Mayor Joe Curtatone: Mitt Romney’s Economics Failed Massachusetts

Back when most of my friends were mad at Corey Booker for finding the Obama campaign Bain attacks to be “nauseating,” I defended him. I’m not going to say that said attacks didn’t work, or helped to frame the debate and establish a clear choice between Pres. Obama and Mitt Romney. As a matter of fact, there is evidence that suggests that those attacks worked in Obama’s favor in key swing states. However, I still stand on my point back then as I do now, that the conversation needs to shift to Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts.

Romney professes to be an “expert” and more than qualified to raise the country from its economic Doldrums based on private sector experience. Never mind the fact that he has people screaming, “We built this,” at the top of their lungs while it has been reported that Bain benefitted from a government bailout while Romney was at the helm. Yeah, never mind that tidbit of information shared in a recent Rolling Stones article. Beyond that irrelevant information, isn’t it time to shift focus to Romney’s public record? I mean enough with the “I saved the Olympics,” crap already.

Check this out:

When Romney took office in 2002, the country’s economy was expanding. Romney is correct when he says Massachusetts had a net job growth. Massachusetts did have a net job growth of 1.4 percent during his tenure. This was well below the national average of 5.3 percent. In fact, during his time as governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation, and the state lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national average. And what about fiscal responsibility? According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, spending rose an average of 5 percent per year with state debt rising $2.6 billion in four years.

If Romney’s expertise in the private sector is to be touted as successful, quite naturally one can expect said experience to produce a laudable record within the public sector, no? It’s bad enough that Romney has to distance himself from his record as governor for successfully implementing the template for “Obamacare”. But, that aside, surely Romney’s economic policies exercised in Massachusetts serve as the best resume reference for how he plans to govern the nation should he become president., right? I could be wrong, but isn’t that what resumes are for? I could be wrong, but having hired people, I doubt it.

Having said that, let’s hear what Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts has to say about Romney’s economic record. As the mayor of New England’s most densely populated city he’d know, right? Of course we already know Massachusetts went from 41st to 47th in job creation before Romney left office with higher aspirations. But that inconvenient truth aside, surely Romney as governor did more for Massachusetts than just burden them with access to health care.