Acknowledging the Beacon Our Ship of State Should Follow

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My op-ed in the Providence Journal is ruffling some feathers around the state:

No one who seeks to captain our state’s ship seems capable or courageous enough to speak out about the destructive and unjust principles of the progressive agenda. Socialism inevitably leads to economic depression. And the confiscation of private property from some — in order for politicians to give it to their supporters — is inherently immoral. Openly violating one’s private space or property rights cannot possibly be the direction most Rhode Islanders want our government to steer towards.

Ironically, the way to avoid shipwreck is shining like a beacon in the night. Recent federal policies to reduce tax, trade and regulatory burdens, and to increase energy production, have led dramatically to prosperity. The second-quarter national gross domestic product increase of 4.1 percent is the latest in an impressive string of positive indicators, including historic lows in unemployment rates across many demographics, rising personal incomes, the return of manufacturing jobs once considered extinct, increasing labor participation rates and declining food stamps rolls.

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  • BasicCaruso

    ” The second-quarter national gross domestic product increase of 4.1 percent…”

    Gasp! A single quarter of slightly higher than normal growth? Cue the patriotic music, Mike!
    #HowTheRightMeasuresSuccess #ChickenInEveryPot

  • guest

    “an impressive string of positive indicators, including historic lows in unemployment rates across many demographics”…I’m calling BS, Mike. It would have been much more impressive if that was one of his goals rather than some coincidental good news. If you (or the President) disagree, I’d love to hear you twist yourself in knots explaining the SPECIFICS of how it was done…by “demographics”.

    • Rhett Hardwick

      How is it done? You “set America free”. It is all about confidence.

      • Justin Galt

        You really aren’t that simple, are you?

        • Rhett Hardwick

          Yes, there is no need to make complex problems of simple problems. Admitting some regulation may be necessary, it need not be suffocating. See my post of a week, or so, ago. $6,000 to get permission for a septic system. Essentially nothing was accomplished, it cost that much to show nothing need be done. Think that isn’t “going into” the price of the house? Cui bono?

          • Justin Galt

            You can’t govern or base policy decisions based on anecdotes, you need real data. You and most Fox News devotees don’t understand that.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Ah yes, anecdotes, anecdotes; until they overwhelm us. This is politics, “perceptions” are reality.

            I don’t believe I have ever watched Fox News.

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