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.