If this doesn't get you hopping mad then either you are a Democrat apologist who will find any reason to excuse your parties behavior or nothing ever gets you mad.
Last night during a special session of the house, Democrats choose to borrow in order to "erase" the deficit they created.
If you just glance at today's papers however you most likely miss the details, after all with headlines like "Lawmakers ok Budget Bill" and "Lynch Budget Measures Gets ok" you'd think life is all nice and dandy. Of course buried 7 paragraphs deep into the story in the Union Leader you find that Democrats were busy discussing (read as "making up as they go along") rules that should be followed for the special session leading Republicans to try to walk out. Speaker of the House Norelli in turn ordered the doors locked and refused to allow them to leave until the meeting had accomplished it's goal of "erasing" the deficit.
So they insist on late night meetings without allowing anyone time to rest and mull over the actions proposed, they lock any opposition into the room to force them to participate against their will and then even though they had the cash on hand thanks to past Governors surpluses they choose to instead borrow against future generations to cover their out of control spending... all of this and instead of outrage they get "Lynch Budget Measures Gets Ok" as the morning headlines.
At least one Democrat understood the absurdity of the actions. From the Union Leader "Rep. Joel Winters, D-Nashua, said reserve funds make the bonding unnecessary."
Where are the Democrats who have for the past 7 years now railed against Bush borrowing and spending away our children's futures? Where are all the cries for fiscal responsibility?
Folks, NH voters voted for change and that's what we've got too bad it's change in such a wrong direction.
Here is an update from someone who was there:
*Legislative “Special Session” Trashes Representative Govern-ment*
Citizens of New Hampshire who fail to follow the activities of their
state government do so at the peril of their freedom and property. A
stark demonstration why took place this week.
On Wednesday, June 4th , Governor Lynch invoked an obscure, nearly
obsolete provision of the New Hampshire Constitution to call a “special
session” of the Legislature, to convene that very day, a day in which
the Legislature was already scheduled to meet in regular session and was
in fact actually assembled in Concord and conducting business when his
proclamation was officially issued. Why did he do this?
He did it because House and Senate rules prevent the introduction of new
bills this late in their regular annual sessions unless authorized by a
two-thirds vote of each chamber. Governor Lynch wanted a new bill
introduced that would allow the borrowing of over $100,000,000 in order
to cover the record budget deficit he and his fellow Democrats in the
Legislature have run up. He realized that House Republicans, who
comprise over one-third of its membership, would never accede to such a
bill; that we would instead demand dealing with the deficit by rolling
back the Democrat spending spree of the past two years that has created
it. But if he were to call a “special session” of the Legislature, not
only could a new bill be introduced, but new rules of procedure,
stifling inquiry of and opposition to it and guaranteeing its immediate
passage, could be adopted by simple majority vote.
And so it came to pass that immediately after completing the business of
Wednesday’s regular session, we were called into special session, and
all the normal safeguards to open government and mature consideration of
proposed legislation were summarily jettisoned. The Governor’s bill,
which few of us had even seen before we were required by our
newly-adopted rules to debate and vote on it that very day, was not
referred to a committee; was not given a public hearing; and was not
discussed, voted on and forwarded to the full House with a committee’s
written recommendation. So outraged were House Republicans by the
resulting caricature of representative government that we staged a
walkout that brought matters to a standstill for two hours, before
yielding to the inevitable and watching the Undemocrats have their
wicked way with Lady Liberty.
I had never expected to witness such an egregious, cynical display of
raw political power in the Legislature of this state, and I hope never
to again. The Lynch administration and legislative Democrats would do
well to heed Alexander Hamilton’s warning: “[N]o man can be sure that he
may not be tomorrow the victim of a spirit of injustice by which he may
be a gainer today. And every man must now feel that the inevitable
tendency of such a spirit is to sap the foundations of public and
private confidence, and to introduce in its stead universal distrust and
Gregory M. Sorg, R-Easton
Member of the NH House
Grafton District 3