Friday, June 08, 2007

Robin Hood or “Robbin da Hood”?

The late Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen supposedly joked “A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” Governor Deval Patrick has now shown that his appetite for lavish state spending is not limited to his car and office furnishings. Boston Globe columnist (and Democrat) Joan Vennochi describes our situation superbly:

The governor is proposing free community colleges, universal preschool, full-day kindergarten, 1,000 new police officers, an extended commuter rail line, a $1 billion biotechnology investment, and property tax breaks.

That's like pulling a new BMW into my driveway, putting Red Sox season tickets in the glove compartment, leaving the hottest cellphone on the driver's seat, filling the trunk with video games and DVDs -- and then asking my son if this dazzling array interests him. Of course it does. But just like the taxpayers of Massachusetts, he has no way to pay for it.

Not to worry, Joan. Another billion here and there could be voluntarily contributed by gamblers. But only if the judgmental moralistic obstructionists in the Legislature would stop their squirming over outdated concepts like "vice". Never mind that the one billion dollars already contributed annually via the Massachusetts State Lottery is primarily contributed by people with low incomes, the uneducated, and minorities.

Together we can…empty their pockets even more”.


Ramon amor d'hombre said...

If ever a libertarian perspective were warrated it is now. Nozick's Wilt Chamberlain example, Anarchy State and Utopia, is particularly appropriate. The population are not children and they don't need to be told where to spend their money. Your Christian moralism allows you to conveniently step outside your supposed conservative/free market philosophy when it suits you and undermines any need for intellectual honesty or consistency. the Lottery is a fair and free transaction. We don't deny the poor and uneducated the right to believe stupid things, why deny them the right to buy stupid things.

Chris said...

Dirksen had a joke, and so do I:

A young boy was playing in the streets of a Boston neighborhood when
he noticed a friend being attacked by a rabid dog. Thinking quickly,
he spotted a stick lying in the street, picked it up, ran up the dog,
inserted the stick in the dog's collar and twisted it, breaking the
dog's neck and saving his friend.

A Boston Globe reporter happened to be driving by, saw the situation,
and stopped and pulled out his laptop to write the story.

boy came over to the reporter and looked at the computer screen.

"But I'm not a Celtics fan," he said.

"Oh, I thought all the kids around here were Celtics fans," the
reporter said. But I'll change it. So he typed:


"But I'm not a Kerry supporter," the boy told the reporter.

"I thought everyone around here supports Kerry and Kennedy," the
reporter said. All right, you tell me: Whom do you like?

"As a matter of fact," the boy said, "I root for the Houston Rockets
and I like George W. Bush."

Whereupon the reporter retyped his headline:


John said...

I have a conservative idea...why doesn't the Legislature curtail their ludicrous spending binge and maybe we wouldn't have to even consider another state-foray into the gambling den? Asking too much, I guess.

BTW, the editorial page repeats the oft-repeated lie that the administration "bans" stem cell research. Odds that they'll issue na correction?

Ramon amor d'hombre said...

Why not just have them curtail their spending binge and keep the state gambling racket? After all I have no problem with government spending money if it is given to them voluntarily.