Rhode Island is the latest state government to discover that the public simply cannot afford a government — at least for twelve days. With hundreds of billions spent on Iraq and Afghanistan (with new calls for an increase in Afghanistan), it is understandably confusing for many citizens as states sell off government buildings and cities shutdown to avoid bankruptcy.
The United States appears to be defying predictions of the natural progression of civilization from anarchy to feudal states to central governments. We appear to be moving in the wrong direction. The people of Rhode Island simply cannot afford their government and will have to do without. No wonder the state’s motto is “Hope.”
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri (who is trying to force state unions to make concessions) announced the plan, which will put over eighty percent of the state employees on the street for the period.
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