Thursday, April 23, 2009

“The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate"-President Obama

Perhaps the Mayor will take these words from Obama to heart. We (Flaherty, Yoon, and I) are hoping to meet next Wednesday to set up a format for debates. We have invited the Mayor and hope he shows. I doubt that he will agree to any series of debates, say on the schools, on public safety, on development, etc. that might bring out good ideas from any of the candidates or the public.

The Mayor also spoke yesterday about promoting capitalism. The basis to capitalism is open markets with a level playing field. We don't have that in Boston, where as we saw with Parcel 3, because the Mayor acts as a dictator where the only opinion that matters is his. Zoning is for sale, people do or do not get permits to run businesses all based on who you know, that is not the 'invisible hand' that Adam Smith talked about it is the hand of the Mayor who wants his fingers in every pot.

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