No they're not because this the like one billionth example of well connected T workers pulling shit like this. From the article, the guy who isn't a lawyer has double the salary of the woman who was that he replaced. If its not his credentials getting him double the salary, then what is it?Somebody who drinks at work is indicative that alcoholism is a problem in this society. It is by no means something restricted to MBTA employees nor is it the fault of the MBTA that they hired a closet alcoholic. Why should we take this as an indication that highways need to be subsidized by general operating funds? The two things are completely unrelated.
In no way am I voting to give more money to these people to waste. I for one don't believe for a second that the T has the same level of personnel problems of any other organization. Its a shitty run fiefdom of unemployable relatives of politicians who only occasionally show up for work, and I say this not as a conspiracy theorist but as a regular rider since 1990 and a pretty liberal guy. Either clean up the T or continue to suffer from the (real, in my opinion) perception that any additional dollars will be going to waste.