If over 60 percent of the Rhode Island population thinks the state is going in the wrong direction, why is it that the same people and the same party continually get voted in to do the same damage over and over again?
You would think in this state that has such a dismal unemployment rate, voted one of the most horrible places to retire because of high taxes and one of the worst states unfriendly to business, that change, maybe even hope, would cause there to be at least a balance of political parties.
Governing should be a 50/50 proposition, give and take, compromise. Different ideas cause good governing, when one party rules only, certain corruption follows.
The powers that be refuse to stop the party-lever voting, figuring most people are just plain lazy, just go in, connect one line for the Democrats and are done. No one takes the time to actually look at who they are voting for and who is putting the money behind the candidates. If anyone took the time, they could go to the Board of Election website and find out who the contributors to certain campaigns are.
Example being, District 63, Katherine Kazarian vs. Dave Sullivan. Experience of Katherine in her twenties? Heck, I don’t know. Paying exorbitant taxes on property in East Providence? I don’t think she’s had the privilege of forking over that chunk of change. How does she plan on cutting taxes? I don’t think anyone in East Providence government plans on cutting taxes.
The opponent, Dave Sullivan, business experience, owns property and experiences the same hardship as every homeowner. Looking to cut taxes and bring business here, would that be a good alternative? But the big backing isn’t there.
Looking at the Board of Elections campaign finance, we find that Ms. Kazarian has the backing of the Teamsters, so that means the get-out-the-vote is there in droves. Funded by the House Leadership, yes, the same dismal characters that run this state and even Dominic Ruggerio.
What can I say? This is only one race of many in this state. Should I predict the outcome? Rhode Islanders, I think, continue to stay on course hoping the ship will right itself. But when all is said and done, continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity.
Fran Breslford is regularly featured columnist in The East Providence Post.