The summer season has always been a favorite of mine but I now find myself looking forward to the cold, dark days of January. Not any January, mind you, but this one in particular. You see, just about the time we’ll all be ringing in the new year, we’ll also be wringing the Patrick administration out of state government like dirty water from a dish rag. You would hope that after nearly eight years of subjecting the people of the commonwealth to overbearing arrogance and gross incompetence, Governor Deval L. Patrick would be content to simply continue spending his last few months traveling the world on the taxpayers’ dime.
We should all be so lucky.
With our borders currently being overrun by the people of Central America courtesy of the Obama administration’s casting call, it was frustrating to learn that Governor Patrick immediately rolled out the welcome wagon. It’s not like the taxpayers of Massachusetts haven’t already been doing their part. According to estimates, nearly $1.5 billion of the annual state budget goes to support people who are here illegally. Apparently, according to Patrick, that’s not enough.
When the word finally got out that plans were being made to accommodate more than 1,000 of these illegal aliens at Joint Base Cape Cod, naturally the local residents became concerned. Not surprisingly, all of this planning was put in motion without consulting local officials or elected representatives. I guess when you’re so much smarter than everyone else, why would you? Fortunately, the citizens of Sandwich and Bourne are represented by state Representative Randy Hunt. Mr. Hunt had the fortitude to stand up to the Governor and his minions and ask the questions that, no matter which side of the issue you’re on, all of us deserve the answers to. With the federal government proposing to commit billions of dollars to this effort, why shouldn’t those of us who are picking up the tab know what’s in store for them?
At a time when trust in our government is at an all-time low, it is troubling yet not surprising that Governor Patrick would demonstrate such low regard for his constituents and their representatives. It is reassuring, however, that we still have elected officials like Randy Hunt who take their responsibility as representatives to our government quite seriously. While the governor continues to operate in his own little vacuum, it’s reassuring to know that some of our political leaders still have our backs.
James J. Killion
Pierre Vernier Drive