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Repugnican plutocrat and corporatocrat Meg Whitman, who is a billionaire, wants to buy the governorship of California with her personal fortune. Whitman had endorsed Mormon wingnut Mitt Romney in the 2008 Repugnican presidential nomination and supported the anti-gay California Prop H8. Now, she wants to decimate state services even more than current Repugnican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger already has, and she wants to reverse what the state has achieved toward staving off the likely disastrous results of climate change, putting corporate profits ahead of the well-being of the entire planet itself. (She’s dog-butt fugly, too.)
Repugnicans running for office have to have an enemy.
Otherwise, voters might correctly identify the actual enemy, which is the plutocrats, the corporatocrats, who, especially during their unbridled reign during the eight long nightmarish years of rule by the unelected BushCheneyCorp, ran the American empire to the brink of collapse.
The Repugnican candidates’ enemy could be gay men and lesbians who want equal human and civil rights. It could be Mexican immigrants striving to make better lives for themselves. It could be terrorists, real or imagined, and usually Muslim (although the unelected Bush regime seems to have milked that cow dry).
Repugnican Meg Whitman, who this week announced her candidacy for California governor, has picked a rather novel enemy: the California state worker.
Using the example of other wingnut propagandists, Whitman Orwellianly euphemistically is trying to call her planned further decimation of state services “right-sizing” instead of “downsizing.”
I have a much better, much more accurate term for what Whitman wants to do to the California state workforce: “wrong-sizing.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman railed against a “selfish and arrogant” state bureaucracy Tuesday and pledged to slash the number of state workers by 40,000 in what she billed as the formal announcement of her well-financed candidacy.
The former CEO of the online auction firm eBay said in a later interview that she would achieve those payroll cuts through a hiring freeze, among other measures, and criticized instituting furloughs [which currently stand at three unpaid days a month for most state workers] as a way of avoiding layoffs.
Whitman, who didn’t list any specific department where she would cut staff, blasted what she said was the growth in “midlevel bureaucrats.” In total, Whitman proposed instituting $15 billion in permanent spending cuts in the state’s general fund budget, now $84.6 billion.
“Every year we pay more to sustain an out-of-control state bureaucracy,” Whitman told dozens of supporters in the Spanish-themed courtyard of the historic Villa del Sol retail-and-office complex [in Fullerton, Calif.] “A wasteful bureaucracy, out of touch with the needs of Californians. And a selfish and arrogant bureaucracy even in the toughest of times.”
“I’ll crack down on the overly generous benefits of state employees,” Whitman said. “And I’m deadly serious about rooting out the waste of your tax dollars.”
As a California state worker, I sure in the hell will be working against Whitman, who never has held elected office yet wants to be governor of the most populous state in the nation, and I’m hoping that Democrat Jerry Brown, who used to be the state’s governor and who now is the state’s attorney general, runs for governor.
I’m not against cutting waste in state government, but Whitman’s ploy is to try to make the California state worker into The Enemy, and that’s fucking bullshit.
Apparently Whitman’s secondary enemy is, um, the entire planet.
The Bee story continues:
Whitman also slammed business regulations that she said were driving businesses out of the state and pledged to place a moratorium as governor on implementing Assembly Bill 32, which requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 25 percent by 2020.
That comment drew a rare rebuke of a GOP gubernatorial candidate from a governor of the same party.
Aaron McLear, spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, issued a statement saying the administration expects “a lot of political rhetoric” this campaign season.
“While Meg Whitman has promoted climate change for years, including a recent cruise to the Arctic with activists, she is now promising to move the state backwards by eliminating California’s landmark climate change law,” McLear said.
“Californians will ultimately decide whether we continue to move California forward with environmental policies that protect our environment and create jobs.”
It’s not just her fellow Repugnicans who don’t like Whitman, of course.
In the comments section of the Bee story above, commentators used such words and phrases to describe Whitman as:
- “self-financed egomaniac”
- “utterly disgusting human life form”
- “She IS a ‘special interest’!”
- “scary to say the least”
- “crazy and panders to the radical element”
- “wealthy amateur”
- “fidgety billionaire who is trying to give meaning to her post-ebay life”
- “bloated sow”
- “rich b–ch”
- “a bully, a coward”
It’s going to be an uphill battle for the plutocratic Whitman, I believe, as not only is the nation’s first actually elected president since Bill Clinton was re-elected in 1996 a fairly popular Democrat, but current California governor Repugnican Arnold Schwarzenegger is not too popular these days in the economically crippled state (only about one in three Californians approve of his job performance), whose unemployment rate recently just exceeded 12 percent.
Whitman will need her millions in self-campaign financing in order to fend off her Repugnican rivals — already the Schwarzenegger camp is slamming her for her corporate-profits-over-even-the-survival-of-the-planet-itself “vision” of turning the Earth into something like we saw in “WALL-E” — and to fend off people like me and people like those who used the terms above to describe her, people who already amply have experienced the BushCheneyCorp “vision” that Whitman espouses, thank you, and who reject it with the totality of our being.