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Posted on 06/11/2009 7:02:53 PM PDT by Steelfish
Schwarzenegger criticized by Democrats for budget threats
June 11, 2009
Democrats in the Legislature this afternoon condemned Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggers vow to bring California government to a grinding halt if he and state lawmakers fail to balance the budget in time for the state to pay its bills this summer.
To threaten to shut down the state is, in the governors own words, hallucinatory and irresponsible, Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), clearly frustrated, said during a session of the Legislatures joint budget committee.
That has so many serious ramifications and implications for our states economy, for our states long-term health, for our states residents -- and not only that, [but also] for the entire United States of America and, in fact, the world.
Schwarzenegger told The Times editorial board Wednesday that he would refuse to take a high-interest loan that might be needed to keep the state afloat should budget negotiations stall. He wants to ensure that lawmakers do not dally, he said.
Finance officials say the California treasury will be bare by late July unless the projected $24-billion budget shortfall is resolved quickly.
"What we need to do is just to basically cut off all the funding and just let them have a taste of what it is like when the state comes to a shutdown -- grinding halt," the governor said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, he called the Senate Democrats budget outline hallucinatory; on Wednesday, he said it was irresponsible. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said during the committee meeting that the governors comments were overly negative.
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I fled the state decades ago. It would not be appropriate for me to comment.
“I WON’T BE BAAKK!”
The Democrats alternative is worse: Raise taxes.
I’m with Arnold on this one...
The end was looming at least six months ago, and these jerks have done absolutely NOTHING.
Sunny State ping//
Just got back from northern LA county; I never saw the sun once, it was cool and cloudy all this week. At least not humid and warm like here.
Yeah, Arnie. All those voters who said NO to your tax scheme just really don't understand. Screw up government some more and maybe we'll get it. Great (/s) strategy.
What a complete moron this man is.
June is typically pretty gloomy in So Cal. But it was even more so this week.
The Running Man has no where to run....
They were moaning about a 41.8 billion deficit last December. When they finally passed the budget in February, it was doomed to fail. And they arrogantly bragged that they had no back-up plan because they would make sure the big-tax-props passed. And now they twiddle their thumbs, whine at each other, and devise new scare tactics. They are truly pathetic.
The phrase, "let them have a taste of what it is like," interests me. Let WHO have a taste...? The hard-working taxpayers who have been grabbing their ankles for the state their entire lives? Or the Democrats' base constituency of bums, losers, and parasites?
But wait a minute! Arnold’s a (Rush mocking voice here) “enlightened moderate who can easily work with the other side in the spirit of bipartisanship”
Actually, if California defunds welfare, I will pop the champagne. It would be the best thing that could happen to the hand-out dependent.
Whereas as spending billions you don't have and can't afford to borrow, while taxing the public into oblivion, is the very definition of responsible stewardship of the body politic.
He might be surprised at how long it will take the average citizen to notice. When Clinton shut down the federal government, they had to send reporters out to find sob stories about federal employees to make sure the public was aware.
Whether through cuts or through default, the parasitic class will be left to their own devices.
Yep, LA and Oakland will both require the National Guard...just to protect the public buildings. Businesses and homes will burn.
“I fled the state decades ago. It would not be appropriate for me to comment.
You just did.
The Inland Empire has seen an increase in gangs and welfare recipients—I wonder if they will move to Michigan, if money is stopped.
THIS is EXACTLY what should have happened SIX YEARS AGO!
I would not want to be within a thousand miles of Kally-Fornea this summer if Ahnold locks the doors. It makes me glad that I have Oregon between me and them....
The good news is that there won’t be any brown-outs on the West Coast this summer, because so many houses have been foreclosed and the power shut off...
4 to 6 weeks?
The liberal degenerates who run the state are determined to spend until they force tax increases. They have been playing this game for decades and they are always able to find a few Republicans to sell out. Sacramento is a city possessed when the Legislators arrive from LA and the Bay Area. The lobbyists buzz in like flies on cowpies. It’s a city full of worthless bureaucrats where nothing of value is ever produced.
I thought Ahnold was Austrian; he sounds thoroughly British with those really-out-there understatements!
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said during the committee meeting that the governors comments were overly negative.
What else would one expect from a representative of the most "hallucinatory," "irresponsible," and pervert city in the entire dysfunctional state?
This is a claque of put up dolls with no experience and nothing at stake. Why? Because of term limits.
This is what democracy looks like. What did we expect? /s
I agree that term limits were oversold but I suspect California would be in this hole even without them.
It is sadly funny to read the comments. The one that sticks out in my mind was one where the poster was complaining because all the “republicans” voted against the tax increases. They were all to blame for not saving the budget, evil for not wanting to pay more taxes to ‘save’ their state from shut-down.
California cannot sustain itself. The looters of the system have exceeded the producers. I have to agree with Arnold on this. He has been asking, demanding them to work to reduce spending...and nothing happens. Arnold will take the bums rap on this impending fiasco, but it is the right thing to do. Chaos will most likely erupt in the streets in August or September if they can't reach a reasonable budget agreement. They all know it.
Yes and no. I think it would have been slower to develop, and the disaster smaller. The Quentin Kopps of this world would have raised hell, they'd have raised taxes, taken the hit for it, and been replaced, possibly even by conservatives. Instead, the people we've got have only one job: delivering for their backers so that the take-out job is cushy.
Democrats or not, there were some good people who got flushed with this incontinent stupidity.
BZZZT!!! Wrongo! Every budget Arnold has offered has contained a massive increase in spending. He talks about how spending is the problem, but what he does is another matter. He has his crooked backers to please.