Remember how scary it was when George W. Bush, as guided by his evil puppeteir Dick Cheney, was working to create an imperial presidency?
The Obama administration is threatening to rescind billions of dollars in federal stimulus money if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers approved in February as part of the budget.
How come no one is concerned about King Barack?
Schwarzenegger's office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.
Electing Democrats means turning the government over to unions. Cozy deals for unions have made the cost of government into a crushing burden that is becoming unsustainable, and has ruined our education system.
The news comes as state lawmakers are already facing a severe cash crisis, with the state at risk of running out of money in July.
If Arnold has any brains, he'll tell the President to go screw. Let the Democrats try to hurt California in its time of need.
The wages at issue involve workers who care for some 440,000 low-income disabled and elderly Californians. The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers, will see the state's contribution to their wages cut from a maximum of $12.10 per hour to a maximum of $10.10.
They are partners.
The SEIU said in a statement that it had asked the Obama administration for the ruling.