cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The new governor of
He said that the spending binge engaged in by his predecessors and the sitting legislature had to stop. He cited state employee and teacher retirement programs that were upside down. He cited some of the highest tax rates in the
He said that he was doing exactly what he said he would do while he campaigned for the office, and he said that he was doing what the people said they wanted him to do.
This was refreshing and, at the same time, frightening.
Refreshing because it isn’t often that we see a politician actually do what he or she claimed they would do once in office. All too often, they tell us that they had “inherited” a situation that was far worse than they expected; they tell us they just had no choice but to increase this program and tax the public to be able to afford to unravel the mess.
Frightening because it could well be what we in
Our next governor could be a one-term governor if he faces up to the myriad financial issues that will confront him. He will be faced with similar problems as Governor Christie faces in
We will have a difficult choice when we step into that voting booth. Will we finally recognize that it is time for the bad tasting, but necessary, medicine that will make us well, or will we take another flyer with fixes that never seem to quite work out the way we were told they most assuredly would work?