Judges and a ruling class who discard the Constitution in order to impose their decrees force the people to consider whether the peaceable civic process ought to be discarded, too.
The insider excuse making over abysmal PARCC scores continues, but the conclusion to which Rhode Islanders should come is that we ought to reduce our reliance on a failing education model.
The firing of Providence’s dancing traffic cop is just the latest in a series of incidents that prove that Mayor Jorge Elorza does not understand the concept of civil rights, and Rhode Islanders should be very concerned.
Moral decisions require more than a surface review of immediate suffering, and if saving souls is the highest good, ignoring the increased risk of converts is counterproductive.
Concerns that responding to ISIS’s provocations would be exactly what ISIS wants don’t address the problem as if it is real.
SAT scores show not only that private schools tend to do better, but that RI private schools close the gap with Massachusetts, suggesting that broad school choice is the appropriate response to abysmal PARCC scores.
RIDOT is claiming that bringing road-painting services in-house will save a whopping 37% from private contracts, which suggests the agency is either missing something or that a criminal investigation might be justified.
PARCC results released today prove that education has become a moral issue of civil rights, that money isn’t the solution, and that dramatic reform is necessary.
The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Competitiveness Report Card for Rhode Island is less of an indication of how Rhode Islanders are doing than what insiders are doing to us.
With the Commerce Corporation supervising government agencies and the RI Foundation seeking to claim power outside of government, the question is: When will it be too late to insist on representative democracy?
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, from Rhode Island, isn’t backing off his suggestion that government should investigate his political opposition.
The infamous debate exchange between CNBC reporter John Harwood and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio could be seen as the journalist’s attempt to trip up the candidate with a convoluted question.
The loophole allowing the state to enter into perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in debt without voter approval relies on a scheme of creating “quasi-public” agencies but should be unconstitutional.
The Raimondo administration’s rhetoric on revenue bonds is unbelievable and suggestive of political motives.
In Vermont, school choice adds up to 16% to home values because freedom is valuable.
Dear Speaker Mattiello:
I listened with interest to your interview yesterday morning on WPRO with Gene Valicenti in which you said that you support “a” toll plan.
We won’t linger on the reasons why a toll, of any amount, on any vehicle, would be a really bad idea economically and politically for everyone in the state (except Governor Raimondo). Economically bad: it would drag down the state’s economy by adding to the cost of living, it would exacerbate the state’s business climate and it would be remarkably wasteful as half of the revenue would be completely squandered on interest and gantries. (You should be aware, by the way, that the REMI study produced earlier this month at Governor Raimondo’s order is viewed by everyone with any intelligence as completely skewed and its conclusion as derisively unbelievable.) Politically unwise – Tolls are astonishingly unpopular, as witnessed by the public uproar over the attempt, last year, to toll just one bridge way off in a corner of East Bay. Tolls would be used like a cudgel next year against every legislator who votes for them.
But important as all of that is, it is secondary to the main issue that I would put to you. Tolls would enormously benefit one person and one person only: Governor Gina Raimondo. You have undoubtedly heard the rumors that she will seek higher office rather than re-election in three years. Whatever her plans, whether she seeks the political promotion in three years or seven, if a toll plan of any kind is implemented, her political career – and no one else’s – would receive a gigantic boost, financial and otherwise, as hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction surge would turn the members of certain trades unions into her adoring slaves and contributions – some of them from the tolls themselves in the form of wages! – would flow lavishly into her campaign coffers from those unions and their members. Is there any question that this, in turn, would expand into support from national unions as the governor moves on politically from Rhode Island?
Forgive me for being direct here, Mr. Speaker. Why would you permit this to happen at every other Rhode Islander’s expense? Even stipulating for a moment that one or two other officials may benefit in a mild way from a toll plan, such a benefit would be utterly dwarfed by the out-sized boost to Governor Raimondo and her political career. It is impossible to believe, sir, that you are a supporter of Governor Raimondo’s political career to the point that you would facilitate such an enormous boon to it, to the corresponding detriment of the state.
Thank you for any consideration you might give to this matter.
“Health equity zones” are the latest euphemism hiding an ultimate end of our liberties and control over our own lives.
The Boston Fed cites Lawrence, MA, as an example of success for the program that it would like to bring to Rhode Island. That struggling city is actually a great case study in why Rhode Islanders should resist the Fed and any other top-down program to save the state.
PolitiFactRI is so obviously biased and has made so many blatantly wrong ratings that flew in the face of plain truth that, for me, it has achieved the status of a pathological liar. So I wonder sometimes whether it is even worth calling them out. You don’t bother to call out a pathological liar, you simply ignore everything he says because he has no credibility.
But then I remember that they have as a platform the state’s largest newspaper, the Providence Journal, which inexplicably continues to damage its own reputation for accuracy, perpetuate serious misinformation, promote bad government policies and squander valuable journalistic resources by hosting a mini-Pravda.
With that reminder, then, let’s take a look at today’s rating and the bias therein.
The idea that driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants should require legislative action is entirely a matter of politics, meaning that advocates cannot wait in order to protect it.
The numbers behind the Brown University sexual assault survey would undermine much of the spin of activists if it were reported honestly and considered maturely.
As you know, Rhode Island was recently classified as one of only two sanctuary states in the country, a disturbing revelation and a costly situation. The figure of just how costly it is to state and local taxpayers popped up yesterday in the course of some related research. F.A.I.R., the Federation for American Immigration Reform, places the cost to Rhode Island of illegal immigration at $278 million per year in 2009.
Think of that. Because state officials have so far declined to implement some very reasonable, simple measures to discourage illegal immigration into the state but have implemented policies that actually encourage it, Rhode Island is needlessly spending an estimated $278 million per year.
The blooming culture of victimhood is neither an inevitable social transition nor an obvious fad; it’s part of the culture war and must be actively resisted.
Cost overruns for the state’s Unified Health Infrastructure Project (the “dependency portal”) should bring public scrutiny to the dangerous policy that the project seeks to implement.
Projections using REMI to estimate the effects of doubling the sales tax illustrate the economic thinking that will go into the results of its review of Raimondo’s toll-and-borrow infrastructure scheme.
Worrying about minor conflicts of interest in government planning misses the point that progressivism is an ideology built around the idealization of conflicts of interest.
The appearance of Attorney Vincent Ragosta as both a “neutral arbitrator” for the state police and an important piece of the state police’s case against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung shows how Rhode Islanders cannot take any information from their state’s employees at face value.
From the wow-that-didn’t-take-long department, the Providence Journal’s Kathy Gregg, in a piece of kick-butt journalism yesterday, reports that the tolling of all vehicles is now on the table as an option. It seems that, at Speaker Mattiello’s suggestion, Governor Gina Raimondo is carrying out an “economic analysis”.
In recent months, the administration also commissioned an “economic analysis” of Raimondo’s truck-toll plan and a variety of other possible revenue-raising options that could, potentially, include: other new “user-fees,” gas taxes and a revived effort to toll all vehicles — not just big trucks — on Route 95 near the Connecticut border.
A close reading reveals the state police report about the Cranston Police Department to be a deeply biased narrative serving the interests of its authors and their colleagues.
In the run-up to the next presidential election, attitudes about race relations have taken a dive. One needn’t be but so cynical to think the perception is mostly fabricated.