The end of last years session of the Rhode Island General Assembly is going to go down in history as one of the defining moments in who and what we are as a citizenry. Unfortunately, it showed that we were at an all time low on what we will take from our elected officials and what our elected officials believed we would take.
The goats have clearly separated themselves from the heroes with the treasonous vote on the 2014 budget which included the appropriation for the bailout of 38 studios – all but guaranteeing the inevitable coverup with us never knowing what really happened.
But rest assured fellow Rogue Islanders, Fed Up in RI intends to continuously and relentlessly point out the treasonous goats, by doing everything in our power to unseat them permanently. We also intend to praise and heap laurels upon the heroes who stood their ground against an out of control, power drunk majority leadership with lots to hide.
The final vote in the House of Representatives (and I choke as I use that term) was 52 to 20 with 3 not voting.
52 elected representatives who disregarded the wishes of an estimated 80 percent of the electorate opposed to the bailout and a governor who signed it into law. But that’s not the worst of it.
The truth is that there were 52 elected representatives who confiscated our constitutionally guaranteed Right to Vote, by ignoring the fact that a constitutionally mandated referendum be passed by a voting majority, in order to impose a debt over $50,000 on the people of this State and their posterity. But that’s not the end, the same constitutional mandate also specifies that under no circumstances is such a debt to be placed on the people of this State for the benefit of a private entity, such as 38 Studios.
Here are the names of the heroes in the House of Representatives:
Representative John M. Carnavale, Representative Michael W. Chippendale, Representative Maria E. Cimini, Representative Doreen Marie Costa, Representative Spencer E. Dickinson, Representative Antonio Giarrusso, Representative Scott J. Guthrie, Representative Charlene Lima, Representative John J. Lombardi, Representative Karen L. MacBeth, Representative James N. McLaughlin, Representative Patricia L. Morgan, Representative Brian C. Newberry, Representative Jared R. Nunes, Representative Jeremiah T. O’Grady, Representative J. Patrick O’Neill, Representative Teresa Ann Tanzi, Representative Lisa P. Tomasso, Representative Joseph A. Trillo and Representative Larry Valencia.
And here are the names of the goats:
Abney, Ackerman, Ajello, Almeida, Amore, Azzinaro, Baldelli-Hunt, Blazejewski, Canario, Corvese, Constanino, Craven, DeSimone, Finn, Fox, Gallison, Handy, Hearn, Hull, Jacquard, Johnston, Kazarian, Keable, Kennedy, Lally, Malik, Marcello, Marshall, Martin, Matiello, Melo, Messier, Naughton, Palangio, Palumbo, Phillips, Ruggiero, San Bento, Serpa, Shekachi, Silva, Slater, Ucci, Walsh, Williams, and Winfield.
The Senate passed the budget 2 days later and the vote was 32 to 6. Here are the names of the heroes of the Senate:
And here are the names of the goats:
Archambault, Bates, Ciccone, Conley, Cool Rumsey, Crowley, Daponte, DiPalma, Doyle, Felag, Fogarty, Gallo, Goldin, Goodwin, Jabour, Lombardi, Lombardo, Lynch, McCaffrey, Metts, Miller, Nesselbush, Otiano, Paiva Weed, Pearson, Picard, Pichardo, Ruggerio, Satchel, Sheehan, Sosnowski and Wakaska.
These goats all believe that you will forget their malfeasance and misfeasance of office by November of this year. I can assure them that they are wrong and that it will be at the forefront of all of our minds on election day. However, on that day, you must decide if you’re going to keep taking it where the sun don’t shine; or if you’re going to let them know that it’s all over for them, and that we’re “Fed Up in RI.”
Fed up – Unable or unwilling to put up with something any longer. adj. The American Heritage® Dictionary