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As many of us know, we in California are again suffering the results of elected Republicans who do not live in the reality-based community.

The elected Republicans of the California state legislature have stranded the entire state with no budget.  In a time when our economic house is engulfed in flames, they have shut off the fire hoses.

They are despicable.

I won't go into a rant about how dangerous Republican contempt for government is to us all.  (except to wonder: why the hell do people keep electing Republicans?)

The purpose of this short diary is to put in one easy-to-access spot the contact info for the Republican legislators in California:

For a list of Republican Senators who are plunging the State of California into the abyss, click here.

For a list of Republican Assemblymembers who are plunging the State of California into the abyss, click here.

Call them, and tell them what you think of their selfish, closed-minded, juvenile, dangerous, and offensive behavior.  

Maybe it's time to get rid of the super-majority requirement for a budget. If the people wanted what the minority want, the minority would be in the majority. A super-majority requirement is really a mechanism for ensuring tyranny by the minority.

Originally posted to LindaR on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:02 AM PDT.

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  •  that supermajority requirement (4+ / 0-)
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    LindaR, BYw, JoesGarage, kimobrother

    is the most asinine idea ever.  Until that goes away, California will continue to get screwed by the hard right Republicans.

    •  I think that's one of those (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      "it seemed like a good idea at the time" ideas.  It's like the fillibuster in the Senate.  In theory, a noble thing; in practice, it creates little tyrants out of the minority.

      http://blogolodeon2.wordpress.com/

      by LindaR on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:08:17 AM PDT

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    •  You have no idea what you are talking about... (0+ / 0-)

      and obviously don't live here.

      "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

      by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:37:13 AM PDT

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      •  I do live in California (0+ / 0-)

        and reading down your posts, it's obvious that you have no more idea of what a state government is supposed to do and how budgets are supposed to work than the Vice Presidential candidate you support, Sarah Palin.

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 02:31:05 PM PDT

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        •  You have no idea who I support obviously (0+ / 0-)

          and you are resorting to a right wing Republican trick used when confronted by an appropriately factual response: name calling

          "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

          by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 03:54:28 PM PDT

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          •  given your complete lack of specifics (0+ / 0-)

            about this government waste you're alleging (verifiable cites from somewhere other than newsmax, for instance), your fact-free postings probably work well for you at FreeRepublic.

            If you yourself are on the CA state government payroll, I would support cutting you as an obvious example of government waste.

            Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

            by alizard on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 04:21:23 PM PDT

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            •  You can't even read... (0+ / 0-)

              I posted numerous examples earlier in the thread and since you have resorted to the last bastion of the ignorant, insults, I'll respond in kind.  Fuck off and die.

              "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

              by Travis Bickle on Sat Sep 06, 2008 at 01:44:07 PM PDT

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  •  Sorry... (0+ / 0-)

    in a post that will probably brings hoots of derision I cannot blindly support continued fiscal insanity in California.  The state cannot continue to be managed in such an incredibly corrupt and wasteful manner without some fiscal restraint.  while I despise the Governator who is getting what he deserves and would never agree with the nuts who represent the Fringe right wing, their core argument is correct.  The state has to come to grips with spending that escalated wildly in the last few years and now wants to impose even more taxation without any meaningful restraint.  

    "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

    by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:08:11 AM PDT

  •  Yep... (2+ / 0-)
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    LindaR, BYw

    As many of us know, we in California are again suffering the results of elected Republicans who do not live in the reality-based community.

    What we are really suffering through is the continuing impact of Proposition 13. The rules for budget approval guarantee continued gridlock and crisis. Proposition 13, of course, wasn't really about keeping Grandma in her house. If it were, simple means testing could have been legislated. No, Proposition 13 was about killing government. Reagan's naif Howard Jarvis knew this. If you liked the consequences of Proposition 13, you'll love the McCain/Palin/Norquist plan for government at the federal level

    Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

    by JoesGarage on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:21:38 AM PDT

    •  You are right, and the proof (1+ / 0-)
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      BYw

      is this:  Prop 13 doesn't just apply to people's homes.  It applies to business property as well.

      http://blogolodeon2.wordpress.com/

      by LindaR on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:24:39 AM PDT

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    •  A pipe dream... (0+ / 0-)

      Prop 13 is untouchable.  Mentioning it indicates that you have no real grasp of the situation. Prop 13 is not only a problem it is probably illegal, despite numerous court challenges it will never go away in the foreseeable future.  Give me a solution other than more regressive taxes that fund onconscionable spending.    

      "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

      by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:27:39 AM PDT

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      •  Well... (2+ / 0-)
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        alizard, LindaR

        Mentioning it indicates that you have no real grasp of the situation.

        Thanks for the helpful observation as to my abilities to grasp the situation. I was offering an historical insight into why California has continuing budget problems. But, you asked for some solutions. I'm not sure what you're sputtering about when you mention "onconscionable" (your spelling) spending as you've offered no examples. But here's an easy one: I'd eliminate three strikes laws and mandatory sentencing guidelines that simply choke the prison system (we now spend more in California on the penal system than the educational system) with inmates whose crimes are not prison appropriate.

        Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

        by JoesGarage on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:49:26 AM PDT

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  •  Can you tell me what the budget increase in gross (0+ / 0-)

    dollar percentage has been in California over the last four years(at least 30 per cent)?  Are you aware of the fact that California has the highest workers comp fraud rate in the country with 5% of all claims as fraudulent? That two thirds of all Deputies in Orange County earned over 100,000 dollars annually with most of it in phony overtime in a county jail where inmates were running the place while deputies slept? The highest paid deputy earned over 230,000 dollars?  That prison guards in California  earn over 100,000 dollars a year (a tough job yes but more because they have the most powerful lobby in the state)? That thousands of hacks are appointed to no show state commitee jobs on an annual basis, jobs that Arnold said he would get rid of, but didn't?  That Fabian Nunez (Assembly speaker) raised millions of dollars for a relection campaign in which he ran unopposed? Millions of other examples way too numerous to enumerate.  Sorry that you are tired about generic complaints, but you sound like someone who doesn't live here or is too naive to understand that this state is fiscally insane and untenable.      

    "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

    by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:23:09 AM PDT

    •  Even if this argument (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      had merit, it would not justify shutting down the entire state.

      http://blogolodeon2.wordpress.com/

      by LindaR on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:27:20 AM PDT

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      •  Who said that? (0+ / 0-)

        I merely mentioned that the state's financial management is irresponsible and kneejerk criticisms of republicans is unwarranted and an example on this site of a partisan mentality that is out of touch with reality.  More regressive taxes to enable out of control corrupt legislators like Fabian Nunez are outrageous.  I'm glad Rethugs are there to hold this up.  Arnold, the wingers and crooks like Nunez and Perata all deserve each other.

        "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum away."

        by Travis Bickle on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 10:30:47 AM PDT

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