Shell-shocked by the message sent from California voters yesterday, liberal Democrats in the state legislature and their liberal Republican enabler Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, are attempting to re-group after the massive defeat of all tax increases associated with the Propositions during our special election, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"...California voters soundly rejected a package of ballot measures Tuesday that would have reduced the state's projected budget deficit of $21.3 billion to something slightly less overwhelming: $15.4 billion.
The defeat of the measures means that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature will have to consider deeper cuts to education, public safety, and health and human services, officials have said.
Propositions 1A through 1E - which would have changed the state's budgeting system, ensured money to schools in future years and generated billions of dollars of revenue for the state's general fund - fell well behind in early returns and never recovered."
Of course, the first action taken by the state legislature is to figure out a way in which their salaries will remain the highest in the nation, despite yesterday's vote mandating a ten percent cut.
If these politically tone deaf pols don't get it - let us spell out the message once more.
Californians want TAX CUTS - not TAX INCREASES.
We want our leaders to cut jobs, tighten expenses and act just like we do when our finances are stretched thin from unforeseen circumstances.
This vote is the result of seething anger and long-simmering resentment which was manifested last month during the Tea Party outbreaks across the state.
If the legislature doesn't deal with the spending problem after the resounding defeat of these propositions, I can guarantee that the voter backlash will escalate beyond just electoral outrage.
In other words, you ain't seen nothing yet.