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Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Friday, June 29, 2012


Who’s Hot

President Obama -> The President’s crowning achievement of his first term in office has been upheld by the Supreme Court, giving him a ton of momentum in his re-election bid. The Affordable Care Act is by no means perfect, but it’s a win for millions of Americans who have had no access to health care. The goal now should be for Democrats and Republicans to forget the repeal efforts and work together to improve the flawed parts of the law.

Governor Chafee -> Kudos to the Governor for vetoing the outrageous auto body legislation that was quietly jammed through the General Assembly at the last minute by Peter Petrarca, whose family stood to directly benefit from the new law. It seems a lot of effort went into convincing Chafee not to throw the law out, but he deserves credit for doing what was right in this instance.

Providence Retirees -> While Mayor Taveras and the City Council have received the majority of the praise for working to reform the city’s pension system, let’s not forget about the people who actually gave up something in order to get this done. The retired police and firefighters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a deal that will cost them their COLAs, but helps the city get back on firm financial footing and makes it possible for future retirees to even have a pension.

Laura Pisaturo -> The Warwick lawyer and former finalist for a District Court judgeship is challenging Senate Judiciary committee chairman Michael McCaffrey in what could be one of the best races to watch in September. McCaffrey is viewed as a major road block when it comes to gay marriage, which means progressives may hone in on this race to help push Pisaturo over the top. However, McCaffrey is very popular within District 29 and he has nearly $130,000 in his campaign account.

Don Grebien -> Governor Chafee’s executive order around shared municipal services is a win for the Pawtucket Mayor, who has continuously searched for areas where his city can work with neighboring communities to cut costs and improve services.

Allan Fung -> Having your re-election wrapped up by June means one of two things: Either nobody is crazy enough to want the job or you’re doing something right. All signs suggest Mayor Fung has done an excellent job and the city of Cranston is lucky to have him.

Who’s Not

Providence Council -> The bitter inside baseball war that is taking place within the City Council makes for great political theater, but nothing productive is coming out of it. The city still has short-term cash flow problems and the crime rate appears to be skyrocketing. It’s time for this group to put aside their differences and keep their eye on the ball.

Anthony Gemma -> It’s never a good sign when you can’t get anyone to second your nomination at the State Democratic convention. Gemma knew he wouldn’t have much support from the machine, but seeing no one rise in support –and getting stabbed in the back by several friends— must have been deflating.

Joseph Polisena, Bruce Rogers & Charles Lombardi -> These generally strong leaders are making a major mistake by cutting off rescue runs to the city of Providence. Everyone knows times are tough, but it’s wrong for anyone to turn their back on the capital city.

Chris Young & Kara Russo -> Considering a fifth of the General Assembly is running unopposed, it’s nice to see anyone running for office. But Chris and Kara too often get in the way and that’s the last thing anyone needs in such an important election year.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island -> It would be nice if companies receiving millions of dollars in tax breaks would, you know, create jobs once in awhile. Instead, BSBSRI is slashing 43 jobs and justifying it by saying, “don’t worry, it’s just management we’re going after.”

Humanists of Rhode Island -> Doesn’t anyone have anything better to do than pick fights over crosses in public areas?

Dan McGowan can be reached at [email protected].


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So it appears we have a new system here in the United States and the author of this column is even promoting it. Pass flawed laws, that a majority of the citizens don't want and then fix them later? Now the Obama health care plan is clearly a "tax". At a Campaign rally in 2008, Obama said that health care should not purchased with a tax increase (October 4, 2008). For those that wish to see it, the video is on youtube. Along with many others of Obama stating that if he couldn't get the job done after 4 years he should not be re-elected.

What is also sad is that our representation in Washington has all lined up to support and praise anything this President does. Whitehouse, Cicilline, and Langevin look like wide-eyed school children falling over themselves to rush out a statement on how great anything this president does is. All they have shown an educated voter is how incompetent they really are. Those who have had their head in the sand are starting to realize that this President has only made things worse, and that he and his 3 CHEERLEADERS need to go November.

Comment #1 by guy smily on 2012 06 29

Hilarious. The Supreme Court ruling may have been a victory for Obama in that he didn't suffer the humilation of having the only thing he has actually done get tossed out, but if you are judging momentum, the momentum went to his oppostion who are all doubly irritated. And why should we "forget about repeal"? The law is a disaster. Even smart liberals ought to know that. Pure socialized medicine would be better than this Rube Goldberg mess.

Comment #2 by Common Sense RI on 2012 06 29

"The following are 15 reasons why the Obamacare decision is a mind blowing disaster for America….

#1 According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government has the power to force you to buy private goods and services. Now that this door has been opened, what else will we be forced to buy in the future?

#2 Obamacare is another step away from individual liberty and another step toward a “nanny state” where the government dominates our lives from the cradle to the grave.

#3 The IRS is now going to be given the task of hunting down and penalizing millions of Americans that do not have any health insurance. In fact, the Obama administration has given the IRS 500 million extra dollars “outside the normal appropriations process” to help them enforce the provisions of Obamacare that they are in charge of overseeing.

#4 Obamacare imposes more than 20 new taxes on the American people. If you love paying higher taxes, then you are going to absolutely love Obamacare once it is fully implemented.
*Go to: http://www.atr.org/comprehensive-list-tax-hikes-obamacare-a5758

#5 In an attempt to “control costs” and “promote efficiency”, Obamacare limits the treatment options that doctors and patients can consider. This is likely to result in a decrease in life expectancy in the United States.

#6 Obamacare is going to impose nightmarish paperwork burdens on doctors, hospitals and the rest of the healthcare system. This is going to significantly increase our healthcare costs as a nation.

#7 Obamacare is going to send health insurance premiums soaring. This is especially true for younger Americans.

#8 Many small businesses are going to be absolutely crushed by the provisions in Obamacare that require them to provide expensive health insurance coverage for their employees. This is going to make them even less competitive with companies in other countries where businesses are not required to provide healthcare for their workers. This is also going to make it even less attractive for businesses to hire new employees.

#9 Obamacare is going to make the emerging doctor shortage in America a lot worse. Surveys have found that we could potentially see hundreds of thousands of doctors leave the medical profession because of Obamacare.

#10 Obamacare has already forced the cancellation of dozens of doctor-owned hospitals.

#11 Obamacare is going to result in a much bigger federal government. In order to fully implement all of the provisions of Obamacare, hordes of new government bureaucrats will be required.

#12 Thanks to Obamacare, you are going to have to wait much longer to see a doctor. The average wait to get an appointment with a doctor estimated at 30 to 55 days.

#13 Obamacare contains all kinds of insidious little provisions that most people don’t even know about. The following is one example from the Alliance Defense Fund….

“Did you know that with ObamaCare you will have to pay for life-saving drugs, but life-ending drugs are free. One hundred percent free. If this plan were really about health care wouldn’t it be the other way around?”

#14 As if the U.S. government was not facing enough of a crisis with entitlement spending, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls. You will be paying for all of this.

#15 The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obamacare will add more than a trillion dollars to government spending over the next decade. Considering the fact that the U.S. government is already drowning in debt."

Comment #3 by Clue Less on 2012 06 29

I differ with their conclusion in that the real debate among the American people has just started and is not concluded. Yes, ultimately they will make the decision in ~ 130 days.The court says it is not a mandate rather it is yet another tax and even much more damaging to our nations economy and its people. SCOTUS said it cannot protect us from bad political choices with unintended negative consequences. SCOTUS did not say that this new massive Obama Care tax made horse sense or common sense.This Obama Care TAX is leading to destroying health care quality and availability while emulating the failed socialist states of Europe.This is a wealth seizure and wealth transfer tax scheme that is already contributing to a destruction of our economy on the heals of the great finical frauds made self evident in 2008. The American people will ultimately have the last word in November..I am afraid that many elected members of government have lost touch on the many clear and present dangers to our country from with in especially the beltway Bubble.I ask that they make an effort to do no further harm to our country and its legal citizens. Yes, both actions and inaction appear to have placed our government and its people in a very dangerous position. Finally Please revisit the legacy US Constitution and the Bill of Rights for our sovereign Republic.Special attention to the limited enumerated powers granted to the co equal branches of the people’s government would be especially helpful.

Comment #4 by William F Horan on 2012 06 30

Yes, RI is a welfare state and the Obama Health TAX will fit with the RI mentality of tax more and spend twice as much.
NP, Lombardi has not turned his back on the Capitol City? he is saying that NP can't afford to pay for something that Providence should be paying for.
Chaffee is not a factor other than making things tougher in RI for everyone.
I can’t believe the Apathy in RI.

Comment #5 by Gary Arnold on 2012 06 30

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