Since it took effect on July 1, a law that made 17-year-olds adults in the eyes of the law has ignited a firestorm of criticism. Carcieri wanted it to balance his budget. Again, children, the poor, the middle class are balancing the Carcieri budget on their backs while Carcieri gives wealthy Rhode Islanders HUGE tax breaks and tax credits. Where is the Democratic Legislature on this....Democrats don't do in children, the poor, and the middle class to give big bucks to the rich. What's happened to them?