RI Governor Gives Nation a Preview of Obama’s Public Welfare Project
People across the United States should consider Rhode Island as a canary in the ObamaCare coal mine, whistling the tune of the President’s larger public welfare project.
When he spoke on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, RI’s Lincoln Chafee introduced himself as “the nation’s only independent governor.” That’s “independent” as in belonging to no political party. He went on to claim the mantel of “moderate” and to upend the dictionary with a new, inverted definition of “traditional conservative,” applying that label to himself, as well.
Actual moderates and conservatives should be wary of Chafee’s brand of independence. The most stunning reason is his state’s status, in July, as one of only three to have lost employment since the end of the U.S. jobs free fall in February 2010. A more subtle, but profound, reason is the vision of health benefit exchanges toward which he is hurrying his state.
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