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JERRY BROWN'S WAR ON CALIFORNIA SUBURBS
National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | July 23, 2008

Posted on 07/24/2008 9:37:47 AM PDT by calcowgirl

Former Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is waging war on California suburbs because of global warming, says Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University.

Brown is concerned about the alleged environmental damage caused by the suburbs. He wants to compel residents to move to city centers or to high-density developments clustered near mass transit lines:

• Brown has threatened to file suit against municipalities that shun high-density housing in favor of building new suburban single-family homes, on the grounds that they will pollute the environment.

• He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate bill 375 -- moving through the state legislature that would restrict state highway funds to communities that refuse to adopt "smart growth" development plans.

The problem is, Californians do not want to leave the suburbs for the cities:

• For two generations, residents have been moving to the suburbs, attracted to the prospect of good schools, low crime rates and the chance to buy a home.

• A 2002 Public Policy Institute of California poll found that 80 percent of Californians prefer single-family homes over apartment living.

Ali Modarres, associate director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University Los Angeles, points out that there is little evidence behind the science used to justify the drive to resettling the cities -- and plenty of power behind the argument that suburbs are better for Mother Earth:

• Forcing developers to build near transit lines, a strategy favored by "smart-growth advocates," does not mean residents will actually take the train or bus; in fact, a survey by the Los Angeles Times found that only a small fraction of residents shunned their cars during rush hour.

• Several prominent scholars have found there is little evidence linking suburbanization to global warming, pointing out that density itself can produce increased auto congestion and pollution.


Source: Joel Kotkin, "Jerry Brown's War on California Suburbs," Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2008.

For text: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121642163643366589.html

For more on Global Warming Impacts and Responses: http://eteam.ncpa.org/issues/?c=impacts-and-responses

For more on Global Warming: http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=32


TOPICS: Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: agenda21; callegislation; communists; freedom; globalwarming; housing; jerrybrown; propertyrights; sb375; smartgrowth; suburbs
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1 posted on 07/24/2008 9:37:48 AM PDT by calcowgirl
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To: sauropod

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2 posted on 07/24/2008 9:38:40 AM PDT by sauropod (God created asphalt so yuppies can go four-wheeling.)
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To: calcowgirl
WSJ Article:
Jerry Brown's War on California Suburbs
By JOEL KOTKIN
July 19, 2008; Page A7

In the 1960s, California Gov. Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown laid the foundation for building modern, suburban California with massive new highway projects and one of the most significant public water projects in history. The resulting infrastructure gave us broad, low-density developments with room for millions of Californians to have a home with a backyard and two cars in the driveway.

Those were the good old days. Today, Pat Brown's son Jerry is waging war on the very communities his father helped make possible. Why? Global warming.

Jerry Brown has been a fixture of the state's politics for more than three decades. ... in 2006, he was elected attorney general. Today he is mulling a run for governor in 2010, when he will be 72.

In the meantime, Mr. Brown is taking aim at the suburbs, concerned about the alleged environmental damage they cause. He sees suburban houses as inefficient users of energy. He sees suburban commuters clogging the roads as wasting precious fossil fuel. And, mostly, he sees wisdom in an intricately thought-out plan to compel residents to move to city centers or, at least, to high-density developments clustered near mass transit lines.

Mr. Brown is not above using coercion to create the demographic patterns he wants. In recent months, he has threatened to file suit against municipalities that shun high-density housing in favor of building new suburban singe-family homes, on the grounds that they will pollute the environment. He is also backing controversial legislation -- Senate bill 375 -- moving through the state legislature that would restrict state highway funds to communities that refuse to adopt "smart growth" development plans. "We have to get the people from the suburbs to start coming back" to the cities, Mr. Brown told planning experts in March.

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3 posted on 07/24/2008 9:38:59 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

As long as the voters keep voting for DemoFascists, this is what will be engineered for them. Take yer medicine and shut up about it.


4 posted on 07/24/2008 9:40:25 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: calcowgirl
How did jerry escape the asylum?
5 posted on 07/24/2008 9:41:04 AM PDT by Edgerunner (At the heart of every absurdity, lies a liberal lie)
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To: SierraWasp; NormsRevenge; hedgetrimmer; Carry_Okie; tubebender; Czar; ElkGroveDan; ...

FYI Ping

Jerry still embracing the Soviet model, apparently.


6 posted on 07/24/2008 9:42:43 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

Brown is an idiot. I love the fact that my town is not high-density. Heck, we’re one of the last Bay Area towns that hasn’t packed them in on the hillsides.


7 posted on 07/24/2008 9:43:13 AM PDT by rivercat
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To: calcowgirl

Reminds one of the Khmer Rouge...


8 posted on 07/24/2008 9:43:24 AM PDT by PC99
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To: Checkers
Michael Savage's money donations coming home to roost.
9 posted on 07/24/2008 9:43:38 AM PDT by lormand (Don't vote democRAT, from either party.)
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To: calcowgirl

Was it in the 34 Undeniable Truths of Life that it was first stated that ‘liberalism is about spreading misery equally’??

Liberals seem hell bent on making sure that there is nobody out there who is allowed to be happier than they are. And that is hard since they all seem to be complaining about something virtually every day of their lives. When was the last time Jerry Brown made news being happy about anything?


10 posted on 07/24/2008 9:46:58 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: Nonstatist

Of course, this would shift all development to the cities. The increased costs for mandated green construction would push up housing costs beyond what the average person could afford, especially after their tax/services-disadvantaged property became worthless. The cities infrastructure would be stressed, city taxes/fees for services and utilities would go up, the present urban mass transit would be inadequate and once again, people will be forced to leave California.

We have enough of them where I live. We have taken our share. No more!


11 posted on 07/24/2008 9:50:13 AM PDT by reformedliberal (Capitalism is what happens when governments get out of the way.)
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To: rivercat

Scroogie you Moonbat! Let people live where they choose....its bad enough the Federal, State and local governments extort oodles of their hard earned tax $$....BTW..the Ca. wildfires spew more smoke and carbon pollutants into the atmosphere collectively than all suburbs combined could ever do. Worry more about the Ca. budget deficit and illegals sucking it dry you blasted moron!


12 posted on 07/24/2008 9:51:40 AM PDT by tflabo (Al)
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To: calcowgirl
I knew it would happen eventually. There's no way that publicly-funded mass transit can ever work without compelling comrade citizens to live in centralized urban housing blocs.

They kill three birds with one stone: Force the proletariat into the localized city surveillance centers, protect the environment by ending the Bourgeoisie's development and rape of our planet, and require everyone to rely on the government's approved means of transport.

Give it ten years or so under Obama and those of us who don't live in the big cities in this nation will be regarded as brain-eating zombies bent on destroying their great social plan. We must be eliminated!

Oh wait, that's the way they regard us now.

13 posted on 07/24/2008 9:52:38 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: calcowgirl

More evidence that Californicate’s government is broken.


14 posted on 07/24/2008 9:53:39 AM PDT by Nachum (Obama: creepy you can count on)
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To: calcowgirl

Just curious. Does he live in the city? Does he travel by bus to work?


15 posted on 07/24/2008 9:53:45 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: lormand

What was it, like $5000.00 to this nitwit


16 posted on 07/24/2008 9:54:02 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: reformedliberal

My mother has owned 2 lots in Aptos, CA for 50 years. She is prohibited from building on them, or using them in any way, yet they tax her on them.


17 posted on 07/24/2008 9:54:21 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: calcowgirl
I'm sure that Jerry Brown will gladly divest himself of any suburban or rural properties he owns...right?

After all comrade Brown should lead by example. I am sure there is a studio apt. ready for him in Sacramento.
Actually since he is such hero to the proletariat...he could get a 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath condo.

18 posted on 07/24/2008 9:54:31 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: calcowgirl

communist in thought and action


19 posted on 07/24/2008 9:54:35 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: calcowgirl
I'm sure that Jerry Brown will gladly divest himself of any suburban or rural properties he owns...right?

After all comrade Brown should lead by example. I am sure there is a studio apt. ready for him in Sacramento.
Actually since he is such a hero to the proletariat...he could get a 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath condo.

20 posted on 07/24/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What are they zoned for?


21 posted on 07/24/2008 9:56:09 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: bpjam

“When was the last time Jerry Brown made news being happy about anything?”

Bingo. Liberals simply are NOT happy people.

Mayor Moonbeam will NOT be forcing me to give up my private, mountain life. Never.


22 posted on 07/24/2008 9:57:52 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( "the difference between Obama and Osama is just a little b.s.")
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To: CindyDawg

I don’t know. They were buildable lots at one time, but Aptos instituted very strict building laws about 30 years ago. And building permits are granted on a lottery basis and you have to put up a huge amount of money up front.


23 posted on 07/24/2008 9:59:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: The KG9 Kid
Give it ten years or so under Obama

If we have ten years of Obama, that means the shooting will have been going on for at least two years...

:O)

24 posted on 07/24/2008 9:59:44 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: calcowgirl

Lord of the Medflies strikes again. Only California could be so d*mn dumb as to elect this communist fool to anything.


25 posted on 07/24/2008 10:00:29 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: metesky

*snicker*

You got that right....


26 posted on 07/24/2008 10:11:49 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: reformedliberal
The increased costs for mandated green construction would will push up housing costs ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 07/17/2008:

"By adopting this first-in-the-nation statewide green building code, California is again leading the way to fight climate change and protect the environment. This is literally a groundbreaking move to ensure that when we break ground on all new buildings in the Golden State we are promoting green building and energy efficient new technologies. Cars and buildings are two of the leading users of energy - we're already addressing cars, and these new building standards will ensure that California remains at the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint and conserving valuable natural resources while also protecting our economy. We have already committed to making our state-owned buildings more green and energy efficient and this statewide code will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and conserve water in all new buildings.

"With today's action, California continues to lead the nation and I commend the hard work of the Building Standards Commission to adopt the first-in-the-nation statewide green building standards."


27 posted on 07/24/2008 10:15:57 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

Why do we even post stories ABOUT California? The whole state is certified nuts.


28 posted on 07/24/2008 10:22:24 AM PDT by catchem (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: calcowgirl
This is all anyone needs to know about "Global Warming."

The primary evidence, the essential necessary evidence, that the greenhouse effect, and by extension CO2, is causing global warming doesn't exist. If the planet is warming this is proof positive that it isn't because of the greenhouse effect.

No Smoking Hot Spot (The Australian)

This is a short and easily understandable article showing the plain truth. The hinge pin that links global temperature to the greenhouse effect is missing. It is easily measurable and hundreds of probes have done so.

Written by the man who "DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office."

29 posted on 07/24/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT by TigersEye (Drill or get off the Hill. ... call Nancy Pelosi @ 202 - 225 - 0100)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is so wrong. So unAmerican.


30 posted on 07/24/2008 10:29:16 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

Before he was elected, there were articles saying that he would continue to live in (crime-ridden) downtown Oakland.


31 posted on 07/24/2008 10:30:04 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: tflabo

WTF? Why are you calling me a moonbat and a moron, you moron? You need to pull your head out... Ya know, your Rectal-Cranial Insertion problem is curable.


32 posted on 07/24/2008 10:31:43 AM PDT by rivercat
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To: calcowgirl

Did he?


33 posted on 07/24/2008 10:32:39 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: calcowgirl
Jerry has a wonderful future planned for all of us in California. See, with a little bright paint we can all feel better about living in the bleak vertical concentration camps the socialists have in mind for us. Photobucket
34 posted on 07/24/2008 10:39:16 AM PDT by PeterFinn ("I will stand with the Muslims" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: catchem; ElkGroveDan
Why do we even post stories ABOUT California? The whole state is certified nuts.

I'm sure the 5 million-plus Republicans in the state appreciate your support in fighting liberalism. /s

35 posted on 07/24/2008 10:46:32 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: catchem

“Why do we even post stories ABOUT California? The whole state is certified nuts.”

And what conservative state are you from?

The whole state......listen, friend, this country varies a lot and so does California. My county in California votes 68% GOP. How’s yours?


36 posted on 07/24/2008 10:50:35 AM PDT by AuntB ( “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” - George Orwel)
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To: calcowgirl

I haven’t read it yet, but heard on radio that Arnold wants to cut 100,000 state employees back to Minimum wage...the fed minimum of 6.? per hour not the California 8.00 an hour. If so, I think it’s great! The dems will never let that happen.


37 posted on 07/24/2008 10:54:17 AM PDT by AuntB ( “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” - George Orwel)
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To: AuntB

IMO, it’s a PR stunt that just adds to the media circus by riling up the union workers and others. He’s run out of cash to pay employees, so now is proposing “minimum wage” instead of just cutting back. FYI, he still has to pay them the full amount, retroactively, once the budget is passed so any pay reduction is purely temporary.

Pete Wilson had to issue IOUs when he couldn’t get the Republicans to go along with a tax increase and get the budget passed on time. This is a similar move. (Petey’s IOU solution was judged to be in violation of labor laws).


38 posted on 07/24/2008 11:00:30 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: metesky

Hey, I’m just going by how long Obama says he’s staying in office!


39 posted on 07/24/2008 11:23:04 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: calcowgirl
This is what made me so extremely upset with Schwartzenegger's Sierra-Nevada CONservancy (another box not blown up, but created by the liar) since it is a vast part of this agenda of "Moonbeam's!" This is all a part of "The Ahwahnee Principles" contrived at the beginning of the '90's at Ahwahnee Lodge at Yosimite by a bunch of Moonbeam's comradicals!!!

Gray Davis was one of his comradicals and even he was too embarrassed with the audacity of duplicating the huge CA Coastal Commission with another mega sized state agency controlling suburbs and causing "rural cleansing" in all property, public and private in the eastern 1/5th of CA, and vetoed the bill TWICE!!

Arnold has trumped a lot of individuals and groups that had won these two battles with Davis (and Moonbeam), only to finally lose the war by way of the SchwartzenKennedy Trojan Horse who hijacked the grassroots conservative Recall!!!

40 posted on 07/24/2008 11:43:49 AM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm not against the environment, just GovernMental EnvironMentalism!!! (our new state religion))
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To: calcowgirl; Delacon; According2RecentPollsAirIsGood; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; CygnusXI; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

41 posted on 07/24/2008 11:48:13 AM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: reformedliberal

Look on the positive side. All the homeless will be moved out of the downtown area. They will take up residence in those vacant suburban houses.


42 posted on 07/24/2008 11:51:04 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: hsalaw

Beam him up, Scotty! PLEASE


43 posted on 07/24/2008 11:52:28 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: reformedliberal

IOW more money for licenses to do ANYTHING.

Ever improvement every construction requireing code approval

California Soviet Socialist Republic


44 posted on 07/24/2008 11:54:25 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: catchem

Why do we even post stories ABOUT California? The whole state is certified nuts.
_______________________________________________________
How dare you. Nuts nobly serve mankind.


45 posted on 07/24/2008 11:55:57 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: calcowgirl

“Smart Growth,” “sustainability” and redistribution of wealth through collectivism is being implemented under AB 32 and the Governor’s Global Climate Change initiative. (See California Association of Counties page http://www.csac.counties.org/default.asp?id=1824)
Initially, transportation funding will be redirected to communities and counties that have complied with smart growth planning.

Here is the CARB scoping document on implementing AB 32 http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm

Climate Change will reach deep into all areas of land use to turn our system toward collectivism in resource management. A recent California Water Plan update http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/docs/enews/2008/cwp_e-news071608.pdf further develops the new concept of “stakeholder watershed management” through the concept of “Social Learning” to align local water and land use to statewide goals. It relies on the European socialist model. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/index_en.html Scary scary stuff.

See also http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/strategies/index.cfm
http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/materials/index.cfm?subject=jun1908

The watershed preocess is being driven by the Army Corps. http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/cepa/releases/WaterLandPublicMeeting12May.html and a process called “Shared Vision Planning” http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/materials/index.cfm?subject=apr2208

If more people don’t come to understand and defend what the grand American experiement in individual liberty by our Founders was all about, we will have lost it entirely for the next generation.


46 posted on 07/24/2008 12:23:45 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: marsh2; SierraWasp
Great stuff, marsh2. Looks like I have some reading and studying to do.

Is the "California Water Plan" the same thing that Arnie is spamming?

I just got this email from him today:

California's economy, agriculture, jobs, families, environment and future depend on our water supply.

Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan for our water future.

Unfortunately, lawmakers in Sacramento have not taken action on this issue. Waiting any longer for action is no longer an option - too much depends on it.

You can help move the Governor's plan forward by letting your Legislators know how important it is to you that they address this issue this year.

California needs water to keep our economy strong, keep people working in good jobs and keep our great state moving forward. Send your legislators an email today. Our state's water supply depends on it!

The California Dream Team


47 posted on 07/24/2008 1:00:56 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

Jerry Brown’s version of Heinrich Himmler’s “Solution to the Occupied Eastern Territories.”

You couldn’t pay me enough money to move back to that fascist hellhole.


48 posted on 07/24/2008 3:02:27 PM PDT by sergeantdave (We are entering the Age of the Idiot)
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To: calcowgirl

Arnoiled’s California Water Plan was worked out with Diane Feinstein and isn’t worth a dam!!!


49 posted on 07/24/2008 3:03:30 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I'm not against the environment, just GovernMental EnvironMentalism!!! (our new state religion))
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To: AuntB
Surprise, surprise... my prediction about angry unions just came over my email alert:
Workers rally against Schwarzenegger pay plan
Last Updated 2:35 pm PDT Thursday, July 24, 2008

Several hundred angry state workers rallied on the west steps of the Capitol today to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans to temporarily slash the pay of most of them to $6.55 an hour because of the state's continuing budget mess.

Waving pennants and placards with the slogan "Value Us," the crowd listened to speeches by union leaders and several Democratic legislators.

(snip)

Next prediction: Arnie will rail against the evil Republican legislators for holding up the budget. :-(

50 posted on 07/24/2008 3:09:28 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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