January 4, 2008

This Is What I Mean

Justin Katz

Charles Bakst does readers the service of eliciting the sort of comments from legislators that one would expect him to want to hear:

Interestingly, Senator Montalbano's speech quoted Hubert Humphrey's plea to care for the sick, the needy and the handicapped. Montalbano told me that, sure, the budget must be balanced and there'll be pain to spread. "But I really feel strongly that as Democrats we stand for not taking the most vulnerable in our society and eliminating whatever safety net we can provide."

I want to see what the ruling Democrats come up with — and how they do it. In the House, Majority Leader Gordon Fox was right to tell members that the 2008 session, with its fiscal challenges, might be a defining test. But it was unsettling to talk with him later. Fox said he can see the chamber's Democrats relying more on informal caucuses to thrash out "what does it mean to be a Democrat, what are the kind of steps that this General Assembly wants to stand for."

Bakst is worried about being left outside the room, as a media guy, during the meetings, but the General Assembly members are already telling Rhode Islanders everything they need to know. Their view is that all good Democrats should agree that the state has a moral obligation to protect union jobs and social services. That's what defines them. That's what makes them so gosh darned principled.

That's what's going to drive them to keep digging until the tunnel caves in on them, taking all of our futures with it.

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By June I want to have all of the improvements done in my home so I can be prepared to put it on the market by the end of the year and hopefully be out of here before the bottom completely falls out of the state. The more and more I hear the Dems, the more and more I realize that this state is DOOMED and I don't want to be anywhere near it when it comes apart.

Posted by: Greg at January 4, 2008 10:42 AM

Fox wants the discussion behind closed doors. He's proven he's solidly an M&M guy, even if some people question that. Won't be trusting him.

Posted by: rhody at January 4, 2008 11:00 AM

No matter how you cloak it, this "caring for the most vulnerable" BS is a mere headfake for the real goal - protecting as many union jobs as possible. After all, the Democratic party is nothing more than an arm of the AFL-CIO.

Posted by: Mike Cappelli at January 4, 2008 11:27 AM
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