Cicilline on Defense
Rep. David Cicilline is in town and defending his record as Mayor of Providence, explaining to the ProJo that he cut hundreds of jobs, renegotiated benefits and took other steps to mitigate budget deficits, including tapping into the reserve fund.
If you have groceries that cost $500 a month and this month groceries cost $600 and you take $100 from your savings, you don’t have a deficit…You use some of your savings to pay your groceries; you don’t owe the grocery store more money.
Except if you’re forced to do that month after month and then your savings runs dry….or if rich uncle Leo (the Federal Gov’t) stops sending you the checks…well, you get what we’ve got right here, and I don’t like anymore than you (so to speak).
The fact of the matter is that while Cicilline did take steps to cut costs it was no where near enough to what was required. He’s not alone in this. Across the state and nation, political leaders took longer to adjust to the new austerity than was necessary because they hoped for magic bailouts or that things would turn around. It didn’t happen and many were voted out of office because of it. David Cicilline got a promotion.