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Schwarzenegger Won’t Budge as California Nears Collapse

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Posted on Jul 1, 2009
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a Democratic proposal to cut $11.4 billion in spending, saying that “the Legislature must solve the entire [$27 billion] deficit ... and must not push the problem off to tomorrow.” With IOUs now a certainty and the state in financial ruin, a prominent Democrat called the governor’s stance “the most irresponsible thing that I’ve seen in my 15 years of public service.”

San Francisco Chronicle:

The Democratic legislators failed to win over Schwarzenegger with a promise to put together a comprehensive reform package within 60 days—in response to his demand—that would root out fraud in health and social service programs and streamline government.

In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said, “I have been very clear that the Legislature must solve the entire deficit, must make the hard decisions now, and must not push the problem off to tomorrow.”

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By Lockweed, July 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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I live in California.  Its a beautiful state and I hope Arnold gets his way so it stays that way.  The big spenders and overly powerful unions have brought this state to its knees.  We’re out of money so they say take it from the rich.  Many of the rich have already left California.  My job went to the inexpensive southwest two years ago.

If Americans don’t wake up, the whole country will go the way of California.  The USA’s unemployment rate is almost 10% and still growing.  GM and Chrysler are bankrupt and will emerge a fraction of their former size.  I agree that the rich in this country earn too much money.  But you could have reduced the salaries of GM’s and Chrysler’s executives all you wanted to and that still would not have saved those companies. 

There are people in this country who work very hard and get paid very little.  There are also those in unions here in California (nurses, police, prison guards) that make huge salaries.  This is ruining the California and other states.

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By Virginia777, July 2, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

What illogic you present, bobbaroo,

you and your anti-tax pal Arnold, are the reason our State is in the mess it is in!

When taxes,  or any money for that matter, are paid they no longer belong to the person who paid the money,

stop trying to “own” what isn’t even yours!

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By hippie4ever, July 2, 2009 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

This Nazi steroid case isn’t going to save Cauly-fornya; all he knows is how to kick back favours to his rich supporters who don’t pay their fair share, and screw the poor.

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By bobbaroo, July 2, 2009 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Hey, why don’t all of you who don’t support Arnold on this stance send all of your money to help California out?  In fact, why don’t you move to California, take advantage of all of their “free” programs you espouse to support and vote for, and pay the bill for it while you are there!!  In fact, go vote yourself some more money while you are there!!  Businesses move out (those rich bastards!!) because you want them to pay for all your “free” stuff.  Way to go Arnold!!  Hang in there, do the right thing.

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By boggs, July 2, 2009 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

Whatever we do we must let the greedy stand tall with all their wealth. Let the needy lose jobs, childcare, school bus service, and other programs that might keep them going to work.

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By Kevin, July 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment
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Really I’m impressed. We all bitch about the bailouts. Arnie stands up for accountability in my eyes. If there isn’t enough money to cover all the government programs… than some things need to be cut! Which things get cut should be up to the legislature, obviously. If the public doesn’t like cutting programs, than the California government needs to tax them more so that they can afford them. Really it seems like a no-brainer. The fraudulent practice of spending money you don’t have needs to stop, finally a politician is standing up to it.

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By Samson, July 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

The real solution is obviously a hefty tax on steroids!

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By Samson, July 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

Oh, we all understand ‘the Rockefeller Way’.  More for the Rockefellers and less for everyone else has always been ‘the Rockefeller way.’

Teach a man to fish… sure, that sounds great.  Are there fishing jobs available in CA?  Do most citizens live someplace near clean streams stocked with fish?

Or, maybe you meant you wanted to teach people how to clean windshields of cars stopped at traffic lights?  Seems like that’s about the only work available these days.

Real people need real solutions ... and real money to buy real food and pay for real shelter. Homely platitudes don’t feed anyone.  Or, were you offering to let everyone stay at your place and fish at your stream while you taught them to fish?

Raising taxes on the rich is a very obvious step that needs to be considered.  We are at the end of a two decade long period of cutting taxes on the wealthy, and a broke state is a predictable result.

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By BlueEagle, July 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

Give a man and fish and feed him for a day. Keep giving that man a fish everyday and he will be your slave for life.

The poor are actually hurt the most by government intervention. If CA has to cut into all the welfare programs, the poor will be better off.

Anyone that believes otherwise does not understand “The Rockefeller Way”.

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By coloradokarl, July 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

The poor are ALWAYS the first to get hit but this is so much bigger. The shrinking of bloated Government is economic Darwinism and it is time. The hope I have is that we all learn our lesson and keep our belts tight when things start to improve, and they will improve. If we can restrain our excess, WE CAN control the Inflation Monster that is lurking…...

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By Quinty, July 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment

It doesn’t matter how much waste you cut (and there is waste) we still need to
raise taxes.

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By Walter L. Tayes, July 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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Thank God for Schwarzenegger!! he is the only reasonable person in Sacramento. The voters already told Sacramento that we don’t want more taxes, it’s time to make cuts, specially in the Unions, which have grown to astronimical numbers in the last 10 years, and now that reality hits them in the face they are in denial. The truth of the matter is that California doesn’t earn enough money to support so many unions, taxpayers already pay too much taxes, and we are losing jobs by the thousands. The only cure is cuts!!!! Thank God for Arnold!

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By purplewolf, July 1, 2009 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

Hey Arnold! Will the utility companies, grocery stores, water departments, doctors and other places the poor people go for their daily necessities of life accept your IOU’S? Let’s hope so.

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By BlueEagle, July 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

In this case, bankruptcy is a good thing. CA will have to cut spending.

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By SteveL, July 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

How soon can this guy go back to making movies where he don’t talk much?

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By anaman51, July 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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What a pig. Arnold’s game is designed to make the legislature choose between being responsible for cutting the throats of the poor once again, and letting Arnold do it. No matter what else takes place because of this mess, California’s most needy citizens are going to get hosed. That’s what always happens when the creeps in charge decide to save some money. Instead of taxing those who can afford it, instead of stopping wasteful spending inside the government itself, instead of heading off witless public works projects that began their lives as pork in a legislative bill, they will cut funding for poor children, the disabled, the eldery, and anyone else who can’t fight back. It’s just business as usual among the extortionists in office.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, July 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

I live in Kollyfornya and it’s obviously time to evacuate if you’ve got the wherewithal to do it.  La mierda va a chocar contra el abanico.

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