Friday, January 23, 2009

Talk about a "universal pain"

An Associated Press article in the Intell reports Governor Ed Rendell as saying "There will be some layoffs, and there will be universal pain," Rendell said at a Capitol news conference. "I don't want to hear whining. I think everyone has to tighten the belts."

Rendell is an example of exactly what is wrong with government. During the early years of his administration when we had prosperity, he spent like a drunken sailor on wasteful projects, such as the Lancaster and Philadelphia convention centers. These were the days when the state could have expanded needed services, provided tax relief for home owners, or generated a surplus to be used in future 'rainy days'.

Now when the state economy needs stimulus, he wants to lay off workers and to cut back spending.

John Maynard Keynes must be rolling over in his grave.