The other day the News & Observer wrote a long report comparing the State House and State Senate budgets – but who, other than a certified budget expert with a PhD, could figure out the welter of numbers?
The newspaper wrote – in great detail – about who spent money on what: How the House funded a non-profit with a high sounding name (the Rural Development Center) which the folks in the House appear to view as essential to the public good but the folks in the Senate appear to view as an old-fashioned political slush fund (they refuse to spend a penny on).
But, beyond this welter of numbers, in the end this debate may boil down to one simple number: Who spent the most – the House or the Senate?
Because once that’s clear folks who want less government will support the budget that spends the least – and folks who favor more government will come down on the other side.
So what’s the number? Who spent the most? The House or the Senate?