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California Bailout – Not Only “No”, But “Hell No”

I wondered why Arnie was recently extolling the virtues of all things Obama and telling us what a super  job he’s been doing.  It’s about the only transparent thing I’ve seen out of anything to do with government this entire last year:

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.

Tough beans. California spent its way into this deficit mess, it can cut spending to work its way out of the mess. Joe Sixpack in New Jersey has no responsibility for the profligate tofu eaters in the California legislature that have gotten the “Golden State” in the fiscal shape in now enjoys. And Joe shouldn’t be stuck with bailing them out. Joe’s state has problems of its own.

It is about time that fiscal reality began to dawn not only at a federal level, but at state levels as well. And that means living within a budget and keeping it balanced, just like millions of Americans are required to do on a daily basis. The fact that California has lived beyond its means doesn’t mean the taxpayer, via the federal government, is there to solve the problem when California can’t afford its profligacy anymore.

Bailing out California would also set a horrible precedent.  49 other states facing cuts in services or getting a hand out are going to be in line demanding theirs.  Whether it is 8 billion, 80 billion or 800 billion, the federal government has no business sending money it doesn’t have to a state that so poorly managed its finances. This was the state that was built on liberal ideas. Now they have to face the reality that those ideas cost real money. Money they don’t have. Let them figure it out and live with the results.

And Democrats, if you do decide to bail them out, you’re just adding a another deeply etched line to your electoral tombstone in 2010.



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16 Responses to California Bailout – Not Only “No”, But “Hell No”

  • Ed at HotAir opines that this is Arnie’s way of spreading the blame and thus giving himself some wiggle room when the budget axe comes down.  He makes a show of asking for billions in relief, the White House tells him that it ain’t gonna happen, and he starts hacking away at the budget while he gripes about how Obama left the state adrift.

  • Ah, a play on “all Bush’s fault”.   Only in this case the Messiah’s Federal Government is to blame for California’s profligacy (suurrrrreeeee it is….).

  • I genuinely don’t wish pain on the people of California. However, they are responsible for the world class idiocy in their own legislature. As far as possible, they need to suffer the consequences instead of shuffling them off to anyone else.

    And they can at least be an object lesson to the rest of the country about what happen when world-class-idiot legislators pass laws that are contrary to the laws of reality. Given the number of world class idiots in Congress right now, that object lesson is sorely needed.

    • Billy, It isn’t just the politicians, although they are bad. The people of California themsleves DIRECTLY voted for several referendums to spend a lot of money they didn’t have.
      What burns my ass is that after driving off all the business in their own state these leftards then invade other states and try to make them just like California.

      • The process works great.
        They basically empower the schools which become leftist indoctrination camps.  The entire state eventually flips liberal.  There’s a few states you wouldn’t expect, that will flip California Liberal in the next 10-20 years.

  • McQ has made an excellent case throughout.  However, if you substitute “california” with “TARP..Stimulus..Automaking..Obamacare” you will see that the same argument has been made and rejected several times. Sadly, I suspect someone will decide that CA is to big too fail. It would not suprise me to see loans floated with “strings” attached a la TARP, so the Feds can take more control at a local level.

  • I guess this means he’ll cut “Aid to Dependent Cats” too.

  • Let Ahnuld rot. R-O-T.
    And perhaps the Demmies will be blamed for what has gone in California. I could care less anymore.

  • McQAnd Democrats, if you do decide to bail them out, you’re just adding a another deeply etched line to your electoral tombstone in 2010.

    I hope you’re right, but I doubt it.

    [campaign ad for Sen. Barbara Boxer, October, 2010]

    [voiceover] She stood up to the Bush / Cheney machine when it led us into the reckless war in Iraq.  She’s fought tirelessly to protect women’s rights.  She’s been a key leader in efforts to protect our environment from the ravages of global warming.  Now, Barbara Boxer has won her greatest fight: bringing help to our state in the midst of the gravest financial crisis in our history:
    [clip of Obama at the podium in the Rose Garden] “I am pleased to sign today the State Assistance and Recovery Act.  This unprecedented legislation will provide billions of dollars in aid to states struggling with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”
    [voiceover continues] Thanks to Senator Boxer, billions of dollars in federal aid will come to our state.  That means hospitals will stay open.  Children will stay in school.  Police officers will continue to keep our streets safe.  Millions of Californians will keep their jobs and their health care.
    [clip of woman with small children] “When Governor Schwarzenegger cut CalWorks, I didn’t know how I’d get medicine for my children.  Now, thanks to Barbara Boxer, I know we’ll get the help we need.”

    [clip of a man in a police officer’s uniform] “Governor Schwarzenegger was going to cut funding for our prisons, putting thousands of dangerous criminals out on the streets.  Barbara Boxer said ‘No!’ and got federal funding to keep our prisons open and fund our police departments.”

    [clip of a teacher in a classroom] “Governor Schwarznegger wanted to cut school lunches and increase class sizes so corporate fat cats wouldn’t have to pay more in taxes.  Senator Boxer got our state the money we need to care for our kids’ education.”

    [cut to Barbara Boxer] “I’m Barbara Boxer and I approved this message, because I want to keep fighting for the future of California and our people.”

  • In the 30 years that I’ve lived here, I have always voted against every bond measure. At every opportunity I voted against (D). There are few of us out here, just not enough.

  • “CalWORKS”

    Obviously not.

  • California is the closest thing we have to the “EruoAmerica” that Obama dreams of.  The fact that they are in such dire straights should be a wake-up call to the rest of America.  Auto and other manufacturers often have to make California specific models to meet the Cali regs, they have have more entitlement programs, just an all around mess.
    If Obama is successful in creating 49 more Californias, where are the bailouts going to come from then?