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The state Senate released its budget yesterday, and it looked like something out of a slasher flick or a Grover Norquist fantasy. In looking to

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State Democrats, Chickenhawks

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The state Senate released its budget yesterday, and it looked like something out of a slasher flick or a Grover Norquist fantasy. In looking to cover a $9 billion deficit (and outdo Gregoire in Grinchiness), the Senate trashes basic health and education, protections for the unemployed, and loses out on a bunch of federal funding. As a result, we'll be losing the stuff that keeps people healthy and off the streets.

Meanwhile, in looking to close its $17 billion budget deficit, New York state raised taxes on its wealthiest residents. As a result, it lost Rush Limbaugh.

Finally, a word on principle and being "tough". Anyone remember when the Supreme Court threw out Tim Eyman's I-747, which was misleadingly phrased and which most Democrats (and some Republicans) thought was a horrible idea because it would cap property tax revenues below the rates of growth or inflation, hurting rural counties especially? State Democrats nevertheless called a special session to reinstate it because they had to "respect the voters' will".

Now do you remember I-728, which requires state funding to ensure small class sizes? Democrats are having no problem cutting that. Instead, they talk about how they have to make all these "tough choices". But making tough choices that screw the middle class and poor while avoiding tough choices that might hurt your political career isn't being tough at all. It's about as tough as thumping your chest over a war you and your loved ones will never have to fight while calling its opponents soft. (Or cheering "cut, cut, cut" on social services and then begging for a tax subsidy for your own business.) What a bunch of chickenhawks.

 
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