On his still-new Web site, Russell Moore shares a conversation he had with a couple of guys at the gym:
That’s when the second gentleman spoke up.
“If you live in Rhode Island, and you’re not in a public sector retirement system, you’re a sucker,” he said. “You’re paying for lavish benefits you’re not going to get.”
I’ve been covering government and politics in Rhode Island since 2005. Never in my life had I heard the situation put so succinct–or so blunt. You can’t argue with his logic.
And there you go. The anecdote raises two questions for those who aren’t on the winning end of that seesaw:
- Why are you here?
- What are you doing to stop being a sucker?
Too many people choose to leave. We need everybody to speak up. If folks (especially business owners) are worried about the consequences of doing so, get in touch with those who are active, as we’re working on ways around the obstacle of intimidation.