California raids 9/11 fund to cover deficits and other govt expenditures

posted at 11:22 am on May 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

After the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, the Californian government created a program through which residents could purchase “We Will Never Forget” memorial license plates in the understanding that they would be making a contribution toward helping 9/11 victims’ families and law enforcement. 15 percent of the proceeds were to be alloted to scholarship funds for Californian victims’ children, while the other 85 percent was to go to anti-terrorism efforts.

Unfortunately, bureaucracies have an uncanny knack for messing up even the most well-meaning of ideas. I’m pretty sure that, in private-sector circumstances, this would fall solidly under the category of false advertising bordering embezzlement, and consumers wouldn’t suffer any paltry “out-of-date, it was overlooked” excuses. As it is, however:

But a review by The Associated Press of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the “California Memorial Scholarship Program” shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships. …

Millions more have been spent on budget items with little relation to direct threats of terrorism, including livestock diseases and workplace safety.

Moreover, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been advertising the plates as helping the children of Sept. 11 victims, even though the state stopped funding the scholarship program seven years ago. The specialty plate fund continues to take in $1.5 million a year. …

The total amount dedicated to scholarships was 1.5 percent of the $5.5 million raised through the sale of the plates through 2005.

The original legislation said the remainder of the money would go to law enforcement, fire protection, and public health agencies to be used “exclusively for purposes directly related to fighting terrorism.”

But in 2008, Schwarzenegger, a Republican, borrowed $2 million to close a budget gap. Last year, Brown, a Democrat, borrowed another $1 million. …

Patricia Anderson, who paid $98 for a personalized memorial plate reading “WE R 4US,” said she signed up for the program primarily to show respect for victims of the 9/11 attacks. Anderson said she was disheartened but not surprised to learn that much of the money has gone to fill the state deficit or used for general purposes.

“That’s California,” said Anderson, who now lives near Austin, Texas. “It’s kind of a given these days — nothing is spent on what it’s supposed to be.”

(I must confess, I do find it a tad bit humorous that the AP got that last quote from a former California resident who up and moved away from one of the least business-friendly states in the country, to the one of the most business-friendly, Texas. Case in point.)

This is the problem with huge, spending-shnockered bureaucracies. They respond to changes with neither agility nor efficiency, and important details just get lost as directives trickle down the too-behemoth chain of command. If such a disingenuous, rude oversight can so blithely occur in California’s government structure, I wonder how many such little surprises are lurking beneath the veneer of our own everyday-expanding federal government?


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On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I guarantee this is not the only thing California is dipping into to pay for its welfare state, nor is California the only one doing it.

The shell game is only going to last so long, ladies and gentlemen. After that, gird your loins.

Red Cloud on May 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

California is no longer oursourcing disasters, it’s now creating them in-house.

NoDonkey on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

California is just picking at the carcass until there’s no meat left at all.

Timothy S. Carlson on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

If such a disingenuous, rude oversight can so blithely occur in California’s government structure, I wonder how many such little surprises are lurking beneath the veneer of our own everyday-expanding federal government?

A) you really don’t want to know.

B) It would take a full on forensic audit to find out, and that would probably lead to a $hit load of criminal prosecutions.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Arnold did it also – it’s just Moon Beam

jake-the-goose on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I approve of today’s Hot Air Ron Burgundy theme. Thanks Thad!

Spannerhead on May 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Pretty sure if I did that with my charity for 9/11 families, I would be sent to jail.

traye on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well its not like they can raid SS. Sure, they would if they could. Ca.’s collapse coming very soon.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The shell game is only going to last so long, ladies and gentlemen. After that, gird your loins.

Red Cloud on May 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

To quote Winston Churchill, “Socialism only works until you run out of other peoples money to spend”.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m about ready for the current California to go away and be replaced by the New California Republic.

If Fallout is any indication, that may take a few hundred years.

teke184 on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

there is NO difference between Ahnold and Moonbeam.

SDarchitect on May 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The old “Bait & Switch”.
Kalifornia is run by KrooKs.

redguy on May 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

“Aw C’mon, Flounder, you can’t live your whole life worrying about your mistakes…”

forest on May 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I for one welcome our new Mexican druglord overlords.

NoDonkey on May 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

At Mt. Whitney (Lone Pine, CA), there was an “active bears” advisory against leaving anything edible in your car while parked at the Portal parking lot, because nothing can keep them out of the cars.

Evidently, the bears have become so adept at snatching food from visitors, they can grab the comestibles as soon as they’re taken from the car trunk, while the hikers are standing there discussing who’s going to carry what in which backpack.

It’s rumored that these bears were trained and imported from Sacramento.

de rigueur on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I’m stocked up on ammo,l weapons and food. Sure, I’m a kook but I’ll be a kook who’s alive and who’s family is alive.

NapaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Sadly, most this ribbon-wearing, special licences, sob story charites and designer laws and the rest are a bunch of BS and a swindle. You want to help someone? Send them money directly. Don’t count on hucksters, and especially don’t count on beauroweenies to do it honestly.

contrarian on May 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

….they are running out of things to raid!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

there is NO difference between Ahnold and Moonbeam.

SDarchitect on May 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Sure there is, Ahnold tired to do what was right when he was first elected, but then it turned out that all of his steroid use had made his testicles fall off and he rolled over and capitulated to the crooked Democrats and Unions that really run the State.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Their audacity is surpassed only by their arrogance.

Statewide and here in San Diego, there are a bunch of propositions on the ballot for June 5; the general meme is “Approve higher taxes, or we’ll start cutting polics and fire services… and closing parks, libraries, etc.”

But never in a million years would they agree to curb PEU benefits, reduce bureaucracy, or stop building bullet trains to nowhere.

VastRightWingConspirator on May 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’m stocked up on ammo,l weapons and food. Sure, I’m a kook but I’ll be a kook who’s alive and who’s family is alive.

NapaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hmmm, all of my weapons and ammo sank to the bottom of the ocean in a bizarre and unexplained boating accident… wink wink nod nod say no more ;)

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I’m stocked up on ammo,l weapons and food. Sure, I’m a kook but I’ll be a kook who’s alive and who’s family is alive.

NapaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

So far.

Leave. I did.

trigon on May 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

VastRightWingConspirator on May 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

San Diego County representing… :)

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Well at least Pat Anderson can feel at home in Austin.

DanMan on May 30, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Why not? After all, it didn’t happen to THEM.

Right?

Washington Nearsider on May 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Well its not like they can raid SS. Sure, they would if they could. Ca.’s collapse coming very soon.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

2 reasons why CA can’t raid SSI. 1 Congress already has raided it 2 Congress won’t allow other scavengers near their kill.

If any private entity (with the possible exception of major Democrat owned entities like MF Global) had done this the fallout would make Maddoff grateful he had gotten off so easy.

jpmn on May 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

They just need to raise taxes again. That always works.

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mankai on May 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

9/11?

Isn’t that a fine German automobile??

DamnYankee on May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Shameful. The California fiscal budget is a bad joke. Does anyone know California’s bond rating?

SC.Charlie on May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Ed,

Arnold and Scott are interesting comparisons.

Just sayin’.

65

65droptop on May 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Look for calls for a CA bailout early in the Romney administration.

How Romney responds will probably tell us everything we need to know about his Presidency.

I think he will fold.

jpmn on May 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It’s rare to see a first comment that is a thread winner, but there it is!

Dack Thrombosis on May 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’m stocked up on ammo,l weapons and food. Sure, I’m a kook but I’ll be a kook who’s alive and who’s family is alive.

NapaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

You’re going to need all that sooner rather than later. When the hordes start rioting they’re really going to mean it this time.

CorporatePiggy on May 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The donk controlled legislature raided money for victims of 9/11 to give to the illegal aliens invading the state. Stick a fork in kalifornia it is done and well past the point of no return.

jukin3 on May 30, 2012 at 11:52 AM

On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well, they got the red star right.

mankai on May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This is embezzelment, is it not?

jake49 on May 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

….they are running out of things to raid!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Shhhh. They haven’t mugged my kid for his lunch money, yet.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Sure there is, Ahnold tired to do what was right when he was first elected, but then it turned out that all of his steroid use had made his testicles fall off and he rolled over and capitulated to the crooked Democrats and Unions that really run the State.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Bingo.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Well, they got the red star right.

mankai on May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The star in California’s flag was a “hat tip” of respect to another new state at the time of California’s founding: Texas.

Born in California, I am enjoying living in Texas.

65droptop on May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Well, they got the red star right.

mankai on May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The star in California’s flag was a “hat tip” of respect to another new state at the time of California’s founding: Texas.

Born in California, I am enjoying living in Texas.

65droptop on May 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Shhhh, you’ll confuse people….

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The November 2010 election results indisputably, unquestionably helped make california the most disgusting, pathetic state in the nation. Not only did lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists win essential EVERY race in the state, the slugs, slackers, deadbeats, liars, freeloaders, losers, taxpayer-leeches, cheats, ILLEGALS, potheads and Hollyweird degenerate voters, all stoned on “medical” pot, EVEN RE-ELECTED A DEAD d-cRAT to the legislature! (There were some pathetic, low-IQ, slow-learner types at the Red State blog who actually though that some of the RINO candidates could win – but no mentally capable person believed them.) They also voted to keep the lunatic-left job-killing extremist CAP-AND-TAX law promoted by the eco-nuts and the d-cRAT socialists, in spite of the fact that califonia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. (Why work when you can get generous, unlimited welfare from the state?) In fact, the voters are clearly so stoned out of their minds that the fact that these same d-cRAT socialists have morally, ethically, socially, politically AND fiscally bankrupted the state doesn’t matter to them in the slightest! It’s just “Party On, Dudes!”

The only hope for the rest of America is that some way is found to remove the people’s republic of california from our constitutional democracy. Let’s all pray for “The Big One”.

What do you call repeating the same mistakes over and over again but expecting a better result?
–1 California, 2 Insanity.

TeaPartyNation on May 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

These Democrats stealing from the 9/11 fund are the same ones as kids who collected for Jerry’s Kids and took that money to buy designer cloths for themselves.

Conservative4Ever on May 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

….they are running out of things to raid!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

They may have already. Moonbeam is desperately trying to get CA citizens to agree to a large “temporary” tax increase to cover their deficit.

Socialists seize what is not given “voluntarily.”

dogsoldier on May 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Don’t see what the BIG deal is about raiding the DMV 9/11 account. IF the AP would just review the last couple of budgets, they’d find a whole laundry list of special accounts that have been “raided” to prop up the Democratic spending binge.

“Paying back” is NEVER going to happen.

GarandFan on May 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

And the taxpayer is bent over.

docflash on May 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Reason #657 as to why I am moving out of California – Corruption of even the most sacred of public trusts…

39 days and counting…..39 frickin’ more days in this liberal dystopia…

You know, I’m not a Hindu, but I really, REALLY want to believe in karma right now so that all the scum up in Sacramento will get what they deserve in the next life!

powerpickle on May 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Yeah. Is there any fund Moonbeam hasn’t raided?

I’m excited to preview another round of threats from Sacramento about how we’ll have to pull teachers out of the classrooms, stop fighting fires, and let loose even more violent felons to stalk the populace, if we don’t vote for a bigger but painless-damn-it tax on “millionaires,” which actually means people making $490K a year.

But never, never, never can we consider halting the economic destruction being produced by the Golden State’s regulatory hysteria over “climate change.”

J.E. Dyer on May 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

But never, never, never can we consider halting the economic destruction being produced by the Golden State’s regulatory hysteria over “climate change.”

J.E. Dyer on May 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Or rethink a public pension.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

One of these days, I may pay someone on the beach twenty bucks to yell out to sea and say, “Someone’s drowning! A tall Hispanic man who looks to be in his mid 20′s!” Then I walk away and never look back. They’ll search the water for a while, declare me lost, and be done with it. Get a new name in a new country and go from there. The US of A just isn’t what she used to be. Maybe it’s time to burn the cards and get a new deck.

JoseQuinones on May 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Sure there is, Ahnold tired to do what was right when he was first elected, but then it turned out that all of his steroid use had made his testicles fall off and he rolled over and capitulated to the crooked Democrats and Unions that really run the State.

SWalker on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Bingo.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Can’t agree that Ahnold ever tried to do much, have no idea how anyone married into Kennedy Clan can ever be of different mindset. Ahnold is an out and out RINO, was never otherwise, and his governorship did even more damage to state GOP than anyone can imagine.

We keep forgetting that CA passed a new election law that only allows 2 top candidates, REGARDLESS of party affiliation, to be on a ballot in General. That pretty much kills any and all GOP efforts and will eventually make state legislature nothing but liberals, it will just take a few election cycles.

We moved out of GULAG at end of January.

riddick on May 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

painless-damn-it tax on “millionaires,” which actually means people making $490K a year.

J.E. Dyer on May 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Actually, according to Governor Moonbeam (Moonbat is more like it), you’re a millionaire if you make $250k per year because you only have to wait 4 years and then BAM! you’ve got a million bucks!!

See, Democrats are good at math
/snark

powerpickle on May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Yeah. Is there any fund Moonbeam hasn’t raided?

I’m excited to preview another round of threats from Sacramento about how we’ll have to pull teachers out of the classrooms, stop fighting fires, and let loose even more violent felons to stalk the populace, if we don’t vote for a bigger but painless-damn-it tax on “millionaires,” which actually means people making $490K a year.

But never, never, never can we consider halting the economic destruction being produced by the Golden State’s regulatory hysteria over “climate change.”

J.E. Dyer on May 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Never mind, thrre is a new tobacco tax coming in to the (supposed) tune of $740 Mil a year. This on top or Rob Reiner’s lying, cheating tax in 1999 that was also supposed to pay for “our childern’s health and future”. Many a fine cigar shops and lounges closed since, I can only assume that most will close now once this new tax is passed.

And this time Moonbean doesn’t even pretend the tax will be used for “children”. Every time they need to create a new tax its the same “for our children” BS, with almost nothing of the new tax ever reaching the said children. Another new sales tax surcharge, also a “temporary” one (wink, wink) will hot the poorest and eldest state residents the most, but like good useful idiots they all are they will vote for it as they have done each and every time before. Public dole rules!

riddick on May 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Never, I repeat, never believe a politician.

sadatoni on May 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

riddick on May 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

And if the TV commercials are to be believed, Prop 29 is going to ship a lot of those tax revenues out of state.

The California voters may be dumb, but they’re not stupid. They do consistently vote down tax increases. I think they’ll nix Prop 29, if enough of them get out on the 5th.

J.E. Dyer on May 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Look for calls for a CA bailout early in the Romney administration.

How Romney responds will probably tell us everything we need to know about his Presidency.

I think he will fold.

jpmn on May 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

And if he doesn’t fold, the headlines will read, “ROMNEY TO CALIFORNIA – DROP DEAD!”

Ward Cleaver on May 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Look for calls for a CA bailout early in the Romney administration.

How Romney responds will probably tell us everything we need to know about his Presidency.

I think he will fold.

jpmn on May 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Well if Romney sold California to Bain it could work. Then Bain could fire the CEO (Gov. Moonbeam), layoff middle management (the CA legislature), and focus on the parts of the business that actually worked (agriculture in the valley and oil off the coast).

The only price of the bailout would be that California would have to forfeit all it Congressional, Senatorial, and Electorial seats.

SPCOlympics on May 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Many a fine cigar shops and lounges closed since, I can only assume that most will close now once this new tax is passed.

riddick on May 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

No disrespect riddick, but do you still buy your cigars in CA shops?

I started buying mine online a few years ago, and I’ve never looked back. People are buying more and more products online to give themselves a break from all these liberal-implemented sur-taxes. That’s why they are panicking and want to regulate internet commerce so badly.

The city of San Francisco is the supreme leader of misguided feel-good fees and taxes. Case in point, they couldn’t find the money to clean up the cigarette butts that everyone throws on public streets and sidewalks. So they added an extra city tax to the sales tax on cigarettes to solve that problem.

End result: People started to buy their cigarettes from stores in nearby cities instead of stores located in SF. Not only didn’t any money materialize to clean the streets, but SF also lost a pant load of regular sales tax revenue from cigarette buyers…

You just have to love these economic brain surgeons.

NapaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

But the weather and scenery is unbelievable…

d1carter on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

A personal ‘wealth tax’ is coming to California. Add up your total worth, including stocks, bonds, personal property, real estate, retirement funds, cash, etc. Multiply that number by 1%, write a check for that amount. Repeat every year. Mark my words.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

On the New California flag, the bear has a taxpayer in its’ mouth.

dirtseller on May 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

+1

burserker on May 30, 2012 at 2:03 PM

the socialists are running out of people to steal from, the collapse is soon to follow…

burserker on May 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

But the weather and scenery is unbelievable…

d1carter on May 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

When you are bankrupt and destitute one doesn’t care about weather & scenery.

Conservative4Ever on May 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

All these special taxes, for stem cell research, cancer research, kids health, are all slush funds.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature, as Insty would say.

PattyJ on May 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Looking forward to Cancerfornia collapsing so it can begin its service as an example to the surviving states.

8thAirForce on May 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The California Flag is so appropriate, A red star representing the commie/socialists and an extinct California Grizzly Bear which California may match soon.

banzaibob on May 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

We Didn’t Need No Atom Bomb in Cali

The Past:

A family in their sparkling white 1965 LTD station wagon floating down the road pulling a small boat on their way upstate to escape the city and the poor and the problems south of the border while enjoying the rape of the planet.

The Left Solution:

Imagine a Honda Prius modified into a “family truck” like the one in Grapes of Wraith or The Beverly Hillbillies being chased by a jaked up Chevy loaded with gangbangers with Fast and Furious weapons with a plan to enjoy the rape of the family.

IlikedAUH2O on May 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

We need to change our state motto from “Eureka” to “Bohica”

swash_plate on May 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

“This is the problem with huge, spending-shnockered bureaucracies.”

Now that’s just crazy talk…!

CA.gov Agency Directory

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

What a train wreck.

lucyvanpelt on May 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Look for calls for a CA bailout early in the Romney administration.

How Romney responds will probably tell us everything we need to know about his Presidency.

I think he will fold.

jpmn on May 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Well if Romney sold California to Bain it could work. Then Bain could fire the CEO (Gov. Moonbeam), layoff middle management (the CA legislature), and focus on the parts of the business that actually worked (agriculture in the valley and oil off the coast).

The only price of the bailout would be that California would have to forfeit all it Congressional, Senatorial, and Electorial seats.

SPCOlympics on May 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Actually, they do that with under-performing schools here to some degree. The State takes them over and appoints the managers.

IF this ever came to pass and Lalaland asked for a bailout, other than Romney telling the State of No Return to take a hike, I can’t see Romney being anything other than a ‘smart’ negotiator–something novel in this day and age, at least from where I see things. From the Federal, State, County and Municipal governments, I have yet to see a “leader” who knows and understands how to effect leadership.

jersey taxpayer on May 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

California legislative imbeciles keep passing laws and regulations to drive business and growth from the state. WHY?

Ignorant socialist Gov. Jerry brown should be looking at what states like Texas are doing, instead of following the Greece disaster to insolvency.

byteshredder on May 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

TeaPartyNation on May 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I escaped from Cali in 1993 and haven’t looked back. When the people of Cali re-elected Moonbeam it confirmed two things for me, 1) 90% of Cali voters are morons and 2) Cali is doomed and will fail in the near future.

When Cali does fail, the feds better not give them a damn penny of our money…instead Cali should go under and be used as proof positive socialism/communism is what most of us know it to be…a complete and utter failure! Seriously, before the socilist/commies took over Cali the state had the second largest economy in the world, second only to the entire US combined! Now look where they’re at! If this isn’t proof socialism/communism doesn’t work I don’t know what could be!

Besides, anyone (Cali residents, its gubment, it’s voters, etc.) willing to keep doing the same thing or are too ignorant to change from their failed socialist policies (for decades) and getting the same disasterous results are just plain insane and get what they deserve! I Hope the state goes into the SH**ter…it would be sweet to rub that example in the noses of all these socialist/commie/OWSers, then maybe they’ll get a f-ing clue!!

Liberty or Death on May 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Don’t bail out CA!!!

Nice place to visit, terrible place to live.

LevinFan on May 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Can’t agree that Ahnold ever tried to do much, have no idea how anyone married into Kennedy Clan can ever be of different mindset. Ahnold is an out and out RINO, was never otherwise, and his governorship did even more damage to state GOP than anyone can imagine.

We keep forgetting that CA passed a new election law that only allows 2 top candidates, REGARDLESS of party affiliation, to be on a ballot in General. That pretty much kills any and all GOP efforts and will eventually make state legislature nothing but liberals, it will just take a few election cycles.

We moved out of GULAG at end of January.

riddick on May 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

There were four (maybe five) initiatives that he successfully put on the ballot in the beginning that were fiscally conservative and made sense. As can be expected, they were voted down and Governor Shriver lost his mojo. I’m no Schwarzenegger fan, but he did make a go of it early and then capitulated to the howling banshees.

Not sure I understand the GULAG reference. You give California liberals too much credit. A gulag might harm the environment. Though it would solve the obesity problem. I’m sure they’ll put it to a vote soon.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

1) 90% of Cali voters are morons

Liberty or Death on May 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Oh, c’mon. 63% voted for Obama. That means 37% can pass a basic logic test.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

We need to change our state motto from “Eureka” to “Bohica”

swash_plate on May 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Add SNAFU to that as well.

banzaibob on May 30, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Oh, c’mon. 63% voted for Obama. That means 37% can pass a basic logic test.

nico on May 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Ok, ok…I stand corrected…only 63% of cali’s are morons…but the remaining 27% must be stoned out of their skulls!/

Liberty or Death on May 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Yeah, but the unions must be fed, I tell you. So to hell with the rest of us here in the land of Hollywood, where people like Letterman and Mahr want to keep more of their money.

democratsarefools on May 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM