Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blagojevich, Rangel wouldn't see a problem

Sacramento’s ABC affiliate reports - - -

The State Treasurer says financing for infrastructure projects will stop in two weeks unless there's a solution to California's budget crisis.

In a rare joint session of the Assembly and Senate, new and returning lawmakers got the low-down from the state's financial experts on just how dire the state's finances are. …

"The urgency and severity of this crisis requires all of us to act and to act immediately," said Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. …

While the state is wallowing in a $28 billion deficit over the next 18 months, newly-elected lawmakers got new cars. From $32,000 hybrids to $46,000 Cadillacs, their new rides will cost taxpayers an estimated $1.3 million.

It is a perk included lawmakers' six-figure salaries.

"The California Legislature has the highest-paid members in the country. So they're very well compensated. So I think a threshold question is whether or not they should even get any car allowance or cars at all," said Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Lawmakers also get their gasoline and maintenance paid for by the state
The entire ABC7 story’s here.


I doubt Democratic Gov. Ron Blagojevich will see a problem with the cars. “What’s the big (expletive) deal?”

Rep Charlie Rangel will likely say he’s not aware of what’s going on in the California legislature because his accountant didn’t tell him about it.”

Hat tip: Instapundit


Anonymous said...

I worked closely with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in Northern Illinois from 1968 to 1973. For Barack Obama to claim he never had close relations with Blagojevich doesn't pass the smell test. In Cook County especially, you don't get into politics, get elected a state senator, get elected a U.S. senator, and get elected U.S. president unless you have CLOSE, CONTINUING, PERSONAL relations with the top tier of the Illinois Democrat Party. And, believe me, nobody in the top echelons has any illusions about the corruption within the political structure in the Land of Lincoln.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

Keep squabbling among yourselves, it serves your overlords well.

The Congress of the United States has recently given 800 billion of your dollars to their cronies in business. Today they might vote on giving 15 billion of your dollars to other business cronies.

Where is the outrage? Where are the calls for early AM visits by the FBI to members of Congress? I should get bent out of shape because Gov Hot Rod talks (TALKS) about auctioning a seat in the US Senate? And for a measly $300 thousand? GET REAL!

People spend $34 MILLION just to get elected to the US Senate, just so they can earn $170 thousand a year?

Keep squabbling among yourselves whether the ones with the D or the R after their names are the crooks - it serves your overlords well to divide and conquer.