Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX) published a post today on NRO's The Corner. See an excerpt here:
Thousands of people marching from the city’s main plaza to a plaza in a neighboring city: Students, faculty, staff, and workers protesting the budget cuts, fee hikes, and furloughs in public education, chanting slogans, waving signs and shutting down a major traffic artery. Was this Greece after the European Union–mandated austerity program was announced?
No, this is California, U.S.A., as the state tries to deal with a $26 billion–plus budget shortfall which has resulted in millions of dollars being slashed from public education.
California’s $26 billion budget shortfall is almost four times the 4.8 billion euro (or $6.5 billion) package of austerity measures recently passed by the Greek parliament — as protestors demonstrated outside, no public transport ran in Athens, Greek airports were closed, and state hospitals ran on skeleton staff.
Greece and California got where they are because they spent too much, and without immediate and permanent action our federal government is headed over the same precipice of austerity and civil unrest.