Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I was looking for that perfect little something to keep the fire burning in our 22-year marriage, and I found it online. Instead of the Kama Sutra for the Kindle, I went with a beautifully wrapped EZ Pass for the Maine Turnpike. This small, discreet and high-tech gadget was clearly a winning Christmas gift for the man who claims to need nothing, and who knew it would also make supporting the Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Irish Heritage Center EZ at the same time?

If you are lucky enough to have one of these little babies, every time you drive through a toll booth in Maine you make a contribution to these special interest groups, among others, and chip in to pay for turkeys, gift certificates, in-room movies and booze, according to the new report released by OPEGA, the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Concerned that special interests are buying our government? You can relax knowing this quasi-government is apparently sending our money to special interests.


Anonymous said...

don't forget that every time someone buys an EZ pass it puts Mainers out of work. The toll collectors on the Maine Turnpike are slowly being phased out with no effort whatsoever to help them transition to new jobs. Peel back the skin of the MTA and you will find a lot more ugly.
p.s. DCW for governor!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately that's progress. America has always been known for new ideas. Business that does not change will someday be extinct. We all need a plan "B' in our lives for when we wake some morning and the working world that we knew so comfortably went the way of the "buggy whips" !
Change ready for it.