Arthur C. Schaper: Iran, Susan Farmer + RI Kids Getting High

Friday, September 20, 2013


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A class act her entire life, Susan Farmer inspires Arthur Schaper.

This week, I found GoLocal's new political 4pm update, The Scoop, to provide a birds' eye view of the political machinations of The Ocean State. What can we take away from RI's week in review?

Rhode Island Residents Just Cannot Get a Break, Can They?

The business class is losing fast, and now the General Assembly wants to divest all business interests with Iran.

Since when did engaging in foreign policy follies ever promise relief for the hurting, the poor, the teeming masses yearning for freedom?

The General Assembly has engaged in preemptive strikes against their own citizens for the past eighty years, claiming to be democratic, but in fact demagoguing on every issue, on every value which would increase productivity rather than engage citizens to flee their state.

Still, State rep. Mia Ackerman claimed:

This is a global bill with big implications. I was proud to join with Attorney General Kilmartin, Senator Miller and my colleagues in the House who passed this bill unanimously.

“Global” means “big”, Mia, Rhode Island legislators rarely leave Rhode Island who would want them?). Those who do come back, return as conservatives, Republicans, right-thinking people who see all that is wrong with Providence politics. Then they have so much to share with their fellow residents, and a line of thinking which will certainly discourage policies like taxing people on the mint condition value of their car, even though it currently runs like an old jalopy.

Rhode Island scores the lowest on all indicators on business matters. What companies can Rhode Island divest from, might I add? Perhaps shipping the anti-democratic hypermajority as our own weapon of mass destruction will bring to an end the ugly face of Islamic Terrorism.

Then again, radical Muslim clerics aren’t too big on six-colored rainbows, and they execute people who live homosexual lives (Speaker Fox, please run to Iran!)

The Model Citizen: Susan Farmer

Republicans then and now have led on civil rights for women and minorities. The first female House Representative was Jeanette Rankin of Montana, and the first African-American US Senators were Republicans, too.

Susan Farmer was the first woman to serve a statewide office in Rhode Island, from 1982 to 1986. This past week, she died from cancer. The outpouring of tribute came from both sides of the aisle, including this from US Senator Jack Reed:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Susan Farmer, who was a political pioneer, a dedicated public servant, and a successful CEO."

Along with the passing of a former Republican woman in a statewide office, Rhode Islanders should lament the passage of a dedicated public servant and a successful CEO. There are not that many public servants serving the public in Rhode Island these days. Governor Chafee could not switch his party affiliation fast enough to affiliate with voters, for example, and Speaker Fox’s obsession with getting married has not divorced his constituents from the state’s debt and downgrading economy. As for Fortune 500 companies, Ocean State residents do not see them that much (or the CEOS) either. The only rich people are in government, and that’s just rich.

We Will Pay You (With Other People’s Money) To Work

Governor Chafee has opened up the first phase of his Work Immersion Program as part of the state’s Workforce Board. The General Assembly has decided to subsidize work experiences for two hundred fifty people (actually “250 work experiences”). Specifically, the monies will subsidize $.50 per hour for every college student hired into an internship.

The General Assembly has expanded its already bloated budget, has bailed out 38 Studios, and now they want to subsidize giving people jobs? What a wonderful thing for them to do. Why would they even consider such policies as lowering fees, ending regulatory burdens, scrapping the sales tax, removing hindrances to good, transparent governance: such callous policies would have contributed nothing toward edging up a sluggish economy. . .

For the record, there is nothing more obscene than government using other people’s money to pay for companies (what few remain) to provide work (and from a state which has no money to begin with)

Rhode Island: Just Say No!

The Rhode Island delegation has sponsored legislation which will grant nearly one million federal dollars to combat drug use, especially among Rhode Island’s youth.

Why are so many kids getting high in the Ocean State? Maybe the mind-numbing, poor excuse of an education which they must endure year after year, plus the teacher-union politicizing and the budget crises have traumatized youth into seeking a quick fix for their problems. Instead of more federal dollars for drug prevention, why not invest the funds into better education facilities and more money for school supplies, books, and better teacher supplies?

By the way, if there is one group of addicts who need intervention, look no further than the General Assembly and their penchant for taxing, spending, and regulating everything into an empty economic frustration. Someone needs to “Just Say No!” to government infiltration into the private live and free markets of Rhode Island.

Following a solemn moment for Susan Farmer, how about disbanding the Workforce Board, fire the Dems in the GA, and take them all to a recovery program (or send them to Iran)?

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper, reach him at [email protected], and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.


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