I’ve Had It
This week, I lost over a third of my income owing to a corporate layoff. I can’t blame the Massachusetts research company for which I’ve worked for nearly a decade, because it is just trying to do what it deems necessary to survive, and to be honest, I welcome the opportunity to reshuffle the deck. In that shuffling, however, I will certainly be doing some cost/benefit analyses with regard to remaining in Rhode Island. My wife’s large local family precludes my going far, but crossing a border could go a long way, especially in light of the news that recent Anchor Rising posts have reported.
Yeah, I’m in a foul mood because I just lost a job, because my construction boss is shoving his crew toward a vacation-mansion deadline that can’t be met, because it’s raining, and because this is all happening on my birthday. But this comment by Rep. Savage — a Republican, mind you — is the kicker:
… we want to maintain strength and integrity of our social and educational programs…
To begin with, the “integrity” of our social programs is nil. We pay people abundantly — more than just about every other state — to be indigent drags on local society. Our “social programs” are an invitation to sloth. Our “social programs” are a vote-buying scam for Democrats (for which our Republicans lust). In short, our “social program” is to kill the society.
And our “educational programs” are mainly an artery tapped for public union leeches. Any legislator who wants to invoke the “strength and integrity” of our children’s educational system must in the same breath express whether he or she is talking about teachers’ compensation or about the infrastructure and programs that are available to our children.
In short, I guess what I’m saying — as Anchor Rising’s resident wordsmith — is screw the “strength and integrity of our social and educational programs.” What about my integrity as a voter, as a home owner, and as a provider for a family that includes three potential Rhode Island children? What about my ability to even make ends meet in this state?
Talk to me Mr. or Mrs. State Legislator, because whether or not you want to admit it, you exist in this state, if not by my vote, then by my willingness to stay put and cover the bills that you accrue like a drunk with an open tab on Friday night. Let me put it simply, so that even you will understand: Cut spending, and do not raise taxes. It really isn’t that difficult for the rest of us to move, and the truth is that I can continue to badmouth you no matter where I live.