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The People Are Leaving. Be Angry.

News that productive people seeking to build a life are leaving Rhode Island is not new, but Rhode Islanders have to start being angry about it.

Freedom as Guarantor of Justice

The story of the Obama administration, and its path toward tyranny, becomes clearer with each scandal (whether or not the media reports it objectively).

Profit as Theft from the Collective

Disdain for “for profit” companies is an indication that progressives believe all property actually belongs to the government, and taking extra is a type of theft.

Steve Ahlquist, the Oppressors’ Heir

In attacking Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, Steve Ahlquist gives reason to believe he’d have been a different kind of oppressor in a different time.

Immigrant Children as Political Chips

Progressive historians will one day attribute the Obama Administration-facilitated humanitarian crisis on the border to the racist evils of the United States.

Supporters of HealthSoviet RI

Rhode Islanders shouldn’t buy what supporters of an initiative to pass every healthcare dollar in Rhode Island through HealthSource RI are selling.

Humanities and the Decline of the West

An example at Providence College illustrates how radical politics are stripping the humanities of both their practical and moral utility, and undermining Western civilization along the way.

Rhode Island’s Underlying Problems and Fixes

Aaron Renn’s explanation for Rhode Island’s current condition has some worthwhile insights, but when he reaches for conclusions, he falls into the technocratic rut.

Len Lardaro’s Hints of Technocracy

URI economics professor Len Lardaro’s suggestions about how Rhode Island government should develop its economic policies takes a rosy view of experts and misses the critical structures of a democratic republic.

Ethics Jurisdiction Over Legislature Paired With a Legislative Role in Selecting Ethics Commission Members

A constitutional amendment to place state legislators under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission is scheduled to come before the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon, and Katherine Gregg wrote this morning in the Projo that Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed expects it to be voted on today.

According to the Projo story, the final version of the bill has not yet been unveiled. The version officially pending in the Senate offers a compromise to the legislature’s Ethics Commission skeptics* who are worried about ceding too much authority to an outside body; four members of the commission will be appointed by the Governor from lists created by General Assembly members…

Ethics commission composition. — The ethics commission shall be composed of nine (9) members appointed by the governor; provided, that the president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leader of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each submit to the governor a list of names of at least five (5) individuals from which the governor shall appoint one individual from each of the lists so submitted, and four (4) individuals without regard to the lists submitted by the legislative leaders. The terms of service for the appointed members shall be as provided by law.

Two factors that likely account for the sudden re-appearance of ethics legislation at this time are…

  1. Rhode Island legislators in search of some kind of good-government achievement to talk about on the 2014 campaign trail, in the wake of the GA’s likely capitulation to Wall Street and the 38 Studios bondholders, and…
  2. The possibility of a standalone bill on this subject dampening public support for constitutional convention, by taking off of the table one of the most visible issues that can unite the people of Rhode Island versus the governing class.

(*However, I doubt that the new appointment process will do much to convince Ethics Commission skeptics amongst this blog’s contributors).

Self-Improvement for the Entitled

The latest atrocity committed by a maladjusted loser raises questions about the entitlement state and the questions that we’re teaching kids not to ask.

Rhode Islanders Killed Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq

Did Scott MacKay Misinterpret His Own Data?

RIPR’s Scott MacKay tries to make the case that just because all parts of Providence used the master lever in the last two elections, it’s not any specific district. Also interesting is that no one has made the case that it’s just one part of the state that uses it. It’s used in all parts of the state, but let’s take another look at the data. What happens in presidential election years compared to mid-term elections? How is the master lever used then?

Whom the Progressives Count as “We”

Mark Binder defines what “we, the people,” want, giving reason to fear that only folks who agree with him count as people.

Stepping into Progressives’ Harmful Propaganda

Samuel Bell’s op-ed in today’s Providence Journal is hard to take seriously, but it must be taken seriously, because its like is doing terrible harm to the people of Rhode Island.

Being Clear About the Cards with Government Bonds

Calls to be “prudent” and pay the 38 Studios bonds miss the cost of allowing schemes that trap responsible people into paying other people’s commitments to work.

38 Studios Repayment

About a month ago, I wrote here about whether the 38 Studios bondholders should be repaid. At the time, I didn’t think so. In part because I believed the insurance would cover it, but later found out the policy is held by the bond buyers, not the state. Also because it was a moral obligation [...]

38 Studios Bonds: Investors and the State Defrauding Taxpayers

Under the rationale being offered for repaying the 38 Studios “moral obligation” bonds, Rhode Islanders would be justified in believing that the General Assembly and the financial ratings agencies are guilty of fraud against them.