A Week of Thoughts
Oh, what to lead off with?
This week, Bishop Tobin agreed to open a daytime homeless shelter in South Providence, as a condition of the Providence Occupiers leaving Burnside Park. So how do they thank the clergy? A day later, they crash a Right to Life rally at the State House and shout down a Catholic priest from making a final prayer blessing. I’m not sure if that’s the Occupiers’ way of saying “thank you” or another phrase that ends with “you”.
I wasn’t living in Rhode Island during his tenure, but Governor Garrahy sounds like he was a good guy. God bless.
The A&E TV network wants to pay the city of Providence to film its Parking Wars TV show in the capital city. How does the City Council react to the idea of free money? The show “makes the city look stupid,” Well, to quote a former local football coach, “You are what you are.”
Even if I never agree with a single thing he says, I will admit that State Rep. Scott Guthrie has an outstanding moustache.
State Rep Charlene Lima wants to overturn the state voter ID law, just a year after it was passed, calling it “Jim Crow.” When are we going to get beyond such racism? When can we get past the silly rhetoric? It would seem the point she’s trying to make is one of economics, not skin color. So why is she bringing skin color into it? Are all Rhode Island African-Americans poor? Are there no poor Caucasian or Latinos or Asian-Americans in Rhode Island? Let’s move away from the race issues and simply talk about what we mean. It really cheapens the discussion.
According to WPRI.com, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said the city is supposed to have an actuarial study done on its pension system every five years. The last one was due in 2009. None has been done since then. He’s doing one now. First, let’s look at the silliness in today’s market of doing one every five years. A lot changes in that amount of time. Second, can I just ask who was the mayor of Providence in 2009? Oh that’s right. The man who left the city in a strong economic condition, David Cicilline.
With all the flap this week about Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate in the 14 percent range, it’s funny that no one really took notice of it a few years ago when John Kerry’s effective tax rate was 13 percent. The same year that George Bush paid 28 percent and Dick Cheney paid 20 percent. It’s great to see that this argument works for the Democrats when the numbers are in their favor.
I was happy to read today that Dwarf Tossing may become legal again in Florida. Who knew that the little people getting thrown could make six-figure salaries?
President Obama said that he might restrict federal funds from colleges and universities that don’t stop increasing their tuition every year. Hmm. I got a deal for you Mr. President. I’m going to restrict my tax dollars to you if you don’t stop increasing the size of the federal government every year. Deal?
Speaking of budgeting and taxes, there’s a bill at the State House again this year by Rep. Daniel Reilly that would require zero-based budgeting for the state. He would phase it in over five years, starting with the smaller departments. Doesn’t that seem to make sense? Rather than assuming everything you paid for last year is necessary next year, you have to actually justify the tax dollars you’re spending. If they’re necessary, it should be easy, right? Unfortunately, I think it got “held for further study” even before he submitted it.
Surprisingly, Speaker Fox offered a flat “No.” when asked on Newsmakers last week about taxing high income earners in the state. How’s that sitting with his progressive supporters?
Ding, dong, SOPA’s dead…but so is Megaupload. So what’s the point of SOPA again?
I find it interesting that Buddy Cianci is the one who gave Providence retirees their 6% COLAs, yet he uses his soap box to rail against the damage Cicilline did to the city. Why does it seem that Buddy gets a pass on the Providence mess?
On Friday, Justin was questioning whether the state’s pension system is capable of reaching its expected 7.5% return rate. Providence claims it can do even better. It was the only municipality to not send a representative to a conference on local pension systems this week and Ted Nesi reported: “The city has defended that 8.5% target, saying it will be able to earn more than the state.” Anyone want to take bets on that happening?
Scott McKay announced this week that on Feb. 23, Vice President Joe Biden will come to Rhode Island for a Sheldon Whitehouse fundraiser. I wonder if Biden will announce to the audience that the Yankees will win the World Series.
Nesi had an interview with State Treasurer Gina Raimondo about whether she’ll run for a higher office in two years. It’s good to see that she’s trying to get back to her stated Democratic roots by blaming Republicans for being anti-government. She already alienated the left, so why not go for the right, too?