Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Kill All The Lawyers. Then Hire Them.

If George Santayana was alive, exhumed and guest-hosting RiaF he'd today not write "those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it" but "why learn history when you can posture and pretend that you know it?"

And he'd be talking about Willard Mitt, who recently compared disgruntled court appointed lawyers with striking Boston police officers. (source: Boston Globe, 8/12/2004) Romney did the Calvin Coolidge thing and termed the decision by private lawyers who said they would refuse to take on new cases "a strike action against public safety."

The Cape Cod Times dope-slapped Romney back to reality by stating that "the lawyers are free agents. (T)he (fraud) governor can't force them to work, particularly at a losing wage." (Cape Cod Times, 8/14,2004)

Romney, however, went one step further, and said that he'd 'enlarge the pool of state-employed public defenders, dispensing with the use of private lawyers.' (source: Boston Globe, 8/12/2004)

Uh, Fraudo, remember last year when you bloviated that, "(w)hen I came into office, I asked how many lawyers worked in state government. I figured the number would be 50, 60, maybe 100. The number turns out to be 800, not including the Attorney General's office and we're still counting. That's way too many lawyers. We'll cut the number of lawyers and bring the remaining ones under a single umbrella. It's more efficient and it will save a lot of money." (source: office of (fraud) gov, 1/29/2003)

But now you want to hire more state lawyers.

Let us guess: in two years you'll fire them all, and claim you're cutting fat.

Must be tough to always be focussing on reform.

Then again, it takes the pressure off of actually having to accomplish something!

Strike Three

Earlier this month we remarked how Team Reform spokestools were using weasel words to back away from Willard Mitt's previous iron-clad statements that he would run for reelection in 2006. (see RiaF, 8/9/2004)

In an effort to pull back the veil of Romney's handlers, an enterprising reporter recently pitched a softball at the Fraud Governor and asked if he would run for governor.

Romney's answer?

"Absolutely." Then, "no final decision has been made." Then, "the expectation is to run again." (source: Boston Globe, 8/14/2004)

When he went home to Michigan to stump for George W. Bush, Willard Mitt labelled Sen. John Kerry as indecisive. (source: Boston Herald, 4/11/2004)

"Absolutely." "No final decision." "The expectation is to run again."

Willard Mitt: the Alex Rodriguez of the decisive set.


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