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City/Town Government

Rent Control: A Bad Idea That Won’t Go Away

The dynamics of rent control and public debate pit dry lessons by people with no incentive to promote them against heart rending stories from activists, leading to bad policies that hurt everybody but a lucky few… and the activists.


Will the Senate Finance Chair Recuse from the State Budget?

When the RI Senate Finance chairman complains to the municipality for which he’s a contracted lawyer that it wants more work than his contract allowed, it raises the question of whether he can work on a budget that gives his client millions of dollars.


School Choice and the Scheme of Crumbling Schools

Crumbling schools show that the government’s priority has been other spending (mainly on unionized employees), and more school choice could change the equation in students’ (and taxpayers’) favor.


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Civil Rights

Voters’ Prosecutorial Discretion and Moving Toward Insurrection

We’re reaching the point that political exploitation of the natural flexibility in any human agreement, including the Constitution, is eliminating its ability to keep us cooperative, rather than confrontational.


Kettle and Protecting Our Rights from Backwards Political Philosophy

While facts still need to be provided, Senator Kettle’s claim to political support seems to be darkening, but the days are dark, indeed, if the state Senate truly has a backwards understanding of representative democracy.


Last Impressions 44: The Ridiculousness of Denial

Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.

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Congress

A Gift to Rhode Island Families: The Federal ‘Tax Cuts & Jobs Act’

On behalf of the Center, I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Recently, Rhode Island families have received a gift… the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” has passed federally.


Political Monday with John DePetro, No. 38: RI Races for Governor and Senate

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topic was the 2018 campaign season, specifically the races for governor and U.S. Senate.

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Leaving Out the Key Number on the GOP Health Plan

Another GOP ObamaCare reform proposal, and another wave of studies and news reports that tilt the numbers so Americans can’t see how desperately necessary reform is.


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Culture & Family

Coalition Efforts Stop The Progressive Bad Bill of the Week

Last week, we told you about a thorny issue that highlights the danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives through political correctness. I am pleased to report due to coalition efforts we were able to see the bill pulled from committee.


The Training of First-Person Shooters

On the very narrow question of parents’ forbidding first-person shooter games in the wake of school shootings.


Last Impressions 44: The Ridiculousness of Denial

Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.

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Economy

Income Inequality and Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing keeps the poor poor and makes the rich richer, and the only rational way out is less government, not more.


Rent Control: A Bad Idea That Won’t Go Away

The dynamics of rent control and public debate pit dry lessons by people with no incentive to promote them against heart rending stories from activists, leading to bad policies that hurt everybody but a lucky few… and the activists.


Last Impressions 43: Innovating With and Without the Military and Monopolies

Taxes, entitlements, and innovation.

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Education

Coalition Efforts Stop The Progressive Bad Bill of the Week

Last week, we told you about a thorny issue that highlights the danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives through political correctness. I am pleased to report due to coalition efforts we were able to see the bill pulled from committee.


Last Impressions 44: The Ridiculousness of Denial

Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.

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Imaginary Discrimination Bill is “Progressive Land of Make Believe Bad Bill of the Week”

This week’s bad bill is a thorny issue, but one that highlights yet another danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives via a government driven by political correctness. In our American society, this means a direct threat to free speech and free thought.


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Energy & Environment

Tinnitus Among RI’s Would-Be Overlords

Calling Aaron Regunberg an “overlord” (at least in intention) is not a dog whistle; it’s more like a game of name that tune.


Progressive Vision: A Plan To Take Even More Control Of Your Life

This is a true battle of visions. Their progressive vision would transform our home state into a liberal hell. Rhode Island could become a place where businesses face even higher legal risks and our citizens would be even less free to live their own lives.


Preparing for the Future Without Experience of the Present

If we’re really under threat of cataclysmic climate change, why do the activists have to go back so far for examples and use on-paper predictions to suggest acceleration?


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Gambling

Last Impressions Podcast Episode 16: The Light of the World

Awards, earned and maybe not yet earned; Fight Club; Twin River; and it’s my birthday.

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Tiverton Casino: Live by the Government, Die by the Government

Thanks to efforts to restrict the development of a piece of land in Tiverton, a government casino and hotel became its best use.


A Society in Which the Casino and the Government Must Always Win

A gambler under scrutiny for having found ways to tilt the odds in his favor is a good metaphor for taxpayers who are never permitted to win in the rigged game that politicians, labor unions, and other special interests have built.


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General Assembly

Political Monday with John DePetro: A Fine Kettle of Dysfunction

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were Senator Kettle’s travails, Raimondo’s special fund raising deal, defining the Moderate Party, and progressive dog whistles.

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Kettle Predictably Resigns, Tin-Pot Legislators Remain

Senator Kettle has responded to the threat of an unpleasant ejection process by resigning; unfortunately, even districts that haven’t been deprived of representation are still stuck with the rest of the Senate.


Kettle and Protecting Our Rights from Backwards Political Philosophy

While facts still need to be provided, Senator Kettle’s claim to political support seems to be darkening, but the days are dark, indeed, if the state Senate truly has a backwards understanding of representative democracy.


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Government

Political Monday with John DePetro: A Fine Kettle of Dysfunction

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were Senator Kettle’s travails, Raimondo’s special fund raising deal, defining the Moderate Party, and progressive dog whistles.

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Trying to Stay on Track with Real Reality on Trump-Russia-FBI

Observers of national politics and government should ask themselves at what point corruption in pursuit of thwarting Trump transcends the unsavoriness of Trump, himself.


Last Impressions 43: Innovating With and Without the Military and Monopolies

Taxes, entitlements, and innovation.

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Governor

Political Monday with John DePetro: A Fine Kettle of Dysfunction

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were Senator Kettle’s travails, Raimondo’s special fund raising deal, defining the Moderate Party, and progressive dog whistles.

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Political Monday with John DePetro: Clarification from Democrats and Progressives

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topic was the clarity we’re getting from Providence Democrats, Rhode Island progressives, and teachers unions.

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Providence’s Ward Brings Clarity About the Game

The seemingly minor travails of former Providence Democrat Chairman Patrick Ward provide a lesson in Rhode Island politics and the direction that seemingly unrelated trends are taking us.


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Healthcare

An Indictment of Bureaucracy in a Silver Lining

Leveraging the inefficiency of government to create incentives for good behavior is brilliant, but only highlights how backwards we’ve gotten things.


Political Monday with John DePetro: Insiders, Money, and Casual Dinners

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were the high-powered dinner about chit-chat, the lunacy of “Medicare for All,” and money sloshing around to insiders in Providence.

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Fake Claims From The Progressive Land Of Make-Believe

The legislative onslaught from the left has begun. As the poster child of their desire for government-control over the lives of residents and businesses, Rhode Island’s progressive-Democrats announced they will introduce legislation this week to establish an estimated $13.2 billion single-payer health insurance system.


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History

Last Impressions 39: Children of the Law

The sexist children of the General Assembly, blue states as a fleet of Titanics, Rand got God wrong, and a progressive contradiction.

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A Fixed Mower and a Good Heist

Who’s happier: the family man who mows the lawn and reads a good book, or the thug who gains notoriety for a profitable crime that he then blows because he’s a degenerate?


Lessons for Protection When the Devil Switches Sides

Lessons to guide students away from the dangerous threads of human nature (as realized in Nazism) must account for the reality that the Devil can switch sides.


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Immigration

Binding Up the Immigration Issue with Heartstrings

Jorge Garcia’s story brings out the battle between illegal aliens and fluffy animals.


Population Change: The Government Plantation in Action

Every year, Rhode Island replaces its residents (who leave) with foreign nationals (who immigrate), revealing the short-sighted decision of the state’s political elite.


Luis Vargas: A Conservative Case for DREAMers

Luis Vargas argues that free market and traditional principles should give the so-called DREAMers a place in a conservative immigration reform policy.


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Infrastructure

School Choice and the Scheme of Crumbling Schools

Crumbling schools show that the government’s priority has been other spending (mainly on unionized employees), and more school choice could change the equation in students’ (and taxpayers’) favor.


Chris Maxwell: RIDOT’s Inadequate Environmental Assessment Intended to Accelerate Toll Bait Lawsuit

[Below are the prepared comments of Chris Maxwell, President of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, for the RIDOT toll gantry workshop Tuesday evening. The video of Chris’ actual comments, abbreviated due to time constraints, can be viewed here. For the sake of the news outlet that erroneously reported that public comment Tuesday night was mostly a re-hash of old objections and omitted all on-topic comments from their story, Ocean State Current has bolded all of Chris’ comments that pertain to the Environmental Assessment that was the subject of Tuesday’s workshop.]

Good evening. My name is Chris Maxwell and I represent the Rhode Island Trucking Association and all local trucking companies adversely affected by truck-only tolls.

Our opposition to this plan from its introduction in the spring of 2015 is well-documented. And despite the justified rancour that still exists, our industry’s willingness to contribute to infrastructure improvement remains steadfast – even beyond our existing contributions which are considerable.

In 2016, the trucking industry in Rhode Island paid roughly $70 million in federal and state roadway taxes.


Hearing Tuesday on First Toll Gantries With Acute Case of UHIP-itis

RIDOT has identified the locations of the first two proposed toll gantry locations in southern Rhode Island. This Tuesday, they will be holding a workshop and taking public comment on their newly-released (not to say rushed out the door) Environmental Assessment of the locations. The problem is that the assessment suffers from exactly the same serious flaw as the ill-fated UHIP system: it was released before it was ready. “Continue Reading” to learn why – and for deets about attending the hearing.


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Legislation

Coalition Efforts Stop The Progressive Bad Bill of the Week

Last week, we told you about a thorny issue that highlights the danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives through political correctness. I am pleased to report due to coalition efforts we were able to see the bill pulled from committee.


Tinnitus Among RI’s Would-Be Overlords

Calling Aaron Regunberg an “overlord” (at least in intention) is not a dog whistle; it’s more like a game of name that tune.


Imaginary Discrimination Bill is “Progressive Land of Make Believe Bad Bill of the Week”

This week’s bad bill is a thorny issue, but one that highlights yet another danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives via a government driven by political correctness. In our American society, this means a direct threat to free speech and free thought.


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Media

Kettle Predictably Resigns, Tin-Pot Legislators Remain

Senator Kettle has responded to the threat of an unpleasant ejection process by resigning; unfortunately, even districts that haven’t been deprived of representation are still stuck with the rest of the Senate.


The First Step in Stopping Conspiracy Pollution

If news reports involving guns didn’t so often seem more like activism than journalism, people wouldn’t find it so credible that journalists would promote outside activists as students.


The Rights That Keep the School Shootings Going

The First Amendment is implicated in school shootings, too, but we’re not going to end the nightmare until we fix whatever is making kids want to do this to each other.


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Musings & Announcements

The 2017 Ocean State Freedom Banquet

On Friday, the Center held our first inaugural fundraising banquet -the 2017 Ocean State Freedom Banquet. At the banquet, a capacity crowd of 200 people were on hand to hear the keynote address by Grover Norquist, famed DC anti-tax warrior and President of Americans for Tax Reform.


Last Impressions 30: Keeping in Touch… for Various Reasons

Sympathy for the racist; learning how (not what) to think; in favor of price gouging and dismantling unions; and saying goodbye to an old friend

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A Fixed Mower and a Good Heist

Who’s happier: the family man who mows the lawn and reads a good book, or the thug who gains notoriety for a profitable crime that he then blows because he’s a degenerate?


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National Security

Media Language and a Virtue-Signaling Lie

A small example of political “news” can illustrate the language by which journalists promote partisan and ideological positions.


An “Adaptive” System of Leaks Depends on Trust and Consequences

Journalists who support leaks have a point about their value as a safety valve for government abuse, but that safety valve requires that the consequences for breaking the law be real.


Never-Trump Right Gets Us to the Hub of the Matter

When it comes to Don Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, it seems a lot of the key questions, the “and so”s, are being left out of the arguments.


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On a Lighter Note

Harry Potter and Muggle Fly-Over Country’s Conservative Stories

The Harry Potter novels are in some regards liberal wish fulfillment, not only that magic exists, and not only that the elect can be whisked away to an exclusive world, but also that we can ignore the obvious and profess progressive beliefs.


Last Impressions Podcast Episode 19: The Tides of Liberty and Attraction

What is government for? What turns me off about libertarianism, and what turns some men on about lesbianism? And a poetic response.

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Deception and War in Walking Dead

Avoiding war (or entering it justly) requires actively working to bring about and maintain peace, and a willingness to acknowledge when a state of war already exists.


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Pensions

The Next Pension Crisis Approaches

Beware the gathering clouds of state pension fund “endangered status.”


Last Impressions 39: Children of the Law

The sexist children of the General Assembly, blue states as a fleet of Titanics, Rand got God wrong, and a progressive contradiction.

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Making Up for Pension Losses

Just as appliance consumers need a practical guide for decibel levels, news consumers need a better sense of what pension return numbers actually mean.


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Political Theory

Kettle Predictably Resigns, Tin-Pot Legislators Remain

Senator Kettle has responded to the threat of an unpleasant ejection process by resigning; unfortunately, even districts that haven’t been deprived of representation are still stuck with the rest of the Senate.


Voters’ Prosecutorial Discretion and Moving Toward Insurrection

We’re reaching the point that political exploitation of the natural flexibility in any human agreement, including the Constitution, is eliminating its ability to keep us cooperative, rather than confrontational.


Kettle and Protecting Our Rights from Backwards Political Philosophy

While facts still need to be provided, Senator Kettle’s claim to political support seems to be darkening, but the days are dark, indeed, if the state Senate truly has a backwards understanding of representative democracy.


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Politics

Political Monday with John DePetro: A Fine Kettle of Dysfunction

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were Senator Kettle’s travails, Raimondo’s special fund raising deal, defining the Moderate Party, and progressive dog whistles.

Open post for full audio.


Kettle Predictably Resigns, Tin-Pot Legislators Remain

Senator Kettle has responded to the threat of an unpleasant ejection process by resigning; unfortunately, even districts that haven’t been deprived of representation are still stuck with the rest of the Senate.


Kettle and Protecting Our Rights from Backwards Political Philosophy

While facts still need to be provided, Senator Kettle’s claim to political support seems to be darkening, but the days are dark, indeed, if the state Senate truly has a backwards understanding of representative democracy.


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Regulation

Income Inequality and Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing keeps the poor poor and makes the rich richer, and the only rational way out is less government, not more.


Tinnitus Among RI’s Would-Be Overlords

Calling Aaron Regunberg an “overlord” (at least in intention) is not a dog whistle; it’s more like a game of name that tune.


Sabitoni’s Slippery Statistics to Justify Loose Rhetoric

If Laborers union rep Michael Sabitoni wants to accuse the Center of wanting people to die, perhaps he should be a little bit more thoughtful with his numbers.


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Science

The Latest Frontiers of Mad Scientist Ethics

At the very first stages, what precisely constitutes a human life? Will our society even bother to think much about that question?


Limits on Government’s Ability to Define Your Life Only Go One Way

The commentary of legislators supporting a ban on “conversion therapy” shows that they’re pushing an ideological agenda more than they’re trying to help actual people.


Progressives and Artificial Intelligence

Future reliance on artificial intelligence would be the fulfillment of the progressive vision that experts can guide society, so why is a Providence progressive an early opponent?


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Sports

Political Monday with John DePetro: Budgets, Cronies, and Women

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were the governor’s budget proposal, the March for Women, and the politics of PawSox subsidies.

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Political Monday with John DePetro, No. 36: Legacies and Baseball Homes

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topics were Judge Flanders’s announcement and chances, the PawSox thoughts of Attleboro, and the Raimondo-bomb of UHIP.

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Soccer Salaries and the Outrage Contagion

The gender-war angle doesn’t provide very good perspective for economic issues; indeed, it might make sense for U.S. Soccer to increase gender pay disparities in the short term.


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Taxation

Last Impressions 44: The Ridiculousness of Denial

Weaponized ridiculousness of political rhetoric about taxes, abortion, and Donald Trump.

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Last Impressions 43: Innovating With and Without the Military and Monopolies

Taxes, entitlements, and innovation.

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Fake Claims From The Progressive Land Of Make-Believe

The legislative onslaught from the left has begun. As the poster child of their desire for government-control over the lives of residents and businesses, Rhode Island’s progressive-Democrats announced they will introduce legislation this week to establish an estimated $13.2 billion single-payer health insurance system.


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Unions

Sabitoni’s Slippery Statistics to Justify Loose Rhetoric

If Laborers union rep Michael Sabitoni wants to accuse the Center of wanting people to die, perhaps he should be a little bit more thoughtful with his numbers.


Political Monday with John DePetro: Clarification from Democrats and Progressives

For my weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, this week, the topic was the clarity we’re getting from Providence Democrats, Rhode Island progressives, and teachers unions.

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Pigs, PawSox, and a Pitiful Budget

As Southern New England government squeezes everybody in order to keep growing, more people will begin paying attention to what they’re having to give up.


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Welfare

Last Impressions 43: Innovating With and Without the Military and Monopolies

Taxes, entitlements, and innovation.

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Fake Claims From The Progressive Land Of Make-Believe

The legislative onslaught from the left has begun. As the poster child of their desire for government-control over the lives of residents and businesses, Rhode Island’s progressive-Democrats announced they will introduce legislation this week to establish an estimated $13.2 billion single-payer health insurance system.


Pigs, PawSox, and a Pitiful Budget

As Southern New England government squeezes everybody in order to keep growing, more people will begin paying attention to what they’re having to give up.


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