Anchor Rising

April 17, 2013

Union Rules and "Unique System" Drive Up Overtime for State Government Community Living Aides

Community living aides in group homes operated by the state government have been able to more than triple their pay with overtime and other salary enhancements. State officials cite union rules as a significant driver.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:00 AM

April 16, 2013

And When I Ran

Reflections, in verse, on the night of the Boston Marathon explosions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:27 AM

April 15, 2013

Spring into Summer Conference at Portsmouth Institute

The Portsmouth Institute's annual spring-into-summer conference, this year, is on "Catholicism and the American Experience."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 PM

April 13, 2013

A Local Focus on Apathy and Fear

My essay on apathy and fear in Rhode Island is in today's Providence Journal, and I've expanded a bit on one of the anecdotes on Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:58 AM

March 31, 2013

If Spiritual Battles Gave Off Sparks

The difficulty the modern mind has with believing in spiritual warfare may be that it doesn't have the special effects of a wizards' duel.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:54 PM

March 26, 2013

Government Nurses Joining Quarter-Million-Dollar Club

Overtime numbers for nurses working for the state government show a long-term practice of reliance on overtime and raise questions about the way government bills taxpayers for the services that it provides.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:49 AM

January 25, 2013

Marriage's Decline, and Society's

Marriage creates an institution that guides people to responsible behavior when it's possible that they'll create children. A failure to recognize that will most harm those least able to take on any more obstacles.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:34 AM

January 21, 2013

The Political Spectrum Goes 'Round and 'Round

Procrastination meets political theory in a proposed chart of the political spectrum.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:31 PM

November 27, 2012

The Unmentionable Solution to the Fiscal Cliff

Long-term repair of the federal government's debt problem requires an economy founded on productive activity, not the debt of future generations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:30 AM

November 8, 2012

15,000 Gasps for Air

I've marked the 15,000 post on Anchor Rising (and Dust in the Light) by explaining the value of so many words in a state that continues on the wrong path.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:23 AM

November 7, 2012

Re: Picking Up the Pieces

Some RI political clichés have to go, and conservatives' focus has to change.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:03 AM

November 2, 2012

Romney Rally Compare & Contrast

A stark contrast in reports from a Friday night Romney rally in Ohio.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:15 PM

October 15, 2012

Twitter: As If Subtlety of Thought Weren't Already Difficult Enough

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:28 PM

October 6, 2012

Marriage Rules Beyond the Ken of Kids

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:22 PM

September 29, 2012

The Messiah May Have Used the Word "Wife"

An image of the papyrus sliver that purports to show a controversial marital status for Jesus is further illustration of the misplaced credulity of the media.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:20 PM

Warren: Ethical Controversy for Another New England Democrat Candidate

In another ethical controversy for a New England Democrat, it appears that Elizabeth Warren may have practiced law illegally in Massachusetts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:45 AM

September 9, 2012

Exorcising the Totally Non-Political Song Stuck in My Head

Somehow, this song seems like a candidate for stuck-in-my-head theme for the election cycle.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:51 PM

September 1, 2012

Rev. Rich Takes a Stand Against Small Children

The rector at an East Greenwich Episcopal Church, Timothy Rich, appears willing to break a few dozen eggs to play a small role in making a culture war omelette of the Boy Scouts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:08 AM

August 19, 2012

For Lack of a Because

The killer in Aurora, Colorado, may have marked a new era of nihilism, in which the very loss of self becomes a scientific certainty.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:02 AM

July 11, 2012

07/11/12 - Board of Elections

Justin writes live from a Rhode Island Board of Elections meeting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:40 PM

Gay Man Makes the Underlying Argument for Traditional Marriage

A writer's quip that "one of the best things about being a gay man" is that he doesn't have to worry about impregnating his significant other establishes the core idea behind the importance of traditional marriage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:25 AM

Portsmouth Institute, Day 3: Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, "What Can Genomic Science Tell Us About Adam & Eve?"

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco closed the 2012 Portsmouth Institute conference with an application of genomic science to theological understanding of humankind's common ancestors.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:27 AM

July 10, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 2, Session 4: Dr. Michael Ruse, "Making Room for Faith in an Age of Science"

As a professional philosopher, Michael Ruse endeavored at the Portsmouth Institute conference to mediate between science and religion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:37 AM

July 9, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 2 Concert

The musical performances of the Portsmouth Institute Orchestra never disappoint.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 PM

Portsmouth Institute, Day 2, Session 3: Kevin O'Brien as Dom Stanley Jaki

Actor Kevin O'Brien filled some time on day two of the Portsmouth Institute conference on "Modern Science, Ancient Faith" with a lecture in the character of Dom. Stanley Jaki.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:03 AM

July 7, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 2, Session 2: Dr. William Dembski, "An Informative-Theoretic Proof of God's Existence"

William Dembski's talk at the Portsmouth Institute conference was a bit more explicitly on the side of intelligent design and raised the concept of differing types of information.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:20 AM

July 5, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 2, Session 1: Dr. Kenneth Miller, "To Find God in All Things"

Biologist Ken Miller takes up the side of evolution, versus intelligent design, but his presentation at the Portsmouth Institute conference on "Modern Science, Ancient Faith" carried forward the underlying, theistic, theme of the conference.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:31 AM

July 4, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 3: Dr. John Haught, "Evolution and Faith: What Is the Problem?"

In the third presentation of this year's Portsmouth Institute conference, on "Modern Science, Ancient Faith," theologian John Haught cemented the unspoken theme of the weekend.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:18 AM

July 3, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 2: Abbott James Wiseman, "A New Heaven and a New Earth"

Video of the second session of the 2012 Portsmouth Institute conference, "Modern Science, Ancient Faith," raises a theme that would extend throughout the weekend, having to do with knowledge outside the material and the relationship of information with reality.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:46 AM

July 2, 2012

Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 1: Dom Paschal Scotti, "Galileo Revisited"

It was fitting that the the 2012 Portsmouth Institute conference, "Modern Science, Ancient Faith," held at the Portsmouth Abbey school, opened on the topic of Galileo. Video here.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 AM

June 25, 2012

The Current Week 06/18/12 - 06/22/12

The weekly roundup of Ocean State Current articles.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:30 AM

June 18, 2012

The Current Week 06/11/12 - 06/15/12

This week's weekly-roundup of Ocean State Current content is up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:52 AM

June 11, 2012

The Current Week 06/04/12 - 06/08/12

The weekly roundup of last week's Ocean State Current content.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:40 AM

June 4, 2012

The Current Week 05/29/12 - 06/01/12

This week's roundup of last week's Ocean State Current posts is up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:25 PM

May 29, 2012

The Current Week 05/21/12 - 05/28/12

A weekly roundup of Ocean State Current content.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

May 21, 2012

The Current Week 05/14/12 - 05/18/12

A weekly roundup of Ocean State Current posts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

May 14, 2012

Marriage and the Rule of Law

In the name of encouraging more accurate thinking on marriage policy and encouraging concern that methods of imposing it could erode our rule of law, I've offered a quick analysis of Gov. Chafee's executive decree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:21 PM

Science and Religion Winding Through a Summer's Day

A Portsmouth Institute conference on science and religion, this June, will allow a welcome diversion into weightier matters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Current Week 05/04/12 - 05/18/12

This week's roundup of Ocean State Current content.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:53 AM

May 10, 2012

Re: The Nanny State, Part 3, But...

The urge to help children is noble, but taking easy shortcuts (i.e., passing laws) is a dangerous expression of the sentiment.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:55 PM

May 7, 2012

The Current Week, 04/30/12-05/04/12

A (relatively light) weekly roundup of Ocean State Current content.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:59 AM

April 30, 2012

The Current Week, 04/23/12-04/29/12

The weekly roundup of Ocean State Current posts and articles.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:44 AM

April 19, 2012

Abortion Question Shows PolitiFact RI's Bias and Ignorance

Tedious though it may be, PolitiFact RI's recent abortion ruling ought to be addressed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:29 PM

April 16, 2012

The Current Week, 04/09/12-04/15/12

A weekly round-up of Ocean State Current posts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

April 9, 2012

The Current Week 04/01/12 - 04/07/12

A weekly roundup of Ocean State Current posts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

April 7, 2012

Derb Cut Loose on a Saturday

National Review has (for good reason) cut ties with John Derbyshire. It's a shame, though, that a man in the throes of cancer treatment fell in this way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:28 PM

April 2, 2012

The Current Week, 03/26/12-03/30/12

This week's list of last week's Current content.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

March 26, 2012

The Current Week, 03/19/12-03/24/12

A weekly roundup of Ocean State Current posts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

March 25, 2012

The Value of Resembling the President

A 13-year-old boy set on fire in an apparently racial attack appears not sufficiently interesting for the national media.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:22 PM

March 24, 2012

More than a Political Narrative

Doomsday predictions from Mark Steyn and a new Santorum video will be laughable over-dramatization to some, but stark reality for others.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:55 AM

March 21, 2012

Re: He Walked the Walk

Beware "death with dignity." If we go down that path, in the law, let's do so with open eyes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:46 AM

March 19, 2012

The Current Week 03/12/12 - 03/16/12

A weekly roundup of content from the Ocean State Current.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

March 12, 2012

Déjà Woonsocket

Things in Woonsocket seem eerily familiar.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:20 PM

The Current Week, 03/05/12-03/10/12

The weekly newsletter of posts on the Ocean State Current.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:48 AM

March 3, 2012

The Current Week, 02/27/12-03/02/12

A roundup of the week's posts on the Ocean State Current.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:05 PM

February 27, 2012

The Ocean State Current: Carpenter No More

I've alerted Anchor Rising readers to the unveiling of my new project, the Ocean State Current.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

February 21, 2012

The Audience for Self-Empowerment

Michael Morse's declaration that luck does not exist and that our jobs are lucky to have us seems likely to have an upper ceiling.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

February 19, 2012

Donnis Tells the World About Brown & Providence

Local public radio reporter Ian Donnis has gotten national attention on Brown v. Providence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:00 PM

February 16, 2012

Rep. Edwards's Legislation Against Local Civic Participation

A state representative in RI wants direct democracy to be subject to campaign finance disclosures. The effect will be to suppress civic participation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:58 AM

February 10, 2012

Memo to Bishops: Don't Fall For It

Hopefully, the bishops et al. have a new appreciation for the dangers of negotiating morality with the immoral.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:07 PM

February 2, 2012

Legislation to Beat Cities and Towns Senseless with Their Own Amputated Legs

A recent bill from some union-friendly reps. illustrates the method of favoring unions in RI.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:16 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 31, 2011

A Different Kind of Clock, Heading Toward a Different Kind of Midnight

As we approach the new year midnight, it's worth checking in on U.S. debt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:29 PM

Devious Democracy

I confess my intention to engage in the devious process of democratic action in Tiverton.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 PM

December 29, 2011

So, in Other Words, It Was Already a Scam?

The fact that more care owners are now responsible for unreasonably high valuations on their own cars means that the state had been overcharging everybody all along.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:46 AM

December 28, 2011

Hinckley's at Least Half Correct

PolitiFact puts its thumb on the Truth-O-Meter once again, splitting hairs between "code" and "law."

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Contractual Obligation Without Language

A finding in favor of a police union with regard to retiree dental benefits illustrates how tilted the playing field is.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

December 24, 2011

Schools from Bailout to Bankruptcy?

Could the municipal "bankruptcies" be a result of the magic Obama stimulus for public schools?

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:09 PM

December 23, 2011

Taking the Edge Off the Hardball

If the public sector unions wish to harm a charity for supporting pension reform, the people should make up the difference (and then some).

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:14 AM

December 22, 2011

Taking Over Municipalities: The Governor's New Toy

Governor Chafee has jumped right in when it comes to invalidating local elections.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM

December 21, 2011

As the Governing Scam Turns

At all levels of government, from local quasi-public agencies to international entities, nobody is willing to acknowledge that there is not enough money for activities that "must" be funded.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

December 20, 2011

Are Insane Acts Not Crimes by Definition?

An example in Tiverton makes me wonder where "not guilty by reason of insanity" ends.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

December 17, 2011

Can I Just Say....

Boxes of inherited content lead me to think that medium matters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:37 PM

December 14, 2011

A Better View Through Environmentalism

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has found a way to preserve his property's view at no cost to him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:55 AM

December 12, 2011

The Incentive Trap of Government Subsidies

Government involvement in economic matters tends to insinuate itself more and more.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

December 9, 2011

Killing the Weak as Recovery Strategy

Only the government would concoct an unemployment system that taxes the hardest-hit businesses more during a recession and recovery.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:43 AM

December 6, 2011

Government Sets a Thief to Catch... a Business

At what point does government shift from serving the public to operating as a criminal organization?"

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:45 AM

December 5, 2011

Yes, Reverend, What We Call It Matters

Notwithstanding the attempt of a local Protestant leader to dismiss the matter, it is important to call a Christmas tree by its name.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:07 AM

November 30, 2011

Bullies, Allowed and Not Allowed

It isn't appropriate to handle the groups involved in cultural disputes by the dynamics of individuals.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:48 AM

November 29, 2011

It's Almost Like an Unintentional Social Theme...

Children need fathers, and lesbians need sperm donors. These facts are not unrelated.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:29 PM

Negative Outlook, but Still Able to Confiscate

Ratings agencies aren't grading the government on the job that it's doing, but on its ability to confiscate wealth to pay debtors.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:52 AM

November 23, 2011

A Limited Snapshot of Next Governor's Race

An NEARI poll has Robitaille beating Chafee and Raimondo for governor, but it appears to be all three at once, so I'm not sure how much it really tells us.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:27 PM

November 22, 2011

The Horse Looked Desirable; That's Why It Was Deadly

I've responded to a response from Ted Nesi to my post on pension-reform credulity.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:16 PM

The Reason Behind Pension Credulity

Perhaps some of the credulity with which Rhode Islanders are accepting the pension reform narrative has to do with a desire to believe that their vision of government can work.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

November 18, 2011

A Tourniquet on the Knee for a Gushing Thigh

I've elaborated, a bit, on why I find enthusiasm for the just-passed pension reform so misplaced.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:12 PM

November 17, 2011

The Cultural Cycle We're In

We're in a cycle of decline, and it would be better to reform peacefully now than to collapse or revolt later.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Pension Reform: It's Like Obama for Rhode Island

Advocates for the pension reform currently before the RI General Assembly sound like the Obama cultists of 2008.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

November 15, 2011

Building and Talking Pensions

ABC6 has posted video of the news story in which I appeared, last week, about pensioners who make more than they did as employees.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:10 PM

November 11, 2011

Raimondo's Definition of Leadership

The RI Treasurer's pension reform is an exercise in leading by following and fixing problems by putting them off.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:07 PM

What Kind of Progress?

The modern zeitgeist doesn't seem to make distinctions between progress in various areas of society, even when they're at odds.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

November 9, 2011

IRS as Police Agency

Does every government agency get its own black-sunglasses brigade?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

November 8, 2011

A Referendum to Thwart Dishonest Politics

Tiverton politics illustrate the dishonest "Rhode Island Way" and highlight the way out.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

November 7, 2011

Political Donors as the Judges of Right and Wrong

Campaign contributions to RI's general treasurer shouldn't be taken as a sign of her moral worth.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

November 1, 2011

In-State Tuition Raises Larger Question About Social "Investment"

In-state tuition for illegal immigrants undermines respect for the rule of law.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:51 AM

October 29, 2011

Who Is Stealing from Whom?

It cannot be "theft" for government to reduce public employee pensions unless it is also theft for government to take money from taxpayers in order to pay them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:13 AM

October 24, 2011

The Catholic Notion of a Global Authority

Free marketers aren't being fair (or thorough) in their response to a Vatican document on global financial reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:56 PM

A Little Bit of Practical Experience Regarding Food Stamps

Somehow, the challenge of existing on the average national food stamp allotment doesn't strike me as all that daunting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:29 PM

October 18, 2011

A Protest the Media Can Love

The Providence Journal's coverage of Occupy Providence differs markedly from its handling of the RI Tea Party.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:49 PM

October 14, 2011

The Legislative Response Rate on Tuition

Large percentages of legislators in RI oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, but large percentages also don't appear willing to go on the record stating an opinion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM

October 12, 2011

Running the State as a Giant Corporation Is a Bad Idea

Letting government get too involved in shaping the local economy is not a route toward entrepreneurship.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:35 AM

October 11, 2011

An Inapplicable Model

RI leaders are traveling the country looking for ways to create behemoth, centralized economic players, when they should be concentrating on easing regulations, mandates, and taxes

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

October 7, 2011

Usurpation Cannot Be Challenged in Central Falls

If the State of Rhode Island imposes a municipal dictator, don't dare challenge the move in court.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:37 AM

October 6, 2011

Ah, Communism: the Political Structure of the People!

Chinese gates around food that's actually healthy is a pretty good symbol of communism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Governor's Evasive Principles on Immigration

RI Gov. Chafee doesn't seem to understand the real significance of benefits for illegal immigrants.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

October 5, 2011

Erroneous, One-Sided Public Discourse Misleads on Tuition

A widely cited report supporting the expansion of in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants is almost entirely incorrect in its purported findings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM

October 4, 2011

The Pension Performance Is Already Underway

The folks orchestrating pension reform are putting on quite a show, because they're once again going to take the easy way out.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM

Checking in from a Seminar

Mention of David Cicilline at Monday's GetMotivated seminar received a deserving boo.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

October 3, 2011

Block on the Labor-Social Welfare Crackup

As RI's economy flounders and its government struggles with a problem that it created but does not understand, old alliances are likely to be torn appart.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

September 29, 2011

Calculating the "Cost" of a College Student

There is most definitely a cost to providing illegal immigrants with in-state tuition; the legitimate question of debate is whether it's worth it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:37 AM

September 28, 2011

The General Assembly Line for Pensions

RI General Assembly members who vote for too-small reductions in their own pensions are in effect still voting in a self-interested way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

September 27, 2011

In-State Tuition for Illegals, Whether You Want to Pay for It or Not

RI's aristocracy has decided that the legislature need not be involved to offer illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates for higher education.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:24 AM

September 26, 2011

RI Needs a Strong Economy to Keep Bank of America

John Kostrzewa thinks threats will keep Bank of America in Rhode Island; I'd prefer the persuasion of a healthy economy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

September 23, 2011

And Now About the Military Record...

Now, Rep. Dan Gordon's military record is coming into question.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 PM

Rhode Islandism on Rhode Islandism

The unavailability of personal responsibility in government policy is a key reason that government should remain small.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

September 22, 2011

"Exchange" as in Bait and Switch

RI's healthcare exchange looks likely to be a bait and switch — from a consumer aid to healthcare socialism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

September 20, 2011

195 Commission Head So Rhode Island

An example of how Rhode Island sluices around power for insiders.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

September 18, 2011

David and PolitiFact on the Same Wavelength

PolitiFact sides with Rep. David Cicilline (again) and for dubious reasons (again).

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:10 AM

September 17, 2011

Well, When You Put It That Way

Mark Steyn applies the appropriate level of humor to our absurd national governance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:35 AM

September 15, 2011

A Focus on Spreading Largess

Pushing public school teachers toward higher education degrees doesn't ensure good teachers, but it does ensure a healthy market for colleges and universities, ultimately at taxpayer expense.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

September 13, 2011

A Rumored Battle

My comment on the expulsion of Rep. Dan Gordon from the RI Republican caucus.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:14 AM

September 11, 2011

Emotional Ground Zero

For some of us, 9/11 taught the lesson that The World is never far from our daily lives. We'll see whether enough of us learned.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:41 PM

September 10, 2011

The Tolls Will Rise

Installing "open road tolling" on additional RI bridges will allow the government to bleed the people more invisibly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:20 AM

September 9, 2011

The Employee's Leverage

Employees aren't helpless cogs in need of government leverage; they're individually valuable assets and potential competition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:35 AM

September 8, 2011

The Projo's Preferred Narrative

Interesting that the heated rhetoric from Jimmy Hoffa warming up President Obama's audience isn't considered relevant in a paper that repeated casts the Tea Party as extreme.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Statement and Prediction

Starting with a vision of public sector workers as somehow set apart, RI lawmakers aren't likely to make the necessary changes to their pension deal.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:27 AM

September 7, 2011

Healthcare Exchange More than Commonly Thought

The Left sees healthcare exchanges as a means of imposing a one-government-plan system; the rest of us shouldn't see them as a benign hobby of bureaucrats.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

AARP as Full Subsidiary of Democrat-Union-Progressive Alliance

The AARP-RI is clearly more concerned about those portions of its membership that overlap with public-sector unions than with those whose background is in the private sector.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:05 AM

September 6, 2011

Mainstream Finally Catching Up with the Terrorists

Why has everybody all of a sudden caught on that lone wolf terrorists are a threat?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

September 4, 2011

A Bad Economy Is in the Democrats' Favor Structurally

Workers who are giving up are helping Obama by keeping unemployment statistics artificially low; they're also more likely to give Democrats the dependency vote.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:39 AM

September 2, 2011

Redistricting from a Narrow Range

People in the know are talking about the ethnic diversity of a redistricting commission, but it seems to me that geographic diversity would be more relevant.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

September 1, 2011

Not Getting to Keep the Coverage That You Like

Guess what: Even if you like your health insurance, your employer might not let you keep it when ObamaCare kicks into operation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Using the Legislature to Increase Union Leverage

It is a question whether RI Sen. Frank Ciccone is using his position on behalf of the people or of the unions that pay him so generously.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

August 31, 2011

Welcoming Patrick Laverty to the Contributors List

Anchor Rising has added commenter Patrick Laverty to its contributor list.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:36 PM

Speaking of Corruption and Inefficiency in Public Schools

Pulling back the curtain on the union's picks to decide about education reform reveals just how corrupt Rhode Island is.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Vouchers for Private School Are Only Fair (and a Smart Way to Save Money)

Public schools deserve to lose money, considering that they pay twice as much for worse results.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

August 30, 2011

Missing Something with the Guilt Pieces

Somehow human interest stories,lately, seem to be missing the component that would actually make me oppose government "cuts."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM

August 28, 2011

And Here's the Storm

The storm's barely here, and we've already lost power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:28 AM

Snow Drifting Across the True Meaning of the Wall

A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin, presents an excellent metaphor for describing the error of a liberal worldview.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 AM

August 27, 2011

When the Municipal Dictator Has a Political Boss

Through the governor, the totalitarian receiver of Central Falls appears to be politically accessible, if one has sufficient power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:19 AM

August 26, 2011

Changes of Season

An early end to summer has led my posting habits to be lighter than I'd expected.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

August 24, 2011

How a State Buries Itself with Wind and Overreaching Government

Green-energy madness provides an excellent example of the way in which government buries itself through a dictate-and-dig policy approach.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

August 23, 2011

Compressing the Same Workforce

How can Providence close five schools and keep all its teachers?

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:11 AM

August 22, 2011

The Mainstream Advocate

Deep media scrutiny of Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry makes me wish they'd devoted similar energy to the inexperienced Senator whom Americans elected to the office last time around.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:46 AM

August 21, 2011

We Still Have a Home on the Internet

Whatever happens with respect to content, Anchor Rising was able to renew its Web hosting service for another year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:47 AM

August 19, 2011

The Thought of Too Few

The folks who are fed up with RI's failures may number too few to fix them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Sharing the Pain Means You Hurt and They Have to Reduce Their Massages

Sharing the pain of fixing pension mismanagement is going to hurt the taxpayer disproportionately.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Tone Deaf Ruling Class

The government will never stop overspending until voters make it do so.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

August 18, 2011

Scaling Back

I took the final Anchor Rising call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

August 17, 2011

That's Why We Call the Tax "Progressive"

Many of the liberal arguments on taxation can be dispelled with just a little bit of research.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:42 AM

August 16, 2011

Self-Government's Intrusion on Fantasy Life

Police officers don't have much shorter life expectancies.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

August 15, 2011

Facing Reality

Unless something changes quickly, I'm going to have to scale back on my Anchor Rising activities.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:59 AM

August 14, 2011

The War Will Find the Shire

Our civic problems must be fixed, now, or else our Shire will be rendered unrecognizable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:57 PM

August 12, 2011

Saving Everybody from Themselves

The way to help people is to increase the reward for good decisions, not to decrease the pain of bad ones.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:15 AM

August 11, 2011

Property Tax Rates Don't Matter

Reminder: property tax rates don't matter.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM

August 10, 2011

Wherefor the Flow of Immigrants

The economy is helping to reverse the flow of illegal immigrants, but so is enforcement.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Moving the Goal Posts on Healthcare

With studies coming in that ObamaCare actually increases healthcare costs, the goal of the legislation is suddenly being said to have been something different.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:22 AM

August 9, 2011

The Whole Government Edifice Preparing to Come Down

States see cuts to federal aid in apocalyptic terms, but that doesn't mean that they'll prepare for such an inevitability.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A PolitiFact Social Security Stretch

Once again Projo PolitiFact proves that it's more than willing to present Democrat talking points as fact.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:05 AM

August 8, 2011

What Goes Up... Taxes

Taxes are leading the pack of large expenses that have inflated to take up more of two-income households' wealth.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

He'll Come When the Little People Deserve Him

RI Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty apparently hasn't learned, yet, that insulting your base is not the way to kick off a primary campaign.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

August 7, 2011

The Governor's Funders

It's worth reviewing the donors whose calls the governor is likely to take while in office.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:20 PM

August 6, 2011

A Father Is a Father

Involved fathers are important, and so is traditional marriage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Another Global Warming Problem

Data appears to suggest that — wait for it — alarmist climate models might be wrong.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:27 AM

August 5, 2011

And Down We Go

S&P has downgraded the United States' credit rating.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:41 PM

Come to Rhode Island... Just Not for Long

Rhode Island appears intent on accentuating its inadequacies.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Assumptions Underlying Harrop's Insanity

Even when columnists go off the deep end, their assumptions can be instructive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Downness and the Debt Ceiling

The debt ceiling debate may be a stand-in for larger concerns that our government and society have irreversible problems.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

August 4, 2011

Continuing Downness on the Economy

Household debt is another factor limiting entrepreneurship.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:26 PM

Ratings and Receivers

Andrew Morse took the Matt Allen spot for Anchor Rising, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Why We're Down on the Economy

The economy is broken because regulations make it just too hard to operate on a small scale.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

August 3, 2011

The Government's Monopoly on Garbage

With Tiverton now charging for garbage bags, private industry is looking to compete for trash pickup.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

August 2, 2011

Rhode Island Doesn't Need More Bureaucratic Garbage

Fortunately, a bill empowering bureaucrats to implement costly product disposal regulations disappeared in committee.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Birthplace of Dumb Apathy

While the world fights for change, Rhode Island watches the same old problems mosey along.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Overriding Point on Pensions

Even the most compelling case for public-sector pensions has a hard time overcoming an age-50 retirement.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

August 1, 2011

Re: Disabled (Ha!)

Should minor injuries in the public sector mean lifetime retirement?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Retirement Security for Them, Not You

RI Gen. Treasurer Gina Raimondo thinks a population with bleak retirement prospects ought to ensure retirement security for public employees.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:59 AM

July 31, 2011

Chicago in the White House

President Obama conducts an insurgency from the castle.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Letting the Government Fill Our Pockets

Are conservatives honor bound to refuse government handouts?

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:00 PM

Generous Benefits Attract Those Who Need Them

Maybe Rhode Island has more people collecting benefits because it's too generous with them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:05 PM

July 30, 2011

Poverty Discussion Focuses on "Them," Not "Us"

Class warfare is tending to focus on what the haves have, rather than what the have nots have.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Government's Version of Accountability

In threatening to stop enforcing No Child Left Behind, Ed. Secretary Arne Duncan is illustrating the eternal bluff that is government self-regulation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Self-Government's Intrusion on Fantasy Life

Television may ultimately be a tool of dependency.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:24 AM

July 29, 2011

Feedback and the Government Exemption

If consumer/taxpayer feedback is electrical current in a circuit, unions are resistors that distort the message.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Government's Disfigurement of American Society

The West's problems don't ultimately result from a flaw in democracy, per se, but from a deterioration of its culture.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Frothing Projo Editorial and a Much Needed Policy Reversal

The debt ceiling debate is awakening deep political disagreements.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

July 28, 2011

Productivity Isn't in the Union Interest

It'd be great if we could involve government employees in initiatives to increase government productivity, but their incentives are not ordered that way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Whom Do the Public and Private Sectors Serve?

The notion that the government is different from the private sector in that it it "serves the public" is beginning to seem quaint.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Public Sector and Politics

Last night, Monique took Anchor Rising's weekly call in to the Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:45 AM

July 27, 2011

Private and Public Sector Differences in Calculation

Distinctions between the private sector and public sector change hiring calculations substantially, not usually for the better.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

On School Budget Confusion and Arbitrary Authority

As seems often to be the case, confusion about legal requirements for education budget amounts in Warwick is entirely manufactured.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Gimmicks Won't Spark Business Activity

Marketing Rhode Island to businesses won't overcome the hurdle of being the very worst state for business in the country.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:08 AM

July 26, 2011

The Privilege of One-Party Rule

Legislators should feel free to question the Speaker of the House.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Kaleidoscopic Arguments Against Democracy

Big-taxer types in Tiverton will oppose a referendum-based budgeting process for any reason that comes to mind.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Who Is Talking About Fairness

Why do spokespeople for public sector pensioners always seem to be such unsympathetic figures based on the deals that they're defending?

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:16 AM

July 25, 2011

Letting the Spinners Get Away with Economic Baloney

Rhode Island's economy is flailing, no matter what the spinners say.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Two Candidates by the Issues

Two new faces to the RIGOP running for high office present themselves very differently.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

July 24, 2011

An Interesting Whisper from the Governor to the Receiver

It's curious that the governor hinted about replacing the Central Falls receiver just before the latter announced the need for major pension cuts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

Crediting the Good, While Debiting the Bad

It isn't appropriate to balance the trauma of firefighting against the value of a firefighter's pension.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:12 PM

July 23, 2011

A Note on Posting Productivity

I'm finally catching up with myself and cannot promise what the result will be when I finish.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 PM

July 22, 2011

A Connection of the New RIGOP Wave

Two new RIGOP faces, both running for high-profile offices, are making similar campaign decisions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Senate Still Scamming

The U.S. Senate is scheming with the tax code to trick Americans into accepting a massive tax increase.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

July 21, 2011

Not Careless Planning, but Political Calculation

The failure to fund public pensions wasn't carelessness; it was a clear consequence of the system of incentives that the unions created.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Signs of RI's Doom

Matt Allen and I discussed the forces at work in RI politics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:21 AM

July 20, 2011

The Cop-Media Connection

Rupert Murdock is illustrating in England that letting government collect information can be a big risk.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:18 PM

Lack of Sympathy for the Pensioner

I'm finding it hard to see why modifying public pensions is tantamount to breaking a promise.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

July 19, 2011

Training for Jobs That Don't Exist

A government-funded program that trains young adults for a struggling industry doesn't sound like a great idea.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

July 18, 2011

Necessitating a Drug War Surge?

Drug war success at the neighborhood level mightn't be an appropriate model for the broader effort.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:37 AM

July 12, 2011

Pensions Are an Example, Not the Whole Problem

The pension problem is illustrating our larger problem with public sector unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:38 AM

Pensions Are an Example, Not the Whole Problem

The pension problem is illustrating our larger problem with public sector unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:38 AM

July 11, 2011

Who Is Pulling the Trigger?

Shouldn't we care that the Obama administration has been arming Mexican drug cartels?

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:54 AM

July 8, 2011

Government: Where Popular Services Are a Problem

Why should the government lose money when lots of people wish to use its services?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:43 AM

Civics in an Evolving Society

Andrew Morse spoke with Tony Cornetta about the importance of civic structure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

July 7, 2011

Voter ID Surprise

Could be I'm too cynical, but I can't help but wonder about the catch to just-passed voter-ID legislation in RI.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:41 AM

July 6, 2011

Different Is Not Equivalent

The religious exemption in RI's new civil union law merely allows a minimal ability to recognize the uniqueness of male-female relationships.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

July 5, 2011

A Legislature Shouldn't Be Speaker Plus Advisers

Can Rhode Island's problems be solved through a system that reduces most legislators to courtiers?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:42 AM

July 4, 2011

When the Lender and Supplier Is Another Nation

Chinese microchips in missiles could be a sort of Trojan horse. Shouldn't that have been anticipated?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

All in the Judiciary's Hands

Can constitutional amendments be unconstitutional because they're hard to change?

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:08 AM

July 2, 2011

Should We Even Be Celebrating Independence?

Americans individually and collectively are so dependent that Independence Day seems a bit of a misnomer.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:25 AM

July 1, 2011

Do Legislators Really Not Know How It Works?

When you tax companies, customers pay. Duh.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:08 PM

For In-State Tuition, Show Us the Taxes

Should illegal immigrants prove a history of income tax payments before receiving in-state tuition?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 AM

June 30, 2011

All You Need to Know About Binding Arbitration

If unions are promising to give up strikes and "work to rule" for binding arbitration, they must really anticipate a huge advantage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Arbitration and History

Marc Comtois spoke with Matt Allen about binding arbitration and Michelle Bachmann.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

The Wrong Starting Point on Pensions

The advisory committee talking about RI pensions is starting from the wrong notion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:24 AM

June 29, 2011

Standards for State Employment? Who'd Have Thought?

Implementing standards for state employment would surely be a huge political battle; for now, we should make suspicious cases infamous.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

June 28, 2011

Everybody Wants Action

Rumors say that passing binding arbitration is part of a General Assembly budget deal. If so, the state is doomed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 PM

How the Economy Would Recover

We don't need government debt; we need entrepreneurialism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

How the Economy Would Recover

We don't need government debt; we need entrepreneurialism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

An A Priori Ruling from RIDE

When it comes to school funding and the Dept. of Education's standing as a judiciary, the law is whatever you can get away with.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:41 AM

June 27, 2011

The Value of a Dream Job

Providence police officers facing layoffs speak of their "dream jobs," and in so doing, they highlight some of the distortions created by public-sector unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM

June 24, 2011

Maybe It's Your Philosophy, Ben

Fed chief Ben Bernanke is puzzled by the sluggish economy; maybe it's a philosophical problem.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Not a Very Republican Thing to Say

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty seems to have some distinctly Democrat instincts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

In and Out of the Public Sector

Monique Chartier called in to the Matt Allen Show for Anchor Rising on Wednesday and talked mainly about Esserman and arbitration.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:11 AM

June 23, 2011

Rhode Island Budgeting: Increases Mean Cuts

The tricks aren't unique to RI, but the government budgeting strategy never fails to amaze.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:15 AM

June 22, 2011

Rhode Island Hurts Famlies

Bad governance in Rhode Island has made it unlikely that young families can stay in close proximity and still prosper.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Looking for the Cuts

The media's proclaiming legislative cuts to public spending, but what exactly they're cutting is another question.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

June 21, 2011

Yes, Let's Address the Problem

Charter schools are a highlighter of, not distraction from, the problems of public education.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Portsmouth Institute, "The Catholic Shakespeare?," Sunday, June 12

I've posted video from the third and final day of the Portsmouth Institute's conference on "The Catholic Shakespeare."

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

By Contrast with Common Sense

It's stunning that some proposed reforms to RI's pension system weren't standard policy from the very beginning.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:04 AM

June 20, 2011

Not So Much a "Skills Gap" as a Motivation Gap

Somehow, I don't think efforts to entice kids to keep up with their educations will direct them to the high-paying jobs that companies are finding difficult to fill.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

June 18, 2011

Another Rabbit Hat Budget

The government of Rhode Island looks likely to continue the state's slow budgetary doom rather than upset any powerful constituencies.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:15 AM

June 17, 2011

The Long Reach of Educational Inadquacy

Candidates who choose not to pursue a high-paying government job have been citing the low-quality school system as a reason.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Portsmouth Institute, "The Catholic Shakespeare?," Saturday, June 11

I've posted video and some notes from the Saturday sessions of the Portsmouth Institute's conference on Shakespeare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

June 16, 2011

Factional Definitions

Conversation about factionalism in the RIGOP has diverged in interesting ways.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:31 PM

What We Expect from Our Leaders

My call in to Matt Allen, last night, touched on taxes, speeding tickets, and various other topics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

June 15, 2011

The Return of Republican Factionalism

It looks like the RI congressional district 1 race might bring back Republican factionalism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:28 PM

A Glimpse Behind the Union Curtain

Ed Achorn continues to chip away at the Stephen Iannazzi story.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

June 14, 2011

Portsmouth Institute, "The Catholic Shakespeare?," Friday, June 10

I've uploaded video from the first day of this year's Portsmouth Institute conference, on "The Catholic Shakespeare?"

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

June 13, 2011

Not Positive Stories, but Stories of Debt

Politicians tend to celebrate events at which they give away money, but the public should start reconsidering the value of the exchange.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:59 PM

June 10, 2011

Portsmouth Institute, 2011

I've checked in from the annual Portsmouth Institute conference, this time on The Catholic Shakespeare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Seniority Means Efficiency in Whistleblowing?

Whatever else one might say of it, the idea that seniority empowers teachers to advocate for students seems a non sequitur.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:22 PM

Seeming Wise, but Raising Taxes

The RI Senate is on the right track with regard to changing the funding mechanism for transportation, but ending debt doesn't require raising taxes and fees.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:20 AM

June 9, 2011

More Commentary on Stephen Iannazzi

A handful of additional elected representatives have responded to my inquiry about labor nepotism in the State House.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM

Both Sides of the Labor Mouth

RI labor leaders are now blaming elected officials for irresponsibly giving in to union demands over the years.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM

June 8, 2011

An Acute Example of the Broader System

The history of Providence pensions is illustrative of the problem with public-sector unionization.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:05 AM

RIPEC's Chicken Acquiescence

Why is the RI Public Expenditures Council giving a hedged nod to destructive tax increases?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

June 7, 2011

"If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep It."

Not if your employer pulls it out from under you as a result of new regulations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:07 AM

June 6, 2011

The Fox Designing the Hen House

Rhode Island may have perfected the art of using redistricting to entrench entrenched powers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:30 PM

June 3, 2011

Re:Who Is Michael Chippendale?

Response from and to Rep. Chippendale with regard civil unions and political philosophy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Nobody on the People's Side

With the combined influence of the General Assembly and Governor Chafee, Rhode Islanders should be very afraid.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

To Whom Chafee Would Give a Refund

When RI Gov. Chafee's administration winds up with extra money, it's telling to whom he would give and from whom he would take.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

June 2, 2011

Accountability in Politics and Education

Andrew Morse and Matt Allen discussed accountability in politics and education, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:38 AM

June 1, 2011

This Is Consolidation

State Senator Tassoni's attempt to change Central Falls' school governance illustrates the folly of consolidation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

May 31, 2011

The Narrative That Never Changes

Arlene Violet thinks portraying a positive gay character in a musical will change people's views on same-sex marriage. I think that's borderline insulting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Simple Lesson in the Numbers

Rhode Island should learn from Texas's advances in comparison with California.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

First Responses to DiPalma Inquiry

Town Councilors opinions have begun to trickle in regarding RI Sen. DiPalma's support for union-related nepotism in the State House.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:47 AM

May 30, 2011

But What Are They Dying For?

I humbly suggest that the United States of the American Left is not worth the lives of our sons and daughters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 PM

Same Old One-Sided Moralization

American culture and politics appear to intersect where one side wishes for a freedom that increases dependency and the other for a freedom that expands independence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

May 27, 2011

Body of Proof That Tax Increases Aren't the Way to Go

It looks like RI Gov. Chafee's talk of increasing revenue, rather than decreasing spending, may already be having the effect of easing the way for economic producers to leave the state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

May 26, 2011

Top Talent

RI senators don't appear to understand why hiring a union pal's son to a job for which he is not clearly qualified might raise suspicions. I'll be seeking broad comment.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Endorsements and Blame

Marc Comtois called in to Matt Allen, last night, to talk about misdirected endorsements and pension-problem nonblame.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

May 25, 2011

The Social Structure of Socialists

Blue state policies produce an hourglass social structure for a reason.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Comedy of Endorsement

Looking back at the Projo's endorsement of Congressman David Cicilline (D, RI) yields more than just a laugh.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

May 24, 2011

And Where Was the Projo?

Congressman Cicilline (D, RI) is scrambling to escape the hole that he dug as mayor of Providence, but where was the Providence Journal while he was digging?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Behind the Unemployment Headline

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is falling, but it's mainly because people are giving up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Debt You Can Leave Behind

Rhode Islanders can leave behind their government's pension and retirement-benefit debt simply by leaving.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

May 23, 2011

Grading by Ideology

Do Republicans grade college students more objectively?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

May 20, 2011

Fun with Froma

The extent of government services shouldn't be the measure of national prosperity and goodness.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:21 PM

Coffee News to Wake Up To

Coffee can help prevent prostate cancer, apparently.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

May 19, 2011

Charlie Sheen as Internet Metaphor

The media is looking at a death spiral, but I wonder whether quality might save the day.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

What's Been Earned

Matt Allen and I discussed the concept of earning pensions versus income.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:01 AM

May 18, 2011

Laffey Raises a Point It's Easy to Forget

Stephen Laffey reminds us that some politicians aren't automatically humiliated by their own catastrophic failure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Change of Tune on Radicalization

Remember when the danger of radicalizing Muslims was proclaimed with every bit of collateral damage? What changed?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Reform for the Difficult, Too

There's no reason to expect that increasing school choice won't benefit "difficult students," too.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

May 17, 2011

To Reform Pensions, Reform Everything

There's only one way to reform RI's municipal and state pension systems, and that's to change everything about the way the state does business.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:28 PM

Jobs Saved and Destroyed

It appears that federal stimulus destroyed twice as many jobs in the private sector as it created in the public sector.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

May 16, 2011

Not Still, but Still, 6 Percent

Such is the scheme of government that a tax increase can plausibly be sold as a decrease.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Still Wary of Consolidation, Even of Pensions

I'm not persuaded that consolidating RI's pension systems into one is the way to go.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Labor Model Must Change with the Education Model

Hope High in Providence illustrates that education reform necessitates labor reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

May 15, 2011

From a State Collapsing to a Country Rebuilding

I thought it worth noting that John Loughlin is off to Iraq today.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:47 PM

Subsidies in the Wind

The investment in wind energy seems to be attractive by government fiat and curiously tied to unions and political corruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

May 13, 2011

An Endurance Contest in Futility

Committee hearings are another medium through which the RI General Assembly tells the public where it stands.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

May 12, 2011

Extra Revenue Has to Come from Somewhere

Rhode Island is taking in more tax revenue than it projected... wonder from whom it's coming.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A People Beaten Down

As Marc Comtois told Matt Allen, Rhode Islanders are beginning to feel beaten down.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Little State, Big Problem

Chew on this: Rhode Island's unfunded pension liability is 100 times that of New York state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

May 11, 2011

Economic Passivity in Rhode Island

RI follows national economic trends... except when it doesn't.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:18 PM

Four New Faces... Same Old Media

Reviewing some new legislators, the Projo shows its same old bias and misses the real story.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

May 10, 2011

Debt Versus Economy

Is government debt worthless in the absence of another recession?

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:18 PM

Still Underpreparing for Pensions

An adjustment to actuarial assumptions is about to rock Rhode Island's governments, but it doesn't look dramatic enough.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

May 9, 2011

Lots of Support for Blowing Your Money Away

It isn't surprising that two groups that profit from government overreach can come together to support it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 AM

May 6, 2011

Sleepy Public Construction Methods

Tim White catches a sleepy DOT employee, and I wonder whether he's just mimicking the work pace of public construction projects.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

But Who Dropped the Anchor?

It isn't possible to tease the politics of pension away from the culpability of union employees.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM

May 5, 2011

The 25-Year-Old Keeping the Senate Together

RI's Senate majority leader is going to bat for one of his highly paid employees; we'll see if he cools the heat or stokes the flames.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Andrew All Over the Radio

Andrew Morse was on last night's Matt Allen Show and will be on tomorrow's WRNI Political Roundtable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:59 AM

May 4, 2011

Comparative Budgets

A tax increase being touted as major "pain sharing" in Providence would actually be pretty low by Tiverton standards.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:19 PM

Preference for a More Confident Nation

There's something insecure and unAmerican in too jubilant a celebration of the death of a single man.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 AM

May 3, 2011

The Advantaged Class at the Town Level, Too

More tales of young public-sector retirees who go on to second careers on the public dime.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

May 2, 2011

Various Thoughts on bin Laden

I've posted some additional thoughts on bin Laden's death.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM

The Message of Union Defense

If we follow the teachers' unions' logic, it sounds as if we ought to allocate resources away from them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

May 1, 2011

A Message Full of Coincidence

How odd that President Obama would choose to announce the death of Osama bin Laden during the final 15 minutes of Celebrity Apprentice.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:52 PM

April 30, 2011

Where Rhode Island's Tax Dollars Go

A 48-year-old weight lifter on a $45,600 tax-free disability pension from the Providence fire department. Now, that's public service.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:28 AM

April 29, 2011

A Couple of Narrower Economic Debates

Economic debates regarding more current events (rather than the philosophical battle of Keynes and Hayek) are also interesting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Winner by Fiat

The rap war between Keynes and Hayek has swung into round 2.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:01 AM

April 28, 2011

Birtherism Dies an Easy Death

Why did Obama string the birtherites along for so long? Because he knew he'd get away with it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Rhode Island Story

Ed Achorn has (almost literally) found a poster child for Rhode Island political corruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Main Page Summary

Monique Chartier called in to the Matt Allen Show for Anchor Rising, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:08 AM

April 27, 2011

The Young and Unemployed

Rhode Island has to change its priorities or it has no future, as departing, young, educated adults illustrate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 AM

April 26, 2011

An Illustration of RI's Advantaged Class in Cranston

It appears that the job of police chief in Cranston, RI, is mainly a catapult for a higher pension.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

April 25, 2011

The Reign of Obama May Close Out the Age of America

If President Obama wins another term, he looks likely to carry the U.S. into a world of Chinese economic majority.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:28 PM

That Old Welfare Draw Question Poorly Answered, Again

Media people continue to address state-by-state welfare system comparisons in an inaccurate way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Vlog #11: A Speechification Coach for the Governor

Governor Chafee's speaking style reminds me of something from my childhood...

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

April 22, 2011

Dumb Legislation at the Speed of Text

Why should a state legislature expend the effort to ban cell phone use in school?

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:48 PM

They're Watching You

The era of being tracked by our devices is upon us.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:57 AM

April 21, 2011

Chafee Wants to Bite Charities and the American Flag

The governor's list of items to tax at 1% gives the impression that it was meant to scare and then be removed to provide cover for the rest of his tax increase.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Talking with Tony

It was my turn to call in to the Matt Allen Show with an Anchor Rising update, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

April 20, 2011

Is It Really Profit if There's Future Retirement Debt?

The question: Why shouldn't retirement benefits count as current expenses?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Priorities of the Bargaining Unit

A Pennsylvania police union is complaining that the chief is fighting crime on his off days.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Matter of Protest Perspective

Two tax-related protests get quite different treatment from the Providence Journal.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

April 19, 2011

The Logic of Taking Your Money

Big government activists have a way of letting taxpayers know just what we are to them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Meet the New Toady, Same as the Old

A union member notes the corruption pre-union; I'd suggest that the only change has been integration of labor into the corruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:09 AM

April 18, 2011

Re: Local Governments Founded in Deception

If the pension problem wasn't of school committees' making, then they certainly didn't resist it sufficiently.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:09 PM

April 15, 2011

Not Working: A Society in Decline

Employment statistics should cause concern, as well as skepticism that leftist policies can repair the damage that they've caused.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:24 PM

Local Governments Founded in Deception

It turns out that actually paying for their pension promises might be a fatal wound to local governments.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

April 14, 2011

The Consistent(ly bad) Governor

RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee's much declared desire to engage in open discussion is a fraud.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Two Languages of Rhode Island

Anchor Rising's Monique Chartier and WPRO's Matt Allen discussed the bizarre disconnect between Governor Chafee and Rhode Island's private sector.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

John Derbyshire: "Dissidents and Doom"

I've posted video of John Derbyshire's lecture, last night, before the Providence College Republicans.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:09 AM

April 13, 2011

Governments Redirect Disaster Money

Shocker: BP oil-relief money filtered through local governments is going to some questionable expenses.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Bewildered Leaders and a Bewitched Population

Voters could force a change in RI corruption... but they won't.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM

Bringing Conservative Pessimism to Campus

National Review's John Derbyshire will be appearing on the Providence College campus, tonight.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

April 12, 2011

A Union Ratchet

An RI legislator gives a glimpse of the sort of laws that unionists would love to enact.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Dependence on Corruption

Oddly, corruption among union leaders doesn't seem to rankle union members.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM

April 11, 2011

The Minutia of Getting Your Way Locally

Local government is a place that allows special interests to try and try again to thwart the will of voters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:18 PM

Management as the Science of Squeezing

Certain theories of management might not only hurt the business, but also reduce the need for managers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Top-Down Model of Economic Development

An Economic Development Corp. directed by big-time corporate executives just might be prone to serving their own interests.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

RI Gets a National Chuckle

Mark Steyn gives a couple of RI figures some deserved ribbing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:59 AM

April 9, 2011

Let Them Buy Hybrid Vans

President Obama thinks that folks with big families and large cars should respond to skyrocketing gas prices by buying expensive hybrid vehicles.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:38 PM

April 8, 2011

A Tale of Pensions

Tom Sgouros wants to rephrase how we think about public pensions so that we'll just keep paying the bill.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:13 AM

April 7, 2011

The Way the Marriage Battle Should Be Resolved

A doomed bill in the RI House points the way to proper resolution of the same-sex marriage dispute.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

To Anchor Rising for Further Study

Monique spoke with WPRO's Tony Cornetta about doings at Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:54 AM

April 6, 2011

The Crapola of Simple Math

RI Moderate Party candidate for governor, Ken Block, denies responsibility for the election of RI's fatal chief executive. I say "pshaw."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:38 AM

April 5, 2011

Doubling Expenses Through Fees

Tiverton is going to charge more for garbage, but it only has to do so because it has spent unwisely in the past.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Finding a Way to Build the Tax Wall

Government leaders would prefer to tighten their noose around online retailers, rather than find ways to make it easier for store-front companies to compete.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Block Edges Toward the Border

The spoiler candidate in RI's last gubernatorial election doesn't like the government he helped to elect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

April 4, 2011

Pensions from the Top

RI's system of awarding pensions is built to encourage corruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Whose Voice Are We Hearing?

Union negotiations don't involve the "voice of the teacher"; they involve the voice of the union leadership.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

April 2, 2011

A Subject for Saturday Daydreaming

Yeah, Wisconsin unions are fighting new laws that restrict them, but at least the state has gotten this far!

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:59 AM

April 1, 2011

Anatomy of a Controversy

An Republican RI state representative has stepped into a minefield with foolish online comments related to a gay-straight alliance group in Tiverton.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:36 AM

March 31, 2011

Politics on Voter-ID

Watching the legislative process can be a matter of "trace the political games."

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Government Way: Doing Less with More!

Marc Comtois notes government's trend of doing less for more.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 AM

March 30, 2011

How the Game Is Stacked for the Teachers' Unions

Not surprisingly, a teacher-legislator prioritizes teacher seniority over minimizing harm to students.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Where's the Money Supposed to Come From?

Tiverton's added a per-bag fee to the existing trash-collection tax bill. Where's the money supposed to come from?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

March 29, 2011

A Moment for Misanthropy

Mark Patinkin's misanthropy in the face of Japan's tsunami isn't founded in an accurate understanding of nature and mankind.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Sign of Leadership

"Held for further study" would be an apt description of Rhode Island in general.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

March 28, 2011

Lamenting Taxes While Endorsing Taxers

Hopefully, the Providence Journal will allow its opposition to Gov. Chafee's tax proposal to redirect its endorsement habits in the future.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:20 PM

My Social Cause for Your Law and Order

Legislative horse trading is inevitable, but there's still something distasteful about it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

March 25, 2011

Drugs Taxed School Zone

I wonder if Drug Free School Zones except medical marijuana dealers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM

If Not for the People, RI Would Have Fewer People

The inclination to slice society up into racial categories cannot be healthy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 AM

March 24, 2011

Hard Cases Make Bad Law

The arguments against same-sex marriage stand even when the opposition has compelling personal stories.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Never-Ending Upward Line of Government Spending

Andrew Morse suggests that government spending can't always go up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

March 23, 2011

New Media Icon on Campus

Undercover activist James O'Keefe will be appearing before the Providence College Republicans, tonight.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

March 22, 2011

The Law of Honoring Thy Parents

Is it honoring when a parental visit is done under force of law?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

At Least It's Being Considered

Legislation limiting labor has no chance, in RI, but at least it's on the table.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

March 21, 2011

Watching the Wheels Go Fruitlessly Around

Is there any hope for Rhode Island's economy?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

March 18, 2011

A Frivolous Post About Getting Older and Bone Structure

So I was carded for alcohol, this afternoon. Is that a common experience among people my age?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:05 PM

Covering Criticism of the Governor

PolitiFact finds RI Gov. Linc Chafee to be keeping promises that he looks to me to have broken.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Everybody's Representative?

Local Rep. John Edwards (D, Portsmouth, Tiverton) gives reason to wonder whether his representation extends far beyond the Democrat Town Committee.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

March 17, 2011

The Governor's Faith That You Don't Matter

Gov. Chafee apparently didn't attempt to predict the effect that his tax policies would have on the behaviors that he proposes to tax.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Sacrifice Starting from Unequal Footing

Monique Chartier and Matt Allen talked RI taxation on last night's Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:55 AM

March 16, 2011

A Lesson for the Town's Educators (and Parents)

If Little Compton parents don't want Tiverton High School's offerings, why should Tiverton parents?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Drug Dealer... Not a Stretch for Rhode Island

Legalizing pot is one thing; adding RI's brand of corruption to the industry is another.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

March 15, 2011

The Tax List

RI Gov. Chafee wants to tax some curious things.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Like a Profession, or Something

Blackstone Valley Prep charter school appears to be taking the revolutionary step of handling teachers like real professionals.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

March 14, 2011

What Elected Officials Have Negotiated For

Public sector unions get it all: high salaries, lavish benefits, and job security.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:38 PM

The Biggest Tax Increase... and on Whom?

Governor Chafee has found a way to make a tax increase on the working and lower-middle classes seem like a tax reduction.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

March 13, 2011

Re: Quoth the Meter

I've clarified my understanding of the PolitiFact process.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:51 PM

March 12, 2011

Accepting PolitiFact (or not)

Does the PolitiFact brand really fool anybody?

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

March 11, 2011

Once Again Re: The Direction of Imposition

And on the conversation about separation goes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:08 PM

Re: The Direction of Imposition

Continuing the discussion about a prayer banner in Cranston.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:29 PM

The Direction of Imposition with Cranston Prayer

Cranston atheists and the ACLU are projecting their desire to impose a belief on everybody else.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

March 10, 2011

Chafee Shows Us Who's Boss

Not surprising. Governor Chafee is funneling money to his biggest supporters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Deficit Hawk... Not So Much

Is RI Governor Lincoln Chafee a deficit hawk? Not really.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Naming the Broader Tax Base

My call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, dealt with budgetary discouragement.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:52 AM

March 9, 2011

Re: Budget Thoughts

We're having an intraconservative debate about RI Gov. Chafee's budget.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Searching for Justice in Rhode Island

A just system would not lead innocent victims feeling as if street justice is the only route for the murderer of a child.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

To Liveblog or Not to Liveblog

I made a last-minute decision to liveblog RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget address, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 AM

March 8, 2011

What Inspires Political Activity?

When a radical feminist says something with which a religious conservative agrees, you just know she's speaking non sequiturs.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:57 PM

Reporting on Experts

The problem with trying to quantify the accuracy of experts is that it creates another topic on which experts can disagree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Maybe the Mistrust Is Indicative of Knowledge, Not Ignorance

People mistrust local and state government in Rhode Island. Unleash the propaganda!

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:52 AM

March 7, 2011

Playing the System for Profit

A former part-time legislator gets a high-paying job in a friendly administration, and voila! A lucrative pension for the rest of his life.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Steyn Back in Action

Mark Steyn has returned to National Review and to highlighting the growth of a terrorist culture and the continued passivity of the West.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Fantasy Compromise

Can Rhode Island transition from compulsory union membership to a mere right-to-work regime?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Line of Awareness Crossed Too Late?

The commentariate class of RI is uniting in concern about the state of the state. About time.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:27 AM

March 4, 2011

An Audit of Popularity

Everybody, right down to the media and electorate, is responsible for covering David Cicilline, and they'll do it again, when the time comes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Union Rhetoric and Financial Reality

Teacher union rhetoric reminds one of the gulf that separates their lives from those of the general public.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

March 3, 2011

Them and Us

RIFuture is up for grabs, and I've got my hand out.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 PM

The Shape of the Governor's Solutions

RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee is a representative for those who've like a lack of real solutions to the state's problems.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Regent for One Reason

Nominated Chairman of the RI Board of Regents George Caruolo is a retrograde voice of backtracking.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Power of Blogs

I joked with Matt Allen, last night, about matters of local blogging.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:53 AM

March 2, 2011

"Democracy" Is Whatever Gets the Special Interest Its Way

Funny how a direct referendum can be made to seem undemocratic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:21 PM

March 1, 2011

Unions: Cause or Coincidence?

Unions didn't cause increased respect for teachers, and their disappearance won't decrease it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:26 PM

Proving the Unprovable in SLAPP Response

A judge has determined that TCC David Nelson must prove the unprovable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

February 28, 2011

The Hot Issue of Taxation

An interesting first in Tiverton politics, at least to my experience.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:46 PM

Observed from Within the Complications

High-deductible plans are no more confusing than health care already is, and they're the only plausible route out of the industry's fatal inflation spiral.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

February 25, 2011

Cheap Shots All Around

Reports of "bias" incidents at URI strike me as evidence that the university is too interested in soliciting reports.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

February 24, 2011

Human Nature and Unions

Andrew Morse introduced Matt Allen to the beginnings of a philosophy of unions, as it were.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:04 PM

February 23, 2011

On the Way to Extraordinary

Condoleezza Rice's memoir provides evidence for the argument that racial equality should have emphasized faith, family, and dedication.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

February 22, 2011

Free Care and Process

'Round and 'round the free healthcare of RI legislators goes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Domesticity Will Always Look Domestic

That responsible people are cohabiting doesn't mean that it's just fine for them not to get married.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:24 AM

February 21, 2011

Where's the Socialism?

Arguments about "socialism" tend to become mired in definitions, rather than substance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Getting to Graduation

Improving graduation rates should be built into the investment that we're already making in schools.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:04 AM

February 19, 2011

More a Never-Ending Winter than Groundhog Day

RI isn't trapped in Groundhog Day, but in the winter of the White Witch.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

When the Numbers No Longer Add Up

State and local governments can no longer afford to pay such large portions of their taxes out to employees who no longer work for them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:12 PM

The Wrong Starting Point for Economic Development

Experts attempting to prescribe an economic development strategy should begin with the principle that government must get out of the way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:22 AM

February 18, 2011

Big Government or Small, the Culture Must Be Healthy

Statists require a society that's free enough to stumble over itself and into the government's arms.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Day the Reform Ended

RI Ed. Commissioner Deborah Gist has blinked in the struggle to improve education in RI, and it won't go unnoticed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

February 17, 2011

Catching Up with Matt Allen

I've posted two Anchor Rising visits to the Matt Allen Show, one by Monique and one by Marc.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Ending the Caruolo Act

Legislation to end the Caruolo Act, which allows school committees to sue their towns, has been filed, as it should be every year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:45 AM

February 15, 2011

Polarized Politics

The political deck may be shuffling and separating, and it's probably a good thing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Removing the Anxiety of School Layoffs

To buck their early layoff deadline, school districts should just lay off everybody every year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

February 5, 2011

Another Track for the Narrative

At some point, the unemployed have to take responsibility... and drastic action.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

The Health of the Legislature

A field of legislators who can afford to forgo official benefits is not necessarily desirable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Toward a More Optimistic Pessimism

Questions of optimism versus pessimism require context; one can be optimistic on one level and pessimistic on another.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:33 AM

February 4, 2011

Checking Out of the Race

The American spirit may be changing, and it won't be a healthy development.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Opening the Gateway

Marijuana may be a gateway to harder drugs, but if the gate that it opens is illegality, then that's not an argument against legalizing it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

February 3, 2011

The Godlessness of the Gaps

If religion sometimes tries to fill the gaps of science with God, science strives often to coat the order of the universe with a faith-based chaos.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:48 PM

One Man's Left-of-Center Is Another Man's Far Left

Political labels applied to RI House committee chairs can be revealing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

When One Group's Ascendency Must Prevent Another's

Vitriol against RI's bishop indicates a fear and aggression that is much broader in its application.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

How a Bill Gets a Hearing

Andrew Morse explained to Matt Allen how legislators can make sure their bills actually get a committee discussion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

February 2, 2011

Watching the Intellectual Weight

That minimum test scores are not all doesn't mean that they aren't justified as requirements.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

A Controlled Use for Weapons

Nuclear disarmament mightn't serve the cause of peace.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Seems Folks Argued This All Along...

ObamaCare will not suspect the law of supply and demand.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Scope of Religious Freedom

Religious protections in proposed RI same-sex marriage legislation are not as broad as some might expect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

February 1, 2011

For Whom They Work

Public employees work for the people, not the governor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Marriage as Healthcare Policy

Marriage should not be treated as a path toward universal healthcare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

What Should Be and What Will

One would think that economic signs would turn public official around, but they won't.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

January 31, 2011

A Paradigm Without Structure

Theories are exciting, but some portion of children's education can be standardized... must be.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:26 PM

Balance Is Airing One Side

RI Governor Lincoln Chafee appears to have a one-sided method of sparking debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 AM

January 30, 2011

Two Post Facto Responses on Felner's Behalf

Objections to tax migration data aren't as incisive as they may appear on a round table.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:51 PM

January 29, 2011

The Message We Heard

This cartoon captures what many folks outside of President Obama's political base actually heard him say during the state of the union.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:45 PM

What Difference Does the Tool and Placement Make?

Deplorable office conditions aside, the procedures that have left an abortionist charged with multiple counts of murder strike me as more humane than other, legal procedures.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:33 AM

January 28, 2011

"Surplus" Just Means They Haven't Spent It, Yet

It isn't just poor or unreasonable judgment that causes government spending; it's the system we've built.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

There's That No-Can-Do Attitude, Again

Why are our public schools operated with a no-can-do attitude?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

January 27, 2011

One Anecdote of Many

It cannot be denied that some folks' anecdotal evidence shows taxpayer flight.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Give Them Time... and Money

Over the long term, throwing more money into public education merely causes the price of labor to rise and put more pressure on the services offered.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Science of Test Scores

Marc Comtois described, on the Matt Allen Show, some of his findings related to standardized science test scores.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:53 AM

January 26, 2011

Drunk on Taxation

The Projo editors seem not to consider the benefit to residents of competition between states.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Principles Opposed to Slavery and Statism

The political and economic ideas of Abraham Lincoln stand against statism as well as slavery.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:27 AM

January 25, 2011

The State of the Rhetoric

Why I'm not watching the state of the union speech.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:27 PM

Innvation as the Modern Differentiator

What caused modern society? Oh, probably a bunch of things.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Bully and the Protector

The hot topic of cyberbullying raises questions about the role of government and social reasons that it's changing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

January 24, 2011

Pursuing Business Friendliness

Tonight's Tiverton Town Council meeting is steeped in talk of economic development, business friendliness, and taxation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:49 PM

The Journal's Us and Them

An entire front-page article about talk radio in the Providence Journal, last Sunday, did not once quote anybody associated with the medium.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Stagnant Life for the Up-and-Comers

Young adults aren't chasing opportunity around the country as much as they used to. Hopefully, that'll change.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Advice for the Young Regulator

Kevin Williamson enjoyably describes the problem with regulation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

January 22, 2011

Remembering the Well Put Phrase

In the short-term, RI's problem comes down to getting the wrong people to do the right thing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

The Crashing System

Government can only encourage dependency for so long, before there's nobody to be dependent on.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

An Odd Reason to Give a Diploma

Some of the objections to RI's proposed diploma system change raise the question of what a diploma is meant to indicate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:08 AM

January 21, 2011

Some Hot Air in the Green Economy

At least in Portsmouth, "green technology" is another way to shift money from the private economy to government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Knowledge Economy Does Not Offset a Bad Economy

Rhode Island does OK in terms of the "knowledge economy" or the "new economy," but it's a relatively dark spot in Southern New England, and it relies too heavily on confiscated dollars.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

January 20, 2011

Who's Leaving and What the Legislators Are Doing

Last night, on the Matt Allen Show, I talked about some of the big things that Anchor Rising has been doing this week.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

So What's the Answer?

Today, I wrap up my analysis of taxpayer and population trends in Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:08 AM

January 19, 2011

Up and Out, or Just Out?

And now the question of who, specifically, is leaving Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:33 AM

January 18, 2011

Giving Away the Store, or Maintaining a Base?

Today, I look at state taxes paid and taxpayer migration.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:41 AM

January 17, 2011

An Inevitable Course, Once on It

Public sector unions haven't been around long, in the United States, but they're likely to drag the nation down pretty quickly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Trends of the Decade

The first of a series of posts examining taxpayer migration trends in RI is up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:36 AM

January 16, 2011

Grappling with Truth Isn't Easy

Love (compassion) and responsibility can be difficult to reconcile, in life, but the call to both requires that we try.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:03 PM

Rules Should Require Effort

Whoever's in the minority, the filibuster shouldn't be a standing supermajority requirement.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:02 PM

Stuck in the Comic Book

People who move to Rhode Island from elsewhere seem to agree that Rhode Islanders have a habit of getting in their own way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:03 AM

January 15, 2011

Power to the Leadership

RI Rep. Peter Palumbo (D, Cranston) inexplicably wants to give House leaders more power over their fellow legislators.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

A Promise to Watch For

Congressional Republicans have promised fairness and openness... promises worth keeping track of.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:02 PM

The Point of Separation

Advocates of a "separation of church and state" just want to insert their guidance in the place of God's.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:24 AM

January 14, 2011

What's Hiding Behind Chafee's Divisive Rhetoric?

Gov. Chafee's sustained attack on talk radio makes me wonder what he's trying to distract us from.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:42 AM

January 13, 2011

Controversy Continues in Tiverton

I've liveblogged tonight's Tiverton School Committee Meeting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:44 PM

Party Games in "Non-Partisan" Tiverton

Tiverton's lone Republican representative in the State House has been having trouble getting invited to meetings of the town government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Primary Power to the People

European parliaments encourage a closed political class; the wild American system is preferable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Snow Toughness

Matt Allen and I reminisced about how much tougher everybody was when we were kids.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:54 AM

January 12, 2011

Sympathy for the Dictator

One can't encourage government to regulate television volume without allowing it to regulate other things, just as invasive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Rhode Island, by Example

The coming collapse of Rhode Island further illustrates the need to start local.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Tea Going Forward

The Tea Party should resist the usual lures of power and keep its priorities local and pervasive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

January 11, 2011

A Governor for Bringing Everybody Together... Unless You Listen to Talk Radio

Rhode Island's governor has locked out an entire form of information media either because he's scared or because he's ideological closed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:20 PM

When Who You Are Is an Insult

Simply by describing his life and biography, John Loughlin was "gay baiting" according to gay activists.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Sadly, the Propagandist Can't Be Ignored

Local news media continue to mistake a local union hack for a legitimate disputant in public debate... and risk their credibility.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:44 AM

January 10, 2011

State Reps in Town

I'm liveblogging tonight's Tiverton Town Council, beginning with an appearance by three of our four state representation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:41 PM

Evolving the Welfare State

Evolving the welfare state Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Certified Experiment

The battle over certification of charter school teachers can lead to some interesting conclusions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

January 8, 2011

The Predicament of Dementia

Dementia could be evidence for a particular interpretation of reality.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Blaming the Right Targets

There's enough blame to go around in the case of invasive security procedures.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Taking the GG Out of Literature

Removing the word "nigger" from Huck Finn not only assaults the book, but also makes its point.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:59 AM

January 7, 2011

Supporting the Untouchables

The poor must support the better off, and wishing to retain money in order to enjoy the offerings of a community is evidence of despising that community.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The IRS Goes to Jail

The IRS is giving prisoners fraudulent tax returns; I see it as an indication that taxes should be cut and simplified.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Common Purpose of Agreement with the Aristocrat

In Lincoln-land, openness and common purpose mean agreeing with Governor Chafee.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

January 6, 2011

Fear of the Unknown (But Suspected)

I fear that Governor Lincoln Chafee has had no panic about the authority now vested in him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Affecting What We Can

The government should concentrate on economic environment, not the activities therein.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Happy New Year, Commissioner

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist's work environment may already be changing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Immigration and Buzzards

Monique Chartier called in to the Matt Allen show to offer thoughts on RI immigration policy and an interesting headline juxtaposition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:51 AM

January 5, 2011

Don't Lament the Inevitable; Change the Thinking

When government controls all, corruption of "experts" is inevitable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Deflate the Bubble — There's Only One Way

It would be healthy for the municipal bond market to shrink.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

When Government Is Empowered to Balance Fish and Farmers

To protect a bait fish, the federal government has devastated California's Central Valley.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

January 4, 2011

Letting the Scam's Legislative Architect Run the Budget

A key player in the RI tax "reform" that made tax code worse is moving on to control of the state's budget.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

A Couple of Questions on the Debt Ceiling

Hold the government to its debt ceiling; if catastrophe ensues, it's the government's fault for not staying within its budget.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

How to Put Kids First

"Putting kids first" must be a cultural mandate, not a governmental one.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Starting Up to Capture Talent Flow

We can come up with whatever buzzwords we want, but what Rhode Island's economic policy needs remains the same.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM

January 3, 2011

In the beginning was the Word

If gravity is a consequence of the importance of information in the universe perhaps human consciousness drives our biological existence, not the other way around.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 PM

A Mechanism for a (Slightly) Longer View

Common Cause's John Marion wants a longer view in governance. Parties provide such a thing, but it isn't typically as healthy as one might expect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Almost Like Another Ponzi Scheme

Medicare already pays out more than three times what it takes from an individual over his lifetime. That won't last.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The New Tax Scam

Rhode Island's tax "reform" is looking more and more like a scam against productive residents.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:43 AM

January 1, 2011

From Blogger to Power Broker (Of Sorts)

RI Future blog founder Matt Jerzyk is now a full-fledged member of the Providence political machine.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:22 PM

The Foundation for Everything You Know

It's fascinating to know that the discovery of a tooth could change our understanding of history.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:41 PM

We've Already Maxed Out the Beauty Quotient

Yes, having an attractive state is important, but Rhode Island's already cashed in its advantages.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:54 AM

December 30, 2010

Dealing with the Second Primary

Runoff elections would be a healthy introduction to Rhode Island politics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Politics and Redemption

My call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, touched on matters of political thought and redemption for athletes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

December 29, 2010

Beware Too-Efficient Government

Tom Sgouros thinks services and cooperation are the purpose of government. The American founders disagreed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Common Sense Locked Out

State representatives are already talking about legislative action on immigration to counter gubernatorial action, but prospects are surely dim.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

December 28, 2010

Let Imbalances Correct Themselves

When the public sector originates a push for higher education, it mismatches incentives.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Trainor's Had That First Bitter Taste

One can't fault Michael Trainor's reconsideration of his assumed elevation to spokesman for Gov. Linc Chafee. It's going to be a tough job.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Can Rhode Island Be the Exception to Foolish Consistency?

Rhode Island's problem isn't that its people don't like education and white-collar jobs; it's that they tolerate high taxes and regulation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:35 AM

December 27, 2010

Not Back to the Partisan Script

Pundits and politicians should think twice before concluding that the nation is back to politics as usual.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:41 PM

A Due Respect for Political Patronage Job Holders

In RI, magistrates are not judges, but political patronage job holders. They're also locking up kids for minor disrespect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

December 24, 2010

Cherry Kerr-y

A culture that can't enjoy Neil Diamond is doomed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Truth-O-Meter, Pants on Fire

The Wall Street Journal outs PolitiFact as a propaganda organ.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Hostile World Closes In

In part with the help of Iran, Venezuela is arming itself to the teeth. Why aren't we reacting?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:04 AM

December 23, 2010

Policy Stasis as Economic Boost

The recently passed tax-cut legislation didn't really add anything positive to the equation; it just averted the negative.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The NEA's Penchant for Bad Analogy

Is it better for teachers to start with the theory of teaching or the subject matter that they're actually going to teach?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

What They're Planning, and What We Should Plan

Andrew Morse summarized his liveblog of RI's recent budget summit on the Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

December 22, 2010

Watching the Slow-Motion Crash of the Regionalization Train

The warning signs along the path toward centralization are many.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

When Enforcement Profits the Government

Cracking down on companies that exaggerate in ads profits the government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Call in the Gov

The teachers' union in Central Falls has asked for Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's help. One expects them to get it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

December 21, 2010

Setting Up the Failure

Chronic absences of teachers are suggestive of a union plot to undermine reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

December 20, 2010

A Snicker from "the Differences"

When Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he wishes to "set aside differences," just whom does he mean?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Two Senators and a Rep (with Correction)

I've corrected some misreporting of something that state Rep. Jay Edwards (D, Tiverton) said and provided video of his (and others') appearance before the Tiverton School Committee.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Toward Fighting the Usual, Expected Interpretation

Affordable housing advocates, in RI, are making the usual arguments based on their unexplored research, and Anchor Rising isn't currently in a position to counter them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:46 AM

December 19, 2010

Feeling Galtish on Sunday

Calculations of pay and expenses for my carpentry career leave me wondering whether I mightn't be better off unemployed or on welfare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:28 PM

December 17, 2010

Down Again

Rhode Island's unemployment is up, which might be good if signs didn't indicate a potential for a double-dip recession.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

December 16, 2010

Equivalence Beheaded

Death sentences for apostasy suggest (to me, at least) that concern about the sanity of the Iranian regime is not subject to relativism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Gathering in the Salon

Folks with right-of-center beliefs needn't apply for time with RI Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee, but the powerful will find his home open for social gatherings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Teachers, Meetings, Speeches, and Money

Last night, Matt Allen and I covered topics ranging from teachers to Chafee in just a few minutes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

December 15, 2010

Speaking of Being Rich...

The much-maligned richest 2% live well, but they aren't sitting on mounds of cash waiting to be taxed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Human Nature (and Frank Reality) Will Out

Young women are beginning to acknowledge the benefits of marrying a rich husband. And the old is new...

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

December 14, 2010

Dangerous Initiatives Set to Rear Their Heads

The RI legislature will be reconsidering some very bad bills related to teachers' unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:41 PM

Whose Taxes Will Change How

Rhode Islanders are about to see the amount that they actually take home in their paychecks change, and if you're economically productive, it's probably going to decrease.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Dark Tradeoff

The exchange of Western civilization, trading the lives of countless unborn children for an adolescent version of freedom, corrupts our core.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Defining the Terms of Economic Development

Everybody supports economic development; whether they support the changes that would improve the economic condition of the town or region is another matter.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:31 AM

December 13, 2010

The Proper Frame of Traditionalist Mind

Ron Sider makes an excellent point about traditionalist's proper frame of mind, no marriage, but doing so doesn't change the intellectual structure of the same-sex marriage debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Not-So-Approachable Governor

Not yet in office, Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has already heard from all of the supporters of immigration law enforcement that he cares to entertain.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Where Higher Ed Money Comes from and Goes

It sure doesn't seem as if the University of Education is under financial strain.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

December 12, 2010

Hot for the Moment

Anchor Rising's pledge drive to create a full-time job has landed me on GoLocalProv's "hot" list.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:32 PM

December 11, 2010

If Suicide Isn't Wrong, It Isn't Wrong

The culture of death works in not so mysterious ways.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Indication of a Divide or Superfluity?

A higher education bubble and a debt trap are the makings of the new indentured servitude.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:24 AM

An Insidious Mindset

With ObamaCare, "insurance" is just becoming another word for "redistribution".

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:36 AM

December 10, 2010

More Bias on Display

The RI face of the ACLU made a clearly false statement, yet the Providence Journal tagged it as "half true." How?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Taking Up the Problem

I've posted video of my speech to the RI Tea Party leadership.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

December 9, 2010

The Classical Nihilist

Richard Wagner contributed to the regression of Western society.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Immigrants and Bake Sales

Monique Chartier called in to the Matt Allen Show, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:10 AM

Doreen Debuts as Representative Costa

Newly elected state representative Doreen Costa addressed the RI Tea Party last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM

December 8, 2010

Update on the General Assembly's Staff Budget

Much of the Rhode Island General Assembly's increased staff budget can apparently be explained by a required redistricting expense.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Your Kids' Diet, Their Business?

The federal government will soon be regulating all food associated with schools and working to expand the number of children who eat all means on the campus.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Preparing the Tea

I'll be speaking at tonight's RI Tea Party strategy meeting at the Quonset O Club.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

December 7, 2010

Here's What You Should Believe, Today

GoLocalProv lists Anchor Rising among Rhode Island's "opinion makers"; I encourage donations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:59 PM

Keep an Eye on This, Rhode Island

Reliance on debt to pay for essentials (because the money's been spent on other things) is catching up with Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Methods of a Mad Nation

The West cannot negotiate with Iran, because its leaders refuse to allow the development of a common intellectual and moral language.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

December 6, 2010

Glory Can Be Reclaimed

Fear not, conservatives, the end of the Western world is not night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

An Indication of the View from the Top

RI House Speaker Gordon Fox (D, RI) appears to have taken the latest election as a giant green light.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

America, the Below Average

Comparing head-of-class math results across states and nations reveals the United States to be doing poorly, with Rhode Island toward the bottom of the bottom.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:47 AM

December 4, 2010

Health and Wealth

It's interesting to watch the world improve its health and wealth.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:08 PM

December 3, 2010

When Marketing Isn't a High Priority

Rhode Island doesn't spend as much public money marketing itself as a tourist destination as it should; those who would use that money well should argue that their cause is a better investment than others to which our tax dollars go.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Land and Money

A number of relatively conservative states receive a lot of stimulus funding per capita because they don't have a lot of per capita to go around — they've got relatively small populations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:27 AM

December 2, 2010

A Foreseeable Consequence for Health Insurance Consumers

The ObamaCare-advocating SEIU has now seen one of its branches drop healthcare for children/dependents. Wonder if they expected more thorough exemptions and waivers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

How Are Union Members Like Mushrooms?

An email to members from the NEARI's president downplays the significance of an assistant executive director's arrest related to dirty politics, but the attempt rings hollow.

Toward Changing the Conversation in Rhode Island

Matt Allen and I discussed, last night, the DREAM Act, NEA election cheating, and Anchor Rising's pledge drive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

Twice-Paid Sports and Free Tax Collectors

When parents' are having to raise $110,000 per year to keep school sports going, residents should begin to wonder what they're paying taxes for.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:05 AM

December 1, 2010

The Concern About Marriage's Future

Why society should continue to favor opposite-sex, two-person marriage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

November 30, 2010

The Ability to Take Leads to Tone-Deafness

Just remember, while you watch your life become harder every year, that public-sector unions are concerned about a mere "lull in earnings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Getting to Budget Cuts

When it's time to make noises about cutting government budgets, bureaucrats threaten the worst and attempt to scam the public in other ways.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Can the Opposition Machine Work?

Rhode Island's center-right opposition "coalition" remains divided.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:16 AM

November 29, 2010

When the Competition Catches Up, Despite Itself

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Deciding What School Is For

An op-ed by Ron Wolk inadvertently hones the question of the education debate to this: What is education for?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Right-Reform Fly on the Wall

Another reason to support Anchor Rising: We have a habit of being there to record and report on events inconvenient to the establishment.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Chafee's Aimin' to Give It

The question of the year: Do Rhode Islanders deserve the leadership that Linc Chafee is aiming to give?

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:12 AM

November 28, 2010

Money Out, Money In

Why do the Democrats oppose big-money campaign contributions when they benefit more from them?

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:44 AM

A Strange Global Misunderstanding

It's weird that the world is still pretending that Pope Benedict changed the Church's position on condoms.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:53 AM

November 27, 2010

An Uproar of Absurdity

Does it get more absurd than "uproar" over a contestant in a celebrity reality dance competition show?

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

What Healthcare Poll Results Really Show

Recent polling data on ObamaCare doesn't prove what the spin suggests.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Laid Low by Higher Education

The realization is pervading our society that a college degree might not be the payoff that we've been told that it is.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:42 AM

November 26, 2010

The Careful Language of the Union's Governor

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Race Best Not Entered

RI shouldn't race to be first in the regional offshore wind industry. That's not what will attract companies.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Who's Leaving and How to Stop Them

My call in to the Matt Allen Show this week concerned Anchor Rising's research and our need for funds.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

East Providence as Emblem of Rhode Island

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:11 AM

November 25, 2010

Thankful for the Window

The world should be thankful for America as an example, and we should strive to live up to that obligation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:32 PM

November 24, 2010

Headlines as Wish Fulfillment

Ideology helps to explain why a headline writer would proclaim exactly the opposite lesson from the article that follows.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

The Radicals' Approach to Social Engineering

"Pass the bill to find out what's in it." "Change the society in order to find out whether it's harmful."

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Not So Out There, After All

Is President Obama a socialist? Need you ask?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Golden Geese, Living and Dead

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:45 AM

November 23, 2010

Why Old Trucks Are Worth More

Liberal columnist Bob Kerr should follow the thread of increasing automobile taxes back to the White House and the Cash for Clunkers program.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

More on Assassination

The intra-conservative debate about assassinating American citizens who are terrorists continues.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

How Tax Cuts Increase Employment

The Projo editors' argument against tax cuts as a job growth stimulator is mired in their statist mentality.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:28 AM

November 22, 2010

Creating Pants on Fire Out of Truth

American tax code doesn't punish companies for offshoring, but it doesn't reward them, either.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Hooked on Hooking Up

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Mission to Figure Out What's Happening

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

Trust and Confidence in Manufacturing

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:16 AM

November 21, 2010

TSA Enters New Terrain

Does national security really require us to disrobe children in the airport?

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:58 PM

How Little We Know About How We Know

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:59 AM

November 20, 2010

The Question Is: Privacy for Whom?

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:55 PM

I'm Sure Nothing Like This Goes on in Rhode Island

Curious happenings in Alaska's Senate ballot counting suggest that corruption is all about incumbency.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:53 AM

November 19, 2010

Orwellian Media

Rob Long's description of NPR's Juan Williams firing is right on and broadly applicable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Cautionary Note for Republicans

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Another Phrase for "Taxpayer Subsidized"

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?

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

November 18, 2010

Even in Reforms, Central Planning Rears Its Head

What are charter schools meant to do? Parents and students decide should.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Returning States' Role in Civic Structure

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Prognostication and Remedy

My call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, centered on Anchor Rising's pledge drive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

Foretelling the Future in Cranston

Steven Frias explains the method by which union dominance originated in Cranston. The parallels are frightening.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 AM

November 17, 2010

Cap Without the Trade

Just a reminder: the EPA has seized broad regulatory powers for unelected bureaucrats to harm our economy in the name of environmental radicalism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Our Local College Bubble

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

What Chafee Means by "Harmful"

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."

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

November 16, 2010

The Mandate to Be Divisive

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Balance Is Unexpected for a Reason

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!

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Moratorium on Controversy Requires Postponement of Change

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Recovery Requires Rethinking

Keynes was wrong, and the reason policymakers cannot see it is precisely what they need to learn.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:39 AM

November 15, 2010

Unemployment Benefits and Change

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Opportunity... to Succeed or to Fail

Steps toward education reform in RI cities and towns give reason for hope, but also merit a watchful eye.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Anchor Rising Looks Ahead

Anchor Rising is asking for pledges to support a full-time job in 2011. Please contribute.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

A Sign of Things to Come

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:02 AM

November 14, 2010

Toward the Cave or Toward the Temple

It seems to me that atheists' assumption that they can be moral without religion owes a great deal to Jesus' eschatological teachings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 PM

Toward Order

The universe tends toward order.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:04 PM

Encouraging Querulousness in Lieu of Genius

Geniuses don't have to be misanthropic or even disagreeable. In fact, I'd expect the opposite.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:39 AM

November 13, 2010

Mo' Money by Default

Automatic raises for elected offices are defensible, but Rhode Island's General Assembly should have held them off, this time around.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:30 PM

An Administration in Review

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:49 PM

Turning the Strike Tables

What if the private sector went on strike?

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:05 AM

November 12, 2010

A Few Quick Notes

A magazine article, a detour, and a chai.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:57 PM

Trying to Win Is the Point

A soccer dad experiments with the victor versus fun hypothesis.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Voice on the Other Side of the Wall

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Non-War Off the Battlefield

The government should not engage in assassination, certainly not without explicit permission via due process and most definitely not targeting its own citizens.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 AM

November 11, 2010

A Town Story Being Missed at the State Level

It's odd that my local taxpayer group's achieving a majority on the Town Council has not been picked up as news statewide.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Groomed for Dependency

For too many young adults, college sets expectations for what life is supposed to be like.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

At Least We'll Keep Our Humor

Marc Comtois and Matt Allen exemplified, last night, the necessity of being able to laugh in the face of decline.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

From Receiver to Totalitarian

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:56 AM

November 10, 2010

Some Structure in a Chaotic World

It's not surprising that growing convents are more traditional.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Letting People Help Themselves, and Each Other

Senator-to-Be Marco Rubio (R, FL) puts his finger on the critical fact of whom big-government hurts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Who the Government Thinks Is "Good"

I didn't used to glance twice at a government program offering half-price houses to public employees, but the context has changed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Transition to Reinvigorated Decline

Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee isn't being shy about letting Rhode Islanders know what they're in for.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

November 9, 2010

Moderate, Like Bill Clinton

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

An Early Choice of Direction

A young pro-life activist and her findings are both inspiring and disturbing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Correcting Federalism

The key to federalist reform is to empower states to succeed or fail.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Winning Without Winning

Republicans may not have won the U.S. Senate, but their results weren't so shabby, nonetheless.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:51 AM

November 8, 2010

With the Journal's Hot Air in His Sails

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Letting Government Be Neutral

Government should let democracy be messy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

If It Were Rational, Their Power Would Decrease

One way to improve the effectiveness and intelligence of Congress would be for legislators to try to do less with each legislative act.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Economic Liberty as Equalizer

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:48 AM

November 7, 2010

The Marriage Disconnect

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?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:38 PM

November 6, 2010

Seasons Change

Some ruminations about the season into which we're entering.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:26 PM

A Sense of Doom in Rhode Island

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:20 AM

November 5, 2010

Union Theory Proven

Election results in East Providence stand of evidence that it would be fair and reasonable to bar public-sector employees from unionizing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:49 PM

Forward Our Republic Driving

Ford, which did not take government bailout money, is storming the market... relatively speaking.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Wherefore All the Debates

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.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM

November 4, 2010

What the World

A Hayek versus Keynes rap war.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:43 PM

What Will the President Do?

Have Obama and the Democrats learned their lesson? That depends on whether they're striving for the expected degree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Don't Leave; Fight

I'm actually not discouraged by the election results.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Journal of the Downfall

Andrew Morse and Matt Allen agree that Rhode Island is in for a world of hurt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:55 AM

November 3, 2010

Some Mustard for Ian's Baloney

Rhode Island's electoral outcomes were not evidence that Republicans should be "moderate".

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:06 PM

November 2, 2010

8:15 p.m.: Senate and House Tug of War

I've posted a quick'n'dirty graphic showing the Republican-Democrat tug-of-wars in Congress.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:25 PM

A Vague Election Night Mood

Glumness turned to optimism, paradoxically, when I remembered that the mainstream media is on the other side.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:41 PM

When the Government Claims All the Jewels

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.)

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

To Be Reenfranchised

A write-in candidate for Rhode Island's lieutenant governor race offers the opportunity for Republicans to vote for an actual Republican.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

November 1, 2010

Read Between the Lines of the Bond Boosters

Frankly, if the need for additional public bonds is so dire, the university community isn't behaving as one should expect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:35 PM

The Basic Structure of a Voting Plan

Tomorrow, we must change government calculations at every level.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Broke Lender of Last Resort

Why must government guarantee loans, rather than simply getting out of the way?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:09 AM

October 31, 2010

A Chill, If Not a Scream

An audio file of conservative stalwart Russell Kirk reading one of his ghost stories has stuck with me since I first heard it on a Halloween past.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:59 PM

October 30, 2010

Some Truths Well Put

As usual, Mark Steyn summarises well the problems that we see in civic life at ever level of government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:50 AM

October 29, 2010

Search Engine Friends in High Places

It sure does look like Google gets special treatment from the government, notably in proximity to a big-money fundraiser for the president.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

October 28, 2010

Further Tying Credibility to Cicilline Campaign

Cynthia Needham is at it again: putting her newspaper's PolitiFact feature in the service of naked political ends.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

France Has Nothing on the RI Public Sector

France may have retirement at 60, but Rhode Island offers pensions that underwrite second careers, at least for those who start in the public sector.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:24 AM

October 27, 2010

Bob Goes to the Statehouse

I'm leaning toward the independent-times-two candidate for RI lieutenant governor, Bob Venturini.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Another Problem With Entitlements Is That People Feel Entitled to Raises, Too

Social Security is proving that government entitlements will resist the actual application of cost-restraining measures like tying benefits to markers of the cost of living.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM

There's the "M" Word Again

Maintaining the link between marriage and childbirth is a critical tool in fighting poverty.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

October 26, 2010

King on Pensions

Consolidating Rhode Island's pension system will only consolidate municipal unions' incentive to manipulate the General Assembly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:51 PM

An Open Door for Evil

Acknowledgment of evil remains a necessary means of combating it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

October 25, 2010

Playing the "Shove It" Card

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio's outburst saying that President Obama can "shove" his endorsement surely wasn't an outburst so much as a calculation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:14 PM

Negative, Not Affirmative, Action

Now that men are a minority on college campuses, it's suddenly victimization to deny better qualified applicants in the name of diversity.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Context Makes Opinions of Facts

Projo PolitiFact analyst Cynthia Needham is at it again, abusing the concept of context to assist a Democrat Congressional candidate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Being Balanced Means Being Relevant

It's no mystery why Rhode Island is treated as politically irrelevant: In a typical election year, everybody knows which way our votes are going to go.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

October 24, 2010

The Universal Nothing That Is Something

Stephen Hawking recently proclaimed to be moving physics beyond the need for God, but some would argue that he's actually moved physics closer to God — at least the Christian concept of Him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:59 AM

October 22, 2010

Today's WRNI

Here's the audio from this morning's WRNI Political Roundtable, featuring me.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Multipurpose Attorney General

It seems as if the allocated roles for public officers are becoming more and more difficult to distinguish.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

No Country for Candid Commentators

Apparently, NPR commentators aren't allowed to express their natural emotional response to the existence of a global jihad.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

October 21, 2010

Global X-Ray Vision... Without a Warrant

Let's stipulate that law enforcement agencies ought to be able to use GPS trackers under certain circumstances. It should still require a warrant.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Happiness by the Numbers

I'm skeptical that it's possible to divide happiness into categories of causes, from genetics, to circumstances, to personal relationships.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Misperception of Need or That Old Budget Game?

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist appears to be playing budgetary politics with the education of our children.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:07 AM

October 20, 2010

Not Quite Liveblogging the Congressional District 1 Debate

I'm posting some thoughts as I watch last night's Congressional district 1 debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:34 PM

Still Making Stuff

Just a reminder that the United States still has a manufacturing sector.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:34 AM

A Swiss Cheese of Ethics

In Rhode Island, it apparently isn't considered political corruption to use public office to procure jobs for people who contribute politically to one's family members.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

October 19, 2010

Cause and What-Can-Effect

When it comes to globalization, the U.S. government must address that which it has the power to address — mainly, relinquishing its power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Governor for Dictatorial Times

As mayor of Warwick, Lincoln Chafee usurped the authority of the town's school committee to resolve a teacher union dispute. What will he consider his authority to include as governor?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Towns Serving at the State's Pleasure

The Central Falls, RI, takeover by the state has cleared its first judicial hurdle. RI municipalities, it seems, are little more than bureaucratic subdivisions of the state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

October 18, 2010

Not Moderate; Far Left

"Moderate" means "far left", at least in Rhode Island gubernatorial politics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

More Investment Out of Your Pocket

Not to be deliberately contrarian, but it just isn't true that higher education is the "engine that drives economic development."

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Red Flags in the Wind

Local towns' move to enter the wind farm business is just a means of seeking profit for government operations, with taxpayers fronting the money and shouldering the risk.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

October 17, 2010

Clarifying My Perspective

I certainly don't mind young adults' having fun and pursuing other ends than material wealth, but it is objectionable for them to use their idle time to advocate for the confiscation of wealth from others.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:10 PM

October 16, 2010

Union Versus Husband

Surely many union members have reservations about their dues' being used to promote policies and principles with which they disagree, but this is a pretty extreme example.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:14 PM

Family and Race

Once again, the deterioration of the American family hurts minorities.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:52 AM

October 15, 2010

In Favor of a Split Government

Let's not forget that one-party rule is a definite risk, to say the least.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Somehow It's Worse When It's Past, I Guess

Doesn't it seem that Western debates about translating the Bible centuries ago are considered more egregious than current examples of the same thing in Islam ?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Welcome to Rhode Island, Now What Are You Doing Here?

Rhode Island likes to stick it to its residence. That's why a six-month extension to pay taxes isn't actually a six-month extension, and no notice was given to clarify.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

October 14, 2010

The Classless President

The irony is that, by the light of President Obama, President Bush had a lot of class.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:32 PM

The Shadow on the Ballot

Some aspects of local political campaigns strike me as odd.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:14 PM

The Problem Is the Entrenchment

The problem for those entering higher education as a career is not that talented professors can negotiate for higher salaries, but that established teachers are entrenched.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

From Allah's Lips to the King's Ear

How exactly is it "liberalization" for the Saudi royal family to take more explicit control over the handling of Islam in their nation?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Book and the Campaigns

I called in for Anchor Rising's spot on Matt Allen, last night, to talk about Proud to Be Right and the election season so far.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

October 13, 2010

Lardaro on the Downswing

URI Economist Len Lardaro has been prominent among economists noting the upswing in the local economy. Now he's warning of doom and gloom.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

The Premature Death of Incandescence

Just a reminder to stock up on incandescent light bulbs, because they won't be around much longer.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Regulating for Their Own Benefit

Apparently, insider trading isn't so bad when the financial insiders are also government insiders.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When Advocates Evaluate Evaluation

As Rhode Island moves toward implementation of teacher evaluation systems, there's reason to be suspicious that it'll be a program designed either to fail or to do little.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 AM

October 12, 2010

A Bit of the Book

In contrast to other reviews, WPRI's Ted Nesi has posted about my contribution to Proud to Be Right.

A Foreign Reason to Get Our Own House in Order

China should provide Americans with an excuse to change our way of doing things... back to the way we used to do them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:03 PM

The College Money Game

If Rhode Island's institutions of higher education want more resources they need to streamline their operations and help those of us who would reform the operation of the state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM

October 11, 2010

Healthcare "Huh" for Today

Apparently, to the New England mainstream media, paying for something via premiums is the same as not paying for them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:49 PM

The Give Me Mine Vote

The public-sector-at-any-cost vote appears to represent about one-fifth of the electorate, and Lincoln Chafee is their man for governor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Incentive Not to Work

It's true: Rhode Island is generous with its unemployment benefits, and it discourages those receiving them from actually finding work.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Teacher Salaries Around the Country

Not surprisingly, comparing teacher salaries, it doesn't pay for poorer states to pay their teachers disproportionately highly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

October 10, 2010

The Race to Preserve Racism

The current office of the first black president notwithstanding, Americans think race relations are not improving.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:56 PM

Cynthia Needfacts and the Politiham Feature

On the Republican versus Democrat issue of Social Security, reporter Cynthia Needham costs her newspaper credibility.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:01 PM

What the President Thinks Is Inexcusable

President Obama has recently characterized two things as "inexcusable": Declaring 9/11 conspiracy theories in the heart of Manhattan and not helping Democrats win the upcoming elections.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:02 AM

October 9, 2010

How Is Debt Going Away... Revisited

I've been arguing that people are paying down their debt, even if numbers make the trend look smaller than expected. My case appears to be getting weaker.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:30 PM

Where Freedom Must Be Won

People must be taught to appreciate freedom before they can procure and maintain it, politically.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:27 PM

Green and Blue v. Red

New environmental regulations are causing job-killing uncertainty about regulations, in which we see the problem of large, expansive government wreaking havoc in multiple ways.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:43 AM

October 8, 2010

Even the Comedians Can't Ignore the President's Foibles

Jon Stewart progresses in his willingness to shine a comedic light on President Obama — or his inability not to do so.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Not an Optimistic View

Energy prices are set to climb, and for some of the same reasons that America is drifting from its dynamic heritage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Goal Is to Silence, Not to Oppose

The protestors dressed as clowns to distract from the fact that their goal is to intimidate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 AM

October 7, 2010

Handling Matters Outside of the Legal System

Although he's far out on the right wing, Rev. Phelps's universally offensive displays point to the damage that the left has done to our society.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Best and the Worst of the Legislature

Andrew Morse gave Matt Allen listeners a preview of his ranking of state legislators based on five important votes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:08 AM

October 6, 2010

Another Indication of Rhode Island's Rut

Even intra-Democrat politics aren't exciting in Rhode Island, this year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:41 PM

Rhode Island Still Knee Caps Its Students

Are Rhode Island schools capable of teaching science?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Nancy Driggs Sums Up a Campaign's Rationale

Sometimes, local politicians can best enunciate the reason for running for public office at all. Republican RI House of Representatives candidate Nancy Driggs did just that at a fundraiser on Saturday.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

October 5, 2010

Merit Has to Be Intrinsic

Merit pay for teachers has to be part of a larger culture change.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:15 PM

Whom the Candidates Represent

Just to be clear: Lincoln Chafee is the RI gubernatorial candidate of the public sector unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When Government Is All, Political Connections Are Decisive.

Political connections can do wonders when it comes to bending the rules of an all-touching government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

October 4, 2010

We Don't Need Intellectual Chaperones

The decline of print media is a loss, in my view, but not because it removes the mainstream news filter.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Humor of Ideological Murder

It's amazing what environmental extremists believe to be light humor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

October 3, 2010

Only One Side Counts

It's peculiar, in the era of the Tea Party movement, to read a mainstream columnist decrying the disappearance of protesting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 PM

The Allocation of "Hate Crimes" Dismisses Empathy

Hate crime legislation, and identity politics, overall, prevent us from developing a broader social empathy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:30 PM

October 2, 2010

The Standard Weighting in RI

It appears that Democrats running for U.S. Congress get about a 50% preference in polls no matter what. Let's hope that the undecideds can be inspired to decide well.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Amy Rice, on the Attack

In that old entertainment of campaign season, we get to watch as entrenched incumbents leverage regulations meant to ensure clean government as barriers to entry for those who would challenge their rule.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Re: Learning Well the Ways of the World at URI

Upon revelation, the "anti-gay threat" at the University of Rhode Island turns out to be pretty mild, not really worth the drama of "hate crime" investigations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:02 AM

October 1, 2010

Missed Economic Cues in Teaching

The difficulty that young teachers are experiencing directly relate to all of the other problems that public education experiences, which all flow back to unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Floating Anarchy

Effective slavery on fishing vessels raises questions of government structure. Government is needed, to be sure, to regulate, but government is also responsible, no doubt, for the perpetuation of conditions under which people enter into such situations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

September 30, 2010

Learning Well the Ways of the World at URI

Homosexual students are protesting (based on slender threads, in my view) and seeking to force the University of Rhode Island to answer their demands. Aren't there better lessons they could be learning/

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:15 PM

Europe Hanging America Out to Dry (By the Heat of Terrorist Attacks)

Europe is interfering with American efforts to collect travel data critical to thwarting terrorist plots.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Unthrilling Election

Why does there seem to be little excitement surrounding this year's election cycle in Rhode Island? Matt Allen and I discuss.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

September 29, 2010

The Straight Line Crosses Political Groupings

Changes in legal thought, relevant to federalism, illustrate how political groupings shift over time.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:28 AM

September 28, 2010

The Marriage Game, As Predicted

Even as the substantive arguments against same-sex marriage go without response from SSM advocates and the American judiciary, alike, the next phases of the deterioration of the institution of marriage arrive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Plenty of Anti-GOP News, Still No DOJ News

Without yet having reported on testimony that Obama's Department of Justice enforces the law with a racially tinged eye, the Providence Journal makes crystal clear its institutional political preferences.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Not Quite a "Barb"

President Obama deployed diversity-speak against a lying tyrant, when what he ought to have done was call into question the legitimacy of an international organization that gives tyrants a respected platform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

September 27, 2010

Willingly Distracted from the Real News

The Providence Journal was quick to report on mock Congressional testimony by Stephen Colbert, but has yet to cover testimony that Obama's Department of Justice has a racial litmus test.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Servility with Outward Liberty

Would-be totalitarians have learned that they do best, in our society, to encourage enough leash in personal indulgence so as to distract from the fact that they own the leash.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

September 25, 2010

The Signage War

It may not mean anything, but Republicans are clearly the enthusiasm leaders in the East Bay yard sign area.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:16 PM

A Practical Philosophy of Tools

Carpenters like to convey their wisdom in principled "must do" rules, but when it comes to tools, much depends on the kind of carpenter one wishes to be.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

September 24, 2010

Reminders of What They Did

"Revelations" about ObamaCare aren't so much new information as outcomes that many of us expected.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

How Is Debt Going Away?

Most of America's recent debt reduction has come in the form of defaults, but when coming up with a narrative of the recession, one should keep in mind that it takes many people reducing debt by the healthier means of paying it down to equal the same reduction as a single default.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Chris Christie: Conservative Hero, Necessary Solution

NJ Governor Chris Christie has succeeded in cutting off funding for abortions, making him a hero to conservatives of the social, as well as economic, sort.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

September 23, 2010

Adding Up the Turbines

A small-scale wind farm planned for one Rhode Island facility illustrates that, whatever their environmental benefits, windfarms aren't money savers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Remembering the Pain

Andrew Morse explains what Anchor Rising does to help voters remember why they're unhappy with their elected representatives.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:21 AM

September 22, 2010

Caprio's New Target

With the primaries over, General Treasurer Frank Caprio appears to be moving from previous associations toward the unions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:13 PM

A Government-Everything Complex

The number of issues that can pile into a defense policy bill (which includes raises for the troops) is evidence that government should be kept small and narrow in its authority.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM

September 21, 2010

But Don't Tar Everybody, Especially When Independence Is the Message

Amidst controversy about a particular (and generally inconsequential) public office, it's worth remembering that the laudable message of the Clean Slate initiative is independence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Under Union Governance

England's historical experience with union domination ought to be a warning to us in the U.S.A. and, especially, Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Unnecessary Division

The controversy over the withdrawal of the RIGOP's lieutenant candidate in support of an independent candidate who wants to abolish the office continues and deepens.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

September 20, 2010

The Union Political Game Is Twisted from the Beginning

Reporter Scott MacKay faults business leaders for not keeping up with unions in the campaign game, but the reason that they can't is precisely the unfairness of the system.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 PM

The Obama-BP Message Control

The Obama administration may be attempting to hinder thorough and objective efforts to examine what happened to all of the oil from the BP spill.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Doing Well in the General Assembly

Right in the midst of the continuing decline of the state, Speaker of the RI House Gordon Fox has the audacity to declare that "people are doing well." Worse still, his spin finds support in PR by the Republican governor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

September 19, 2010

Half-Truth-O-Meter

If the Providence Journal's Truth-O-Meter is going to gauge context and speculation when it comes to offshore wind farms, it ought to do so thoroughly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Helping Small Businesses by Making Their Lives Harder

Democrats in Congress are looking to impose yet another burden on small businesses, this time requiring landlords to treat all tradesmen and other workers whom they hire as if they were subcontractors, with the requisite forms and information collection.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:35 AM

September 18, 2010

While We're Condemning Threats

Do you suppose there will be any high-profile transreligion press conferences to decry the threat to kill a cartoonist? Not until those threats are made in the name of a religion other than Islam.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:48 PM

The Origins of Orientation

Thinking on the psychological and biological foundations of homosexuality appear to be moving in the direction that I've long thought to be true.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

Democrat PR as Editorial

How is it that an unsigned editorial can be so saturated with partisan talking points?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:11 AM

September 17, 2010

Rogers' Reason, and Giving Voters More Reasons to Distrust Unknown Republicans

Unbelievably, the RIGOP has chosen, during a year in which an angry electorate wants honesty and common sense above all, to manipulate primary voters in the lieutenant governor race.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:07 PM

And Government Busts Our Boom

Government programs, while they proclaim to provide security, actually make it more difficult for society to plan and adjust.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Government Drives Us Crazy

When government controls healthcare, government will determine what is and isn't available, usually at the urging of powerful entities pursuing their own interests.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:27 AM

September 16, 2010

Who's the Industrialist?

Raymond Palmieri, of Warren, makes a similar point to that which I've argued before: Love of unions based on the history of the labor movement ignores the fact that circumstances, power, and motivations, change.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:18 PM

Unidirectional Interfaith Statements

Doesn't it seem as if "interfaith community" statements always tend to take the Muslim side?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Peculiar Primary

Monique Chartier took Wednesday's slot on the Matt Allen show to discuss the state's primary results.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:08 AM

September 15, 2010

Keep the Bugs Out

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to RI to stump for Lincoln Chafee in his candidacy for governor. We can only hope that he brings neither bedbugs nor nanny state policies with him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Back to Issues: Education

We must stop the government education monopoly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:10 AM

September 14, 2010

A Primary Night Reminder

The lesson of the Tea Party threat to not-conservative-enough Republicans is that Americans have figured out that the GOP won't halt the growth of government, just advance it more slowly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:47 PM

In the Interest of a Coherent View of Nation Building

The problem with arguments against "nation building" is that they inherently ignore the necessity of following war with reconstruction.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:32 PM

Maybe I'm Too Cynical, But...

It's a bit unreasonable to expect candidates for governor to know the nuances of federal healthcare legislation if we don't expect legislators to know them before making such regulations the law of the land.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

So That Nobody Hasn't Been Warned

Travis Rowley's pamphlet, The Rhode Island Republican, offers a reminder of what we face at the ballot box, this year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

September 13, 2010

Doing College the Right Way

I concur with Jonah Goldberg that conservatives have the opportunity to benefit more than liberals from the college experience... and it's not just because I've got an essay in the book that he's starting to promote.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:59 PM

The Cooperative Temper

It's odd to see a candidate who argues that he'll work with his political opposition if elected to office devolve to sniping meanness over intellectual questions in the primaries.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Ordinary Heroes

We tend to be impressed by fame, but if we look to our families, we find that even the ordinary played roles in history.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:10 AM

September 12, 2010

The Fight Changes Over Time

We certainly should know our history, but we should also remember that things change in ways crosswise to our chosen identity groups.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

Keeping Murder in the Family

Parricide is becoming a too-familiar event in my East Bay community. Should we start looking for a cause?

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:44 AM

A Judgmental Pendulum

Maybe modern Christians' difficulty is not so much with the tenets of their faith, but with the consequences of failing to live up to them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:02 AM

September 11, 2010

Keeping Hold of the Butter Knife from Breakfast

At least in the Northeast, I suspect we're all personally connected to 9/11, even if we don't know it. And there are lessons that we shouldn't forget.

Measuring the Economy by Taxation

Tax collections are up in Rhode Island, and some folks think it's a sign that the economy is improving, but I'm not so sure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:45 PM

September 10, 2010

A Man's Passion

I won a new tool, the other day, and I'm loving it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:46 PM

Libertarian Totalitarianism

There are foundational reasons that libertarians seem often to resemble dictators in their attitude toward others.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:08 PM

Even During Painful Time, the Urge to Redistribute

Avoiding political unrest appears to be the latest excuse to continue with wealth redistribution at the expense of the economy. Of course, it also shifts power to a different uberclass.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:57 AM

September 9, 2010

We Won't Long Be Weak... We Hope

It may be that the critical component in our successful counterinsurgency in Iraq — now absent, for Afghanistan — is the enemy's understanding that America's commander in chief was strong and serious about his mission.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 PM

Once Again, Government Spending Can't Spark Growth

Like targeted government giveaways (mostly to government entities), targeted and temporary tax credits have not stimulated the economy. It's no surprise.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Corruption and the Kids

For my call-in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, the main topic was Rhode Island's brand of corruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

September 8, 2010

The Customer Has to Want It

Liveblogging from an instructional presentation on carpentry, I note that we all strive for craftsmanship, but a continual flow of business can overwhelm the desire.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:45 AM

The Great Misinformation Spill of 2010

The latest findings are that the BP oil spill was not quite the great disaster that it was touted to be, and we should have known that all along.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

More Education Money Is Not the Answer

Rhode Island is exactly in the middle of the pack for student performance, according to one measure, but is right out front when it comes to per-pupil expenditures.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

September 7, 2010

The Presidents on the President

An artistic representation of what the U.S. presidents of the past would think of Barack Obama's performance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:50 PM

Cutting to an Engorged Bone

When a quarter of a district's student body is "special needs," it just might indicate a problem of inflation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Silent Majority Isn't Static

The "silent majority," by definition, is not partisan.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Balance of Status and Meaning

In a democratic society, the availability of status to all can distract from deeper meaning. The question is how we free ourselves from that difficulty without destroying the motivational fuel by which our society advances.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

September 6, 2010

Motivation in the Private Sector

Pace the Providence Journal, private-sector workers aren't usually motivated by fear, when they put in extra effort, but ambition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:33 PM

The Wrong Kind of Terrorist

It does seem that environmentalist terrorism doesn't rank as high, for the mainstream media, as right-wing indiscretions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:00 AM

September 5, 2010

Barely "Factual"

Do tax cuts inspire huge economic growth? The Providence Journal's fact-checking team says "no." I say they're not heeding their own evidence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:08 PM

A Short Thought on a Long Road

Watching The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, leaves me wondering whether the author was more concerned about the end of nature as we know it than of human nature as we know it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:03 AM

September 4, 2010

A Song for the Weather

I've finally found another song for the political album I've been building on my MP3 player.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 PM

September 3, 2010

Still on the Hook

Ted Nesi continues to argue that "conduit debt" isn't a frightening beast, and I continue to disagree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:28 PM

When Democrats Sound Like Democrats

On the one hand, it's disappointing to hear how very narrow the range of opinions in the Democrat mainstream is; on the other, it's disappointing to hear even debate moderators ask Democrat centrists why they're Democrats at all.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

September 2, 2010

On the Hook, One Way or Another

Whether somebody else is promising to pay back the loan or not, Rhode Islanders are "on the hook" for all of the debt undertaken by their government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Small Cuts Credited, Huge Windfall Ignored

Rhode Island politicians are taking credit for an apparent $17 million surplus, while not mentioning hundreds of millions in federal gifts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Bonds, Morals, and Conservatism

Anchor Rising's Andrew Morse called in to the Matt Allen Show to discuss conservatism, bonds, and morality.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:55 AM

September 1, 2010

Don't Let the Bureaucrats Bite

The government bans chemicals that helped to make bedbugs seem like a thing of the past, and now people are resorting to even more dangerous methods as protection against a resurgence of the bugs.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:40 AM

The Confusion of Success with the Meaning of Life

Try as they might, secular Darwinian materialists cannot avoid the necessity of religion and tradition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM

August 31, 2010

Even Unto the Primaries

A movement is afoot to install some fresh faces in the General Assembly. Of course, that's difficult to do when candidates have already been the subject of investigative reports and local controversy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

One Workforce for the Price of Two

Thanks to retirement rules, Providence is providing more than two healthcare benefits for every actual full-time position it currently funds. Say it with me, this is not sustainable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

An Argument for a Burqa Ban

It's not a matter of immediate concern, yet, in the United States, but European experience with the burqa and lesser veils suggests that we would do well to adjust our culture in preparation, perhaps thereby to avoid the need for legal bans.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

August 30, 2010

How Central Falls's Property Tax Rate Nearly Doubled Year Over Year

Property values went down in Central Falls, RI, and the government is increasing its overall take, saddling homeowners with a near doubling of their tax rate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Mystery of Good Teaching

Teaching is not a matter of untestable magic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Self-Serving Accusations of Hypocrisy

William Lobdell blames the hypocrisy of Christians for others' loss of faith. I'd say the attacks of the likes of Lobdell bear more responsibility.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:24 AM

August 28, 2010

Some Sacrifice

School administrators in Cumberland, RI, apparently believe that sacrifice is when teachers receive smaller raises than they're used to.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:44 AM

August 27, 2010

Fighting Tyranny Inherently Breaks the Rules

The ugly situation in Central Falls is getting uglier, with the city council hiring an independent lawyer against the wishes of the city's new receiver-king and with no plan to pay the bill.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:18 AM

August 26, 2010

An Interesting Place to Visit (or at Least to Read About Visiting)

A parable from Afghanistan seems like it might be applicable to cross-cultural dialogue.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Covering AR Ground

Monique Chartier took last night's Anchor Rising spot on the Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Model Governor and Some Pointers on Government Structure

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie not only offers a political model, he raises notions about potential changes to political structure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:19 AM

August 25, 2010

Sometimes "Investment" Is Just an Expense

Sometimes it's just spending money.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Americans Subsidizing the Green Fetish of the Rich

What the Obama administration's green-car fetish essentially does is to subsidize cars for the rich at the expense of taxpayers and the economy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

"Rhode Island is a winner!"

Rhode Island has made the second cut for Race to the Top funds. I'm not excited.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:25 AM

August 24, 2010

If Teachers Are Professionals, Their Performance Should Be Measurable

A California study found that some teachers are better than others. It's just the latest evidence that we all know what needs to be done but have difficulty talking about it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:08 PM

Where's the Terrorists' Margin?

To the extent that "terrorism is the weapon of the marginalized," it's not the West doing the marginalization, but dictators and their ideology.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:39 AM

August 23, 2010

Deepwater, in Summary

The Deepwater Wind project remains a bad deal. Wonder whom Rhode Islanders will blame when the economy continues its sour state for decades to come...

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Living and the Dead

The visible marks that we leave in life are mere reminders of the eternal marks that we leave even in death.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:41 AM

August 22, 2010

A Craft for Our Region

A local artisan-artist takes old materials and makes furniture and artwork. A very conservative activity, if you ask me.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:53 PM

A Show of Pension Reform

Whenever actual numbers are applied to public-sector pension deals, it makes one reel at the unreasonableness of it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:15 PM

August 21, 2010

On "Giving Back"

Rich people's "giving back" doesn't imply that they've taken something; it implies that they've received something.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:31 PM

The Randomness of a Night Out

A seemingly random death at a Boston bar isn't that random, if you think about it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Couple of Thoughts Upon Watching Sowell

Peter Robinson's interview of Thomas Sowell brings forth some interesting questions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:06 PM

The Downward Spiral of Detoxifying Land

The folks with contaminated land in Tiverton continue to have difficulty fixing the problem, and I continue to think that a different, less litigious, route should have been pursued from the beginning.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:56 AM

August 20, 2010

You're All Missing the Point on Central Falls

Anchor Rising's readers are missing the point on Central Falls. It's all about the precedent.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:53 PM

Extremists Among Us

The ACLU versus a school dress code. Absurd.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The People of Central Falls Should Fire Their Receiver

One of the poorest communities in Rhode Island is now facing a truly massive tax increase at the hands of a very well paid dictator, because the state of Rhode Island believes its bond rating trumps democracy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

August 19, 2010

A Question on Pensions

How many disabled police pensioners is too many? I don't know.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Integral Government Strings

Sometimes strings on big government spending aren't immediately imposed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:00 AM

August 18, 2010

Candidates Have to Know Better

Wherein I swing at a candidates soft ball.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:58 PM

What Brevity Should Mean

Brevity should mean that each word contains more content, not less.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Questions of Law and Questions of Power

What's changed in the same-sex marriage debate, over the last forty years, is not the law or reality, but the attitudes of the ruling elite.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Appointees with Post-Facto Billing

A state-appointed receiver for the city of Central Falls has the power to completely restructure town government, voters' wishes irrelevant, yet he has no choice but to pay a previous appointee whatever he decides to bill for his services?

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 AM

August 17, 2010

The Brain of Slaves

Giving in to the habits of modern technology may just prep us for lives as manipulated slaves.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Clean Slate for Rhode Island

Changing the people in the General Assembly is step number 1 for Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Bubble in the Making

Insiders in the higher education industry are fretting that more people need their product. I think the opposite is true.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM

August 16, 2010

No Dilemma. An Accurate Accounting.

The first batch of students for whom recent state graduation requirements will be binding will soon be reaching their senior years, and many won't be eligible for diplomas. That's not a problem with the standards; it's a problem with the system.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Way Out of the Recession

I don't see any mystery to ending the recession. Just get the government out of the way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Injustice Seen Across the Political Board

When the ACLU teams up with right-leaning taxpayer groups, public officials in Tiverton should reconsider not only their defamation lawsuit against a private citizen, but also whether they should remain in office.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:47 AM

August 15, 2010

The Inevitable Victory Line Is Ringing Hollow

From the perspective of global jihadis, I'm not so sure the United States hasn't been proving its weakness.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:44 PM

In Favor of a "Demanding" Religion

"Demanding" religions thrive, and they aren't ultimately demanding so much as rewarding.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:54 AM

August 13, 2010

You Scam, They Scam

So, the feds have busted some Medicare scammers. My question: couldn't we have done that without costly new mandates and a reordering of our method of healthcare delivery?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Guarantee on a Higher Degree

Education loans are a skyrocketing form of debt, in the United States. It makes me wonder whether it mightn't make for a valuable differentiator for colleges and universities to begin offering guarantees that the education provided will enable graduates to pay off their loans.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Basic Point on Marriage

As Ross Douthat writes, traditional marriage is an ideal that legalizing same-sex marriage will prevent us from recognizing.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:41 AM

August 12, 2010

A Slash with a Fake Sword

It's disheartening to see RI's General Assembly get away with a scheme to increase taxes while getting credit for cutting them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Government Giveaways... to Itself

I objected to government borrowing to prop up its on workforce on last night's Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Putting Rhode Island in Deep Water

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved the controversial offshore wind energy contract, and I'm not optimistic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:52 AM

August 11, 2010

Set the Entire RI Economy Afloat

Rhode Island's lack of a boat tax should set the tone for its entire tax code.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Obama's Recession

With the economy still sputtering, can we at last propose that the policies of the current administration and Congress are to blame?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Spills, Agendas, and Money

Why do we hear much about wars for oil, when there's an excuse to decry them, but not so much from the same circles when an American President manipulates the energy industry and extracts private-sector money to plug the holes thus created?

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:53 AM

August 10, 2010

The Government's Business Model

Big government refuses to manage itself well or to adjust for hard times, so the feds just take money out of the future economy to subsidize unaffordable or unnecessary labor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Too SmartGrid for Our Own Good

The potential for misuse of smartgrid technology is too great for its widespread implementation to be advisable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The ObamaCare Scam

These little nuggets of clearly wrongheaded provisions in the ObamaCare legislation should not be an excuse to change the costs or tax structure of the legislation after the fact. Repeal the bill, or repair it within itself.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:51 AM

August 9, 2010

A Flat Pyramid Scheme

Don't believe that the "multiplier effect" makes unemployment benefits a significant investment in the economy

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Strange Arguments Against an Armed Citizenry

Professor Stephen Mathis thinks it's absurd to believe that the Second Amendment creates a "right to revolution." His spun language notwithstanding, I think he's wrong.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Generation Why Bother

It seems as if a number of factors contribute to kids reluctance to work (and parents' reluctance to push them to), these days.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

August 8, 2010

Just Be Better

The key to bringing the haughty down a notch is to strive to better ourselves.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:40 PM

Word on the Page

I'd suggest that it's kind of the point that the Bible is meant to be interpreted.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:27 PM

August 7, 2010

Under Sgouros's Tapestry

Not unusually, Tom Sgouros's thinking points to a fundamental difference in political philosophy. I believe government should adjust to the clear desires of the people it represents; he believes it should manipulate those people to maintain its services and internal benefits.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Subtle Admission of Truth

The New York Times has admitted, in the most minimal way possible, that Tea Party members gave no evidence of racism on the steps of the Capitol. Months later. And hedged.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:11 AM

August 6, 2010

What's in the Water for Whom

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:45 PM

Pelosi's Word

If anybody actually believed Nancy Pelosi's intention to operate by a "Word-based" public policy (as in the Son of God), she surely wouldn't get away with claiming to do so.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Public Servants as CEOs

Bell, California, has helpfully offered an extreme illustration of excessive public-sector compensation. The "comparable pay to the private sector" claim is not necessarily true, anymore.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When Government Shouldn't Operate as a Business

Government should strive to provide a better product more efficiently; it should not undertake economic risks with the hope of profit.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:50 AM

August 5, 2010

The Kids'll Respond to Good Points and Respect

I suspect suspicious motives among those reluctant to admit that abstinence-only education works.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Taxed to Prosperity

Arthur Laffer explains the folly of trying to tax ourselves to prosperity. Sadly, we're at least months away from elected leadership that will heed the advice.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Topics Local and International

Monique Chartier covered a range of topics during Anchor Rising's Wednesday call in to the Matt Allen Show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:44 AM

August 4, 2010

Marriage However They Want It

A judge in California has made same-sex marriage a federal issue. I'd suggest that there are much bigger considerations involved in the immediate issue.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:56 PM

Not Just a Loose Cannon, but a Regional Threat

It's not really a news flash that non-Israel neighbors of Iran are concerned about its approach to nuclear power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Pat on the Back for the Undeserving

Some folks think Rhode Island's rulers were productive, this political year. That may be true, but not in a good way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:01 AM

Thinking About War

George Weigel has an interesting article seeking to forge a new approach to foreign policy that negates U.S. oscillation between realism and idealism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:46 AM

August 3, 2010

Green, but Smart

How do we save the environment? Human advancement.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Arts Should Be Conservative

The decline of dance, as an art form, indicates to me that the time has come for the envelope to be pushed back in a traditional (and religious) direction.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When the Pack Shifts to the Back

Sad to say, but it's actually an excellent observation that the entire country's staggering economy gives Rhode Island an opportunity to pull out of the back of the pack.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:27 AM

August 2, 2010

Whitewashing Over Faith

It seems I've been hearing regular anecdotes about secularists simply omitting God from literary works that made reference to Him.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Tone of the Ad

If only public schools more broadly took the attitude of growth and advancement of a help-wanted ad for substitute teachers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Change of View

The question of life, I propose, is whose story we care to tell.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:55 AM

August 1, 2010

"Independent" Candidate, Inside Players

An interesting aspect of Rhode Island's gubernatorial race is that the "independent" candidate, Linc Chafee, is the best hope of the society-strangling inside special interests.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:24 PM

Different Escalators to and from Sanity

As the U.S. ruling class pushes a reluctant nation toward centrally managed healthcare, the very examples that they cite for the move are headed the other way.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:05 PM

The Long Conversion Toward Pro-Life

The pro-life side of the abortion debate appears to be making progress, but there's a whole lot of cultural weight to lift before the public, as a whole, will bend sufficiently.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:30 PM

July 31, 2010

A Post Facto Rival

Come on, now. Why would Rhode Island care that it can get wind energy at half the price that its hand-picked supplier is seeking?

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:00 PM

Why Dependency Is Chronic

One-fifth of Rhode Islanders receive some sort of Social Security benefit. That's how constituencies are bought.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:16 PM

Still Teaching While Catholic?

By way of a follow-up, the U. of Illinois religion professor fired for teaching his subject as if it might be true has been offered his job back, albeit with a dark lining.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:14 PM

Issues Big and Small

Amidst personal preoccupations, I noticed that the economy isn't doing as well as "expected," and that potential government culpability for the Gulf oil spill is conveniently appearing at the same time as media reports downplaying its effect.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:13 PM

The Effects of Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases cost jobs. People still don't get it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:12 PM

July 29, 2010

Debt and Taxes — Big Either Way

What sort of hole is the U.S. government in? A very big one.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Re: Federal Money, Federal Guidelines; and Local Control?

I'm not optimistic that the promise of the Race to the Top education program will outmatch its danger.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Borders, National and Educational

Marc Comtois took the air with Matt Allen to discuss immigration and education.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 AM

July 28, 2010

Turnaround Dictator Comes with Big Bucks

Somehow the dollar amounts make a difference when considering the guy giving the job of receiver for Central Falls.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:24 PM

Of Rates and Levies

Controlling tax rates versus controlling tax levies is a question several steps removed from the interest of most folks, but it's one of those subtle areas that, in aggregate, make a huge difference when it comes to the size and scope of our government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:15 AM

Teaching While Catholic

A Catholic professor fired for teaching Catholic thought as if it might be accurate provides a teachable moment... that emotion trumps intellect and "inclusivity" trumps interaction.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:57 AM

July 27, 2010

A Troubling Power Grab from the State

The state's constitutionally questionable step of taking over the government of Central Falls points to the evil of debt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Taxman as Enforcer

The individual mandate imposed by ObamaCare looks not only like a dubious claim of Constitutional power, but also like the nose of the authoritarian camel in the tent.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:45 AM

July 26, 2010

The Illusion of an Improving Tax Structure

Apparent improvements in RI's tax structure are not what they seem.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Offense Against Sharia as Disorderly Conduct; Conformity with Sharia as Excuse Under the Law

Call it "creeping sharia." Somehow it's become an open question whether American laws apply to everyone.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Those with Time to Wait

Living near money has its advantages.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:33 AM

July 25, 2010

Today's First Reading and an Early Revelation

Today's Old Testament reading, during Mass, makes me think that we're living in Sodom and are therefore called to be those few innocents on whose behalf the city will be spared.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

Liberty Isn't Their Concern

Same-sex marriage advocates rally at the State House; no problem. Traditional marriage advocates do the same? The side of the supposed "victims" strives to intimidate and silence them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

They'll Find the Money or Change in Ways We Don't Like

The financial overhaul legislation that President Obama just signed into law steps right into a frightening tangle of consequences.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:48 AM

July 24, 2010

The Slow March of Papa Government

Federal standards for education. Another insidious avenue for authoritarian government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:21 PM

Making Room for Protection

Jonah Golberg and Nick Schulz have a worthwhile proposal for helping parents filter the Internet by creating a .kids domain.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:10 AM

Patinkin Back to His Comfort Zone

Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin has written a Democrat version of his lampoon of Republicans, and there are some interesting differences.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:09 AM

July 23, 2010

Their Best Weapon Is That Which Ought to Target Them

Hate speech is just a tool by which Evil protects itself while distorting Good.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Government They Prefer

A charity event has been effectively muffled in Tiverton, RI, not by tax-hawk right-wingers (like me), but by those who operate the local high-taxing, business-killing fiefdom. That shouldn't be a surprise.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Digging into Government

Andrew Morse took the air on Wednesday night's Matt Allen Show to discuss Anchor Rising's plans to offer a running 101 course on Rhode Island governance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:36 AM

July 22, 2010

Concerns About Process in Central Falls

In Central Falls, an appointed government official, unaccountable to the community, has stripped the elected mayor of his power. Even if the outcome is just, the process is frightening.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Slow Improvement, or Spinning Wheels?

Can small changes in electoral laws save the state? I'm not optimistic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Stimulating Something Other than Lethargy

Stephen Spruiell expresses the views of many conservatives with respect to the government and the economy, I think.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Marriage Is What We Make It

It's not crazy to think that divorced mothers will turn to same-sex marriage.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:54 AM

July 21, 2010

Shutting Down the Alternative

Thousands of blogs being shut down at a word from the federal government is a development that requires a very close eye from every citizen.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Considering Unemployment

Reporter Neil Downing took a look at unemployment and somehow missed the effect of a "transformative" government on the confidence of economic actors.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

From Within the Socialist Depths

Jay Nordlinger's profile of Norway's Progress party is apt to give a conservative hope that all is never lost.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

We Didn't Agree to That

Public pension debt is a cold, hard reason that people are beginning to feel that they owe nothing to their supposed representatives or the promises that they've made.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:31 AM

July 20, 2010

Depends Where We Look... and Stop Looking

The intriguing story of an Iranian nuclear scientist returning to Iran from the United States doesn't prove that the former has a nuclear weapons program, but it certainly indicates that there's more going on than meets the eye.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 PM

Boys and Men — Goodbye to All That

Are men a fading gender? Folks are talking as if we are, and it isn't difficult to see same-sex marriage as a facilitator.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 PM

Obama in Two Acts... or Not

Folks on the political right have different views of President Obama's current positioning. I'm of the opinion that we're all focusing a bit too closely on him as a key figure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Ground on Which We Stand

A visit to the Battle of Rhode Island monument in Portsmouth, leaves me pondering the overlap of modern life and local history.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:26 AM

July 19, 2010

Should We Even Try to Take Politicians Seriously?

Not surprisingly, the Democrats' recent debate in the primary race for Congress District 1 leaves me thinking politicians can be trusted to do anything but tell the whole truth.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 PM

Smaller as Well as Divided

It might reasonably be suggested that the economic crisis was caused by the blend of Republican and Democrat policies, more than it was the result of either one.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:35 PM

Some States Help Residents to Achieve Potential; Some Do Not

I've broken down, by state, Newsweek's list of high schools that emphasize advanced tests. It's interesting to note which do and which don't.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

July 18, 2010

You Influence Me; I'll Influence You

Something just doesn't seem right about a lobbyist's sitting on a judicial nomination committee.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:02 PM

Charity and Accosting the Public

Philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein (world famous in Rhode Island) has been the target of an accusatory letter to the editor. My opinion sort of splits the difference.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:16 PM

Winning the Sales-Tax-Cutting Race

Massachusetts voters look likely to have the opportunity — in the midst of the Great Recession — to cut their sales taxes in half. The usual suspects are threatening to harm the dependencies of residents, but I wonder what the effect will be on Rhode Island. Probably not good.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:51 AM

July 17, 2010

Unemployment the Same; "Unemployment" Down

Some media sources are touting an improvement in Rhode Island's unemployment rate, but if you consider the nearly 3,000 people who dropped out of the job market, the news isn't so bright.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Silence About the All-Important Felon Vote

It's two stories in one: Senator Al Franken (D, MN) looks likely to have been put over the top by illegally voting felons, and the mainstream media is disinclined to report on it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Rationing Life

I've come across an old column of mine indicating that universal healthcare will lead inexorably balances of one life against another.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:02 AM

July 16, 2010

A Juxtaposition of Eras

Obama's Recovery Summer may seem gloomier than the era of his presidential predecessor, but gloom is all about perspective... or spin.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:16 PM

A Short-Lived Order Protecting Short-Lived Human Beings

No taxpayer dollars for abortion? Nobody really believed that, did they?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Bomb Scares in Suburbia

A bomb scare in a cemetery in Tiverton suggests that common sense may be dying.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Question Is Whether It's Curable

Some comments from the co-chairmen of the president's debt and deficit commission lead some to think that we're being set up for massive tax increases. That possibility raises questions of a nation-defining sort.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:33 AM

July 15, 2010

Time Traveling in Their Minds

Doesn't it seem as if those most eager to proclaim a particular breakthrough as definitive proof that religious believers are wrong already behave as if it's already been proven?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Overt Newspaper Advocacy for Taxpayer Spending

When a reporter overlooks the most interesting questions, as often happens in stories about welfare and other social programs, it's reasonable to infer that there's an ulterior motive.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:29 PM

Government Supplanteth

Calling in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, I noted that federal dollars don't mean economic growth for a state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:22 AM

July 14, 2010

A Faulty Concept of Government

Local columnist Joe Baker has a badly flawed understanding of government, but at least he provides a good jumping off point for correcting common conceptual problems.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:41 PM

The Seamless Burka of Sharia

Moderate Islam does exist, but within individuals, and is susceptible to radicalization.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:34 PM

Getting Past the Circular Fiat

The debate continues about Judge Tauro's same-sex marriage rulings in Massachusetts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

July 13, 2010

Responding to Our Signals

In acting in a way that other nations may see as crazy, Iran is actually behaving rationally, given the U.S. response.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:17 PM

Donations for the Powerful

Somehow, a public-campaign-money program (meant to level the playing field) in Rhode Island tends to give hundreds of thousands more to candidates whom one would expect to be leading, anyway. Odd.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:40 PM

That Old Time Political Bullying

Tiverton Citizens for Change President David Nelson is the target of an apparent act of political intimidation through a baseless defamation lawsuit.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 AM

July 12, 2010

Me, Online

Over on Anchor Rising, I've posted mention of my site redesign of justinkatz.com. Feedback is welcome.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:39 PM

The Price of Insurance

The actual insurance against harm isn't the only, and arguably not the most important, benefit of private insurance practices. When the insurance transitions to government control, however, other benefits are lost and thereby threaten the insurance itself.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Patinkin Should Put a Face on the Cliché

Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin recently published a bizarrely cliché profile of a generic Republican. I challenge him to hang out with some actual members of the local GOP.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:22 AM

Small Reasons to Stay and Fight

It seems to me that right-leaning Rhode Island reformers have to begin explaining why they think the state worth saving.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

July 11, 2010

Ways to Reduce Unemployment

While I'm not sure that Arthur Laffer is arguing against any real opponents, when it comes to whether unemployment benefits reduce unemployment, I like his idea of stimulating the economy by lifting all federal taxes for a year and a half.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:59 AM

July 10, 2010

Congress Lacks a Constitutionally Granted Power to Define Marriage, † Œ Ø ¿

Debate continues, on Anchor Rising, about the recent same-sex marriage rulings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:32 PM

Planning Their Moves for After the People Speak

Rumors are that the Democrats are saving a liberal wish list for imposition between this year's elections and next year's new Congress. They should be made to realize that consequences can follow them beyond their de-elections.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

Complication Underlies the Conservative Critique

Jeffrey Friedman thinks everybody has been wrong in assessing the financial breakdown; I think it's closer to the truth to say that everybody has been right.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 PM

Re: Congress Lacks a Constitutionally Granted Power to Define Marriage

Another judge's innovative ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, and another tangle of questions about how he got from the previously understood reality A to the judicially imposed reality B.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:16 AM

July 9, 2010

Hucksters Not Wasting the Crisis

How will affirmative action stabilize our financial sector?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

The Slow Theocratic Revolution

Turkey's Islamification could be a dire warning sign that the West must reinvigorate its own principles and confidence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Spending Priorities Are a Consequence of Policy Priorities

Rhode Island spends more public money on prisons than colleges. I'd present that as a symptom, not a cause.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Deeper Water and Hot Wind

As if guaranteed profits and "ram it through" legislation pushing a corrupt wind energy deal on the people of Rhode Island weren't bad enough, the second-try proposal from Deepwater Wind and National Grid is barely a superficial compromise.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:27 AM

A Reminder of Our Status

Yup, Rhode Island's still in an economic hole. Perhaps we'll have an indication, in November, of whether Rhode Islanders are looking to change that.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:45 AM

A Candidate and a Blog

My conversation with Matt Allen, this week, focused on his interview with Victor Moffitt and (of course) Anchor Rising stuff.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:30 AM

Charity and Government

State and federal governments have their eyes on charitable organizations, both for taxation and for regulation... although the two are arguably fronts in the same power grab.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:15 AM

Working with the Problem

Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Victor Moffitt seems to understand that the General Assembly is the problem, but he doesn't seem to get that the reality makes it peculiar for a reformer to intend to "work with" legislators.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

Permissible Discrimination

Christian groups on college campuses are no longer free to prevent their own subversion while receiving official recognition. In theory, the Supreme Court ruling is ideologically neutral, but in practical effect, well, we'll see.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:47 AM

Can Schools Replace Teenagers' Jobs?

Providence Journal columnist Julia Steiny seems inclined to look to schools to fill in the work and community experience that young adults aren't receiving, any longer. I'd prefer to look to employers and communities for that.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:00 AM

Hiding in the Treasure Room

The stability of Treasury bonds might not be evidence of economic stability, given government subsidization thereof. Looking to gold suggests folks might not trust our paper money.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 AM

The Inconvenient Seat of Power

More encouraging signs that reform-minded folks have correctly identified the General Assembly as key to changing Rhode Island... and are willing to run for seats therein.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:42 AM

Not Imposing a Preference Against Killing

We've been seeing an odd concoction, among Rhode Island Republican candidates, in an attempt to be pro-choice but self-identify as pro-life. I think it's a monstrous construct.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:00 AM

The Odd Twists of Guilt

Mark Steyn suggests that radical Muslims are the greatest beneficiaries of Western Holocaust guilt. In the United States, they're a huge beneficiary of slavery guilt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:40 AM

July 8, 2010

Healthcare's Unchanged Incentives

Dr. Alieta Eck uses experience and anecdotes to justify her conclusion that the incentives that Obamacare creates will raise prices beyond a feasible threshold. That's what many of us have been saying since before there was a law to repeal.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:48 PM

The "Stimulus" in Miniature... or Hatchback

So Cash for Clunkers seems to have increased the value of used cars for the purpose of taxation. It's sort of like a small example of government-derived stimulus writ large.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:37 PM

A Comfort of Consistency

The government looks likely to exempt itself from restrictions on debit card fees for cards that it issues. Not an untypical move.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:55 PM

Earning Happiness

Suppose for a moment that money — or at least financial equality — doesn't actually buy happiness. If earning money and having the opportunity to do so are key to happiness, then government redistribution can only make people less happy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:34 PM

Costa Encounters the Pitiful Enemy

Silly political disruption.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:33 PM

Cutting the Cultural Meat Out of American Education

Politically correct excisions from education affect more than just Western self confidence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:32 PM

Poetry of Life's Underlying Politics

Just a pause to think about poetry for a moment.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:30 AM

Blue Cross Advertisement from the Former Governor

Former Republican Governor Lincoln Almond has written a love-op-ed for health insurance mammoth Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Curious.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 AM

Civic Engagement Should Be Part of Life

My proposition: An intellectually curious population is a politically engaged population.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:43 AM

Somebody Has to Make Hard Choices

Do folks having to make hard choices after losing their extended unemployment benefit realize that the problem is the federal government's refusal to make hard choices?

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:00 AM

The End of the Governor's Effective Term

Manipulation of the political process to hand Deepwater Wind guaranteed revenue for an experimental offshore wind farm, and the horrible budget that probably constituted a political trade, marked the end of Governor Carcieri's time in office, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 AM

Exceptionalism as Limit to Options

James Bennett suggests that American Exceptionalism shouldn't be a statement of pride so much as a practical description, and one that indicates what policies do and don't suit our nation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:33 AM

A Measure of Sustained Suckitude

URI Economics Professor Len Lardaro touts his Current Conditions Index each month, typically with an optimistic spin. But the best one can say about the latest results is that Rhode Island is only as badly off as it was during the dark, dark year of 2009.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:00 AM

The Power of Buried Treasure

The stable interest of Treasury bonds isn't necessarily a sign of fiscal health.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:34 AM

Cures as the Positive Hook for Healthcare Policy

An interesting idea for Republicans: claim the "finding cures" ground in the healthcare debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:00 AM

July 7, 2010

Portsmouth Institute 2010 Table of Contents

Here's a table of contents of my coverage of the Portsmouth Institute's 2010 conference, on Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:32 PM

RISC Marching Forward, Too

The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition has been raising big bucks for its Business Network (by Rhode Island reform standards) and has enlisted the help of Arlene Violet to orchestrate the effort of spending it (to be crass about it).

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:00 PM

A Change of Race

Moderate Party candidate for lieutenant governor, Jean Ann Guliano has switched to a General Assembly candidacy. She's not alone, and reform-minded Rhode Islanders should be encouraged.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:29 PM

Government and Related Matters

Monique took last week's Matt Allen spot for Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:57 PM

The Bill Will Come Due

Just how much debt and financial liability does the United States have? It's difficult to imagine.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:26 PM

July 6, 2010

OSPRI in Congress

Congrats to the Ocean State Policy Research Institute for reaching the point at which its work is relevant to the U.S. Congress.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:48 AM

Again: Change the Focus to Students and Parents

More argument that the focus of public education isn't on students and parents, but on federal dollars and union benefits.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:45 AM

A Line from the Town to the State

General Assembly Candidate Dawson Hodges agrees with me that cities and towns ought to be more directly represented in the legislature (although it seems to have been disallowed by the Supreme Court).

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:41 AM

Rhetoric for the Times, at Least

Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Caprio is attempting to rebrand the Democrats as the state's reform party. Let's just call it an exercise in cynicism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:59 AM

July 5, 2010

Money for Nothing and Your Economy Cut Free

So those waves of cash to states from the federal government can actually harm the private economy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:57 PM

What's Worth Economic Disruption in a Recession

French transportation strikes over two extra years before retirement (to 62) are beyond my capacity for empathy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:55 PM

Even More Money Still Leaving Students Unprepared

I'm unpersuaded that the folks who direct public education have a full understanding of the problem.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:54 PM

Always That Last Leap

As much as I'd like to agree with Ramesh Ponnuru's argument on behalf of federal anti-discrimination legislation, I just can't get past its inexorable tendency to expand.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:43 PM

June 28, 2010

Tangled Rhode Island Webs

Progressive activist Matthew Jerzyk defends a humble working class joe's apparently inappropriate collection of unemployment benefits, although the joe turns out to have been a manager who is married to a coworker of Jerzyk's.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Rev. Ian Ker

Oxford Professor Ian Ker wrapped up the Portsmouth Institute's conference on Cardinal John Henry Newman with a lecture on the hermeneutics of continuity.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:34 AM

June 27, 2010

Wondering What Comes Out of the Sea

Yes, there's irrationality to it, but as a seafood lover, I can't help but sense global implications for the disaster in the Gulf.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:00 PM

The Complaint and the Campaign Path

State Senator Lou Raptakis has some good things to say about the operation of the General Assembly. Why, then, is he running for Secretary of State?

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:32 AM

June 26, 2010

Government as Lone Shark Collector

People being jailed for unpaid debt isn't a healthy sign for the direction in which our society is headed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 3:17 PM

Lamenting the Impossibility of Having and Eating the Cake

Everybody's concerned about the attitude of the unemployed young adults of Greece. Actually, I suspect that there are folks who see opportunity rather than decline in the shiftless generation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Patrick Reilly

Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly's Portsmouth Institute talk concerned Catholic institutions of higher learning.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:19 AM

June 25, 2010

"But Rhode Island Is Still Asleep"

A new phrase is haunting my thoughts whenever I read of reform efforts in other states and a national backlash against the federal government's pursuit of policies that would fit right in in Rhode Island.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 PM

Knowing the World

Should universities seek to teach general thinking and knowledge or career-related subjects? I think the former, but that not as many people should incur the debt.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

In Defense of Realistic Taxation

"Tax the rich" is a powerful call, but it's a siren song leading Rhode Island toward the rocks.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Who to Blame for the Social Fabric

Blaming WalMart for the deterioration of downtowns kind of misses the point.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:53 AM

June 24, 2010

What Kind of Choice and Accountability?

Have you noticed that those who attack the feasibility of "choice and accountability" reforms tend to limit them to "charters and tests"?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Edward Short

Edward Short's lecture during this year's Portsmouth Institute conference addressed Cardinal Newman's thoughts on American religion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

June 23, 2010

Let Them Drink Pina Colatas

RI Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed doesn't want to reconvene the Senate because she "really" wants to enjoy her summer. Enjoy, RI!

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

What Healthcare Is Like

The individual mandate for health insurance might be theoretically attractive, but the nature of our government will ensure that its benefits are subsumed by its costs.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Common Sense Exploded

Whatever one thinks about the wisdom of legalizing consumer fireworks, it'd be nice if lawmakers could do so with some awareness.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:46 AM

June 22, 2010

Not Working, Not Helping?

Rhode Island's economy trails the nation, and its volunteer rate trails the nation. I'd suggest that those are both effects of something more basic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Getting the Kids to Work

Unemployed teenagers are not evidence of a lack of education and training; they're indicative of a local culture that fails to encourage success.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

What a Nation Can Do

David Goldman describes "Augustinian realism," which should dictate a foreign policy somewhere between Bush and Obama. I think we need to firm up our own culture, though, before we're able to be coherent.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:38 AM

Facing Up to Porn

I'm concerned that the factions over cultural issues like porn will lead to government-imposed solutions when a majority acknowledges the real problems that cultural deterioration presents.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:36 AM

June 21, 2010

Rhode Island... Something Other than a Democracy

Capers Jones offers a compelling argument that Rhode Island isn't really a democracy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Rhode Island Corruption, a Tale of Two Stop & Shops

It's how things work in Rhode Island. If you don't get your way, hire powerful politicians to act on your behalf in their private careers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:28 AM

June 20, 2010

A Perjurer Is Not Pure

Could both Jesus and the persecuting Jewish leaders have been innocent? I'm skeptical.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:27 PM

BP: Boycotted Petroleum

On the question of whether to boycott BP, I'm not passionate. On the question on whether it's rational to boycott BP, I am (more so, anyway).

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Fr. Richard Duffield

The Portsmouth Institute's after-dinner lecture on June 11 concerned preservation of Cardinal Newman's work on the grounds of his abode, the Oratory of St. Philip Neri.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:20 AM

June 19, 2010

It's the Authority, not the Debate

In keeping with this morning's theme, President Obama's approach to a federal bioethics board compares with Bush's such that the latter appeared to welcome public debate while the former thinks he's answered the fundamental questions for us.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:32 PM

It's the Authority, not the Science

Did anybody really doubt that the Obama Administration would ignore scientists when doing otherwise would force it to change its position?

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:40 AM

June 18, 2010

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Edward Elgar

The Friday evening concert at last week's Portsmouth Institute conference on Newman is well worth a listen.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Perhaps Those Who Ought to Know Better Oughtn't

Could it be that the highly educated are less likely than the salt of the Earth to see justice with clear eyes?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Discrimination with Regard to Discrimination

Unless we are able to distinguish between discrimination based on race and discrimination based on behavior, everything will always come down to expressions of power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

June 17, 2010

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Dr. Kreeft

For the the third lecture of this year's Portsmouth Institute conference, on Cardinal John Henry Newman, Boston College Philosophy Professor Peter Kreeft reviewed Newman's famous poem, "The Dream of Gerontius."

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Sham of a Hot-Air Government

Rhode Island's General Assembly and governor have essentially approved an expensive off-shore wind energy project, but they've kept the Public Utilities Commission in the mix as a constricted rubber stamp. Hopefully, this won't set a precedent for all projects moving forward.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Putting a Stop to Citizen Action

Andrew Morse put his investigation of RI's new receivership law in plain terms of its implication for Rhode Islanders on last night's Matt Allen show.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:01 AM

Proving Sex-Ed Policies a Failure

Great Britain has for years gone with what might be termed "total immersion" sex ed. The results have not been good.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:57 AM

June 16, 2010

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Prof. Griffiths

The second lecture of the Portsmouth Institute's 2010 conference was given by Duke Divinity Professor Paul Griffiths, who raised the possibly dark/possibly hopeful conclusion that one cannot ultimately persuade through logical argumentation.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Losing Faith in Our Government

At the state and municipal levels, democracy is dead in Rhode Island, and too few of us care.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:31 AM

June 15, 2010

The First County of Aztlan

Sections of Arizona are being closed to U.S. citizens because illegal immigrants and related criminals have made them too dangerous to cross.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:02 PM

Tax Changes as Blatant Gimmick

Once again, the General Assembly's income tax "revamp" should be considered in terms of "vampire."

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Naming the Civic Illness

There's actually a term for the governmental practice of threatening to cancel something popular unless money is provided for unnecessary expenditures. Rhode Island specializes in that ploy, and it's discouraging to note how complicit those who educate our children are in the scam.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Portsmouth Institute Conference on Newman: Fr. Rutler

I've posted video of Rev. George Rutler's speech opening this year's Portsmouth Institute conference, on Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:21 AM

June 14, 2010

The Mysterious Activities of Our Betters

Statements made on the floor of the RI General Assembly suggest that government in our state is less a matter of objective and fair process than of subjective imposition of aristocratic and special interest will.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Campaign Season Appeal

Going into campaign season, Anchor Rising could really use financial assistance from readers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

June 12, 2010

A Familiar Face Running for Office

One more conservative activist is running for Rhode Island's General Assembly.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Strange Agreement on Income Tax Changes

I remain suspicious of changes to Rhode Island's income tax code. Whether I'm unduly cynical or appropriately skeptical will be determined by outcomes, I suppose.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:00 AM

June 11, 2010

Portsmouth Institute Second Annual Conference, Newman and the Intellectual Tradition, Day One

Here are my first thoughts on the second annual Portsmouth Institute conference, on Newman and the Intellectual Tradition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:04 AM

A Formula, but It's Just Numbers

The Rhode Island General Assembly has passed a state funding formula for education. On the whole, that's a positive development, but I'm not sure how much of the problem it actually fixes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:11 AM

Weakness and Blame

Is hypocrisy in a politician — specifically, President Obama — objectionable in itself, or is it the moral and practical weakness that hypocrisy reveals that makes it such a biting charge in contemporary politics?

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:09 AM

June 10, 2010

Craziness and Hope

Matt Allen and I talked about Rhode Island's governing lunacy and the activities of Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:22 AM

Socializing the Missing Link

It seems to me that we can either reinvigorate some traditional aspects of our culture or more and more problems will fall to the government to solve.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:21 AM

June 9, 2010

An Establishment Rebel in the State House

RI Rep. David Segal (D., Providence), now running for Congress, is a political insider in the deepest sense and is not what the government needs, just now.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Formerly Admirable, Now a Bad Example on the Way to Obviation

In one way of summarizing it, the political and cultural divide within the United States comes down to beliefs about risk.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:51 AM

June 8, 2010

Spend to Punish

Boycotting Providence to punish the city council for condemning Arizona over its immigration law is probably not strategically sound.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Line to Our Future

Mark Patinkin is stunned that transacting business with the DMV can require days in a waiting line. I fear the implications for healthcare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Tax Hikes and V Number 2

Arthur Laffer is predicting a second dip to the Great Recession. Dark days ahead.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

June 7, 2010

When it Comes to Energy, Government Knows Best

Why does it seem as if the rules of governance go out the window when it comes to green energy?

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:44 PM

Should We Be Willingly Fooled by the Tax Overhaul?

I'm not convinced that the General Assembly's supposedly revolutionary "tax overhaul" won't make things worse.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Government Doesn't Create Jobs...

The various tiers of government are still not doing what would be necessary to grow the economy, and it shows.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:37 AM

June 6, 2010

Tightening the Union Loop into a Noose

It appears to be central to the Democrats' Big Government plans to incorporate unions more tightly into the economic-government loop.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:27 PM

June 5, 2010

Doggedly Raising the Contraceptive Point

Continuing the discussion about whether contraception has ultimately been to the benefit of men at the expense of women.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:02 PM

Every Which Way They Can Stick It to You Slyly

The RI General Assembly has striven to give the impression that it's not raising taxes, but it's made it easier for towns to increase car taxes — including the ability to increase the assessed value of motor vehicles.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:01 AM

Cross Every Picket Line

Given the economic times, I propose that the public should go out of its way to patronize businesses that are experiencing labor strikes and pickets, as the RIGOP has done.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:59 AM

June 4, 2010

A Revolutionary Tax Twitch

We've been hearing much about the General Assembly's proposed tax code revisions, but as one might expect, the effects would be minimal in our competition with other states.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

June 3, 2010

Always Money for the Trifles

It may or may not be indication of corruption, but something is certainly wrong when a state has money for sidewalks but not for bridges.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Contraception and Distortion of a Market

A social scientific analysis of the effects of the Pill suggests that women have not made out very well in the deal.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

E-Verify and the General Assembly

Marc Comtois took Anchor Rising's call in to Matt Allen, this week, to discuss E-Verify and the General Assembly dictatorship.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 AM

A Lament of Superficial Opposition

If only the New Atheists could come up with some good arguments.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

June 2, 2010

The Underlying Assumption of the Leftist Taxers

How can the government possibly define "unearned income" in any objective way?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When Management Acknowledges Its Own Cards

Rhode Island is so far gone that it's almost shocking when a school committee actually succeeds in proving that job security is a precious reward in negotiations.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:57 AM

June 1, 2010

The Guardian's Conspicuous Armor

Optimism, pessimism, realism, tempting fate — it all comes down to a matter of perspective, and interest.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

While Your Eye Is on the Tax Cutting Hand

Something just doesn't add up with the RI General Assembly's tax-overhaul plan.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:49 AM

May 29, 2010

A Direct Line from Health, Through Information, to Political Manipulation

In Great Britain, political parties are sending targeted campaign literature to people based on healthcare services that they've received. Welcome to the information age in the era of big government.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Another Wishful Rhode Island Thinking Budget

The RI General Assembly budgets like drug-addicted gamblers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:16 AM

May 28, 2010

A Unique Notion: Previewing Legislation Before It's Passed

Andrew Morse notes attorney general candidate Erik Wallin's old fashioned belief that legislation should be unveiled before it's just about to be passed.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

May 27, 2010

Getting to Details on Regionalization

When specifics come up in the regionalization/consolidation debate, I'm even less convinced that it's the way to go.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Evolution Away from Threats, Versus Toward Desires

The notion of social change as evolutionary misses the central fact about biological evolution: it occurs in response to stimuli for survival, not to desire for political gain.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

May 26, 2010

Repeating Public-Sector History

Ed Achorn suggests that the Central Falls "bankruptcy" is ushering in a form of dictatorship. That may seem humorous at the municipal level, but the point is that it's a warning of things to come higher up the chain or command.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Freeze Would Preserve Everything

NJ's Governor Chris Christie and I agree: freezing public employee remuneration, especially in the schools, is a better solution than canceling programs and firing teachers.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Subtle Tactics of the NEA

The RI Federation of Teachers had its Central Falls problem fixed prior to backing Race to the Top, and now the National Education Association Rhode Island wants its East Providence problem fixed. Hint, hint.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:54 AM

May 25, 2010

More of What Americans Don't Want

One thing that financial regulation legislation seems likely to accomplish is giving greater and more arbitrary authority to the federal government. Surprised?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

ObamaCare Less and Less Popular

63% of Rasmussen respondents now favor the repeal of ObamaCare. Americans can see where it's going.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:01 AM

May 24, 2010

When the Focus Is on Results, One Way or Another

Julia Steiny describes the result when a school makes student success, not teacher employment, its number 1 priority.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Maybe Foreclosure Isn't the Worst Thing

You know, I'm not so sure that it's economically healthy to throw barriers in the way of foreclosure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:13 AM

When Bureaucrats Fill in the Gaps

Whether with federal finance industry regulation or the rules governing municipalities tax increases, leaving the specifics of law up to bureaucrats decreases our freedom and muddies our democratic system.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

May 23, 2010

The Fatal Bubble

Government expansion in the United States may very well be the uber bubble, and the world will crack when it bursts.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:01 PM

Rhode Island's Love of the Bottom

Rhode Island's gutter-dwelling is going to be a long-term state of affairs, and so will be the fix.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:00 PM

May 22, 2010

A Quick Review of Avatar

The movie Avatar could have been great. Instead, its creators chose to bash humanity.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:28 PM

Advancing in the Melting Pot

It may not be news, but it's worth reminding ourselves that the U.S.A. is a land of opportunity, provided you are willing to take the initiative.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:29 AM

May 21, 2010

Race to the Cash Crop

Race to the Top is just a huge bundle of money being used to persuade state and local officials and bureaucrats to seek special-interest buy-in.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 PM

Expensive Sheets on That Ghost

I've got nothing against ghost written speeches — just against expensive, badly written ghost speeches.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:35 PM

Ushering in Further Decline with Cutsie Tax Changes

Somehow, I fear that the current legislators in Rhode Island's General Assembly are just the gang to make our situation worse by trying to improve our tax policy.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

May 20, 2010

Not the Cause of the Surplus Swing

Guess what. Tax cuts for the rich were not a significant contributor to the federal government's swing from surplus to deficit.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:23 PM

Campaign Fire Money

Monique Chartier, on the Matt Allen Show for Anchor Rising, raised the topic of legal settlement money from a Rhode Island tragedy to prevent the political advancement of the current attorney general.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

May 19, 2010

Yawn If You're Interested

Yawning, another natural function that human beings appear to have gotten backwards.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Obligation of Participation

Plato has words that all Rhode Islanders should consider.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

When Taxation's Involved, Everything's a Sin

And now, a possible tax on soda. Funny how your indulgences line their pockets.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:29 AM

May 18, 2010

A Foreboding Web Site Name

A Web site that posts your purchases online in real time? What could go wrong?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Planning Military Strategy Around Politics

The balance of military and political authority can be difficult in war, but it's necessary. Of course, one wonders whether it's for the best that military strategists are planning around politicians.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Greener Taxation Grass Across the Border

Comparing forms and rates of taxation across the Rhode Island/Massachusetts border might suggest one underlying cause of Rhode Island's poor economic condition.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 AM

May 17, 2010

Legal, but Gone

Now that it's been deemed legal, the Mojave cross has been stolen. I can't help but see the act as emblematic of what some folks intend by "separating" church and state.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Two Perspectives on Root Causes

When it comes to dealing with poverty, there are two irreducibly incompatible perspectives. It shouldn't be difficult to guess which one I favor.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Greece Is the Way

Rhode Island — statewide and on a municipal basis — is looking alot like Greece.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:33 AM

May 16, 2010

Central Falls: Tomorrow's News Today

We'll get the details tomorrow, but there's apparently an agreement in the final stages to bring the current teachers of Central Falls High School back into the fold.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:36 PM

May 15, 2010

Nothing to See Here, Locally and Globally

To compensate for the down note of the FTM, I've posted a funny line that I'd just read by Mark Steyn. Of course, looking beyond the one sentence, Steyn's commentary is not quite a pick-me-up.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:56 PM

May 14, 2010

More from the Gang of Possible Governors

It looks like the candidates for RI governor are differentiating themselves. Well, at least the Republicans are differentiating themselves from everybody else.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:27 PM

Congress Should Lambaste Itself at a Hearing

Oddly, Congress has not been grilling the one group on which it should most focus: Itself.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:54 AM

Pausing During a Sunny Lunch

During yesterday's lunch half-hour, I ruminated on the cultural lessons of my trade of carpentry.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:52 AM

May 13, 2010

Radio Last Night & This Morning

Last night, I gave Matt Allen Show listeners a quick update on happenings in Tiverton. I'll be on the John DePetro Show at 6:20 this morning for the same purpose.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:51 AM

May 12, 2010

The West Warwick Investment Dance Continues

An investment firm in the center of controversy in West Warwick has offered to return the money.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:13 AM

Where the West Is Going

Bureaucrats are prosecuting politicians for their political platforms right in the middle of the democratic West.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:59 AM

May 11, 2010

Everything's Negotiable in the Race to the Top

Predictably, the teachers' unions are using the Race to the Top funding competition as a bargaining chip to eliminate two recent threats to their hegemony.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:56 AM

May 10, 2010

A Threshold for Debt

We're potentially within a few years of seeing the credit rating of the United States of America downgraded. That is all.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Insurance Doesn't Mean Health

There's reason to doubt that ObamaCare's increased coverage of the population will result in better health... and reason to fear that it will exacerbate doctor shortages.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Eventually, We'll Have to Stop Hoping That Time Hasn't Run Out

I think it might be time for Rhode Islanders to stop talking about how to prevent the state's collapse and begin to consider what to do when it happens.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:11 AM

Punch Drunk from Local Politics

A strange notion of "community" was evident at the first assembly of this year's Tiverton Financial Town Meeting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:07 AM

Get Those Taxes in Early, or the Refund May Be Late

A delay in tax returns by the State of Rhode Island proves that there are cracks in the system. We're no longer in a position to deal with unexpected catastrophes without deterioration of basic government activities.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:05 AM

Going Negative on the Public

Rob Long imagines negative ads that the Democrats could run against... the American people.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:04 AM

The Frog March Parade Moves to Municipalities

Arrests of town councilors in North Providence remind us all that Rhode Island's governance is corrupt from top to bottom.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:02 AM

Move Left for Lefties, Right for Righties

Judging from a Providence Journal report, RI's candidates for governor adjusted leftward for a left-wing audience.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

What Reamortization Means to a Future Business Owner

Andrew Morse gave an excellent conceptualization of what reamortizing RI's pension debt would mean, financially.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:58 AM

May 5, 2010

Investing Is Gambling, by Definition

Yes, Wall Street investors are greedy and scheming, but we shouldn't let that opinion lead to the delusion that we, as a society, didn't overlook warning signs.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Not Letting Division Define the Discourse

The Log Cabin Republicans are a welcome addition to the RIGOP, but it should not become the case that intra-Republican disputes between traditionalists and the Log Cabins are a matter of bigotry versus tolerance.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:27 PM

Rhode Island's Beef with Business

Helping small businesses has been all the buzz in Rhode Island, recently, but it it largely misses the point that the operation of government itself is the problem. Faster permitting is nice, but not the real problem.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

May 4, 2010

The Healthcare Bill Due to Come Due

Factoring in inflation caused by ObamaCare, our healthcare system is bound to become much more expensive and much less efficient. Current problems, in other words, have been exacerbated.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Framework for School Work

Education involves subjectivity in execution and in evaluation. The current union structure of our public schools simply doesn't allow that to be the case.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Gang Striving for Cap and Trade

Perhaps the overlap shouldn't be surprising, between cap-and-trade environmentalism, big government advocates, the authors of the housing boom, and participants in the financial collapse.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

May 3, 2010

Incentive to Unload the Kids

Only in government — public schools, in the case at hand — could there be incentive to attract fewer clients.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:15 PM

Slipping an Internet Grab in Under Cover of Wall Street Theater

Under cover of controversial Wall Street–related legislation, the Democrats are attempting to create new powers for the Federal Trade Commission to regulate the Internet. I spot two signature moves of Obama and his Congress.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Changing the Rules for "The Next Big Thing"

It ought to set off red flags when the government begins changing its own rules to ease the path toward a favored industry, even when that industry is as politically popular as wind power.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

May 2, 2010

How the Accommodating Institution Declines

Functional cultural institutions (like churches and marriage) face a continual tension to become more accommodating, but thereby less able to prove its own value.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:04 PM

The Far-Left Moderate

I'm not sure how "moderate" Moderate Party Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block really is.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:52 AM

May 1, 2010

Rethinking Paul

Taken in context, St. Paul unequivocally pointed Christianity and Western Civilization in the direction of tolerance and compassion. Whatever those who trademark "tolerance" might say.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:04 PM

Association Ain't Nothing

An Attorney General who is not only friends with an apparently corrupt mayor, but also dates one of that mayor's top staffers, should not remain a viable candidate for governor of the state. End of story.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:52 PM

Separation Doesn't Mean That One Silences the Other

The Supreme Court has ruled that a plain cross in the desert does not establish religion in violation of the Constitution.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:12 AM

April 30, 2010

The Misdirected Swagger of the Go Getter

Folks on Wall Street appear to think themselves the archetypes of professional workers. I'm not so sure.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:24 PM

On the Political Roundtable

I'm on today's WRNI Political Roundtable.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Different Towns, Different Compassion for Taxpayers' Plight

In Middletown, Town Council some members are suggesting a 0% budget increase, given the economic plight of residents, in Tiverton, we're having to fight to keep the tax increase at 4.39%, as opposed to officials' preferred 9%. Tells you something about the leadership of each town.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Different Legislatures, Different Rules for Killing the Unborn (And Legislating)

In Oklahoma, the legislature has overridden a gubernatorial veto in order to require pregnant women to hear detailed descriptions of their preborn children before aborting them; in Rhode Island, a few House committee members kill legislation that would merely require the availability of generic information and a twenty-four-hour wait.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:55 AM

April 29, 2010

The Citizen, the Legal, and the Illegal

The U.S. illegal immigration problem comes down to disagreement about whether our nation can distinguish between citizens, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Whistling Past the Regulatory Problem

The government puts the taxpayers on the hook for risky investments and then turns laments that fact as somebody else's fault. We really need to shrink government authority.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:40 AM

Tea Parties and Healthcare Polling

Monique Chartier called in to the Matt Allen show for Anchor Rising, last night.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:33 AM

Interesting Poll Results

It looks like even Rhode Island might be crossing an objective center line in politics, from left to right.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:29 AM

April 28, 2010

Just Run

The Rhode Island GOP is hosting some sessions to help candidates navigate their undertaking. Right-leaning reformers should see the party as a facilitating ally, not a cult that they must resist joining.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Regulating Something Other than the Problem

If deregulation wasn't the problem, then it seems unlikely that further regulation should be the solution.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:49 AM

April 27, 2010

Regulation Taking a Grain of Salt

The question never asked, during the debate leading up to the passage to the next stage in federal usurpation of the healthcare industry was whether we'd end up with salt police. We might.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

The Overt Fishiness of Government

How can government manage the fishing industry when it's managing healthcare? Or vice versa.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

From Tax to Entitlement

Should government switch from taxing to subsidizing unhealthy behavior? Doing so would certainly buy a permanent voting block for expanding services.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Shady Maneuvers in Local Government

As I summarize on Anchor Rising, Tiverton politics are continuing to prove a lesson in government, including false documents, personal attacks, witch hunts for whistle blowers, and silencing of public debate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:52 AM

April 26, 2010

Making Committees Choose Between Funds and Friends

Reducing school budgets by the amount that officials give away to labor? Good idea.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Insider and Outsider "A" Students

P.J. O'Rourke laments the invidious rule of "A" students. He ought to distinguish between types of "A" students.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Labor Peace, Town or State

Once again: If Rhode Islanders can't get labor unions under control in their own backyards, they won't be able to do it at the state level.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

The Environmental Mandate

Green legislation in the tiny state of Rhode Island has the air of futility in the shadow of volcanic eruptions and massive solar flares. Perhaps we've more pressing matters about which to worry.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:27 AM

April 25, 2010

The Immigration on Which We Agree

Amity Shlaes notes that the right immigration policy could help resolve our Social Security problems. I'd say there are a great many problems the right immigration policy could solve.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:24 PM

Familiar Names, Familiar Practices

Rhode Island investment advisers with links to powerful people in the State House? Not exactly surprising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:37 AM

April 24, 2010

A Little Consideration During Budget Season

Budget watchers of Rhode Island should keep in mind the fact that school districts should still be expecting federal "stimulus" dollars for this coming budget year.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:11 PM

The Reaction, Not the Rejection, Is the Thing

Reading the story of Cain and Abel, again, reveals, again, how much Cain's predicament and temperament are ours.

Posted by Justin Katz at 1:51 PM

Still Spinning Healthcare Down, Although Up

At least we're now admitting that the healthcare legislation won't decrease costs. Now begins the regular adjustment of the costs upwards, and the declining quality of life in the United States.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:31 AM

April 23, 2010

Attempting to Control the Media for Campaigns

What to make of a gubernatorial candidate who insists that his appearance on a talk show in his role as General Treasurer include no other guests except other candidates for governor?

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:17 PM

Bishop Tobin Won't Let Catholicism Just Be a Brand

Bishop Thomas Tobin made the right move insisting that Catholic organizations must stand for the principles of the Catholic faith.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Re: The Biggest Faction in the General Assembly

Apparently, 55% of Rhode Island legislators are drawing, or will draw, the public pensions on which they vote. I suggest that the guiding principle of reform ought to be making it easier to fill the role of legislator.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM

Handing Charitable Authority to the State

A subtly distressing aspect of government encroachment on religious charities' rights and activities is that religious individuals and organizations have advocated for the steps that have led to this point.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:59 AM

April 22, 2010

A Glimpse Down the Social Path (or, Perhaps, Sociopath)

The socialist government in Spain has taken the step of introducing bestiality as a possibility to third graders. The question: How nigh is the end?

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

The Housing Crisis Is an Employment Crisis

Foreclosures are up, year-over-year, in Rhode Island and nationally. The key to stopping the slide is allowing the economy to create jobs.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Blog Interview on the Radio

The recording of my call in to the Matt Allen Show, last night, to talk about my interview with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is up on Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:38 AM

April 21, 2010

Two Choices, Neither Science

If science fiction strives to apply real science to fictional situations, it still has to address the question of God.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Money Isn't the Problem

A RI Public Expenditure Council study has found what many of us already knew to be the case when it comes to education: Rhode Island pays a lot but doesn't get value for its money.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:30 PM

Interview with RI's Education Commissioner

RI Education Commissioner Deborah Gist was good enough to set aside some time, yesterday, to converse with me about various matters, broad and specific. The video is online..

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:21 AM

What Ed Has to Believe

Providence Journal columnist Ed Fitzpatrick thinks the healthcare legislation will surely do more good than the Iraq War. I disagree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:14 AM

April 20, 2010

Economic Prognostication and What Ifs

The debate continues about whether, and how firmly, our economy is entering a recovery. I don't see reason to be optimistic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:13 AM

April 19, 2010

What Is Government For?

Somehow, left-wing and right-wing concepts of government manage to coexist for some commenters.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Center Is Relative, I Suppose

Is the Rhode Island government "centrist" or liberal? Oh, come on.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:16 AM

More Shenanigans in Tiverton

On Anchor Rising, I offer more thoughts about tax-related goings on in Tiverton.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:47 AM

April 18, 2010

Zealots Never Sleep

The "national day of prayer" could disappear, as far as I'm concerned, but it is a bit unsettling that people would actually organize to bring about that disappearance through the judiciary.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:00 PM

History Unexplored and Quality of Life

Much is made of Rhode Island's "quality of life." But all the interesting day trips in the world add no quality to a life of scraping by.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:32 PM

Defining "Objectionable" as "Not This"

Congressman Jim Langevin (D, RI) wants to skirt objections to human cloning just beyond the boundaries of the techniques that he wants to permit. Somehow, that doesn't seem very democratic.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:09 AM

April 17, 2010

Union Comfort Would Be Evidence of Danger

As Rhode Island chases the second round of federal Race to the Top funding, we can be sure that union comfort is a sign of derailed reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:05 PM

Cognitive Dissonance with Charlene Lima

What is one to make of jarring statements of alignment with the RI Tea Party from legislators who've been centrally part of the problem?

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:10 PM

A Dangerous Fine Line in Blending Public/Private Education

In Indiana, Catholic schools are transitioning to status as charter schools, requiring them to shed their religious identities. That's the wrong way to preserve the institutions.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:42 AM

April 16, 2010

The Way to Government Ownership

The path toward government takeover of student loans points the way for healthcare.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

The Common Wisdom of the Newsroom

The race card has become a broad shield for the president and is apparently deeply held common wisdom among the news media. Not surprisingly, they're missing the real storyline.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:56 AM

April 15, 2010

Andrew Checks in from the Tea Party

I'm posting photos that Andrew Morse has sent me from the Tax Day Tea Party in Providence.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:34 PM

Favor Factory Skullduggery

Apparently not intimidated by the role that government backing played in the housing boom and collapse, the RI General Assembly looks likely to create such a dynamic for business loans in the state. As Republican Rep. Bob Watson suggests, the General Assembly is looking to become a "favor factory."

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Magic Numbers and Pension Politics

The State of Rhode Island has long been pretending that expecting an 8.25% return on pension investments was reasonable, and RIGOP Chairman Gio Cicione is right to note that there should be consequences when politicians are detrimentally wrong.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Talking Money with Matt

I've posted audio of Anchor Rising contributor Monique Chartier's appearance on the Matt Allen show, last night, in which the two discuss AR's posts related to the supplemental budget.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

April 14, 2010

Shoveling, but Down or Out?

Somehow, I just can't get myself interested in the RI General Assembly's supplemental budget. It's a question of whether it was "not enough" or "completely wrong."

The Little Policy Details That Say So Much

Somehow, cost of living adjustments in Rhode Island's public-sector pensions seem an emblem of the state's problems.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

A Sign That Our Government Has Become Distracted

Shouldn't government preserve its basic functions, first of all? In reality, infrastructure seems such an easy thing to squeeze.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:40 AM

April 13, 2010

The Definitionally Centrist Tea Party

A look at the RI Tea Party has convinced Ed Achorn that the movement of which it is a part is the reawakening of the great American middle.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Nanny State Will Tax Your Skin

Obamacare taxes on tanning salon services have drawn an op-ed response from Michael Morse. Best get used to this sort of thing; Americans' health is now a matter of interstate commerce.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Jabbing from Old Media to New

Newport Daily News columnist Joe Baker responded to my reaction to his last-week essay, and what he didn't mention is the story.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

April 12, 2010

Laffey's Surprise Consistency

So, Steve Laffey has said, once again, that he's not running for office. Funny how that can be surprising every time he restates it.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The Boom... Before the Bust?

Larry Kudlow warns conservatives not to talk down the economy for political reasons, because it's actually indicating that a boom is coming. I agree, but note Kudlow's worry that the boom actually represents investors cashing out before things turn even more sour.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Government in Miniature

I can't help but think that my observation of governance techniques in Tiverton apply on a broader scale, at higher levels of government. Despair all who enter, here.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:47 AM

April 11, 2010

That Long Slow Upward Climb

I've posted a snapshot of Anchor Rising's readership trends.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:52 PM

Crossing Protective Lines

Mark Shea sees an Obama administration policy to assassinate at least one American citizen as a logical extension of the Bush administration's enhanced interrogation techniques. I think one can certainly point to lines that ought to separate the two policies.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:45 AM

April 10, 2010

What Are You Working Toward?

A recent Dilbert cartoon captured a lamentable dynamic of the modern workplace.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:12 PM

For Us to Be Them, Somebody Must Be Us

As the Obama Era drags on, advocates for big government continue to cite Europe as an exemplar of the government-citizen compact at work. The problem is that the world needs a United States.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:52 AM

April 9, 2010

Another Unlikely Budget Provision

In addition to some general considerations, I've noticed that the RI General Assembly's supplemental budget might possibly include a provision that actually allows cities and towns to reduce their payments for education in a given budget cycle. I'm skeptical that it'll actually become law.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:23 PM

Growth Rather than Radical Reworking

Not surprisingly, given my brand of conservatism, I see procedural similarities between how the Catholic Church should develop over time and how the United States should do the same.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Flipping Political Coins with Amendments

On Wednesday's Matt Allen Show, Andrew Morse talked about some references to the 10th Amendment of the Constitution that are politically very different.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Hope After the Flood

A political cartoon by Jim Bush says it all for many Rhode Islanders' post-deluge hopes.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:32 AM

April 8, 2010

Can You Hear the Sly Taxation

Mandates for healthcare coverage are beginning to look like a tax that gives politicians all of the benefits of spending other people's money to do good deeds and none of the backlash against taking the money in the first place. Few people will realize that such things are to blame when they can no longer afford health insurance or even basic services are expensive and time consuming.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:31 PM

The Union Does School Administration

Is this what happens when you mix labor unions with charter schools with elected office?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:21 AM

The Mindboggling Contortions of Nanny Staters

The Big Government types in Rhode Island are meticulous about avoiding the phrase "tax increase, but it's what they're looking for, and it would only make matters worse.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:12 AM

April 7, 2010

UPDATE: Do You Know This Guy?

I was apparently mistaken about the guy with the objectionable sign at the 10th Amendment rally.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Washing Out the Apathy

With Ed Achorn, I wonder whether the Great Flood of Rhode Island will provide an adequate example for residents of the state of the potential for devastation when government focuses for too long on the wrong things.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Perhaps Healthcare Will Be a Catalyst, at Least for a Permanent Alarm

The critical political question has now become whether Americans will stay motivated to change the shape of their government. I think the chances are good, at least that we'll be more easily roused, henceforth.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:50 AM

April 6, 2010

The Sort of Wildflower Children Are

Obviously, my inclination is to err on the side of creativity, but there is a danger to making it too central of a priority.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:26 PM

The First Step of Abstinence Is Believing It's Possible

I simply deny that abstinence is impossible.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:16 AM

The Healthcare System Sinking In

Signs of things to come with the economy and healthcare are not as rosy as some would like to believe.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:20 AM

April 5, 2010

BREAKING: Rhode Islander Ken McKay Resigns RNC

A national controversy within the Republican National Committee has resulted in the resignation of Rhode Island son Ken McKay.

Posted by Justin Katz at 8:08 PM

Do You Know This Guy?

I'm sussing out what appears to me to be an attempt at subverting the RI Tea Party's image, trying to identify the perpetrator.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Redirecting Education Reform Toward the Same-Old

Frankly, I'm seeing federal movements toward education reform (i.e., Race to the Top) as a mechanism for thwarting the reforms that conservatives believe should be implemented.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:19 AM

The Religion of Rhode Island's Public University

Controversy has once again found the University of Rhode Island campus, this time concerning the appearance of a pro-life, traditional-marriage-supporting Christian minister as a speaker at a privately funded university event. One would think that URI is a religious institution, itself.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:06 AM

April 4, 2010

Rhode Island Voter Coalition, North Kingston, Part 4, General Assembly Candidate Michael Grassi

An unscheduled self-introduction from General Assembly Candidate Michael Grossi wraps up my video from Wednesday's Rhode Island Voter Coalition forum.

Posted by Justin Katz at 9:54 PM

The Believing Modern

This Easter, a few threads related to life and religion have come together for me.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:12 PM

April 3, 2010

Rhode Island Voter Coalition, North Kingston, Part 3, 2nd Congressional District Candidates

The third installment of video from Wednesday's Rhode Island Voter Coalition Meet the Candidates Forum covers the candidates for the 2nd Congressional district and includes some heated exchanges with the audience.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:07 PM

Rhode Island Voter Coalition, North Kingston, Part 2, Lieutenant Governor

The second batch of videos from Wednesday's Rhode Island Voter Coalition Meet the Candidate event covers the lieutenant governor race with the one candidate who was able to make it, anti-candidate (if you will) Robert Healey. Certainly entertaining and edifying.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:17 PM

Rhode Island Voter Coalition, North Kingston, Part 1, General Assembly Candidates

I've posted video of the General Assembly candidates' segment of Wednesday night's RI Voter Coalition Meet the Candidates event in North Kingstown.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

A Newly Aware America Confronting Old Tricks

Andrew Breitbart has been highlighting the Alynski-style activities of the national Democrats. I see indications large and small.

Posted by Justin Katz at 11:55 AM

What Mileage Rules May Not Mean

Everybody's proclaiming the gas savings that higher fuel efficiency standards will create. I'm not so sure that will come to pass.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 AM

April 2, 2010

The President's Fortune for Flood Relief

Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D, RI) apparently doesn't see the difference between taxpayer dollars and the President's private resources for flood relief.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:24 PM

The Obama-Era Binge

Ed Achorn is worried that government officials' apparent belief that they can borrow money endlessly puts our civilization at risk. I agree.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

The World Has a Story

Modern Western society has long been attempting to maintain the rewards of its religious tradition without submitting to the restraints. The result will either be recrudescence or deterioration.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:18 AM

Get That Board a Rubber Stamp

An advisory panel that won't advise is suggestive of political gamesmanship on revamping RI's unemployment system.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:47 AM

April 1, 2010

The Two Basic Solutions

It appears to be the case that the dividing line in local budget politics is between those who wish to reform priorities and those who wish to find more money to make the problems go away.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:12 PM

The Sun Exists Always Beyond the Clouds

Spring is clearly here, and none too soon, but we should remember that our beliefs should prepare us for good times and bad.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:25 PM

The Risk of a Recreational Medicine

The California Supreme Court has ruled that employers can still test for pot use, even though the drug is legal for medical purposes. I could go either way on this one.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:15 AM

Of Twitter and Governing Water

I made this week's Wednesday call to the Matt Allen Show to discuss Twitter and some general government implications of Rhode Island's devastating flooding.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:13 AM

March 31, 2010

Voters May Be Flooded

Statewide floods notwithstanding, I'm liveblogging from tonight's Rhode Island Voter Coalition Meet the Candidates event.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:25 PM

The Process of Forcing Popular Will on the People

Over the course of multiple issues' march into federal law the progressives' strategy for implementing their social agenda via judicial fiat has come to light. Americans need to assert their right to govern themselves.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Stimulating Everybody in Rhode Island

Legislation submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly to offer tax breaks in order to stimulate the local construction industry are fine, but why be so discriminating in stimulus?

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Pulling Back from the Entitlement Cliff

Government entitlements ought to be restructured to turn them into inheritable, individually managed accounts accessible to the charity of others.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:45 AM

March 30, 2010

RISC's Open Eye Catches More Economy-Killing Taxes

The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition has noticed new taxes, proposed by Sen. Charles Levesque, to fund the infrastructure maintenance that ought to be the first thing taken out of the taxes that we already pay.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:09 PM

Media Message: Healthcare Simply Rosy

Curiously, the mainstream media hasn't been too interested in the hoopla about major businesses seeing billions of dollars in negative effects on their bottom lines of the healthcare "reform." I think that's too bad, because folks ought to have as much time to prepare for the coming decrease in their quality of life.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Putting Power in the Air

I share with concerns that "smart grids" and wireless technology are opening Americans up to a whole new range of vulnerabilities.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM

Clarifying My View on Cuts to Tiverton Schools

Since the word apparently hasn't gotten out, I thought it might be helpful to explain why I changed my position with regard to level funding Tiverton schools.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:03 AM

March 29, 2010

Balancing Public Sector Pay From the Town to the Nation

An interesting finding: If public sector pay equaled private sector pay, government deficits across the nation would evaporate.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:00 PM

Marriage and Parenthood for Minorities

It's interesting to note that an article about efforts to strengthen the marital culture in the black community highlights the broken link between parenthood and marriage as a problem. I think that's a very good reason to resist the push for same-sex marriage, which would cement the broken link into the law.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:00 PM

Special Interests Strike Again

A report that mandating master plumbers to change water meters is driving up the costs of a project in Newport strikes me as indicative of Rhode Island's economic/political habits. The silver lining is that jettisoning such mandates could let our stagnant economy explode.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:05 AM

Here and There Around the Internet

Some notes related to tracking the writings of me and of Anchor Rising.

Posted by Justin Katz at 5:43 AM

March 28, 2010

What's Ailin' the Moderns

I think David Lewis Stokes and Philip Rieff are correct that the modern project is to perpetually redefine conceptual errors as merely turns in the maze. Eventually, though, society will hit a fatal dead end.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:34 PM

Violent Sexists Support Legalized Prostitution?

Ed Achorn's focus is on despicable online behavior, but the larger point, in my view, is that we shouldn't be surprised that people who advocate for legalizing prostitution would threaten and belittle women who oppose them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:39 PM

Commissioner Gist's Non–Rhode Island Perspective

Whatever else one might think of her, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has a refreshing habit of neglecting to accept the hidden meaning of Rhode Island's political lingo.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:24 AM

March 27, 2010

Transferring Public Responsibility to Public Charity

I'm concerned that finding alternate funding for budget-crunched public schools will prevent necessary reform of their priorities.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:12 PM

Obama in Aggregate

My post tracing the aggregate impression that Obama's record now gives.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:10 PM

The Constitutionality Proof Is Worse than the Pudding

Wherein I note (and object) that Congress apparently has Constitutional authority to do just about anything.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:08 PM