And Saturday Afternoon…
And now to the Ed Achorn talk in Barrington. I missed the beginning, owing to the need in this state to circumnavigate rivers.
A few notables in the crowd, including a unionist who’s disrupting the question period by trying to turn the session into a discussion of Mr. Achorn and the Projo. The crowd actually piped up and told him to let the event proceed.
As it happens, it’s the guy who called me a loser at the East Providence school committee meeting and who complained of having to drive down from Boston to a Tiverton school committee meeting.
Peculiarly, he made a point of shaking my hand as he left the room. Wonder what the crowd thinks I’m typing, here.
Ed called the special interest groups of RI DaVincis in their masterpiece of controlling RI’s legislature.
There’s a wide-ranging conversationi going on, from town to national topics, almost making the group of 50 (or so) people a community event for reform-minded people. (That’s now that the union plant has left, of course.)
One member of the audience asked about the CEO bonuses in the midst of bailoutpalooza, leading to a sense of collusion, and Ed noted that part of the problem is the size of the government and the market manipulation that it enables. That speaks to the point that I often make that these millions of dollars in waste and bonuses would represent a significant cost disadvantage in a more competitive environment.
June Gibbs just noted that there is a group forming in conjunction with Operation Clean Government that’s attempting to create an opposition movement. I think I know what she means, but there are actually several things going on behind the scenes that bear on the question.
To be honest, sometimes I worry whether the whole thing can come together, for various reasons, but there is some movement out of view.