Wonder what you would find if you frisked California and their Governor Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger?
Answer: He wants a $8 billion bailout.
Ugh… California has already received $7 billion in state grants from the failing stimulus package, but Gov. Schwarzenegger wants more:
Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.
Facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for deep reductions in already suffering local mass transit programs, renew his push to expand oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast and appeal to Washington for billions of dollars in federal help, according to state officials and lobbyists familiar with the plan.
If Washington does not provide roughly $8 billion in new aid for the state, the governor threatens to severely cut back — if not eliminate — CalWORKS, the state’s main welfare program; the In-Home Health Care Services program for the disabled and elderly poor, and two tax breaks for large corporations recently approved by the Legislature, the officials said.
Schwarzenegger also will propose extending a cut in the state payroll that is scheduled to expire this summer. That cut has translated into 200,000 state workers being furloughed three days a month, the equivalent of a 14% pay cut. Lawmakers would have the option of extending the furloughs, imposing layoffs or some combination of the two.
Disgraceful… We all know the debt racked up by our federal government is awful, but we at least – as a country – hold states accountable to balance their own budgets. Personally, I don’t give a rat’s (you know what) if the Governor has to strap on his Edward Scissorhand blades to make drastic budget cuts that will likely upset Californians. The state has relied on liberal policies for decades which got them into this whole mess. I feel bad for you California, but as Michigan citizen – which we have our own economic problems – I am not paying for your state’s shortfalls.
IF we end up bailing them out – which liberals love to do – we should impose some serious consequences on the state of California. Ed Morrissey has an interesting idea:
Taken at face value, a bailout request is an insult to the federalist model of state sovereignty. The basic act of governance at any level is creating a budget and determining which functions to fund and at what level. California has failed at this for the last few years, and only stayed out of bankruptcy in 2009 because of the Porkulus cash. Coming to Washington, hat in hand, should carry a big penalty for California and any other state demanding that citizens of other states subsidize their incompetence — say, the loss of voting rights in Congress until the money gets repaid. After all, if they’re asking to be a federal protectorate, why should California have any more privileges in Congress than Puerto Rico or other federal protectorates?
Something needs to happen, because this type of reckless political spending is destroying our country and the American people are realizing this!
Side-Note: Notice how I didn’t mention Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger is a Republican… Yeah, I’m in embarrassed and angry. 😡