“Democrats are looking for only a fourth of the revenue he wants.”
“What everyone else not up on the Hill wants is relief,” I said.
“Those up there would like that, too, because what they have is collective headaches. They have constituents, and that’s where their headaches come to roost.
“We don’t call it representative government for nothing. There’s always fallout for those we elect. They have to deal with realities in their districts, and what’s good for the geese may not be good for the gander.
“That’s not to mention what would be best for the whole. When you come right down to it, that’s really what’s on the table at times like this.
“There’s an awful lot that needs fixing, and not just in and around Boston. It’s more than what’s needed there. It’s what’s beating in the political hearts of those in all the state’s districts. That’s what finds its way up the hill.
“As for what the governor wants, what he’s going to get will be less because in situations like this, Tip O’Neill got it right when he said ‘All politics is local,’ and Patrick’s taking a long look down the road.”
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.