The House passed its 25 percent sales tax boost last night, with a veto-proof margin. In other breaking news, Dunkin' Donuts served coffee this morning.
This bit from the State House News ought to get under your skin:
Members joked about the electoral risks in backing higher taxes. Endorsing the tax hike in his maiden speech, Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) said he had been elected last September without facing a Republican opponent.Ho ho. Good one.
“Perhaps that will change after this vote,” Hecht said, drawing laughs from colleagues.
Of course Rep. Hecht can joke, and his colleagues can share a chuckle, because they know that - yet another tax increase notwithstanding - the chances that he will face a serious challenger next cycle (or ever in his career, however long he decides to remain in the House) are slim.
I continue to hope/think that even here in Massachusetts, there has to be a tipping point. If there is, then maybe little "jokes" like Rep. Hecht's push us just a little bit closer to the paradigm shift necessary to stifle all of this laughter at taxpayer expense once and for all.
Take a look at this clip from Boston.com. Dollars to doughnuts the second woman interviewed works at the State House...