Experts Expound

Experts Expound

“What happens now on the budget?”

Now that IOU’s are a done deal, they hammer out a compromise. It may take a week. It will involve structural budget reform and trade Cal Works and Cal Grant survival in a reduced form. It will be a total budget solution, probably with cigarette taxes. I bet we also get an omnibus reform package to go on the ballot before they adjourn.

What’s going to happen? Ask Susan Kennedy. She obviously has the Governor by what’s left of his steroid-shrunken sack.

Two weeks of consternation, name calling, press conferences, rallies and finger pointing followed by a partial federal bailout and a budget compromise.

No matter what Arnold says, they’re going to borrow — a lot. The best he can hope for is a few reforms.

The Senate takes down the portrait of George Washington, replaces it with one of Pogo, and the caption underneath reads: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” That would work for the Assembly, too.

What happens now? Between the parties they gin up some more phony baloney smoke and mirrors fixes and they simply get re-elected by a state full of people that have moved from apathetic to entropic. Too bad the media doesn’t do its job and spend time figuring out and exposing what they are really doing.

Assemblywoman Strickland gets another chance to piss off every single person on the other side of the aisle.

Nothing good.

Hollingsworth resigns to follow Phish, Bass leaves to run for LA dogcatcher, Governor gets a spine and a clue to go with all those muscles, and Steinberg shows up in a “Cuts Rock!” t-shirt–and then we get a budget.

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