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Bill Weld on Government Reform

Former Republican Governor; former Senate candidate (MA)

 


Supports term limits; they bring in fresh blood

A resident pressed the candidates on term limits, an issue mostly untouched in the campaign so far. Weld, a supporter, said he is as an example of fresh blood that came into politics and made a difference.

Kerry, who opposes term limits, said the real issue involves reforming campaign finance laws. "The problem is money--the average person can't run," Kerry said.

Source: Harvard Crimson on Kerry/Weld debates , Oct 19, 1996

Reinvent ourselves from failed dogmas of big government

In his January 1991 inaugural address, Governor William Weld put the Massachusetts political establishment on notice that he was about to sweep the old order away. He defined his mandate precisely and clearly: "Last fall the people of Massachusetts voted to disenthrall themselves from the failed dogmas of big government." And so, said the new governor, the public sector was going to shrink. He promised a leaner, more "entrepreneurial" state, one tending "to steer rather than row," one that "understands that sometimes the most helpful thing to do is to get out of the way... Fewer rules and more results--that's my definition of entrepreneurial government." His newborn administration would set about "reinventing the way state government functions," dismantling "bureaucracies 50 years out of date, sluggish and centralized, in which hierarchies rule and orders are issued from the top of a power pyramid."
Source: Jeff Jacoby in City Journal , Jan 1, 1996

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