An unprecedented number of states have only days left to pass their fiscal 2010 budgets.
At least 19 states are still hammering out their spending plans as the recession wreaks havoc with their finances and sparks fights between governors and lawmakers. If spending plans aren't approved, state workers may not receive their paychecks and some government offices may shut down.
This economic crisis was caused by a centralized government. This is another good reason to not put all of our eggs in one basket. Decentralized federalism protects people from bad ideas. Only bad ideas cannot tolerate competition. That's another reason why people blame the failure of their bad ideas on the freedom of some to not participate.
Will any states pass the deadline and be forced to shut down? I hope so. The police and emergency services are all locally controlled. Maybe people will see that life outside the shadow of the state isn't so bad.