Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Beacon Hillbillies (cont.)

From today's Boston Herald:

    Tix scalping heads to hearing: Weak laws seen benefiting no one but criminals

Now, where have I heard that line of thought before?

The state's anti-ticket-scalping law has all the teeth - and deterrence - of jaywalking prohibitions, critics say.

Lawmakers on Beacon Hill, in the wake of fans being ripped off after buying fake World Series tickets, are looking to overhaul the code.

Nice to see our lawmakers standing up for the little guy for once. Oh wait, what was I thinking? Never mind.

"We have to get a handle on some of these providers who are charging outlandish prices for tickets, and the state is not getting anything out of it," (State Rep. Brian) Wallace said.

Spoken like a true Bay State hack, though most atypically honest and straightforward.

Another idea expected to come up: granting licenses to ticket scalpers in a bid to regulate their trade. The state would get a piece of the business through license fees, Wallace said.

Next up, crack tax.

What happened to the good old days when our elected officials would at least PRETEND to be working on our behalf?