One of my favorite past times at the capitol recently has been watching the legislature’s Republican-minority wheel around the televised deficit clock they unveiled in early January.
Most of the time it sits outside of their offices at the capitol to instill those passing by with a feeling that the state is a financial wreck and to remind Democrats that the GOP believes the majority party is not doing enough about it.
But it sometimes gets to go on a walk, like earlier this week when it was positioned outside of the GOP’s caucus room while the full legislature met in session to vote on yet another package of proposals intended to cut – but not eliminate – the growing deficit.
I wonder if lawmakers take turns bringing the clock home for the night or if it just sits there all alone when the lights go out, patiently waiting for dawn when it can continue alarming folks with the ever-rising numbers displayed on its monitor.
And then I wonder what will happen when the legislature and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell finally agree on a balanced budget this year. Will House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk bring the clock home and take care of it until the next fiscal crisis? Will the GOP release the clock outside the capitol and let it roam free? Or will they bring it, Old Yeller-style, out behind the building and put it out of its misery?