A group of Democratic governors warned Friday that without as much as $1 trillion in federal assistance, many states will not be able to pay their bills in the next year.Well, they might consider spending less. Both California and New York have been on spending sprees for several years now. (Though, California did reduce the rate for a couple of years.)
"There are states that are talking as California has of not being able to meet their financial obligations in the coming months," New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said on a conference call with reporters.
"We are not crying wolf. This is one of the worst situations our states have faced,” [Ohio Gov. Ted] Strickland said. "This is a real crisis. These are real problems. And if we don’t get some significant assistance many of those in our states will suffer greatly."Yeah, so?
Whether the state budgets have been well or poorly managed, it's as irresistible as it is pointless to ask how that becomes the responsibility of the entire country. Why should the Federal Government rush to do anything about it? Yes, that rhetorical question has a depressingly familiar answer these days. But sane people trapped in an insane asylum should never passively accept their fate unquestioningly.