WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday dashed hopes that the federal government would help California overcome a mammoth budget crisis
that has brought the state dangerously close to an economic meltdown, saying the state will have to solve the problem on its own.
"It's obviously not an easy time for the state of California," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told a briefing when asked if the administration
would provide emergency financing for the state.
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It will run out of cash within weeks if it does not balance its books, according to State Controller John Chiang, who estimated last week
California was "less than 50 days away from a meltdown of state government."
Okay, so let me get this strait...
The U.S. Federal Government has bailed out the largest banks that caused this financial situtation. They bailed out AIG who in turn sent BILLIONS of
U.S. tax dollars to FOREIGN banks. We gave Chrysler billions of dollars so that the UAW and Fiat could take it over without actually putting up any
money, and last but not least, we - the U.S. tax payers - now own GM.
But the federal government cannot do anything to prevent the collapse of one of the fifty states?
Some of the things that U.S. citizens in California will loss:
* $302.3 million from the elimination
of the Healthy Families program, denying coverage to over one million children
* $1 billion in unspecified cuts to Medi-Cal, that could deny coverage to nearly 1 million California children, parents, seniors and people with
* $34.8 million in additional Medi-Cal cuts to eliminate certain "state-only" programs that don't get federal funds, thus denying coverage to
specific populations for breast and cervical cancer treatment, postpartum care, dialysis, and non-digestive nutrition.
* $55.5 million in new cuts to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to impose additional costs and restrict drug coverage for tens of thousands of
Californians with AIDS.
There is more:
The release of thousands of criminals from prison, cuts to education, elimination of finacial aid to college students, closing 200 out of 279 state
parks, even public defenders for poor people accused of crime are being cut.
I think I get it. Unions are Obama's freinds, Bankers are Obama's freinds, even the entire Muslim world are Obama's freinds, but Californians are
the ugly redheaded step children of the United States.
That's your government people.