California faces a $42 billion budget deficit through June 2010. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a plan.
Two-day-a-month furloughs (without pay) to all 238,000 state workers. Of course two employee unions had challenged Schwarzenegger’s executive order, saying he did not have authority to order furloughs.
Judge Patrick Marlette disagreed. In a preliminary ruling, he said the governor has “express authority to make the challenged order.”
Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and he said the reduced-work plan will save California about $1.4 billion through June 2010.
Marlette said “The current circumstances constitute an emergency,” and “The challenged order is reasonable and necessary.”
So the furloughs are scheduled to start Feb. 6.
Schwarzenegger also has sought other concessions from state employees, including eliminating two of their 14 paid holidays.
The governor said “To me labor has the choice, and I made this very clear: That they can help us in making the decision in how they save the $1.4 billion,”.
From my perspective it’s a pretty simple decision … you take the cuts as individuals or you lose your job. My husband always says “half of something is better than all of nothing” … it is prudent to think along those lines sometimes in the real world.
Perhaps Barack Obama needs to pick up the same gauntlet with the federal government job force.
The public is called on to chinch in their belts … lets see Nancy P. spearhead the movement in her house.
That would be refreshing wouldn’t it?
Electronic database to include lawsuit, mental health, abortion, sexual details and only GOD knows what else.
Another little discussed insert in the Obama economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out.
Documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.
Could be shared? … well we all know how leak proof ANYTHING in our government is. Lets translate that into lay language. Will be shared either for FREE or an under the table FEE.
Consumer Watchdog, even suggested today Google is trying to lobby for the “sale of electronic medical records.”
Pushing for the provisions so it may sell patient medical information to its advertising clients on the new ‘Google Health’ database?
Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Congress urging them to put the nix on this process … no doubt like everything else it will be ignored by all. LETTER HERE.
Does any of this matter to you?
If so TO BAD.
This is simply one more thing the ‘Obama HOPE AND CHANGE’ is quietly trying to slip by the public.
Gee I wonder how this could possibly happen?
Well of late I have wondered not only how is this happening but when/where did it start?
It seems Bernard Madoff is a lightweight at ponzi when you look at the $825 billion stimulus plan.
The nation is about to be screwed without even a kiss.
The majority of the voting population voted for Barack Obama with the promise of change.
I would be willing to bet the change expected was not for the WORSE. In reality suddenly ALL sides of the isle are leaping onto the disaster bandwagon.
I have just had an opportunity to look over the latest American Reinvestment and Recovery Plan.
It sounds GREAT! Keep in mind the operative word is SOUNDS.
$825 billion stimulus plan? Stimulus to who? The majority of it certainly will not benefit you or me.
It does not take rocket science or even 4th grade math to realize this governmental 2 + 2 does NOT ADD UP to 4.
Those awestruck by ‘Obama Light’ are slowly beginning to realize they and their children will be left footing the bill.
Thank heavens I have a dollar tree in my back yard, I expect the value of those leaves are equal to that of the US dollars they are cranking out by US presses 24/7.
Nancy Pelosi in an interview TRIES TO JUSTIFY the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars for family planning services. How literally enlightening … “the states are in terrible fiscal crisis”? And that is solved by handing out condoms? Is this woman dumb as a stump?
How stupid does she think we are to fall for this CROCK?
Let’s see here it takes 3 mos for the money to hit these agencies, another 3 most to get the teaching process going, then at least a year for the drop in unplanned pregnancy to manifest (if it does and probably will not).
That is simply one logic shooting holes in the “Pelosi rationale’ and there is no doubt you all could come up with about 100 more.
Then we have our ‘clown friend Barney’ (Barney Frank that is) bailing out his buddy bank? You know the one that the FDIC is pinging on because of misconduct? Why is this ‘corrupt dunce’ still in a position to do any of this?
How intelligent can Barack Obama be to allow any of this on his watch. Maybe he thinks we do not hold him accountable for what his underlings do?
We also have the NOW FAMOUS Rod Blagojevich … I have now watched him on 3 interviews or clips of those interviews. The same mindset and phrase occurs ad nauseam. “I did nothing illegal” … it sounds so much like “I did not have sex with that woman” I want to throw up. What suddenly struck me like a ton of bricks … the common thread. These people HONESTLY DO NOT think they have done anything wrong.
I am sorry I DO NOT ACCEPT that because some people lie it is acceptable for all politicians to be liars.
The corrupt system wins when “we the people” think we do not count. That is the time when it is most necessary to take a stand and have your voice heard. At least you do not succumb to the apathy and become a part of the problem.
Let your voice be heard … http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ enter your zipcode and you will be taken to a page to contact your own state representatives. Let them know you are not happy having your future sold out from under you.
The government hierarchy is entrenched in scandal these days.
MSM could not wait to leap on the bandwagon to tar, feather and pillar anyone in the Republican party that they felt was doing wrong. The silence from them TODAY is deafening.
Perhaps they do not consider all of the scandal rife in the new political administration wrong?
The news is full of stories about how Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.
Obama’s new White House chief of staff, FOB (friends of Barack) Rahm Emanuel, also has serious ethical shortcomings. Emanuel’s voice is on the tapes of Blagojevich and John Harris, Blagojevich’s recently departed chief of staff. Emanuel is heard representing Obama in the negotiations to sell the Senate seat. When approached by the governor, Emanuel didn’t contact authorities and turn in Harris or Blagojevich for pitching the deal. Remember, at least two players are required for the “pay to play” game. All of those who actively participated in the alleged negotiations to sell a Senate seat are just as guilty as Blagojevich.
There is little if any concern about the pattern of close Obama associates involved in scandal. Apparently the MSM can not connect the dots or never heard the old term BOAF (birds of a feather).
Then we have Eric Holder, FOB and Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, is also guilty of questionable entanglements, making it nearly impossible for him to fulfill his duties as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Holder, on the last day of Bill Clinton’s presidency, worked on the controversial pardon of felon Marc Rich and a whole slew of others. Later, when in private practice, Holder represented the Chiquita company, securing them a sweetheart deal in the lawsuit against them for paying protection money to AUC, a Colombian terrorist group. AUC is responsible for horrific massacres in Colombia and plays a large role in the exportation of cocaine from the country. Court records reveal Holder wanted the Chiquita case dismissed, saying, “There is no clearly defined rule of international law prohibiting material support of terrorism.” The U.S. government designated the AUC as a foreign terrorist organization on September 10, 2001.
FOB Bill Richardson recently withdrew his name from nomination for Commerce secretary due to a grand jury investigation. He is accused of taking $100,000 from another FOB, David Rubin, president of the CDR Financial Products, Inc. “I have been an unabashed supporter of Democratic causes and public figures, especially those like Richardson, who support a liberal, inclusive agenda,” Rubin said.
The grand jury is looking into Rubin’s Beverly Hills, Calif.-based CDR, which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004. This is after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and Native American voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. The New Mexico probe comes two years after the FBI searched CDR’s records as part of a nationwide investigation into whether banks and advisers conspired to overcharge local governments on financing deals.
CDR has also been the target of investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice into whether banks and brokers conspired to rig bids on municipal derivatives and profit from deals at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.
What the news has failed to cover is that Obama, too, received big money — $30,000 — from Rubin in September. Obama has raked in millions for his presidential campaign from donors with business before the federal government.
Then we have the brilliant Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. He is a must have because he is the ONLY PERSON who can pull us out of the economic crunch the government has foisted our way. He is SO BRILLIANT he can not figure out his income tax using turbo tax. I have to ask how brilliant can someone be if they can not figure out a program set up for kindergarten children. How brilliant is someone who fails to pay their tax for 4 years. How exceedingly brilliant is someone who takes a check compensating for those failed tax payments? Can anyone spell CROOK except me?
If there is a silver lining in all of this it is simple … all of those silent PUNDITS are going down the tubes along with all of us little guys. Apparently these visionary’s can not see the writing on the wall they too will be standing in an unemployment line somewhere.
Yesterday I was drawn to the TV in order to watch the presidential inauguration … one of the more historic moments in my time.
A half black man was elected President of the United States of America. That in itself is a minor miracle to one who looks back 67 years in time.
I have to say this is the first time in my life I was interested enough to watch most of an inauguration of any past President. Barack Obama’s speech was one of the most inspirational I have yet to hear. It reminded me somewhat of a speech by John F. Kennedy where the famous “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do of your country” was born. All of the ‘hope’ pieces directed at the populace were there … certainly something that the mass could cling to for ‘hope of positive change’.
So what if the moment was a little tarnished by an 87-year-old civil rights pioneer, Rev. Joseph Lowery, during the inauguration benediction when asking God to help mankind work for a day when “white would embrace what is right”.
Apparently Rev. Lowery is to old to remember where he came from and where he is today … ALL achieved by the majority of whites who worked so hard by the side of blacks in order to usher in that change. Otherwise Lowery and his issue might still be behind a horse drawn plow in some Louisiana cotton field of old.
So what if the occasion were further tarnished by those in the crowd chanting ‘boo’ to President Bush, his wife Laura, Vice President Chaney and his wife Lynn?
We must be reminded this bad behavior is indicative of the ‘warped character’ sported by a ‘minority left fringe’. Unfortunately this fringe would vote for Mickey Mouse … the silver lining was Obama was there instead.
What I found disappointing was Barack Obama snickered at (Rev. Lowery) and ignored the ‘boo chant’ of a fringe that he mistakenly thinks love him.
Obama missed the opportunity to stop EVERYTHING in its tracks and in reality be as great as a majority expects him to be. Instead he showed his own lack of character by failing to respond to ‘right is right’. We are lead by example not by words alone.
Do you think maybe ‘we the people’ should expect someone who ‘walks the walk’ instead of simply blathers on about ‘hope and change’?
For me what overshadowed this whole historic moment was when Barack Obama placed his hand on the Lincoln bible and swore to uphold the Constitution of the USA.
WHAT A CROCK!
What kind of light is shed on the character of a man who knows he does not qualify as a ‘natural born citizen’ (AS REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE USA) but pretends he does anyway?
What does it say about the character of those who claim to love our nation and the Constitution (the foundation of this country) when they sit idle and say/do nothing?
We expect this man is capable to lead us where?
This commentary has NOTHING to do with politics … it has everything to do with character and ethics, which clearly is sorely lacking in our government today.
So ‘we the people’ are saddled for 4 years with someone who spouts “hope and change” while being void of character and ethics?
This is THE JOKE OF THE CENTURY!