Monday, September 7, 2009

Politicians Behaving Badly

I used to live in the state of Massachusetts. Due to "blue laws" on Sunday's, if you wanted to get some beers for a BBQ or a cook out, you literally had to travel 45 minutes north to New Hampshire to purchase it; the booze was cheaper and there was no sales tax to boot. Needless to say, liquor stores just over the N.H. state line were packed with cars from Massachusetts. All those times I drove north I thought of how this was a lesson on how government laws and taxes neatly drove incentives right out of the state. Well, recently, the state of Massachusetts decided to raise state sales and alcohol taxes. (Heh, heh...liberals are a glutton for punishment.) Recently, a Massachusetts lawmaker that voted for the hike was caught sneaking up to N.H. to get his booze. The nerve of this guy!

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned.

Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” Massachusetts license plate, was parked outside a Granite State liquor store on Interstate-95 South over the weekend, according to a witness who provided pictures to the Herald.

The witness, who requested anonymity, claimed he approached Rodrigues, noted his State House plate, and asked if he was on personal or official business. Rodrigues, who was loading booze into his car, snapped “mind your own business,” the witness said.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I think this has become some kind of plague here in the Northeast-- not that there wasn't corruption before, but that politicians and law enforcement workers are SO arrogant and flaunt it. That same stuff happens here in the great Northeast mafia capital, New York.