I have learned that the role of government is not to fix things but to create the space in which people can fix things themselves.Truer ideas are rarely spoken, but in this instance, it is a lie. Not the part about the role of government — he's 100% correct there — but the part where he says, "I have learned...."
If he had learned this, he wouldn't be trying his hardest to use government as a tool to fix things, as he's still trying to do. If he had learned this, he'd be getting the government out of the way, and letting people fix things themselves.
I could say more — and might later — but it'd turn into a rant.
* - Every news channel is calling Gov. Kitzhaber's fourth term "unprecedented". Every. Single. One. While it's true that no other person has held the governor's seat for four terms, it's getting monotonous.