Too Many Promises, Too Few Plans

By: - February 12, 2008 10:54 am

 Y'all, I learn so much watching TV.  I saw a commercial the other night for Richard Moore's campaign, and I learned that in Raleigh we study too much and do too little.  It's called "Too Many Studies, Too Few Results", isn't that catchy?  Never mind that ol' Rich has been knockin' around Raleigh for years, he's gonna DO something.  One of the things he promises to do is cut the state's high school drop-out rate in HALF!  Isn't that great?  He's just going to do it, he promises, and on TV no less, so it must be true.

This gubernatorial campaign has been nothing short of embarrassing so far, with all the you-lied-about-this-date-on -your-resume and you-spelled-governor-wrong (although that one was pretty funny), and talking about the big issues we face in North Carolina isn't easy.  But great honkin' promises with no substantiation don't really help.  If it were so easy to effect that big a change in the lives of far too many young people, wouldn't we have done it by now?  It's a little, I don't know, insulting maybe? to see an ad like that, as if we could possibly fall for something that easy to say but hard to do.

I guess Moore's trying to ride the national change wagon all the way to the Governor's Mansion.  It's a bit weird, however, to position yourself as the change candidate when you're looking to succeed a two-term governor from your own party, you live in the Capital City, and you've been in state politics for the past 16 years.  I'm all for cutting the drop-out rate in half, but I really have to hope Moore's going to tell me more than that before he expects my vote.

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