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Let's say I'm the newly elected governor of a state like Ohio, which faces an $8 billion budget deficit, or Wisconsin, which faces a $3.6 billion biannual deficit going forward. I'm tasked with getting rid of these budget holes. What would I do ?
As governor, I only have two basic choices. I can try to a) cut spending, or b) raise revenue. Or I could do a combination of both things.
Let's look at spending first. Here's a chart with a breakdown of state spending (aggregate spending of all states):
Now, if I'm a governor looking at the above chart, and I'm looking to cut spending and fill a huge budget hole, where would I look ? I'd look at what my state is spending the most money on, right ? I'd attempt to rein in my biggest costs, right ? Right. In America, most state money is spent on HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, WELFARE, AND PENSIONS. Being a compassionate governor, I don't want to seriously slash welfare programs that assist the poor, especially during an economic downturn. So, where do I look next ? Reason dictates that I look at health care, education, and pensions, my other big costs. And when I think of health care, education, and pensions, do you think maybe I'd look to have people in education, commonly known as teachers, contribute a bit more to the costs of their own health care and pensions to help lower state costs ? Reason says that's exactly what I would do, but reality-challenged left-wingers tell me I'm some kind of unholy fascist right-wing Fox News-watchin' Tea Partyin' extremist puppet for the Koch Brothers who hates the working man and the middle class for thinking like this.
Hmmm. And here I thought I was just trying to balance the budget, to keep my state from going broke.
And after reality-challenged left-wingers tell me I'm an unholy fascist right-wing Fox News-watchin' Tea Partyin' extremist puppet for the Koch Brothers who hates the working man and the middle class, they tell me I'm the one who is driven by politics. Don't that beat all ?
Now let's look at my other option as governor to close the big budget deficit. I could raise state revenue. There are a couple ways to accomplish this. Either I could a) raise taxes, or b) create more jobs in my state, which would lead to more tax revenue from the increased number of workers. If I'm governor of a state like Ohio, I'm definitely interested in option b, creating more jobs, because my state has suffered huge job losses and has an unemployment rate higher than the national average. This means my taxpayer base is shrinking, leading to less state revenue. I definitely want to create jobs.
How do I create jobs ? The best way is to attract new businesses to my state. And how do I accomplish that ? By making Ohio an attractive environment for businesses. I'd probably lower taxes on business to accomplish this. That might reduce state revenue temporarily, making the budget hole bigger, but if new businesses did come to my state as a result of this policy, it would promote job growth and would lead to MORE state revenue and a more thriving overall state economy, CLOSING the budget gap. Btw, Ohio is already one of the worst states in which to do business, ranking 44th out of 50. If I was governor, I'd definitely want to change that situation and make Ohio more conducive to job creation.
But I'd still have to listen to reality-challenged left-wingers tell me I'm some kind of unholy fascist right-wing Fox News-watchin' Tea Partyin' extremist puppet for the Koch Brothers who hates the working man and the middle class for thinking like this.
So be it.
Btw, Ohio's new governor, John Kasich, is looking to attract more businesses to Ohio by lowering business taxes, and he's also looking to rein in the costs of health care and pensions. Smart fellow, that Kasich. No wonder the last time the United States balanced the federal budget was when Kasich was the Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
But reality-challenged liberals are calling Kasich an unholy fascist right-wing Fox News-watchin' Tea Partyin' extremist puppet for the Koch Brothers who hates the working man and the middle class.
Blah, blah, blah. Who cares what they think ? I sure don't. Swat them away like gnats as we get this state turned around.
My last option as governor is to simply raise taxes to cover the budget deficit. In Ohio, that would amount to an $8 billion tax increase....during an economic downturn....when unemployment is already high....when people are already struggling to make ends meet....when jobs are already leaving the state. To put $8 billion in context, the entire Ohio state income tax currently brings in $12.5 billion. $8 billion is a lot of money. Ohio's overall state revenue is $80 billion. A huge tax increase would make Ohio even more business unfriendly than it already is, and would most likely backfire, resulting in more job losses, reduced economic growth, more businesses leaving the state, and more people on the unemployment rolls....so naturally, this is the option reality-challenged liberals favor....because liberals are "for the working man" (LOL). Gimme a break, already.
Question - Why does anybody, ever, under any circumstances, listen to today's reality-challenged liberals ?
I realize the alternative, Republicans, isn't all that great either, but damn, liberals are obviously insane. At least Republicans have some grasp on reality. Liberals live in an imaginary utopian fantasyland where the sky is green and the grass is blue. If you don't believe me, all you have to do is look at yesterday's New York Times editorial, where some liberal idiot is disputing the fact that our government is broke. He's disputing it when the federal government is $14 trillion in debt, we face a $1.6 trillion deficit, Obama's ten-year budget request adds $13 trillion more to the debt, and nearly every state is also hugely in the red. In the face of all this, the New York Times liberal idiot editorialist says the cries of "broke" are nothing but "all obfuscating nonsense, of course, a scare tactic employed for political ends" by the GOP. This doofus actually believes our enormous debt problem is some vast right-wing conspiracy. It's as if my liberal blogger counterpart, the Reverend, got a job writing for the New York Times. This is insanity on an apocalyptic level, and it's coming from America's premier newspaper. The propaganda has infected the very highest levels.
Another liberal who has now turned into a full-fledged commie is filmmaker Michael Moore, who joined into the new "we're not broke" insane left-wing talking point:
“We’re not broke. This country is not broke. The state of Wisconsin is not broke. There’s a ton of cash in this country. . . . What’s happened is is that we’ve allowed a vast majority of that cash to be concentrated in the hands of just a few people. . . . They’re sitting on the money, they’re using it for their own – they’re putting it someplace else, they have no interest in helping you with your life, with that money. We’ve allowed them to take that. That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours. . . . I think we need to go back to taxing these people at the proper rates. They need to – we need to see these jobs as something that we own, that we collectively own as Americans and you can’t just steal our jobs and take them someplace else.”
Reality-challenged liberals are probably all standing and applauding these words of class hatred by Michael Moore, and I suppose Moore does have a point. If we'd just become a communist nation and confiscate all the property of the wealthy, and all the property of anyone else the state designates as sacrificial lambs to the grand collective, then we probably would be able to balance the budget. We would have ended freedom, opportunity, and nearly everything that made this country great, but we could probably balance the budget for a couple years. Besides, what's liberty when compared to grand people's utopias like the USSR, China, and Cuba ?
I wonder if Michael Moore knows communist nations don't have unionized collective bargaining rights ? Oh, well. No matter. There's so much Michael Moore doesn't know. It seems like piling on to focus on just one thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry, but you can't fix liberalism gone THIS stupid. It's irreparable, broken beyond repair. It is like a cancer and must be excised from the body politic before it metastasizes even further and poisons us all.