Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 18, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

Star-Spangled Baggage
Science Finds New Routes to Energy

The Divide

Truthdig Bazaar
The Inheritance

The Inheritance

By David E. Sanger

more items

A/V Booth

Investigating California’s Crisis

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jun 11, 2009
YouTube - AlJazeeraEnglish

This week on Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” Avi Lewis investigates the political causes, the human impact and the global economic repercussions of California’s budgetary crisis. Check out this great report, which features Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer.

Fault Lines:

Part Two:


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By Chris Herz, June 12, 2009 at 6:08 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Like other US citizens good white, Christian Californians have been manipulated by their inveterate racism by conservative corporatists.  The state and the nation of which it is part have been sucked dry by as blindingly vicious and corrupt a political/economic class as ever has disgraced any country, any state.

From Spanish land-grant times California had over concentrated land ownership.  And then other narrow elites owned banking, shipping, forest resources, agriculture . . everything.  And through these means these people control Sacramento (and Washington) and this power they use so they can loot others and don’t even have to pay taxes on the proceeds.

But if all this means that the state in particular and the USA generally must keep their troops at home to control an impoverished and starving population, so much the better.  You are not missed in Venezuela and in the other countries whose rights you once were so blithely able to destroy.

Enjoy what the imperial elites have for so long inflicted on your neighbors.

Chris Herz

Report this
Outraged's avatar

By Outraged, June 12, 2009 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

I would like to indulge the gentleman (I don’t recall his name, “having technical difficulties…lol) who surmised that, they CREATED the “CRISIS” and now act as if “it was unavoidable”.

This was NOT unavoidable.  It is impossible to come to the determination that this is/was some sort of happenstance conundrum.  You see, the TACTIC is to “create” the “unavoidable”, but yet PAINT yourself as an “unwilling” accomplice.  Oldest trick in the book, aside from prostitution itself.

Schwarzeneggar is iconic of the debasement, he said:  “A loan would only “give them another reason why we don’t have to do it now,” the governor said. “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.”,0,4348474.story

This man attempts to paint himself as “concerned about the state” but REALITY definitely eludes to the premise of his RADICAL ideological tenets.  Ol’ Arnold is apparently enamored with and deeply STEEPED in illogical propositions.  What does that mean for Californians….?

I want to OWN you.  Me, and my BUDS… will THREATEN you with our power/money.  We WILL make YOU suffer, we will DEMEAN you, we will STEAL The Peoples’ treasures, we WILL make you BEG.

Yes, this is Ah-nold, the “testicular trollop” in the buff, so to speak.

Fight California.  Fight.  And btw, welcome to my world.

Report this

By P. T., June 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment

Meg Whitman, from eBay, is a fraud.  Who is she trying to kid!  She got rich off of government.  The computer and Internet are taxpayer financed, government inventions.

Report this

sign up to get updates

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.