What kind of democracy is this, when the Legislature goes against the apparent will of the people?
No candidate will cross the Connecticut. Because he or she who makes that crossing is doomed in New Hampshire, where the voters take that first-in-the-nation business seriously. They seem devoutly to believe that their right to vote first is ordained by history if not by nature and/or some yet-to-be-identified divinity.
He made the two recommendations elected officials most hate recommending: cut spending and raise taxes. He confronted his two most vexing problem areas – health care and the high cost of public education with some specific proposals, some calls for further study and co-operation. He acknowledged that some of what he proposed would be resisted.
Budget cuts have a cost – an economic cost if state colleges can’t train the technicians and nurses of the next decade, and a more intimate, personal cost if the disabled get fewer services, the streams get more polluted, and the babies of poor, confused, and perhaps irresponsible young mothers are less safe.