May 19, 2009

Yesterday I wrote this in response to Joel’s post:

Why I actually support Arnold on Cali legalizing pot!

I said:

Honestly at this point, Schwarzenkennedy would probably tax rainfall, sunshine, cool breezes, and pretty views if he thought it would generate revenue. Sad fact is all any of these progressives would have to do is to get the hell out of the way and California would blow us away. They have natural resources, knowledge, wealth, growing season, workforce, experience, you name it. I simply cannot understand why people fail to see that those policies fail, except for the fact that it is a WILLING SUSPENSION OF REALITY on their part. They willingly refuse to see what is right in front of them.

Then I got this in my email this morning from which just serves to prove my point exactly:

Today voters in California will go to the polls to decide the fate of six ballot propositions, four of which would raise taxes on Californians. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pushed heavily for all six ballot measures which are designed to close the state’s $15 billion budget shortfall. But even though Schwarzenegger’s legacy depends on the passage of these initiatives, he will not be in California tonight to see the results. The Los Angeles Times reports: “His absence in the face of widely forecast defeat drew mockery from his foes.”

Instead Schwarzenegger will be in Washington, DC, where he is scheduled to join President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate the federal adoption of auto emissions standards that mirror standards previously adopted by California. The Los Angeles Times describes this as “a win for California.” That may be. But it is a loss for the rest of the nation. And it may be just the first of many.
For decades California has been a leader in public policy innovation. A generation ago, California was at the forefront of a taxpayer revolt that eventually helped elect President Ronald Reagan and usher in three decades of prosperity. California is still exporting its public policy ideas. But this time those ideas spell doom for the rest of the nation. In 2006 Schwarzenegger signed into law
the toughest global warming regulations of any state. It is no accident that the author of current federal global warming legislation, Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA)(Nostrilitis Nostrilidamus), hails from California. So how is California’s experiment with a “green economy” going?
imports more energy than any state in the country and as a result has some of the highest energy costs in the country, including the second highest commercial sector energy prices (only ocean bound Hawaii has higher rates). California’s unemployment rate hit 9.3% in December 2008, up from 4.9% in December 2006. There are now 1.5 million Californians out of work. The state has the fourth-highest housing foreclosure rate in the nation, has lost more businesses than any state in recent years, and is facing a $40 billion deficit. In some small towns unemployment is now running close to 40%.
And at what benefit to the environment? None. All economic pain for zero environmental gain; that is the exact same formula the Waxman-Markey energy tax legislation offers the United States. It’s been a disaster for California. It would be a disaster for the nation.

They do not CARE! The proof that it would be a disaster is literally all around the world. Will it give them a moment’s pause, no! This is about power and greed. This is not logical in the sense of “what is good for the nation” this is logical for them in the sense of “this is good for ME ME ME” I waver between thinking they live in a fantasy world and thinking that they are grounded in reality and know what this will do to the Nation and simply do not care.

Boy that is a great choice isn’t it? CRAZY or EVIL/GREEDY, pick one, or both.

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