For one example, we have a concentrated higher ed capacity, virtually the primary export industry of the state, yet all Deval can do is raise public tuition. Pfui! Why not establish a loan forgiveness program with teeth, repopulating our schools, investing in green industry (we are the largest producers of solar panels!), and proving the value of bilingualism in a global economy with interpreters and international service centers? Mike Capuano’s 8th Congressional district has the lowest high school graduation rate in the state, and the highest concentration of college and graduate students on the planet. This kind of town-gown colonialism insults the very idea of America, and de-stabilizes half the neighborhoods in the metropolitan area. A loan forgiveness program with real commitments – not Tisch-like trivial tasking – to serious work for credit and for money both in and after college would give those students resumes that sell even in a tight labor market, while delivering critically needed service to just those communities – Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Quincy, and, of course, Boston and Springfield and Worcester – most in need.
Why not capitalize on universal health care rather than bemoan its cost? ONLY a universal system can realize the profits of prevention. DPH recently released the tentative numbers of new HIV/AIDS cases, showing a 30% decline in the last 18 months. That has nice humanitarian value, but in terms of the Commonwealth it represents nearly a billion dollars lower liability. And DPH did not have sense enough to point that out when the good Governor cut their budget by $70,000,000. Ridiculous! Does he think he’s governor of Nebraska! Finally he gets a department that actually makes money and he decides to cut it’s very soul!
This failure of imagination leads to a despair of delivery, and a depression as deep as any since Hoover. And his best Secretaries flee, while the paper pushers, the gnomes who counted votes in the last election, run the show. This will be a very sorry one term governor until he wakes the hell up.