As many have noted, New Hampshire is slowly turning blue. The Democrats swept the last elections, keeping the governorship and taking both US House seats and the majority of both houses of the state legislature. I wasn’t overly thrilled about it, but I figured basic New Hampshire common sense and distrust of big government would keep the Democrats from screwing things up too badly.
Apparently Democratic lawmakers are immune from basic laws of economics and common sense. They seemed to think that they could jack up the state budget 17.5% in a single year and NOT get into financial trouble.
They weren’t quite so stupid as to pass along a massive tax increase to pay for that, so that merely deferred the problem for a little while — and stuck the state with a deficit (the first in a long time) that’s currently projected at $50 million, and could double before the end of the fiscal year.
Naturally, as Chan Eddy points out, it’s all President Bush’s fault.
It’s not the fault of the Democrats in the House and Senate who passed it. It’s not the fault of the Democrat in the governor’s office (John Lynch, who I voted for twice, but I don’t think he’ll get a third vote from me this fall). It was that evil, mean, nasty, sneaky George W. Bush who somehow engineered things so that when the state increased the budget by almost 20% without increasing revenues, it would end up with the state going into the hole.
In the old days, when the Republicans ran the state, it was far from perfect. The state didn’t offer too much in services, but they didn’t promise much, either. And it kept the budget under control. They might have screwed things up, but at least they kept from shackling future generations and legislatures from having to pay for their profligate ways.
If this is progress, include me out.