I didn’t want to let this incisive oped by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick go by without a very firm salute.
Along with a pretty sharp reminder of what Democrats used to be about, Gov Patrick makes a point I’ve tried to stress about the ongoing budget dealings: the reason revenues need to be in the deal is because if the deal is cut solely by cutting spending, we do much more harm than good.
“If the deficit is reduced by spending cuts alone and there is no deal to raise the debt ceiling, here’s a sampling of what happens: We stop paying our soldiers or supporting our veterans. We stop feeding the neediest children and families. We stop providing nursing-home care to seniors. We stop inoculating schoolchildren. We stop helping young people go to college. The unemployed are on their own. Roads and bridges continue to crumble. And we jeopardize the creditworthiness of our economy at one of the most fragile moments in history. All to protect the marginal benefits of the most fortunate and the political purity of the radical right.”