2018-11-01 / Opinion

We Need Practical Politicians

To the Editor:

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Dawn Euer, and Reps. David Cicilline and Lauren Carson are social justice warriors, not practical politicians who understand the financial responsibility to their constituencies. Instead they are driven by their progressive, socialist and globalist ideologies ignoring the constant increases on the average taxpayers.

A lot of the freebie programs (entitlements) are trading “free stuff” for votes. Gov. Raimondo, in the face of growing budget and pension deficits, will pass a free college tuition program and plans to spend more if reelected. This program will cost taxpayers $250 million dollars in the next five to nine years. Sen. Whitehouse is concerned about climate change and keeping taxes high in our country and in Rhode Island. Rep. Cicilline left the city of Providence in financial trouble and now as a congressman is planning to do worse to the state and country by supporting higher taxes.

As our deficits, taxes and government grow, more Rhode Islanders flee the state for Florida. If you care about Rhode Island, do not vote for Euler, Carson, Raimondo, Cicilline or Whitehouse. We need practical politicians to solve common sense financial problems before we can address many additional and well-meaning programs.

Dan Meucci
Newport

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