Statement issued by Adam Lange (R-Brewster), candidate for GOP State Committee (verbatim):
Where's the adult in the room when it comes to Federal Cape bridge funding? Leadership is about doing the right thing even when unpopular. President Trump is very good at that, and we have him to thank for it. He makes bold moves to improve our standard of living, while we complain about the bandaid being pulled off. This is leadership.
Government's number one job is public safety. I think we can all agree on that. We lose 130 American's a day from opioid overdose, mostly smuggled over our wall-less border. We lose 6 people a day just in Massachusetts. Government's public safety priority should not be the bridges. It's securing our borders.
The Boston police did a statistical analysis of drug trafficking arrests in 2016 and concluded with data most drug trafficking is being done by illegal aliens. Still, Massachusetts elected officials on the national level do not support securing our border. In fact some are calling for dismatling Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). On the local level, many Democrats want to further restrict law enforcement from cooperating with ICE in their mission to remove criminal illegal aliens. All this speaks volumes about their lack of public safety concern, and has resulted in a Massachusetts opioid death rate two-fold the national rate. Their sudden concern for bridge public safety falls flat. They are pandering for reelection at best.
Many Massachusetts elected officials do not have private sector executive experience like President Trump. He understands that capital projects need to be prioritized by need. In the bridge's case, public safety. If the death rate on the Cape Cod bridges exceeded the opioid rate, he would prioritize funding to replace Cape bridges ahead of border security. The problem with that is nobody is falling off Cape bridges, and the American people elected him to build a wall to end lawlessness and restore order to our communities.
Lastly, in business we use a metric called Economic Profit to force executives to account for the capital they require to produce a product. The notion that we should super-size Cape infrastructure to accommodate an 8 week summer surge, or gentrify our bridges with bicycle lanes makes no economic sense.
Massachusetts now rates number one in per capita state debt at $11,100. The national average is $3582. In business these leaders would be replaced quickly to save the organization. The same should apply to politicians who lack the decision making skills and abilities to function effectively. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are the last ones that should be managing capital investments. They have shown repeatedly to be driven by liberal ideology rather than national interest.
Cape Cod should get new bridges when the public safety priority moves it to the top of the list, not because radicalized Massachusetts politicians are demanding it. As one of the many Massachusetts families that has lost a loved one to opioids, I applaud President Trump's effort to prioritize border security.
Adam Lange, Brewster
The author is a candidate for Cape & islands Republican State Committeeman