CVS and the Governor as Feudal Lord

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This raises questions of political philosophy:

The governor said she’s committed to helping displaced CVS employees find new jobs through the state’s job-training and job-placement programs. She said they’ll all be employed or paid through the end of the year. …

“CVS is a large, growing, strong company,” Raimondo said in an interview. And although CVS is eliminating some jobs as part of its annual strategic planning, Raimondo said the company is adding in other areas: “They’re still hiring.”

Why do we expect our governor to provide us information about the corporate decisions of CVS and to have a “commitment” to individual employees’ job searches?  That is, why does the governor have any role in this story at all, let alone a headline?  Why do we need her intercession and reports on matters that we, private citizens and journalists, can approach the leaders of our fellow private citizens and business leaders to discuss?

The questions become deeper with other news in the same article, after a few paragraphs about the governor’s quest to bring PayPal offices to the state:

Raimondo said she doesn’t know when GE Digital may sign a lease for permanent space in Providence for its promised information technology center. GE Digital spokeswoman Amy Sarosiek said Friday the company hasn’t yet signed a lease.

But, Raimondo said, she dined with GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt earlier this week at the New England Council’s award dinner in Boston, when Raimondo and Immelt were among three winners of the business organization’s “New Englander of the Year” awards.

Why is it the governor’s responsibility to be targeting specific companies for special attention (and special breaks)?

Unfortunately, all of these activities have become only natural, because these rich insiders have built a system in which they’re interconnected as a ruling class and in which the important deals and decisions happen not in our communities, with each advance and innovation of a Rhode Island business owner or worker, but while our elite feudal lord”dines” at bogus insider award ceremonies with other elites.

This is the progressive vision, and it’s only going to become more pronounced as we give government more control over our lives and more responsibility for making sure we never have any difficulty.



  • Max

    “CVS is a large, growing, strong company,” Raimondo said in an
    interview. And although CVS is eliminating some jobs as part of its
    annual strategic planning, Raimondo said the company is adding in other
    areas: “They’re still hiring.”
    Does their ‘annual strategic plan’ include their stock price drop over 20 percent since May? ‘Annual strategic’ plan my ass. Sounds like Raimondo is making excuses where none are needed.

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