John DePetro's Rhode Thoughts | Everyone Out of the Water
Posted: 11/2/2011 10:54:33 AM
Updated: 11/2/2011 11:14:32 AM
I was watching the movie Jaws last week (for the 50th time) and thought of the situation here in the OceanState.
In the movie, Larry, the mayor, and some of the people pretend there is no problem and ignore the great white eating up swimmers around AmityIsland. Misleading the public and lying is done with the intention of saving the summer for the money the tourists will bring.
All goes wrong on the 4th of July as the shark makes it clear this was no boating accident and the problem is not going away.
I thought of many parallels as we see firsthand in Rhode Island the danger and fallout of ignoring ominous warning signs.
The failed leadership of past speakers Harwood and Murphy are long gone, like a deadbeat leaving the table in a restaurant as the check arrives. The state is broke, falling apart, and everyone is complaining and grouchy. There are no jobs and little leadership from Smith Hill (except for Gina).
How much longer will the pension hearings continue?
How many more sob stories of retired state workers must we listen to?
I am a 55-year-old retired teacher and I only get a pension of 80 grand a year. How can I survive without a COLA? I put $90,000 into the system but demand 1.4 million out of it.
Do you want some more cheese with that whine? Save the sad stories.
The unions have been ripping off the state for years with the politically connected, but this time there is no more gas in the tank.
The unions stop at nothing now, attacking Gina Raimondo for doing what is in the best interest of saving our little state. General Treasurer Gina Raimondo continues to be patient and guide the General Assembly through a process which should have been done years ago, but was ignored by selfish cowards who only cared about serving themselves.
Near the end of Jaws, the sheriff finally gets Larry, the mayor, to sign off and hire Quint to kill the shark. The sheriff has to get out his pen and show the mayor where to sign to save the island and kill jaws Sound familiar?
Lets hope the General Assembly will take the pen and sign before we are all under water.
(11/2/2011 6:29:32 PM) John, your thoughts are so right. This is how many of us feel.
(11/2/2011 3:48:35 PM) Something has to be done, but how about having a cutoff on the COLA freeze. For instance any retiree getting over 25,000/year gets a freeze. The poor retiree from 20 years ago who only gets 10,000,15,000 or less per year should keep getting their COLAs. Like I said on previous posts, what will be done with the money saved from people who worked all their lives...give it to the illegals?
(11/2/2011 1:28:40 PM) Are you saying that government spending can solve our problem?