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.