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A Tale of Two Newspapers - And Three Politicians, Part 3

Massachusetts' public servants have forgotten how to serve.

By Will Offensicht  |  October 6, 2015

The first article in this series pointed out that Mr. Obama desires that Joe Biden succeed him as President, but if and only if he agrees to have Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, as his running mate.  Having explained why Mr. Obama regards Mr. Patrick as a worthy successor to continue his policies of extorting money from businesses and giving tax money to his friends, this article explains some of the reasons why Mr. Obama can be confident that Mr. Patrick will carry on with his legacy of administrative incompetence and may even carry it to new heights.

General Incompetence

In addition to wasting money on green dreams, Gov. Patrick showed no ability to operate the state effectively.  Among his many managerial failures were:

Massachusetts taxpayers occasionally show signs of having had enough and elect Republicans.  Gov. Patrick's successor was Charlie Baker, a Republican with extensive experience managing a large health care system.

Getting Rich in the Private Sector

Both the Globe and the Herald noted that Gov. Patrick had to spend time in the private sector to make serious money.  Having routed hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to support failing businesses and to pay for unneeded construction projects, many business owners owed him big bucks.  Even the Globe would have thought it unseemly for these businesses to pay him his just rewards while he was still in office, so he had to become a private citizen for a time.  The Herald listed three semi-secret ways they planned to pay him:

With that track record of incompetence, who could possibly be better qualified to carry on Mr. Obama's legacy?  As it turned out, the committee set up by construction billionaires to bring the Olympics to Boston failed because the voters elected a Republican to be Patrick's successor as governor.

Given the tendency of Massachusetts voters to compound their follies by continuing to elect Democrats, however, funding a committee to bring the Olympics to Boston was a reasonable bet.  It failed this time, but betting on Democrats to win Massachusetts elections is normally a sure thing.  The fact that Mr. Patrick, a two-term Democrat, was followed by a Republican, in Massachusetts of all places, should tell anyone all they need to know about Mr. Patrick's qualifications to be President of the United States.

The last article in this series explains how Mr. Patrick has imitated Mr. Obama in wasting public money by living high on the public purse.