Schwarzenstupid: Governor cuts pay of state workers to punish legislators who are responsible for the budget problem -- Should have cut payments to illegal aliens first!
UPDATE: (07/31/08) CALIFORNIA CONTOLLER TO GOVERNOR -- YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!
John Chiang, the California State Controller sent Arnold Schwarzenegger a 3-page letter informing him that he will not comply with the Schwarzenegger's order and pointing out why the Governor is wrong about the law, his powers and his fiscal assumptions. The letter can be found at http://www.sco.ca.gov/eo/pressbox/2008/08/ltr_to_gov.pdf.
Original Blog Entry ...
In an act of pure political theatre, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued an executive order punishing California’s state workers for the lack of action on the part of the California legislature.
“ ‘Today I am exercising my executive authority to avoid a full-blown crisis and keep our state moving forward," Governor Schwarzenegger said. ‘This is not an action I take lightly, but we do not have a budget, and as Governor, I have a responsibility to make sure our state has enough money to pay its bills.’"
IT IS ORDERED that the services and functions of state government directly related to the preservation and protection of human life and safety, including but not limited to emergency and disaster response activities and the provision of 24-hour medical care, shall be deemed critical and exempt from this Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except for services and functions of state government deemed critical and exempt by this Order, all State agencies and departments under my direct executive authority take immediate action effective July 31, 2008 to cease and desist hiring of employees (except in instances in which there is a bona fide offer and acceptance prior to the effective date of this Order), transferring employees between State agencies and departments, promoting employees, and contracting for individuals to perform services.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except for services and functions of state government deemed critical and exempt by this Order and emergent situations to preserve and protect human life and safety, all State agencies and departments under my direct executive authority take immediate action to cease and desist authorization of all overtime for employees effective July 31, 2008.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except for services and functions of state government deemed critical and exempt by this Order, all State agencies and departments under my direct executive authority take immediate action to terminate the services of the following five categories of employees and individuals effective July 31, 2008: (1) Retired Annuitants; (2) Permanent Intermittent Employees; (3) Seasonal Employees; (4) Temporary Help Workers; and (5) Student Assistants.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except for services and functions of state government deemed critical and exempt by this Order and except for services provided pursuant to multi-year contracts for Information Technology systems and services, all State agencies and departments under my direct executive authority take immediate action to suspend all personal services contracts effective July 31, 2008.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Director of the Department of Finance and Director of the Department of Personnel Administration shall work with the State Controller to develop and implement the necessary mechanisms, including but not limited to pay letters and computer programs, to comply with the California Supreme Court's White v. Davis opinion to pay federal minimum wage to those nonexempt FLSA employees who did not work any overtime.
Bold and dramatic action is something that Schwarzenegger understands from his days in Hollywood. Unfortunately, unlike movie effects which are accomplished with smoke, mirrors and complete with re-takes, this is real life with real consequences.
The Governor doesn’t get it …
People were fooled by Schwarzenegger’s well-scripted rhetoric and seemingly sincere delivery. The Republicans went along for the ride knowing that they would re-gain a modicum of power that would be denied to the democrat-infested legislature. Boy were they surprised when Schwarzenegger announced that he was a new breed of post-partisan politician (e.g. liberal democrat) and was all about working for the people. A RINO (Republican In Name Only) in every sense.
Imagine their chagrin when the “I’m too rich to be bought” Governor then proceeded to out fundraise even the prodigious “special interest fundraiser” Gray Davis, the recalled Governor who he replaced. Going Davis one better and using money from special foundations whose contributors (lobbyists and others) remained shielded from public scrutiny to fund his lavish jet set lifestyle befitting a movie star.
Immediately cutting aid to illegal aliens ...
The first step in resolving the budget crisis should have been terminating all payments and aid to illegal aliens before cutting payments to legal California citizens who happen to be state workers.
Risking the California economy …
Those who are not able to collect their full state salary may face foreclosure on their housing or other severe financial problems caused by this drastic action. Of course, the Governor suggested that California banks help any disadvantaged employees with loans – mentioning that they will be paid when he receives a budget and state operations resume. When the salaries resume and back-payment is made, the employees will still be responsible for the interest on any loans which may have been necessary to continue their daily lives as well as dealing with any black marks on their credit reports.
Will the legislature respond?
It is unknown whether or not this action will force California’s legislature to respond with a budget or adopt one of Schwarzenegger’s proposal for increasing gaming revenues, securitizing the lottery or raising California’s sales tax on an emergency basis.
It is also unknown if California’s Treasurer and Controller will follow the executive order and institute the action – or bypass it using a court challenge of the Governor’s ability to take this drastic action.
Not all bad …
This is a perfect opportunity to dump all of the superfluous employees and paid political commissars (appointees) that head generally useless and ceremonial positions.
Like with all California Government operations, one needs to both follow the money trail and wait to see how the issue is resolved.
What can YOU do?
Do not elect celebrity movie stars who are used to a life of adoration and special privilege to run any government function.
Terminate Schwarzenegger’s political career before he turns into his relative: Teddy Kennedy.
Demand that the California legislature deliver a balanced budget on time.
Demand that the California legislature live within their budgetary means.
Demand that payments for illegal alien programs be cut before payments to state workers.
Do not elect liberal democrats to the California legislature – especially those whose allegiance to illegal aliens is well known and documented.
Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.
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