I (painfully) attended Congressman Langevin's "Town Hall" meeting last night at Warwick City Hall. Mayor Avedisian was also on hand to give excuses as to why the air conditioning system wasn't working, (eventually it did come on, no emergency funding needed.)
After about 20 minutes of the congressman giving thanks to other Democrat political colleagues in attendance (including Avedisian), and making the repetitive (eye rolling) political pitch lines, the public was allowed to ask questions.
Congressman Langevin stood by his belief that the Russians hacked the Presidential election, he would sign on to a petition that seeks to suppress our President's free speech, and that he believes in universal healthcare.
The big elephant in the room though was the situation regarding the costs to Warwick homeowners to connect to the Warwick sewer system. One very concerned homeowner asked what the congressman could do about it -if anything- and she felt they would "bulldoze" over them anyway.
All Langevin could do was deflect back to how difficult it would be to get federal funding because our President cut EPA funding (no, it was wasteful spending that was cut). Obama also repeatedly cut EPA budget funding for years.
I was hoping Councilman Ladouceur would have addressed the years worth of financial mismanagement by the Warwick Sewer Authority, or how the WSA Director, Janine Burke, has still not met the Enabling Legislation criteria deadline that was due the end of June, or how the WSA should be shut down and privatized because the entire sewer plant is completely bankrupt. Oh, but no. It was just more of the same political rhetoric.
When councilman Ladouceur was given the option in 2013 to hold meetings in each district that was to get sewers, he declined. After listening to vice chairman of the Sewer Review Commission, councilman Gallucci, it was decided that only one meeting would be held because they didn't want to scare people with the true cost of sewer construction. Councilman Ladouceur started the fire and now he's trying to be the fireman putting out his own fire. Sorry councilman Ladouceur, you can't have it both ways and now try to play hero of the day. Warwick Watch is going to keep reminding all of your hypocrisy.
Instead of accepting blame and recognizing that Warwick's political leadership kept the WSA incompetence ball rolling for years, it was only: Please! Please! Please! Congressman we are DESPERATE! Get us big daddy government funding because we are sinking in our own --WASTE!!!
By the time the microphone came around to me (my time was limited and I was able to only ask one question), I asked Congressman Langevin if he believes in TERM LIMITS as he was first elected to Congress 17 years ago. The entire room erupted in applause. Langevin's answer was that he believes term limits are set by the voters at the polls every election year.
So basically his answer was: No, I don't believe in term limits. I'm going to be a seat filler for the special interest groups for as long as I possibly can, and/or give up my seat at the last minute to another hack when the time comes.
The second question I was going to ask Congressman Langevin: Congressman, why is ACA/Obamacare good enough for everyone else but not for YOU? You, along with all other members of Congress are exempt from Obamacare. When are you going to give up that exemption?
The third question I had prepared was: Congressman, President Trump cut EPA funding due to WASTEFUL SPENDING and bogus research. Just like the EPA, the Warwick Sewer Authority has been plagued by wasteful spending issues for years that continues to financially burn the ratepayers.
Why should the Federal government bail out years worth of WSA mismanagement and local political leadership INCOMPETENCE?
How pathetic has RI become that we so desperately depend on "big daddy" fed government tax dollars to bail us out for all of our corruption, waste and fraud? It's all happened on Langevin's 17 year watch along with the rest of Democrat/special interest run state of Rhode Island.
Registered Voters, are you all going to keep staying home while a seat warmer for the special interest groups continues to waste congressional chair space?
Take Congressman Langevin's advice and get to the voter booth and draw that term limit line.
Rhode Island will never see a political change unless the VOTERS get to the polls and make it happen.
Let go of your EGOS.