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Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest  residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.

The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion.

—Eric Bailey

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The State Legislature, and therefore, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, have not ever been committed to cutting the growth rate of state programs and holding the line on taxes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger consequently "wears the name, but does not play the game" (The name is "Republican") . However, duplicity is not uncommon, especially here in California.

The real problem is California, like the Soviet Union, can not sustain itself on just "socialism" or "communism". In order to generate economic growth, free enterprise is required. This is one reason why the Chinese modified their system. Communism can not generate the necessary revenue to sustain itself (the state) without business.

President Obama will end up bailing out California, no matter what he says to the contrary. Obama is real good at "flip flops", as are many others, especially here in California.

In 1975 the City of New York went broke. New York asked then President Gerald Ford (R) for Federal loan guarantees of several Billion. President Ford refused and in effect, was reported to have said: "Drop Dead". Three months later, President Ford recanted and signed legislation which gave New York 2.5 Billion in Federal loan guarantees. America's politicans are not strong enough to say "NO" to millions of people (just individuals).

Rush Linbaugh predicted yesterday the Federal government will end up bailing out California. He also predicts Federal income tax rates will have to increase for everyone in America just to pay for the upcoming Federal bailout of California. Obama can not afford to let California sink.

California is the shining example of the modern welfare state and Mr. Obama needs California to succeed so he can justify similar changes for all the rest of the United States. Obama needs to support California in order to proceed with converting the rest of America into a European style welfare state.

CUT government employees salaries, effective NOW. Not next year. Most of us have lost our jobs or had our salaries cut, by 15% effective immediately.

Before you take away a single dime from students or health care, cut those salaries effective NOW. Next year is too late. Live like the rest of us live.

Then think about the cuts. You cut Cal Grants, you throw kids out of college, in to a market where there are zero jobs....and you've wrecked lives and created instant homeless out of our best and brightest college kids.
That is not only wrong...it's stupid.

Read today about the additional 93 billion for the military bringing the total to 900 BILLION this year with billions for the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
But we can't help americans in need.
This country disgust me.

Unbelievable. Instead of laying or cutting the salary of civil servants, they decide to cut the benefits of unemployed families.

Insane. I wish the Calif Legislature would all drop dead.


This government fat cat ploy is called the "Washington Monument Syndrome" and got it's name from the Interior Department of the Federal government.

Once Congress had to cut spending and one of the agencies hit was the Interior Department which runs the Washington Monument. So the Interior Secretary told Congress, he would have no choice but to close the Washington Monument to tourists if they dared cut his budget. Ha!

About time Mr. Governator. Get many of these lazy welfare recipients back to work.

The Governator might want to consider suspending welfare to his corporate clients who rape the system and dig in the pockets of the poor to balance the budget. Its time to demand accountability! I am proud to say that I DID NOT vote for the Governator! I feel for the folks who lost their jobs and need assistance. Keep ripping off the people Arnold and you just might see fire in the streets!

It's about time. The left-coast liberals have succeeded in destroying California's economy and have finally run out of other people's money. Things should get interesting now - the dependency created by these liberal programs will be extremely hard to break. See how long it takes for everyone to start demanding their free goodies.

Great idea. Now do it Arnie. It is way over due.

Good. Most families on welfare are living the good life, on our taxes. Let them go out and get a job. That will in return stimulate the economy.

Makes total sense to me. Keep these prposals coming.

How about eliminating state employee pensions first. Arnie is going after the weakest link, which may also be the most needy. Shame on him - he is playing the typical Republican game of threaten the needy instead of looking at the pork first.

eliminating medical insurance to low income kids means more kids in hospitals, more developmental problems undiagnosed, more expensive problems later. And the other cuts mentioned in this article are just sick - a recipe for widespread homelessness and broken homes. And cutting college scholarships at the same time as radically increasing tuition? Welcome to Mississippi, the oceanfront version. And of course everything mentioned in this article won't balance the budget.

The pay cut voted won't take effect for quite some time. It ought to have been at least 34% cut anyway.

Hey, Arnie! How about cutting off legeslator's perks effective immediately ?

I'm struggling to pay my OWN bills without having others reach into MY pocket against my will.

Poor children are not born poor because they choose to be. Completely cutting them off from healthcare not only endangers them but endangers the whole community in which they live. Childhood diseases could develop unchecked and spread, etc. This is unbelievable. Pick on someone your own size.

How about this novel concept: We spend what we earn.
California can't continue to spend money it doesn't have.

This story says it all....California is one of the most generous states. Like it was said in Field of Dreams..."If you build it, they will come".

that's messed up

The governator should also eliminate welfare to ALL immigrants, as well. Sorry, can't cross the border with your 6 kids and go into the office barefoot and pregnant with #7 and get approved for $$, Medi-Cal and food stamps. Same can be said for the Asians that go and apply, but roll up into the parking lots with expensive cars, have expensive handbags, (ie DB, Louis Vuitton and Coach), but try to play indigent refugee.
Retool the GR program, so that you don't give free $$ to alcoholics, druggies and other denizens that refuse to participate in the program requirements.
This entire 5 year limit was a bust because even though the adult gets kicked off, they still receive the $$ for the kids, thereby eliminating the recipients desire to work. (I personally know of a person trying to bilk the system in this manner, in Tulare County for the last 15 years, with no repercussions).

Make sure you thank the SEIU, teachers unions, public employee unions, and the generous pensions doled out. These are the people responsible for taking more than their fair share and spending 10s of millions of dollars in advertising to support their self serving issues. I hope you can sleep at night

It is about time for all the citizens of this country to realize that there is no free hand outs in life and one has to learn to earn it. even after the state budget and revenue improves in the futures we should not allow the welfare in this great state. only people who are responsible for their life should be able to live and if one is not independent they have to learn that it is the fact of life, nothing else. people need to learn to be responsible for their own lives not their parents, state or federal government. there is no room for error in life and one needs to do their best all their lives to survive. we should not feel sympathy for welfare recipients.

Well all you wonderful Demokrats, Socialists, Communists, Greens, Far Left Nuts, etc. etc. it looks like in a supreme irony the ever decreasing hard working minority of California will finally prevail and the tireless meek Republican working people will finally overcome. Now there is no money. Now there is no more credit and the Welfare State can no longer borrow. Now the other 49 states and territories are all together saying in unison a resounding no to enabling the sick diseased behavior of the Democrat bodypolitik in the once great state. And now maybe finally all the illegal immigrants, migrant welfare recipients, "entitled" criminals et. al. will finally get what they had coming to them. Yes, what goes around always does come around and this conservative former resident of Ca. is certainly enjoying it!

Our Democratic leaders spend all their time supporting the Democratic Party instead of Californians. Because Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Waxman spend all their time playing politics instead of representing us, California only gets back 75 cents of every dollar we send to Washington. Think of what could be done with the missing 25 cents. We probably wouldn't have a deficit. Remember that in 2010.

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