“Another way to look at it is that Illinois wasn’t really a low-expenditure state, or at least not as low-expenditure as it looked; it was an average-expenditure state, or something like it, only it deferred those expenditures (in particular, pension payments) to the future, where they are now all but impossible to cut.”

Comment: Duh. But maybe we should be glad to see anybody coming around to seeing the obvious.