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Troubled RI city in receivership loses democracy
sac bee ^ | 1/15/12 | ERIKA NIEDOWSKI

Posted on 01/15/2012 10:28:05 AM PST by Nachum

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. -- When the state stepped in to take over financially struggling Central Falls in 2010, Rhode Island's smallest city lost something fundamental: its democratic government.

Mayor Charles Moreau would be forced to give back his key to City Hall, and the City Council was relegated to advisory status - unsure for months whether it was even allowed to convene.

"They're being governed without elected representation," state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley said of Central Falls' 19,000 residents. "That flies in the face of the democratic principle that our country is founded on, not only our little city. Maybe we should have a tea party and dump some tea in the Blackstone" River.

Crowley, a Democrat and lifelong Central Falls resident, uses a twist on Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to describe government there, under a state-appointed receiver, these days: "of the receiver, by the receiver and for the receiver."

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bankruptcity; democracy; receivership; rhodeisland

1 posted on 01/15/2012 10:28:07 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
"That flies in the face of the democratic principle that our country is founded on, not only our little city. "

So does not paying your bills and stiffing your creditors. You wanna listen to da music you gotta pay da band.

2 posted on 01/15/2012 10:32:17 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Nachum

So how long have democrats been in control of this city? Sounds like most of the cities in the country.


3 posted on 01/15/2012 10:36:04 AM PST by mia
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To: Nachum
The borrower is slave to the lender

I think that is in one of those out-of-date books that no one reads any more because we are so much smarter and more sophisticated now days.

4 posted on 01/15/2012 10:43:26 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: mia

“So how long have democrats been in control of this city? Sounds like most of the cities in the country.”

All these government entities that have been living beyond their means are, in the end, going to suffer something akin to what’s going on in Central Falls. The residents, who are moaning now, should have realized long ago that this was going to be their city’s fate. And you are right, California, Illinois, and a bunch of other liberal-run states are going to have the same thing visited upon them and its not a long way off either.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 10:46:12 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Nachum
The model of the future for Greece. Instead of having a German Gauleiter, they'll have a German receiver.

What, exactly, did the good people of Central Falls thing would happen if they lived on credit indefinitely?

6 posted on 01/15/2012 10:46:28 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Nachum
"They're being governed without elected representation,"

"Taxation without representation" was the old battle cry. Some cynic replied, "You should see it WITH representation!".

7 posted on 01/15/2012 10:57:52 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: vette6387
Central Falls is located in the Providence metro area. It is a poor section of the area with a lot of public housing and many residents on the government dole. The median household income is only about half of the stage average. It's a grim, depressing place. The type of place people drive through with their windows rolled up and the doors locked. In other words, a typical liberal-run municipality.


8 posted on 01/15/2012 11:04:46 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 23 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Don’t know if it applies in *this* case, tho liberalism is all about never being held accountable, or a world without consequences. Still, what did they expect?


9 posted on 01/15/2012 11:06:07 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Nachum

Central Falls, go get your damned “Democracy” from the lying, cheating, stealing, duplicitous progressive buttwipes you elected as your governance for all those years. Pay you damn bills - the ones you approved by voting for those cretins. You deserve NOTHING less.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 11:07:10 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Nachum

After seeing the mayor, I picture him fiddling with his tie and pinky ring a lot and saying things like, “I’m gonna get the papers. Get the papers.”


11 posted on 01/15/2012 11:14:22 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Nachum

>> Rhode Island’s smallest city lost something fundamental: its democratic government.

“Its Democrat government.”

We’re a Republic, damn it!


12 posted on 01/15/2012 11:17:17 AM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: Nachum

And so it begins?


13 posted on 01/15/2012 12:20:39 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Nachum

Another city destroyed by public unions...


14 posted on 01/15/2012 12:31:37 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: circlecity

You take the King’s Coin, you do the King’s bidding.


15 posted on 01/15/2012 12:32:44 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: edpc
After seeing the mayor, I picture him fiddling with his tie and pinky ring a lot and saying things like, “I’m gonna get the papers. Get the papers.”

"You mention extortion again, and I'll have your legs broken."

16 posted on 01/15/2012 12:34:52 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Nachum
"They're being governed without elected representation," state Sen. Elizabeth Crowley said of Central Falls' 19,000 residents. "That flies in the face of the democratic principle that our country is founded on

They are in state receivership. Who in the he77 elected the state govt'? Californians?

Not making fiscally sound decisions and possibly inflicting your debts upon all citizens of the state rather than just your locality gives all state citizens an earned say in these matters.

17 posted on 01/15/2012 12:54:05 PM PST by RobertClark ("Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: Nachum
Democrat politics creates a "Culture of Government":
A "Dream City" becomes a Waking Nightmare

Central Falls started the current fiscal year with a $6 million deficit, and multi-million-dollar deficits were projected for coming years. [ First receiver and former Superior Court Judge Mark] Pfeiffer blamed budget problems on "unsustainable" [union-based] pension and benefits costs and the lack of expected revenue from the Wyatt detention center; he also cited a "culture of government" in Central Falls that let deficits fester.

With decades of piling up plummy city pensions and happy-go-lucky hand-outs for all and sundry, Central Falls is the canary in the Democrat coal mine.

Can La-La Land be far behind in this race to insolvency?

18 posted on 01/15/2012 1:50:09 PM PST by henbane
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To: Nachum

After reading the article and the comments here, I have to wonder. Is the ‘city’ capable of surviving on it’s own? Or is it a parasite on the State and Nation exclusively?


19 posted on 01/15/2012 1:51:04 PM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Nachum
The citizens of Central Falls also participated in the democracy that elected the officials who will oversee the supervisory board. They didn't lose democracy, they just bumped it up a level.
20 posted on 01/15/2012 2:59:51 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: edpc

You mean Jimmie Two Times, I saw him with Pete the Killer, you know Sally Balls’ brother.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 7:31:56 PM PST by gusty
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