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Under Governor Romney, Massachusetts received credit rating upgrades from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings

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Under Governor Romney, Massachusetts received credit rating upgrades from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings

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In March 2005, Standard & Poor’s upgraded Massachusetts’ general obligation bond rating to “AA,” noting the state was “again producing jobs and reducing already historically low unemployment.” The Boston Globe reported:

“In many ways, Massachusetts is emerging from the downturn in good shape. … In recognition of the improvement, Standard & Poor's in March upgraded the state's bond rating to AA, the highest ranking the state has enjoyed since the late 1980s. … ‘An economy that is deep and diverse is again producing jobs and reducing already historically low unemployment,’ Standard & Poor's wrote in its upgrade of the state's bond rating.”

In July 2005, Fitch Ratings upgraded Massachusetts’ general obligation bond rating to “AA,” citing the state’s “prudent fiscal management.”

“Fitch Ratings upgrades the rating of $14.4 billion Commonwealth of Massachusetts full faith and credit general obligation (GO) bonds to 'AA' from 'AA-'. The upgrade reflects the commonwealth's economic recovery, enabling surplus operations and the rebuilding of reserves to strong levels. Prudent financial management through the recent downturn has positioned Massachusetts well.”

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Well, Willard wasn't shy about raising state revenues and forcing municipal government to do the same as governor. The combined state and local tax burden increased under Willard's governorship. See, you can balance budgets when you're allowed to adjust both sides of the ledger. He ought to at least be honest about that. But who am I kidding?

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Well, Willard wasn't shy about raising state revenues and forcing municipal government to do the same as governor. The combined state and local tax burden increased under Willard's governorship. See, you can balance budgets when you're allowed to adjust both sides of the ledger. He ought to at least be honest about that. But who am I kidding?

It's quite possible that he's trotting out the conservative dog-and-pony show for the benefit of hardline Tea party voters whose support he needs for the Primaries. He does need to get past Bachmann et al in Iowa and South Carolina, after all.

Assuming he gets the nomination and becomes the GOP candidate, I would expect he'll turn toward the center and espouse the kinds of policies (budgetary and otherwise) that made him, by all accounts, a pretty decent MA governor. If he in fact became President and stayed centrist, we could do a lot worse.

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It's quite possible that he's trotting out the conservative dog-and-pony show for the benefit of hardline Tea party voters whose support he needs for the Primaries. He does need to get past Bachmann et al in Iowa and South Carolina, after all.

Assuming he gets the nomination and becomes the GOP candidate, I would expect he'll turn toward the center and espouse the kinds of policies (budgetary and otherwise) that made him, by all accounts, a pretty decent MA governor. If he in fact became President and stayed centrist, we could do a lot worse.

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It's quite possible that he's trotting out the conservative dog-and-pony show for the benefit of hardline Tea party voters whose support he needs for the Primaries. He does need to get past Bachmann et al in Iowa and South Carolina, after all.

Assuming he gets the nomination and becomes the GOP candidate, I would expect he'll turn toward the center and espouse the kinds of policies (budgetary and otherwise) that made him, by all accounts, a pretty decent MA governor. If he in fact became President and stayed centrist, we could do a lot worse.

I believe you are spot on. Right now, I'd even consider voting for Romney if it meant less Washington gridlock, because Obama seems to have lost his compass.

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