Adam Reilly has helpfully posted the full text of Kerry Healey’s speech at the official kickoff for her campaign for Governor.
My take: nicely packaged Republican rubbish. It’s an excellent example of the fallacy that Republicans have been perpetrating on this country for years: you can cut taxes forever, increase government spending forever, and never run into problems.
Just look at her speech:
Government can guarantee that every citizen has certain opportunities in life, and it should always be generous in doing so….
I believe that Massachusetts should offer top-quality education from Kindergarten through college. In order to compete in this new global economy, our schools need not to be just the best in the nation, but as good as any in the world. To fulfill our promise to todayâs children, we need to focus on education in new ways, creating enhanced opportunities for early childhood education, intensive early interventions for children with learning difficulties, and more time in the classroom for everyone. I also believe we need to make public higher education more affordable for everyone….
I believe it is our duty to care for those who cannot help themselves, both young and old…. They are not a problem for us; they are a priority. We pride ourselves on compassion in government here in Massachusetts, on helping those who cannot help themselves….
[I support] public college scholarships for Massachusetts students who score highest on the MCAS, and for National Guardsmen who fight to preserve our freedom….
I will find every opportunity to reduce fees and hold down property taxes, by giving a larger share of our state revenue taxes to our cities and towns….
What do our communities need? They need healthcare reform to help contain mounting insurance costs. They need housing incentives, so young people can afford to stay in the communities where they grew up, and school aid, to help with the rising cost of educating our children. And finally, our communities need support for their local police, so that citizens are safe and the only people who are in fear are the criminals. Thatâs why Iâve been fighting so hard for higher local aid, and more funding for housing and schools….
Our communities across Massachusetts are also entitled to see measurable improvement in our schools…. In our upper grades, we need to increase our emphasis on math and science and engineering. And for our youngest children, we need to start school earlier with high-quality early childhood education programs….
I propose … a longer school day and … after-school programs that keep kids occupied, supervised, and safe….
We should raise the age of mandatory school attendance from sixteen to eighteen years old, and expand our alternative education options so that all kids can have a real shot at success in their lives….
We must reduce the cost of public higher education for middle-class families….
Wow, what a huge list of new or expanded programs Kerry Healey is supporting! That’s going to require a lot of new spending, right?
We show our respect for taxpayers by leaving them with more of what they earned….
The next governor must stand up to the tax-and-spend attitude of the Democratic legislature….
I will continue to call on the legislature to immediately lower the income-tax rate to five percent….
Even now, there are more tax-and-spend proposals before the legislature, and youâll hear a lot more about them in this campaign….
Healey has put it right out there for anyone who wants to see it. She wants a huge expansion in government programs – education, health care, local aid, you name it – and she also wants tax cuts. Well guess what, Kerry: government programs cost money, and someone has to pay for them. You want tax cuts? Fine – but be honest about it and tell us what programs you will cut. You want new education programs? That’s fine too – but tell us how you will pay for them.
Let’s hope the mainstream media calls Healey out on this kind of doubletalk without delay.
UPDATE: Now seems like an opportune moment to somewhat belatedly add the enjoyable and well-sourced blog Kerry Healey Out of Touch to the blogroll. It’s a good read – be sure to check it out!