During his 2008 campaign, President Obama famously mocked blue-ribbon panels and commissions:
“A commission. You know, that's Washington-speak for 'we'll get back to you later.' “
He couldn't have been more correct in the case of a panel that his longtime friend, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, D, ordered up in late 2008 to address the state's job market. The panel hasn't even met yet, the Boston Herald reports, because the commissioners have only just recently taken their jobs on it.
A jobs commission ordered almost two years ago by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Legislature to find ways to create and maintain jobs in Massachusetts has never met, causing some to view the panel as a missed opportunity during a period of high unemployment.
In interviews, stakeholders said it had taken them two years to name commission members and said they hoped to meet for the first time in January, more than 18 months after their initial reporting date. But loose ends remain. For instance, those involved in the panel could not provide a full list of its members.
Says one Republican lawmaker:
“I don’t think it speaks well of this commission that it hasn’t met.”
Yeah, no kidding.