Lower income and special needs populations are likely to suffer most acutely from reductions in state and local services. It is essential to have a realistic conversation about who, what and where we are cutting.
For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.
Since people equate all public workers with the evils of big government, they feel justified in calling for elimination of public employees, but what society would we have without these essential workers?
So far this week, snow has closed the Federal Government for three full days. Each day the Federal Government is closed, it costs the taxpayers $100 million in lost productivity. So far that's a cool $300 million.