In an absolutely overwhelming defeat for California Republican-In-Name-Only Governor Arnold “The Governator” Schwarzenegger, California voters defeated all but one of his ballot initiatives. The one that passed? That would be the one that caps pay for politicians whenever there is a budget deficit: All of the tax increase initiatives – and disguised tax increases – were defeated by about a 2/3 to 1/3 margin.
“While all of this was going on, Schwarzenegger, one of the most disappointing Republican governors of my lifetime, was biding his time in Washington, D.C. He refused to be in the same time zone during the certain bloodbath, and even cast a “last-minute absentee ballot.” He’s back in Sacramento today, holding closed-door meetings with the leadership of both parties on how to fix this mess. That’s the same leadership, mind you, that gave us this massive special-election failure.
Proponents of the measure, backed by teachers unions, spent $30 million to ensure its passage. They outspent those opposed 10 to 1.
California taxpayers did the right thing yesterday. They sent a loud-and-clear message to Schwarzenegger and the legislature. Public hearings on how to fix the budget begin on Thursday. Grab some popcorn — this is going to get very interesting.”
That is truly seismic: Opponents were outspent 10 to 1 and the opponents still won the day.
Now, you might be forgiven for thinking that California will now have to start eliminating entire government agencies that do nothing other than spend taxpayer money and provide welfare-to-work programs for lazy morons with inflated senses of entitlement, but don’t bet on it. Expect Obama to say something along the lines of, “California is too big to fail” in 5… 4… 3… 2…
That’s right, Obama is going to spread California’s anti-wealth around, so we in states with sound fiscal management will have to bail them out. That you can bet on.
Here’s the front story.
“Schwarzenegger has called for cuts that would hit every corner of the state. He announced plans to lay off 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers and has proposed slashing education by up to $5 billion, selling state properties, borrowing $2 billion from local governments and potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicted that the city’s budget could take a hit — but he vowed a fight: “I’m going to do everything I can to protect the city coffers.”
Worst-case scenarios also call for the release from state prisons of up to 19,000 illegal immigrants, who would face deportation, and the transfer of up to 23,000 other prisoners to county jails.”
However, the back door leads here.
“The governor also wants to borrow up to $6 billion, but awaits word on whether Washington would guarantee those loans. The White House has never done so for the state but is considering the action as Wall Street expresses concern that California could become a deadbeat borrower.
In a bid to salt those prospects, Schwarzenegger met privately Tuesday in the U.S. Capitol with members of California’s congressional delegation. “We have a major problem in California, and I think if we work together, we can make it through this crisis,” he told reporters after attending the White House announcement on tougher vehicle emission standards. “We need assistance.”
Do you really think Barry O will let The United Soviet Socialist People’s Republic of California fail? Of course not. He’ll have the treasury print up some more Monopoly Money so Cali politicians can continue to live the profligate lives they’ve become accustomed to. Problem is, California is in such serious trouble – and Barry has the entire rest of the nation in so much debt – that such action could, literally, bring the entire United States down.
Here’s the Governator’s kicker:
“I didn’t come for any bailout. We’re going to make the necessary cuts.”
Um, Arnie, I think your constituents just said, “Fuck you, asshole” and they don’t want to hear any more of this, “I’ll be back” bullshit.