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California Gov. Schwarzenegger orders minimum wage for 200,000 state workers, citing lack of Budget

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posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 09:57 AM

Originally posted by ladyinwaiting

I feel better that it is only for one month. The professionals can suck up a month, and I personally wouldn't complain too much either, although I would be furious I'd been put in that position.

But it is NOT "only for one month".

The order is to pay State workers $7.25 @ hour Until there is a State Budget Signed into Law!

Last year, it took almost THREE MONTHS fo the State' Legislature to hammer out a passable budget. It was out of balance almost from the moment it was passed.

This year, the budget must cover an even larger deficit of almost $20 Billion. In an economy that is even worst than last year's.

How long it will take to work out a budget, get it passed and signed into law so that state workers can get paid is anyone's guess: but it will probably take Longer than last year.

Hint: If they simply sent everyone home for the entire year, without Any pay, it would only save the state government $1 - 2 billion of the $20 billion the State needs just to break even!

$7.25 @ Hour?

A cross-legged prostitute makes more than that!

posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 10:08 AM
reply to post by Hx3_1963

Sudden Mass American Enlightenment Puzzles Congress and Causes National Security Alert

Washington - President Obama, U.S. congressmen and their aides held an emergency four hour-long meeting Wednesday to decide what action to take to stem a sudden and unprecedented mass enlightenment of the US population that threatens to destabilize the Government and create a fiscal crisis.

Millions of citizens jubilantly celebrated their new awareness as they suddenly realized they have been lied to all their lives on just about everything by their psychopathic, conscienceless leaders of major corporations, government and security agencies.

Residents in all major cities across the United States awoke Wednesday morning complaining that they were experiencing an inexplicable mental clarity that was causing them to realize the way they were about to spend their day was utterly pointless, a potential health threat and would only add energy and finances to a powerful wealthy elite that had been ruling their lives since as long as they could remember.

Congress was thrown into chaos when a majority of staff decided to simply stop showing up for work until their bosses resign; in a move of solidarity, energy companies turned off the power to government buildings and military bases, while water companies shut down their water supply; repair people refused to carry out repairs for the politically well-connected and television network staff refused to report the lies they are routinely ordered to tell by their editors.

One Chicago resident's report was consistent with many similar accounts coming in from across the country. Joe, 42 told us how he had become aware of the diversionary, divide and conquer machinations of the psychopathic oligarchs, especially in relation to abortion, health care, immigration, global warming, peak oil, 9/11, fake terrorism, both current wars and past wars, 'necessary police actions', empire building and resource plundering, left vs right, evolution vs creationism, fundamentalists vs everybody else!

"Wow! I sort of felt things weren't right but to suddenly be able to see the true nature of all the lies we've been bombarded with by media and Big Government is just mind-boggling," Joe exclaimed.

"The public seems to have finally understood that they're so sick and going bankrupt because of the FDA/AMA medical mafia and Big Pharma's Gestapo death grip over absolutely everything! I've noticed how food companies, Monsanto and Big Pharma's share prices have exploded over the past few years," said Joe. "I can see it's because they have bought Congress and have a complete monopoly over our food supply, health and non-existent consideration for others' well-being."

Reports are flooding in of people deciding to buy or trade for goods with hand crafters in their own region instead of shopping at Wal-Mart. Rather than buying GMO foods at the supermarket chain stores, they've formed co-ops with their neighbors, bought fresh food in bulk and are getting together to can foods, smoke meats and pickle vegetables - followed by a barbecue. Feeling so connected and enthused by that, ordinary people across the nation are organizing all kinds of meetings to learn all the old skills that their grandparents knew that made them independent.

People are leaving the cities in droves and, en masse, have established themselves on previously restricted government land. This resulted in a veritable frenzy of house-building and barn raising parties followed, once again, by barbecues where home-made pickles were enjoyed by all.

The reasons for the mass-awakening are as yet unclear. One possible explanation has been given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where officials have discovered that the normally high levels of fluoride added to the nation's drinking water were "accidentally omitted." It's suspected that workers at water plants are responsible. Government Health officials have advised all citizens to carry on working as normal, eat lots of fast-food and stay glued to their TV sets in the hope that any thoughts generated in people by seeing the reality of the situation will be pacified by toxins, apathy and a return to the steady atrophy of their brains.

Citizens have been urged by the Obama administration to report anyone they witness behaving in a non-consumer-capitalist manner to Homeland Security who, with the help of FEMA, will permanently detain anyone found more than 5 meters from a Television screen.

posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 12:10 PM

Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
reply to post by Hx3_1963

You do understand that state's employ engineers for your highway departments?

Your Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers for state operated mental health centers?

That University professors are state employees?

State Troopers?

Physicians at State funded hospitals?

Do you think these people sit around playing with staplers all day?

And who will process food stamps? Who will go check on abused and neglected children?

Do you realize what an enormous bureaucracy state government is?
And how many people will be effected here?

Honestly to God, the man just makes one stupid decision after another.
Only California would elect a movie star. And that's what they've got.

[edit on 7/1/2010 by ladyinwaiting]

No problem.
We have all the millions of illegals to "fill the jobs Americans don't want to do". IF CA state workers walk off their jobs, the jobs could be classified as "jobs Americans don't want to do".

I predict that more educated mexican state and federal workers will now rush the border to take those jobs if CA state workers walk out.

posted on Jul, 2 2010 @ 12:17 PM

Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
eta: On second thought, I wish all the state employees would get up and walk out tomorrow. See how he can manage all those empty buildings, ringing phones, and paperwork himself. Yep. Not even a security guard to stand outside his lonely building.

Astounding. You make it sound like the Governor is running the State for his own amusement and comfort, with employees being his personal serfs. This is bullcr@p. California has become a dysfunctional democracy in which it's ungovernable anymore because people don't make difficult decisions. It's not really Schwarzenegger's fault that the State came to this. I heard prison guards were out en masse to protest renegotiated wages some two years ago or so.

If California has lived beyond its means for a long time, it's not right to hang all of it on the Governator. He tried.

posted on Jul, 6 2010 @ 03:54 PM
Edit: Apologies, I just found the Sacbee story. I seriously doubt the state controller will do it, the LATimes reported that he already announced he wouldn't do it.


Cnn Reports:

Also the huffington post more recently wrote:

[edit on 6-7-2010 by memarf1]

posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 08:18 PM

Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
reply to post by spaznational

That's an amazing attitude. Seriously.

I must have issues thinking I'm equal to others, and that my work has value.

Seriously. I'm just not cut out to be somebody's door mat. I love to help people, and do so frequently. But not like this. Not by force. Not by having my life turned upside down.

I'm not criticizing you. You seem very humble, and understanding.
I just can't imagine that the majority of workers will feel the same.
Especially after working for a while in one of the professional positions.

If you planned your life around a certain income, as we all do, then to suddenly have that pulled out from under you, would be extremely difficult. Life changing. ............................
Ya know? I would have to leave there. I wouldn't spend my life in a forced poverty to pay for the mistakes I had no control over. People are just different, I guess.

My issue is equality. He's no better than anybody else. Not by my estimation.
That's just how I feel.
Sorry, if I'm stepping on toes. I don't mean to. This just makes me angry.

Edit to remove unnecessary comments.

[edit on 7/1/2010 by ladyinwaiting]

I understand where you're coming from. An individual's work does have value, but this isn't a rule. If you were paid to walk in a circle all day, just for the sake of making employment figures look better, of what value would that be?

I'm not a hypocrite nor far removed from the situation. I'm not screaming "cut those dirty public sector worker salaries!" from a safe position in a private corporation. In fact, my work is both professional and public, and as such I have to constantly ask myself if the public is getting their (tax) money's worth of me. Does my job involve "walking in circles" or does it truly benefit the public?

People indeed plan on income levels, but often make the mistake of taking it for granted. Prosperity is not a fundamental right. It is a great personal goal, however, and something one should strive for. Egalitarianism teaches that we all have the same capacity for success, prosperity, etc., and anyone who excelles above the norm must be cheating or defrauding others. Egalitarianism is wrong. To use a cliche example, I'm not expecting to be drafted by the NFL any time soon.

People who feel their work is worth more than their pay should be free to pursue new careers. This is the root of prosperity! Protesting about perceived injustices is a misdirection of effort, and it possibly hints at an underlying personal fear that perhaps, well, their work isn't all that valuable.

You said you wouldn't spend your life in a forced poverty, and I would never expect you to! I would expect you to fight and strive! And along the way you can still help people.

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