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Up next…The Federal Takeover of California

posted at 8:48 pm on May 8, 2009 by

It widely known that California has moths in it’s pockets. The state is virtually bankrupt, even after receiving almost $7 billion in stimulus money from the American taxpayer. Last year, everyone knew the state was in trouble, but it took until February for Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislators to agree on a new budget which closed a $42 billion spending gap.

Part of the new budget involved $13 billion in new or higher taxes, and $15 billion in total spending cuts, including $8.6 billion in cuts to public education. $1.4 billion was also cut from state payroll costs. Part of that budget was to go into effect immediately, while other sections had to wait until July 1st. Just as an aside, last time I checked, $13 billion plus $15 billion did not equal $42 billion – I’m just saying.

With the state’s coffers in such need of filling, the $7 billion in stimulus spending dangled by Il Duce was happily received – strings, hooks, and all. The money replaced a proposed $0.12 per gallon tax hike, which I’m sure most Californian’s were happy to see left out of the budget. But then the other shoe dropped.

In a show of what can only be described as Brass Balls, yesterday President Obama jerked on the stimulus money, setting the hook, which will now allow him to control the state’s budget. Specifically, $74 million dollar budget cuts to the pay of unionized home healthcare workers. As reported in the L.A. Times,

Schwarzenegger’s office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.

In other words, Obama is doing the same thing to California that he is doing to the auto and banking industries. Do what we want, because we gave you money. You took money, therefore we own you. The citizens of California are unimportant. The projects that would be paid for with the $7 billion, also not important. The taxpayers, many yet to be born, that are paying for the stimulus cash, definitely not important. The home health care union workers, who I’m sure would rather take a pay cut than lose their jobs, they’re important.

However, they are important only to a certain extent. The workers belong to SEIU, which is a branch of ACORN. As reported in the L.A. Times, but probably never in the MSM,

The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers…

This is an ACORN payoff, plain and simple. ACORN is in large part responsible for the election of Barack Obama, and he owes them big. The state might very well be out of cash by June, so for Obama to put a political ally ahead of they needs of millions of citizens (which, ironically, voted for him in large numbers) is narrow minded, supercilious, and narcissistic.

Sorry California, you just got punk’d by a nut.

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The workers belong to SEIU, which is a branch of ACORN.

How about a citation for that accusation?

I don’t doubt it, but I want to see some facts.

thebronze on May 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Agree 100%. I dont think the union is a branch of Acorn. They may well have some workers in both but…saying the SEIU is something you better be able to cite.

Im abhorred by the story as well but dont let the rhetoric outpace the facts.

Opportunity Costs on May 9, 2009 at 6:23 PM

If Cali didn’t have the umpf to take on DC when the EVIL BUSH was in charge what makes you think they’ll stand up to “The One”?
Browncoatone on May 9, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Read my words more carefully. I don’t have any particular notion that California will stand up to the “federal” government. I don’t have any particular notion that anyone will do so effectively. It may be that the game was up, in the very early twentieth century, when the mode of election of the Senate was altered. There are mistakes you can only make once.

Kralizec on May 9, 2009 at 6:23 PM

koz on May 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM

The California budget propositions, of course.

CK MacLeod on May 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM

CK MacLeod on May 9, 2009 at 6:29 PM

It’s going to absolutely awesome when all those except F fail!

BallisticBob on May 9, 2009 at 9:15 PM

How about a citation for that accusation?

I don’t doubt it, but I want to see some facts.

Tell you what, type SEIU+ACORN into your search engine. Google lists over 63,000 hits. The first five ought to be enough.

This is one of those things that “everybody knows” but is not supposed to know.

RedDotRedState on May 9, 2009 at 9:49 PM

I thought I would post a comment made on my blog regarding this same article. Should be fun letting you all respond to it. The best responses will be copied back to my blog, Red Dot in a Red State

What a load of crap. Low income workers get their salary cut 20 percent, and that’s OK, because they have the audacity to belong to unions. A program that saves California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year by keeping people out of expensive nursing homes is on the chopping block, but that’s OK too. Indeed, if many of the readers of this blog had their way, these people would be out in the street. Are you saying that the federal government should just fork over billions of dollars to the state with no conditions? Who do you think we are, Blackwater?

Have fun!

RedDotRedState on May 9, 2009 at 9:51 PM

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