Candidates Quibble Over Size of Government, But What US Needs is Quality

Originally published in The Boston Globe

November 1, 2012
Edward Glaeser (Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University)

As the wild winds of Hurricane Sandy sent trees toppling, I found myself recalling Mitt Romney’s finest moment as governor. In July 2006, in the days after the deadly Big Dig tunnel collapse, he was a model of calm, resolute response, shutting tunnels and overseeing an expensive but thorough safety inspection. At that moment the Commonwealth’s then-governor seemed to embody exactly what America now needs: a champion not of less government or more government, but of better government. MORE >(Need Boston Globe subscription)