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R.I. Unemployment Worse Than it Seems

The old adage “numbers never lie” is true. Numbers can’t lie, but the people who use them can and very often do. Such is the case with the unemployment rate in Rhode Island. When a falling unemployment rate in Rhode Island was coupled with a sudden loss of 2,600 jobs from September to October, Charles J. Fogarty, the director of the state’s Department of Labor and Training, talked-up the unemployment drop and dismissed serious concerns about the job losses. “[The number of lost jobs] got our...

Merchants of Smear: Obama, Gore Other Climate Alarmists Refuse to Debate

Manmade climate disaster proponents know the Saul Alinksy community agitator playbook by heart. In a fight, almost anything goes. Never admit error; just change your terminology and attack again.  Expand your base, by giving potential allies financial and political reasons to join your cause. Pick “enemy” targets, freeze them, personalize them, polarize them and vilify them. The “crisis” was global cooling, until Earth stopped cooling around 1976. It was global warming, until our planet...

Reevaluating Eminent Domain’s Benefits Necessary for Economic Success

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires government to provide “just compensation” to private individuals in return for taking private property for public use. This doesn’t address whether it is it right to take private property for private benefit, however, or whether the economic benefits of eminent domain are all they’re cracked up to be. A recent study of eminent domain takings and their associated state and local government tax revenues suggests buying grandma’s farmhouse to...

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