The Rope They’ll Hang Us With
I know the dollar amount is minimal, and I’m not even sure that I’d make any blanket policy suggestions, but something just seems wrong with making taxpayers cover expenses for this:
Rhode Island sent three state lawmakers to Washington, D.C., last month for a conference put on by the Center for Policy Alternatives.
Rep. Edith H. Ajello, D-Providence; Rep. Arthur Handy, D-Cranston; and Sen. Juan M. Pichardo, D-Providence; attended the three-day conference Dece. 8 to 10 at the Capitol Hilton. Seminar topics included same-sex marriage, mortgage foreclosure laws and predatory lending, stem-cell research and divestment from Sudan.
Also part of the trip was a day-long seminar put on by Catholics for Free Choice, in conjunction with the Center for Policy Alternatives. Besides abortion rights, discussion topics included preventing pregnancy through age-appropriate sex education in schools, Ajello said.
Ajello described the Center for Policy Alternatives as “A progressive organization that works on public policy issues at the state level, providing information and model legislation on this range of issues.” She said she didn’t come back with specific bills she plans to file, but rather that the conference provided an opportunity to consider ways to frame the issues during discussion back in Rhode Island.
Again, the cost — just under $500 per person — is insignificant in its effect on the state budget, but implementation of the CPA’s agenda would be much less benign. Indeed, my negative reaction to the trip is more a moral one… against making us finance the processes of our own state’s demise. It seems especially wrong given that the CPA makes is frighteningly comprehensive guide to undermining a society available online for free.