15 February 2010

Politicians I Could Get Behind

For they speak the truth:

In good times and bad, in economic sickness or economic health, government keeps spending more of your money. In recent years, policymakers, legislative commissions and state economists found a further troubling trend: long-term demographic changes threaten the state's fiscal well-being, especially public health spending expectations for the needs of retiring and disabled individuals.


If you make $40,000 this year, you don't set a larger budget for next year based on the possibility that you will make more money. You certainly can't storm into your boss's office during a recession and demand a 20 percent raise to meet your lofty spending visions. But that is exactly what government does. It sets a budget based on what it hopes to have, and comes calling for more of your money if that hope turns out to be wrong.


We expect vociferous opposition from our colleagues who benefit by promising out pieces of the government's ever-expanding checkbook. They will warn of doom and disaster if our amendment passes, but they fail to recognize the peril of continuing our broken system.

We are simply asking voters to set the maximum amount for government to spend. The Legislature will still retain the flexibility to debate how much under that limit would be spent for education, public safety and other priorities. We will also ensure the proposal allows us to meet our needs during times of extraordinary crisis or emergencies.

Honestly - try arguing against this outlook.

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