This past Tuesday I was watching on TV as a bearded bespectacled leader spoke in measured terms about the difficult times ahead. He said “Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” I was watching the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I thought to myself “Wow! I didn’t realize Jon Corzine played Albus Dumbledore!” I rubbed my eyes and looked again but alas it was the actor Michael Gambon. It very well could have been Jon Corzine. That is because the governor’s budget message was not all that different Professor Dumbledore’s message to Harry Potter. While Tuesday’s speech not only defined Corzine’s budget priorities and values, it also revealed his reelection campaign theme. In addition, from the governor’s perspective (and to use Dumbledore’s maxim) the right choice was make children and the less fortunate the priority and not do what may have been easier by cutting across the board. This also positions him as someone who is willing to take tough decisions.
Maybe you think my mind is a little quirky (you would not be the first to think that) with this comparison but let’s look at Corzine’s own words. (more…)