A debate today featuring the two Republican candidates for governor featured a couple of interesting exchanges.


First, Charlie Baker said access to health care is a right, not a privilege, and Mark Fisher, the tea party candidate disagreed:


“We have the right to pursue happiness,” Fisher said. “And I know people who…feel that happiness for them does not include health insurance. And yet the state forces it upon them or else they have to pay the penalty. I’m not for government-imposed happiness. We decided what happiness is.”


But don’t go pursuing happiness at a casino, at least not in Massachusetts.  Baker and Fisher agreed that casino repeal should be on the ballot, and both embraced the straw man argument that allowing casinos is a bad economic development strategy if it’s the centerpiece of the state’s economic development strategy (which of course it isn’t). Fisher, the freedom guy, said he would support repeal.  Guess the government knows best whether you should be out playing poker on a Saturday night.


 


 


 


A debate today featuring the two Republican candidates for governor featured a couple of interesting exchanges.

First, Charlie Baker said access to health care is a right, not a privilege, and Mark Fisher, the tea party candidate disagreed:

“We have the right to pursue happiness,” Fisher said. “And I know people who…feel that happiness for them does not include health insurance. And yet the state forces it upon them or else they have to pay the penalty. I’m not for government-imposed happiness. We decided what happiness is.”

But don’t go pursuing happiness at a casino, at least not in Massachusetts.  Baker and Fisher agreed that casino repeal should be on the ballot, and both embraced the straw man argument that allowing casinos is a bad economic development strategy if it’s the centerpiece of the state’s economic development strategy (which of course it isn’t). Fisher, the freedom guy, said he would support repeal.  Guess the government knows best whether you should be out playing poker on a Saturday night.