When should we call into question the pursuit of an expansive and powerful federal government? If you’re a Massachusetts Democrat, the answer this week seems to be, “when our friends are the targets.”
Public service motivation reminds that there is more to governmental services than just efficiency. Sometimes government allots resources because it uplifts the community at-large. Right or wrong, watching the Pats parade on TV or knowing the rite-of-springtime St. Patrick’s Day parade is going on is worth it. We must make sure that the resources diverted for the parades come from all Boston’s neighborhoods -- not just less affluent communities. But with this substantial caveat I say, “on with the parade!” Sometimes government acts best when it acts inefficiently – and making ourselves feel better about this winter is something all of Boston needs.