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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

2 responses to “Skanska’s public-private partnership sales pitch at the State House”

  1. cailin rua

    This is pathetic. This is what the so called transportation advocates have been pushing for. Where is the statement on P3’s from so called progressives like Sam Bell and Aaron Regunberg? How about Bret Smiliey? Where’s the resistance from them? It’s so obvious that tax policy has driven states and municipalities to the verge of bankruptcy in order to compromise infrastructure, backing local governments into a corner where seedy politicians can turn around and say “The bridges are falling down. Don’t you care about safety?”

    We live in a world where big mill rehab developers and people who leave this state with fortunes in order to avoid taxes fund gun control campaigns in districts where huge amounts of redevelopment funds and tax deals are on order. A political unknown, Joe Shekarchi, a political unknown because he has no base of political support beyond that of the corporate interests he shills for is now one of the most powerful people in the statehouse. How did you let him get to where he is without saying one word about what he and the corporate Democrats, which is all of them, are up to?

    Not one of your cheerleaders has made one comment, so far, on what you’ve written about this, Steve. The issues involved aren’t manichaean and sexy enough, I guess.

    Hayek was a Democrat, obviously. Cry for us Chile. Tell me, was it really “the proud day for R I” R I Future fave, Sheldon Whitehouse, said it was when Trump appointed Michael Flynn his NSA chief? There is such a big difference between the way Trump will do infrastructure than the way the Democrats will do it. Trump will steal everything all at once. The Democrats will do it incrementally or stand by and maybe pretend not to be cheering people like Trump on when they prove how much more expeditiously they can get things done than the Democrats.

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  2. cailin rua

    “HUDSON: The word public partnership it’s really a one way partnership. The private, tells the government what to do. All of the costs are born by the government. All of the risks and the profits go to the private sector. It really means we’re creating an opportunity for banks to make a killing on making loans for all of this will be financed by bank credit. That banks or bond holders are going to be paid very high interest rates on.

    The government could create all this money the same way banks do. The government has computer keyboards which is how a bank creates money. They could create their own money without having to pay interests to anyone. They could either charge the airlines for it or they could provide the airports more freely but public partnerships are designed to quadruple or quintuple the actual costs of doing business and pretend that this is in the public interests instead of just in the interests of the banks and the corporate insiders that the banks are willing to leave money to.

    If you look at investigative journalists looked at just one horror story after another of private public partnerships. Look at London’s railroads. Look at what England did with the railroads. Water. Public Private partnership for water. People now have to pay huge amounts just to get water in England, that used to be free. The transportation quality goes down. The price goes way up. So the partnership is a very exploited. We’re not talking about equal partnership. We’re talking about a dominate submissive sadomasochistic partnership.”–_and_20161128

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