A Painful Cut

A Painful Cut

Faced with Montgomery County’s massive $300 million budget deficit, County Executive Ike Leggett took decisive action to close one leak in the County coffers: according to the Washington Post, as soon as he heard that County employees were receiving $400,000 to obtain Viagra and other forms of relief for erectile dysfunction, “I looked at it. I said, ‘They’re gone,’ ” Leggett recalled. The money will be used for other functions, such as counseling victims of domestic abuse.

The humor in the anecdote hides the real choices the County has to make. In both cases, there are victims

Barnaby Zall


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