Monday, February 7, 2011

"Better, better, better, better"

In a recent front page article "Taking aim at state spending", the Providence Journal quoted a tea party member who said "My thing is cut, cut, cut, cut". I'd like to suggest a new slogan: "Better, better, better, better".  

As we know, Rhode Island has among the highest property taxes in the nation, about fifth highest. However, if our student performance were best in the nation, if we had among the best roads, bridges and infrastructure in the country, those fifth highest property taxes would be a bargain.

Cut, cut cut, cut is a mindless, thoughtless reaction to a complex problem. Both the left and the right are guilty of a tunnel vision solution to every problem we face and we must share in the blame for letting legislators, both local and national, get away with it.