Dear Readers: This comes from the head of the group, Tea Party Patriots:
The “media” is all abuzz about a secret deal cut in a back room between the California Governor, and many are reporting it as a done deal. But with no solid details released, and rumors of accounting gimmicks accounting for a significant portion of the deal to “balance” a budget without tax increases, the outcome is by no means a sure thing. Republican legislators, needed to pass the many pieces of the complicated budget are under intense pressure from the Tea Party Patriots around the state to walk a strict line, and bring real reform to the California budget.
Back in February, several Republican legislators chose to cross that line, voting to pass the last bloated, ineffectual budget (which did include tax increases), and the price they paid was significant. Assemblyman Anthony Adams operates under threat of a current, well-organized recall operation, and State Senator Able Maldonado was promptly removed by his party as Minority Leader and replaced by a genuine fiscal conservative, Dennis Hollingsworth. All who crossed the aisle to vote for increasing taxes on some of the most highly taxed citizens in the nation have lost support among their constituency, and all will most likely face tough primary battles in their next election cycle.
The tea party constituents are continuing to watch. The numbers of people expressing themselves through the Tea Party Patriots movement have grown exponentially since the May 19th victory over Proposition 1A. In California , we are watching politicians of both parties, and we are not interested in a budget based on “gimmicks.” We’ve been advised that the tentative deal contains about $15 billion in cuts, roughly $4 billion “borrowed” from local governments, and the rest from various accounting gimmicks that include early collection of taxes, increasing withholdings and shifting $1 billion worth of state workers’ pay from the last day of this fiscal year to the next.
While the deal has been “announced,” specifics have not been released, and a vote has yet to be held. Instead of voting now, it is time for a complete fix. It is time for the politicians to take responsibility for the mess they have created and clean it up. It is time for budget “gimmicks,” “shifting,” and “tax acceleration” to end, and for a real budget, based on economic reality to emerge. And it is time for the Governor, with nothing left to lose, to make the hard choice and continue to pressure the public employee’s unions. Public employee’s unions continue to wield unhealthy influence, and until that beast is tamed, the budget in California will remain a wreck.
Even before the details are public, many are saying that this is at best another temporary fix. California has deep rooted problems, many of which can, but apparently have not been addressed during the current budget crisis.
Note to politicians: Fix it…before you vote. The tea partiers are watching.
Related: Here is a great PJTV video discussing the consequences of the May 19th special elections, when the Tea Party actions prevented the adoption of 5 tax-raising propositions offered by California political hacks. Click HERE to view.
Another tasty video, courtesy of Hot Air’s Allahpundit: Voters laugh out loud at Democrat’s promise that ObamaCare will save money. This bit of red meat is scrumptious: Harry Alford nukes Boxer again: “She loves black folks in their place”.