Governor Gibbons Failing at Record Rates
It is almost a complete consensus that the only way we can dig ourselves out of the disaster of the past 25 years of Conservative rule is to put money in the hands of the spenders. It’s painfully obvious that the past 25 years of “Free Market” nonsense and “Free Trade” foolishness is coming home to roost. Thank you, Conservatives.
Paul Krugman has a good piece in the NY Times regarding the important role state Governors will play in the recovery process:
But even as Washington tries to rescue the economy, the nation will be reeling from the actions of 50 Herbert Hoovers — state governors who are slashing spending in a time of recession, often at the expense both of their most vulnerable constituents and of the nation’s economic future.
These state-level cutbacks range from small acts of cruelty to giant acts of panic — from cuts in South Carolina’s juvenile justice program, which will force young offenders out of group homes and into prison, to the decision by a committee that manages California state spending to halt all construction outlays for six months.
Now, state governors aren’t stupid (not all of them, anyway). They’re cutting back because they have to — because they’re caught in a fiscal trap. But let’s step back for a moment and contemplate just how crazy it is, from a national point of view, to be cutting public services and public investment right now.
So now is the time to invest in the public – and what is Nevada’s Governor Gibbons doing? He’s trying to cut the pay of state employees, he’s cutting services that are intended to keep the most vulnerable in our society from suffering and dying, and he’s continuing the nausiating mantra, “no new taxes”. Sorry, Jim Gibbons, but everyone – but you – knows that your actions are the worst way you could handle this emergency. You’re a true Republican, through and through. Nevada! It should be painfully obvious to you by now that this man is in over his head. Time to remove him before he can do any more harm.