Every single budget compromise that has been negotiated has been rejected by the Republicans. They say there is one, and only one, budget solution they will vote for: mass layoffs of state employees and contractors. They want the state's teachers fired, construction employees fired, firefighters fired, DMV workers fired, medical workers fired and mass firings from the rest of the state's departments. And when they are done with that they demand cutbacks in medical care for the elderly, disabled, blind, and everyone else.
How are they getting away with this?
"As California's financial troubles intensify daily, leading Democrats continue to blame Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for failing to win Republican votes for a budget solution.The editorial just misinforms the public about what is going on! Repeatedly the Democrats have compromised, giving up more and more, but the Republicans have refused to compromise in any way. They just say, "No taxes" and that is that. THIRTEEN paragraphs down, the second to last paragraph, begins,
. . . Democrats will have to offer concessions if they want their counterparts to compromise on tax hikes. So far, Democrats have failed to make even the most reasonable of concessions to save California from insolvency."
"To be fair, Democrats in the last special session made some real concessions -- agreeing to $8.1 billion in cuts to state programs -- in their elusive search for a budget deal."Oh, really, to "be fair" they mention this, in spite of the headline and the rest of the editorial, any members of the public who are still reading can learn that the Democrats have offered BILLIONS in cuts to state programs to try to get the Republicans to move even an inch away from demanding mass layoffs.
California will remain ungovernable and will slip further into economic distress as long as a small minority is able to block budgets, and as long as the public's sources of information continue to mislead.