As state and municipal revenues have cratered in these viral times, Republicans are balking at any federal effort to ameliorate suffering and penury for states, municipalities, and persons.
At the Portland Press-Herald, Greg Kesich points out that there are other deficits on which the party of Scrooges turns its back. Here are a couple of his examples; follow the link for more.
Putting off school construction projects – the kind of thing that happens in bad economies – is another kind of deficit. It creates long-terms costs in the form of inefficient energy use and transportation plans that somebody is going to have to pay.
There is a long-term debt that comes with every lost opportunity for a child to learn, and every person who can’t afford to see a doctor. But we have been trained to think that cutting school funding and health care programs – the inevitable result of a “smaller government” – is sound fiscal management instead of calling it what it really is: recklessly borrowing from the future to get us out of our present crisis.