California the Banana Republic

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Sign of the times by daveblume.


By Ben Cohen

The NY Times reports on what will happen to California if Governor Schwarzenegger makes good on his proposed budget cuts to make up the enormous deficit:

In a special election on May 19, voters rejected a batch of measures


on increasing taxes, borrowing funds and reapportioning state money


that were designed to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap. The cuts


Mr. Schwarzenegger has proposed to make up the difference, if enacted


by the Legislature, would turn California into a place that in some


ways would be unrecognizable in modern America: poor children would


have no health insurance, prisoners would be released by the thousands


and state parks would be closed.

Nearly all of the billions of
dollars in cuts the administration has proposed would affect programs
for poor Californians, although prisons and schools would take hits, as
well.

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