Thursday, January 4, 2007

Let Me Return to My Original Conceit (and try to steer clear of the "foundering on the..." imagery and mutiny metaphors)

If the "Ship of State" is to sail true, it needs to run according to rules that make it the most seaworthy. I can’t state this any more clearly. Both crew and captain and mates and idlers must remain conscientious, committed, and healthy.
Let’s just say I’m skipper and I have access to and control over a tonic (let’s call it “grog”) that makes my crew happier, healthier, and better workers. It’s right there in the surgeon’s cabin. But I don’t want to offend the Royal Society or businessmen who pay for my cruise. So, we’re at sea with a sore over-worked crew, an underpaid and overworked sawbones, and me and the clerk skylarking in the gunroom making up forebitters about whether the whole crew should get that grog.
That’s what’s happening in the port where I find myself. The Commonwealth’s legislature voted (along with the vile act of oh, well, you know) also to leave the Health Care Amendment in committee, and boldly not do anything at all about LETTING THE PEOPLE VOTE (where have we heard that before?) about something the people should ACTUALLY vote on :
Their access to State-wide Health Care. For everyone.
Politics in this Commonwealth is broken. Most members of the Constitutional Convention use the ConCon as a means by which to alchemize their own (very parochial) interests into some kind of bargaining chip they can play for their own personal benefit. They will, of course, tell their constituents that they know what they’re doing, that the constituents don’t understand how things work on Beacon Hill, and that those poor dumb constituents had best re-elect them because, well, they'll just have to wait for next session.
In the meantime, here's a short list of people that people don't get. And their votes fo' or agin' Massachusetts residents:
Antonio F. D. Cabral -N New Bedford
Stephen R. Canessa -N New Bedford
Patricia A. Haddad -N Somerset
Robert M. Koczera -N New Bedford
John F. Quinn -Y Dartmouth
Michael J. Rodrigues -N Westport
David B. Sullivan -Y Fall River
Joan M. Menard -N Somerset
Mark C. Montigny -Y New Bedford
Oh, and yesterday's RomanCatholic HeroBoy Bob Correia voted FOR the Health Care Amendment, since he's running for Mayah of Farrivah, where everyone is Type-2 diabetic, elderly, on MassHealth, and homophobic. He won't even have to send cars to the polls. (And I know you're out there, K-Rod. Keep up the good work. Or whatever.)
If I had my druthers (I know I left them here somewhere), you'd all get the grog. Seems pretty simple to me. But I ain't skipper.


Dr. Momentum said...

I don't know enough about how well the health care amendment was written, or how well the implementation is going along to say whether I would have been behind making this amendment right now.

I am all for universal health care in Massachusetts, and I would support putting it into the constitution once we have a model that works. (Although I'm on the fence - I could probably be convinced to support an amendment right now with some decent discussion and rum).

In any case, you have highlighted a disturbing juxtaposition with your posts about these two votes. And it does say something upsetting about the priorities of our legislature at this time.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

I want to hear these votes defended.

ThirdMate said...

I just keep hearing:
Boy: Listen to those congressmen arguing! Is all that discussion and debate about you?
Bill: Yeah, I'm one of the lucky ones. Most bills never even get this far. I hope they decide to report on me favourably, otherwise I may die.
Boy: Die?
Bill: Yeah, die in committee...

I wonder what else Aunt Joanie agrees with Travaglini about.