Are Rhode Islanders Nuts?

Imagine a politician that has at the centerpiece of his platform a proposal to place a sales tax on on food and medicine.  

Who in a state with 12 percent unemployment promises to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get state jobs and state contracts.

Oh, and did I mention that this candidate is actually the front runner in the race for governor?  

This is actually the way things are going in the Rhode Island governor’s race where Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican now running as an independent, is leading or even with the Democrat.  http://www.realclearpolitics.c…

Chafee wants to put a 1% tax on grocery store purchases, clothes, medicine, hospital and nursing home services.  In sort, all the necessities of life.  He also pledges to rescind Gov. Carceri’s executive order that the state use eVerify to check the immigration status of new hires.  http://www.chafeeforgovernor.c…

Rhode Island is the economic basket case of New England.  George Mason University ranks Rhode Island 48th among the states in economic freedom (New York was 50th, the least free; New Hampshire #1,most free)…  Massachusetts ranks 43rd in economic freedom.  But at least Bay Staters recognize the problem.  Rhode Island is in a deep hole and insists on digging in deeper.


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