“I was afraid of what we had already been getting in Massachusetts, and at that point in 2008, I was aware that it wasn’t working,” he said.
That apparently led to his ouster from the Democratic Party -- or as he tells it, being barred from the Democratic convention. And his apparently inability to speak on the issue until he started his gubernatorial campaign.

Cahill obviously sees a pool of support from the same angry voters who coalesced around Scott Brown and he's driving toward them. Except he doesn't have a pickup truck or even the Straight Talk Express.

Just a lot of shifting positions and empty words not backed up by his own actions from eight years in statewide office.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't be so dismissive of his epiphany.

March 17, 2010 8:54 AM  

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