As certainly everyone should be aware by now (after almost 20 Republican candidate debates and months of negative campaign ads), the GOP candidates all think that we need to prescribe an austerity budget for state and federal governments. "Too much spending" they yell. "Too high taxes", they scream. "It makes our big corporations uncompetitive", they whine. "We need to break the backs of unions so public workers are as poor as workers in private industry, but still give tax cuts to the wealthy", they assert, "so jobs can trickle down to the poor". See, e.g., Arthur B. Laffer (yes, he of the laughingstock napkin-drawn Laffer "curve" projecting his view that cutting revenues from taxes increases revenues), "The States are leading a pro-growth rebellion," Wall St. Journal, Feb. 11-12, 2012, at A11 (lauding the move to free-rider states, where stingy workers can get the benefits from the results of collective bargaining agreements without paying for the costs of supporting the union that got those benefits from them, thus starving and "busting" the union; gloating over the fact that California didn't adequately fund its state workers' retirement plans and that the anti-tax movement will keep it from doing so now).
That's a prescription for disaster.