Terminator strikes again

29 July 2009 |permalink | email article

Disgraced Gov. Schwarzenegger talked about the “good, bad and ugly” in signing a revised $85 billion budget on Tuesday, using his line-item veto authority to save an additional $656 million that will let California restore a reserve fund he said is needed for tough times.

The former actor, after telling the New York Times only days ago that “public service is a great joy,” fell well short of shedding any crocodile tears for slash and burn tactics that decimate child welfare programs, health care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts. For the first time since the recession began in late 2007, the state will also reduce county funding for child protection and care services.

Refreshing yesterday was the absence by Democratic leaders of the smiling photo op presence with the governor when the budget agreement was announced last week.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass was outspoken in attacking cuts affecting child welfare, water, corrections and pensions. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who negotiated the original budget compromise with Schwarzenegger, immediately criticized the legality of many of the governor’s vetoes.

With the state’s credit rating declining to nearly junk status after two months during which elected officials could not agree on solving the budget crisis, can California finance officials convince Wall Street to begin the flow of routine borrowing and end the issuance of IOUs?

Looking ahead. The full Senate votes on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor on August 7. With a slim Republican majority in 2006, Samuel Alito was confirmed 58-42 with just four Democrats voting for him. In 2005, John Roberts was confirmed by a much wider margin, 78-22, with Democrats about evenly split. 

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“If Sarah Palin looked like Golda Meir, would we even be talking about her today?” John McCain pal and Republican strategist Mike Murphy on the exit of the former Alaska governor.

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