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Incoming GOP governors opt for budget cuts/fiscal discipline

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:18 pm - November 18, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Big Government Follies

Catch the editorializing in the first line of this AP piece on the new crop of Republican governors:

Incoming Republican governors from Pennsylvania to New Mexico are vowing to keep campaign promises to slice already cut-to-the-bone budgets and balance them without raising taxes.

In doing so, GOP leaders intent on conservative governance signaled a desire to try to fundamentally change state government, shrinking it significantly. And they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead.

The article as a whole is pretty even-handed, showing that these incoming governors understand the fiscal challenges ahead of them.

That said, for AP National Political Writer Liz Sidoti to suggest that state government budgets are already “cut-to-the-bone” ignores the profligate record of many state legislatures in recent yeas, a profligacy hidden by the payments in the Democrats’ “stimulus” to fund various state services.

It would be nice if Ms. SIdoti could acknowledge that many of these incoming chief executives face the problems they do because of the profligacy of their predecessors, many of the Democrats.

Looks like Chris Christie’s got some company coming in the new crop of governors-elect.



  1. Given the hyperbole in the opening sentence methinks SOME one won’t be able to dine out with their favorite political hack…. err ELECTED official any more.

    Comment by Delusional Bill — November 18, 2010 @ 4:31 pm - November 18, 2010

  2. Unfortunately, the public have gotten used to the costly social services brought about by Dems in Congress and the States, and I fear many if not most may now think they are entitled to them.

    Remember “A luxury enjoyed twice becomes a necessity”.

    While the electorate seem to have agreed that government has spent too much, I fear they want cuts in other people’s pet projects but not their own.

    It’ll take some powerful persuading by the governors and Congress to pull us back from the precipice.

    Comment by man — November 18, 2010 @ 4:44 pm - November 18, 2010

  3. well said, man. It may well take some powerful persuading.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 18, 2010 @ 4:57 pm - November 18, 2010

  4. The best place to start is with wastefull military spending. I’d start with closing down overseas US bases by getting Europe to spend what is necessary to defend themselves.

    Comment by jkm — November 18, 2010 @ 5:08 pm - November 18, 2010

  5. Eh, I expect nothing less from AP. Follow the example of Jindal and Christie. Make a fuss when you have to, trust no one and follow through on your promises lest you too be tossed out in the next election.

    Comment by John — November 18, 2010 @ 5:26 pm - November 18, 2010

  6. She left out the typical liberal fear mongering of cuts to police, fire and teachers. Does she still have her job?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 18, 2010 @ 5:43 pm - November 18, 2010

  7. @JKM, I agree we have military bases where they aren’t needed, such as in Germany; and a lack where they are now needed.

    When Pres. Bush wanted to close our military bases in Germany and move our troops to bases closer to the mideast, Germany protested because they wanted the economic gains from our bases.

    Comment by man — November 18, 2010 @ 5:46 pm - November 18, 2010

  8. While I agree that Europe and other wealthy countries should shoulder more of their own defense burdens, the presence of US bases in places like Germany, South Korea, and the Middle East serves a valuable purpose; soldiers and materiel are pre-positioned there for rapid response to global crisis. The loss of those assets would weaken the USA strategically.

    Also, the military has already been pretty well gutted. Defense spending is at its lowest, as a percentage of GDP, of any time since the Great Depression. Our forces badly need to be recapitalized, particularly the Air Force, which is making do with aircraft that are older than most of us on this forum.

    Also, unlike health care and many other bureaucratic endeavors, maintaining national defense is a legitimate, Constitutional function of Government. There’s plenty of room for cutting in the social bureaucracies; the military’s been cut enough.

    Comment by V the K — November 18, 2010 @ 9:03 pm - November 18, 2010

  9. The distinguished republican, Ron Paul disagrees with you. I am a big Ron Paul fan.

    Comment by jkm — November 18, 2010 @ 10:22 pm - November 18, 2010

  10. Yeah, well, we conservatives aren’t really big on the Cult of Personality jaunt; so the “Appeal to Authority” gambit isn’t very effective. In fact, it more often demonstrates the inability of a leftist to refute points with fact or logic.

    Comment by V the K — November 19, 2010 @ 1:00 am - November 19, 2010

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  12. Returning to the thread’s topic for a second, here in Michigan the incoming GOP Gov has said that we need to cut at least $1.7b from the state budget for good –no gimmicks, no one-time allocations.

    He thinks it can be done by going after non-essential state services, reducing state govt payroll, trimming HR benefits so that they are in line with private sector jobs, privatizing some state govt service functions, modifying existing retirement benefits, trimming corrections, improving materials procurement, pushing all those budget initiatives onto state universities and community colleges, etc.

    On top of that, in order to get jobs back to Michigan, we also need to change Michigan’s value added biz tax to a str8 corp tax at a lower rate of taxation, modify the way we permit biz to operate in Michigan, get bureaucrats out of the biz of fly-specking decisions rightly made by the mkt place and press state colleges to train/educ students to be workers tomorrow –not after 4-6-8 yrs of extending education.

    Fiscal matters in place first. Work on job development second.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 19, 2010 @ 9:47 am - November 19, 2010

  13. One minor quibble:

    to slice already cut-to-the-bone budgets and balance them without raising taxes. Please show me a state that has cut budgets “to the bone.” I don’t believe one exists.

    Comment by bastiat fan — November 19, 2010 @ 12:47 pm - November 19, 2010

  14. Meanwhile, Defeated Ohio Democrat Governor announces “shadow government,” intentions to fight Kasich administration. Somehow, I doubt there will be much media hand-wringing and calls for bipartisan cooperation.

    Comment by V the K — November 19, 2010 @ 1:12 pm - November 19, 2010

  15. V, has an outgoing Republican governor ever done what Strickland is doing? (Has any outgoing Democratic governor done it for that matter?)

    This is hubris of the highest order. He lost. Get over it.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 19, 2010 @ 1:39 pm - November 19, 2010

  16. Meanwhile, evidently Michelle has enough cash to fund 5,000 salad bars in schools, Ass’s food regulators be damned.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — November 19, 2010 @ 1:53 pm - November 19, 2010

  17. There is still room for budget cuts. For instance:

    Argentina’s mail service is privately run, ours loses money every year even though it seems most mail I receive is junk mail.

    Education belongs to the states, not to the federal government. Our Department of Education wastes billions of dollars every year. We need to return education to the states and to local control.

    President Eisenhower, having seen the autobahnns of Germany, began the federal highway system, and of course our interstate highways are wonderful. Yet many states such as Arizona pay more in gas taxes than they receive back from highway funds, and the feds threaten to withhold highway (ours!) if we don’t obey them on non-highway related issues.

    Federal procurement is wasteful. It’s a grabbag for collusion between politicians, companies, and government agencies.

    Federal hospitals and health care should be a partnership of private providers meeting rigorous standards.

    I’m sure the readers can come up with many more ways to save our money while at the same time obtaining better results

    Comment by man — November 19, 2010 @ 6:11 pm - November 19, 2010

  18. I do seem to recall media outrage that GW Bush was setting up a transition team before the FL business was resolved.

    Really, Dickland’s comments don’t surprise me. Hopefully there won’t be state funds spent on this lunacy. I feel like I’m in a Dr Seuss state. Ted Strickland why won’t you go away?

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 19, 2010 @ 8:26 pm - November 19, 2010

  19. #

    While I agree that Europe and other wealthy countries should shoulder more of their own defense burdens, the presence of US bases in places like Germany, South Korea, and the Middle East serves a valuable purpose; soldiers and materiel are pre-positioned there for rapid response to global crisis.

    We could still cut down our military presence there, reducing it to rapid deployment units like paratroopers and their supporting units.

    There is, for example, no need for armor or heavily artillery units, as they can not be rapidly deployed in a crisis.

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — November 19, 2010 @ 9:39 pm - November 19, 2010

  20. Depends on the crisis, Michael. Georgia might have a few words of caution to say on the topic.

    Comment by Davep. — November 23, 2010 @ 6:27 am - November 23, 2010

  21. Is it wrong of me to say that Nukes are great for ‘rapid response’?

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 23, 2010 @ 8:12 am - November 23, 2010

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