Author Archives: CriticalDan

MA Job Creation – “Human Capital” ain’t what it used to be

First, if you aren’t tracking the excellent back-and-forth that Rob Eno is having at Red Mass Group (and elsewhere) with Patrick Administration Secretary of Economic Development Greg Bialecki about the validity (not) of the Administration’s job-creation (not) figures, check it out. It was fascinating even before the release last week of this statistic-and-chart-filled report by Mass Inc., sub-titled “Meeting…

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.

A piece of advice: Don’t read this article from the State House News Service (via WickedLocal) with your eyes too widely opened. They just might roll right out of your head.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s top energy and environment adviser called Tuesday for a “revolution” in the state’s green energy sector, urging more than 100 energy company executives to “take the clean energy…

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GOP Primary: Despite the media narrative, Mitt is winning 2 to 1

The tale of the 2012 Republican Presidential primary season is increasingly one of two divergent realities: the true one, in which most of the world lives, loves, and goes about its business, where Mitt Romney is winning quite handily. And the media’s fever dream narrative, in which the Republican contest is hotly contested between the “establishment” Romney and the “conservative…

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What does Rick Santorum have in common with Newt Gingrich?

Question: what do Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have in common? Aside from their alternating status as the un-Mitt du jour I mean. Answer: Both served multiple terms in Congress, and neither left of his own volition.  Newt was drummed out by his own caucus. Senator Santorum was tossed out by his constituents after two full terms, by a whopping margin (18…

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Press to Patrick/Murray: Can You Hear Us Now?

I went “paperless” on all my bills a long time ago. So, like Patrick Administration, I do not receive itemized cell phone bills. But if I find myself needing to check out the particulars on my usage for any given month, day or hour – dating back to day 1 of my Verizon Wireless contract – all the specific info…

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Falling Out of Love with Cape Wind?

Some time ago a friend turned me on to the energycollective.com, a thoughtful, interesting blog on energy ad climate issues written primarily by subject matter experts (scientists, engineers, etc) in the renewable energy field, mostly from a non-political advocacy perspective. It is a good resource for people who occasionally like to get a sense of what is going on…

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Pelosi for President!

Proposed: In 2020, the Democratic party will seriously consider nominating Nancy Pelosi for President of the United States. (Set aside the fact that in 2020 Mrs. Pelosi will be eighty years old and humor me, okay?) Most voters would scoff at that notion. Sure Pelosi has her fans. But to the vast majority of the mainstream American electorate Pelosi is…

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