And that is this: Schilling spent no small amount of time in hiscareer preaching the Republican mantra of smaller government andpersonal responsibility. He did this fresh off the historic Red SoxWorld Series win when he backed George W. Bush in the 2004campaign. He did it on the stump on behalf of John McCain in 2008. Hitachi Diagnostic Tool
He did it for Scott Brown in January 2010, when he wrote in hisblog, “He”s for smaller government,”” andlauding Brown”s opposition to “creating a newgovernment insurance program.”” Smaller government? Call me crazy, but I”m betting thatwasn”t exactly what Schilling was extolling when he satbehind closed doors on Wednesday pleading with the members of theRhode Island Economic Development Corp. to put more public moneybehind his fantasy video game venture. And insurance? It seems likethat”s precisely what he got. Apparently smaller government, in Schilling”s world, appliesto other people, maybe city kids stuck in underperforming schoolsor disabled adults looking for help back and forth to medicalappointments. But for a former six-time Major League BaseballAll-Star pitcher whose business venture can create jobs (!), baskin the greatness, people, and open the public vault. Garage Equipment Repairs
Let”s stipulate here that the Rhode Island officials whocommitted this public money to 38 Studios are idiots. I meannothing negative by that; it”s just the only possibleadjective that applies. All right, maybe”sycophants”” works as well because they wereprobably hyperventilating at the sight of his World Series ringsand that he knew their names. Really, what public official bets thefarm on a video game called “Kingdoms of Amalur:Reckoning,”” while Central Falls is in receivership andProvidence is fending off bankruptcy? By the way, a special word of thanks to everyone on Beacon Hill whotook a pass on Schilling”s little post-baseball indulgence.Kind of ironic that the guy who preaches smaller government had toleave Massachusetts to find a program big enough to back him. Schilling”s hypocrisy is really a nation”s hypocrisy inthis era of unparalleled greed. Toyota Car Keys Manufacturer
Look no further than Wall Streetbankers for the biggest hypocrites of them all. JPMorgan Chase, toname one firm, happily took $25 billion in federal bailout money inthe Troubled Asset Relief Program when the bottom fell out theautumn of 2008. But like virtually every other bank, JPMorgan then railed againstgovernment regulations designed to prevent another meltdown, withthe company”s chief executive, Jamie Dimon, recently termingsome of the federal proposals as “infantile”” -that last revelation courtesy of a New York Times column this week.Those proposals don”t seem quite so infantile in light ofJPMorgan”s latest loss of $2 billion-and-rising in tradingrisky credit derivatives. It may be worth mentioning that Schilling earned $114 million inhis illustrious career, including $8 million in 2008, his finalseason, when he signed a one-year deal before injuries preventedhim from throwing a single pitch. It must”ve been his leftarm he thrust out for public funds.
Maybe this experience will give Schilling a greater appreciationfor government. But that, like his video game, is probably purefantasy. Try BostonGlobe.com today and get two weeks FREE. McGrory is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at .