Thursday, December 09, 2004
I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

On Tuesday, the non-partisan Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women released a report titled "Real Cuts - Real People - Real Pain, The Effects of the Fiscal Crisis on Women & Girls in Massachusetts." (source: MCSW, 12/7/2004)

According to the report, since 2002 the Commonwealth implemented almost three billion dollars in budget cuts that have disproportionately impacted women through changes in access to education, job training, child care, and health care.

So will Lightweight LG Sherry Kerry Healey, the state's highest ranking elected woman, help address some of the problems highlighted by the non-partisan Commission?

Hardly. Not that Healey is disinterested. In fact, we hear she wanted to help write the report - namely the title.

According to someone who purports to know these things, it appears that Healey did not have a problem with the report's conclusions. She just didn't like the fact that the non-partisan Commission fingered Team Reform's cuts as the tipping point - and boldly said so above the fold.

Back in 2002 when she was trying to wheedle her way into the then Fraud Candidate's shadow, Healey stood before the Republican State Convention and sputtered that "(Willard) Mitt has the management background to run our state and to create opportunity in Massachusetts. I have the background in social issues to put that opportunity within reach of every citizen." (source: Boston Globe, 4/7/2004)

Two years later her background is less important than the fact that she has disappeared into the background.

Time for a new Commission: the non-partisan Massachusetts Commission on the Status of the Disappearing Woman.


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