October 7, 2008

It's Your Duty to Pay More

Justin Katz

In principle, the "buy local" attitude is wonderful, but would it have been too much for state Representative Richard Singleton (I, Cumberland) to spare a sentence or two urging his fellow legislators to take a look at any policies that encourage the "strange attitude" of shopping elsewhere?

Unlike the tired rhetoric we hear from some of our politicians, I would like to offer some practical advice to help Rhode Island businesses and citizens. It is quite simple — do your business in Rhode Island!

If you own a business in our state, take a good look at who you are buying from. Is it necessary to buy a copy machine from a Massachusetts company or could you spend a little more time and find the same deal locally? What about cleaning supplies, accounting services, legal work, and advertising? Are you sure you can’t find good people or companies here to do the job? I know you can.

How 'bout the General Assembly take away the necessity to "spend a little more time" (and money) looking for comparable deals in Rhode Island?

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During this difficult financial times I will take advantage of every opportunity to save every last dollar. To not do so is foolish and irresponsible. "Buy local" is a nice idea but when it costs me 20% less to drive 10 minutes to Massachusetts I'm gonna do that. I don't consider it 'patriotic' to waste my money.

Posted by: Greg at October 7, 2008 6:37 AM

To hell with "Buy Local". Buy Mass., buy CT. , buy online-I have half the seniors at my parents elderly complex buying their cigarettes from the Indians in NY.
In short, buy anywhere BUT RI. Keep your money out of the hands of Murphy, Handy, Crowley and the rest of the hacks and communists who run this state.
If you live within 10 miles of the border buy all your gas and taxable items in Mass. and save money. If you're in Mass. make sure to fill your tank there before heading home. Every dime we keep out of the hands of the
hack/progressive Democrats is doing the work of God.

Posted by: Mike at October 7, 2008 8:48 AM

Agreed Mike.

The more money that Montalbano, Alves, Murphy, Harwood and all of their corrupt Democrat ilk can get their hands on, the more parasitic hacks they can put on the state payroll.

"State jobs" for their friends and relatives, and welfare for their legal and illegal "constituency" (Teresa Paiva-Weed's favorite "charity" - donations paid for with money taken from our paychecks).

Oh, and let us not forget all of the NEA hacks hired to "service" the anchor babies of the illegals attracted to the welfare magnet of a state.

Shop in Massachusetts and help starve the beast ... do it for YOUR children.

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at October 7, 2008 11:03 AM

Um . . . what about the pack of thieves who are in charge in Mass?

Why feed that beast?

Posted by: brassband at October 7, 2008 12:08 PM

"Um . . . what about the pack of thieves who are in charge in Mass?Why feed that beast?"

Well, for one thing, the patronage hacks that will be added to the payroll, and someday collect ridiculously generous pensions for the remainder of their lives (and those of their spouses?), will be a permanent burden upon the residents of Massachusetts, not us.

Also, if our welfare benefits start being cut because we've starved the beast, the welfare queens and their litters of little bastards will be more inclined to move over the border and burden the residents of Massachusetts.

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at October 7, 2008 1:58 PM

I don't think anyone actually pays any attention what so ever to this guy. He mover very quickly to marginalize himself. I say not just good riddens, but great riddens!

Posted by: Bob Wood at October 7, 2008 4:00 PM


Per PROJO Article:
“Richard W. Singleton, an independent, is a state representative from Cumberland and a small-business owner. He is not running for re-election and is moving to Bellingham, Mass.

I moved to Rhode Island about 15 years ago from Massachusetts, and ever since I have noticed this strange attitude here which I have dubbed “The Massachusetts Mystique.” Apparently many business owners, politicians and regular folks think if a company is from Massachusetts, somehow it is better. I’ve noticed this as a state representative. If Massachusetts passes some new bill, we are soon to follow. It must be a good idea — Massachusetts did it!”

Evidently Mr. Singleton will no longer be a state representative from Cumberland. He is returning to Massachusetts where his taxes will be lower, better roads and bridges and curb to curb bare pavement snow plowing in the winter. I guess one could say in trying to "Rhode Island First!" he got caught up by “The Massachusetts Mystique.”

Posted by: Ken at October 7, 2008 5:45 PM
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