Monday, June 07, 2010

Going Backwards

I've been cranky lately, because I think we're starting to retreat.

Having counted on Washington for money that may not be delivered, at least 30 states will have to close larger-than-anticipated shortfalls in the coming fiscal year unless Congress passes a six-month extension of increased federal spending on Medicaid.

Governors and state lawmakers, already facing some of the toughest budgets since the Great Depression, said the repercussions would extend far beyond health care, forcing them to make bone-deep cuts to education, social services and public safety.

Congress is encouraging 50 little Hoovers. It's going to work out so well.