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Gov. Schwarzenegger things we are "confused and angry"

Original post made by Ken in South Pleasanton, Downtown, on May 18, 2009

During a press conference on Monday, surrounded by San Jose fire department union supporters, Gov. Schwarzenegger explained the negative prospects for Propositions A-F on voters who are "angry" and "confused".

Yes, we are angry but we are not confused.

We are angry that our legislators have not performed their duties as our elected officials and that they have led us into repeated budget impasses over the last few years. Unbridled spending by our legislators cannot continue. Yes, we are mad about this. But are we confused? I don't think so. We know that we are going to the polls on Tuesday because our legislators lacked the backbone to do what they were elected to do...lead. We understand fully that the propositions are an attempt to place the blame for our budget crisis on the residents of California. We are the ones the legislators and governor will blame when the propositions are not passed. This is the most blatant example of scape-goating I have ever seen. Yes, I'm angry. No, I'm not at all confused.

We have the power to implement CHANGE. CHANGE the paradigm of Sacramento that assumes Californians will continue to accept increased taxes to support the special interest leaches that have attached themselves to our legislators. Hold our legislators accountable for the fiscal health of our State. Don't allow them to bully and frighten you into voting for these propositions because if you do they will only come after you for more and higher taxes in the near future.


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Posted by Einstein
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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I think it quite interesting that the Governor would be surrounded by the firefighters union as they as well as the government workers uniton, police, and teachers are direct reasons why we are in the fix we are in because of these lavish retirement pensions which none of us get. Arnie then got on a private plane and flew to Washington DC to meet with the Messiah and ask for money to save California because he is aware that all of his propositions are going down in flames and the populace think quite poorly of him as well as our great elected leaders in this state. We need to vote all of them out as they have chased all of the business out of this state with their high taxes. We need to file for bankrupcy and get all of these people out of office. I find it fastinating to have all of this discussion of measure G when the house is falling down.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm

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Why should we pass tomorrow's State propositions when they're not going to fix the problem anyway? Schwarzenegger told us that if the Props pass, there will still be cuts. Clearly the props don't fix the real problem.

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Posted by Jason and Petra
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

I feel this is a type of government blackmail...if you don't vote for this watch what we cut!
Government needs to run like a business...or households...when the money runs out...stop spending!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Del Prado
on May 19, 2009 at 9:37 am

Arnie is a joke and we only have ourselves to blame. Afterall, we voted in a guy as governor who's only capability was to take steroids and lift weights. I have no idea how that qualifies someone to become governor. In addition, just take a look at the qualifications of the people we have elected to run the assembly and the city council for that matter. This will not change until we elect people with capability not politicans.

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Posted by Change Entitlement Mentality
a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on May 19, 2009 at 9:48 am

Bob, several years ago, our governor tried to reform the unions. Remember the picket lines of nurses, teachers, firefighters and others? The biggest problem I have with him is he backed down. He should have stood his ground. My issue is more with the unions and our so-called legislators. Our local leaders also kow-tow to the unions. The unions are taking this country down. Can you say UAW, NEA, CTA, AFL of CIO, Teamsters, SEIU, etc? Google any of these union web sites and learn how they position themselves against us, the tax paying public. They perpetuate class warfare brinksmanship.

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Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2009 at 9:55 am

...and it just continues. Report in this morning's paper (Tuesday) that Pleasanton council has created an irrevocable trust for city retirees' health care benefits to the tune of over $7 million dollars per year. What they don't say is that that annual amount is likely to increase in a compounded manner to insure that those benefits are never decreased...translated...our taxes are once again locked in to a system that requires regular increases. Way to go City of Pleasanton. See you on the streets after the next election.

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Posted by Allen
a resident of Birdland
on May 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

Please read this very important editorial in today's Wall Street Journal - Web Link

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 19, 2009 at 11:23 am

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The WSJ editorial points out something important. We used to have a spending cap called the Gann Limit. It got weakened after ballot initiatives that were supported by the public unions, like the CTA.

Web Link

"The weakening of the Gann Limit has had negative consequences for California's fiscal health. Since the state obtains much of its tax revenue through a progressive income tax, receipts tend to increase sharply during times of prosperity, then crash during recessions. That happened during the tech boom of the late 1990s as the Gann Limit was powerless to prevent the 48 percent increase in spending that occurred during Gray Davis' first three years in office. When the tech bubble burst in 2000 and 2001, the end result was a $38 billion shortfall and budget deficits that persist to this day. Indeed, California taxpayers are still paying the price for weakening the Gann Limit."

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Posted by Allen
a resident of Birdland
on May 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

We have met the enemy and he is us

-Pogo (Walt Kelly)

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Del Prado
on May 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Change Entitlement Mentality,

my nephew has been on Arnie's staff since getting elected and he said he made the mistake of not using his popularity at the time to push his reform through and got his feelings hurt and did not want to look bad so he caved to the unions and guess what we got what we've got and a true leader needs to stand up and get this fixed now. I am voting any state, county , or city incumbent as I have no confidence in any of them. We need to let the repubs have a shot at fixing this mess and no Arnie is not a republican but rather an egomaniac who will always shift with the pubics perception of him.

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