Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
Providence Journal Deputy Editorial-Pages Editor Ed Achorn has dubbed me a “critics” (emphasis added):
RHODE ISLAND is facing massive deficits. Rather than slash spending, large numbers of legislators last week proposed $340 million in new and increased taxes, under a bill that critics have aptly dubbed the 2008 Economic Death and Dismemberment Act. These pols want to keep money gushing into state coffers at the expense of those working families who have the miserable misfortune to be part of the private sector.
Unless the line is catching on, which would been cool. Of course, Achorn’s got some humorous chops, himself:
The state GOP could not be in worse shape if Mr. Bean had run it for the last 20 years.
That’s an episode of Mr. Bean that I’d like to see. But on a serious note:
Part of that is innate to the state’s culture. Though Rhode Islanders are independent-minded enough to vote for people from both parties for governor, the public-employee unions and welfare industry now control large voting blocks, and have the money and storm troopers to swing legislative elections fairly reliably to their hand-picked candidates. …
A challenge even by a political unknown with little chance of winning does much good. It means an incumbent no longer has the luxury of running unopposed.
And the defeat of even a handful of the most arrogant incumbents might have a profound effect, sending tremors through the entire General Assembly, forcing politicians to start caring about the working taxpayers who provide all the goodies that government dispenses.
Maybe we need a Buckley reprise, with a Rhode Island Conservative Party.