Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day, a day of revelry, celebration, Hiberno-American pride and moderate imbibing of intoxicating substances. It is appropriate then to turn our attention to the actual Emerald Isle, which, were it not for tourists, would probably see the day as a mostly religious event.
Like every other state, Massachusetts is struggling financially. Currently, the state is facing a budget deficit of more than $3 billion. What the Bay State needs now is effective leaders who will make the tough decisions necessary to save money. Unfortunately, this leadership is nowhere to be found.
This week on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats found something they could finally agree upon: the huge insurance company American International Group is way out of line in its plan to award bonuses of at least $1 million each to 73 employees after being given $170 billion in bailout money from the federal government last year.
The Boston University Student Union may have been successful in increasing attendance for Monday’s General Assembly meeting, but the fact that there was no mention of the Board of Trustees’ decision to increase tuition and housing costs by a combined 3.75 percent is truly shameful.
The country may not be in a cheery mood given the current recession, but it appears that President Barack Obama is going to try to get Americans to lighten up a bit. On Thursday, Obama will be a guest on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ marking the first time that a sitting president has taken part in a late-night talk show.