Thomas Dooley is a Bostonian, originally from Jamaica Plain. A varied career began with Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), a union company located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, starting out as a "shaker" on a BFI trash truck throwing barrels, followed by accounts receivable (collections), operations management, working with labor to increase efficiency and productivity, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Spain. Dooley Disposal of Foxboro continues the family hauling business.
Established three small start-up companies, owned and operated, creating 60 or so new jobs, most recently in residential real estate.
The people of the Greater Boston Metro area need a vision for the future, a positive future which includes prosperity and social stability City and statewide. We must end the negative rhetoric of class warfare and stop dividing our society and country into hostile camps. We can solve most of our social and economic problems by supporting those that create jobs and invent new ways to produce. We need to support the entrepreneurs that are willing to take the risks required to move us on to the next wave of economic growth. Government cannot provide jobs for each and every one of us; our local history is rich with examples of our ingenuity, self sufficiency, and the ability to succeed despite difficult circumstances. Massachusetts and our country as a whole needs real leadership during the next four years, which means a clear plan for the future. The question for the voting public is this: Have you had enough?
Goals as City Councilor:
The Massachusetts and Federal Constitutions are both contracts between the People and the Government. The Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches should not be permitted to ignore provisions or otherwise rule by executive order.
- Massachusetts may be better off with "Romney Care"; if so, we need to seek an exemption from "Obama Care".
- Address the obvious and well publicized abuse of our welfare system, rampant fraud and accounting irregularities. Contrary to the absurd legal opinion of our Attorney General Coakley, it is illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts. As a lawyer, she ought to know that. What the Congress does about this dilemma is another subject.
- So called "Political Correctness" is an oxymoron and a linguistic abomination. It is a perversion of the English language, a twisted concept foreign to us, and is not in keeping with our national character. This jargon should be relegated to the ash heap of history, home to the former Soviet Union, the East Block, and other Orwellian examples of Dystopia.
- Restore faith and confidence in Government through openness and transparency. Publish the City budget on-line, it is our money after all, even the funds that are borrowed using our good names.
- MBTA: make the budget public, operate segments at night at double fare, less expensive than a taxi; Blue Line Airport-City Hall, Green Line City Hall west, and Red Line from Harvard Square to South Station every hour or half hour. Our elected Massachusetts State Auditor determined that the MBTA is missing $100,000 during the last half decade. $20 million per year is a nice even number; not enough to cause alarm, small enough to explain away, which they have.
- The Bay State has not seen any net job growth in two decades, even as the rest of the US grew jobs by over 20 percent. In many ways we do not want to emulate Texas, but the fact is that since 2001, Massachusetts has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, while Texas has added 732,000 jobs.
- While the state has spent a lot of money and manpower on getting companies to relocate in Massachusetts, that only accounts for less than 2 percent of job growth or loss in any one year. The firms that tend to relocate here are more often than not from high-cost states (NY, NJ, RI, etc.); and they are again more often than not retail jobs. The firms that tend to leave Massachusetts most often relocate to low-cost states (NH, FL, ME, NC, AZ); and they are often high-tech. That's a bad trade.
- Almost 80 percent of high-tech firm CEOs we surveyed said that the tax climate is what impacts their decisions around growth the most. Included in the survey was anxiety about the "volatility" of the tax/business cost regime in Massachusetts, and the frequency of one-time fees to close state budget gaps by both parties.
- Since 1990 the number of Massachusetts headquarters has collapsed by a third, going from 16,000 to 11,000. That accounts for about 250,000 jobs lost. The loss of headquarters has affected virtually all industries.
- The average size firm in Massachusetts has shrunk by almost 40 percent, going from 16 to 9.7 employees on average. Even excluding headquartered firms and branch affiliated firms, the size of standalone firms has shrunk (from 8.7 to 6 employees on average). The shrinkage has affected all industries.
Despite recent comments to the contrary, Americans are unique and exceptional, the people of Massachusetts in particular. Ours is a proud past, with a great history and deep rooted culture. The New England sense of traditional individuality, our “can do” mentality and reputation for self sufficiency originated here during our colonial days. It is not in keeping with our heritage that we be gradually dominated, controlled and ultimately mismanaged by one party. Now more than ever we see that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." 1887, Baron Acton (1834–1902): www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely.html
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. PLATO