Detrimental Effects and the Responsible Party
Under Donald’s post “Multiple choice options regarding Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment”, commenter Phil remarks
I cannot ignore the presence in R.I. of Republican conservatives and the detrimental effect it has on the place I live.
Yes, let’s talk about some detrimental effects inflicted on the state by a particular political party and ideology.
– The second highest sales tax and fifth highest property taxes in the country.
– Education results in the bottom twenty percent.
– Business tax climate ranking: forty sixth out of fifty.
– A recession and an alarming unemployment rate of 8.5%.
– Upside down priorities like underfunded universities and very badly maintained highways and bridges.
Quite a record has been racked up by Democrat officials on the state and local level and it is one that neither Republicans nor conservatives in Rhode Island come close to matching. In fact, it would be a very good thing, indeed, if “conservative” tenets such as smaller government, less taxes, a more narrow focus on critical functions and simply standing back and allowing businesses to florish came to Rhode Island. (Conservative in quotes because such policies are in actuality not partisan but simply good business practices.)
I am genuinely pleased that Phil comments at Anchor Rising, in part, because he does so without name-calling or irrational lashing out. Often, however, and certainly in this case, Phil seems to subscribe to the philosophy that simply saying it makes it so.
[Thanks to the Tax Foundation and RIPEC for the data.]