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The Rapture Budget

A GOP House-passed state budget is being described by Democrats in much the same way as The Rapture was predicted.

The Rapture Budget

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: The state budget passed last night by the House Republicans is pretty much seen by Democrats as a fiscal version of The Rapture.

BE: But The Rapture didn't happen.

JB: Not yet, chief. Stay tuned. According to statements from various Democrats, the end of life as we know is just around the corner.

BE: But fiscally responsible Republicans will rise in glory as voters reward them for not raising taxes or borrowing against our future.

JB: Bingo. And senior citizens, the poor, the ailing and the students in the state will face the horrors in the months to come of a commonwealth devoid of services.

BE: Well, as Stalin said of the Pope, "How many divisions do they have?"

JB: What happened to your moral compass? Rep. Lawrence Curry, D-Montco, calls the GOP spending plan "tantamount to human sacrifice."

BE: The Republicans are like the Mayans!

JB: Only trickier. Democratic caucus spokesman Bill Patton says the Republican budget is made of "pixie dust and magic beans."

BE: Let them eat dusty beans!

JB: And the Republicans are misers. Philly Democratic Rep. James Roebuck says the GOP is killing schools while leaving $1 billion on the table that could fund education. He says a current $500 million revenue surplus can be "projected forward into next year's revenue base, yielding the $1 billion figure."

BE: Why not project it forward five years and get $3 billion?

JB: Now you're thinking, boss.

BE: This end-times budget now goes to the Senate, right?

JB: Yep. But not to worry, Senate Democrats have a plan to restore the education cuts AND save $1 billion in spending.

BE: They might have a plan, but the Senate Democrats don't have the votes to do anything.

JB: Maybe not. But they can clang the klaxon of alarm as the state dives to the depths of despair.

BE: And Republicans rise to The Rapture.

JB: You betcha. Grrrr.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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