Achorn: RI’s Problems Reflected in Your Mirror
If there is a public enemy number one, it’s not [AFL-CIO President George] Nee. He’s just exploiting the system to enrich himself and the people who empower him. He does a very good job of it.
No, the real enemy of the common good stares back at the voters in the mirror every morning.
They are the ones who elect willing puppets, instead of men and women determined to break the strings.
They are the ones who have ignored years of warnings that our policy of running government to benefit special interests is not working out very well.
Achorn concludes that we are left to conclude that RI voters like what has happened to their state. That they like the master lever, an industrial-age education system, cuts in student programs for the sake of keeping contract “promises,” public employees retiring in their 40s and 50s, bad roads, high taxes and hidden fees, etc. It’s obvious that Achorn thinks it would be asinine to support such things, so he’s putting them in black and white in the hopes of having it hit home with the readers. My only fear is that he may actually be right: I’m beginning to think that the majority of Rhode Islanders do like the way things are.