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Chafing Capitalism
IBD Editorials ^ | January 14, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 01/14/2011 5:08:24 PM PST by Kaslin

Abuse Of Power: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is trampling the First Amendment by banning state employee appearances on talk radio. Equally condemnable is his complaint that talk radio is "for profit."

It's no mystery why "Taxalot Linc" doesn't want state employees appearing on talk radio. The new "independent" governor intends to tax everything that moves — plus a lot that doesn't. "Textbooks, school meals and heating fuel are all there," the Providence Journal has reported. "And yes, so is the driving equipment for amputees."

It's still all there on the Democratic Governors Association's campaign website, Chafeestaxplan.com — groceries, clothes, gas, electricity, college students' rent, farm equipment, mobile homes, nursing homes and more. Even coffins fall under Chafee's new sales tax on "sales tax-exempt" items — so the Beatles weren't kidding when they sang, "Now my advice for those who die, declare the pennies on your eyes."

If workers in the bowels of Chafee's state bureaucracy were to take to the airwaves and provide the dirty details of the implementation of his taxes on lower-income Rhode Islanders, it wouldn't take very long for his popularity to sink.

The talk radio ban also dispels any pro-business illusions about the former Republican-in-name-only senator. Chafee's rationale for the ban is that talk radio is "for-profit programming" unworthy of the time of state employees — who themselves don't conduct any wealth-generating activities, and thereby regularly waste incalculable amounts of the taxpayers' hard-earned money.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Rhode Island
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1 posted on 01/14/2011 5:08:25 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This is the kind of guy the RNC gave us.

Him, Crist, Murkowski, Spectre etc etc


2 posted on 01/14/2011 5:19:30 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Kaslin

Anybody unclear about who and what Lincoln Chafee is and has always been? If not, this should kinda prove it.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 5:20:40 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: GeronL

Didn’t we rid of him when he went over as an Independent to the rat party, to which he always belonged?


4 posted on 01/14/2011 5:28:23 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Thank Goodness they leave but Murcowski came back. Sadly.


5 posted on 01/14/2011 5:50:35 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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