Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 21, 2012
After you think that you have thought you have seen it all, take another look. Political correctness has been taken to a new level in Rhode Island where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully stopped age-old traditions, the father daughter school dance and another “gender-based” event the mother–son baseball game.
The ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of a mother who didn’t like the fact that her daughter could not attend a school dance because she did not have a willing father to accompany her. According to the mother and ACLU, the child would feel “left out” of the dance. Yikes! Heaven forbid that we should blame the mother for her poor choice of a father for the child.
After receiving the ACLU’s complaint, school district superintendent Judith Lundsten halted the events stating: “I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue. However, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should be isolating any child from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all-inclusive when planning your events.”
As political correctness gains in ever stronger foothold in American society, it places at risk the very guarantees of freedom and independence that our founders attempted to guarantee in the US Constitution.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 1, 2011
Central Falls, Rhode Island, a town of only 18,000 located 6 miles north of Providence, today filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. While just a small town, it could be a canary in the mine for other U.S. municipalities.
Central Falls, like many other American towns and cities, has spent too much of the peoples’ money and has given their workers more than they can afford, especially in benefits; i.e. pensions. Here are Central Falls raw numbers and problems:
- It has $21 million of outstanding debt according to Moody’s.
- The city’s pension obligations in June 2010 were $48 million greater than the value of its assets, according to Bloomberg.
- For fiscal 2011, Central Falls continued its practice of not making contribution to the its pension, but instead drew on existing plan assets to pay benefits, according to Moody’s.
In an effort to avoid bankruptcy, the city first attempted to persuade unionized police, firefighter and other retirees to accept voluntary benefit concessions. After the vote was counted today showing a rejection of this request, the Chapter 9 motion was filed. Now the matter is in the hands of the bankruptcy court charged with determining who gets paid and who does to and in what amounts.
As this Blog has proffered previously, America problems do not center on whether or not the debt ceiling was raised, which has long been a foregone conclusion. The problem is the excessive debt at all levels of government. Central Falls is but a canary in the mine.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 23, 2010
John Kerry, Democrat Senator from Massachusetts (MA), has shown his true colors on taxes. The AP reported that Kerry, owner of a 76-foot, $7 million yacht, docks this humble vessel in the neighboring state of Rhode Island, instead of his home state of MA. This allows Kerry to avoid about $500,000 in MA taxes.
Should Kerry have parked the boat near his summer home on Nantucket, or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he’d owe$437,500 in MA sales tax, as well as an annual $70,000 in excise tax. The state of Rhode Island repealed similar taxes in 1993 and Kerry’s going where it his taxes are lowest.
Massachusetts is in a desperate financial state with last year’s deficit being $600 million and going higher this year. While this Blog does not typically fault a citizen for limiting a tax liability, when that citizen is a famous Progressive who spends taxpayers’ money like a drunken sailor, he needs to be called on the duplicity.
What does Kerry have to have to say about this tax evasion? He incredibly denies it. Through a spokesman Kerry said that the boat is kept in Road Island not for taxes evasion, but “for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes.” Please Mr. Kerry, give us a bit more credit for intelligence.
Kerry, like most Progressives, wants to redistribute wealth, just not theirs. The most dangerous Progressives are wealthy ones. Come to think of it, most well-known Progressives are wealthy. Could it be that their agenda is less than noble???????
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