A bad bad thing to do

Textron Protestors Would be, say, to bribe Saddam Hussein.

I can be incredibly cynical about the political process, but even I naively thought that there’d be unanimity about the above. Apparently not, per some of the comments over at RIFuture.

So while members of the Assembly will introduce resolutions congratulating basketball teams and marching bands, or designating Del’s and/or coffee milk the official drink of the state, with nary a peep from the right wing, I’m catching a ton of crap for introducing a resolution admonishing Textron FOR BRIBING SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REGIME!!! Such are the politics of our time.

The resolution condemns Textron’s payment of $650k in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime from 2001-2003 under the United Nations Oil for Food Program. For their actions, Textron was fined $4.7 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2007. (Textron is headquartered in downtown Providence.)

It calls on Textron to issue a public apology to “the people of Rhode Island, the people of Iraq, and the people of the world for its payment of such kickbacks.” It’s co-sponsored by Republicans Victor Moffitt, Joe Amaral and Democrats Al Gemma and Anastasia Williams.

1 thought on “A bad bad thing to do”

  1. Let's get real for a moment

    Maybe if I wasn’t digging through the lint in my pocket looking for money to pay for food, looking down the barrel of a $600 million deficit caused by you morons in the General Assembly playing ‘feel-good politics’ and waiting until JUNE to deal with the budget I would be more supportive of this resolution.

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