Now that theLegislature has adjourned without the DFL majority’s budget passed, and with Governor Pawlenty promising to use the line-item veto to unallot the budget back into balance, look for the following:
Predictions from DFLers of bodies lying in the street(oops – already happened)
- Threats from liberal-run school districts that they’ll have to close, followed by exactly zero schools closed, at least due to state budget cuts.
- More predictions from DFLers of bodies lying in the street.
- Lamentations that “the governor abused his plurality”, which are not only shrieking points, but dumb ones; the governor is an elected executive, not a pluralistic deliberative body. That’s why the Legislature is given the opportunity to override his vetos.
- Threats from cities to lay off cops and firemen (leaving city garbage collectors, administrators, civil rights commissioners, convention planners, community planning organizers, planning/policy wonks and layer upon layer of other bureaucrats unmentioned and untouched, because people don’t get scared into writing their legislatores to demand tax hikes to protect any of those jobs).
And if all of the above haven’t happened by the end of the day today, I’ll rhetorically eat my hat. Or would, if I owned any.