If Governor Chris Christie (R, NJ) can cut a budget deficit of $11 billion dollars with his first budget … why is it Connecticut anguishes over a “projected gap” of $3 billion. Why is it the only way they could close the current gap was with smoke and mirrors. I’ll take one those Christie people, please.
In Connecticut it never happens because no one is willing to stand up and do what’s right … because of the personal hits they will take. Cut education? Why you are against the children. Cut long term care? You are against seniors. Cut Medicaid programs? You are against the poor . On and on it goes. So our politicians cave. Instead I choose to look at it the way Christie does.
Ask for pay freezes for those in education. Not just teachers, but from administrators to aides, and do it for the children in school. Change long term care now by asking younger citizens to prepare for old age, while asking workers at long term care facilities for pay freezes too, to help the old people.
Lastly, renegotiate pension plans for government employees, because we can’t afford them and our children won’t be able to. Private companies learned this 30 years ago.
Compassion, you see, works both ways. But when you are staring down the barrel of a 3 billion dollar deficit … the answer is not to whack the people in the private sector who create the jobs and the private sector workers who remain to pull the economy. Anyone can be compassionate with someone else’s money. That does not take courage. Real courage is standing up for the next generation, your children, who will be asked to foot an ever exapnding bill.