(In Some Ways) The City Is the State
To provide some perspective on yesterday’s stark warning of calamity, it’s worth mentioning that I made it home to Tiverton from Newport in not much more time than usual — about an hour, with three short stops (coffee, money, and newspaper). In other words, Will Ricci’s nine-hour trip from East Providence to South Kingstown and back (if I read correctly) would likely have taken him less time if he’d gone all the way through Fall River and then Newport.
In a major catastrophe, many people would realize such things and clog that route, as well.
With respect to my comments on Rhode Island state expenditures, I’m confident (though I haven’t looked up the numbers) that one would find that a large percentage of our top-of-the-country social and union spending goes to Providence, and that a large percentage of our bottom-of-the-country infrastructure spending does as well. In that context, it seems to me, one can’t tease the city and the state apart in allocating blame.
All of the bums in RI government have to go. All Rhode Islanders have to wake up, before something truly horrific happens.