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“If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.” — Unknown

In Rhode Island there exists a culture of corruption. Government corruption originates at the grass root level and progresses to the top leaving no stone of government functionality unturned. Compounding the situation is the fact that the corrupt system fosters incompetence. Corruption and incompetence go hand in hand. Incompetency is an indirect form of corruption. Both forms of corruption lead to the failure of the government to perform effectively and efficiently with the resulting squandering of resources the consequence.

While the news media rails at length about political malfeasance in the form of quid pro quo, willful blindness, favoritism, cronyism and nepotism, the practices continue unabated. Include excessive union influence, the buying of votes with taxpayer money, and you have a formula for governmental failure on a grand scale. 

The state’s dysfunctional and counterproductive culture is not going to change, because the reality is, the dishonesty is tolerated if not accepted by most residents of Rhode Island. If a Rhode Island resident cannot abide the corruption and incompetence as demonstrated by state and local government, then they should move to a state with a less corrupt and incompetent government.


Jim Angelo


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