California Budget Special Election

So today was Arnold's big day, for the second time as governor he had 6 propositions placed on the state ballot and a special election held to decide their fate. These propositions were sold to us as the end all and be all to fix California's budget woes. As usual though, powerful lobbyist groups for the Democrats, Republicans, teachers' unions, the media, and nearly every other welfare statist you could imagine put their big names behind them. Here's a quick rundown on what these 6 bad boys were supposed to do:

Prop 1A "Rainy Day Budgest Stabilization Fund" - Pretty much what it sounds like. At least on paper. You sock away your surpluses for use when you have deficits. Except... if you've paid attention you already know California has one and it's been abused left and right for all sorts of things that had nothing to do with saving the money for hard times. Plus the measure is only good for $16 billion. We have a $42 billion deficit. Do the math. No point in having two laws on the books that do the same thing.

Prop 1B "Education Funding Payment Plan" - Not entirely sure. The description says it's some kind of supplemental payments scheme for school districts and community colleges. Goes on to claim it will save billions in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, but then says it'll COST us billions annually after that, forever and ever. Um. Is it any wonder the corrupt and power hungry teachers unions stepped in to throw support behind it? Excuse me if I take issue with voting to create a bigger deficit 2 years from now.

Prop 1C "Lottery Modernization Act" - Originally designed as a source for school funding, and one which was widely supported at the time by nearly everyone, this so-called modernization of the system reads more like a smoke screen for cooking the books. While it would provide funding to modernize the lottery systems, it provided no accountability for much else, and contains provisions for borrowing $5 billion from future lottery profits in order to balance today's budget. Yeah, great. More debt, EXACTLY what California needs.

Prop 1D "Children's Services Funding" - Bills itself as a funding cut for child health care services that's supposed to save us $608 million this year. In principle, I support any spending cut in the state budget, except in cases of police and fire protection. But this is such a drop in the bucket it's almost meaningless. It'll probably cost us more in bureaucracy to maintain this. Especially since future savings 5+ years down the road are only projected around $250 million a year, in a state with a $100+ billion budget.

Prop 1E "Mental Health Funding Temporary Reallocation" - Another drop in the bucket scheme to cook the books for 2 years. To the tune of a measly $203 million in 09-10 and 10-11. The reality of it is, this saves nothing at all since the state will be borrowing... from itself... uh huh... bet that's confusing isn't it? Nothing like a classic shell game with state money. Or, well, taxpayer money.

Prop 1F "Elected Officials Salaries. Prevents Pay Increases During Budget Deficit Years" - Mouthful. On principle, seems like a good idea, right? Don't let the lawmakers that fucked everything up walk away from it with yet another pay raise they don't deserve. The list of conditions that need to be met to determine if we're in a deficit year are rather impressive, and ultimately there's no teeth in this one. Letting the state determine when they won't raise their own pay? Right. Like they'd ever conclude that!

With that in mind, according to current tallies 25% of all precincts in the state have reported in. Propositions 1A thru 1E are all failing, as was predicted weeks ago by both of the major AM talk radio stations in LA. Proposition 1F is sailing to an easy victory, but I suspect people didn't read past the part where it said they can't get raises during deficits. For the record, I voted against all 6 of these by mail 3 weeks ago. Yay for vote by mail.

So where's Arnold? You'd think he'd be man enough to take his licks and realize he got himself bitch slapped once again by the voters of California. We're a fickle bunch. Except, he's being a girlie man and took off last night to go pal around with his new best buddy, the false president, Obama. Way to go tough guy, too chicken shit to stick around and watch what you thought was to be a glorious victory turn into a massive defeat. No, you'd rather pal around with our fascist dictator and come home with "good news" about how you helped him screw over the American car buyer and the car companies at the same time.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 20, 2009 1:44 am by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
Wait, Samson, it's not just good news about how he helped Obama "screw over the American car buyer and the car companies at the same time", it's also about how Obama's giving Arnold a jumbo win towards the current California budget crisis through his new e-health plans via screwing over American doctors and their patients at the same time too - hadn't you been reading about that one in the news? It's been all over the online news since the end of February and each time I see something else about it so far, it's sounding worse and worse overall. It's supposed to cost the average sole doctor or small clinic something like $125k to enact the proposed system (which still hasn't had its kinks ironed out enough to even establish what it is going to actually involve yet) while the last stimulus package will pay them $44k towards that but if they choose not to do it (and they happen to accept medicare/medicaid patients) they'll lose out on some $5k/year.. plus the privacy and security issues present in both of the current plan options are just mind-boggling... If you haven't followed this one, maybe you should at least look into it.

No, apparently I managed to miss the doctor thing entirely. Then again, I'd not be alone in that since the radio and Fox News guys don't seem to have touched the issue in recent memory. It wouldn't surprise me though. Arnold in bed with a fascist. Maybe it should have been an omen that Arnold once said he admired Adolf Hitler.

So we're getting screwed on buying cars. Yes, screwed, because these new emissions standards are unrealistic. Not so much that we don't have the technology, because we do, but in the time table "Obama" has given them to carry it out in. He obviously hasn't paid attention to how the auto companies couldn't shift production fast enough to meet the rapid change in demand from SUVs to smaller cars after gas hit $4/gal. And now he wants them to perform a wholesale shift in how they operate in less time. They need time to retool factories and, you know, recover from the bankruptcies he's already forced two of them into before they can do much of anything.

Well, if you'd like to read up on the electronic health records stuff here's a link to an article about it on CNet:

As for the cars.. his goals for MPG minimums and emmission standards sound great, despite the pain of extra cost at point of purchase and the time table. Both the States and the manufacturers have already hailed this as a win because, while the time table is tight for the manufacturers, it means they only have to deal with one standard for emmissions instead of 50 individual ones. But they are still talking about a tight time table for the conversion from the manufacturer's perspective and non-insigificant extra cost for new vehicles.. and they haven't clarified what this will do to existing cars yet either. Can you imagine the cost of having your present vehicle retooled to comply with the new standards?

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