Monday, May 17, 2010

Budget Woes, Drastic Cuts

The budget cuts proposed recently in California are probably not all that different from cuts being floated in other states.

And like other states, no one is suggesting the cuts that are most desperately needed.

Arnold wants to end welfare in California, and says that, "We have to take the ladder away from the tree and shake the whole tree. We must make very difficult decisions."

Schwarzenegger said his spending cuts would eliminate 60 percent of funding for community mental health. Low income families would also lose access to state-subsidized day care for children, the governor added."

These are the very services most needed for working folks to function, and to be employed successfully.

If we're talking about "shaking the whole tree" here, where are the calls to eliminate corporate welfare? And Pentagon welfare? How about ending the billions of dollars of corporate welfare for all the companies that clearly have no interest in employing Americans?

How come whenever anyone, whether democrat or republican, talks about "drastic budget cuts", or "cutting back on government spending", they invariably mean public programs? Let's have a real discussion for a change - one that focuses on ending corporate welfare, and all the other perks for the companies that outsource our jobs and fuck the taxpayer over six ways from Sunday.

Let's shake that tree!

From Raw Story:
Schwarzenegger’s solution to California’s budget woes: End welfare

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday unveiled plans to plug California's budget deficit by slashing billions of dollars worth of funding for services designed to help the state's poor.

Schwarzenegger's budget proposals would see spending cuts of 12.4 billion dollars and include the elimination of California's welfare-to-work program and virtually all child care for low income families.

"California no longer has low-hanging fruits," Schwarzenegger said in Sacramento. "We have to take the ladder away from the tree and shake the whole tree. We must make very difficult decisions."

Schwarzenegger said his spending cuts would eliminate 60 percent of funding for community mental health. Low income families would also lose access to state-subsidized day care for children, the governor added.

"The list goes on and on. We're left with nothing but tough choices," Schwarzenegger said. See the rest.

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