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“Family Values”…Terminator Style
“…first let me just say that I believe that the budget should be a reflection of what we in California value most and also it should be a representation of what our administration stands for, in good times or in bad.”
With those words echoing off the halls of the Capitol, Governor Schwarzenegger proceeded to unveil billions of dollars in new cuts to health and human services programs on Friday, May 14, with no new revenue sources identified, no new taxes and no cancellation of the 2009 tax breaks to corporations.
These cuts are in addition to cuts proposed in the January budget, but in some cases take the place of reductions proposed in January. In all, fully 2/3 of the proposed budget cuts of some $12.4 billion come at the expense of health and human services and include:
All this, in addition to the January proposed cuts, which include elimination of the Adult Day Heath Care Program; elimination of the CAPI program, which provides cash assistance to low-income legal, non-citizens (Arizona legislators must be applauding right now); a reduction of the SSI/SSP benefits from $845 to $830 per month – and many more cuts too numerous to mention.
Can he be serious? These proposed cuts are a reflection of what the citizens in California value most?
We don’t think so, and neither do the majority of our legislators.
Governor Schwarzenegger knows full well that his proposed budget cuts will not pass the legislature. He also knows that – while he is “out of here” at the end of the year and back to pumping iron in Hollywood– the legislators will have to live with the cries of the children, the poor, the elderly and persons with disabilities who are the victims of his irresponsible political adventure.
The Governor is right on one count, however. His budget is a very good representation of what his administration stands for.
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