Washington State Backfire! Senate Democrats’ Effort to Pass a Partisan Budget Results in Throwing Control to Republicans, First time in 25 Years

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 04, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    Some extremist leftists here severely overestimate the strength they have just as Democrats have apparently in Washington State.

    http://www.washingtonstatewire.com/home/14193-backfire_%E2%80%93_senate_democrats%E2%80%99_effort_to_pass_a_partisan_budget_results_in_takeover_from_the_middle.htm

    Epic Miscalculation Prompts Three Moderate Democrats to Bolt, Throwing Control to GOP – Hasn't Happened in 25 Years

    UPDATE, 2 a.m, March 3.--After 10 hours of some of the fieriest debate ever witnessed on the Senate floor, the Republicans and rebel Democrats passed their budget and associated bills, all by votes of 25-24.

    [...] Despite their slim 27-22 majority in the Senate, Senate Democratic leaders chose this year to write a budget without Republican input, ignoring critics, unlike their bipartisan effort last year that brought both sides to the table.

    The result was a budget that left moderates and Republicans cold. It didn’t solve this year’s billion-dollar budget shortfall with the big cuts that would have brought spending into line with tax revenue. And it actually made the state’s long-term problems worse. Majority Democrats in the House and Senate are proposing that the state shift hundreds of millions of dollars in current expenses to the 2013-15 budget, when the state already expects to face a shortfall of between $1 billion and $2 billion.

    Something had to give – and what gave was party discipline.

    “I am not lending my vote to any party,” said state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Hoodsport. “I am representing the people of my district, and I believe they want a fiscally responsible budget, one that balances revenues with expenditures.”
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 04, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    What's happening in Canada?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 04, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidWhat's happening in Canada?


    Quite a bit. Local politics in Toronto seems to actually be quite interesting as well.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 04, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 saidWhat's happening in Canada?


    Quite a bit. Local politics in Toronto seems to actually be quite interesting as well.


    Great. Maybe you could post about that once in a while. Expand the minds of the Americans on here.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Mar 04, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    Thanks for the post man. Watching how each state (or province) reacts to its individual situation is always a learning experience, or should be. A state with such a high concentration of professional jobs, infrastructure and natural resources and beauty really shouldnt find itself in this situation at all; there are way too many opportunities for people and businesses to flourish.