In this particular case it really is a double entendre…
Tomorrow, May 1st, 2012 – known as May Day in much of the rest of the world – will see the truth finally come out about Connecticut impending budget crisis and the price the rest of us will pay for Dan Malloy’s decision to coddle Connecticut’s super rich.
In the beginning, perhaps they actually thought that wishful thinking would be a sufficient force to correct the problem.
If the economy would only get better, Connecticut’s state budget would balance itself.
But months ago it was already clear that despite that wishful thinking, Connecticut’s budget was in deep trouble and the forecast for this fiscal year was grim and next year’s was disastrous.
However, instead of coming clean and providing the people of our state with the truth, the administration developed a complex set of half-truths and outright lies in order to ensure that few understood the mistakes that had been made and fewer still appreciated the magnitude of the budget hole that would, in time, appear.
Taking a page for George Orwell’s 1984, Ben Barnes, Malloy’s budget chief, along with the Governor and his primary advisers downplayed the problems hoping for – I don’t know what.
But like much in life, the march of time proved stronger than the political rhetoric.
Over the course of the next few days, Connecticut will finally learn the downside of an economic strategy based on the notion that if you protect the wealthiest among us, their largess with trickle down and fill our empty bowls.