In a 40-minute speech to the [Virginia] General Assembly's money committees, [Gov. Mark] Warner generously applauded himself and tax-raising lawmakers for putting the state's fiscal house in order after years of what he characterized as fiscal trickery and out-of-control spending. [my emphasis] (link)Like state spending is no longer out of control. Oh, and he's so proud of himself for having taken more of the taxpayers' money than state lawmakers can spend (the definition of sorts for a surplus), he thinks we should do it every year.
"Having restored Virginia's fiscal stability, we now face the challenge of maintaining it over the long term," Warner argued.We don't want our politicians to run out of cash, you see. The fact that it may mean there are fewer gifts under the Christmas tree for the children, well, suck it up, civilian scum. In listening to Warner, you come to an understanding as to what his problem is; he doesn't know anything about basic accounting.
"We need to remain steadfast in the fiscally conservative, careful approach that we have followed" during his governorship, which ends in mid-January 2006.
"Together, we have worked for three years to reshape Virginia government, balance our books fairly and create new opportunities for our people."
The books are not balanced if you have a massive overage, you moron. And you will never "create opportunities for our people" by confiscating their earnings.
This is so depressing. In part because there are several Republicans and every Democrat in the state that consider this kind of nonsense to make perfect sense. Why don't you all just contact my employer and have the company deposit my paycheck in the state government's bank account. Then you can simply write a check for the occasional bike path and crafts museum (and for food giveaway programs for the taxpayers) to keep us all happy.
You would then be able to celebrate yourself every year, forever.