Sunday, September 28, 2008

Herald slams Benson, Dykema

Ouch - that's gotta hurt.

The State House has never exactly been a refuge for Mensa members - remember Barney Frank’s old joke about how one state rep’s IQ was so low that he was at risk for contracting Dutch elm disease?

If anything, the solons are getting dimmer. This morning, let us consider two candidates, one of whom seeks to represent a MetroWest district full of commuters who use the Turnpike. Yet this Democrat openly states that “tolls are good” - and by the way she’d also be “open” to raising the gas tax too, in case those $8 tolls at the tunnel don’t get the job done.

Then we have another candidate, in Lunenburg, who believes that women were granted the right to vote by the Supreme Court. Let’s start with this rocket scientist, one Jen Benson, who is actually on the Lunenburg School Committee. What an example her erudition (look it up, Jen!) sets “for the children.”

She’s running for the seat being vacated by moonbat Rep. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, and her Biden-esque grasp of history has been posted on YouTube by her Republican opponent, Kurt Hayes.

She’s talking, I think, about gay “marriage,” which she says should not be “left up to the tyranny of the majority of the state.”

No, it should be left up to the tyranny of five unemployable lawyers who gave money to politicians so they could retire to judgeships. But I digress. The Lunenburg loony starts talking about women’s suffrage in 1920, or, as she puts it, “80 years ago.”

“Now considering that men were the only voters, if men had been left to choose whether or not women should be allowed the right to vote, what would the outcome of that be? No, it was left to the Supreme Court.”

Jen, your ignorance is astounding. Women got the right to vote through the 19th Amendment, Jen, and believe it or not the Supreme Court cannot (yet) add amendments directly to the Constitution. Please take good notes, Jen, because there will be a quiz on this. In 1919, Congress approved the women’s suffrage amendment, on votes (mostly by men) of 304-89 in the House and 56-25 in the (predominantly male) Senate.

Then it had to be approved by three-quarters of the state legislatures, which, I hasten to repeat, were made up almost exclusively of men. It took 15 months to get the 36th legislature (Tennessee). Are you following me here, Jen?

“Women won the right to vote by a vote of the Supreme Court,” she repeated, idiotically, “and actually many women were tortured and lost their lives in order to get that right.”

Whatever you say, Jen.

Next, come on down Carolyn Dykema. She’s running for the MetroWest seat held by retiring Rep. Paul Loscocco. Dykema, a moonbat’s moonbat, went to Wellesley College and as a child she spent summers on “a lake in rural Maine,” where she learned “a respect for nature and the environment.”

And what better way to protect the environment than by forcing those nasty non-Prius-driving commuters she’d like to represent on Beacon Hill to pay more tolls?

At a candidate’s forum last month, she was asked about the endless toll increases. After first proposing more tollbooths on the western Pike and at the New Hampshire border, she says:

“Tolls are good for a number of reasons, one I think environmentally. I think encouraging getting rid of the tolls would actually encourage more driving which is not, I believe, in our long-term interests. We should be looking at more public transportation.”

Gotta get to Logan? Just catch the 5:30 a.m. T bus from Holliston, right?

It’s amazing, that a MetroWest candidate could endorse the idea of beggaring her own neighbors on behalf of paying for a new road for another bunch of motorists who aren’t worrying about paying an extra $20 a week in January to get to their jobs, because they have never paid a dime in tolls.

I’m sure that Carolyn is now shocked, shocked to learn that the Pike hacks are floating trial balloons about $8 tolls at the tunnels. But as her opponent Dan Haley said, “If tolls are good, to quote her own position, then higher tolls must be better.”

Every year, you don’t think it can get any worse at the State House, and every year it does. I think the building needs a good spraying - for Dutch elm disease.