From Ted Mann’s excellent blog at The Day:
“Families are making these same tough decisions every day – finding ways to cut back. State government must do the same.”
This is one of Rell’s favorite motifs. It’s an easy metaphor, simple to deliver and simple to understand. She deploys it all the time.
Unfortunately, it’s a fallacy.
The job of erasing a deficit in the $18.4 billion state budget is hugely different than that faced by individual Connecticut residents and the heads of the state’s households, not just in the magnitude of the numbers but in the type of discriminating decision-making it requires.
If the equivalent of forgoing the case of soda is sending thousands of state workers to join thousands more on the unemployment lines, or retracting the very social services whose necessity is increasing because of the gloomy economic picture, it will affect every family in Connecticut, not to mention every business, social service agency.
This is what those naughty spendthrift liberals mean when they point out that social needs are often (if not always) counter-cyclical. When the economy is sucking wind as loudly as it is at present, the people who struggle in good times need even more help just to scrape by, let alone hold down the jobs that will enable them to contribute to the economy.
Go read the whole thing.
Given the news today that there will be no cuts in ECS funding and PILOT funds will be flat compared to the last budget (both of which are very good news for municipalities), expect deep cuts in services and in state jobs.
And for the record, I thought she looked like a Jedi.