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Brown Cuts Services For Poor, Sick, Old

From his spear carries at the Los Angeles Times:

In major cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown slashes services for poor, sick and elderly

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in budget cuts Thursday that will mean fewer government services, particularly for the old, the poor and the sick.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times. They got the exact message Mr. Brown wanted to get out both in the headline and the lead.

But honestly, is there anything more obvious than a Democrat politician? This is what Democrats always do. They make the most painful, the most heart-rending cuts first. Meanwhile they always manage to preserve the jobs of all the public sector workers who feed their re-election coffers.

They really must think that the rest of us are just plain rock stupid. And given the fact that Mr. Brown was just elected, perhaps they have a point.

The governor signed the new laws to tackle $11.2 billion of the state’s estimated $26-billion deficit, even as he scrambled to find Republican support for the other half of his budget plan: a ballot measure asking voters’ blessing to renew expiring taxes

Again, this is right out of the Democrat playbook. Insist that your ‘painful’ budget cuts are matched with an equal increase in taxes. And when the dust settles, the tax increases survive.

State officials will now begin notifying many Californians that their government benefits are to be cut within 90 days — at just about the start of the new budget year. Come July, welfare grants will be reduced by 8%, and parents will be kicked off the rolls after four years instead of the current five.

Oh, the humanity. Hopefully, the "parents" will have enough children to make up for this terrible blow.

Assistance for the elderly and disabled, in their homes and at senior centers, will also be reduced. State-subsidized child care for 11- and 12-year-olds will be eliminated.

Notice there are no details about how many paper pushers will lose their jobs. Nor is there any word on any state employee even being asked to chip in just a little for their lavish health insurance or pensions.

After all, Mr. Brown has his priorities. He is not a monster like Gov. Scott Walker. Better the poor, sick and elderly suffer than one public sector union worker get their hair mussed.

Brown sought to use the "painful" cuts he signed to make his case that Republicans should support the plan to ask voters to pay more taxes to bridge the remaining shortfall.

"It’s going to be much, much worse if we cannot get the vote of the people and the tax extensions," Brown said

Never forget, it is always about raising taxes – first, last and always.

By the way, how much of California’s $26 billion dollar deficit would disappear if Mr. Brown would cut off any and all state support for illegal aliens? — Just kidding. That will never happen.

They vote — and vote Democrat.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Brown Cuts Services For Poor, Sick, Old”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Ex-Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness was talking about a private takeover of a local park (Gibson Ranch) and he brought up an important point about the difference between public and private staffing levels.
    He argued that the park can actually generate a profit within a few years because they aren’t bound by civil service rules or thinking.
    Under private control, an organization can ‘adjust’ staffing to fit the reality of the moment and react more swiftly to changes and managers are measured by performance more than how many people they managed to add to their fiefdom.

    The government hires a lot of what we called ‘overhead: when I worked for the civil service and the overhead always seemed to be the last ones cut.
    The overhead staff supports the people that actually deliver a service.
    There are a lot of overhead positions in our state and county governments that we can eliminate before the service delivery staff have to be cut, but the overhead staff are usually the ones deciding where to cut (or they have the ear of those deciding).

  2. River0 says:

    This is beautiful. The corruption in California is legendary, and it includes Republicans who have just as much of an entitlement mentality as welfare queens. I knew them, and for years. They happily sucked the state dry and now they’re reaping the bitter harvest. Jerry Brown is an empty suit who will sink with this millstone around his neck.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..” Jerry Brown is an empty suit who will sink with this millstone around his neck…..”

    Just not soon enough to make a difference. If he were to end up a pauper first, well then………poetic justice. Unfortunately, he’s one senior citizen who won’t be suffering as a result of his own machinations.

  4. proreason says:

    At the end of the day, what really matter to any person, is his own well-being, and for some conservatives, the well-being of family and friends.

    So all I care about California is that collapses in the way that has the least impact on me.

    Of course, it would be nice if the SEIU scammers, the people in San Francisco and Hollywood, and all the politicians get hurt really badly, but that is secondary to the state disintegrating quietly.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Interesting that you mention Hollywood. A slow decline has been taking place there, almost invisible to the eyes of the average movie-goer/TV watcher. Canada has opened its doors to production companies who are more than happy to take advantage of the cheap, reliable labor, excellent scenery and low overhead of putting together a top show or movie.

      In Hollywood, they still pay a grip $100/hr to move stuff around, get the lunches, etc. Union contract.

      I’ve been looking but have been unable to find what the rates are in Canada but I’m pretty certain they are much lower.

      If you’ve been watching, you may have also noticed a great number of Canadian actors in support roles on your favorite TV shows. Cost is certainly one reason while simultaneously providing a fresh canvas of talent to keep the shows looking new. You know, not seeing the same mega-stars all the time and then reading about their rehab exploits in the tabloids.

      So, as it continues, Hollywood will find itself “going Detroit” as it were. Things like this hollow themselves out from the inside and usually, it’s noticed too late and nothing can be done to fix it. I actually applaud it while at the same time shake my head to see the impending demise of a place that is so much of America. Good bad or indifferent, Hollywood is as much a part of this nation as the Grand Canyon. But, all good things must come to an end, I suppose. The bottom line never lies and if 90% of your production costs go into actors’ salaries and stage help/writers (remember the writers’ union walkout?), set designers, lighting and production management, all union. I can hear the sound of the slamming door coming.

    • proreason says:

      Except for the brain people (a handful of producers, writer, directors and business managers), and a few hundred or so “stars”, everybody else is interchangeable, are they not?

      And the only reason the stars are important is that people get attached to their favorites. Generally, it has nothing to do with talent. Who sits around discussing the acting ability of their favorite movie stars? A certain competancy is expected, and attractiveness, and attractiveness is probably the more critical of the two. Other than that, becoming a star is the luck of the draw (unless you have tiger milk, of course).

      There is some value in understanding the infrastructure (movie sets, the process of making a movie, hiring practices, camer techniques, equipment manufacturers, etc.) but that knowledge is widely known for any 100 year-old industry. It’s like a factory. It can be copied without great effort by people who make normal salaries.

      I’m surprised they haven’t completely left California for other southern states already. Got a wild hunch they aren’t very loyal to California. It should happen now fairly quickly as the tax bite digs deeper and deeper.

    • heykev says:

      Pro – the reason they have not moved away entirely out of state is that it really is a small, somewhat tight-knit “community” where you get jobs by your relationships, not necessarily talent. What they do love most of all is money. Which is why to most liberals chagrin, family movies are doing really, really well. Movies like Toy Story, Blind Side, Narnia, etc are being made now verses 20 years ago.

      Most movies and TV shows are filmed in Canada (primarily Vancouver for TV and Toronto for movies to be specific). Even shows you would never thing were filmed in Canada are. Just watched a rerun of “Psych” and instead of being filmed in Santa Monica where it’s supposedly taking place, it’s filmed in Vancouver.

  5. canary says:

    Wait till all these states with the Mexican growth showing on the census getting more representatives.

  6. Tater Salad says:

    Spoiled kids and capitalism:



    “While many Americans still believe that the main source of economic benefits is a combination of work, ingenuity and risk taking, along with simple notions of supply and demand (commonly known as free market principles—once believed extinct until live specimens were recently found in China), Europeans have been taught since about the end of WW II that the government is where all money, jobs and benefits come from. Some of them also reportedly believe government is where babies come from and where people go when they die.”

  7. Mithrandir says:

    Sacrificing the most vulnerable should come as NO SHOCK to any of you.

    ~Cut school breakfast, lunch, dinners? (payoffs to dem. voting blocks)
    You want to hurt children!

    ~Cut public sector unions, and their tax tyranny?
    Why do you want to kill the working class?

    ~Cut taxes!?
    Ok, we will eliminate fire and police protections for you…

    ~Balance the budget?
    Well, I guess you don’t need that social security check you have been paying into your whole life.

    ~Stopping unconstitutional health care laws?
    I guess grandma won’t get the hip replacement she needs!

    That’s government: agree with whatever it wants, or be punished. George Washington was right, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

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