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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What's The Matter With Boston?

The leadership of the Democratic party has spent much of the last two decades wringing their hands about why Americans everywhere don't line up to vote for them.

The best example of this thinking is the book What's The matter With Kansas. The book is pretty interesting, although somewhat dated at this point. The main thrust of the books is answering the question, "How can middle - America be so stupid as to not support the Democratic party?"

It's time to ask "What's The Matter With Boston?". Perhaps it's time to ask, "How can the Democratic party be so stupid that they drive voters toward a truly mediocre Republican candidate. . . ?". We can fine some answers in Boston.

Here's a nifty quotation from First-Massachusetts-Senate-race loser-in-three generations Coakley;

" As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands? she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that. This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet."

From Boston.com

In my mind, this speaks volumes. Somehow, the Democratic party has decided that as long as you satisfy the People Who Matter, you can feel free to ignore all those unwashed losers out there. Nice. As long as you have the School Board and the Mayor of Boston in your pocket, you can feel free to ignore everyone else.

Although this seems like incredibly stupid political thinking, I fear the current Administration is drinking from the same Smiley-faced KoolAid pitcher.

Look at the so-called healthcare reform. As long as the insurance unemployed Americans will be forced to buy from the insurance industry is good enough for the Insurance Executives Who Matter (meaning no price control and limited competition), certainly it's good enough to cram down everyone else's throat. Look what they promised in the campaign. Not quite what Congress is debating these days. How many of these promises have you heard about since the election?

Look at the Financial Reform Legislation (Oh dear dear dear, there is no Financial Reform Legislation). The administration is talking about a weaktit penalty on rapacious bonuses, but obnly after they saw peasents rummiging in their barns, looking for pitchforks. Too little too late. Nothing has changed, because the way it is today (they get the profit, taxpayers get the losses) is good enough for the Financial People Who matter.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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