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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

That damned California

What's Mallard raving about today?

California, Illegal Immigrants.

Yep. California going broke is just hilarious. Who needs an education, anyway?

Chalk up another win for Republican Governance.

7 comments:

Factinista said...

Ah, but remember that since Arnold did a poor job, that means that he's not a REAL Republican.

rewinn said...

Step 1: limit the ability of local governments to pay for local things

Step 2: destroy the college education system that provided California with a strong middle class

Step 3: sink the national economy into a depression

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Step 5: whine!

Michael said...

Ha ha! The most populous state in the Union is in a budget crisis! Hilarious!

Maybe tomorrow's punchline can be how our nation's economy is potentially heading towards a crippling, decade-long depression. Milk would come out my nose on that one!

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Hibryd said...

Gotta stick up for my governor here. One, he's Republican only in the sense that he's a fiscal conservative. And flaming liberal that I am, I'm fine with a fiscal conservative butting heads with our whack-a-doodle legislature.

Bottom line is that the California legislative system is screwed up.

It takes a 2/3 majority to pass a budget in the legislature, making it VERY easy to derail the process. Budgeting projects for certain programs have been written into the constitution via ballot measures, where it takes only HALF of voters to decree that money will go to program A, B or C. Then when the budget crisis came around, programs A, B & C had surplus money that other programs really needed, but since A, B & C got their money through a vote at the polls, that's how their money had to be re-distributed. The legislature could not move that money around on their own. Thus we had a special election just to allow, on an per-project basis, money to be shuffled from one program to another, and voters rejected all of the measures seemingly out of spite.

So, yeah, deeply screwed-up system. California has problems, but the state can get by as long as there's enough money flowing in. Of course, thanks to Prop 13, that money mostly comes from income taxes, so revenue can get really erratic, and when the money tide goes out, it exposes a lot of the ugly stuff underneath.

Hibryd said...

PS - I'm also partial to Schwarzenegger just because the right-wing HATES him. The local conservative station calls him Schwarzenkennedy. (They find their own joke endlessly amusing, I may add.)

Celia said...

We know of old that Mallard seems to think very little of education in general.