For ten years, Kansas has borrowed from unencumbered funds to close its budgetary gap in that dry spell before people pay their taxes. From the way I'm reading it, it's basically like withdrawing money from savings to keep food on the table until your bonus comes through, on which date you pay the money right back into your savings. It's been no problem until this year, which happens to be the year in which Cons are out of power but want to prove their potency, the economy is aspiring to repeat the gory days of the Great Depression, and people are losing their jobs in droves. Now, when the pantry's empty, the Cons want to tell Kansas to suck it up and starve.
According to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), it is up in the air currently as to whether or not government employees will receive a paycheck this Friday. Due to budgetary shortfalls and unexpected expenditures, there isn't enough money this week to make payroll.
In order to address this shortfall, legislators proposed an inter-governmental loan, a proposal blocked by the Republican majority. Sebelius called them "petty political games", but any reader here knows that it's just indicative of the systemic wingnuttery exhibited by Republicans across the country -- locally and nationally.
These people are motherfucking beyond insane.
And it's not just California and Kansas. Louisiana's coming under fire, too:
Louisiana faces a possible $2 billion budget shortfall next year, and the state is being hit hard by unemployment. Yet Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), rumored to be a future presidential candidate, said this weekend that he may turn down the roughly $3.8 billion for the state in the economy recovery package, which is expected to create 50,000 jobs:
We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars,” Jindal said.
You know what, you fucktard? I'll bet that 50,000 jobless people would find those dollars plenty beneficial for Louisiana. I can guaranfuckingtee you that the poor people whose services you'll slash to try to close that $2 billion gap would find those dollars beneficial. And those people in Cao's district, y'know, the ones he said this about:
“Even though it is going to be a humongous bill, even though we will be in debt for years, I believe that more likely than not, I will vote for it because the 2nd Congressional District needs a stimulus package.” … “A lot of the provisions in the bill will be good for the district, because we need almost everything,” he said. “You name it, we need it.”and then stabbed in the back by voting with his party rather than his conscience, I'd imagine they'd find those dollars beneficial.
So how far does it go, America? How many of you are going to let the Cons con you again? How many jobs do you have to lose, how many state employees have to go without pay, how many schools and hospitals and vital services suffer, before you say enough?
Keep in mind the games they're playing with your lives when this next election cycle rolls around. Hand them a defeat to remember.
Right now, that looks like the only way any of us will get to keep our jobs...