May 1, 2008

Indicative of Obviousness

Justin Katz

Times are so dark — and the general thrust of the solution so obvious — that special interests and other general-revenue soakers can't even escape to the Lifebeat section for relief. Credit goes to Rita Lussier for using her influence for the cause of sanity:

Not to alarm you, but this situation is a ticking time bomb. My fear is that if we can't get the numbers to add up, the problem is going to stay unresolved and while you and I are out sailing or playing tennis or watching the Red Sox or whatever sweet distractions of summer might capture our attention, our legislators might to be tempted to take THE EASY WAY OUT so that they too can go off and sail and play tennis and watch the Red Sox. ...

Keep in mind that part of the problem here is that everybody else besides us is organized. The lobbyists are organized. The social welfare groups are organized. The unions are extremely organized. We, on the other hand, are not, mainly because we're so busy working to pay for all of this.

Well, I say it's time to get involved, time to say good job so far, now stay the course. And this is coming from someone who has never written to or called her representative. This taxpayer is speaking up:


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" The unions are extremely organized. We, on the other hand, are not, mainly because we're so busy working to pay for all of this."

I didn't realize I wasn't working, Rita. Must have been busy tennis playing and sailing.

Other than that small oversite, she has an excellent point.

Posted by: michael at May 1, 2008 8:37 AM

Michael, perhaps not you, but the Union members who go to City Council meetings, who organize the demonstrations and sit-ins, do most of their planning on our dime.

The execution may not be on the clock, but most of the organizing, planning and conspiring does. A luxury that private sector workers do not have.

Wouldn't it be great if employers in this state would grant employees just an hour a day, with pay, to work on business climate-enhancing reforms. That might prove to be a very profitable investment in the long run.

Posted by: George at May 1, 2008 2:28 PM
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