Poll Watch: 24 Per Cent Favor Federal Bailout for California

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And, 59 per cent oppose bailout funds for states like California that face serious financial problems. For California specifically, 66 per cent oppose a bailout.
As for California specifically, again just 24% believe the federal government should guarantee the state’s loans. Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters nationwide oppose federal guarantees. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said the state may request such guarantees.

Even given the most extreme example of bankruptcy, voters oppose federal subsidies to keep the state government going.

Forty-eight percent (48%) say it would be better for the economy to let California go bankrupt rather than provide federal bailouts. Just 38% said it would be better to provide federal subsidies so the state can continue to pay its bills and provide services.

California’s revenues have decreased to 1999 levels. Why not cut spending to match the revenue?

Too simple, huh?

California should cut government spending supported by the politically powerful public employee and teacher’s unions and get real about balancing its budget.

Or, RINO California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democrat dominated California Legislature can explain to California voters why they have bankrupted the state.

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Poll Watch: 41 Per Cent Support Legalization and Taxation of Marijuana

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While 49 per cent say no in the latest Rasmussen Poll.

Forty-one percent (41%) of likely U.S. voters think the United States should legalize and tax marijuana to help solve the nation’s fiscal problems.

However, nearly half (49%) oppose this idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

These results show little difference from a survey conducted in February that asked Americans about legalization only. At that time, 40% said marijuana should be legalized, but 46% disagreed.

While little movement has been made on the federal level, cash-strapped states – most notably California – have taken the idea of legalizing and taxing the drug into consideration. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state assemblymen are calling for a discussion on the proposal as a means to not only increase tax revenue for the state but to free up large sums of money invested in the legal system as a result of the War on Drugs.

California voters are evenly divided on the issue. A recent survey found that 45% support legalizing and taxing marijuana to help solve the state’s financial problems, while 46% are opposed to the idea.

A novel idea that pot could help California’s budget problems but it legalization and taxation will not occur anytime soon. In the meantime, California is racking up some serious budget deficits.

So, if anyone thinks marijuana will help California with its government financing operations, they are just blowing smoke.

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Poll Watch: California Budget Propositions Failing – Opposition Rising

Posted Posted in Arnold Schwarzenegger, California May 19 2009 Special Election, Polling

So says the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll on California May 19 Special Election Propositions.

Here are the numbers:

  • Proposition 1A: 52 percent no, 35 percent yes
  • Proposition 1B: 47 percent no, 40 percent yes
  • Proposition 1C: 58 percent no, 32 percent yes
  • Proposition 1D: 45 percent no, 43 percent yes
  • Proposition 1E: 48 percent no, 41 percent yes
  • Proposition 1F: 73 percent yes, 24 percent no

The full report is here (PDF).

There is no surprise here.

California voters do not trust RINO Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who has reneged on his no or low tax pledges that swept him into office. And, voters do not trust the Democrat dominated Legislature who never met a tax they did not like and who have spent the state into bankruptcy.

Governor Schwarzenegger now enjoys a 34 per cent approval rating and the California Legislature fairs more poorly with a approval rating of 12 per cent.

You can see the out of touch California and Ventura County Democratic Party positions on the failing propositions here.

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Says it is “Time for Debate” on Legal Marijuana

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Arnold Schwarzenegger before his political days smoking a joint

At least Arnold is consistent albeit wrong on the issue.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday it’s time for California to study whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use, though he’s not yet advocating for such a change.

The governor was asked about a recent Field Poll showing that 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenues for cash-strapped California. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would legalize the drug for recreational use, rather than just medical purposes.

“Well, I think it’s not time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I’m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?”

He said his native Austria is revisiting some of its marijuana laws, for instance. The Austrian Parliament last year authorized cultivation of medical marijuana.

“It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that,” Schwarzenegger said of other nations’ legalization policies. “If not, we shouldn’t do it. But just because of raising revenues … we have to be careful not to make mistakes at the same time.
Schwarzenegger previously has shown a casual attitude toward marijuana. He was filmed smoking a joint in the 1977 film, “Pumping Iron.” And he told the British version of GQ in 2007, “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” Spokesman Aaron McLear downplayed the governor’s comment as a joke at the time.

For all intents and purposes, medical marijuana has already legalized “POT” in California. It takes very little effort to get “legal” marijuana in this state.

All Arnold is interested in is to increase state revenues through marijuana taxes to bail out his disasterous overspending budgets.

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California GOP Congressman Devin Nunes Calls on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Resign Over Water Policy

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Congressman Devin Nunes

Rep. Devin Nunes is joined by Mayor Ortega of Tulare, CalTrans Regional Director Alan McCuen, and CHP Officer Mark Walker for the groundbreaking of the new K Street Off-Ramp Project

A bold move that unfortunately will NOT bear any fruit except build the political credibility of the Tulare area Congressman.

Rep. Devin Nunes, a Tulare Republican, called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to resign Friday – not over taxes, but water.

Nunes said he was none too thrilled by Schwarzenegger’s speech Friday at the San Luis Reservoir outside Los Banos at a California March for Water rally. The governor spoke about his efforts to seek permanent solutions to the state’s water problems, including new dams and a conveyance that can transfer water around the Delta without harming endangered species.

Schwarzenegger led chants of “We need water! We need water!” He told the crowd he has been working on the problems for the last five years to “create a water infrastructure that is for 38 million people rather than 18 million people.”

But Nunes said he wanted to hear the governor promise to seek a federal waiver of the Endangered Species Act so Delta water pumps can transfer their full capacity of water to the San Joaquin Valley now. Environmental restrictions and drought conditions have curtailed water deliveries this year, and unemployment has approached 40 percent in some farming towns like Mendota.

Nunes said Schwarzenegger should resign because he has “utterly failed.”

“He’s had five, six years in office to figure this water situation out, and he hasn’t done it,” Nunes said by phone. “Then he shows up to the San Joaquin Valley today and says nothing. You’ve got to turn the pumps on in the Delta, and we have to go back to historic levels. This is not a drought like it’s being portrayed in the news. This is a man-made drought.”

But, Nunes is RIGHT. Schwarzenegger is a “FAILED” California Governor and his protection of the Delta Smelt is just another one of his environmental extremist positions that has crippled the business climate of the state.

Schwarzenegger has to go and not soon enough.

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Will NOT Run for United States Senate in 2010

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Schwarzenegger March 24 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds up a bowl of strawberries on display by the California Strawberry Commission while touring Ag Day 2009 in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Schwarzenegger was escorted through the event by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, left, where they visited booths that highlighted California’s agriculture industry

Looks like Arnold is out for 2010.

Kill the Arnold Schwarzenegger-for-U.S. Senate rumors – for now.

The Republican governor said Wednesday in his clearest language yet that he is not running for Senate, Congress or dogcatcher.

Schwarzenegger, appearing at a Cal Expo news conference with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, explained that he has more freedom to make policy decisions (including tax increases, a break from past campaign promises) precisely because he doesn’t have to run for another office.

He said he may be more at ease on issues than lawmakers who face re-election.

“The point was that I am not running for anything, so no one could threaten me, because I’m not running for Senate, I’m not running for Congress, I’m not running for another term as governor,” Schwarzenegger said.

The governor is termed out in January 2011, and he has never said what he will do once he leaves his Sacramento office.

As Flap has said before, Arnold would have a difficult time winning a Republican primary election in June 2010. So, there is no guarantee that he would be the GOP nominee against incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer.

The Schwarzenegger Governorship has been a disaster and his poll approval rate hovers in the mid-30’s and for the first time 54 per cent of Republicans disapprove of his performance as Governor.

Arnold ain’t going to run because he could not win.


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