To the right, you’ll see a sketch of a spine. In the metaphorical sense, we’ve been getting ours ground down over the last few years. Every year Arnold plays games with the budget, gradually eroding the social safety net.
If the social safety net is still alive in California, it is surely on life support. Let’s put this into simple terms. Oh sure, we can steal more for K-12 education, that’s merely robbing from our future. We can eliminate In-Home Support Services, those people are weak. According to Republicans, we need to “thin the herd” anyway.
I say it every time this fight rolls around, we must be willing to say no, and just shut it down. The suffering will be immense, and the Republicans know that. However, they have shown that they do not care. They are playing this game knowing that we won’t go all the way. And so, they have the advantage. The only way to neutralize that is to find the spine (–>) to lose badly on teh day to day basis to win on the broader scale.
The Governor has made it perfectly clear that he’s going to pummel the state of California, and that he is for damn sure going to get his way.
No specifics are out yet on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised plan to balance the state budget. But Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear offered two salient details today: There will be no tax hikes and “absolutely terrible cuts.” (LAT)
He’s saying everything is on the table except that which would cause the least amount of damage. It makes no sense outside of the political realm, but here we are. Stuck in the middle with Schwarzenegger. But he knows that, though it might take a while, the Democrats will eventually yield to his cuts, and we’ll take one more step towards the precipice to avoid the big jump down…for now.
Shouldn’t we be looking around for the bungie cord right about now? It’s called revenue, and given our economic conditions, it makes sense now.