The Deficit Clock has become a common sight at the Capitol in recent years outside either the Senate or the House Republican chambers.
Unveiled in early 2009 by GOP lawmakers, the countdown-to-the-end-of-the-fiscal-year-on-wheels appears whenever Republican legislators want to emphasize the Democratic majority is not addressing the state’s fiscal woes.
House Minority Leader Larry Cafero’s family has to go without a television for a few weeks, but it’s all for the cause, right?
Democrats tried a similar gimmick, but their Obstructo-Meter (I’m not making this up) never caught on and was retired long ago.
So here’s to the Deficit Clock. And may it one day be rewarded for its vigilance.
Hey, if an IBM computer can win Jeopardy, is it so unrealistic to think a Deficit Clock can be the next state budget director? Watch your back, Ben Barnes…