It’s a Three Stooges Budget

It’s a Three Stooges Budget

June 15, 2012

By Katy Grimes

With California’s entire $91 billion budget being decided and voted on today, we can honestly and unequivocally say that California Democrats own the budget, lock, stock and smoking barrel.

But this year, budget talks have had a certain comedy to them, particularly because there have been only three participants–Jerry, Moe and Curly, California’s Three Stooges.

Budget talks this week have been done behind closed doors by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Perez, and Sen. Pres. pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, all Democrats. Republicans have been absent from all budget talks, including Republican leadership, thanks to passage of Proposition 25, which ended the previous requirement that two-thirds of the members of the California State Legislature had to vote for passage of the state’s budget.

What’s a stooge?

A stooge is a member of a comedy double act who feeds lines to the other comedians. He is a shill who acts as if he is one of the spectators.

While we may not be sure which of our Three Stooges is running this comedy routine, with Democrats in charge, the budget is designed to keep certain Californians’ Healthy, Wealthy, and Dumb, just like the classic Stooges movie. After Curly wins $50,000, the Stooges start living the high life… that is, until they figure out how little they get to keep after taxes.

It’s just like living in California!


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  1. I'mjustsaying...
    I'mjustsaying... 15 June, 2012, 08:49

    Oh, I get it now, it was all part of the ‘act’ when Perez kept talking over Steinberg at this week’s press conference. Did they have to rehearse long?

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 15 June, 2012, 08:52

    Budget talks this week have been done behind closed doors by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Perez, and Sen. Pres. pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

    Gov transparency!!!

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 15 June, 2012, 10:15

    We are under the Politburo system Rex! 😉

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 15 June, 2012, 10:16

    Katy, must be hard following these clowns up close! 🙂

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 June, 2012, 10:24

    How would like to be called a clown or a demeaned triugh feeder?

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  6. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 15 June, 2012, 10:33

    When the Republicans decided to pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist instead of the people of California and signed the inflexible no taxes pledge, they signaled that they had no intention of working with the Democrats to help solve our budget problems. So they have no right to complain now when they are left out of the budget process.

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 15 June, 2012, 10:46

    Ulysses Uhaul, If I was stealing from the citizens of California as the members of the trough feeding RAGWUS does day in and day out, then I would relish the title, but I am honest and hard working so the title will not stick my friend. 😉

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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 15 June, 2012, 10:57

    stevefromsacto, the only way this state is going to be saved is by cutting the Pay, benefits, perks, and pensions of the RAGWUS feeders. My proposel: Cut pay across the board for every RAGWUS member in the state 30%, with no RAGWUS member recieving over $90,000 a year; cut benefits 50% unless the RAGWUS member decides to pay more for coverage; Remove all perks including vacation banking, sick days, and personal days; Cut all pensions to no more than $50,000 a year, no COLA’s, no spiking either past or present period.

    This is the only way to bring California back from certain death. 🙂

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 15 June, 2012, 11:35

    stevefromsacto-our “budget problems” are 99.99999999% from compensating gov employees 10-50 times what they are worth-$10 million pensions to GED educated firewhiners and cops?????????????? Please 😉

    Bam Bam!!!!

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  10. NativeCALI
    NativeCALI 15 June, 2012, 12:11

    stevefromsacto; The Repubs have been cut out of any legislative influence for decades. Just like a Dem to obfucate the discussion. Even under the last Rep Governator, the Dems controlled the state and blocked every effort to reform.
    Now, it appears that the ninth largest economy in the world is controlled and operated by just three individuals; No legislature, no body of the people. Just Three Kings. And they are bought, paid for and controlled by the public employee unions. The Republicans have nothing to do with the condition of this state. It’s got Democrat all over it and someday, the peeps are going to see what voting D has brought them.

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  11. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 June, 2012, 12:55

    Can you cook?

    Coffee shop or Indian casino cuisine?

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  12. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 15 June, 2012, 15:47

    NativeCALI, excellent observation 🙂

    You are highly intelligent

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  13. myfoxmystere
    myfoxmystere 26 June, 2012, 08:10

    Here are the 3 Stooges Of California: “Curly Moonbeamasaurus ‘Jerry’ Brown,” Dari “Not So Fine” Steinberg, and “hoe-Moe” Johnny Perez as ASSembly Poker…uh, Speaker. These clowns keep playing political poker on our dime, gambling away our fiscal future. Donkeys don’t have any common sense for survival…all they do is bray!

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