Feeling Good On Monday Morning
I think back to the old Southwest Airlines commercial (see it) advertising the all the great things about Philadelphia, including the cabbie proclaiming “Well there’s a lot, a lot of culture here” and then all the other people in the commercial just proclaiming the greatness of the cheesesteak. Sometimes, I feel like people here in RI do the same when talking about why Rhode Island is a great state. We have the beaches, we have umm, Boston and New York are nearby. Oh, there’s the restaurants, and of course we have Del’s slushy lemonade. There you go, case closed, I’ve made my case for why Rhode Island is such a great place, why we’re all here and why everyone else should consider coming here.
Just in case we needed the other view point in one concise web site, we now have that. The state’s Republican Party launched RIRankedLast.com. Some of the things to enjoy with your morning Cheerios can include the state’s rankings in various surveys like our dismal unemployment statistics, cost for education and a comparison to its effectiveness, our infamous business climate, and one for all the people who have sought fit to keep the Democrats in one-party rule for pretty much their whole lifetime: RI is the 7th worst state to retire in. How’s that one grab you? You’ve been voting Democrat for the last 40-45 years or so, you’re finally getting ready to retire and the fruit of your labor is non-existent. Abysmal. About the only thing you can do is start scouring the internet for your new home in the Carolinas or Florida, like everyone else. You helped create this environment and when it isn’t working out for you, you flee, leaving it for the rest of us to try to clean up. It’s like using the toilet and neglecting to flush.
Anyway, crude allusion aside, the web site has other information like links to all the recently convicted politicians we’ve been able to enjoy as well as lists of alternatives to consider next month.
It’s sad that such a site is necessary and maybe even this isn’t enough to get the message across to people but hopefully it’ll at least get some people thinking about whether it really is true that “Yeah, the Assembly is a bunch of scumbags, but I like my guy. My guy is good!” We’ll see in about another 37 days.