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December 18, 2009


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While there's been plenty of (appropriate) scorn heaped on the Senate, Silver's role in this financial mess seems to have been overlooked. During the budgeting process last spring, Silver strongly resisted the deeper cuts pushed by Paterson. He pooh-poohed Paterson's warnings as chicken little fatalism. He said we should make minimal cuts and wait until later in the year to see what happens, presumably after a round of heel-clicking and finger-crossing... even though, as is rightly pointed out, mid-year cuts are far more difficult for counties, schools, etc. to deal with. Now the state is dealing with the consequences of Silver's ostrich approach. Maybe that's why he's been so silent in the clashes between the governor and the senate... because he doesn't want to remind people of his role.

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This blog is by Bob (Robert C.) Conner, a longtime journalist and author of the 2018 novel "The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant" published by Square Circle Press, and a 2013 biography "General Gordon Granger" published by Casemate. He is currently writing a biography of the Kansas abolitionist Col. James Montgomery. His Civil War blog can be found at robertcconnerauthor.blogspot.com
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