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Use of one-time money exposes full-time hypocrisy

If you had a dollar for every time conservative “think tanks” like the Locke Foundation lambasted Democratic General Assemblies over the years for the sin of using “one-time money” (i.e. revenues that could not be counted on in subsequent years) to pay for continuing responsibilities like classroom teachers and various human services programs, you might have enough money to rehire one of the teachers conservative lawmakers fired last year (or at least to pay part of the severance package for the staffers from the Speaker’s office who resigned in the wake of recent scandals). If you doubt, just go to the group’s website and do a search for “one-time money.”

And that’s fine. Dems often deserved such criticism –  though, in fairness, it was often conservative obstructionism to securing the necessary recurring revenues that made  such smoke and mirrors budgeting necessary.

Now, however, the fact that GOP budget-makers are using precisely the same tactic to fund education and other essential services and that it’s the result of their own stubborn and stupid refusal to raise revenue and that the Locke people are lauding the GOP budget really ought to send the hypocrisy meter soaring into the red zone.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. jlp75

    May 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    The first sentence made me laugh. When the Democrats were in control, conservatives claimed the state was plagued with woeful mismanagement. Now that the GOP is in control we are dealing with a sluggish economy.

  2. Doug

    May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    It’s funny but in order to raise money for government, you have to take it from someone else !