One of the real wonders of the superminority system that the Republicans are thrilled with is the ability to pretend like you have no control, but then actually exert an effective veto. For years, the Republicans have traded their votes (but don’t call them trades) for whatever sort of crazy legislation that they are looking for.
But, following up on Sen. Berryhill’s statement that the budget wasn’t his job, Sen. Bob Huff has equaled that level of ridiculousness:
But Republicans said they have for years put out ideas for changing the state that have been summarily rejected by the majority Democratic Legislature, and they have no reason to expect something different. The challenge from Brown is a red herring, they said, and an attempt to knock Republicans off their message.
“The governor is the one who is supposed to prepare a balanced budget,” said state Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar (Los Angeles County), who is the top Republican on the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. “The governor put out his own budget with an $11-to-$12 billion hole in it. That’s not our responsibility, that’s his responsibility.”
He added later, “We’re the minority party here, we don’t have a lot of say.”(SF Chronicle)
Of course the thing here is that the Governor has presented a balanced budget. He gave all of the details of exactly what he would like to do with the budget. But so far, the GOP caucus has flat-out rejected his plan. And they are all too happy to let Brown negotiate with himself.
In other words, they are attempting to play the old move the football game again. They’ll just wait on something coming out, so they can bash it. They know that Californians will reject their proposals, which would by sheer mathematics have to include massive cuts to K12 and higher education, along with the possibility of eliminating the social safety net.
The Republicans are playing the long game, but as it is they are hurting California. They are slowing us down from working to build our economy for the 21st Century. It’s just crazy.