Squishy CA Republicans finding some backbone [Darleen]
…and they are standing up to Gov Brown:
In their letter, the five Republicans outlined the policy changes they are seeking.
They include pension rollbacks for public employees, further constitutional restrictions on state spending, easing regulations on business, an overhaul of the tax code and an expansion of contracting out government work to private companies.
The senators also suggested that Brown abandon his plans to eliminate redevelopment agencies and tax breaks for companies that hire in depressed regions, saying he should reform the programs instead.
Gil Duran, Brown’s press secretary, dismissed those demands in an e-mail as a “Republican laundry list.”
“These senators have a golden, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve significant reform, but they cannot realistically expect to resolve 30 years of contentious issues in one week,” Duran wrote.
The Republicans acknowledged that they did not expect all their demands to be met, but said Brown had “either rejected or so watered down” their proposals as to make them worthless.
If not now, when? If not here, where? If these “moderate Republicans” that Moonbeam counted on for a bi-partisan figleaf are balking at business-as-usual, then it is time for TEA Party members and other small-government advocates need to back up the CA GOP just as much as they do Gov. Walker. CA has some of the meanest public employee unions in the nation (Teachers and Prison Guards) and I suspect they will start targeting the CAGOP Five if they believe any headway is being made on their agenda.
I was listening to Prager yesterday and he was being VERY “unhelpful” in saying if the GOP candidates are to fail because they refuse to be liberals to the Dems lefties, then so be it. He’d rather fail on principle then just win to be in power if nothing is to change.
He also interviewed Dick Morris [...] and they both put away the canard that one cannot use the “s-word” (socialist) to describe Dem/Obama policies. The Left has again grabbed the framing of the issue asserting one cannot use “socialist” unless 100% of the economy is controlled by the Government — but that didn’t exist even in the USSR (lots of officially ignored small businesses and underground economy). Morris pointed out that under Obama the US government has gone from controlling about 34% of the economy to about 45% — same as France, Germany and Greece.