Column after column could be filled with the ways the Massachusetts political class and its hangers-on play taxpayers for suckers – the gold-plated tax breaks for moviemakers, the insanely lucrative sick-time buybacks, the indefensible police details, the public-sector-only paid holidays, the “temporary” tax hikes that last forever, the state budgets that keep growing even as family budgets shrink.
It will never end – not until the suckers get riled up enough to fight back. Not until they start throwing incumbents out of office, instead of blindly reelecting them. Not until they stop letting themselves be treated as ATMs for politicians and doormats for public-employee unions. Not until they force their public “servants” to defer to them, instead of the other way around.
“Are you on your hind legs?” Willie Stark would say. “Have you learned that much yet?” Well, have you?
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