I am the Rhode Island State Coordinator for the Progressive Democrats of America. My primary interest is Rhode Island's economy and what we can do to fix it.

5 responses to “RI – What Went Wrong: Have We Learned Lessons?”

  1. RealClear

    Mr. Bell, well done connecting the dots.  Keep educating people. 
    Research and history again trumps dogma.

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  2. Kiersten

    I agree.  You point things out clearly and succinctly here….now if we could just get the message on the 5 pm news.

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  3. RhodeyisLost

    That may be one of the worst, Left sided, factually incorrect articles I have ever read.  The problem lies with the State and Muni workers and their entitlements.  How can you blame Carcieri?  He was stuck with a Liberal Legislative that let him do nothing.  Taxing the Successful people in RI more than they are will only force them to Leave and never look back like many have already done. Some of us are stuck in this toilet of Taxes, corruption and Entitlement State.  I would love lower property taxes but that solves absolutely nothing.  The solution is LESS State and Muni workers and MORE small business and Large Corporate tax deals to bring in companies.  Who do you think creates jobs and pays well?  More jobs created, more wealth accumulated, the more people spend.  The Private Sector citizens you do have left in RI have one foot out the door.   The solution is not with Gov’t Jobs or more Socialism.  Taxing the Rich only makes a DENT, doesn’t come close to solving the problem.  

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    1. turbo

      “factually incorrect” You challenge not a single fact in the article.

       “stuck with a Liberal Legislative”

      Bell puts blame on the legislature: “the very conservative General Assembly was fully complicit in Carcieri’s blunders, earning them effusive praise from the Wall St. Journal.”

      “that let him do nothing”

      Carcieri did lots of stuff, as Bell pointed out. The stuff he did was conservative and had bad consequences.

      “Taxing the Successful people in RI more than they are will only force them to Leave ”

      Then how were they here in the first place? And what’s with your capitalization?

      “Some of us are stuck ”

      I take it you are not among the succesful. Excuse me, the Successful.

      ” I would love lower property taxes but that solves absolutely nothing.”

      What kind of conservative argues that lower taxes have no effect?

      “Who do you think creates jobs and pays well?”

      Middle-class customers.

       “The Private Sector citizens you do have left in RI have one foot out the door.”

      Why? Why haven’t they all left already?

      “Taxing the Rich only makes a DENT”

      Why do you think we need more than a dent?
       

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  4. DogDiesel

    This is just another rhetorical puff piece. Sam fails to connect any dots. I wouldn’t call it factually incorrect but it certainly doesn’t connect the tax cuts to Rhode Island’s staggering economy. It’analogous to blaming th Bush tax cuts for the bad national economy. It just not true. There is a lot more to it than tax cuts.

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