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Before modern psychiatry attempted to categorize sociopaths or psychopaths, the term "moral insanity" was used to describe narcissists without empathy, guilt, or the ability to accept responsibility for their actions.

Refusing once again to claim any responsibility for his actions, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed plans approved by the legislature to avert a meltdown of the state budget.
From Arnold's twitter feed;

As I promised, I just vetoed a partial budget fix.

There were some technical problems which needed to be resolved by midnight last night to make last-minute adjustments to the fiscal year budget that ended June 31st.

Failure to make these cuts will lock in formulas which require higher levels of spending in the fiscal year that begins today, based on requirements in various education funding formulae and requirements in the stimulus plan for maintenance of effort.

This adds 3.3 billion more to the 2009-10 deficit, and the inept Governor has admitted that he has no ideas about how to fill this additional gap.

Shwarzenegger continues to demand a cut-only budget, and again refused to take any steps that would not include 24 billion in cuts, including a complete dismantling of the state's welfare-to-work program and elimination of SCHIP in California to force a million children out of a federally subsidized health care program.

The Governor and the minority legislative Republicans refused to make 3.3 billion in cuts, but according to the LA Times

In a letter sent Monday, however, two top Democratic lawmakers asked administration officials how the governor would replace the $3.3 billion in cuts they were trying to make. Mike Genest, the governor's finance director, said the administration had not come up with a plan yet.

Without these cuts to the budget year that ended last night, and without some willingness to compromise, California will begin issuing IOU's to vendors and local government workers on Thursday, with no indication that these will be honored by any major financial institution.

The vouchers will not affect state workers immediately. From the SacBee

State workers were paid with IOUs in 1992, but a federal court ruled the practice illegal in 1996. Although workers will continue to receive regular paychecks, their reimbursement for travel and other expenses will be paid in IOUs.

Unable to pay state workers with IOU's, Schwarzenegger is now poised to force another pay cut on state workers, requiring that they take three days a month furlough without pay.

Since he was elected, Schwarzenegger has promised to bring huge savings by making state government more efficient. He cut taxes recklessly and borrowed profligately promising his savings and reforms would make up for eliminating the car tax.

Now, despite massive cutbacks proposed to social services and education proposed by Democratic legislators, the Governator refuses compromises and makes the problems worse every day as he attempts to enforce Shock Doctrine treatment on California while implementing  billions in additional tax cuts for multi-national corporations.

The movie star's narcissism and political ineptitude now threaten not only the state but the national recovery.

Moral insanity.

Originally posted to Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:41 AM PDT.

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  •  Dogmatic anti-tax lunacy (3+ / 0-)
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    Aeolus, aimeeinkc, esquimaux

    And more than likely, as Cali is too big to fail, all US taxpayers will end up bailing them out.  

    Because heaven forbid Californians should pay state taxes.

    "Right wing freak machine" General Wes Clark

    by Tracker on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:47:28 AM PDT

  •  I am so depressed over this. (6+ / 0-)

    I followed a couple of twitter feeds until 11:58 last night.  I honestly think Arnold sees himself as some sort of Last Action Hero, single-handedly fighting off all the evil villains and saving the day...only there's 38 million lives' worth of collateral damage.

    We run out of cash on July 28, 27 days away.

    Healthy Minds & Bodies, discussing outdoor adventures Tuesdays 5 PM PDT

    by RLMiller on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:48:55 AM PDT

  •  Let's be honest.... (14+ / 0-)

    this mess is a bi-partisan creation.

    We've done it with Proposition mandates which set aside blocks of funding to pay for specific programs.

    We've done it with Prop 13

    We've done it with the two-thirds requirement to approve a state budget, giving inordinate power to even small minority party rule

    We've created term limits which seem like a wonderful way to "throw the bastards out" but actually discard institutional knowledge vital to offsetting the power of lobbyists and staffers in crafting legislation.

    We've allowed some unions, such as the prison guards, to exert a powerful hold on meaningful prison reforms and watched the scope and cost of our prisons skyrocket.

    We've savaged our systems of higher education and are about to enact cuts of close to 20 percent in those systems for the year ahead while forcing workers to take two or three days off without pay each month.  

    We are proposing to steal revenues from already strapped counties and cities to help solve the state's budget problems, and one of the biggest areas being impacted by these cuts are our elementary schools.

    There is no end to the blame and today we are absolutely and totally paralyzed.  Republicans will NOT budge from a position that refuses to pass any budget which includes any kind of tax increase -- a position which I feel strongly places them in a position of failing their responsibility to protect and preserve the state they represent.

    And the Democrats refuse to make cuts in social welfare programs below a certain threshhold.  I absolutely agree with their position, but when matched with the GOP position, the end result is the gridlock we have now and there seems no sign that it is about to change soon.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:53:48 AM PDT

    •  But Democrats will compromise (14+ / 0-)

      And have compromised. They've actually made horrendous cuts, but insist that there be some equity and balance.

      Some Republicans have admitted that they want to use this opportunity to break the unions and destroy social programs.

      There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

      by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:59:11 AM PDT

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      •  This is where the rubber hits the (7+ / 0-)

        road and the problems in modern America show up. You still have an ideologically-driven Republican majority who hate social programs and unions and want to take advantage of this opportunity to put Grover Norquist's dystopia in place. You have a public that wants social programs like elementary education and SCHIP but is not willing to raise taxes to pay for them. And you have a governor who is a steroid-enhanced grade B movie actor.  it's all bad.

        •  Wrong about taxes (5+ / 0-)
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          esquimaux, DBunn, Seneca Doane, jaf49, Lusty

          Voters have actually indicated that they are more than willing to raise taxes. There's very clear polling for that, and tax increases for local schools and government in California pass all the time, even with super-majority requirements.

          Everybody hated the choices the legislature gave them as initiatives this spring, and the half-wits in the media reported that as a vote against taxes.

          There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

          by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:13:39 AM PDT

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      •  Your are absolutely right.... (1+ / 0-)
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        but having said that, you are admitting the absolute deadlock which now seems to exist.

        Democrats HAVE agreed to major cuts, but they have reached a point at which they are (at least so far) taking a stand and saying "We will not cut programs further because there has to be some degree of social safety net....weak though it now is."

        Republicans do, in many cases, see this as an opportunity to demonize and hopefully break the power of labor groups and to eliminate programs they have opposed for  years, but which the public has largely supported.  And with the two-thirds rule, and a combination of impressive party coherence (aided by right wing shock jock radio fascism which threatens any party legislator who even thinks about compromising) they have held the fort pretty well so far.

        Now you have the governor -- offered a combination of 11 BILLION in cuts and some tax increases, and again saying he'll veto it.  

        As for a Constitutional Convention -- yes we could benefit by one if it worked, but the devil is in the details.  Once the door is opened, you can expect every group with a pet cause to be on hand and without some degree of discipline, the risks of creating something new but even worse are very real.

        One glimmer of hope....strangely enough from a GOP initiative allowing voters to cross over vote in primaries.  I have long believed that for government to be more effective, the law should mandate that no redistricting process may create a district in which the difference in party registrations exceeds a pretty small percent in either direction.  Creating "safe" districts with supermajorities of voters for a given party is wonderful for the legislators who represent the district, but just encourages extremism.  Legislators should be able to run for multiple terms, but should have to work for re-election each cycle because there is a narrow margin of majority among their might make them a tad more responsive to their constituents.

        In fact, I wish the progressives would focus on the one thing I believe is critical to truly representative democracy in the years ahead....public financing of elections.  You look at virtually every major issue facing our government today and almost invariably, the decision making process is tainted or in some cases completely controlled by monied interests dumping millions into the coffers of legislators to buy their votes.

        Banking and Securities
        Medical coverage and prescriptions
        Defense Contracting
        Media Ownership and Regulation
        Agriculture and Food Policy
        Land Management
        Consumer Protection

        Feel free to add your own segments.  The end results of this process cost us literally billions of dollars as citizens as we are seeing in the current battle over health insurance and a public option.

        75% public support for a public option and Senator Feinstein says she doesn't "pay much attention to left-wing voters."

        Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

        by dweb8231 on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 09:47:22 AM PDT

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        •  Points well taken (0+ / 0-)

          But in California, it's not just the corruption of the election and initiative process, it's a dozen other deeper structural problems at the Constitutional level, including both of the 2/3 requirements.

          There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

          by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 09:59:55 AM PDT

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    •  We really need a Constitutional Convention (3+ / 0-)
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      to take over the government of CA and do a major restructuring. But it's a little like doing a remodel on the Titanic at this stage.

      Ambition is when you follow your dreams. Insanity is when they follow you.

      by Batfish on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:30:56 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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        Seneca Doane

        We have dozens of structural problems that date back to the progressive reforms of the teens and the reactionary changes made in the 30's, like the 2/3 budget requirement. Prop 13, and more accurately, the various stopgap measures taken to implement prop 13, compounded the problem.

        There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

        by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:36:54 AM PDT

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  •  $84, to register auto last year, (2+ / 0-)
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    $111, to register auto this year.  Same car, what am I missing?

  •  Arnold: I'll be back. / CA voters: No you won't. (4+ / 0-)
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    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

    by Wom Bat on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 07:59:19 AM PDT

  •  Can't Arnold just kill everyone? (4+ / 0-)
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    ferg, pat bunny, Blackacre, RinaX

    It always worked for him in the movies when he was in a jam.

  •  CA needs $24 Billion just to break even, (1+ / 0-)
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    is that right? good luck!

    "He's like any other president -- he's a politician and he's got to do what politicians do." Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    by PhillyGal on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:07:31 AM PDT

  •  CA's voted him in TWICE! (0+ / 0-)

    Californians need to overhaul our constitutions so that lobbyists can not court our politicians.  Then we need to have a fair taxing system that will tax people and businesses who have more money and use the commons more.  Property tax relief should not be extended to commercial property if these same businesses are getting tax cuts.  Ronald Raygun began the destruction of our great state along with the Rethug minority.  We need to get more Democrates to win seats in Orange County.  If we can deny the rights of certain citizens in this country by a majority vote, we can cut off the money spigot that fuels this nonesense.  

  •  Ahnuld is going to prove out (2+ / 0-)
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    That Republicans can't govern for shit.

    Goldman Sachs: the vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.

    by slippytoad on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:21:58 AM PDT

  •  It's hard to get upset over our budget anymore. (0+ / 0-)

    I can't remember the last time California's budget was passed on June 30.  I think it was something like 18 years ago.

    It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what? --Steve Forbert

    by darthstar on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:22:22 AM PDT

    •  And that attitude is a big problem (3+ / 0-)
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      Because it's commonplace, and indicates that many people think this is the same problem, when in fact it is far, far worse.

      It's like comparing a thunderstorm to a Cat 5 hurricane or a spanking to a beheading.

      There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

      by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:25:30 AM PDT

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  •  If they cut S-CHIP and welfare to work (1+ / 0-)
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    it will give a chance for us to see if the OC's evangelicals step up to the plate.  What I always hear is "If the government would stop doing this stuff, the church will."

    I guess we'll see...

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Dr. King

    by proseandpromise on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:30:12 AM PDT

  •  In other news: (4+ / 0-)
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    Aeolus, DBunn, Seneca Doane, RLMiller

    This morning all the local news in Los Angeles led with reports from Neverland Ranch. (Compelling footage of satellite trucks parked outside the ranch). This was followed on all the local channels by rampant speculation about Jackson's drug addiction. (Compelling footage of the LAFD ambulance backing out of the rented Holmby Hills home last week). This was followed by a discussion of Jackson's children. (Compelling footage of these poor kids in their freakish Mardi Gras masks). And now, the weather for the upcoming Independence Day weekend. (Compelling footage of tots frolicking at the beach). Nary a mention of the state budget crisis. Wow.

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

    by JoesGarage on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:34:32 AM PDT

    •  A big part of our problem (2+ / 0-)
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      Seneca Doane, JoesGarage

      I've joked that we should ask Iranians to twitter about the California budget crisis so it might get some news coverage.

      These stations have abused their responsibility, and should lose their license to use the public airwaves.

      There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

      by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:39:32 AM PDT

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      •  Are you suggesting that... (1+ / 0-)
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        compelling teasers like, "Are deadly substances lurking in your refrigerator? Tune in at 11..." do not serve the public good? You Purist!

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

        by JoesGarage on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:48:53 AM PDT

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        •  Turned off local news decades ago (0+ / 0-)

          And my life improved tremendously when I stopped getting my regular daily doses of stupid.

          There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

          by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:51:31 AM PDT

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          •  Me too... (0+ / 0-)

            The only time I turn it on these days is to find out why there's five helicopters hovering over my neighborhood! By the way, don't you have to turn off the TV entirely if you're trying to avoid the stupid?

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

            by JoesGarage on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 08:58:13 AM PDT

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            •  Just about (0+ / 0-)

              Although we still can watch Bill Moyers, movies, HBO specials, Top Chef, and some entertainment without feeling we had a daily mini-lobotomy.

              And there's always CSPAN on occasion.

              There is a God, but he got an MBA. How else can you explain our world?

              by Aeolus on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 09:02:01 AM PDT

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    •  Yet another reason not to watch TV n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes, Michael Jackson died, I know.  That was nearly a week ago.  Move on to something else, media.  You're supposed to be fast moving, shallow, and on a 24 hour news cycle, so can you please prove it by ignoring Michael Jackson?

      Healthy Minds & Bodies, discussing outdoor adventures Tuesdays 5 PM PDT

      by RLMiller on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 10:38:40 AM PDT

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  •  The Feds have threatened to seize 20 state parks (2+ / 0-)
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    Aeolus, RLMiller

    & the Gov. was warned back on June 8.Mercury News

  •  It seems to me that anyone (1+ / 0-)
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    who owes money to the state of California should send them an IOU. It seems only fair.

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