Selected excerpts from Gina Raimondo’s future diary follow.
2015, December 29 – What a wonderful year! I became governor of Rhode Island, and I'm leading a great campaign called RhodeWorks! We'll create bicycle paths, fix our bridges, and bolster our finances without raising taxes! All we have to do is toll big trucks! It's a brilliant idea!
2016, December 20 – What a good year! I'll be the first to admit truck tolls did not yield as much cash as expected. Some unsportsmanlike truckers are driving around Rhode Island! Can you imagine? I say good riddance! And for some reason, there were fewer trucks delivering within the state. Obviously our truck tolls weren’t high enough, so we have raised them. Meanwhile we’ve added 500 miles of new bicycle paths!
2017, December 1 – What a swell year! Of course, no one is more upset than I am that a can of Coke in Providence costs $20! That's why I’ve proposed a bill that would fine truckers for raising rates just to be mean! But fewer trucks make less traffic on Rhode Island bridges! And I promise those will be fixed as soon as we finish widening the bicycle paths. Who knew they would be so popular? With that in mind, on to 2018 and my campaign for re-election!
2018, November 5 – OK, I lost. But do they have to use words like “gargantuan” to describe the margin? It was those viral videos of people wheeling their furniture out of state on the bicycle paths. And all that talk of unemployment! Irv Ratcliff’s Turnip Farm is hiring! So is Rhode Island’s own Ersatz Cola Company! Turnip-based soft drinks will be big as soon as we can get beyond that “We Have the Ladle, You Bring the Glass” distribution model. Congratulations to Gov. Muculent, of course. Let’s see if he can fix those bridges now that Congress and the new Administration have ended the federal highway program. They call it devolution. He’ll have to raise tolls. What else can he do?
2021, November 1 – The recall election is tomorrow. Gov. Muculent should have fixed those bridges. But no one expected so many to collapse so soon, and there’s no federal money to rebuild them. It doesn’t really matter. Most everything in and out of Rhode Island these days is by barge. Gov. Muculent tried to impose a docking tax, but who knew you could catapult freight from barge to shore? If it worked in the other direction, nothing would ever dock here. I understand Boston is doing barge business, too. Interstate truck traffic really dropped after highway maintenance stopped. By the way, did you know that autonomous trucks can't tell a pothole from a hole in the ground?
2030, July 4 – Just between us, sometimes I miss the federal government. You could always blame stuff on them. On the other hand, I do enjoy being Queen of Rhode Island. The buck would stop here if we still had bucks. But barter is cool. It just takes some getting used to. It sure wasn’t easy getting to be Rhode Island’s first Queen, believe me. But everyone’s happier without the constant stress of democracy — all that personal responsibility and such. Life is simpler now; the oxcarts fit nicely on those old bicycle paths, though they’re not great at getting supplies to the front. Rhode Island is smaller since the Massachusetts Militia swept down from Fall River and took Newport. But we still have to defend ourselves from that crazy Duke of New London who broke his county off from the Connecticut Commune last year. His troops are always trying to sneak across the Pawcatuck River, and it’s hard to keep our guys supplied with the oxcarts. Hate to say it, but sometimes I wish I had a few great big trucks.