Sticking Out Like a Sore Economy
Two sentences from Edward Mazze’s commentary, yesterday, ought to be repeated daily for the benefit of every Rhode Islander until we force some real change in the right direction:
In New England, Connecticut reported unemployment at 6.6 percent, Maine 6.3 percent, Massachusetts 5.9 percent, New Hampshire 4.3 percent and Vermont 5.7 percent. …
There is little evidence the unemployment rate [in Rhode Island] will be below 8 percent until 2012 without changes in the way the state does business and deals with economic issues that work against job creation.
In short, we’ve got at least three more years of unemployment rates surpassing a line that no other New England state has even come close to crossing yet. Our state’s “leaders” ought never be seen in public without reeds in constant self-mortifying motion lest citizens begin volunteering their grips for the cause.
And just in case anybody quasi-sentient remains who believes that the representatives of Rhode Island’s coalition of public-dole special interests might have a point, the answer is not to increase the burden on private industry or to absorb a greater swath of the market and its services into the government.