Walters and Harkey: The Lying Housewives of Orange County

State Senator Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel)

State Senator Mimi Walters, and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey are both wealthy housewives from southern Orange County now serving in the state legislature. Their latest crusade is to derail California’s High-Speed Rail project. Walters claims the project funding could be better prioritized for “the most vulnerable populations of our state.” She’s lying.

Assemblywoman Harkey speaks to members of the media about her new bill, AB 1455, part of the continued effort to reign in high-speed spending and restore fiscal sanity to the Golden State

On Tuesday, Harkey and Walters held a press conference to propose a halt to the sale of HSR Bonds to fund the project. The LATimes reported

Backed by a clutch of Republican lawmakers, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point) said the deficit-plagued state could not afford a “shiny new toy” while it cuts services to balance its books. Her bill, dubbed the “Lemon Law for High Speed Spending,” would prevent bond sales to fund the 520-mile system between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“The voters really believe they have been sold a lemon,” she said, standing next to a box of lemons. “And they are suffering from buyer’s remorse.”

State Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) called out Gov. Jerry Brown for proposing to cut billions of dollars in health and human services and public education while promoting the bullet-train project. “High-speed rail is not important enough to prioritize over our children’s future or the most vulnerable populations of our state,” she said.

I cannot think of a more laughable group of legislators the GOP could put up to push their proposal.  Both women have been solid NO votes during their legislative careers on legislation to improve the health and welfare of California’s vulnerable populations and funding for education. The sale of HSR bonds has no connection to these services. No additional funding for education or services for the vulnerable populations of California will become available by stopping the sale of HSR bonds. And if there were, they would likely argue that the excess funds should be returned to wealthy Californian’s like themselves in the form of tax breaks.

The LATimes story quotes Brown spokesman Gil Duran’s in response:

“They are grandstanding as usual and not getting anything done as we’ve come to expect,” Duran said. “Find a public works project that hasn’t had to deal with ridicule or nay-saying. The Republicans are playing a very specific role that has been played throughout history by those who wound up on the wrong side of it.”

I do have to hand it to Harkey for her use of imagery in her press event. A sour-puss standing on her Lemon Box to complain about misplaced priorities is both funny and ironic.

  5 comments for “Walters and Harkey: The Lying Housewives of Orange County

  1. bkrochman
    January 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    A boondoggle at taxpayers’ expense is still a boondoggle. Regardless of the two women’s motivations it is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.

    Even the California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group doesn’t think this should be funded.

    I know, high paying union jobs are at stake here, so the Dems have to push it forward otherwise what would their union constituents think of them. So goes Sacramento.

  2. b5ey
    January 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

    There’s a distinction here, Prevatt. They’re not taking about feeding, educating and providing health care for illegals like you mean.

  3. January 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    High- Speed Rail Project Faces Multiple Lawsuits

    There is no guarantee of future Federal funding; so what the taxpayers might ultimately end up with is a High-Speed rail line in the Central Valley from ‘Nowhere City’ to ‘Nowhere Town’.

  4. January 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    It’s not a matter of either or, Chris. The HSRA bonds will require debt service which this state can scarecly afford. Bond debt must be paid and that money used to service debt could be better used for other services. I agree that Harkey and Walters are hardly the poster kids for the state’s poor but, this time, they got it right. I am all for job creation and union job creation at that. But, not for government provided boondoggles like the train to nowhere. Brown needs to pick another shiny new toy. Preferably one that isn’t so expensive and that absolutely will divert funds from necessary services. Don’t let your hatred of conservative barbie dolls cloud your judgment.

  5. January 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

    UPDATE: California’s bullet train project is illegal.

    It’s illegal because the authorizing legislation and the ballot measure mandate an electrified railway system. See OC Register Monday 16th Local p5.

    It’s also illegal because Prop 1A only authorized bond funding to be no more that 50%.
    Kings County sues high-speed rail authority

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