The Left thinks it’s fighting a monster like itself; the challenge for the Right will be to become something different and better.
As comments from a school resource officer suggest, changes to social policy require a strong culture and a careful legislature; Rhode Island has neither.
As progressives reverse course and warm to the notion of pushing power down from the federal government toward the states and localities, they may also lean on their urge to consolidate power at international level.
Conservatives have the structural disadvantage of not wanting to use tax dollars just to support allies or destroy the lives of their opponents.
Liberals’ having already prepared reasons not to absolve the United States of sexism just for electing Clinton gives some indication of their outrage when they didn’t even get the outcome they expected.
So as you probably know, Rhode Island’s new computer system (UHIP) for qualifying applicants and disbursing social program benefits is a mess. The problems have been well publicized to the point of infamy: a backlog of applications; benefit payments delayed; nursing homes (who have no easy way to stop their expenses) wracking up serious amounts of uncompensated care; even a security “glitch” that could have exposed the personal information of 200-1,000 customers.
It has gotten to the point that the feds were compelled to step in again – this time, breathing fire.
The agency continued to warn that the DHS could soon lose federal funding for administrative costs because of the system’s “failure to meet FNS statutory and regulatory requirements.”
And a Rhode Island House committee held its second hearing into the matter on Monday.
The question is, who is responsible for all of this? Was this a failure by the vendor setting up the new system, Deloitte Consulting? Or did the Raimondo administration force a transition to the new system from the old too quickly? (This, in fact, was a blunt warning by the feds to the Raimondo administration in early September.) If so, why?
In order to shed some light on the matter, the Providence Journal’s ace reporter Kathy Gregg sent the Raimondo administration an APRA request on September 7 for
all correspondence between the state and the company that designed it: Deloitte Consulting.
We pause here to go back, review and note that the subject of Gregg’s request was “correspondence”.
Gregg reports in yesterday’s Providence Journal that six weeks later – on the night before Thanksgiving, to be precise – the Raimondo administration gave her a thumb drive that purported to respond to the request. It contained only reports from Deloitte – and those only through September 6. Critically, the thumb drive contained no correspondence whatsoever between the Raimondo administration and Deloitte.
To reiterate: Gregg asked for correspondence. What she got was reports. (In the same way, Gregg might ask a Raimondo-operated fruit stand for a bag of oranges and receive, instead, a small bag of turnips.)
This non-responsive response by the Raimondo administration would appear to conform to neither the letter nor the spirit of Rhode Island’s APRA law. Nor is it the action of a Governor who, in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio thirteen months ago, claimed to be “deeply committed to transparency”.
I asked the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity (full disclosure: I work with the Center), Mike Stenhouse, if he had a reaction to this. He responded,
A curious, honest, and relentless free-press is vital to preserving democracy in our free society and in holding elected officials accountable to the people. In this case, the administration’s pitiful non-response certainly makes it appear as if they have something to hide.
When a reporter like Kathy Gregg asks questions, she isn’t just asking for herself and her newspaper, she makes the request on behalf of all Rhode Islanders. Something went wrong with the launch of a major new state computer system – a system, remember, that has come in at over triple the originally budgeted cost. We are all minimally owed answers about the why and how of all of this. It is time to move from the dodgy non-responses to the straight answers and transparency to which the Governor herself has indicated that she is “deeply committed”.
Even if Russian propaganda is in play in the United States, the core problem is progressives’ long-running subversion of American institutions and common sense.
Readers of the Providence Journal can move forward, now, fully aware of just how much bias they should read into the newspaper’s handling of particular topics, like race and the president elect.
The traditional vision of unity on Thanksgiving — our shared gratitude to a Higher Power — brings new challenges in a time when too many acknowledge on the power of the jealous progressive god of government.
While the governor insists there’s no place for divisiveness in Rhode Island and journalists suggesting that anybody to their political right must disclaim a racist fringe, they conveniently ignore the sort of talk on the left that’s actually getting people killed.
Students disrespecting the American flag in a Veterans Day display require signage to explain their significance.
If the Left really does believe its rhetoric, some introspection would be in order, or perhaps progressives are just building a narrative that’ll empower them to take away Americans’ rights and money.
James Kennedy’s lapse from his usually reasonable persona shows that Rhode Island conservatives should expect to be stand-ins for the American public whom coastal elites have been blocked (for the moment) from controlling from Washington, D.C.
As the #NotMyPresident Left attempts to make social disruption and anger a four-year fixture of our society and we brace for the personality of the man they’re disclaiming, it’ll be important for the Right to exemplify grace and reason.
Well-intentioned liberals should take a cold, clear look at what progressives are fomenting and reject it rather than allowing it to percolate with mild corrections.
In going after one of its Catholic professors, Providence College adds evidence to his contention that the school believes more in political correctness than in its Christian mission.
As this horrid campaign season comes to an end, Clinton’s supporters have proven that the country needs votes against her, as her, not as one half of “the two unpopular major party candidates.”
[The Gaspee Business Network just issued the following statement/exhortation.]
We are incredibly sad to announce that amid the long standing depressed job market in Rhode Island as well as the worst business climate in the nation, hundreds of moms and dads, struggling young adults, and professionals were laid off today at the CVS corporate office in Woonsocket. The members of the GBN family wish to extend our deepest condolences to those who must now find some means of making ends meet right before the holidays amid one of the worst economies in the country.
The people to blame for these layoffs are the politicians that have run Rhode Island into the ground for decades.
Nothing will change until each and every career politician is removed from office on Smith Hill.
These government bureaucrats have made the cost to employ the hard working men and women in Rhode Island so expensive, companies have no choice but to outsource their labor to other countries.
That American students are learning to believe their country and culture are uniquely bad is evidence of a deliberate attempt to trick them into giving up their opportunities and freedom.
With Rhode Island’s experience of government (and the Providence Journal’s 100% status quo endorsements), can anybody in the state really doubt that the system is rigged?
As long as the education system takes the attitude that “the diploma belongs to the student,” meaningless rhetoric and wishy-washy standards will lead to meaningless degrees.
The message is becoming clearer that the only hope is for more respect and humility from an elite that has proven incapable of taking the warning. So, here we go.
Step back from the images of 2016, and together they may form the image of a creepy clown.
Balanced reporting on controversies, such as St. Mary’s firing of its music director over his same-sex marriage, would have to give due consideration to what Catholics believe is at stake; herewith an explanation to help journalists understand.
Additional details about the Tiverton police lieutenant under investigation for stealing time — and additional police officers’ activities — give new perspective on town officials’ statements about how much taxpayers owe employees.
As video games win the battle for young men’s time, versus (say) working, it may be an indication that our society is failing in one of its core purposes.
Three Brown faculty members traffic in questionable statistics in an apparent push to end the deadly scourge of days that are “merely warm.”
Natural human incentives are drawing the news media into the government complex, and the only solution is to shrink government.
Fifteen years out, the unity following 9/11 seems to have been squandered, but it may simply have been exposed as an illusion of political necessity.