Why We’re in the Mess We’re In

In a Sakonnet Times story about the advantages that incumbents have in Rhode Island, Senator Charles Levesque inadvertently gives a small indication of why Rhode Island is in its current predicament:

Sen. Levesque makes no apologies for obtaining what he calls “civic support” for the library and reaping a little publicity in the process.
“Is there altruism involved? Yes. Is there self-promotion? Yes,” said Sen. Levesque, who’s been senator since 2004 and previously served as state representative from 1993 to 2002. “But, I can’t apologize for the fact that I’ve been working hard for my community for a long time.”

Of course. Altruism. That’s when a legislative body takes money from taxpayers and then divvies it up for chosen representatives to get that “self-promotion.” The question is whether it’s worse if Mr. Levesque is only providing lip service to good deeds or if he honestly believes the rub’n’tug system to be a charitable endeavor.

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Bob
Bob
13 years ago

This Barney Frank sound alike needs to Go. Wake up Aquidnick Island voters .

Anthony
Anthony
13 years ago

Funny, ABC News reported on those 5 states that seem to be thriving through this recession. They include Alaska, Texas and Montana…..
Anyone see a trend?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

Levesque is arrogant and obnoxious.I noticed this when I testified before the committee he was on.
He is a tool of Steven Brown and makes no secret of his slavish admiration for the ACLU.
He is sort of reminiscent of Bawney Fwank,but thankfully with much less power.

Phil
Phil
13 years ago

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that particular color of the jacket worn by Mr. Grapentine.

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