, Newburyport, MA


August 24, 2013

Want a tough job? Try being a mayor


“Don’t knock it. We have a representative form of government. No one ever said it could not send other than those elected to represent their interests, and no one claimed it would be cheap. They’re trying to either do, or to object to doing something that effects their interests.’

“Money can be a voice of the people,” I said.

“Yes,” Freddy said. “Voices include those of corporations because that’s how the Supreme Court ruled.

“Now everybody’s looking at how not to get along with one another in an upside down political stalemate in Congress at a time when we’re on a slide to nobody really know’s where.”

“So Congress ducks into a sequestration -- putting off until tomorrow what they couldn’t get done,” I said.

“Naturally,” Freddy said. “Politics are always about consequences, and what they’ve just done is to forego fundings that had been counted upon for forty years.

“It’s one thing for a mayor to cut costs in the city’s budget for services, and go head to head with unions over it. You have to ask why anybody would run for mayor, especially in big cities like Boston and New York.

“Talk about sticking your chin out with the unions to cut local taxes? Go talk to mayors who have done that.

“But what Congress has done is to pull the rug out from those dependent on Federal funding of Medicare.

“Among them? All hospitals. Coast to coast and border to borer.

“Health care? Health Care Less is more like it.”

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident.

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