"""Question: “Governor, you said you would be seeking additional cuts in Health and Human Services. And I’m wondering, how do you justify that when the economy is not doing well and the demand for government programs is going up?”
Schwarzenegger replied: “Well, I think that you said it. Because the economy is not doing well and because we have a broken budget system we don’t have more money. We have to live within our means. That’s what I need to do in my business, that’s what I need to do in my family We have to live within our means.”
For Schwarzenegger, living within his means apparently involves commuting to work every morning in his own private jet.
The Governor continued, “Everyone has to tighten their belts. Local government has to tighten their belts, we have to tighten our belts. We have to recognize there’s only so much money.”
The Democrats in Sacramento, for their part, have made use of the absence of actual budget negotiations to denounce the Schwarzenegger ‘s plans, using oppositional-sounding rhetoric which costs them nothing. According to State Senate President Darrel Steinberg, “The cuts are absolutely unacceptable.” Senator Denise Ducheny of San Diego said that under the Governor’s plan, “children have no value, but corporate tax breaks that do not exist today have greater value than the children of California.”
There can be no doubt however, that the state Democrats will, in the end, fully agree to massive austerity measures in one form or another. The Democrats, no less than the Republicans, represent the interests of the financial elite who demand further sacrifice from the broad masses of the population."""
Authentic demos opposed to Ahhnuld-nomics might consider a celebrity and athlete tax (not to say a modification of Prop. 13, that giveaway to the California wealthy elite). Have west LA and malibu actors, rock stars and jocko-scabs (yes, comrade, pro- athletes are scabs--as are the news-boys pitchin' the schports biz) and corp. executives foot the bill--could say an LA Laker, or ho-wood starlet, or Ahhnuld himself--or a silicon mogul such as Jobs-- pass the same tests the average high school math teacher has?? Un f-ing likely.