The picture of the governor smiling (TNT, 1-12) while announcing her proposed solution to the budget shortfall speaks more than the usual thousand words. And the Republican rebuttal speaker saying, wow that sounds like my speech, completes the picture.
The governor is announcing that those who caused our financial hardships will sacrifice and pay for it. Who are they? Why those too numerous and grossly overpaid state employees, those who had the audacity to get old and retire, those who became too injured or ill to work, those who allowed themselves to be laid off so the company’s profits wouldn’t suffer. And don’t forget those miscreants who agree to work a full day for less money than they need to live on. (Did they really have a choice?)
On the bright side, businesses will pay less tax to sustain those they just laid off.
The governor’s speech and the opposition’s rebuttal offer no evidence that those who caused our distress will be required or even asked to relieve it, that those with enough
money to provide more without changing their lifestyle will be expected to contribute.
The message from both sides of the aisle is simple, “Woe to the poor!” We, the Legislature, will balance the state’s budget by taking all the wages of some, part of the wages of many, part of the pensions of some and money needed for health care from thousands. But, fear not; we will not tax the wealthy.