Chariho School Parents’ Forum

September 18, 2007

My day job

Filed under: Uncategorized — Editor @ 10:19 pm

I’m often asked what I do for a living – and until recently I’ve been hesitant to discuss it – mostly because it was still in development.

I am the president and founder of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute.  Ocean State Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to promoting free enterprise and the American Culture.  We are blessed with a great group of scholars and a dedicated board.  I’m hoping to use this site and my work at OSPRI to:

1)  increase accountability and transparency in RI
2) promote the virtues of free markets and traditional American values

Even though we announced the creation of Ocean State Policy in July, we didn’t become official until last Thursday (I couldn’t help using July 4th as an anniversary). 

The website and blog are located here.


  1. I think you need to get the donation portion of your website operational or you may not have the job for long 😉

    Seriously, congratulations on your new position! I looked around the website and listened to your interview with Grover Nordquist. I think Rhode Islanders’ loyalty to one party has created the huge mess we find ourselves in, and hopefully your organization will go a long way to ending the political domination which has led to rampart corruption and political pandering.

    Your Board of Directors is impressive. Good luck with your efforts!

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 19, 2007 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Is that how you “earn” a paycheck Mr. Felkner?
    Through “Donations”??
    Maybe you should work in the real world, where sweat shows for something!!!
    I have a suggestion:
    Try to “work” just one day in maintenance or maybe as a custodian, or even a secretary. Then you just might be able to see the other side of the coin through their eyes. ( After you wipe the sweat from your brow)

    Comment by liz — September 21, 2007 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  3. I have had more “sweat” jobs than you can imagine (carpenter, tile, mason assistant, field worker at Pfizer, even at a Tyson chicken plant in AR).

    Furthermore, in my current capacity, if I don’t produce, people don’t give me money. There is no seniority here. By November, I will have secured my third job and I work no less than 12 hours a day (often 16), minimum six days a week.

    When I went back to school, I worked full time while going to school full time. Please, don’t attempt to tell me about hard work.

    That being said, I don’t think anyone is saying that the dedicated employees don’t work hard. Speaking as a taxpayer, and speaking to the statewide issue of public sector unions (not specific to the current Chariho negotiations) all we want is that our public sector employees are treated exactly the same as the private sector employees – no better – no worse.

    You don’t want to be treated better than your counterparts in the private market do you?

    Comment by Bill Felkner — September 21, 2007 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  4. Mr. Felkner’s employment recitation demonstrates the value of working hard and setting your sights on life goals.

    Sure, you can take a job with the government/union with little accountability and incredible job security, but in exchange, you should not expect to be compensated as if you are taking risks. You get a job for life…you retire earlier than anyone else…what more do you want?

    Government/union employment is often the career choice of the weak. People who have little confidence in their own ability to succeed and produce are naturally drawn to the comfortable and secure world of government/union jobs. Performance and production matter little in government/union jobs. What matters is political connections and adherence to rigid ideologies. Independence is frowned upon and free thought is castigated.

    Government/union workers are automatons programmed by their handlers. They are not accountable for producing, and they take more and more out from those who do produce. They weaken society. They demand compensation without delivering fair value. They are not quite as bad as leeches…I mean lawyers, but they aren’t too far behind.

    Unfortunately for public schools, we have to look no further than private schools to see what performance based education produces. While private school educators are often paid less money, they produce significantly better results. I imagine their motivation is to serve children and society and that beats being motivated by summers off and 28 hour work weeks. Too many public employees seek to fatten themselves at the public trough. It reflects poorly on those government/union employees who may care.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 21, 2007 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  5. Hi!
    Bill Felkner whether you agree with him or not is a force to be reckoned with both politically and intellectually.
    There are numerous “think tanks” that represent different political phiosophies.They have paid staff usually if not all the time.Rhode Island is considered a very liberal labor oriented state and Bill and his new think tank will bring a new dialogue to the public conversation in Rhode Island.
    As an aside Grover Norquist as well as a number of conservitive icons attend the annual Conservative Political Action Conference , in the Washington,D.C.,area.I have been to two of these conferences in the past.Early bird registration is set to end next month and students can get scholarships to attend.
    I hope to attend the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota.It is very unlikely I will go to CPAC in 2008 and maybe not even the GOP National Convention.We will see!I plan to have my name filed as a delegate candidate in the upcoming Republican Presidential Primary in Rhode Island.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 21, 2007 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  6. Should be open CR. I’ll check to make sure. thx

    Comment by Bill Felkner — October 10, 2007 @ 12:29 am | Reply

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