The Hot-Head’s Told-Ya-So


For a variety of reasons… I know… there are folks doing their best to do best by the state of Rhode Island who would like very much to be able either to ignore me or to say that I’m wrong, whatever I say.  Much to my own dismay, frankly, I’m not wrong as often as I’d like to be.

Note this item from Ian Donnis’s weekly Friday column:

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dipped again in September, even as the state continued shedding jobs. Meanwhile, the ProJo’s Kate Bramsontook note this week of a worrisome trend: “While population has been stagnant, there is evidence that qualified individuals are leaving the state, which reduces the pool of qualified labor.”

Look, this isn’t rocket surgery. Progressives ’round these parts like to attack my credentials; I was a carpenter when I looked at the data honestly and began writing about Rhode Island’s loss of the “productive class” years ago.  This is obvious stuff.  Anybody who pretends it isn’t obvious wants to avoid the inevitable conclusions.

Rhode Island needs to stop electing big-government, insider-focused Democrats (or Republicans, for that matter) and give people the freedom to act in their own self interest.  The folks in power — whether they’re politicians, locally respected businessmen, or journalists — have been misleading everybody about the way the world works and killing the state.  They’re trying to preserve a fantasy that lets them believe the world is as it isn’t and (more often than not) gives them financial security in the process.

It isn’t a sure thing that Rhode Island can even be saved at this point, but it’s worth a try.  Start learning lessons, please.  If you need some incentive, consider that a right-wing carpenter is able to out-predict you by the better part of a decade because you won’t acknowledge the truth.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I am sure that most people think of themselves before they think of the state.Unfortunately for Rhode Island, it is not an island. In most parts f the state, a 20 minute ride puts you in another state. Many people work with citizens of other states, the word gets around. So, heading to another state is not exactly like loading up the Conestoga and heading west.

  • Monique Chartier

    “there is evidence that qualified individuals are leaving the state, which reduces the pool of qualified labor.”

    This is a huge red flag. And it is certainly not the first time it has popped up; far from it. To name just two, Justin has pointed to the warning indicators repeatedly. And WPRI’s Ted Nesi did an article a couple of years ago taking note of alarming census data related to the above.

    Rhode Island’s elected officials need to start paying attention to the warning flags and urgently take steps to reverse this trend. The exact wrong thing to do on every level, by the way, would be to implement the governor’s highly wasteful, destructive toll-and-bond plan. Anyone with half a brain knows that every other vehicle – i.e., all of us – will be next after the truckers. That will only add to the list of people edging towards the state border … and accelerate the departure of many of those already thinking that way.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    Another economic indicator. I have always been a fan of industrial auctions and keep an eye of the Projo’s auction section. I have noticed a decline (disappearance) of real “industrial auctions”. I attribute this more to the disappearance of “job shops” than any improvement. I notice that restaurants now predominate, although they have never been slack.

    It is ancient wisdom that one should never reinforce defeat, so, where are we advancing. It would appear to be education and health care. I think they already receive just about every advantage readily conceivable.

    There is still a lot of abandoned mill space, however costs and codes have just about eliminated any cost advantage they may have had. Perhaps we could rethink that. MIT based “start ups” have done much for Massachusetts. Does Brown have anything to offer? I notice that AS220 advances steadily in taking over downtown property, but I can’t see that as high value.