Boo-Hoo: Perez Upset At Pay Loss

John Seiler:

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, finally knows what it feels like to be the victim of his own policies. For years, he and other legislators have assaulted California businesses and jobs with absurdly high taxes and regulations. The worst is AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which is killing 1 million jobs.

Perez wasn’t in office when AB 32 was passed, then signed into law by then Gov. Arnold-Schwarzenegger (R-Sleazebag) to give Arnold something to do between womanizing sessions. But Perez has done nothing to repeal AB 32. And he opposed Proposition 23, the ballot initiative last November that would have suspended AB 32.

Perez cares nothing that AB 32 is killing a million jobs. He doesn’t care that California has the fourth-worst business climate in America. He just doesn’t care that we have the second-worst unemployment rate of the states, behind only Nevada.

So I don’t have any sympathy for Perez’s protests that Controller John Chiang, a fellow Democrat, docked all legislators’ pay for failing to pass a balanced budget by the June 15 constitutional deadline. Perez griped, “I continue to maintain that the Legislature met our constitutional duties in passing the budget last week.”

No, it didn’t.

In the private sector, if you don’t perform, you don’t get paid. Proposition 25, which voters passed last year and Perez supported, mandates that legislators’ pay is docked if they don’t pass an on-time budget. They didn’t do the job. So they shouldn’t get paid.

Let’s see how the tormenters like it when they’re tormented by their own policies.

June 22, 2011

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