SNOW JOB. Media Log was ready to give Governor Mitt Romney a pass on his decision to fire Katherine Abbott, the head of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, for failing to get the snow cleared near West Roxbury High School the other day. Maybe it wasn't Abbott's fault, maybe she was otherwise doing a good job - but when four kids get struck by a pickup truck, a high-profile sacrifice is sometimes necessary.
Then I saw this Herald story by Franci Richardson and Michele McPhee reporting that Romney had grabbed $45,000 from Abbott's underfunded agency for a Patriots hoo-hah last week. Unbelievable. And shameless.
BLAME IT ON FRIEDMAN. According to the Shorenstein Center's Richard Parker, the only big idea put forth by economist Milton Friedman that hasn't been tried yet is privatized Social Security accounts. Unfortunately, as Parker observes in this Globe essay, all of Friedman's other ideas have been whopping failures.