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Digging us deeper in debt

What comes after going from bad to worse?

Because folks, we're headed there.

Spitzer wearing socks.

Bruno wearing handcuffs.

The $4 billion deficit.

Caroline Kennedy.

The coup.

The counter-coup.

The $6 billion deficit.

Hiram Monserrate

Paterson's campaign drama.

David Johnson.

Paterson calling Johnson's girlfriend.

The $9 billion deficit.

And now -- a drum roll, please -- Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch's proposal to put us deeper in debt by borrowing $6 billion over the next three years and whittling away at the deficit over the next five years.

What's more, his proposal is getting a serious look from a fair number of leaders in Albany, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Big surprise there, huh?

This crew obviously believes in wasting a crisis.

To say nothing of avoiding hard decisions.

Not everyone is on board. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, for one, is among them.

“New York state has been addicted to unaffordable borrowing and unsustainable spending. Now is the time to break that addiction,” he said.

His plan calls for, among other things, a cap on state debt and more transparency in budget negotiations.

Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos doesn't like Ravitch's plan, either.

Nor should they.

Nope, it's time to break the addiction to Albany's tax-and-spend ways and balance the budget - now.

To go, as Dr. Winston O'Boogie once said, cold turkey.


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