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The Bluest State Decades of liberal policies have made Rhode Island the nationís basket case.
City Journal ^ | spring 2014 | Aaron M. Renn

Posted on 06/09/2014 6:23:21 PM PDT by amnestynone

Blue-state defenders say that progressive policies work. After all, liberal-leaning states boast some of the nation’s wealthiest and best-educated populations. But many are also reeling from problems ranging from high costs of living and widening income inequality to chronic fiscal crises. And leading blue states such as California, Massachusetts, and New York possess unique assets—respectively, favorable climate, educational hubs, fortress industries—that shelter them, at least for a time, from the full economic consequences of their public policies. What happens when you go blue in a more average, workaday place? Rhode Island—a blue state in its purest form—provides an answer.

“Rhode Island is in the midst of an especially grim economic meltdown,” a 2009 New York Times story began, “and no one can pinpoint exactly why.” Five years later, the state continues to suffer from most of the same problems the Times story described: high unemployment, a crippling tax structure, dangerously underfunded state pension systems. But contrary to the Times’s claims, Rhode Island’s predicament is easy to explain. With no special economic advantages, the state has maintained an entitlement mentality inherited from an age of colonial and industrial grandeur. Rhode Island was once one of America’s most prosperous states, and its rate of higher-education attainment remains better than the national average. But the state’s key industries collapsed long ago, and its political leadership has refused to make adjustments to its high-cost, high-regulation governance system.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: rhodeisland
Do we even hve any freepers from the Ocean State here to comment on this article?
1 posted on 06/09/2014 6:23:21 PM PDT by amnestynone
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To: amnestynone
Do we even hve any freepers from the Ocean State here to comment on this article?

Nearly all of my Rhode Island in-laws have moved to NC, GA, TX and MT.

2 posted on 06/09/2014 6:27:22 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: amnestynone

I’m right next door to Rhode Island. Chronic unemployment there.


3 posted on 06/09/2014 6:38:44 PM PDT by ransacked
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To: amnestynone
But the state’s key industries collapsed long ago

Yes, transporting slaves has been on hard times for over 150 years.

4 posted on 06/09/2014 6:40:31 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: ransacked

Just wait until Buddy Ciance makes a comeback /sarc


5 posted on 06/09/2014 6:44:01 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: amnestynone

They can keep voting for their failed liberal BS. We’re taking their jobs and we plan on taking more.


6 posted on 06/09/2014 6:44:33 PM PDT by boycott
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To: amnestynone

With Lincoln Chaffee running the place what can you expect?


7 posted on 06/09/2014 6:44:57 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: amnestynone
"With no special economic advantages, the state has maintained an entitlement mentality inherited from an age of colonial and industrial grandeur. Rhode Island was once one of America’s most prosperous states, and its rate of higher-education attainment remains better than the national average. But the state’s key industries collapsed long ago, and its political leadership has refused to make adjustments to its high-cost, high-regulation governance system."

This is a perfect description of Detroit, yet another Democrat created disaster.

8 posted on 06/09/2014 6:44:58 PM PDT by akalinin
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To: amnestynone
“Rhode Island is in the midst of an especially grim economic meltdown,” a 2009 New York Times story began, “and no one can pinpoint exactly why.”

Total mystery. No one can figure it out. I'm baffled. It just makes me feel so sad and ... well ... blue.

9 posted on 06/09/2014 6:45:15 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Puppage

It hasn’t been the same since Ray Patriarca died.:-)

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10 posted on 06/09/2014 6:48:24 PM PDT by Mears
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To: amnestynone

I sense that the day of reckoning will feature red-America
having to re-engage with blue-America, much like the West
has done in the past with the east, in Germany with the tearing down of the wall, and the collapse of the USSR and west re-absorption of eastern Europe.


11 posted on 06/09/2014 6:48:53 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: ClearCase_guy

They like high taxes, think public schools are better than charter schools, believe that Christmas trees aren’t Christmas trees, gay marriage is a right, and capital punishment is always wrong.

It literally rejects everything that made it successful and wonders why failure ensues.


12 posted on 06/09/2014 6:52:07 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: amnestynone

Rhode Island only exists so other places can be compared to it....

Torrance County in New Mexico is larger than RI, and has about 1.4 people per square mile.


13 posted on 06/09/2014 6:54:19 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: amnestynone
For some reason, years ago, I was under the impression that Rhode Island was pretty well off, like Connecticut. Then I had several long term projects in MA, PA, and NH, did a bunch of traveling around the leftist utopias, and found Providence a shocking $hit hole. I grew up just north of Detoilet (E. of Flint) and Providence seemed to be as bad as Detoilet.

Dumb ideas coupled with poor attitudes create bad outcomes. So far, the Ivy League schools have missed this immutable concept.

14 posted on 06/09/2014 6:57:23 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: amnestynone

Good! The Progressive Morons that live in RI are getting EXACTLY what they want. I hope they get 50 times more of it. In fact, I would argue that their taxes are WAY too low. They should triple the state income tax, sales tax and all property taxes. It’s for The Chillren!

I have ZERO sympathy for these imbeciles. NONE.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
They could write the same story and substitute Connecticut for Rhode Island. This is another blue state that is circling the drain.
16 posted on 06/09/2014 6:59:00 PM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: amnestynone

I was visiting in Massachusetts, and turned the TV onto a Rhode Island station. The only ads switched between ads with lawyers asking if you’d had a “slip and fall accident”, or ads for pawn shops. Depressing. :-(


17 posted on 06/09/2014 7:05:12 PM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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To: navyguy
Reminds me of a comment in an article a couple weeks ago from Austin, TX.

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

18 posted on 06/09/2014 7:09:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

Bullseye! You hit the nail on the head! Thx!


19 posted on 06/09/2014 7:23:09 PM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: C210N

I see the exact opposite happening. Red and blue America is like a really bad marriage where the one (blue) spouse is addicted to crack, beats the other spouse weekly, leaves for months at a time, and has given the other spouse a good dose of the clap on a couple of occasions.

You know, a marriage like that is well beyond marital counseling sessions. Its not time to talk about what measures are needed for future reconciliation. Instead it’s time to talk about divorce and the property settlement.


20 posted on 06/09/2014 7:32:43 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: amnestynone
“Rhode Island is in the midst of an especially grim economic meltdown,” a 2009 New York Times story began, “and no one can pinpoint exactly why.”

Really, NYT... no one? And you call yourselves journalists? LOL

21 posted on 06/09/2014 7:37:40 PM PDT by workerbee (`)
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To: navyguy

“Good! The Progressive Morons that live in RI are getting EXACTLY what they want. I hope they get 50 times more of it. In fact, I would argue that their taxes are WAY too low. They should triple the state income tax, sales tax and all property taxes. It’s for The Chillren!

I have ZERO sympathy for these imbeciles. NONE.”

And the demographics in the attached article show you that RI is almost a carbon copy of the Soviet Union. Lots of old people “invested” in being cared for by a dwindling young population. The only problem will be when RI succeeds in collapsing, will anyone else notice, or care? It’s probably just the first of the New England Dominoes to fall. Maine may survive but the rest are circling the drain.


22 posted on 06/09/2014 7:38:18 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

Excellent observation about the demographics!


23 posted on 06/09/2014 7:40:05 PM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: navyguy

85% percent of the money earners are state employees and have the most insane benefits post retirement of any State.

The really sad thing is that they think that they all “deserve it” and have no clue that they are paying for themselves in the form of taxes.

It is sad beyond repair… comical in away for those of us trying for years to get them to “wake the eff up”.

At least Buddy had gang money propping him up… most of the folks are insular ..literally have NO CLUE!


24 posted on 06/09/2014 7:52:28 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: amnestynone

As I lived in RI for 35 years, now in Texas, I’ll read the
article about the most corrupt state, and comment tomorrow.

Wonderful Ocean State, corrupt as hell. Not just the
politicians, but the banks want to be sure that no local
company gets too big for it’s britches.

Gotta keep things in control, donchaknow!


25 posted on 06/09/2014 7:58:47 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: amnestynone
Brown University, in Providence, is an outrider of the fascist academy. They have systematically sought to destroy the Constitutional freedoms of the individual, although not without push-back from Americans, such as FIRE and the National Association of Scholars. Nevertheless, Brown specializes in denying first amendment speech rights via "speech codes," and in kangaroo courts to destroy innocent students' lives via false rape accusations from feminist weasels.

Yep, Rhode Island is one great place.

26 posted on 06/09/2014 8:10:33 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: acapesket

I wonder how a young state government worker thinks his pension will be there when he doesn’t see a suitable tax base to support it?

It’s totally unsustainable.


27 posted on 06/09/2014 8:35:32 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: amnestynone

decades of funneling democrat pork has its benefits


28 posted on 06/09/2014 8:58:32 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: amnestynone

Rhodent Isle Blues... DemRat Blue...


29 posted on 06/09/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: sten

As in “38 Studios” - what a deal for RI taxpayers!


30 posted on 06/10/2014 3:24:03 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: amnestynone

Yep - 30 year veteran of the Ocean State - left in 2007 for the Bluegrass State and never looked back.

Liberal politicians and the clueless voters that keep electing them into office are the reason.

High taxes, high cost of living, rampant immigration, no industry, liberals, unions, impotent politicians, etc, etc - it’s a mess that won’t get any better. I saw the writing on the wall and hit the road - just in time, it seems.


31 posted on 06/10/2014 5:28:36 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Bogey78O

State government workers have no idea what suitable tax base means, they can interpret Cape Verdian but not Economics. Capisce?


32 posted on 06/10/2014 8:06:17 AM PDT by acapesket
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