Faced with a $21.3 billion budget deficit and proposed tax hikes, California voters rejected the tax increases, essentially telling their state government to get it’s act together and quit driving the state over a financial abyss.
In response, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has come up with a proposal that has the “mainstream” media and other Leftists swallowing their snuff.
From the LA Times:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.
Several years ago, Californians got rid of Governor Gray Davis and his ignominious leadership, replacing him with The Terminator.
Unfortunately the tendency of many people on the Left Coast to want to have everything without paying for it has rendered even Schwarzenegger ineffective in turning California around.
But now it seems the voters have got fed up enough with fiscal irresponsibility to give Schwarzenegger a hand.
Schwarzenegger said the message from the voters when they rejected tax increases was this: “Live within your means.”
What a radical concept.
It’s about time we saw a leader get serious about cutting socialist programs and returning some sanity to a government budget. And it’s too bad that it took a dramatic action by the people to bring a leader to that point.
It does, however, illustrate the truth that a free people can never turn their backs on the political process and blindly expect their leaders to represent their best interests. Vigilance is the price of freedom, and citizens must stay informed, watching their leaders and policies closely to safeguard their own freedom and prosperity.
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