Bewildered Leaders and a Bewitched Population
Calling Lincoln Chafee our “bewildered governor” and joking about the national search no doubt conducted before Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio hired the 25-year-old son of his union pal for a $90k job, Ed Achorn puts his finger on the chilling reality:
Until voters hold accountable these leaders — and the legislators who put them in power — they simply will not care if the masses suffer while those with connections gorge at the trough. If you vote those representatives and senators out of office for going along with these raises — or, at least, offer a credible threat that you will do so — you might find these leaders rethinking the question of whom they actually serve.
A few people still hold out hope that such a thing could happen, in Rhode Island, but I can’t say I’m among them. The system is simply locked up by people invested in the corruption, which is a polite way of saying that they’re bought off. I’d argue that the great majority of them would actually be better off under a fairer, less corrupt government, but few would listen.
In a state where people say that everybody knows everybody, too many folks think knowing somebody should actually be of legitimate value.