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The Status Quo Hires A Spokesman!

Democrats were smart to hire one of R.I.'s best lobbyist / PR men to speak on their behalf in the upcoming campaign: If they were left alone to run on their record, there wouldn't be much good to say.


Bill Fischer is one of the more skilled and reputable lobbyist – public affairs professionals I’ve interacted with at the State House. The Democratic Party recently engaged his services to speak on their behalf during the 2012 campaign.  It was a smart move, driven I suspect, by a realization that if their incumbents are left to just run on their records, there isn’t much good to say. No jobs. No prosperity. No trust in government. On the state and federal level, status-quo leaders have consistently failed to deliver. 

On the federal side, each of our current delegation has made it clear that they will continue to toe the party line. Right or wrong on specific issues, their unified dogmatic approach does not serve our state or country well. Partisan demagoguery will not fix this country, just the opposite. We need to elect people who are willing to fight for the middle ground of American politics, because that is where real leadership happens.   

Our Republican candidates are those high-quality leaders who embrace the middle ground. Barry Hinckley is a proven job creator who also happens to be pro-choice and pro-gay rights. Brendan Doherty is a public servant of unimpeachable character in a district where that is a major issue. He supports the middle road Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan over Paul Ryan’s plan (which has been embraced a higher decibel level by many in the party). Drawing on his financial expertise, Michael Riley has put forth his own plan to stabilize the dollar, which includes having oil companies who drill public land pay in to shore up Medicare and Social Security. These are quality candidates who offer to serve our state with real ideas and leadership. Mr. Fischer’s job is to tear them down.

Fischer is certainly an interesting choice to speak for the General Assembly Democrats (who usually depend on their state-employed spokesmen to make their case). As the lobbyist for a forward-thinking group called Democrats for Education Reform and recently as spokesman for Marriage Equality Rhode Island, he has seen each of his principled causes torpedoed by the politicians he now represents. It’s obviously a mercenary sort of business. In the shadow of 38 Studios, perpetual joblessness and America’s worst business environment, Mr. Fischer will certainly earn his fee if he can sell this message to R.I. voters one more time: “Everything will get better as long as we don’t change anything.”

Clearly, the status quo is not working. To get real change we need new leaders.   I’ve put my own professional life on hold to build a legislative record that supports a different vision of leadership than what we have now: a clean, competent government that makes responsible long-term decisions and remains accountable to the people. It’s a vision that requires hard work and sacrifice in and out of government. It requires good people with thick skins and strong constitutions to step forward and lead from the middle. That’s is the tradition of New England Republicanism that once upon a time Rhode Island was willing to embrace. If only we had a spokesman!   

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Jim Halsband September 06, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Thank you for taking the time to visit the web page and glad that you found it impressive. You posed some excellent questions, why did I choose RI, the worst economy and business climate in the nation, and corrupt, too? I was born here and left to satisfy my wanderlust, someone once said, "A man travels the world over and comes home to find himself." So there's some of that, and I came home to spend my final days among friends. The terrible business climate is challenging but being dead last will not last, so it can only improve, how quickly remains to be seen, I have been involved in booms before, so I know they happen. I have a history in RI, my grandfather built buildings that bear his name a century later, he started the first Buick dealership in NE plus he had his own A&P, both on Main St, EG! So it is with a sense of pride to honor his legacy and contribute what I can to the community he helped build 100 years ago. In reference to state funding, I was demonstrating simply how two different investment strategies could lead to different outcomes, as far as state money goes, that is not where this tech will find any funding, I just want state assistance in allowing this new tech to begin without the usual roadblocks and impediments, with public support for this tech from folks like you who took a look at it, will help me help the community, people are still leery after 38 Stud's, but there is no stopping an idea whose time has come! This is the next big thing! RI needs it
Ted Geisel September 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Jim without bankers there would be no economy. Think about it, take them out of the picture. Where would you get a mortgage? Where would you get a business loan? Where would you keep your money? RI is a democrats utopia. The last time Democrats did not control both chambers at the State house was 1958. The last time they did not control at least one chamber was 1940. The legislature in RI has historically always been very strong. How is it that in nearly 45 years of Democratic Party control that RI is not everything that the party wants it to be? Honestly??? 45 years and you can't get things the way you want them? Jim like the guy above said, RI isn't the place to setup business or one of these machines. It doesn't sound like you have the money to bribe anyone. I mean lobby them. Nor do I recognize your name as being a famous sports player. I am a bit sceptical of your technology. You've put it out here in a public forum so you have to expect that. In various posts you have stated that it was automated but then said it needs engineers, people to shovel into it and the like. So is it automated or not? How many people are employed to run one machine? Then you say it's "new proven" technology. What kind of marketing double speak is that? Is it new technology or proven technology. Prior to that you said it had been around in Japan for 10 years. 10 years is new? Like the other poster said, there is no chance it will ever happen in RI.
Jim Halsband September 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I can appreciate the other poster's comments as well as I can understand your skepticism, so let me try to advance this discussion. The other gentleman went to the web page and was impressed, his skepticism arose from my decision to launch it here, and absolutely correct in that assumption. RI'ers are very guarded for good reason, the corruption in govt has been pervasive for many generations and we, the people are fed up, but not enough to rally and run them out of office, it is a dilemma, but I am surprised that you haven't looked at the web page to in order to offer a more informed opinion regarding this new tech that I am introducing to N.E., NY/NJ and elsewhere, too. I am not limited to RI in any fashion, it is the greatest challenge of my life and I don't want to 'tap out', as my fellow citizens deserve the benefits that will spring from this oil well laying fallow in every waste dump. Defending the banks is your prerogative, I won't engage battling you on that point, I will not waste my time, my time is better served promoting the greater good of job creation(4 jobs per machine) making cheap oil(30 cents/gal), and helping my community thrive! This technology is new to the US, proven in Japan for 10 years, and it is coming here, I would like RI to be a leader in its advancement on merit and to pull RI out of the decaying morass, I am seeking crowdfunding through crowdsourcing, the community as a whole will succeed, chances of that are excellent!! KFC/Japan has it.
Jack Brophy September 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Jim, I wish you luck in your endeavor. I love to see people who are willing to take some risk – and then be rewarded for it. That’s the American Way. I do chuckle however, at the possible outcome: 1)You seek funding and get your money from a VC (say…Bain Capital Ventures) 2)You are wildly successful and many municipalities purchase your machines 3)Many new jobs are created; you make more than a few shekels as the Founder/CEO 4)Bain obviously reaps more than a few shekels, as well, as they doled out the $10M to get it going and helped build it with you (that’s their fiduciary responsibility) 5)Many of Bain’s investors reap a great return on their invested capital (many of those investors are public/private pension plans, Taft-Hartleys (eg. unions), etc.) 6)Bain is vilified for being greedy! Sounds like the Obama campaign’s rhetoric, doesn’t it!
Jim Halsband September 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Thanks Jack, I like the part where I am wildly successful with lots of shekels, but for right now, I will be dizzy with glee if my crowd funding effort produces the mere quarter million to launch this sustainable pilot model program and immediately place RI in the vanguard position in this new arena in recycling. For the price of a few BMW's, we could once again begin a new 2012 Industrial Revolution in plastic to oil conversion, recharge the state's economy, renew RI's prestige, the birthplace of freedom of religion. If you threw away a single-use styrofoam coffee cup or crumpled up a plastic bag to recycle, then you are invested at some level, instead of it winding up in the Central landfill, it will turn into heating oil right in your community for small change, a quarter and a couple nickels per gallon. Manufacturing and tech training could find its home in RI, job creation and job training, sustained economic recovery!

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