Thingish Things

New York as a Role Model?

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jul• 20•11

Indiana, Wisconsin, and — yes, even New York — are cited as national bi-partisan roll models in this Chicago Tribune editorial today about Illinois’ reluctance to enact needed fiscal reforms.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels — who a lot of people, including me, were hoping would run for president — gets glowing reviews for his work.  He has actually engineered a surplus in the Hoosier State and public employees are getting bonuses.  Even union leaders have nice things to say about Daniels.

Wisconsin also gets praise in the editorial, but I’m not sure bi-partisanship is the word I would select to describe the tenor in Madison. Isn’t Wisconsin the state from which the entire Democratic Senate delegation fled for a month to deny that body quorem?  I’m pretty sure it is.

Nonetheless, the editorial points to some much-needed positive news in pockets around the country.  Governors and state legislators, including in New York, are doing what is necessary, however reluctantly, to address their respective fiscal crises — just as the nation’s federalist forefathers envisioned.

The Congress would be wise to notice what is happening back home. 



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