Did that come from a Democrat?
I’m not sure how to react to this – but I will take it as face value.
I am no fan of New York Governor David Patterson. I don’t support his policies and have had problems with things he has said in the past.
However, this morning – and perhaps the moment is fleeting – Governor Patterson sure doesn’t sound like a Democrat to me – at least not totally. I admit to being a trifle confused. Hell may not be freezing over exactly, but when common sense is infused into a Democrat’s policy position, I believe in giving credit where it is due.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, New York state’s financial woes take center stage. Governor Patterson seems to – and I say this cautiously – seems to reject the typical liberal knee-jerk responses to budgetary distress.
As Nick Timiraos writes:
The New York City Council Monday begins hearings on a series of proposed spending cuts and tax increases, while in Albany, the state capital, Gov. David Paterson reconvenes the legislature Tuesday to consider rolling back already approved spending increases on health and education to close a $2 billion funding gap for the current year..”
New York state also faces a $12.5 billion deficit in 2009, and the Democratic governor has said he would ask labor unions to forgo 3% raises called for by contracts that would have to be renegotiated. But Gov. Paterson has rejected calls for higher taxes on the wealthy — unlike New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has proposed tax increases.
“[T]he higher we tax even the wealthy, the more we lose population and the less job creation there is,” Gov. Paterson said in an interview Friday. “We’re pretty resigned to the fact that we’re going to have to do this with spending cuts.
Wow. (Maybe a holy crap is in order here).
Dare I say it … Governor Patterson gets it … a little?
(Ponders using the words “sensible” and “Democrat” in the same sentence).
I just bruised myself falling off the davenport.