by Art Hyland
If it weren’t so tragic, I would relish watching the incredibly impossible position that our Democrat governor and legislators in Salem have found and gotten themselves into. Having made a profession of borrowing from the future, they find themselves confused when the financial future suddenly arrives.
They won and retained power over the last two decades by convincing enough voters they and their friends in Congress could continue to keep the money and goodies flowing, alongside enacting a plethora of environmental and energy laws and regulations, and appointing environmentalists to virtually every agency controlling industry and development. They succeeded advancing their social and environmental philosophy because their similarly-minded liberals in Congress created a culture of federal grants, social engineering and targeted tax incentives. Many Republicans promoted this culture too because it brought pork projects to some of their home states as well. continue reading