Usually, it’s left to Democrats like Nancy Skinner to call out the Governor’s Stupid. But, hey, look at this, there are some Republicans who look at practical costs in conjunction with their ideology:
Two Republican members of an Assembly subcommittee have joined a largely Democratic move to stop a $41.6 million plan to fingerprint recipients of subsidized in-home care.
GOP assemblymen Bill Emmerson of Hemet and Brian Nestande of Palm Desert voted in their budget subcommittee Wednesday to stop spending $8.2 million this year on the anti-fraud plan, which would cost an estimated $41.6 million over seven years. (SacBee)
This plan was so universally recognized as cost inefficient that even these Republicans couldn’t handle it. Long story short, the plan required every recipient to be fingerprinted. Not the providers, the recipients. Can’t hold your fingers still due to degenerative muscular disease? Tough luck, buddy.
But the issue that broke this one for the Republicans was simply that this would cost more money than it would save. Thus, the Stupid. Even ideology doesn’t trump Stupid all of the time.