California’s governor Schwarzenegger’s State of the state address includes the following:
Californians carry also a special burden since we are a border state. The federal government alone controls immigration policy, it alone controls border security. While acknowledging its responsibility, the federal government is not even funding a 50-50 split of the costs of undocumented immigrants.
We no longer can ignore what is owed to us or what we are forced to spend on federal mandates. We are currently owed billions of dollars by the federal government for various different programs. We need to work with the feds so that we can fix the flawed formula that demands that the states spend money that we do not have.
And now Congress is about to pile billions more onto California with the new health care bill. Now, as you know, while I enthusiastically supported health care reform, it is not reform to push more costs onto states that are already struggling while other states are getting sweetheart deals. Health care reform, which started as noble and needed legislation, has become a trough of bribes, deals and loopholes. Yet you’ve heard of the bridge to nowhere. Well, this is health care to nowhere.
California’s congressional delegation should either vote against this bill that is a disaster for California or get in there and fight for the same sweetheart deal that Senator Nelson of Nebraska got for the Cornhusker State. (Applause) Because that senator got for the Cornhusker State the corn and we got the husk. (Laughter)
Of course he is commenting on the federal government. The former is more an issue for California than any other state, but the later, health care, is important to everyone in the country. Here you have the governor of California telling the delegation of that state they should oppose the health care bill based on the sweetheart deals being made. What is really sad, is that this should be the response even of the people of Nebraska. No person within this country ought to be satisfied with any bill that is passed through such deals. There are very few people that will look at something that is to their benefit, and say “no, it isn’t right”.
We are seeing the destruction of democracy … when the people think of themselves before they think of the whole, democracy cannot work. If everyone asked themselves “what if everyone did this” before they do anything, it would go a long way toward making things better.