So This Is the State House…
Well, it’s already after eight o’clock, and the thing’s still going, so it’s as good a time as any for my first visit to the State House. It’s worth visiting such places, I find, just to sense the grandeur of marble stairs and high ceilings. It’s easy to imagine how two-bit legislators get to feeling that they’re just the people to control (and coopt) government largesse.
Well, 8:28, and Monique and I were ejected from the room (fire code you know). Representative Trillo offered his seat to Matt Allen — who, although he didn’t know it — was standing next to me. Personally, I’m happy sitting cross-legged on the floor in the hall. It’s the appropriate perspective.
While I was still one of the elect in the room, Rep. Costantino mentioned, after noting that the final three attendees who would be speaking for the Economic Death and Dismemberment Act would be followed by pages of people interested in speaking against it, and I recalled a thought that I’d had while watching the first round of business leaders testifying against it on television: how little this hearing will register with average Rhode Islanders.
Tomorrow, there’ll be a news report taking (at best) a 50:50 angle. The next day, something else will come up. And within a week, it’ll be business as usual.
9:00 is late enough for me; if the State House had a WLAN, I’d have stayed, but I’ve got too much to accomplish on a given night.
Indeed, I’ve got to force myself out of my natural interpersonal reticence and introduce myself to others more freely. It would have been cordial of me to introduce myself to Tom Sgouros as he left a short while ago and to let him know that I’d be heading home so I’d have time to poke holes in his research before bed, perhaps continuing in an early-to-rise period before work.
Then it’s back to real life… cutting headers into 100-year-old floor joists for the HVAC guys while the roofing subcontractor muses that, if it weren’t for the rich folks, he’d have to lay off half of his crew this year. Perhaps he should have testified, tonight.