Massachusetts is facing dire economic times, however, due to the many distractions on Beacon Hill, attention has been focused elsewhere. The indictment of Former Speaker Sal DiMasi is not only a distraction that we don’t need right now, but it also solidifies the need to break up the one party government system here in Massachusetts.
Since 1996, three Democratic Speakers resigned under a wave of illegal and unethical allegations. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out and it should be no different in politics. The Democrats in Massachusetts have proven that they are unable of running state government efficiently. There have been far too many instances of corruption, abuse of power and scandal. The members of the House have been too comfortable forfeiting their power to the speaker and that practice needs to come to an end in order to restore any kind of resemblance of checks and balances.
Full debate must occur on any given issue when it comes to the House floor for debate. Instead, most decisions are pre-determined and while we certainly bring the fight to the floor, most of the time we already know how the vote will turn out.
The voters need to hold their elected officials accountable and demand better from their representatives and senators. It is the only way to restore two party government in Massachusetts.