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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'm in a Rhode Island state of mind

The I-95 corridor between Providence and Boston was quite busy yesterday with the movement of rich people and cash. John Kerry and Curt Schilling were heading in opposite directions in strange tales proving the wealthy are different from the rest of us.

Kerry opted to end the self-inflicted nightmare that began when he tied up a $7 million yacht in Rhode Island, thereby avoiding $500,000 in Massachusetts taxes. After a series of moves that can only be described as tragicomic, Long Jawn opted for a "voluntary" tax payment to the Commonwealth.

But Curt Schilling is heading south, taking his personal millions to Little Rhody to accept $75 million in taxpayer largess from of one of the states hardest-hit by the Great Recession.

The Rhode Island bureaucracy didn't apparently know the Red Sox ratings are down when they decided to welcome the hero of the 2004 World Series. OK, gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee may have.

Yep, the rich are different.

Now I said it before, but it bears repeating: Kerry is a political idiot and Schilling is a hypocrite. In today's Andrew Breitbart-media world, when every word has to be evaluated for how it can be twisted, neither man used his brain.

Kerry didn't need a Breibart edit. The tone deafness of docking Teresa Heinz Kerry's yacht out of state was something straight out of Thurston Howell III and Lovey. If aides didn't warn him about that, they should be fired. If he did ask, well...

The excuses don't matter. The ignominy of Jeff Jacoby agreeing with him doesn't matter. It was a political blunder of immense proportions, one that could hamper his ability to campaign for fellow Democrats this year.

Schilling is equally tone deaf, but in the reverse direction. The man who wore his support for John McCain proudly tried to get two states into a race to make him the best offer of how much they could pay HIM to run a business.

That strikes me as opposite of the GOP "lift yourself up by your own bootstraps" mentality that sees unemployment insurance as welfare that should require drug testing.

As most conservative Republicans, Schilling believes government handouts only belong in Republican hands. And the shakiness of this deal is evident in the way Rhode Island officials laundered the grant so it involves bonds, not a direct handout.

In the end, Massachusetts is at least $500,000 richer for Kerry's check and who knows how much better off without Schilling's outstretched hands.

Strange days indeed.

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Blogger Steve said...

Well, this isn't personal, it's just business. Even though I dislike his politics, I'm not going to jump on the "Schilling is a hypocrite" bandwagon.

I will jump on the "This is a dumb move for 38 Studios" bandwagon. I'm a software developer, and there are reasons I live in Massachusetts and not Rhode Island. I don't know many developers (or any, as a matter of fact) who would want to live there. That's why the software business is good here in Massachusetts. It's going to be tougher to find good people there than here.

July 28, 2010 10:24 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Oh, hey, and I was wondering - does employment at 38 Studios require drug testing? Just on the application, or is it ongoing and random?

Inquiring minds and all that...

July 28, 2010 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mark B. said...

So John Kerry did the state a favor? I'd hardly call getting caught committing tax fraud "going in the other direction."

Like Ted Kennedy telling the people of Boston to send their kids to schools in Roxbury while sending his to Milton Academy, John Kerry cheats the state out of a half million dollars of sales tax payment while telling us "it's for the children." Rich liberals are always happy to burden the common folk with loads their lot will never have to carry.

John Kerry's problem was not political - he committed a crime. Is political hypocrisy really worse than a massive tax evasion? Really? Five hundred thousand dollars could buy a lot of aid to homeless families. Not that you care when there's a chance to kick a Republican.

July 28, 2010 1:40 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Mark, aside from the fact there is no proof, yet, that Kerry actually broke a law, your argument would hold more water if you didn't ignore the fact I kicked Kerry as good as I kick Republicans.

July 29, 2010 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who has lived in the New Bedford, Dartmouth area, within the sphere of Nantucket, one thing I can tell you is that they look toward Rhode Island much more than Boston. They watch Providence TV stations for news, and go to Providence, and Newport for entertainment. For the Kerrys to keep their yacht in Newport, even though then have a summer home in Nantucket is a very reasonable thing. Now, that it also has the benefit of savings thousands in taxes, must also be at the top of any decision of where to base the boat, but in terms of distances, it's' little different than living in Wellesley and berthing your boat in Marblehead, except that a state line happens to be in the middle in the Kerrys' case.

July 29, 2010 3:37 PM  

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