Campaign finance & incumbents; where the buck stops for the bad economy; Obama follows Chafee on a Commerce Czar; and the storm should be a warning.
The calm before the storm provides opportunity to consider the effect of legislation on behavior during and after an emergency, as well as the priorities of the people who create laws.
The ballot question on bonds for affordable housing illustrates how too much unanimity among representatives of government, advocacy, and media can lead to incremental deterioration of public policy.
Liveblogging discussion of municipal pensions at Brown University.
Mainly on government's bad incentives: bad housing spending in Providence, unlearnable spending lessons for the governor, stimulus corruption, and Medicaid reform.
A brief analysis of the referenda questions that will appear on this November's ballot in RI suggests that the state would be better off reordering its priorities, rather than expanding debt and doubling down on casinos.
RI's seasonally adjusted employment in September saw the largest one-month increase in the state's recent history and led the statistical national boom, but there's reason to question the results, and the Ocean State still has a long, long way to go.
Employment statistics would seem to suggest that RI's economy is booming. Readers (and voters) should be wary.
Another Twitter controversy (this time on a prayer-in-school incident in New York) makes me think Twitter is helping the forces of PC kill subtlety in public discourse.
Travis Rowley correctly notes that deregulation didn't cause our woes, government backing did, and Justin suggests that such is the inevitable outcome of too-large government.
Ted Nesi's suggestion of government borrowing now based on the inevitability of borrowing later is indicative of a deeper problem within a culture accustomed to economic growth.
Observing the VP debate from within; flight from a failing region; surprising beneficiaries of a government bailout; a fable.
Updated single-family house sales statistics for August show some improvement, but mostly a mixed picture from town to town.
A national report card from the Cato Institute gives RI Governor Lincoln Chafee a D.
RI Governor Lincoln Chafee's claim to independence at the Democrat National Convention doesn't jibe with his lunge toward President Obama's larger welfare intention with health benefit exchanges.
Providence Journal reporter Philip Marcelo's article on RIVotes is misleading.
Contaminated drugs raise the choice between chasing the regulatory tail and beginning to analyze the larger causes.
I've posted an essay from June 2009 that has since disappeared from the Web; it's on the cultural implications of same sex marriage for younger generations.
Employment leaped up in September, giving President Obama a nearly miraculous hand in his campaign for reelection.
West Warwick for all; the essence of education reform; declines in people births; declines in business births; the easy street to dependency.
Controlling prices across a continent; a look back at erroneous polls; Matthews in the echo chamber; excuse #2 for Benghazi.
Economic development options, from all-government to government-dominated; the heartless-to-caring axis in politics; Southern New Englanders' "independence"; solidarity between Romney and his garbage man; the media coup d'etat.
Economic development difficulties in Rhode Island begin with flawed thinking, and so residents are finding themselves turning to Massachusetts for jobs, housing, and even free-market commentary.