Monday, December 15, 2008

California GOP Takes a Stand

Reality be damned! Ideology, not reason, rules their world.

California is hurtling toward a financial abyss, projecting a $40 billion shortfall by July 2010, and no deal can be struck without at least three Republican votes in both the Assembly and Senate.

GOP officials clutch that trump card with relish as the state braces to pull the plug on $5 billion in public works projects and warns it won't be able to pay all its bills by February or March.

Democrats and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger want to shrink the gap through a combination of program cuts and tax increases – but Republican lawmakers adamantly oppose raising taxes and nearly all have signed national pledges to hold firm.

Democrats say the GOP is holding California coffers hostage.

But Jon Fleischman of the state GOP's board of directors said time is on their side.

He's right about that, as eventually the Democrats will have to find a work around to save millions of Americans from even more severe hardship. But I don't think time is going to be as favorable to them as they think. Spending may be the key stimulus for many states to rebounding from the crunch that has drained their resources. Republicans seem bent on launching full scale Hoover 2.0 for the sake of ideological protection, and in the face of economic reasoning strikes a cord better described as petulant than noble. They're rearranging the deckchairs on the SS Republican Party.

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