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10/09/2003 Entry: "Angry Idiots of California (AIC) and the Federal dole"

"First, the fact that President Bush will be raising money in the state--something he is unlikely to do in, say, Al Kut, anytime soon--suggests that California is still a rich state that might be expected to pay its own way. While the Golden State is simpatico with Iraq in the sense that both have suffered power outages and both are sometimes said to be the size of California (California, as it happens, is exactly the size of California), that's about as far as it goes. With the federal budget also in deficit and California not actually having been invaded, it might get less aid than it would receive in an ideal world."

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"But even if Schwarzenegger does convince the president to send the Africa HIV/AIDS money to Sacramento instead, that would likely leave a few gaps in the state's budget. At his press conference, Schwarzenegger repeated campaign promises not to raise taxes, to repeal the recent tripling of vehicle registration fees and to rescind a law Gov. Davis signed last month that allows undocumented workers to obtain driver's licenses.

"This March, Davis said he believes that California is still owed $9 billion by energy companies that gouged the state in its recent energy crisis. Companies from whom the state is seeking refunds include Reliant Resources, BP, Duke Energy, Mirant, Dynegy, Calpine and, of course, Enron. The next governor hasn't emphasized the state's claim against the energy firms. That was Davis' baby.

"But Schwarzenegger will need some new ideas soon as some are now projecting the state deficit not at $8 billion but $20 billion. This is much more than the people of South Dakota and Mississippi would likely be willing to contribute."
Arnold Wants A Baghdad Deal For Calif., by Dan Ackman, Forbes.com, October 9, 2003

Excuse me, but did the Angry Idiots of California (AIC) just boot a guy who, like him or not, did know what he was doing, to put in a guy who wants to cut taxes or at least not raise them to solve our problems and then get money from DC?

We in CA get about 88 cents back on every tax dollar we send to DC. No Dak gets about $2.10 back. See this post. Maybe it is time for the Red States to support our tanned and lovely asses.

What do y'all AIC think the chances of that are?

Note: As bad as this farce has been, is and is going to be for California, it will probably be a boon for blogging.

 

 

 

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