We met for about an hour yesterday morning with the Governor to talk about the economy, politics, and the blogosphere. Here’s what went down.
Our Chief Executive was impressively informed, focused, and creatively proactive on a huge range of issues. We may not agree with Patrick every time, but he is a quantum improvement over the Three Nonentities who preceded him Cellucci, Swift and Willard. An Excellency worthy of the title.
The economy. Patrick is making a major economic policy address right now at MIT. We’ll post video coverage if we can get it (one of our suggestions at the meeting was that all major policy addresses be YouTubed so we can link to them here and you can comment). Our conversation in brief:
Whenever we asked, brass tacks came pouring out. International trade? Last year’s China mission has yielded a direct flight from Logan coming when Boeing rolls out its new long-range airliner next year. Foreclosure relief? A plan to securitize debt — increase the fraction of the house owned by the bank — in return for rescheduled payments. Detailed, practical, workable, rational. Good stuff.
His Excellency was generous throughout the meeting with praise for DiMasi and Murray, although he acknowledged his views and theirs do not always meet.
Finally, we talked about you. EaBo’s new status as a member of the progressive base, according to the Globe, was noted ;-). Ernie Boch was described by one person present as, “the collective Id of the State House.” We said many members of the community were dismayed by the now historic casino plan. We said we thought people here want to go to work for equality, inclusiveness, and effectiveness: together we can, if you will. Less prosaically, we advised focus on the “green economy,” which plays to our strengths as a state and will produce long-term jobs resistant to outsourcing. We applauded Doug Rubin’s recent effort here and its results, and urged Governor Patrick to wage a “permanent campaign:” to reach out ceaselessly to people across the state, from progressive activists to business leaders to homeowners to banks, and everyone in between. He’s very good at that, people like it, and it will help produce the results we all want.
Please tell us what you think we missed in the comments. Perhaps most important: The Powers That Be have noticed you.