Delaware already has a balanced budget requirement. We already have a Reserve Fund. What we don’t have, apparently, are legislators in the House and Senate willing or able to do their jobs every year. Or maybe they are scared to do their jobs.
And so, we have this monstrosity, a Constitutional Amendment thought up by a Republican, endorsed by a Democratic Governor too cowardly to possess his own mind, and for some inexplicable reason, sponsored by the House Democratic Leadership and every Republican in the GA.
What HB460 would do is, when there is a surplus, like this year, it will force that surplus into a second reserve fund to be used only in emergencies, and only when TWO THIRDS of the General Assembly agree. We couldn’t get two thirds of the General Assembly to agree that women are equal to men earlier this year. And you can never get any Republican to vote for emergency spending in times of crisis. Remember their treasonous and evil actions during Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, and this past year with Puerto Rico?
And in times of deficit, if we cannot agree to tap the emergency fund, then this bill would require us to slash programs for the sick, the young and the poor.
In reality, this bill is an abdication of our governing responsibility just because we had one bad year last year in figuring out the budget deficit. It is as if one year of partisan rancor scarred for life these Democratic legislators who are used to the amiable Delaware Way of civility and bipartisanship.
Grow. The. F*ck. Up. Will you please, Democrats?
You are willingly giving up your spending power to craft a budget to meet our priorities to Republicans. You all are idiots if you think that Republicans will ever agree to tap that Emergency Fund in times of deficit. This is all a trap to get you all to agree to never raise taxes and to always slash spending in times of deficit. And then, in times of surplus, we can never use that extra money to address the many problems Delaware actually has.
You know, if we wanted Republicans to represent us, we would vote for them. If you want to establish a savings account lock box to put some of the surplus in to save for a rainy day when we have a budget deficit again, fine. But do give the Republicans the key to the box. I highly encourage any Democrat sponsoring this bill to immediately get your name off it today. Mere sponsorship of this bill is enough to condemn you in the eyes of many of your voting base.