Where’s the “So”?
No doubt, we’re in for a string of news stories describing the essential work that this group or that group does with government dollars. Today’s, dealing with the Office of the Public Defender, includes a statement that oughtn’t be allowed to remain standing in any instance:
“I just don’t see how we can cut budgets on that type of service,” [District Court Chief Justice Albert] DeRobbio said. “They need representation and they need representation every step of the way.” He plans to work with Hardiman to make changes to accommodate the office.
The I-don’t-see-how approach to consideration of government funding is one contributor to our current problems. Every group and expenditure functions in a way that somebody considers to be critical. From here on out, advocates are going to have to begin offering arguments about what ought to be cut instead.