Schwarzenegger Uses Coded Eugenic Language (15/5/10)
California no longer has low-hanging fruits. As a matter of fact, we don’t have any medium-hanging fruits. We also don’t have any high-hanging fruits. We literally have to take the ladder away from the tree and shake the whole tree. We must make very difficult decisions:
- Reduce Health and Human Services, including eliminating CalWORKs,
- Eliminate 60 percent of funding for Community Mental Health,
- Eliminate child care funding except for preschool and after-school programs,
- Downsize some of our natural resource programs and the list goes on and on.
We are left with nothing but tough choices, as you can see.
But I want you to know, I will not sign a budget until we fix our broken systems. I will not sign a budget if we don’t have pension reform and budget reform. For instance, talking about pensions, the cost of employee retirement benefits this year is $6.1 billion. That is more than what it will cost to keep CalWORKs, child care, mental health services and in-home supportive services, just to show you how much money we spend on those things.
We cannot go on like this any longer. Both Republicans and Democrats must get serious and take action. They must pass the budget and pass serious reforms. I support the legislators in their plan to move forward with their own budget process. I have made it very clear to everyone that my doors are open, that we always are willing to work with them in every step of the way in order to get this done.