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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CA GOP AWOL, WTF?

Seriously, California Republicans.  What.  The.  Fuck.

At CalWatchdog, Steven Greenhut catches Republicans “on the side of big government, higher taxes and uncontrolled debt and against property rights, individualism and freedom.” His proof? The Assembly GOP’s vote last week on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to phase out redevelopment agencies.

Brown wants to eliminate the state’s 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs). The Republicans – who continue to find new ways to lose in California – have only 27 out of 80 Assembly seats. That gives them no leverage on budget votes, which now require a straight majority rather than two-thirds. But it’s still enough to make a difference in emergency budget bills like this one, which do require a two-thirds majority. So during a week in which the Republicans allowed all manner of big-spending budget provisions to go by, how did they do on the one vote that could have helped California property owners and small business people?

One Republicans voted to support Governor Brown.  The others voted against.  The bill did not pass.  By one vote.

Killing California’s RDA’s should be a no-brainer.  As the Reason article I’ve taken this from shows, they are cesspools of corruption and shit piles of eminent domain abuse.  They are corporate welfare of the vilest kind.  But the GOP decided to defend them, for a variety of reasons, mostly because it benefits some big swinging dick in their district. Two, in particular, wanted to protect a potential new stadium in San Diego, an abuse of taxpayer funds that I would need to go beyond profanity to express my disgust for.

Will the national GOP be equally as craven?  We’re about to see.  So far, the CR’s and spending cuts passed have been canceling earmarks and bad spending the Democrats had targeted anyway.  We’re now going to get into the meat of things.  Are they going to cut defense spending, farm subsidies and corporate welfare?  Or will they defund NPR and declare victory?

We’re watching guys.  And we haven’t put away the pitchforks and torches we wielded against the Democrats last fall.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/23/11 at 06:59 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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