And this mess is merely in its infancy, because next year and the year after will likely be worse.
New York lawmakers claim they are becoming a model for the rest of the nation due to their bipartisan efforts ever since Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office.
Frankly, it's too early to tell, especially when this latest dose of so-called pension reform inspired equal cries of condemnation and celebration in a deal that appears to have partly been about bolstering legislators’ chances at re-election in the way of redistricting.
But what can be certain is that, given the current state of the nation in the wake of the Great Recession, the public cannot afford for lawmaker squabbling, egos and ideology to get in the way of much needed relief.
It is not a matter of who is right or wrong. It is a matter of what is right, for everyone.