Monday, June 1, 2009

GM, DARE and Town Meeting

So we now are witnessing the 4th largest bankruptcy in this counties history. We now own 60% of GM and if you ever thought about buying a new car, head out to the dealers who are going under. Huge deals are being made to sell off their inventory. And the market rose 225 points... who said there's no money to be made in the market?

DARE has risen from the grave in a few communities south of here. With the recent teenage drinking accidents that have happened, lately, cops and a few ill informed parents are trying to raise money to keep this program alive. DARE America should file for parental bankruptcy and not get bailed out with any tax dollars.

The MWDN asks if Town Meeting is worth it with such low turn out. They report 127 of the 187 elected members showed up to do their civic duty through the last meeting. The largest attendance was for the SMOC lawsuit to approve another 350,000 in legal fees. Certain parts of Town have higher TMM attendance in the more affluent and educated percents, not surprising, but some in other percents don't show up much at all. While the system seems to need some new blood and some reform on the attendance policy, the alternative (City Form) may well end up costing us more in the long run, but no one has leaped forward to do anything about it.

9 Comments:

At June 2, 2009 at 11:33 PM , Blogger Friend said...

Why aren't you a town meeting member Jim? You should set the example that the town does need some new blood and get people once again interested in participating in town government. You would have a right to speak on so many of these issues where you are the voice for so many of us. Willing to step up and do it?

 
At June 3, 2009 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Old soldier said...

Didn't you fight to have Dare removed from the schools years ago? What's the deal with them trying to resurrect it now? If they agreed it was bad, and took it out, why fund it and put it back in at this point? SOunds a litte suspicious to me.

 
At June 3, 2009 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Angry in Framingham said...

Who makes the choice on who we bail out and who we don't bail out? THis GM bankruptcy is going to put thousands of people out of work with skills that are not necessarily easily transferable to other industries. How are we going to deal with that? What is going to happen to all the plants set up to build these cars they say they are no longer going to build? I am no economist, I have trouble balancing my families budget, but from my seat, this is a big mistake to let these guys go under. We did we bail out AIG and not GM?

 
At June 3, 2009 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

GM – how is that going to impact me here in Framingham? I just can not muster concern for the rest of the country at the moment as I am worried enough about my own situation and the situation of the town I live in, Framingham. GM failing is a tradgedy but it is not then end of the world, at least not for me here in Framingham. There are more pressing issues for me.

 
At June 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I'm running for State Rep next year and if there any vacancies in precinct 6, I will run for Town Meeting.

I can't imagine Deval spending a dime on DARE, but with the elimination of the Quinn Bill perks, Lawmen are seeking ways to get around it... and DARE may fit the bill.

I agree, GM would have to be bailed out if AIG was. GM is selling off some it's product lines and sticking with what works. I can't imagine this country without GM and as much as I would love to have my 57 Chevy Belair back, huge gas powered monsters are a thing of the past and I do think GM will be making a big comeback with fuel efficient, stylish and reliable cars.

Look for California to be next on the bail out list if they can't get their fiscal house in order.

 
At June 3, 2009 at 3:52 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

The failure of General Motors is going to impact every single one of us and if you don’t think that is true just wait for about 30 days and you will feel it. Think about it man, how can it not affect us?

 
At June 3, 2009 at 4:01 PM , Blogger B. Murray said...

What do you mean look for California to be looking to be bailed out? Would the federal government really bail a state out? And if they will, then forget the tax increases and toll hikes, just let them bail MA out too. Why should some states get help and not others? We should have an in for that type of bailout, after all our governor is a friend of the Pres, right?

 
At June 3, 2009 at 4:11 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

B.... California is the 4 largest economy in the world. There're bigger than all of AIG and GM. The land of excess can't go under, to much at stake that effects the entire world.

The Terminator wants to lay off 2000 teachers and has made it clear, by June 14, the budget has to be cut. Look for non violent criminals to be let out of jails and a whole host of far out money saving idea's to happen before the administration gives money to them.

 
At June 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

it's the 8th largest economy in the world... sorry for the misquote

 

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