Are any of you following Jerry Brown’s plans to deal with the California budget crisis? It’s pretty easy to see where the current plan is headed:
“The governor kind of took the baby and split it in half. He has $12.5 billion in cuts and $12.5 billion in revenue increases,” said state Assemblyman Jim Beall, the Democratic chair of the Committee on Human Services, which oversees the social programs that will take the biggest hit.
Brown has held frequent meetings with legislators of both sides. And he has so far been able to sell Democrats on the massive cuts by laying out the scary scenario of what happens if his budget doesn’t pass, the assemblyman said.[…..]
And making it all even more complicated, Democrats have to agree to the cuts on faith that voters will extend the tax increases enacted in 2009 and set to expire. Brown promised any new taxes would be put to voters, and the earliest an initiative could be placed on the ballot is July. So Democrats and labor will have to take the initial hit in hopes that voters agree to raises taxes, even as Republicans likely campaign against them.[…..]
“The best part about California today is that the Democrats own it,” said Linda Ackerman, a Republican National Committeewoman from California.
The Democrats do the spending cuts, then Republicans campaign against the tax hikes, muck things up as much as possible, blame the Democrats and make some political hay. Who knows, maybe we’ll see another recall of the governor?
There is no way Republicans can control California anytime soon, because they’ve alienated Latinos too much (they may win the odd gubernatorial election, but the demographics of the State Legislature are brutal for them). How much damage will they be able to do as a minority party? And how much will principled, serious conservative pundits cheer their campaign of destruction?