Boondoggle

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Staggering rates of corruption

I don’t if the (presumably unrelated) Dan Kennedy has any skeletons in his closet, but he’s certainly found plenty of bones to pick with Massachusetts politics.

While the rest of America celebrates the election of Barack Obama and hunkers down for the economic apocalypse, we in Massachusetts have returned to snickering – and occasionally feigning outrage – at our venal political culture.

The MA State House -- home of one lonely corrupt legislator

The MA State House -- home of one lonely corrupt legislator

The source of Kennedy’s umbrage?  The propensity of us Massholes to elect alleged wrongdoers, criminals, and general corrupticos.  He is truly appalled that “fully 5% of our 40 state senators were facing criminal charges” [emphasis mine].  Now, in case Mr. Kennedy neglected to do the arithmetic, let me rephrase: “fully two of our 40 state senators were facing criminal charges.”  Uh, well, make that fully one “taited senator,” as Kennedy quickly admits that the other — a grope-attempter and near hot-dog-stand-upturner, evidently — has in fact left office.

I can think of another state where inflating the reality of corruption through percentages is not necessary; two out of three seems much more damning than one out of 40.

(photo from flickr user wallyg under a Creative Commons license)

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November 19, 2008 - Posted by | Massachusetts

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