So I’ve been wondering when the tripartite alliance of advocates for labor, illegal immigrants and entitlements would start to show cracks in the face of the budget crunch. It would seem only a matter of time, right? Thus far they’ve tried to identify other “revenue sources” such that no program shall be left behind, like re-playing the class-warfare card in hopes of extracting more taxes from the wealthy–let a tax on their yachts raise everyone else’s boats, or something to that affect. Until the yacht clubbers sail away to calmer seas.
So why, as it seems, are state workers or American’s on welfare willing to lose some benny’s for the sake of illegal immigrants? Would state workers rather keep more of their jobs or are they all right with sacrificing their economic well-being for the sake of maintaining some of the most lavish entitlement programs (per capita) in the country? Or are they, indeed, correctly banking on the traditional Rhode Island solution of raising taxes, as what Dan Yorke believes. And it’s hard to discount it, historical precedent and all.
But maybe our legislators won’t bend this time around and those of us who have been calling for a little fiscal sanity around here will be heard and the legislature will look to trim it’s own sails instead of ours. Perhaps this is the year where we scrape some of the barnacles off the hull of good ship Rhody and chart a new course to Fiscal Sanity. Or maybe this is all for naught and I should book passage on board the Ship of Fools for even daring to think such things.