Just remember, while you watch your life become harder every year, that public-sector unions are concerned about a mere "lull in earnings.
When it's time to make noises about cutting government budgets, bureaucrats threaten the worst and attempt to scam the public in other ways.
Rhode Island's center-right opposition "coalition" remains divided.
China's entry into the economic major leagues can only mean that it's going to run into the same rules of economics as the rest of us.
An op-ed by Ron Wolk inadvertently hones the question of the education debate to this: What is education for?
Another reason to support Anchor Rising: We have a habit of being there to record and report on events inconvenient to the establishment.
The question of the year: Do Rhode Islanders deserve the leadership that Linc Chafee is aiming to give?
Why do the Democrats oppose big-money campaign contributions when they benefit more from them?
It's weird that the world is still pretending that Pope Benedict changed the Church's position on condoms.
Does it get more absurd than "uproar" over a contestant in a celebrity reality dance competition show?
Recent polling data on ObamaCare doesn't prove what the spin suggests.
The realization is pervading our society that a college degree might not be the payoff that we've been told that it is.
RI Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has no plans to route bureaucrats who stand in the way of the unions that elected him, but he's not ruling it out, either.
RI shouldn't race to be first in the regional offshore wind industry. That's not what will attract companies.
My call in to the Matt Allen Show this week concerned Anchor Rising's research and our need for funds.
Projo columnist Ed Achorn is discouraged by the power of special interests; I think the the good-government side can compete with fewer resources... but it needs something.
The world should be thankful for America as an example, and we should strive to live up to that obligation.
Ideology helps to explain why a headline writer would proclaim exactly the opposite lesson from the article that follows.
"Pass the bill to find out what's in it." "Change the society in order to find out whether it's harmful."
Is President Obama a socialist? Need you ask?
People rightly bristle at the suggestion that Providence's nonprofits should be taxed in some way; would that they applied the same principles to the rest of the Rhode Island economy.
Liberal columnist Bob Kerr should follow the thread of increasing automobile taxes back to the White House and the Cash for Clunkers program.
The intra-conservative debate about assassinating American citizens who are terrorists continues.
The Projo editors' argument against tax cuts as a job growth stimulator is mired in their statist mentality.
In the midst of a continuing recession, with a large tax increase just passed, Tiverton, RI, is projected to have had a nearly $1 million surplus in fiscal year 2010.
American tax code doesn't punish companies for offshoring, but it doesn't reward them, either.
Hook-up culture on American campuses is hardly conducive to the repair of educations flubbed in secondary school, let alone the advancement to greater knowledge and maturity.
Anchor Rising changed the debate about who's been leaving Rhode Island and why. Imagine what we could do with more resources? Please pledge support.
American manufacturing may not be in such dire straits as generally thought, and in any case, protecting obsolete jobs creates barriers to entry and inefficiencies.
Does national security really require us to disrobe children in the airport?
Scientists are just beginning to discover how complex our brains are. For all that complexity, though, we'll never be able to conceive of all of reality in the terms of science.
Rhode Island allows government officials more privacy than the average state. Like our vaunted quality of life, it depends on who you are and who you know.
Curious happenings in Alaska's Senate ballot counting suggest that corruption is all about incumbency.
Rob Long's description of NPR's Juan Williams firing is right on and broadly applicable.
U.S. House Democrats appear to be locked in a downward liberal-base spiral, as the retention of Nancy Pelosi in her leadership role illustrates. Republicans should take note of the trap.
Why should Rhode Island emphasize tax-exempt sectors that rely heavily on grants (rather than sales) for their revenue as a means of growing its economy?
What are charter schools meant to do? Parents and students decide should.
Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment might be a good idea, but I doubt its prospects. Perhaps a unified Return to Foundations Amendment collecting various reform ideas together would have a better chance of gaining steam.
My call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, centered on Anchor Rising's pledge drive.
Steven Frias explains the method by which union dominance originated in Cranston. The parallels are frightening.
Just a reminder: the EPA has seized broad regulatory powers for unelected bureaucrats to harm our economy in the name of environmental radicalism.
Rhode Island doesn't need to pursue policies that push more young adults into college; it needs to educate young adults to the point that they know what they're going to college for.
RI Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee is wrong to suggest that property taxes are always more economically damaging than sales taxes, but I suspect he's making the intellectual leap from "regressive" to "harmful."
Governor-to-be Linc Chafee won the office with the smallest majority ever, in the state, and his base has a narrow and destructive list of goals.
Something's telling me that there's more to Rhode Island's surprise surplus than meets the eye. Oh, to have the time to investigate!
Libertarian types are asking social conservatives to sublimate their issues to economic concerns. It's reasonable in principle, but I'm suspicious that it's really what they're hoping for.
Keynes was wrong, and the reason policymakers cannot see it is precisely what they need to learn.
When unemployment benefits last for years and do so for multiple waves of unemployed it can become a barrier to the personal and political changes necessary to improve the economy, and the society.
Steps toward education reform in RI cities and towns give reason for hope, but also merit a watchful eye.
Anchor Rising is asking for pledges to support a full-time job in 2011. Please contribute.
RI's Dept. of Transportation is hitting local businesses with a hefty fee for on-highway signage. It's an indication of what all Rhode Islanders should expect for their own lives in coming months and years.
It seems to me that atheists' assumption that they can be moral without religion owes a great deal to Jesus' eschatological teachings.
Geniuses don't have to be misanthropic or even disagreeable. In fact, I'd expect the opposite.
Automatic raises for elected offices are defensible, but Rhode Island's General Assembly should have held them off, this time around.
As he closes out his time as governor and we look back at his record, I think we'll find that we're going to miss Don Carcieri.
What if the private sector went on strike?
A soccer dad experiments with the victor versus fun hypothesis.
A commenter who has moved out of state has written in to urge others to follow. I think he's off base in a couple of respects.
The government should not engage in assassination, certainly not without explicit permission via due process and most definitely not targeting its own citizens.
It's odd that my local taxpayer group's achieving a majority on the Town Council has not been picked up as news statewide.
For too many young adults, college sets expectations for what life is supposed to be like.
Marc Comtois and Matt Allen exemplified, last night, the necessity of being able to laugh in the face of decline.
The state's ability to appoint municipal receiver/dictators is taking on new, dark implications, even as a more worrying governor takes office to appoint them.
It's not surprising that growing convents are more traditional.
Senator-to-Be Marco Rubio (R, FL) puts his finger on the critical fact of whom big-government hurts.
I didn't used to glance twice at a government program offering half-price houses to public employees, but the context has changed.
Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee isn't being shy about letting Rhode Islanders know what they're in for.
Perhaps we've been wrong to see "moderatism" mainly as a home for dissatisfied liberal Republicans. RI's face of the Moderate, Ken Block, has a special affinity for Bill Clinton.
A young pro-life activist and her findings are both inspiring and disturbing.
The key to federalist reform is to empower states to succeed or fail.
Republicans may not have won the U.S. Senate, but their results weren't so shabby, nonetheless.
Headlines notwithstanding, Republican Congressional Candidate John Loughlin came much closer to winning his district 1 race in Rhode Island than he should have, given disadvantages, and he should stay in the game for the next cycle.
Government should let democracy be messy.
One way to improve the effectiveness and intelligence of Congress would be for legislators to try to do less with each legislative act.
Unless one rejects the proposition that some "discrimination" is justified by the differing circumstances of the subjects, the best way to lower the gender pay gap is to lighten restrictions and regulations on businesses.
Why is it OK to insist that children need mothers and fathers when talking about black illegitimacy, but it's not apparently relevant when the topic is same-sex marriage?
Doubt not that Rhode Island's new governor and the leaders of the legislature are going to work together very well, indeed much better than is good for the health of the state.
Election results in East Providence stand of evidence that it would be fair and reasonable to bar public-sector employees from unionizing.
Ford, which did not take government bailout money, is storming the market... relatively speaking.
The history of this year's many gubernatorial debates traces back to the RI Voter Coalition, the RI Tea Party, the healthcare town halls, and Anchor Rising.
Have Obama and the Democrats learned their lesson? That depends on whether they're striving for the expected degree.
I'm actually not discouraged by the election results.
Andrew Morse and Matt Allen agree that Rhode Island is in for a world of hurt.
Rhode Island's electoral outcomes were not evidence that Republicans should be "moderate".
I've posted a quick'n'dirty graphic showing the Republican-Democrat tug-of-wars in Congress.
Glumness turned to optimism, paradoxically, when I remembered that the mainstream media is on the other side.
Another bond issue on today's ballot in Rhode Island is being sold as a one-time opportunity to snag valuable property so that government operatives can dictate its usage. Buy now! (Or not, if you agree with me.)
A write-in candidate for Rhode Island's lieutenant governor race offers the opportunity for Republicans to vote for an actual Republican.
Frankly, if the need for additional public bonds is so dire, the university community isn't behaving as one should expect.
Tomorrow, we must change government calculations at every level.