Thursday, December 30, 2004
We're Number 49! We're Number 49!

Remember when Willard Mitt wanted to create a civilian intelligence network (aka - Rat Patrols) to help uncover terrorist plots? At the time Romney said that "we've fallen into complacency. We need to engage the citizens as part of a prevention effort." His $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman compounded the fraud by saying one of Romney's "primary concerns is that we focus on prevention and the role of the state and local governments in the intelligence-gathering network." (source: Boston Globe, 9/17/2003)

Well, sign us up. And as our first order of duty we'd like to rat out Team Reform for not creating their promised civilian intelligence network that would help foment intelligence gathering.

Happily, the Fraud Governor is not the only critic of the Fraud Governor's emergency preparedness. The Trust for America's Health recently issued a report identifying Massachusetts as one of the worst offenders of basic bioterrorism detection, diagnosis and response capabilities. (Associated Press, 12/14/2004)

In a nationwide survey examining the amount of spending allocated to public health, flu vaccine rates, and biochemical testing capabilities, Massachusetts came in dead last. Actually we were tied for dead last with Alaska.

Cool. Massachusetts, a state with over 6 million people, has the same level of preparedness as a state with the population of Boston.

Wait a minute. Isn't Willard Mitt supposed to be some kind of security wunderkind? Isn't he on one of George W's Homeland Security Task Forces? After all, Romney's purportedly spent February 5th, June 16-17th, and September 21 in DC at Homeland Security meetings. (source: Boston Herald, 12/7/2004) And for this we get a last-place-tied-with-Alaska-no-offense-to-the-fine-people-and-assorted-wild-life-who-make-up-the-Alaska-census Security rating?

Of course, looking back, we should have seen this coming. After all, back in July, when George W's Homeland Security Czar Tom Ridge came to Boston to hawk duct tape, Willard Mitt went to Washington to hawk Timothy Robinson's book under the aegis of giving a weakly received speech titled "Presidential Politics: A View from the States" to the National Press Club. (source: Boston Herald, 7/16/2004)

Instead Romney left the security thing to Ed "Easy on Crime" Flynn, who "reversed the homeland security strategy of former Gov. Jane M. Swift (R-Flagbearer) by deploying officers and surveillance in a way largely invisible to the public." (source: Worcester T&G, 7/6/2004)

Looks like we may need a few more invisible security forces there, Ed.

But there we go again. Always looking for that dark cloud around the silver lining. If we put our mind to it, mayhaps this 'we're as bad as Alaska' thing may not be such a negative after all; it could even be flipped into a marketing scheme:

"Visit Massachusetts - no safer, but a whole lot warmer than Alaska!"


"Vote McCain - Stop Romney From Doing to Your State What He Did to Massachusetts."


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