Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sometimes, you do get what you vote for

Apparently some people are upset that NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to lay off as many as 12,000 state workers, about 5% of the entire state work force. Why?

Nearly 96% of New Yorkers recently supported the Republican economic agenda, via their votes for either Cuomo or Carl Paladino; the highest vote getter among those advocating a non-GOP economic agenda was Green Howie Hawkins at 1.3%.

In a recent Siena poll, 87% said they wanted the state to erase the $10 billion budget gap without raising taxes or new borrowing.

If you want to balance a budget, you either need to cut spending, raise revenue or some combination thereof. And since the public’s stated preferences exclude the latter two, they have nothing to complain about.

You voted for it. You got it. Quit whining!

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