Political Monday with John DePetro: The Politicians’ Special Interests

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My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, was about friction in the RIGOP, no friction for union-driven legislation, and fingers in the air over Biden’s body language.

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I’ll be on again Monday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

 

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  • D. S. Crockett

    Justin: After hearing you on DePetro’s show this morning, it appears obvious that you can no longer be an objective commentator on state politics now that you are a member of the Tiverton, Town Council. Understandably so. Therefore, should you consider stepping down as editor of this esteemed site for the duration of your tenure on the council? Just saying.

    • Justin Katz

      How so?

      • D. S. Crockett

        Because you are now a politician not an observer as illustrated by your tempered comments about the pending fire-fighter legislation. Could not your political commentary be used unfairly by others on the council who oppose your views? But, let’s hear from others on the subject? Hopefully, I am wrong.

        • Justin Katz

          I don’t think I was tempered on the legislation. See yesterday’s Projo for evidence that I’ve been making things uncomfortable for Rep. Edwards. Where I’m tempered is on the employees themselves, and I’ve always thought there was a difference between the teachers unions (which are driving by the radical labor organizers) and the police and fire, which are much more genuinely local in their character. That being the case, I’m not inclined to say that all fire fighters are trying to game the system.

          I will acknowledge that my current position gives me additional insights that might change my perspective some, but I’ve never been one not to say what I believe because others might use it against me.

          Anyway, keep an eye on me. I definitely want feedback to keep me from losing my way.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            “The first job of a politician is to get re-elected”. That could cause a problem.

          • Justin Katz

            Man. After all the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve gained that little credibility with you folks? Sheesh. No wonder so few conservatives run for office.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Justin, I have no intention to impugn your integrity. But it is difficult to think of a political commentator who has succeeded as a politician. Perhaps, where your base is small enough to campaign on handshakes, it is possible. But, the “go along to get along” ethic of politics makes it difficult to accomplish anything without bending.

          • Joe Smith

            teachers unions (which are driving by the radical labor organizers) and the police and fire, which are much more genuinely local in their character. That being the case, I’m not inclined to say that all fire fighters are trying to game the system.

            Hmm..because in my experience police and fire *game* the system WAY more than teachers – see the “one day in a higher position” clause for retirement purposes. Teachers pull crap with sick time, police and fire with OT. All three suffer from the speak no evil about their fellow union members, even when the majority I suspect (and I have more familiarity with teachers than the other two) know the crap is pulled either by a relatively small minority.

            Perhaps your comments are more you hear national level teachers union than national police or fire? When I read “genuinely local”, I also associate with more an inside deal with the local city/town councils. I mean, national teachers union spout off on all kinds of “anti” reform efforts, but locally you see charter schools (without much oversight), tax-payer subsidized “private” school scholarships (again without much oversight), etc. I also have seen successful outsourcing efforts that may have been fought but succeeded.

            With police and fire, you see major efforts to block and when it (somewhat) succeeds, now legislation to undo it. You hear talk about “consolidating schools”, do you ever hear about moving to a county police force? Regional fire districts? Outsourcing EMS to private sector?

            From Wash Post-
            There are half as many fires as there were 30 years ago, but about 50 percent more people are paid to fight them.. and The number of volunteer firefighters fell by 3 percent in the time paid firefighters grew by nearly 50 percent..yet Today, fewer than 4 percent of fire department calls are for fires.

            Perhaps it is easier as a Town Councilor to make the teachers union the greater enemy because you don’t negotiate with them??

          • Justin Katz

            By “genuinely local,” I meant that there seems to be a bigger distinction between police and fire locals versus the state organization than teacher union locals versus the NEA or RIFT. At least, that’s the way it’s always seemed to me.

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