The Consistent(ly bad) Governor
Before the news cycle moves on, I’d like to highlight the following, from Philip Marcelo’s story on the tax-increase dispute:
One floor up from where business leaders gathered, in a room adjacent to his office, the governor repeated his challenge to detractors: provide an alternative solution, and be specific. …
Chafee rejected business leaders’ arguments that the tax plan would hurt job creation. “Show me the evidence,” he said.
The Chafee administration’s attitude is entirely in keeping with the theme that inspired Anchor Rising’s very first “Chafeedom” post. You’ll recall that, soon after his election, Chafee evinced a pattern of declining to meet with advocates who disagreed with him on their particular issues. Supposedly, he’d already conducted all the meetings he needed and didn’t think any more would be constructive. The ban on participation in and denunciation of talk radio soon followed.
Now, those who oppose his tax-increasing ways are called upon to show him evidence and propose solutions that he’ll find acceptable. Only, one would be entirely rational to suppose that acceptability is a false hurdle, impossible to clear.
Mixing in the fact that “his administration could not produce an analysis on the potential impact to businesses,” it’s clear that this guy really doesn’t care for discussion and open discourse, as he claims. That’s just an illusion (fooling, most of all, the governor himself) accomplished by always insisting that the other side has to do more while one’s own view is correct by assumption.