February 9, 2006

Free Market Think Tank in RI?

Carroll Andrew Morse

WASHINGTON D.C. Did you know that Rhode Island is one of only seven states in the U.S. without a free-market think tank? If anyone is interested in starting one (Tom Coyne, call your office), the State Policy Network would like to help you get started.

Tonya Barr from SPN said that the most important part of starting a think tank is finding people who are interested in starting one.

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A think tank geared towards getting high growth tech industries here would indeed be desirable. Laffey should consider taking his renewable energy ideas further by coupling them with specific job development ideas in RI. What about that abandoned Navy base and the potential for a little govt-induced high tech activity there? Wind and solar companies - bring them on!!

Posted by: bountyhunter at February 9, 2006 12:49 PM

That's an excellent idea. It's hard to use free market & RI in the same breath. I wonder if there are enough people in this state to support such an endeavor.

Posted by: TCC3 at February 9, 2006 4:03 PM

An excellent idea. Feel free to contact me regarding implementation. What many people, and especially the media, don't realize about our state is the large number of small business owners and independent workers who are politically inactive because they feel so thoroughly disenfranchised. This can be changed if their values start getting some visible support.

Posted by: Bob Newton at February 9, 2006 6:41 PM

>>An excellent idea. Feel free to contact me regarding implementation. What many people, and especially the media, don't realize about our state is the large number of small business owners and independent workers who are politically inactive because they feel so thoroughly disenfranchised. This can be changed if their values start getting some visible support.

Great choice of words - "disenfranchised."

I'd become numb to the word, after hearing (so many times) the (specious) use of it to allege that the Democrats' pet minorities are ...

But it better (and accurately) describes a "silent minority" (and perhaps majority) here in RI.

Posted by: Tom W at February 9, 2006 8:25 PM