This referred to Republican reaction to a ludicrous list of “cuts” Edwards released full of double counts, reductions subsequently reversed, delayed payments, and counterproductive actions that will cost more in future years, all of which served to inflate wildly the figure he claimed. No one has argued that no reductions occurred – a relatively minor decline that incidentally Edwards fought all the way – just that he ham-handedly exaggerated these.
Meanwhile, “economic growth” was at best tepid, even after the state came out of a prolonged slump caused by a freefall in energy prices, lagging the rest of the country – as a direct result of Edwards’ tax and spend agenda.
Those things he can do as governor, and it’s about time he started to do his job and quit griping about others who refuse to accede to his tax-and-spend agenda. If there’s any shaming deserved surrounding all of this, it’s him who earns it.