At a neighborhood meet-and-greet for political candidates the other night, the subject of child abuse came up. Again. People are still troubled by these little faces in the news and what the state is or is not doing. Mostly not doing.
So far, we’ve looked for somebody to stone in the public square, which isn’t helpful. One candidate has talked about solutions: Lawrence Rael, one of five Democratic candidates for governor.
Rael talks instead about governance. It’s not snappy talk show banter, but governance is what’s missing, he says.
These days, the constant rant is for less government, but as the current administration has shown, a smaller Children, Youth and Family Department isn’t a better department. Not until these well publicized deaths did CYFD admit it was short-staffed. Until then, understaffing was good. Returning money to the general fund was good.
What if we could have a more efficient government, a more responsive government? A better government? That’s governance.
I’ve been waiting for a gubernatorial candidate to say something beyond campaign slogans. Last time we had Susana Martinez campaigning against Bill Richardson. Now we have five people campaigning against Martinez and Martinez campaigning against unions and undocumented immigrants. What do they intend to do?