ND vs PA – How Adults Behave When Faced with Budget Crisis

We’d like to draw a contrast between the way the Republican governor of North Dakota is handling a budget shortfall, and the way the Democrat governor of Pennsylvania is doing so. ND is, in many ways, like PA. It saw a huge ramp-up in economic activity with shale drilling in the Bakken Shale over the past 10 years. In ND the drilling is for oil–in PA it’s largely for natural gas. Both states were favorable to the shale drilling industry during its formative years. Both states had Republican governors (ND still does), until the idiots voters in PA voted Tom Corbett out and the in-over-his-head-and-stubborn-as-a-mule Tom Wolf in. Wolf thinks he’s the candy man, promising to steal money from the drilling industry and redistribute it to teachers unions. With commodity prices for oil and gas approaching 30-year lows, both states are in trouble with their budgets. In ND, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has ordered across the board cuts–forcing the state to live within its means. In PA, Tom Wolf has ordered…tax increases. Wolf and the Democrats NEVER cut anything. They NEVER live within their means. They have a voracious appetite for other people’s money so they can redistribute it in a scheme to hold on to political power. We thought you might like to see how adults, like those in ND, behave when faced with a budget crisis…

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