Yeah, So?

Just got this in an email from my state rep, Steve Barrar. He seems concerned about the shortfall in his personal piggy bank otherwise known as state revenue. He also would like us to believe that we can only prosper through government programs designed and implemented by some superior race in Harrisburg. We should be as concerned with a shrinking of the Commonwealth as we were with Clinton’s shutting down of congress.

State Revenues Fall Short of Estimate, Generating Economic Concerns

The state Department of Revenue recently reported that General Fund revenues have fallen short of meeting monthly projections, as August collections were $117.5 million below estimates.

Collectively, this puts the state $117.6 million below estimate for the current fiscal year following July’s $80,000 shortfall. 

August marks the fourth time in the last six months the Commonwealth has missed its estimate by more than $100 million, and it highlights exactly why Republican lawmakers fought hard during budget negotiations earlier this year to control government spending and preserve the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Although successful, it appears these efforts may not be enough, as Gov. Ed Rendell continues to press for expensive and poorly planned programs such as his health care proposal.

House Republicans have instead been advocating a fiscally responsible plan to ensure access to quality, affordable health care. 

Aww, poor guys. Did they ever hear of “making due with less?” They must have because they tell us to do it all the time so that they may continue to spend.


1 Response to “Yeah, So?”

  1. 1 libertyvini
    September 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    From Murray Rothbard; “Pennsylvania’s Anarchist Experiment: 1681–1690”, from Conceived in Liberty


    “Having founded the new colony and its government, and hearing of renewed persecution of Quaker at home, William Penn returned to England in the fall of 1684. He soon found his expectations of large proprietary profits from the vast royal grant to be in vain…The free people of Pennsylvania would not vote for taxes, and simply would not pay the quitrents to Penn as feudal overlord. As a result, Penn’s deficits in ruling Pennsylvania were large and his fortune dwindled steadily…

    As to quitrents, Penn, to encourage settlement, had granted a moratorium until 1685. The people insisted that payment be postponed another year, and Penn’s threatened legal proceedings were without success. Penn was especially aggrieved that his agents in Pennsylvania failed to press his levies upon the people with sufficient zeal. Presumably, the free tax-less air of Pennsylvania had contaminated them. As Penn complained in the fall of 1686: “The great fault is, that those who are there lose their authority one way or another in the spirits of the people and then they can do little with their outward powers.””

    We have come a long, long way from our roots, but we might yet return to them!

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