In One Eye
Saturday, June 14, 2003
One story of pedophlia, another of pederasty on the front page of the Courant this morning. And people say it isn't a meritorious newspaper.
To my mind, the most important story of the day--and evidently not worthy of the front page treatment of the more salacious material--is the report on the continuing quagmire regarding the state's budget.
Hopes for a budget vote by the end of next week dimmed considerably Friday as haggard Republican and Democratic leaders recessed talks on the issue - less certain than a week ago that a deal could be hammered out quickly.The 800-pound gorilla not mentioned in the lede is our intransigent governor, who has made it clear that the requirements he demands for a proposal that will get his signature are virtually nonexistent. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have the nerve to create a budget proposal that will get vetoed. Thus, they keep spinning their wheels.
They sure look like craven morons in the process.
Speaking of our smarmy chief executive:
Gov. John G. Rowland will pay the state nearly $9,000 to settle a State Ethics Commission complaint about his acceptance of free or cut-rate vacation accommodations from wealthy friends who have done millions of dollars in business with the state.I'll bet he's satisfied with the agreement, since it saves his political derriere--at least for now.
I can't say I'm satisfied with the agreement. A $2000 fine for what certainly appears to be a kickback arrangement looks uncomfortably like a mere slap on the wrist.
Of course, this may well be the tip of an iceberg ...