By Wyatt Earp | May 20, 2009
Remember a few years ago, when people were talking about amending the Constitution to allow Arnold Schwarzenegger to run for president?
How do you think those people feel now?
If they live in California, home of the worst economy in the free world, they are probably looking to bind and gag the originators of that little movement.
California’s governor said he would meet with state leaders Wednesday after voters panned a handful of ballot measures designed to pull the state out of a deepening budget crisis.
Californians voted down five of the six propositions in a special election Tuesday. More than 60 percent of voters shot down each measure, according to final tallies Wednesday.
That’s because they don’t trust the governor. and they don’t trust the state legislature. Can you blame them?
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had said that, if the propositions failed, he would have to make drastic cuts to education and health care, and would probably free many inmates from the state prison system.
With all six measures defeated, the deficit would surge to $21.3 billion, Schwarzenegger’s office said last week. Even if all the measures passed, the deficit would hit $15.4 billion at the start of the new fiscal year in July.
Kal-ee-for-nee-a needs a bailout!
Schwarzenegger spoke about the apparent defeat late Tuesday.
“Tonight, we have heard from the voters, and I respect the will of the people who are frustrated with the dysfunction in our budget system,” the governor said in a statement. “We face a staggering $21.3 billion deficit, and in order to prevent a fiscal disaster, Democrats and Republicans must collaborate and work together to address this shortfall. The longer we wait, the worse the problem becomes and the more limited our choices will be.” (H/T - CNN)
“Democrats and Republicans must collaborate and work together . . .” Yeah, how has that worked out for you guys, so far, Arnold? The fact of the matter is this: Arnold Schwarzenegger has been an unnatural disaster as governor. And while his state legislators have been equally terrible, the buck stops at his steroid-injected desk.
Is there any wonder why Californians voted down his proposals?
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