Which Is the Frying Pan, and Which Is the Fire?
Perhaps a more politically savvy operative than myself would see opportunity in it, but I find it discouraging to watch spats between factions of Rhode Island’s ruling party, because neither side will run the state well. It’s a bit like watching two ogres battle over who gets the larger portion of your flesh, with little chance that they’ll accidentally free you from your cage in the process.
Take Rep. Arthur Corvese (D, North Providence), who has this to say about Speaker Gordon Fox (D, Providence):
Therein lay the substantive difference in the two candidates for speaker. I believe that Gordon Fox’s stance on major issues is too far to the left for the good of Rhode Islanders. Speaking strictly for myself, I would say that a Fox speakership will inevitably include, but not be limited to, an increase in the state income tax; a lack of constitutionally sound state limitations on illegal immigration; an economic-development policy overly influenced by environmental extremists; and, of course, the left’s raison d’etre, gay marriage. I firmly believe that neither my constituents in House District 55 in North Providence, nor the taxpaying electorate at large, want this agenda for our state.
And should Speaker Fox decide that he may not want to pursue the aforementioned legislative agenda, he will have no choice, because he will be forced to do so by his liberal supporters inside and outside the House chamber.
And yet, Corvese introduced the current legislation (H7581) concerning binding arbitration for teacher contracts. Voters just can’t win.