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Schwarzenegger Criticized By Democrats For Budget Threats [CA Closed For Business!]
LATimes ^ | June 11, 2009

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 Schwarzenegger’s 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 governor’s own words, ‘hallucinatory’ and ‘irresponsible,’ ” Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), clearly frustrated, said during a session of the Legislature’s joint budget committee.

“That has so many serious ramifications and implications for our state’s economy, for our state’s long-term health, for our state’s 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 governor’s comments were overly negative.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: calbudget

1 posted on 06/11/2009 7:02:54 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I fled the state decades ago. It would not be appropriate for me to comment.


2 posted on 06/11/2009 7:05:26 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: Steelfish

“I WON’T BE BAAKK!”


3 posted on 06/11/2009 7:07:45 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: Steelfish

The Democrats alternative is worse: Raise taxes.

I’m with Arnold on this one...


4 posted on 06/11/2009 7:10:06 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Steelfish

The end was looming at least six months ago, and these jerks have done absolutely NOTHING.


5 posted on 06/11/2009 7:10:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: calcowgirl

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.


6 posted on 06/11/2009 7:10:47 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Socialist Conservatives: "'Big government is free because tax cuts pay for it'")
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To: Steelfish
"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.

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.

7 posted on 06/11/2009 7:14:24 PM PDT by calcowgirl (RECALL Abel Maldonado!)
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To: sickoflibs

June is typically pretty gloomy in So Cal. But it was even more so this week.


8 posted on 06/11/2009 7:18:20 PM PDT by calcowgirl (RECALL Abel Maldonado!)
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To: Steelfish

The Running Man has no where to run....


9 posted on 06/11/2009 7:21:59 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Cicero
The end was looming at least six months ago, and these jerks have done absolutely NOTHING.

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.

10 posted on 06/11/2009 7:23:40 PM PDT by calcowgirl (RECALL Abel Maldonado!)
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To: Steelfish
"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.

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?

11 posted on 06/11/2009 7:25:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Steelfish

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”


12 posted on 06/11/2009 7:34:48 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Steelfish
Remember all the folks here who told us to support Swarzenegger because he could win? Well, here we are.

Actually, if California defunds welfare, I will pop the champagne. It would be the best thing that could happen to the hand-out dependent.

13 posted on 06/11/2009 7:35:05 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Steelfish
“To threaten to shut down the state is, in the governor’s own words, ‘hallucinatory’ and ‘irresponsible,’ ”

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.

14 posted on 06/11/2009 7:40:54 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Steelfish
let them have a taste of what it is like when the state comes to a shutdown -- grinding halt," the governor said Wednesday

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.

15 posted on 06/11/2009 7:41:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish
One thing's for sure: California's cities will burn this summer. It won't be pretty.

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.

16 posted on 06/11/2009 7:44:13 PM PDT by Mariner
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To: sionnsar

“I fled the state decades ago. It would not be appropriate for me to comment.

You just did.


17 posted on 06/11/2009 7:49:44 PM PDT by BobL (Drop a comment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2180357/posts)
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To: Mariner

The Inland Empire has seen an increase in gangs and welfare recipients—I wonder if they will move to Michigan, if money is stopped.


18 posted on 06/11/2009 7:57:00 PM PDT by Achilles Heel
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To: Steelfish

THIS is EXACTLY what should have happened SIX YEARS AGO!


19 posted on 06/11/2009 8:36:19 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Steelfish

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...


20 posted on 06/11/2009 9:35:55 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: Mariner

4 to 6 weeks?


21 posted on 06/11/2009 9:38:37 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Steelfish

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.


22 posted on 06/11/2009 10:20:45 PM PDT by gorilla_warrior (Metrosexual hairless RINOs for bipartisan-ness)
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To: Steelfish
On Tuesday, he called the Senate Democrats’ budget outline “hallucinatory”; on Wednesday, he said it was “irresponsible.”

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 governor’s 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?

23 posted on 06/12/2009 1:50:21 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: calcowgirl
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.

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

24 posted on 06/12/2009 4:35:18 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power with a passion for evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I agree that term limits were oversold but I suspect California would be in this hole even without them.


25 posted on 06/12/2009 4:38:22 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Steelfish
I've been following the Ca. crisis for a few months now. Not so much the articles posted here, but the Comments sections on the links.

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.

26 posted on 06/12/2009 4:56:50 AM PDT by EBH (I am not your comrade, nor sheeple, nor surf or slave; but a Freeman.)
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To: Captain Kirk
I agree that term limits were oversold but I suspect California would be in this hole even without them.

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.

27 posted on 06/12/2009 5:03:05 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power with a passion for evil.)
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To: EBH
I have to agree with Arnold on this. He has been asking, demanding them to work to reduce spending...and nothing happens.

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.

28 posted on 06/12/2009 5:05:40 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power with a passion for evil.)
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