It’s July and there’s still not state budget. Albany makes Washington look almost responsible. While I don’t believe the state really will shut down next week, nothing it is out of the question these days. Wouldn’t that be quite the little crisis for the progressives to exploit?
WCBSTV.com: Chaos and anarchy. That’s what New York Gov. David Paterson is warning if he’s forced to shut down the government in a few days.
The clowns in the state Legislature, now deadlocked for 71 days on the budget, are ready to take down the “big tent” and bring state government to a standstill. At least that’s what Paterson thinks.
“No one knows the full ramifications of a government shutdown,” said Paterson. “It would create unimaginable chaos around the state and the greater metropolitan areas.”
Such chaos includes closing all state parks, motor vehicles offices, courts, and even the lottery. Public assistance payments would not be made and unemployment payments might also be held up.
Paterson’s budget includes $350 million in cuts to human services. Of course, the usual suspects are playing their tiny violins, including Diaz and Espada, who Paterson called “thugs.” At the same time, Republicans in the state senate want even deeper cuts. I say, if the state shuts down they can’t consider anything a cut. They’ll be going from nothing to something and then maybe they can get something done.