May 30, 2008

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Justin Katz

Not to start the day with cynicism, but I just can't help myself:

On the evening of Wednesday, June 4, The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) will travel to Providence with the first Indonesian ACYPL delegation to visit the United States since 2002.

The delegation will visit as part of an 11-day political study tour that began in Washington, D.C., and will be hosted in Rhode Island by State Rep. Peter L. Lewiss (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), a 2007 ACYPL delegate to China.

The delegates' program is designed to promote mutual understanding and introduce them to the American political system at the national, state and local levels. It will also provide them with opportunities to gain perspective on American culture, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge friendships and professional relationships with American counterparts.

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Is Lewiss a young guy?

Posted by: joe bernstein at May 30, 2008 7:17 AM

And if you look to your left, you'll see the most corrupt political system in America. This likely will be what your third-world country-style of government will look like.

Posted by: Greg at May 30, 2008 7:35 AM

If they want to see the underbelly of American politics, RI is a great place to start.

Take them to a nice neighborhood, and provide the tax bills on the houses. Give them the delinquent, foreclosure, and exodus figures.

Go to a town meeting or school committee meeting and review these concepts: "Early retirement to Florida" and "Conflict of interest" and "It's for the children" and "Buying into the system."

Take them to a poor neighborhood, and show them what socialism is really doing. Try to get inside a tenement, preferably one that is rent subsidized, with a wide screen TV in the living room and a new SUV outside.

Show them the crumbling bridges and roads, and the kids' dismal test scores.

Climb Mount Trashmore in Johnston, and look out at the nearby Scituate Reservoir. Discuss the profits to be made in insider real estate deals and the best practices of urban planning. Tell them the wild dreams of selling the reservoir to Beijing.

Have lunch at the Capitol Grille with Buddy Cianci, Bob Walsh, Kate Brewster, and Stephen Alves.

Finish with a bang. Visit Twin Rivers Casino or Newport Grand --and lose a bundle. Go late at night if possible.

Before they go, grab a quick cup of coffee with an average Joe who is working 3 jobs and still not able to provide health care for his family. Sorry, but that's all the time Joe can spare.

Next stop on the tour: Detroit, Michigan.

Posted by: Citizen Critic at May 30, 2008 8:50 AM

OK, I'm no defender of our one-party, corruption-laden system here in Little Rhody . . . but here's my challenge to y'all . . .

To which state would you send them for the model of probity and efficiency?

Massachusetts? [just kiddin']

No, I'm serious . . . where should we look to find a place that does a lot better than we do?

Posted by: brassband at May 30, 2008 9:14 AM

That's easy. New Hampshire.

Posted by: Mike at May 30, 2008 10:06 AM

To Brassband, I would say Utah or Virginia. I think New Hampshire is overrated. Utah is notable because it is also a one-party state, but it somehow manages to avoid the types of problems we have here.

Posted by: Mario at May 30, 2008 11:17 AM

And if they look to the right they'll find Myanmar.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at May 30, 2008 11:40 AM


I'm with you. But what can we do when a country doesn't WANT the help? We end up with another Iraq? I want to be able to help people in need but who decides who's in need and how far we go? The United Nations has gone the way of the League of Nations so they're incapable of being the arbiter.

Posted by: Greg at May 30, 2008 11:49 AM


Look here:

New Hampshire is probably the best state in New England, tax wise. However, being in the Northeast, it is pricey by default, and there is still an abundant supply of liberals.

Idaho is "quietly" thriving, so it would be a great possible model; I love living here. One noticeable thing about Idaho is the "right to work" law and the lack of all powerful unions. That keeps costs down.

Posted by: Citizen Critic at May 30, 2008 3:48 PM

Excellent "tour" of RI government, Citizen Critic.

Posted by: Monique at May 30, 2008 10:23 PM

Ah...Idaho, home of Mark Fuhrman and the black helicopter crowd (hey, the Tim McVeighs of our nation need a place to live, too).
My sister-in-law is in the process of moving up there from California. Let's just say her husband will fit in nicely.
Or to make citizens of a theocracy feel more at home, you can always take them to Utah.

Posted by: rhody at May 31, 2008 12:19 AM
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