Although Rep. John Carnevale’s case is an extreme one, his eligibility to register to vote in Providence hinges on his “intention,” and we shouldn’t give government agents and judges authority over that.
Reconciling libertarian and Catholic views of work and labor might bring us to a better perspective on wages and employment.
Lawmakers must understand that the people of Rhode Island are demanding that we move in a different direction. As the General Assembly session comes to a close, we have seen another year where the insiders ignore the voice of the people and continue to further their own special interest laden agenda. The big spending in the state budget must end, the backroom deals must end, and the public corruption must end if we are ever to see our state become prosperous again. Rhode Island families are being harmed by the lack of opportunity created by the elitists and the failed public policy culture.
What does the average family have to cheer about in this budget? The few provisions that offer minor relief to some are overwhelmingly outweighed by the huge special interest and corporate welfare spending. Things do not have to be this way.
Brexit and Luton don’t indicate a tension between latent nationalism and a more-enlightened elite, but between an economic model that creates opportunity and one that relies on mutual dependency.
“Guidance” from the state Dept. of Education claims to be voluntary suggestions for handling the rare and difficult situation of transgender students, but it’s really a mandatory reshaping of government schools’ role in shaping children.
The impossibility of holding government accountable illustrates a fatal flaw in the progressive approach to society.
Given the realities of economics and pollution, blocking a natural gas plant in Burrillville isn’t a very good strategy if the goal is to fight climate change.
May I indulge in a quick word about state representative from Warwick and Democrat Party chairman Joseph McNamara? The cartoonish pretense of offense that he’s been expressing that anybody would dare criticize his fellow Democrats without exposing their donors to bullying from corrupt state officials and their activist allies is worthy of note, but what’s really been nagging at me is this, from a Katherine Gregg article:
“Unfortunately,” said McNamara, a Warwick state representative, “shadowy conservative groups like the Gaspee Project still get away with underhanded mailings like this with no reporting to the Board of Elections website. I find it disgusting, especially with the use of patriotic symbols like the HMS Gaspee,” McNamara said.
One wonders about McNamara’s sense of patriotism. To be clear, I’m not challenging his patriotic feelings, but I wonder what they entail. Frankly, it’s difficult not to conclude that they really are just that: feelings. Presumably he has warm feelings about his family’s heritage, and he loves the country that’s allowed him to be a person of some small importance in his home state. But really, what does he feel patriotic about? I’d bet he’s never really thought about the message of the Gaspee burning or its relevance to modern times.
Consider the details. Much of the aggression in those early days of our country had to do with high taxes, and high taxes are practically the defining value of Rhode Island Democrats. The HMS Gaspee, specifically, was on an anti-smuggling mission, and smuggling is nothing but transporting goods for commerce without government approval. Regulating economic activity might even be more important to McNamara’s comrades than taxing it.
Indeed, McNamara’s entire complaint against the wicked right-wing fliers is that they constitute free speech without government regulation. In that sense, the Gaspee Project fliers are like smuggled goods, and McNamara wants to send out the ships to stop that suspicious activity.
Sorry, Joe. Either you’re the bad guy or you have to reevaluate your affection for the incidents that defined the United States’s rebellious origin. On further thought, you’re the bad guy either way.
The policies of climate change alarmism both lock in existing power structures and transfer wealth from the poorer classes of rich countries to the richer classes of poor countries.
No, campaign finance law isn’t like preventing people from shouting “fire” in a crowded theater, and no, voters don’t have a right to know how other people feel about issues or politicians.
Legislation to regulate ride-sharing networks is directly in line with Rhode Island government’s approach to dealing itself into every transaction and preventing Rhode Islanders from realizing their potential.
A narrative of American advance and decline that misses the importance of the rule of law in mediating ideological differences pushes us toward tyranny.
As we head towards Presidential Primary Day in Rhode Island, Anchor Rising/Ocean State Current would like to do its part to reduce the number of surprises that people might experience during the Republican primary and corresponding delegate selection process. So, be aware that…
3. Primary voters can participate in choosing the delegates for any of the candidates, not just the one candidate they vote for — and if no candidate has a majority of delegates heading into the convention, this could matter.
Legislation targeting individuals who advocate on local ballot questions would infringe on constitutional rights and could expose the flaw in all campaign finance law.
The House floor debate on 7147 betrays the reality that legislators pass laws having no idea what they actually do or what their consequences might be.
Fascism is a variety of socialism that allows government officials to blame private businesses that have no choice but to do what they’re told, as Rhode Island is seeing with its health care system.
Theories about Donald Trump’s political success abound, raising the question of how much the man actually matters when it comes to the phenomenon, a dangerous circumstance if we forget that we’re electing the man, not the brand.
James Kennedy raises an analogy from physics to support a universal basic income, but he’s got the analogy wrong.
Legislation taking a very small step to make the process of developing Rhode Island a little bit easier raises the question of why the state forces cities and towns to set up so many hoops through which developers must jump.
Today brings the General Assembly’s role in the faux process of implementing a Washington think tank’s questionable economic development plans to make Rhode Island great again.
While the generations currently ruling the global elite turn to their own global status, rather than their nations’ interests, Millennials have no concept of rights in a pluralistic society.
Want to help the poor and foster income equality? Do the opposite of what progressive Democrats push through their policies.
Maybe our problem is that people are conditioned to be comfortable with the fact that our machines operate in a way we don’t understand based on an infrastructure we never see.
People interested in education reform policy shouldn’t put to much weight on the first study to find negative results from a school choice program in Louisiana.
Apart from producing campaign materials for Governor Raimondo, Brookings is suggesting a government-centric plan that might delay Rhode Island’s collapse, but only long enough to increase the pain.
Poll findings about trust in government at different levels and in different states might reveal a contradiction for progressives and a dark future for Rhode Islanders.
As always, on the matters of Donald Trump’s faith and the Church’s doctrine on contraception, people should be very slow to take news reports of Pope Francis’s statements at face value.
RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor puts President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” philosophy into practice when asked whether Ocean State Job Lot is justified in complaining about the state’s unilateral change of the terms of its Rhode Island operation.
Subtitle: A rebuttal to Governor Gina Raimondo’s appearance on Newsmakers.
And which concludes with…If Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island lawmakers truly believe that tolling passenger vehicles should be placed beyond the reach of the legislature and are not merely slipping a few words into the law as meaningless political theater, then according to the most basic tenets of constitutional democracy, the referendum requirement needs to be placed into the constitution. And in the absence of a constitutionally-required referendum, it is entirely fair to describe legislators who support the current truck-toll legislation as supporting tolls on trucks now, with a legislative option for tolls on cars later.