“The public’s perception that lawmakers cannot be trusted”

Today’s Globe brings one of those articles that temporarily freezes my synapses.  I know I want to write – and there is much to be written – but the combination of bemusement, disgust, resignation and boiling, churning sarcasm clogs up the works.

Here’s the article: Senate kills five year ban on taking casino jobs.  The headline pretty much tells the story, but how our esteemed Democratic Senate generated the headline – ah, that’s some fun stuff.

A state Senate proposal to impose a five-year ban on former lawmakers taking casino jobs triggered an uproar yesterday by Democratic senators who abruptly broke off a heated public debate to rewrite the measure in secret.An hour later, and with no further discussion, the Senate approved a watered-down, one-year restriction.

In politics and in government, as in real life, the simplest and most obvious explanation for something is usually the correct one.  Here, the simple and obvious explanation of why a group of Senators would go into an “uproar” over a measure that would ban them from going to work for a casino for five years is that some of them aspire at long last to careers in the private sector, in the Commonwealth’s exciting and glamorous new casino industry.

The explanation offered by what few Senators were willing to address the issue in public, not surprisingly, was somewhat different.  And HIGH-larious.  Globe again:

Lawmakers’ rationale for weakening the bill may be hard to explain outside the marble corridors of the State House: They said that a strong prohibition would only feed the public’s perception that lawmakers cannot be trusted.

“We’re creating a presumption that the people in this body cannot operate with integrity,” complained Senator Gale Candaras, Democrat from Wilbraham. “It’s bad law. It’s bad precedent.”

Yet more evidence that these people have no conception whatsoever of how the rest of the world truly sees them.  Here’s a bit of breaking news for Senator Candaras and her like-minded colleagues:  “The public’s perception that lawmakers cannot be trusted” cannot be further fed.  That beast is well and truly stuffed.  Un-chewed hunks of raw cynicism already spill from the corners of its mouth, squeezed from its lumpy and distended cheeks.  This latest action, and the twisted public rationale, may well choke it to death.

If you can bear it, here’s a little bit more Globe on the Democratic (large D) process here in the Commonwealth… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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