On a number of topics, Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo’s interview with Kim Kalunian of WPRI was disturbing, with the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) taking the lead. The segment points directly to her political philosophy and presumption of authority.
In pushing for a new tax on gasoline, she envisions herself as a sort of superhero, pushing forward regional plans for incremental socialism in order “to save our kids and to save us.” Such is the arrogance and bad-faith-argument of all demagoguery. Well, look, if you want to save the planet, you have to give me money and power. You do want to save the planet, don’t you?
Not to worry, though. The governor also sees a benefit for you right now: “Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to drive your car to work?” If your answer to that question is “no,” Raimondo doesn’t seem to have a good answer for you.
Of course, progressives have an answer to every specific point you might make: Government will take care of you. Perhaps you dread the idea of being forced into taking public transportation to work because you don’t know how you’d manage to get one child to day care and the other to school and slip out for errands at lunchtime all according to a bus schedule.
Not to worry! Government will subsidize day care and before-school programs so you can spend less time with your children and deliver them under the wings of the state earlier, so as to catch the bus. Government will also change zoning to force all workplaces into condensed areas so that all of your errands will be within walking distance of your job. (And don’t forget that government will help you sterilize yourself so you don’t have to worry about any more children complicating your life.)
All of your needs will be answered, if you just sacrifice your freedoms to the better judgment of the governor. You do want to save the planet, don’t you?