Skip to comments.Dan Walters: California's judges play an ever bigger policy role
Posted on 03/19/2010 7:59:44 AM PDT by SmithL
As noted in this space countless times, California's government is broken, endemically incapable of addressing the state's most pressing policy issues.
As the crisis has deepened, another factor has made itself increasingly evident intervention by state and federal courts in what used to be political policy decision-making.
The chronically unbalanced state budget is the most obvious example of the system's dysfunction.
Any major financial decision discomfits someone. Those who feel aggrieved often go to court, seeking either to overturn or at least delay its implementation.
One federal judge seized control of the prison health care system, saying the state was spending an inadequate amount of money. Other judges are threatening a broader intervention if the state doesn't relieve prison overcrowding.
When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered state workers to take three days off without pay each month to save money, their unions sued. The governor has won some furlough suits and lost others. He hopes the state Supreme Court will help him.
A federal appellate court upheld a lower court's ruling that when Schwarzenegger and the Legislature reduced spending on in-home care for the elderly and disabled, they violated federal procedures. It also blocked cuts in Medi-Cal provider rates.
That ruling came one day after a state appellate court ruled that Schwarzenegger had the legal right to unilaterally reduce appropriations in last year's revised state budget, handing a defeat to Democratic legislators.
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Another FReeper some time ago said that “99 percent of judges give the remaining 1 percent a bad name.” I agree.
A judge is just a lawyer with too much power.
We were once a republic. We are now ruled by the few, the Scotus, Stretch Pelosi, Reid and Hussein, an oligarchy headed for tyranny.