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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “Lobbying on steroids: The 2017 RI Small Business Economic Summit”

  1. The ugly side of the 2017 RI Small Business Economic Summit

    […] 2017 Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit (which I wrote about here) was, as its name implies, extremely pro-business. Within limits, this is fine I suppose, but many […]

  2. Greg Gerritt

    All of this would be somewhat useful if it was not based on a BIG LIE. RThe facts are that thereis no correlation whats o ever between how business friendly your regualtions and taxes are and the performance of the economy. NONE WHAT SO EVER I have attended these summits int he past, a complete waste of time, energy, and money excdept if you want to screw workers and the environment

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  3. Dead millionaires among Speaker Mattiello’s top priorities

    […] this year’s Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit the subject of the estate tax was brought up again, and Mattiello promised to address it. This must not happen the way Mattiello […]

  4. Rhode Island Business Coalition opposes raising the minimum wage

    […] Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit – Grafton Wiley, Tax and Budget Committee Chairman […]

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