Keller @ Large: Patrick’s Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Reality

BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick is one of the best in the business at a key part of the professional politician’s craft – telling people what they want to hear.

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And he was doing his thing yesterday at a statewide conference on travel and tourism, sharing his trademark optimism with beleaguered representatives of an industry that has struggled in recent years.

Said the governor: “We are committed to supporting and advancing this huge sector of our economy.”

Sounds great, but how does the rhetoric match up with reality?

According to multiple news reports, the governor pointed to recent movies made in Massachusetts – with the help of very generous state tax breaks – as a spur to out-of-state and foreign tourism, specifically citing “The Fighter” and “The Social Network,” but I find that hard to believe.

Are tourists really flocking to Lowell to see the gym where Mark Wahlberg trained, or to Lexington to see the movie theater where he took his date?

Harvard Yard was already a tourist attraction — have significantly more tourists really been drawn there because of “The Social Network?”

I’m from Missouri on that one, and on the premise that his beloved resort casino plan will be a major spur to future tourism, if he can ever get it through the legislature.

Just think about the weather we’ve been having.

Who in their right mind is going to book a flight here from November through March to bask in the non-existent sun and play the unusable golf course at Bally’s Deval World in Middleboro or Agawam?

The tourism industry executives at the conference didn’t seem too impressed, according to the accounts I read.

They were more interested in the fact that state funds to help promote tourism have been cut by more than 70 percent in the last two years.

Maybe in this case, the governor wasn’t telling folks what they wanted to hear. He just imagines he was.

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  1. p2 says:

    WBZ’s weather forecast is what doesn’t match reality…. again.

  2. No_Du-val_fan says:

    Are you really surprised by this John? He stood at the podium in Washington last month and told a national audience that Massachusetts is at the forefront of job creation and infrastructure superiority as lights were falling down in the O’Neill tunnel and Evergreen Solar cashed their $58 million check to pay to fly all of the jobs over to China. And to think the people of this state stuck him on Beacon Hill for another 4 years……..

  3. gil mendozza zuntzes says:

    hum.. hum… To my Neighbors… of Massachusetts… I told you so…. When the Governor to be…. GO CAHILL…. GO CAHILL… Devel Patrick Worked for a Predatory Mortgage Company…. “Ameriquestt”…. that make a Crooked Politician.

  4. emom says:

    Deval and reality really now, he doesnt know what reality truely is, He claims we have jobs, WHERE, is he even out there looking for a job , NO he is not cause he has a job, and so does many of his so called friends. This state is crooked, in debt, and falling apart, LOOK AT OUR ROADS< vacant buildings across the commonewealth, forclosed homes, schools in need of repairs, bridges falling apart, countless new laws being created to make homeowners do state work. Cost of products are up, cuts across the board in each town, layoffs by towns, for teachers, emergency workers, companies given major $$$$$ only to leave forever, shall I continue, REALITY, HE WOULDNT KNOW IT IF IT WALKED UP TO THE STATE HOUSE KNOCKED ON HIS DOOR , SAID WHO IT WAS AND PROVED JUST HOW BAD THIS STATE TRUELY IS, THATS REALITY. HE IS FULLY UNCONSCIENCE OF REALITY. I seriously doubt he is even awake to the facts of REALITY.

  5. J says:

    Didn’t impress me when he ran the first time.
    Didn’t impress me when he got elected.
    Hasn’t impressed me since he got back in.
    But must have impressed a whole bunch on people, or maybe there is something in the water or the air that make voters ignore common sense.
    I usually change the station when he is on.
    Didn’t vote for him either time.

    Wake up Mass, yeah right fat chance.
    You got what you voted for and you had a previous record to review.

    J

  6. RecallDeval says:

    The Devaluator is a failure and a liar, and that’s all he is. He should be impeached and sent to jail for his civil rights violations against law abiding citizens and people who actually work for a living.

  7. mikey says:

    Patrick isn’t totally worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

  8. mikey says:

    Rep. Sarah Peake(who really gets it done – for a Democrat) has been appointed chair of the MA Legislature’s tourism committee. Unfortunately the budget for that committee has been cut by 75% this year. I guess all the money left with Evergreen Solar.

  9. Willow says:

    You get to the point where you don’t even know what to say about this guy anymore. I can’t even stand the sound of his voice. I swear he has been puffing on helium balloons. He sounds just like he does, and that could account for the brain damage as well.

  10. ENUFF says:

    He and his buddy Obama are masters of the media, all rhetoric and no substance. They are one step above a carnival barker (barely).

  11. gil mendozza zuntzes says:

    hum… A PLEA TO MY GOOD NEIGHBORS OF MASSACHUSETTS… You can tell Obama/Salazar that get the Hell out of the Cape and go the real Hell!!! You all Should be Up in Arms Screaming and Fighting… Protect the beauty of the Nantucket Sound DO NOT ALLOW THE WINDTURBINES… IF YOU DO… YOU ALL WILL BE SORRY AND YOU WILL BE DAMN FOOLS…DAMN WINDBAGS …. THAT THIS DAMN TURBINES WILL CHANGE THE REST OF YOUR LIFES YOUR BEYOND REPAIR! ! YES… YOU CAN SAY NO!!! STOP THIS SENLESS PROYECT NOW!!! … THE NANTUCKET SOUND WILL BE DESTROY FOR EVER!!! IN THE NAME OF “PROGRESS” WHAT PROGRESS?..

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