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The Point of Society Is Cooperation

Identity politics makes it impossible to change our minds or compromise, leaving only domination or segregation.

Income Inequality and Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing keeps the poor poor and makes the rich richer, and the only rational way out is less government, not more.

Rent Control: A Bad Idea That Won’t Go Away

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.

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December 2017 Employment: Not a Great Place Pre-Revision

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.

November 2017 Employment: Finishing the Year on Hold

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.

October 2017 Employment: Thankful That It Isn’t Even Worse?

There isn’t a whole lot in the October employment results for Rhode Island to brighten the holiday weekend.

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The Training of First-Person Shooters

On the very narrow question of parents’ forbidding first-person shooter games in the wake of school shootings.

Last Impressions 44: The Ridiculousness of Denial

Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.

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A Quick Thought on This Round of the Culture War

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.

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Investigative Report

DACA and a Back Door to Gubernatorial Favors

Governor Raimondo gets to know who helped fund her DACA-fee-payment campaign, but her office says the public cannot.

General Assembly Lawyers and Political Donations

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 Weight of Block’s Voter Fraud Report

The significance of Block’s voter-fraud findings depends what numbers one emphasizes, but the most reasonable number for concern is pretty big.

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Longer Twitter

Rhode Island as the Land of Insiders and Suckers

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:

  1. Why are you here?
  2. 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.

A Trend in Budgeting

The Direction of Pension Assumption Changes

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Interviews & Profiles

Arthur Christopher Schaper: Cicilline’s “Grand Theft Auto” Sanctuary City

Arthur Christopher Schaper asks illegal immigration expert Jessica Vaughn about the consequences of sanctuary city policies under former Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 46 (Congressional Debates)

Rob Paquin and Bob Plain discuss the candidates for U.S. Congress from Rhode Island (mostly by way of the issues).

10 News Conference Wingmen, Episode 45 (Secretary of State Debate)

Rob Paquin and Bob Plain discuss a debate between candidates for RI Secretary of State and related topics.

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