'A system that is essentially legal corruption'
Lawmakers slam the door
on open discussion of reforms. Jill Stein, co-chairwoman of the Green-Rainbow Party, sums it up: "You can’t have a good democracy behind closed doors where money is flowing freely. ... We have a system that is essentially legal corruption." ... I’ll take the Green-Rainbow Party at this point. Wouldn’t you? Anything else is an improvement. I'll draw the line at Stalinist and John Birch candidates, though. ...
... Turns out the Patrick administration not only ignored the red flares, alarm bells and barking watchdogs. It also ignored the Austin Powers emergency nuclear-reactor siren system.
It doesn't mean the administration is corrupt. It means their go-along-to-get-along instincts prevailed -- which is the source of the problem on Beacon Hill. ... Deval is going to need all the help he can get.
... Flustered Tom.