Schwarzenegger Proposes $9.9B In Cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and is asking lawmakers to meet in a special session to save the state $9.9 billion over the next two years.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters tells us he thinks we shouldn’t overstate the scale of the problem

Schwarzenegger on Monday unveiled a plan that relies largely on cuts to health care and social services for the poor.

About $7.4 billion of his proposal would come from cuts, include reducing cash assistance to needy families by 15.7 percent in April, then eliminating the entire welfare-to-work program in July.

He is proposing to eliminate vision coverage and increasing monthly premiums for Healthy Families, a program that provides health coverage for children of low-income families.

The governor also is asking the state to limit prescriptions and cap physician visits to 10 a year for Medi-Cal recipients.

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  • besomiculo

    What does it cost Pelosi to fly in here private jet, on our dime, to and from Washignton every week? Something like $400k? Thats around $20.8 million a year! Talk about a waste, I would start there….. If politicians actually cared about the “people” the represent, they could spread that $20 million a year around to all these people getting government aid rather than continuing to take more from them time after time. Every state as well as the country should be run like a business which none of them are. Why do we continue to elect everybody but businessmen to run our states and country? What do they know about running a business? All you have to do is look at what is going on now as well as the past and it’s easy to find the answer. NOTHING!

    • Freedom Isn't Free

      Excuxe me, but the federal government, my unwilling taxes, pays for Pelosi to enjoy her private jet! That isn’t going to do anything to the California sinkhole.

    • TheLNB

      That’s the Federal and not the State Budget when you refer to Pelosi…. but I agree the Government doesn’t have to warry about being solvent or legitimately meeting a budget.

    • JT

      @besomiculo – That doesn’t even matter because that’s being paid by the FEDERAL government, dimwit. Furthermore, congressional rules limit reimbursement. So no, it’s not even close to $20 million dollars. And that’s federal money – California doesn’t pay FEDERAL employees. Idiot.

      The real problem CA faces is due to prop 13 – we want services but don’t want to pay the taxes to fund it. There’s your bottom line.

      • ron

        anyone that believes that prop 13 is the problem is a full blown liberal that believes that all money belongs to the state. prop 13 saved old people from losing their houses. we have a spending problem not a tax problem. stop paying billions for criminal aliens and the state would be in much better shape, but we cant even talk about the cost of criminal aliens without being called a racist by the liberals. Look at spending now and spending when prop 13 was passed and then get back to us.

      • Boetica

        Who wants services? Illegal aliens and women who like to have babies out of wedlock. California gives services to immigrants that the Federal Government forbids, and please don’t tell me how much they pay in taxes. Illegal immigration = tax fraud, welfare fraud, and identity fraud. How’s that for “American values”?

    • ekaleido

      You don’t actually believe they care, do you? It’s all just smoke and mirrors.

    • Jeff Bolld

      Well, gov Schwarrzenegger has a degree in business…that hasn’t solved the problem

      • Paul Revere

        Any nitwit can get a degree in business, as evidenced before you. Last I checked, Arnie didn’t make a name for himself nor a living by operating a business. Pretty sure he was a meathead-turned-hollywood action-star who rode his celebrity right into the highest office in your beautiful-but-doomed state.

      • vcecogo

        It’s because of Democrat controlled state legislature opposing every possible budget cut Arnold proposes. Like Congress, State legislature are responsible for budget appropriation. Know your basic function of your government before you spew out your idiotic opinion.

      • JoeS


      • chas

        Any nitwit can get a business degree…like me.

      • Jose

        Degree from where?

      • ironranger

        he has and has had a democratically control congress the entire time he has been governor……imagine what kind of financial disaster california would be in if arnold wasn’t there…..never mind the morons in california are putting Brown in office……..there is no cure for stupid!

      • junkmailgoodness

        to Paul Revere, Arnold made his biggest start in the 70’s with real estate in LA while training for body building competitions. The celebrity came form films, but he made a killing on real estate.

      • Entitlement Terminator

        California, thanks to decades of liberalism, has way too many problems to solve in any kind of near term. And, actually, the Governator made his first million in real estate. I’m surprised with him and impressed he has the balls to cut what is needed exactly where it’s needed. He’s trying to save California’s economy, and notice his course of action is exactly opposite of that of our President.

      • DSR

        It’s not that Gov. Schwarzenegger lacks ideas — the state is being held hostage by the greedy state employees unions, radical environmentalists and the illegal alien industry.

    • jon

      first off you are and idiot pelosi does not fly on private jets..she used military planes which she no longer does. why dont you advocate the stopage of both wars we are currently in that we cant pay about the tax cut millionaires and billionaires which is going to cost trillions in the long you try to go after pelosi who is trying to help the common you and me..c’mon

      • Leroy

        you are an idiot if you believe Pelosi is helping anyone other than herself.

      • Joe Six Pack

        You are a fool if you think Pelosi cares about you.

      • Justin

        I find it really hard to understand how it costs us money not to increase taxes on millionaires and billionaires. Do you mean that “allowing” one to keep the money that one earns is a privilege? If that is the case, all money belongs to the government and we are just allowed to keep the portion they see fit…. Interesting concept!

      • art

        Until Jan she flies in her own 757 dipwick.
        It costs a ton.
        Occasionally she commandeers air force jets. That’s for the really large entourages
        You pelosi apologist umb nuts.

      • Tom

        All that “helping the common man” is what has led California to financial ruin. Go read some Milton Friedman.

      • aldo

        Pelosi trying to help the common man?
        She spent 60k on one flight in drinks alone.

      • George

        jon, you have it all wrong as I supposed to do most of the time. The so called tax cuts for the rich are not tax cuts they’re keeping the tax rates the same for everyone. You need to read other posts besides the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. Why should we tax people who make more money just because they can afford it? Should we penalize people who work hard? I’m guessing you work for a union so don’t even understand hard work. People have are millionaires worked very hard there whole life to get where they are and people like you want to take what they’ve earned and give it to people who aren’t willing to work are to achieve success. You need to understand that people spend money more efficiently than the government does and giving more to the people doesn’t mean a deficit. The government needs to be much, much smaller. The government needs to operate with the amount of cash they take in each year, not a penny more. That’s how we ordinary Americans live every year. You cannot help a poor person by giving him money.

      • Paul Revere

        If they aren’t private, they must be public. I can tell you for sure that you and I cannot use those jets, so they aren’t public. They are military owned and operated jets which are supposed to be used for official purposes but she (like all arrogant aristocracy) decided that she deserved to be carted around everywhere she wanted to go in them, so long as she could think of any excuse to call it official business. I have 4 friends in that Airlift Wing so I know this to be fact. They love going to wherever it is she wants to go because wherever it is, it will be posh, and like all posh places, the expenses are high, so they get great per diems for everyday spent there. She’s not the only one, she’s simply the most brazen about it.

      • Hunsaker

        She is still using military planes and she knows NOT what a “common” man is, leave alone trying to “help’ them……. sick people out here…..

      • Bigjrob

        cal needs to help cal not the USA help cal. You got yourself in to this you can get yourself out. Tighten you belt and grow some balls and do what needs to be done, stop being a welfare state.

      • Galt

        Ah yes, jon is an econ genius. But just to challenge his seemingly infallible arguments, how about we look into that “cost” that we’d incur by NOT taxing millionaires: When something is not yours, it’s not a cost. Millionaires earned THEIR money! But Pelosi and the “common man” NEED the money… OH! I get it now, if really, really need it then you can just take it! nevermind. jon is still genius because I don’t think any economy that is based on need has ever failed.

      • Danny

        @ jon – what a scary dude you are. pelosi is trying to help the common man – lol.

        Tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires which is going to cost trillions – there is no tax cut proposed – are you talking about keeping the current tax rates static. If so, you really are beyond help.

      • AnneP

        No, you are the idiot. Both wars (and I beieve your feearless vowed to end them…we’re still waiting) are financed by the federal government, not the state of California. Furthermore, what’s kiing the golden goose in Peter Pan land is the government union wages, beniefits and pensions. Talk about porky pig. Those guys make Pelosi look like a piker. And JonJon, you idiot boy, tax the rich (which they already do in Peter Pan land) and alot of small businesses fold, which hire people for real jobs, not just green jobs which have not surfaced.

      • chris e

        what does any of your comment have to do with tha damn mess liberals in california have put us in!

      • Matt

        just a simple google search.

        So my question to you jon is you don’t want to protect this country. Not sure about you but I think there is a real threat out there.

      • FormerCalGuy

        How does allowing anyone to keep the money they earned cost the Government a dime? All it means is that the Government has less of the peoples money to spend.
        I lived in Cali for 18 years, saw what was happening in ’04 and got the heck out. I miss the weather and beaches but not the crime and liberals.

      • Dax

        Wow you believe in Pelosi? A sign of intelligence is not being easily deceived. And all the billionaires in the world won’t even get close to getting this country out of debt. Stop voting for these dictators who take what we earn. IT DOES NOT WORK!

      • sedryn

        LOL, Jon, please put down the kool-aid and back away slowly.

      • ROb

        you mean “You and I”.

      • Fred

        Hey Jon hope that koolaid tastes good. When the Republic falls apart, you can look at Pelosi as one large part of the problem, thanks to the hideous health care non reform.
        Agree that military should be cut to the bone…and brought home… but hope you like $12.00/gal gas. thats a guaranteed outcome without the military being in the middle east. I hate it too but its a fact.
        A better solution than complaining about millionaires is to mandate term limits by the Constitution. This way big business wont be able to buy Congressmen in order to keep themselves in power. You complain about millionaires but then applaud the very woman who helped give the medical industrial complex a mandated customer base. Real smart.

      • trini

        hey mister liberal, pelosi is a limo liberal and does not care about spending tax payer money, all she cares about is her self and her party, remmember , you have to pass the bill befor you know what’s in it? does that make any sense to you? would you buy anything without cheking it out first? the so called tax cuts for the rice are really tax on on business owners that hire people and create jobs, have you ever been hired by a poor person? 250 thousand is not milionaires or billionaires, its just a way for you guys to demonize the subject wise up listen rush somtime and you will see the light.

      • kennpaul

        Dear Jon: Those tax cuts cost trillions???? Really??? It is our money, not the government’s money. We earned it and the government wants to confiscate it. It is not going to “cost” the government in the long run. Pelosi is a smart politician and a very smart communicator….she sure has you fooled.

      • steve

        there is a fool born every minute and you were one of them

      • WeMadeAmistake

        How can anyone be so ignorant and foolish like you. “PAY AS YOU GO…. NO MORE DEFICIT SPENDING!”, yelled Nancy Pelosi in her address to the U.S. House on January 4, 2007 just one day after Congress was taken over by the Democrats. On that day, the NATIONAL DEBT was $8,670,596,242,973.04.
        ……as of, 10/25/2010 when I typed this, the NATIONAL DEBT is $13,667,983,325,978.31
        ……an increase of $4,997,387,083,005.27………….or almost $5 Trillion!

      • larry

        I have a job, I guess that makes me common. Pelosi can help me………. By staying out of my wallet and life… Doesn’t take an idiot to figure that out!!!!!!!

      • Jason

        Jon we are sick of giving money to welfare recipients who don’t contribute anything to society. They consume, and take but give nothing back. We are sick of it Jon. If you want to “help the working man” start a non-profit and do it yourself. We are done…

      • Bryan Dahlman

        Who are you calling an idiot? Read what you wrote. It’s almost gibberish and the punctuation is a nightmare. Also tax cuts don’t “cost” anything. All you’re doing is not taking the money away in the first place. If I decide not to rob my neighbor I can’t count that as an expense. If you think a politician is actually looking out for you or anyone but themselves you deserve whatever you get.

      • John-VA

        California should be a wealthy state. Why don’t you pay your own bills instead of sucking money out the rest of the nation.

      • Wilder Napalm

        Just so you don’t make a complete fool of yourself in the future. The Iraqi war, since it began, hasn’t cost the American people as much as your Glorious Leader O’Bummer and his court jesters, Pelosi, Reid and Biden’s stimulus package. When O’Bummercare takes effect then you will see as much as 4 trillion more tacked on to the deficit. So you folks in Cali had better get used to being broke, because the grand social experiment is running out of money. Just like it has in France, Greece, Spain and Great Britian.

      • RHO1953

        She has her jet until the new Congress starts in January. Pelosi isn’t trying to help the common man, she is trying to run his entire life. But none of that has ANYTHING to do with California. You are the idiot who doesn’t know the difference between a state and Federal budget. California is broke because they allow illegals to suck the taxpayer dry and throw welfare money around indiscriminately. The state is a disaster and will go bankrupt soon. It would be a good thing for the rest of the country if it slid into the Pacific. We would be lucky to be rid of the millions of liberal fruitcakes that reside in that massive loony bin.

      • Conservative Teamster

        You are delusional if you think this blithering idiot (Pelosi) cares about the common man. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and has lived a life of luxury her whole life just like her liberal far left counterparts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. If she actually cared about the ‘little people’ she would allow union workers at her winery and restaurants. She is a hypocrite. But she has you fooled, huh?

      • Jimbo58

        Pelosi is no help to anyone…..As long as California voters keep her in office you deserve what you get!

      • seangworld

        she does NOT fly on military flights. she specifically fought for and got, when she became leader to have her very own private jet.

      • Dan Drew

        John I’m a common man who more than likely pays my taxes so you can eat.

      • Mike

        At this point they aren’t considered tax cuts. It’s not raising the current tax rate on those that made millions……oh and those that have made 250,000 as a family… those big crooks who made more than 200,000. It was their money in the first place so why should they just fork it over to an inefficient government. You have your head stuck so far up your butt if you think Pelosi is there for the ‘working man’. The massive increase in spending, coupled with the massive printing by the feds will be the greatest assault on the ‘working man’ when inflation really starts to speed up. Those greedy rich folks won’t care about the dollar because they can just diversify elsewhere. Extending the tax rate is not the biggest problem, government spending is. Another correction… the military planes are considered private. Last I checked you and I couldn’t jump on Air Force Two, One, or any military plane whenever we pleased. Let’s correct you again… there is no real cost to tax cuts.. it just means the government takes in less. I understand why Pelosi has such an issue with the tax rate….. it doesn’t support her idea of bloated government. Might want to think before you start calling people idiots.. or just look in the mirror first.

      • Robert Exton

        Boy have you been brain washed. Pelosi is all bout taking power, and enslaving the people. For ever dollar the government takes it both wastes 2/3 of it, and actually removes $5.00 worth of activity in the private sector. WHEN HAS THE GOVERNMENT EVER DONE WITH LESS? I n bad times or good times it is always expanding. Socialism what you advocate ALWAYS leads to misery, poverty, and death, it killed 150 million people in the last century. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS TOO MUCH, our problems have nothing to do with what someone makes. How do you explain the propaganda that says taxes cuts to the middle class expands the economy, BUT not tax cuts to those making more than $250K? Pelosi, Obama, and the rest the Dems have never worked for a living, not even run a hot dog stand, yet they are all expert on what? The private sector know best about crating private sector jobs, not the government.

      • James

        How does the cost of the wars have anything to do with California’s fiscal mess?

      • Mike

        Hey Jon – ever get job from a poor man?

      • mpefster50

        If Pelosi wanted to help the common man she should have stayed out of Congress. I would love to see the wars ended but it ain’t going to happen any time soon. So, get over it. Cal. needs a Governor Christie to straighten it out but it may beyond his powers to correct their budget mess—

      • Icediver

        Madam Speaker Pelosi is trying to help herself first of all and then her husbands friends and then those that financially support her in office… she does not give a tinkers damn about the common man.

        And she may use a military jet, but the cost of operation is still computed the same as a private jet… and do not think that the jet is NOT a private aircraft. Most members of Congress can’t get it for their personal use every week-end.

      • not a stoopid girl

        Cowardice and envy are fatal character flaws. Step away from the trough and man up. California is getting just what it deserves, and is a shining example of the utter failure of liberal and progressive thinking.

      • baiken

        Tax cuts for the rich???!!! That is great!!! Moron!!! No one is cutting their taxes, they just won’t go up!!! When is the last time someone on government assistance or in the lower tax bracket create a job??? Never!!! Only half of the country even pays taxes and I am on of those in that half and I don’t even come close to being rich. If you want the do nothings to get more money give more of yours. Are you giving extra in taxes each month out of the kindness of your heart???? No…. Hypocrite!!! We don’t have a tax revenue problem in this country we have a government that wastes our hard earned money on stupid prodjects just to buy more votes to stay in power and idiots like you fall hook, line and sinker!!!

      • John

        The wars have nothing to do with California’s budget. Letting people keep their money doesn’t “cost” anything. You need to learn the difference between federal and state spending, taxes, and budgets. Then you’ll understand why California is in the predicament it’s in and other states aren’t. Also, you spell John wrong.

      • TMD

        Pelosi is not trying to “help” the common man. She is trying to keep him on the dole so she can get his/her vote versus helping the common man get a job and be self sufficient. Wake up!!

      • Kristy Ownbey

        Jon, you’re right. She didn’t fly on private jets, which would have been cheaper. She flew on a military plane. Why would we “stop” both wars? They attacked us, so why don’t we WIN both wars, and then leave. Millionaires and Billionaires aren’t getting Tax CUTS. The republicans are asking that taxes STAY THE SAME. The Dems want to get rid of the Bush Tax cuts to pay for their heavy handed spending. How bout they STOP SPENDING THE MONEY WE EARN LIKE IT BELONGS TO THEM?! Your solution is to tax people who work VERY hard for their money. Conservative solutions are to STOP SPENDING ON PORK!!! Pelosi hasn’t helped the “common man”. She’s tried to stay in power by FEEDING THE PIG

      • larrybud

        There is no tax cut for millionaires. The rates are staying exactly where they are now.

      • Maxconserve

        You need to watch Glenn Beck.
        You are uneducated and make bad decisions-you should stay home on election day.

      • GozieBoy

        Queen Bee Nancy spents TENS of millions on her own costs (many of which accomodated her personal family at our expense). Yes, the bar tabs alone on her outings were of epic proportion, although you don’t see our illustrious MSM reporting on anything like this!

      • Derek

        She’s a millionaire. like most democrats.

    • Jim

      Pelosi’s travel is paid for out of her own expense account provided by the federal government, not the state. Your comment is completely irrelevant to this article.

      • VeniVidiVicci

        It’s not COMPLETELY irrelevant, as the State relies on the Fed gov for a portion of Medi-Cal funding.

      • yourpalsteve

        I agree with your rebut – except it does show a lack of concern on her part.

      • Sandy

        And just where does the federal government get its money, Jim? Your reply is totally ignorant of reality.

      • Templar

        Federal government means tax payers you idiot

      • Dax

        Wow Jim are you being sarcastic or just really dumb? How does the Fed make their money?

      • Boetica

        It is not irrelevent considering Pelosi considers herself an environmentalist. She had a smaller plane but demanded a bigger one, and why do tax payers have to pay her booze bill? Typical left-wing hypocrite.

    • WeMadeAmistake

      Just to illustrate an example of incompetant leadership, Obama in a recent press conference used ‘invest’, ‘invested’, ‘investing’, 18 times to describe deficit spending.

    • freemen

      It’s a shame that those who run this country use their position to make themselves feel good, they have the credit cards with no limits, and they do all these grand things and they never use their own wealth to do anything but that unlimited revenue from taxpayers and the sky is the limit. They are all educated and don’t have an ounce of commonsense in them. I would call that stupidity and irresponsibility . Every public servant should be taking pay cuts or they get replaced, after all there are plenty of folks out of jobs who would do a great job for probably half of what they get. Too many folks are in a rut and nothing is being said. Wake up , if folks are on welfare, get them out cleaning the streets, painting, mowing the grass, helping the old people. There is no free lunch.

    • Larry From Herad

      Arnold should sit down and shut up. He had 8 years……
      Let the next team have their go at it.

    • changed

      That is the best proposal I have seen so far! Along with her fancy lobster and expensive alcohol bills. They all should start RIGHT IN THERE OWN OFFICES!!!
      WTG besomiculo!

    • Deb

      Pelosi won’t have that jet after Jan 4 she’ll be minority leader! Anne new majority leader Boehner is flying commercial

    • Bob Roberts

      You’re right, but as long as people keep voting for people like Pelosi the problems will continue to get worse, not better.

    • Mike

      Why waste the 20 mill a year on terminal welfare? A useless eater will never payback what they used. Make them earn it, conservation corps style, where they actually have to sweat and work to eat. Let those of us who actually work figure out how to make use of the parasites.

      • southern tom

        …that was tried about 30 years ago. The ACLU challenged, claiming it was demeaning to have to work for the handout, and won…

    • Derek

      Amen from Tulsa!

    • southern tom

      …if you ran the government like a business, there wouldn’t be anyone getting government aid.

    • jennifer

      Ok these cut backs are not just because politicians are living off the hog. Come on…the doctor’s visits are being limited to ten per year? That tells you that when it is free they will abuse the system.

      Sorry this is not a class war or politicians war. This is overindulgence from the top to the bottom.

      We need to realize the gravity of our over spending soon because it will run out.

    • racial coward


      Make the rich pay. Get a bailout from Washington. I do not want my taxes going up, tax the damm rich. Tax imports but leave me be.

    • Dan

      You must come from Welfare land to believe that the government owes you subsistence. They OWE us nothing. They are not the place to get your paycheck or your health care. People who believe the government should take care of them ARE one of the major problems. Those who voted to keep not only the status quo but to also elect a governor who will do nothing except raise taxes to pay the bill are the problem. Because they believe government is the answer not the problem. Want to fix it. Deny housing, deny welfare, deny sanctuary to any person who cannot prove they are here legally. We spend 10.5 billion dollars “half of the current shortfall” for illegal aliens. It MUST stop. Randomly test welfare recipients for drugs. Remove all environmental laws enacted in the last 10 years. Stop making it so hard to do business than instead of doing business here, Companies leave to find states with low tax bills, low cost of living. You can’t fix it by spending more money or taking more taxes. Neither of those is a solution.

  • Colin

    Problem is that running a state or a country is not like running a business. The goal is not a financial profit but to improve the welfare of the constituents, people, families. One cannot do that with only the bottom line in mind.

    • brad

      His job is to protect the people so they can be free to make whatever they want out of their lives. Not to spread the wealth to lazy people.

      • Dan Drew

        Yes! Simple but to the point.

      • Boetica


    • Dan

      Actually, that is not the goal either. It’s nice if it can be accomplished, but upholding the US and CA Constitutions is the goal. I don’t really much like the Governator, but it seems to me he is upholding his oath of office as best as he can. The CA state constitution provides for a balanced budget so he is obligated to do his best to assure that happens. Ideals are great, but facts can sometimes get in the way. See the CA governors oath of office below:

      “I, ___________________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
      “And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or other- wise, that now advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means; that within the five years immediately preceding the taking of this oath (or affirmation) I have not been a member of any party or organization, political or other-wise, that advocated the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means except as follows:

      (If no affiliations, write in the words “No Exceptions”) and that during such time as I hold the office of

      ______________________________________________ I will not advocate nor become (name of office) a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means.”

      And no other oath, declaration, or test, shall be required as a qualification for any public office or employment.

      “Public officer and employee” includes every officer and employee of the State, including the University of California, every county, city, city and county, district, and authority, including any department, division, bureau, board, commission, agency, or instrumentality of any of the foregoing.

    • Jack White

      Looks like California ran out of other peoples money.

    • nick

      One can also not do that if poor management means that resources are not effectively used to achieve the goal of providing for the general welfare.

    • Brian

      Sorry Colin:

      The goverments job is not to IMPROVE the welfare of people. It is to ensure and provide an even playing field in which people have the ability to improve their own welfare.

    • Robert Exton

      Colin you don’t know what your talking about, The Governments job is not to be magnanimous. it is to protect us (Military, Police, Firefighters) and to maintain the infrastructure., The Federal government was never suppose to be this big or powerful. I suggest you read more Madison and less Marx. The reason we are in the mess we are in is that the government concentrates on the things it is not suppose to do, and ignores the things that it is suppose t do. It is nothing more but social engineering and a grab for power that has stopped the State of Ce. from building new highways, power plants, and dams in this State, In the last 10 year over 1/2 trillion dollars worth of business has moved out of this State run by Democrats.

  • Robin Lawrence

    all the governor has to do is audit the people who live off welfare and cross check their nice car’s they put in their family’s names as well as follow them around to see what car they drive and see what business they work at, it is our tax paying money people , demand this please!!!!!

    • Hunsaker

      The Governor is correct when he suggests to END the Welfare To Work program. You talk about WASTE! One and a half MILLION people use and abuse this stupid program. Five-hundred-thousand are unmarried woman (most illegals) and their children. They get EVERYTHING – housing, food, rent, medical and et…. WAKE UP AMERICA…

      • Wayne

        AMEN brother.

    • Robert Exton

      And stop supporting and kick out the illegal aliens.

  • stelios

    So the answer is to spend, spend, and nobody pays? The problem is that we don’t have the money to spend for all the things we want, so what is the *NEXT* step? Print money? Unfortunately not allowed for states.

    • larrybud

      I think you meant to say *fortunately* not allowed for states.

  • pokey5735

    How about cutting all the services to illegal immigrants?

    • Walt

      Not going to happen. Actually, when Brown takes office, he promised that many of their services are going to INCREASE. It’s all political correctness and perception. It’s all about “feelings”, not reality, or the actual outcome or consequences. Brown wants to be able to say, I supported (at your expense) the illegals because I’m a good guy lib, even if Calif. goes down the drain in the process.

  • August

    And I thought the “BIG ONE” to do California “In” was going to be an EARTHQUAKE….

  • Kevin Price

    draw and quarter everyone on welfare.

  • Steve

    Reading the comments above, i can see why CA is in such bad shape. Government NEVER provides for the welfare of its citizens in an efficient manner. As long as Californians look to the government to build a decent society, they will remain stagnant in a pool of incompetence.

  • mark

    the State of California has close to 300 billion in net assets… check out the CAFR for CA… The local governments have $$$ stashed also… It’s all a shakedown!

  • Erik

    It’s about d*mn time.

  • JB

    Or the state could just legalize drugs, let all nonviolent drug offenders go free, fire half those worthless cops guarding them and come up with a uniform tax code for it, unlike Prop 19.

    • Ozlanthos

      Your comment is a perfect example of how stupidity caused prop 19 to fail! What you forget is that A) Cannabis has been illegal for 80 YEARS!!! B) Different climates will produce different products. You couldn’t and still can’t expect to wave a magic wand and come up with one law that will suit all of the counties of California when it comes to price, quality and possession quantities. The intent behind Prop 19 was to LET THE MARKET DECIDE FOR YOU! Now that whole $50 an ounce tax right off the top was a stupid idea, as were the limitations on how much grow space a person could have, but again, these are things the market would have worked out for you! Right now, an “illegal” POUND of Cannabis yields $200 in El Paso Texas. Mind you that it is Mexican weed, but we are still talking about bud here. None the less, do the math! it breaks down to a cost of about $1.50 an 8th. At 100% tax, it comes to $3.00 an 8th, and after a 100% mark-up, it comes to $6 an 8th! Now you tell me, If you had a choice between going to a liqueur store and paying $6 and 8th, or cleaning out a closet, setting up a grow-area, planting your seeds, and tending your plants for up to 12 weeks, which would you do?

      Unfortunately all we have right now is the grossly inflated street prices, and your MMJ providers distorting what the market should expect to bare. At least with prop 19, you’d have had a stable starting point. Sure, people would most likely have grown their own at first, but it would have taught those attempting to regulate the market that they were as delusional about it as stoners are, and that a legal market regime would need to re-adjust or fail!

      Don’t worry though, at this rate in another 2 years either the Mexicans will have run all the Americans out of California, or you people will give up your ignorance long enough to put similar (if not improved) legislation in place!


  • Turd Furguson

    require urine tests for controlled substances. if it’s hot, you don’t get your welfare check. that would save quite a bit of money. although thefts would go up… gotta score that next high some how

  • Beau

    You California people are idiots. You’ll get what you deserve.

    • Paul Revere

      Don’t lump everyone into the same boat, not all Californians are idiots. There are obviously SOME decent intelligent people there. They are simply overrun by idiots. And too many of them capitulate. The results speak for themselves.

      • Jeff m

        Move out of california, if you think you have a good job it won’t last long

    • JDoe

      “Tiny” problem with your statement , Beau…….WHO do you think will have to


      That’s right, people in Ohio, Iowa, etc. will be paying the pensions for all the

      GREEDY, LAZY Union employees !

  • Louise

    How about this for thinking out of the box?

    Food stamp programs should be replaced with NutriSystem home delivery. This would help alleviate waste, fraud and health issues related to poor dietary choices.

    All recipients of federal/state or local funds should be randomly drug-tested.

    Additionally a website should be set up that lists each household that has been receiving funds for more than 6 months, and keeps a tally of the total funds they’ve received. (Freedom of Information Act)

  • Bg

    He’s doing the right thing for the state. Welfare programs are abused by the people. I believe that we should have safety nets in case something goes wrong, but these people stay on the programs to long. medi-cal is a joke. I can tell you how many times I see drug seekers in the ER and they the staff a medi-cal card.

  • swhit

    Why not start with all illegal funding. These people did not put into the system but take out instead citizens who paid in get cut! duh are we stupid?

  • lukuj

    Too bad California has spent so much time and effort on initiatives , laws, etc. that have nothing going for them except they cost money and/or are politically correct and make the liberals feel good. No sympathy from me for the fiscal problems. You reap what you sow.

  • Freedom Fighter

    1. Drug test all welfare recipients to receive checks
    2. Cut off illegal immigrant education and benefits
    3. Put convicts to work doing the work of garbage sorting and cleaning sewers

    Stop complaining and start trying to come up with solutions. It doesn’t take a intellectual to complain.

    • Walt

      Jerry Brown is going to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you just proposed.

  • Jane

    This should have been done years ago by the Governor. California is out of control, yet the public keeps electing the Democrats in the legislature who drive them deeper into the hole. I hope this state does not look to the rest of the country to bail them out.

  • Jack Kennedy

    reduce the govt bureaucrats by 25% and problem solved

    • Hunsaker

      How about 50%, Jack? We DO NOT need any more than that…… It is the stupid system the State uses and abuses that is costing – Welfare To Work for sure is a waste…… Jerry is the one who should be doing the cutting – period!

    • yourpalsteve

      We’re on the same page ! I said a third as I recall.

  • mike

    the objective of state government is not to improve the quality of life for citizens, however many people think that it is. You are responsible for making your own life better. It is unreal that we have to tell people that.

    • yourpalsteve

      Amen Brother Mike ! … well said !

  • jg

    The eyes of the nation are on you guys. We are all very interested to see if your citizenry and state will be able to get it together and do what’s needed not to go bankrupt, or if you’re just going to bicker with each other.

    Right now the smart money is on you guys taxing your productive citizens to the point where they move, doing okay for a year or two while that happens in slow motion, then going even more belly-up once they’re all gone.

  • Bill

    Whether a business or non-profit, at some point the check book has got to be balanced. We can only live on credit so long before the bills gotta be paid. We have been over spending for at least three years running. If you don’t want to cut any programs then send a message to your legislator that you want to pay more taxes. If that is how you feel you might send the same message to DC.

  • surfcitybob

    Yes we need to cut the goodies to the poor so the unions can keep their fat paychecks and perks.

  • Leroy

    To bad for Arnold that he decided to wait until he was almost out of office to grow a pair and try to terminate California’s never ending spendthrift ways. We thought he was the answer when he took over from Gray Davis, but he turned out to be just another version of Democrat-lite. We need politicians who don’t care about being popular, but will give out the strong medicine that is so badly needed. Not just more of the same Arnold-milquetoast stuff.

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