Today’s LA Times and OC Register have stories on the Republican budget proposal.Ã‚Â Ackerman’s plan effectively cuts the budget at the expense of children on welfare who have parents that don’t comply with work requirements.Ã‚Â It alsoÃ‚Â eliminates programs Republicans have detested for years (the elimination of the Labor Institute which educates labor leaders; you know how much Republicans hate unions).
The GOP planÃ‚Â targets families that do not meet minimum work requirements in the state’s CalWORKS program, as well as families that have been receiving benefits for more than five years. ItÃ‚Â eliminates safety net cash grants that are intended to keep children whose parents do not meet work requirements from becoming homeless. Children of illegals also lose assistance.Ã‚Â Under this plan, the kids are not OK.
Over at the Flash Report, Senator Tom McClintock, who hasn’t voted for a budget in several years, posts a list of cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your face cuts that prove he doesn’t have a heart (good luck in future campaigns Senator).
My favorite is cutting the Chief Information Officier’s funding from the budget; cutting the CIO, those professionals who make computer networks hum, is pennywise and pound foolish.Ã‚Â The state’s IT systems are very fragmented and a CIO will likely save the state more money over the long haul than the cost of cutting.Ã‚Â And this from the party that insists government can run like a business is making an unwise business decision.
And Jon Fleischman chimes in with this nugget:Ã‚Â “Speaking as a long-time GOP activist myself, and as an elected officer of the California Republican Party, I couldn’t be more proud of Senate Republican right now.Ã‚Â The liberal Democrats in the legislature, aided by the left-wing editorial writers of major main stream newspapers (and a good number of liberally-biased reporters) will now take up the cause of trying to bash Ackerman and his colleagues for having the audacity to say “enough is enough” when it comes to California government routinely spending more than it takes in.Ã‚Â For saying “enough is enough” when it comes to funding so many programs that are just beyond the scope of what any normal, rational person would say, “that is what my taxes are supposed to pay for.”
What most normal and rational people want to know is how the fringe minority of far right mouthbreathers can hold the state budget hostage and why they want to cut programs that help the poorest among us.Ã‚Â The poor won’t going to cut a check for Republican candidates or vote for Republicans on election day, so screw ’em.Ã‚Â Watch for an increase in homelessness and an increase in crime rates is these proposals go through.