The Cover Provided by 1 Administration Crony
The long, front page piece in Sunday’s ProJo about current EMA PR guy Steve Kass reinforces every status-quoists talking point about cutting the fat outta the “administration” or “up top” before slashing the benny’s and pay of the average working man and woman at all levels of government. For the truth is that the shuffling of Kass around Governor Carcieri’s administration for the sake of, apparently, keeping him on the payroll to the tune of between $100-$200 K in salary and benefits is, quite fairly, viewed as putting the lie to the supposed “shrink government” / “big audit” bona fides of the Governor.
It doesn’t matter if one crony’s salary is a drop in the bucket compared to the smaller proportions that need to be cut from the wider array of “little guys.” Simply put, it looks like cronyism from here, there and everywhere. It’s one thing if the Administration damages itself by this inability to not live by it’s own rhetoric. But it’s much worse than that because such examples are hoisted up to undermine the legitimacy of the ideas that informed the rhetoric that was espoused. And that de-legitimization redounds to the people who actually believe in the efficacy of cutting government and making it leaner for the sake of fiscal sanity. So thanks for that.