Casey’s got just a fascinating post up… very bloggy and subjective, which makes it cool:
Gov. Deval Patrick, his voice often rising to a shout, cheered on die-hard supporters today at a Boston Common rally to push for reforms to the state’s education funding formula, saying, “My power comes from you and your willingness to show up.”
(And when I say supporters, I mean it took the governor 15 minutes to walk down Beacon Hill because he was being stopped by so many hangers-on, well-wishers and a few overly aggressive education activists?The only thing missing was holy water being sprinkled on him. I say this not as a comment on the governor or his policies, but as a point about the bizarre deification of public leaders in general. We are a government of men and women, people, not Gods and what we seem to believe are their earthly counterparts: celebrities)
You know, I share Casey’s disbelief at such a strong crowd reaction to Patrick; it is kind of funny. But I doubt most public leaders get that kind of response from people. Would Paul Cellucci (say) have commanded such a crowd?
Anyway, Patrick seems to be back giving us the vision thing on education — see what he said.
“?Let’s confront what (education) actually costs, and then let’s ask ourselves what financing mechanisms are out there that work, because I want to tell you something: Try as we might to patch the Chapter 70 (education funding) formula, it’s not enough. Property taxes as a basis for closing the gap is not working.”
Well, that sounds like a call for more and different revenue streams. What’s he actually proposing? Was anyone there today?