Destroying Rhode Island No Joke
I knew Mark Binder in my previous life as a fiction writer (to which life, incidentally, I would very much like to one day return). I noticed that he surfaced as a Democrat Congressional candidate in 2004 but haven’t seen anything from him until a letter appeared in last Friday’s Providence Journal (but which is not currently online) Much of his fiction is outright humor or at least humorously tinged, but the disconcerting thing about his letter is that he doesn’t appear to be kidding:
Rhode Island is one of the best places to live on the planet. We have wondrous and varied landscapes (and weather). We have fabulous people, amazing restaurants and a wealth of artists. It is a small and diverse, easily accessible state of mind.
I think we should charge more to live here. This is a premium spot. Instead of cutting taxes for new businesses, we should raise them. People have to want to come to Rhode Island for more than the discount. Do you want to live in the Walmart State?
In the past, Rhode Island has used its healthy tax base to clean up the environment, to provide kindness to our neighbors in need, and to encourage the arts.
What’s left after we strip the tax base?
Houses. Roads (maybe).
Let’s pay more taxes and get better results.
Here’s hoping that this is a satire to lampoon a too common mindset.