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Bloviating Zeppelin: Fornicalia GOP Sacks Up

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fornicalia GOP Sacks Up

The Demorats are holding the Fornicalia budget hostage. In a recession, they want to spend spend spend spend. Fornicalia's budget is more than six months overdue. The proposed budget, locked by Demorats, includes $15 billion dollars in tax increases which averages out to a toll of $1,500 per Fornicalia family.

If you're a Fornicalia resident, you can calculate your tax hit here. Here is the budget proposal as of last Saturday.

The budget is at an impasse. Left Wing Liberal Governor Schwarzenegger wants the Forniculus budget (replete with the above taxes) passed -- despite the fact that Schwarzo himself acquired the Guv's chair on the back of exorbitant VLF (vehicle licensing fund) rates via vehicle registration fees proposed during the tenure of Gray Davis in 2003. Why yes, that's correct, registration fees in this new budget would double current fees.

That was enough to kick Gray Davis out of the Sacramento comfy chair. But not Schwarzo?

A heaping helping of hypocrisy, anyone? Bueller?

On Wednesday, Fornicalia Republicans had had enough when their GOP leader did not oppose the new taxes in the proposed budget. They sacked his ass. From
Senate Republicans ousted their leader early this morning as other lawmakers continued searching for one more GOP vote in the upper house to break the state's budget deadlock.

In a contentious meeting that lasted through the midnight hour, Senate Republicans removed Sen. Dave Cogdill as leader and replaced him with Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, who opposes the budget deal Cogdill negotiated for his caucus because it contains new taxes.

Apparently Fornicalia Republicans are beginning to coalesce.

Most everything was included in the budget with the exception, I understand, of the 12-cent per gallon tax on gasoline. Not much to be proud of, not much about which to be jubilant.

Leaders also agreed to Maldonado's demand to eliminate the 12-cent additional gas tax, which was estimated to bring in $2.1 billion through June 2010, and up to a 5 percent surcharge on income tax liability. The money will be replaced with a 0.25 percent increase in the state income tax rate, federal stimulus dollars and more than $600 million in line-item vetoes.

With the changes made today, the deal totals $15 billion in state spending reductions, $12.8 billion in temporary tax increases, $11.4 billion in borrowing and a $1 billion reserve.
Republican Abel Maldonado held out, then finally voted for the package as delineated above. Here are the "concessions" Maldonado allegedly acquired. Please note this, however:
But legislative leaders refused to grant him his proposal to eliminate legislative pay altogether when the budget is late.
Politicians actually penalized when a budget is late? We can't have that! cried the legislators.
What a damnable abortion.



Blogger Greywolfe said...

Holy cow! That's crazy. I didn't think there WERE any GOPers left in California. And GOPers with Cajones, no less. I am impressed. Hold the line guys!!!

Thu Feb 19, 11:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

02 19 09

I hope they can resolve this and soon.

Thu Feb 19, 03:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

It is good to see a few diehards in the People's Republic of California! Soon you will be unable to drive because it is too expensive and then no work will get done... then the economy will truly go to hell.

Thu Feb 19, 04:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Greywolfe said...

unfortunately someone caved. Hope he got a good deal for his 40 pieces of silver.

Disa, hope you guys don't mind another tax hike.

Thu Feb 19, 07:55:00 PM PST  
Blogger KurtP said...

A 'temporary tax hike'.
Is that like being kinda pregnant?

Thu Feb 19, 08:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

KurtP: no, that like being completely screwed.


Fri Feb 20, 07:45:00 AM PST  

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