Fiddling While Rome Is Burning
"We are in dire circumstances," Paterson told reporters.
The governor said he thinks both parties in the Assembly recognize the seriousness of the crisis and suggested Senate Republicans are reluctant to go public with budget cuts they would make for fear of facing reprisals from voters.
"They estimate revenues that don't exist and they ovestimate what we could receive from areas such as Medicaid fraud recovery - I think it's irresponsible," Paterson said. As for the Senate Democrats, the governor says his guess is they "hesitate in putting out a plan because they don't want to be attacked for even addressing a dime of school aid cuts, so this is the - basically fiddling while Rome is burning, this is what's actually happening here."
If New York is in dire circumstances......America is in the ICU on life support.
A $2 trillion dollar deficit and our Congress is debating how much more they are going to spend on health care tonight?
It is absolutely amazing at this juncture in the crisis that this is not the central issue of CAPs. Actually, one might posit that it should be the only issue on CAPs until the condition is stabilized. If government imposed a 100% marginal tax rate, it would not be enough to come close to bridging the deficit.
There is little doubt what is coming next...........................