Conservatives long record of advocating the same economic problems is not an indication that they don’t know what to do about recessions, but of the underlying problem that they believe must be solved.
In the last hour, the Providence Journal put on line a letter from David Quiroa, the president of the Alliance for Guatemala. What did he “get”? Not that John DePetro voices the thoughts of “the right”; sometimes he does, sometimes not. Nor is it true, as Quiroa implies, that the thoughts of conservatives are dominated [...]
Let’s have all relevant data points on the table as the negotiation of a new contract with Rhode Island’s state workers proceeds.
It’s not at all clear how large the boycott of WPRO actually is. However large or small it is, the RIGOP announced via e-mailed press release just now that it is joining. RHODE ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY TO BOYCOTT WPRO PROVIDENCE: Mark Smiley the Chair of RIGOP issued a statement today regarding a boycott of WPRO. [...]
This week, GoLocalProv‘s Kate Nagle shined a multi-part spotlight on various spending items at CCRI, the Community College of Rhode Island, one of three state colleges/universities and, accordingly, annual recipient of many millions of state tax dollars. We have yet to hear why, for example, it is prudent and appropriate that college funds are used [...]
Eliminating the sales tax remains the most attractive tax reform on the table, but if government officials find the risk to be too great, then reduction to a 3% rate looks like the way to go.
State Director of Revenue Analysis Paul Dion’s objections to the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s municipal revenue projections need adjustment for both policy realities and existing law.
Yesterday on WPRO‘s John Depetro Show, John Loughlin, filling in, interviewed gov candidate Ken Block. A caller asked Block to release the waste and fraud report that his company had prepared for the state earlier this year. Quick background. Governor Chafee did not release the whole report, only what amounted to a tantalizing summary. The [...]
Perhaps for comic relief, Tom Sgouros attempts to wave away concerns about the failure of RI governments to put aside money to pay for the lifetime health benefits of employees.
Exploring the difference between two measures of employment in Rhode Island reveals yet another reinforcement of the conclusion that the state has the wrong strategy for economic development.
Capitalism (aka “the market”) is not adequate for setting a society’s rules and direction, but neither is government, which is why the American Founders sought to make broad use of government for that purpose illegal.
Call it an uber-example of regulation, or an example of uber-regulation, or just the regulation of Uber; it illustrates the core ideology of Rhode Island’s governing class; 1) that there is no such thing as an economic right and 2) that all of society is a single collective managed by government.
Optional Sub-Title: Why you don’t find me writing that government should be run like a business.
One of the reasons that Rhode Islanders may seem to suffer slightly less than other states under the mandate-heavy ObamaCare law is because … well, we’ve already been suffering: the Rhode Island General Assembly has heaped the most number of health insurance mandates on us. “On us” because, contrary to the muddled thinking of too [...]
To date, most of the attention, understandably so as healthcare plans have been blowing up right and left, has been focused on the promise that, under ObamaCare, everyone would be able to keep their coverage if they wanted to. Major H/T to WPRO‘s John Loughlin for reminding us on the air this morning about another [...]
What does it mean if you’re barred from keeping a plan that may not exist?
It’s beyond dispute that progressive activists don’t really believe in a right to free speech, in the sense of the American founding, and where that will take the country ought to be of desperate concern of Americans who value freedom.
Item #11 of Ian Donnis’ TGIF weekly round-up column yesterday refers with some skepticism to the hyperbole that some observers use when referring to G.T. Gina Raimondo.
As much as I’d like to let Sam Bell beat on Angel Taveras (rhetorically, of course), I just can’t let data be misused.
Once society accepts that fundamental rights can be limited by self-appointed groups who declare that their causes take priority over the natural rights of others (as long as they are non-governmental groups, of course), then the rational response for every individual is to join a strong group that will protect their basic rights. With different groups sharing the same space, each defending the “rights” of their members, but not recognizing those of outsiders, the result will be an anarchy more brutal than anything any libertarian would be comfortable with.
This is where the inane defense of the shout-down of Ray Kelly at Brown University on the grounds that there’s no right to free speech on a private university campus will take us.