This post originally appeared at Speak Out California
Governor Schwarzenegger has talked about the need to act responsibly and pass a budget.
So the legislature is trying to do just that. According to the Sacramento Bee,
“… the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee, on a party-line vote, adopted a plan that included about $2 billion in new oil production and cigarette taxes to help bridge a $24 billion budget gap.”
So what is the Governor’s response to a balanced approach to fixing the budget?
“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he wouldn’t sign a plan that was balanced with tax increases.”
He will shut down the state, close the schools, lay off thousands of workers, because the legislature balances the cuts with small tax increases on tobacco and oil companies.
This is known as “dancing with the ones who brung ya.” The Republicans get elected with millions of dollars from big corporations, and that is who they answer to. They will close schools, lay off police and firefighters, and keep elderly people from getting needed medical care or oxygen tanks delivered, just to protect the cash that is flowing to a few very large corporations. From the referenced post,
If you look at the independent expenditure reports for the 2008 California election you’ll see a massive amount of last-minute money. …you learn that this money came from corporations like Arkansas’ Wal-Mart, Blue Cross of Ohio (Ohio?), Reliant Energy, major real estate companies, and from other PACs.
… huge amounts of money coming from large corporations like Philip Morris, ATT, Chevron, Safeway, Sempra Energy, Verizon, big insurance companies, big pharmaceutical companies, big real estate companies … and other conduits like the Chamber of Commerce.
But think about this: it isn’t “corporations” who are doing this. Corporations are just abstract concepts, really nothing more than a bundle of legal contracts and enabling laws. It is people — a few specific people. When you hear that a corporations did something, it wasn’t Bob in Sales or Alice in Accounts Receivable who made decisions that affect your life like this, it was really a few people at the top who have control of the resources of that corporation. The things they do are intended to benefit them personally, not to benefit the company. This is why so many companies are destroyed while the executives get rich and then leave a mess behind. Corporations are not the problem, it is the use of corporate resources to influence government that is the problem.
And this time, while we try to solve a budget problem that looks like it could shut down the state, it is a really big problem.
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