Nestande's Hilarious Hypocrisy

Steven Greenhut: Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, released a statement following the governor’s State of the State speech that left me with a pain in my side from laughter: “I look forward to working with the Governor to pass honest solutions to balance the budget, reform Sacramento and get Californians working again. I stand firm in my commitment not to raise taxes, which is a critical component of the Governor’s plan to solve the $25.4 billion budget gap. We have to cut state spending to solve our fiscal crisis.[bold and emphasis added]”

This is the same Assemblyman Nestande who last week stood at a left-wing union rally as unionistas chanted, “No more cuts.” Nestande was opposing cuts to a wasteful, scandal-plagued home-health-care services program that pays family members to take care of their loved ones. A friend of mine signed up for this travesty — and quickly received the membership packet from SEIU.

Nestande is against cuts, per the rally. So how can he claim that cutting spending is the way to solve our fiscal crisis. Doesn’t this harm his credibility at least a little bit?

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  1. John Seiler
    John Seiler 31 January, 2011, 20:21

    Nestande wrote: “I stand firm in my commitment not to raise taxes, which is a critical component of the Governor’s plan to solve the $25.4 billion budget gap.” The ungrammatical sentence actually says that Nestande’s “commitment [not to raise taxes]…is a critical component of the Governor’s plan.” That would be news to the governor.

    Nestande is another fine product of the California public schools. According to his Wikipedia entry, he attended Canyon High School, part of Orange Unified School District:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Nestande

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  2. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 1 February, 2011, 15:07

    Bull—-! Steve, you know better.

    Rather than being wasteful, IHSS saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year over the cost of nursing home care. As to fraud, despite you, Arnold and the Meg Whitman’s claims of massive fraud in the program, no one has EVER proven conclusively that the fraud rate in IHSS is higher than two percent.

    And why is it such a sin for family members to take care of their own and get paid little more than minimum wage? Many homecare providers have given up higher paying jobs and even careers to care for loved ones through IHSS. Are you saying they shouldn’t be allowed any income at all? What’s your alternative…throw granny in a nursing home, which will cost taxpayers five times more…or throw her in the street?

    It’s easier to shout “welfare queen” than to come up with real solutions. And it’s easy to throw rocks at people like Nestande, Cook and Silva who are actually trying to help solve our problems and have the courage to stand up to the blogmeisters.

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  3. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 2 February, 2011, 17:22

    “Nestande is against cuts, per the rally. So how can he claim that cutting spending is the way to solve our fiscal crisis. Doesn’t this harm his credibility at least a little bit?”

    Only if you think that the only way to solve the crisis is by cutting spending which helps the poor and the disabled. Nestande believes that there are other places that can be cut that will not do as much harm as the cuts to IHSS.

    I for one, would love to see significant cuts in the Corrections budget and an end to some of the corporate tax breaks that have not been effective in bringing new jobs to our state.

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