What folks on the local Left don’t seem to understand is that we at Anchor Rising aren’t so much politicos as, well, nerds (although we prefer the term “intellectuals,” of course). So, for instance, when one of them cites a factoid or offers some analysis that we find interesting, our first thought is, “Huh. I wonder if that’s accurate.” Figuring out the policies that contribute to a result comes next, and politics come last, inasmuch as it makes no sense to assess the political implications of illusions.
That’s why I was puzzled by Matt Jerzyk’s insistence that right-wingers are attempting “to shift the debate from RI’s recession and our foreclosure crisis” to immigration — or to anything, for that matter. If Anchor Rising is at all representative, we’ve done nothing so much as trumpet RI’s status as one of few official recessions in the United States as evidence that the Democrat-and-union-dominated state is poorly run. Whether school attendance and foreclosures are related, in other words, our habitual argument remains intact: This state needs reform and an end to its collectivist policies.
His post, it seems to me, may be just a clever ploy to push Republicans and conservatives onto the defensive when it comes to RI’s abysmal economy. That sounds like something that a well-financed union/progressive back-room organization would come up with, and his “I DARE YOU” comment to Andrew’s recent post… in all caps, no less… is a pretty transparent attempt to make any response seem as if it’s an acknowledgment that his false premise — that Republicans are responsible for the recession — is correct.