It may be music to Big Government ears to declare welfare programs as economic development empowering entrepreneurs, but it’s just spin.
The globalists reject “a two state solution” for the culture war in any area that isn’t a superficial dash of cultural flavor.
In India innovation is turning coal exhaust into baking soda; in Somerset, environmentalists are turning waterfront property into a useless plot of land that is a drag on local taxes and the economy.
Maybe government officials and union reps’ conspiring to pull their constituencies closer is part of the game, but it’s rigged to make unreasonable employee demands outweigh taxpayer warnings.
For years, the insiders have conspired to create the cronyism rampant in the Ocean State. In their zeal for headlines, does the political class ever question the value of these corporate welfare deals? Just this week, we saw the results in questions surrounding the Governor’s claims in the Wexford deal. The tone-deaf Brookings report lays the ground work by recommending that we can achieve better results if, instead of taking the arbitrary approach to 38 Studios-style corporate cronyism that has dominated Rhode Island public policy for decades, we take the same approach in a more targeted and strategic manner. Nonsense.
In light of GoLocalProv’s blockbuster expose Friday that the Wexford job creation claim is off by nine hundred, the General Assembly needs to immediately defund all corporate welfare – and request that the Governor claw back much if not all of the taxpayer subsidies currently earmarked for Wexford.
The elites and technocrats definitely need to take some humble stock of the failure of their leadership, but the back-row kids also need to take some stock of their willingness to let others lead.
It isn’t difficult to understand that progressives have been hit by politics as by a cheating spouse; the question is whether and how they modify their understanding of reality.
The use of education to bind us with taxation and indoctrinate our children is more than a century in the making and must be halted.
Trump’s never been a political conservative, but the experience of being targeted by progressives may be endowing him with a new sympathy.
Let the makers of Star Wars dabble in their politically correct casting decisions; they’re only helping to promote the anti-progressive message of reality.
Whose shame should be greater for tarring Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (the President-elect’s choice for attorney general), Senator Whitehouse’s or Journalist Gregg’s?
There are two ways that Christmas can come to feel like every other day, and one of those ways is incalculably better.
Young Catholics find secular education pushes them away from their faith, which proves that government schools are not truly neutral on the most fundamental question of our lives.
What if we were to realize that the status quo public policy approach, as well-intended as it may be, in reality, has had the unintended consequence of reducing the overall prosperity of our Rhode Island families? The Family Prosperity Index (FPI) research clearly demonstrates that cultural, social, and demographic factors must also be considered, in addition to economic factors, when formulating effective public policy. The Ocean State’s political leaders can become heroes if they can make policy that addresses the real needs of Rhode Island families.
Deep disagreements on something as minor as corporate income taxes suggest we’d do well not to put to many questions in the federal arena.
There is something very wrong that the State of Rhode Island has to actually pay someone an eye-popping $6,400,000 per acre in order to get prime land in the capital city developed.
Journalists put Republicans and conservatives on the record about a list of topics; why shouldn’t Democrats and progressives be challenged for association with racists who foment violence?
The Left thinks it’s fighting a monster like itself; the challenge for the Right will be to become something different and better.
As comments from a school resource officer suggest, changes to social policy require a strong culture and a careful legislature; Rhode Island has neither.
As progressives reverse course and warm to the notion of pushing power down from the federal government toward the states and localities, they may also lean on their urge to consolidate power at international level.
Conservatives have the structural disadvantage of not wanting to use tax dollars just to support allies or destroy the lives of their opponents.
Liberals’ having already prepared reasons not to absolve the United States of sexism just for electing Clinton gives some indication of their outrage when they didn’t even get the outcome they expected.
So as you probably know, Rhode Island’s new computer system (UHIP) for qualifying applicants and disbursing social program benefits is a mess. The problems have been well publicized to the point of infamy: a backlog of applications; benefit payments delayed; nursing homes (who have no easy way to stop their expenses) wracking up serious amounts of uncompensated care; even a security “glitch” that could have exposed the personal information of 200-1,000 customers.
It has gotten to the point that the feds were compelled to step in again – this time, breathing fire.
The agency continued to warn that the DHS could soon lose federal funding for administrative costs because of the system’s “failure to meet FNS statutory and regulatory requirements.”
And a Rhode Island House committee held its second hearing into the matter on Monday.
The question is, who is responsible for all of this? Was this a failure by the vendor setting up the new system, Deloitte Consulting? Or did the Raimondo administration force a transition to the new system from the old too quickly? (This, in fact, was a blunt warning by the feds to the Raimondo administration in early September.) If so, why?
In order to shed some light on the matter, the Providence Journal’s ace reporter Kathy Gregg sent the Raimondo administration an APRA request on September 7 for
all correspondence between the state and the company that designed it: Deloitte Consulting.
We pause here to go back, review and note that the subject of Gregg’s request was “correspondence”.
Gregg reports in yesterday’s Providence Journal that six weeks later – on the night before Thanksgiving, to be precise – the Raimondo administration gave her a thumb drive that purported to respond to the request. It contained only reports from Deloitte – and those only through September 6. Critically, the thumb drive contained no correspondence whatsoever between the Raimondo administration and Deloitte.
To reiterate: Gregg asked for correspondence. What she got was reports. (In the same way, Gregg might ask a Raimondo-operated fruit stand for a bag of oranges and receive, instead, a small bag of turnips.)
This non-responsive response by the Raimondo administration would appear to conform to neither the letter nor the spirit of Rhode Island’s APRA law. Nor is it the action of a Governor who, in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio thirteen months ago, claimed to be “deeply committed to transparency”.
I asked the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity (full disclosure: I work with the Center), Mike Stenhouse, if he had a reaction to this. He responded,
A curious, honest, and relentless free-press is vital to preserving democracy in our free society and in holding elected officials accountable to the people. In this case, the administration’s pitiful non-response certainly makes it appear as if they have something to hide.
When a reporter like Kathy Gregg asks questions, she isn’t just asking for herself and her newspaper, she makes the request on behalf of all Rhode Islanders. Something went wrong with the launch of a major new state computer system – a system, remember, that has come in at over triple the originally budgeted cost. We are all minimally owed answers about the why and how of all of this. It is time to move from the dodgy non-responses to the straight answers and transparency to which the Governor herself has indicated that she is “deeply committed”.
Even if Russian propaganda is in play in the United States, the core problem is progressives’ long-running subversion of American institutions and common sense.
Readers of the Providence Journal can move forward, now, fully aware of just how much bias they should read into the newspaper’s handling of particular topics, like race and the president elect.
The traditional vision of unity on Thanksgiving — our shared gratitude to a Higher Power — brings new challenges in a time when too many acknowledge on the power of the jealous progressive god of government.
While the governor insists there’s no place for divisiveness in Rhode Island and journalists suggesting that anybody to their political right must disclaim a racist fringe, they conveniently ignore the sort of talk on the left that’s actually getting people killed.
Students disrespecting the American flag in a Veterans Day display require signage to explain their significance.
If the Left really does believe its rhetoric, some introspection would be in order, or perhaps progressives are just building a narrative that’ll empower them to take away Americans’ rights and money.