California's Budget Stalemate
Feb 18, 2009 at 10:00AM
Doug in Humor, Politics

After years of liberal spending, the Golden State is on the brink of financial disaster. California lawmakers, responsible for getting us into this mess, are once again unable to pass a budget—Democrats want more taxes to keep their pet programs afloat, while Republicans insist spending be brought under control without further taxing already burdened citizens during tough financial times.

So California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg vowed yesterday to keep legislators locked up until he gets the one Republican vote Democrats need to “have it their way”. He’s “appalled” that Republicans disagree with ever higher taxes to pay for historic overspending.Dems like to claim they want to “reach across the aisle” in the spirit of bi-partisanship but, when they do, they expect Republicans to acquiesce. And that’s the way it’s gone for years. But now it’s come down to a fundamental difference in core values and basic philosophy—Democrats want to pay for past overindulgence by double dipping into taxpayers’ wallets, while Republicans want a budget that stays within the State’s means.

I’m waiting to see if the old “What have Republicans got against starving children and helpless old women” lament still works…

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