I have to admit to not having visited the FlashReport prior to coming to the Liberal OC and on a whim I went to check it out. I guess that was my first mistake. Yes, Democrats hope to seize 2/3 of the State Legislature to raise taxes!
Of course, if you actually read the articles they don’t really say that. I skimmed the first two and then gave up. The first at the “CC Times”:
If a wave does crash down on California, Democrats hope it sweeps through at least six Assembly and two Senate districts, which is what they’d need to capture a two-thirds majority in both houses. That would give them the power to pass budgets and taxes without Republican help.
Okay, so that means we might have less gridlock in the State Legislature but there is nothing that says raising taxes.
The following article from the “VentStar” talks about the reality of our current economic woes. It’s not the late nineties anymore, now is it?
The situation has created a political standoff in the state Capitol as the choices of how to close that shortfall have been crystallized to these: Either revoke some of those good-times tax cuts to generate more revenue, or slash spending on the state’s biggest-ticket item, public education.
Most Republican lawmakers have signed a pledge promising never to do the former. Most Democratic legislators have vowed never to do the latter. The standoff will last through the spring and perhaps into the summer; to end it will require a two-thirds majority vote.
So, of course the FlushReport fails to mention the fact that Republicans refuse to even think of ending tax breaks that were enacted in better times and that Democrats want to avoid cutting the School Budget increases slated for the next fiscal year. Stalemate yes, but at what cost?
In the meantime, school districts around the state are having to make decisions about their budgets for the 2008-09 academic year Ã¢â‚¬â€ budgets almost entirely dependent on how much money they are allocated by the state. As a result: At least 20,000 layoff notices were mailed to teachers, counselors and school librarians around the state to meet Saturday’s notification deadline.
Ah, that detail. Education is paying the biggest price in this budget pie fight and since others around here have pointed out the fact that the State of California is one of the States that spends the least per student per year, can we afford to cut more to education?
It’s easy to ring the alarm bell and shout the same old battle cry, “Democrats want to raise your taxes!!!!!”, but it’s just more complicated than that. There is some point when even Republicans have to ask, Are we willing to fund the right priorities in the State of California? I guess the “FlashReport” means it’s quick but it may not be clear.
Ultimately, the biggest issue is the fact that many Californians and Americans are really sick of things not getting done because of the political tango. It’s like a dance where everyone knows their steps and they know exactly when and how it’s going to end. Why do Democrats and Republicans think that if they keep doing the same thing over and over again they will get a different result? And the reason there is so much optimism is because we might actually get something done and the Country might go in a different direction, I mean, you don’t get a 24% approval rating as President for being fantastic? And the Federal Legislature? Their record is even worse! Why? Because, we’ve all watched the same thing happening on the Federallevel that we are seeing on the State level.
No one wants to budge, not because it’s the right thing to do but because it’s the party line that matters and it’s the same spin that has to be kept spinning. S-Chip? Well it’s just going down the path of socialized medicine!
Bush argued that the congressional plan would be a move toward socialized medicine by expanding the program to higher-income families.
There we go, more Republican alarmism , it’s going to lead us right down the road to a Stalinist State! Of course, Bush also fails to recognize that we are the last of the industrialized nations to actually offer Universal Health Care. And many smart Democrats remind us that it’s not actually Health Care we need to fund but Universal Health Insurance. Crazy, right? But it’s an important distinction and the single payer system of Medicare actually spends much less than what is considered the norm by profit driven Health Insurance.
I could go on and on, we have the FISA bill where Democrats don’t want to give immunity to Telcoms and Bush is adamant that if we don’t we’re going to leave ourselves open to future terrorist threats because of having to “reopen dangerous intelligence gaps by putting in place a cumbersome court approval process that would make it harder to collect intelligence on foreign terrorists.” Oh, you mean those annoying laws we have? He fails of course to mention that in an emergency they can forgo such “cumbersome court approval” and file for the warrant within 72 hours. Yes, I did say I could go on and on.
So, maybe we are just sick of nothing getting done and far too many cries of “stop those Democrats”, for it is tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.