Identity politics makes it impossible to change our minds or compromise, leaving only domination or segregation.
Occupational licensing keeps the poor poor and makes the rich richer, and the only rational way out is less government, not more.
The dynamics of rent control and public debate pit dry lessons by people with no incentive to promote them against heart rending stories from activists, leading to bad policies that hurt everybody but a lucky few… and the activists.
With the Bureau of Labor Statistics poised to revise employment numbers, Rhode Island didn’t end the year in a strong place, especially if the revision is downward, as they always seem to be.
To the extent that there are silver linings to Rhode Island’s employment report for November, they mainly have to do with other states’ slide.
There isn’t a whole lot in the October employment results for Rhode Island to brighten the holiday weekend.
On the very narrow question of parents’ forbidding first-person shooter games in the wake of school shootings.
Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.
If social conservatives want to return to a society in which President Trump’s alleged infidelity is a disqualification for public office, we have to admit that it currently is not.
Governor Raimondo gets to know who helped fund her DACA-fee-payment campaign, but her office says the public cannot.
Lawyers for the General Assembly, many part-time with full health benefits, appear to donate quite a bit to local politicians, particularly the Speaker of the House.
The significance of Block’s voter-fraud findings depends what numbers one emphasizes, but the most reasonable number for concern is pretty big.
On his still-new Web site, Russell Moore shares a conversation he had with a couple of guys at the gym:
That’s when the second gentleman spoke up.
“If you live in Rhode Island, and you’re not in a public sector retirement system, you’re a sucker,” he said. “You’re paying for lavish benefits you’re not going to get.”
I’ve been covering government and politics in Rhode Island since 2005. Never in my life had I heard the situation put so succinct–or so blunt. You can’t argue with his logic.
And there you go. The anecdote raises two questions for those who aren’t on the winning end of that seesaw:
- Why are you here?
- What are you doing to stop being a sucker?
Too many people choose to leave. We need everybody to speak up. If folks (especially business owners) are worried about the consequences of doing so, get in touch with those who are active, as we’re working on ways around the obstacle of intimidation.
. @GovRaimondo keeps proposing budgets that not only take money from these programs, but also adds new taxes, fees and tolls every year. Then she spends the money pandering to insiders. #TimeforNewManagement https://t.co/TkGFNRhnjK
— Patricia Morgan (@repmorgan) February 17, 2018
— michael riley (@ri1929shrugs) February 16, 2018
Interviews & Profiles
Arthur Christopher Schaper asks illegal immigration expert Jessica Vaughn about the consequences of sanctuary city policies under former Providence Mayor David Cicilline.
Rob Paquin and Bob Plain discuss the candidates for U.S. Congress from Rhode Island (mostly by way of the issues).
Rob Paquin and Bob Plain discuss a debate between candidates for RI Secretary of State and related topics.