January 31, 2012

False Denials of Comparison Between Roads and Families

Calculating the cost of heavy vehicles isn't different than calculating the cost of divorce and illegitimacy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:16 PM
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January 30, 2012

Municipal Pensions as Covenant

It seems as if COLAs in municipal pensions are conveniently above the law.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:13 AM
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January 27, 2012

The Market Undoes Pension Reform

A really bad year of investment returns could put the RI state retirement system right back where it was before our ballyhooed reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:53 AM
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January 25, 2012

Dismissing the Fundamental Political Question

Conversation on Anchor Rising has brought us to the question of the necessity of social pressure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:46 AM
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January 24, 2012

A Gift That Turns into an Expense

RI is fluffing its higher ed. bed with federal dollars, emphasizing the poor gauge that money represents.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:50 AM
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January 23, 2012

Mostly in order to avoid any "figure's AR wouldn't mention Watson's latest arrest" comments

Rep. Bob Watson has made the news for another possible DUI incident, and it's no longer possible not to question his judgment.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:15 PM
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January 21, 2012

There's the "Business Community" and There's the Business Community

RI business insiders may survive as long as tax increases are only moderate, but their survival isn't good enough to save the state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:18 PM
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January 19, 2012

Sympathy for Zimbabwe

Like Zimbabwe, Rhode Island is a land with few prospects for those who wish to build a life.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:44 AM
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January 18, 2012

Life Before Entitlement

Yes, society did have mechanisms to care for the unfortunate before the era of huge government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:52 AM
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January 17, 2012

Trapping the Motivated in Failing Schools

At least one argument against mayoral academies is that motivated parents should not have choices because unmotivated parents might not make them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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Reform Is Good for Education

A study from the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity should provide the impetus for major changes in Rhode Island education.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM
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January 16, 2012

More Deception on In-State Tuition for Illegals

Another pillar of the case for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants proves to be less than advertised, upon closer inspection.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM
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January 14, 2012

The Appropriate Response to Totalitarians

The public reaction to the judiciary's prayer banner decision in Cranston is founded in a defense not so much of religion, but of self governance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:09 AM
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January 13, 2012

East Coast Law Enforcement

Nothing discomforts the ruling class like law-abiding citizens willing to protect themselves and their belongings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:33 PM
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Unconstitutional Judiciary Orders Destruction of Prayer

The judge's decree to remove an old prayer banner from a Cranston public school points to the government's establishment of atheism as the state religion and partially explains the divisiveness of national politics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:48 AM
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January 11, 2012

Loughlin Not Running

Republican congressional candidate John Loughlin has decided not to run for the 1st Congressional seat in 2012.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:30 AM
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The Market Can Only Do What It Can Do, and We Can't Know What Nature Will Do

The EPA is insisting on environmentally preferred products that can't be bought; meanwhile nature might prefer to be headed toward an ice age, but for global warming.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM
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January 10, 2012

Trillo's Flawed Government Theory

It is not the job of government to pick and choose the industry of their constituents, to the extent of describing the size and features of a casino that nobody has yet proposed building.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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The Mood on the Right

There's a lot of pessimism out there, and while political realities may justify it, there's still reason for hope.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM
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January 9, 2012

Gridlock Isn't Bad When It's Wanted

The Projo editors appear to have forgotten that the American people were the ones who "saddled" President Obama with strong legislative opposition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM
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January 6, 2012

The Pension Questions Still Not Asked

In a speech accepting an award for pension reform, Treasurer Gina Raimondo doesn't answer (and isn't asked) a couple of critical questions that nobody seems interested in.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:58 PM
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January 5, 2012

Krugman: Don't Worry About Debt; It's Like a Ponzi Scheme

Economic columnist Paul Krugman performs some parlor tricks to make the federal debt look just dandy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:20 AM
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January 4, 2012

The Dogs That Didn't Bite in Pension Reform

Differing responses to RI public unions to two reform efforts indicate that one might not have been quite as onerous as we're being led to believe.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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January 3, 2012

Big Finance Likes Totalitarianism, but Democracy Requires Hard Lessons

By taking over municipal governments, the state is changing the priorities by which they're governed and preventing necessary lessons in self-government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM
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January 2, 2012

Bending the Truth in Cicilline's Favor

PolitiFact manages to grade Congressman Cicilline's rhetoric on a curve... once again.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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Providence's First Babies

News over the weekend makes it appear that birth out of wedlock is now the norm; if so, our society is in deep, deep trouble.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:51 AM
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January 1, 2012

'Gansett as the Sun Rises on Adulthood and Sets on Rhode Island

Adrian Shirk captures something about the spirit of Rhode Island, applicable as the year turns over.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 PM
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