The rich get richer and the poor get poorer

I’ve never been a fan of New Hampshire’s senior senator, Judd Gregg. He’s the titular head of the “arrogant rich” wing of the GOP here in Cow Hampshire. He’s the son of a former governor, and was a tax lawyer for a couple of years before he started living off the public payroll in 1978, when he was elected to the Executive Council. From there he went to Congressman, to Governor, and finally the Senate in 1992.

The one thing I remember most about his political career was when he was in a fight with a Democrat named John Hoar, and cracked that “he was well-named.” Gregg won re-election last November for his third term in the Senate, but he did it without my vote — I voted for Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the long-time liberal activist who, at 89, walked across the country in a stunt to promote campaign finance reform. I knew it was a waste (Gregg won with 66% of the vote), but I just can’t stand the guy.

This morning, I have new reason for loathing him. While driving to the Capitol last week, Gregg stopped to gas up his car. On a whim, he also bought $20.00 worth of Powerball Easy Picks. And wouldn’t you know it — the guy who’s worth almost $2,000,000 just added another $853,492 to that total. ($500,000 after taxes.) Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out which bills will get paid this week, and which I need to negotiate a smidgen more time on.

I suppose I should count my blessings. At least Gregg is better than his former colleague, Bob Smith, or either of the idiots from Massachusetts.

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