Charles Arlinghaus: Screeching lies does not count as debate
As an example, New Hampshire Republicans hailed good economic news last week not by touting their success in the past, but by attacking Democrats "who for months have spread false and dishonest claims about a potential budget shortfall." Those "dishonest claims" were based on the fact that revenues were $41 million behind budget. The dishonest claim was perpetrated by the governor, House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, the Legislative Budget Office and me.
Speaking of laughable screeds, the Democratic release writers are no better. There's a lot of material here that is fairly predictable, but let me mention the typical budget release, which attacks "Jeb Bradley and his Tea Party Caucus" because they have "devastated essential services for thousands."
The supposedly horrific 2012 budget estimated revenues correctly (in fact, almost precisely, with two months left to go in the fiscal year). It then spent that amount of money according to the opposite priorities the Democrat release writer says. Compared to the budget six years prior (the budget closest to the same amount as 2012), a 30 percent increase in debt spending (and debt is a decision made by prior Legislatures, which is non-negotiable) left $1.2 billion to be spent by the general fund if revenue estimates were right (and it turns out they were).
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