California the Banana Republic

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

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