Why California Can’t Pass A Budget

Dave Johnson, Speak Out California
Sunday’s CBS show 60 Minutes featured our own Governor Schwarzenegger! One of the things said on the show was the following,

“The governor proposed to close that budget deficit half with tax increases and half with budget cuts. Republicans and Democrats opposed him.”

This is why California does not have a budget.
I don’t mean that we do not have a budget because “Republicans and Democrats” oppose the Governor, won’t compromise, won’t “meet half way,” etc. or that “Democrats won’t agree to cut spending” as most of the public is told. I mean that we do not have a budget because the public is told that this is the reason. If the public understood the real reasons that we do not have a budget, representative government would work and the citizens would apply the necessary pressure to bring about the passage of a budget.
It is simply a fact that the reason we do not have a budget is that a small number of extremists are blocking the passage of a budget and are doing so because they can. They have voted against every budget compromise offered. They have been able to get away with this because the public believes that both sides are refusing to compromise. The Democrats have agreed to cuts and have moved more than half way. The Republicans refuse to move at all.
Our news outlets are not meeting their responsibility to keep the public informed. This failure is contributing to our state’s inability to govern itself.
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1 thought on “Why California Can’t Pass A Budget

  1. – You’ve aligned your legislative districts for partisan advantage. You have ‘safe’ districts. You created a system to discourage cross party compromise. So just keep sticking it to the GOP until it disappears. Then you will have a Democratic paradise
    – “Corporations’ are the bad guys. Soon three of the worst big ones will be gone. Warren Buffet, trusted Obama advisor, is helping. No wonder he is admired on the left and the right. The laid off big 3 workers in CA can be sent to the switch grass fields for the ethanol season. Or to build the nuclear power plants to plug in 22 million car batteries:
    — Shenzhen, China based BYD (Build Your Dreams) Auto has announced that its plug-in electric vehicle, the F3DM, is now available in China. The F3DM, which costs 149,800 yuan (about $21,200) and can travel 100 km (63 miles) on a full battery charge, is the first mass-produced plug-in electric vehicle.
    Although several plug-in electric vehicles are already available around the world, BYD’s model is the first to be mass-produced-meaning it’s the first vehicle to be readily available to the general public. BYD expects to sell about 350,000 F3DM models in 2009.
    BYD plans to sell the F3DM stateside in 2010. This leaves little time for GM to penetrate the market with its 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which it has heavily marketed. Toyota announced in January this year that it will launch plug-in electric models for both the Toyota and Lexus brands, both of which are scheduled to be debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.
    — BYD Auto is partially owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway (whose CEO is Warren Buffet). BYD started as a cell phone manufacturing company, notable because several car manufacturers have stated that the hardest part of creating an electric vehicle marketable to the general public is perfecting the battery technology.
    Source: CNET
    Also see Green Car Congress

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