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If it weren't for bad ideas, they'd have no ideas at all

There's a quote from "Alice In Wonderland" where Alice says that sometimes she believes as many as six impossible things before breakfast. In that vein, I find that I can find at least one outrageous story out of Massachusetts before breakfast every day. And today, I scored a double.

After a few highly-publicized and especially nasty drunk-driving crashes, lawmakers in Massachusetts finally got the word and drafted a bill that toughened up the state's drunk-driving laws. The measure, called "Melanie's Bill" after a 13-year-old girl struck and killed by a drunk driver with a huge record of prior offenses, called for such measures as mandatory jail time for those caught driving after their license was suspended for DWI, child-endangerment charges for those who drive drunk with kids in the car, and the like.

But apparently drunk drivers have a better lobby than most people realize -- several of those key measures have been stripped from the bill by a committee.

The measure is now going to the full House, where those provisions could be put back, but I ain't holding my breath.

Another entry in the field of "if it's a really stupid idea, it must be from Massachusetts" is a plan by gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick. He wants to institute universal health care, much like those lucky folks in Canada and England have, in Massachusetts. But he's not one of those profligate spenders who passes all sorts of new programs, never thinking about where the money comes from. He's got that worked out: he's going to put a fifty-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes, and the rest will come out of a new payroll tax.

Mr. Patrick apparently thinks that the fine citizens of Taxachusetts are woefully undertaxed already, and will just fall all over themselves to pay these new ones. It might have escaped his attention, but in the 2000 census, 49 states all showed an increase in population, and exactly one had fewer people than in 1990. People vote with their feet, Mr. Patrick, and a significant number of them decided that Massachusetts is just too damned expensive a place to live. (I oughta know; I meet Bay State refugees nearly every day up here in New Hampshire.) Taking more money from those still sticking around is NOT one of the brighter ideas.


Comments (12)

Actually, it was the White ... (Below threshold)

Actually, it was the White Queen rather than Alice who believed six impossible things before breakfast. (Alice is generally much more sensible than the inhabitants of Wonderland.)

See http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Quotations/Dodgson.html

But apparently drunk dri... (Below threshold)
Sean:

But apparently drunk drivers have a better lobby than most people realize

Yeah, its called "Teddy Kennedy". Cripes, if they enact tough drunk driving laws he'll never be able to drive.

Could it be, the reason tha... (Below threshold)
TheEnigma:

Could it be, the reason that several key measuers have been stripped is that certain lawmakers are taking pre-emptive action to protect themselves AND ted kennedy?

Let 'em do it. Universal h... (Below threshold)
Craig:

Let 'em do it. Universal health care I mean.

The United States isn't really just one country, it's 50 united countries, the states. If one state wants to try out universal health care, LET 'EM DO IT. If it works, well hell, that's great! If not, then we know better than to try it.

Let Massachusetts be the testing ground, so when it doesn't work, we can all say "see? it doesn't work!"

Of course, the MSM won't acknowledge the failures of Massachusetts, nor will they liken its policies to liberal policies when it does fail. But people are beginning to see through the MSM, and figuring out things for themself.

I have no problem with the idea of a Commune on a large scale. I live in Columbia, MD, which is a planned community. You pay a fee, and they have all kinds of inane rules here. But you have to CHOOSE to live there. If it sucks, you just move away. Bethesda Maryland, aka The People's State of Bethesda, has also done it well. Libertarians hate it, but hey, it's a great place to live.

It's when socialist ideas are used on a broad scale, that they fail. Governments based on them, fail. But communes are sensible. The problem is that people confuse them. They think that because communes work in, say, colleges, that they could work on a larger scale. They ignore the underlying capitalism that is necessary to support the college.

Technically, the White Quee... (Below threshold)

Technically, the White Queen resided in Looking Glass Land, not Wonderland. Or do you consider Looking Glass Land to be the same as Wonderland?

You live in Columbia, Craig... (Below threshold)
meep:

You live in Columbia, Craig? You poor soul.

Actually, the library was pretty good in the 80s, and I loved the bike paths. And the schools were about as good as you can get from public schools.

But the only reason I was there was I was a child. to hide ugly 60s and 70s architecture. Oh, and my parents were smart enough to get a house outside of the city proper, so we didn't have to pay their taxes.

Still, I don't see why anybody should be giving MA any advice. Let them institute universal health care. That just gives me one more reason to avoid the place.

A commity of nasty persons ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

A commity of nasty persons lead by Chapaquedic ted and his bunch of drunken slobs why dont the people finaly dumb this jackass and his family of crooks

''the rest will come out of... (Below threshold)
ICallMasICM:

''the rest will come out of a new payroll tax.'

He's got to be f'ing kidding. Does he not understand why MA is the only state in the country losing population? When the CIO from Gillette said he was sick of the anti-biz atmosphere he wasn't kidding.

That just wouldn't look rig... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

That just wouldn't look right with The Senior Senator serving the State!... How would Teddy get around? I suppose they will have to cross that bridge when they get to it??? Hmmm...

Jay,Could you post... (Below threshold)
Henry:

Jay,

Could you post your link showing the population decrease in Massachusetts?
According to http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/25000.html there has been a 5.5% increase between 1990 and 2000.

After being born and bred j... (Below threshold)
Tom:

After being born and bred just outside of Boston(52 yrs), My wife amd I picked up and left in Dec 03 for Fla...Our children ALL had left Mass before us, for Fla, because they could not afford to live in Mass and bring up their families

AND AS THE EAGLET in woderl... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

AND AS THE EAGLET in woderland said to the dodo SPEAK ENGLISH I DONT KNOW HALF OF THOSE TALL WORDS AND WHATS MORE I DONT THINK YOU DO ETHER bot noteworthy the DODO said ALL HAVE WON AND ALL MUST HAVE PRIZES




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