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As government debt at various levels gets higher, the Blue Model gets harder to maintain. The conflict on the left becomes whether to cut back on the system or not. This report is from Washington state where two Democrats have joined with the Republicans to run the state legislature.

Election-defection blues for the state's Democrats
The Democrats won the election. But as the recent defection in Olympia of two of the party's state senators shows, Danny Westneat writes, some of the sharpest battles here and elsewhere may turn out to be "blue on blue."....

The term "blue civil war" was coined by Walter Russell Mead, a professor at Bard College in New York. Though a Democrat, he is a critic of the party's blindness to the bloat of many programs, from municipal bureaucracies on up to the federal entitlements such as Medicare. He says Democrats are bound to turn on each other over whether to defend this creaky system or to cut back on it. Mead cited Rhode Island, where public-employee unions are fighting their allies, various Democratic public officials, in court over a plan to cut back some pension benefits...."In the face of economic realities, blue liberals are being forced to make fundamental choices about their values and goals," Mead wrote. He implied the choice should be to "defend public services for the young and the needy against the asphyxiating costs of state bureaucracy."....

Then last week five Democrats joined with the GOP to take control of the New York state Senate. One big reason was to stop liberals from overturning a tax cap and spending cuts....Facing another billion-dollar-plus gap between spending dreams and revenue reality, Democrats have to get real about cutting back. Even though that may mean taking more in pension and other benefits from the hides of their main backers, the public unions.

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