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Typical Massachusetts solution: pass a law, then ignore it

Whenever a problem arises in Massachusetts, the Democrats who rule that state (the Republican governor, Mitt Romney, is essentially powerless before the 85%-Democratic legislature) have a simple solution: they pass another la against it. Then, the problem solved, they promptly ignore the new law.

It happened on gun control. In 1974, they passed the Bartley-Fox Law, which called for mandatory enhanced penalties for criminals who committed their crimes while possessing a gun. It has't been used in years.

And 16 years ago, the city of Boston solved its crime problem by passing an ordinance requiring that the city have a minimum of 2,500 uniformed police officers on the rolls. Sounds good -- but they never bothered to actually HIRE that many.

Currently, there are a little over 2,000 cops in Boston. And the mayor recently announced proudly plans to hire an additional 140 -- which will still leave the city over 250 short of compliance.

A group of citizens are fed up with this attitude, and are considering a lawsuit to compel the city to do what it promised to do, and wrote into law. They're running into a problem, though -- no attorney wants to take their case.

I predict that the Boston City Council will pass another ordinance announcing that they will fully comply within a few years, perhaps even setting yearly goals until they reach the 2,500 mark. And that will fall by the wayside after one year.

After all, that's the Massachusetts Way. Pass a law, and the problem will just magically go away.


Comments (4)

What makes you think that t... (Below threshold)
chsw:

What makes you think that this inanity is exclusive to Massachusetts? NY does it. Probably most states and municipalities with Jackass Party-dominated legislatures do this.

The citizens committee will find a lawyer to take their case once they can quantify what constitutes damages and how much of a percentage of any recovery they will pay the attorney.

chsw

What makes you think tha... (Below threshold)

What makes you think that this inanity is exclusive to Massachusetts? NY does it.

Hell, the feds do it. Immigration enforcement, anyone?

What's your problem? The c... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

What's your problem? The chocolate ration has been increased again! This is good news!

"Whenever a problem appears... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

"Whenever a problem appears, a politician will appear to have a solution."




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