The Level of Political Discourse
One doesn’t have to know the specifics to be taken aback by this dirt-bag move from State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D, East Providence) (emphasis added):
Larisa has cost the city money, DaPonte said, by creating “monumental parks” named after the mayor’s mother. And, DaPonte continued, Councilman Robert Cusack has cost the city “hundreds of thousands of dollars” by using city-provided health coverage to pay for his son’s extensive medical care.
One could argue that this or that public office does or doesn’t justify healthcare coverage, and if so, of what kind and with what subsidy. But is DaPonte suggesting that it is illegitimate for elected officials to use such a benefit to care for their sick children? Or is he just such a low life that any attack that his small mind can conceive is fair game?
In a healthy civic society, a public apology would be forthcoming — indeed, those around and above DaPonte in the political scheme would demand it.