Is our Governor concerned about finding ways to mitigate this serious problem? Well, of course he is. But he is also interested in using diversionary tactics to mock the legislature for doing one of its jobs - you know, passing laws and stuff.
Specifically, Governor Schwarzenegger tweeted the following about SB 135, which would ban the painful amputation of cattle tails:
Instead of working on budget, the Legislature is about to debate whether cows can keep their tails while we're in a fiscal crisisHe even had staff stop working on Governor related issues, traipse down to the hearing room where the bill was being heard and film the hearing in order to post a video on youtube. He also took some time to mention the bill at his press conference. I'm almost positive gubernatorial staff have more important things to worry about.
This tweet of the Governator might have merit if the following conditions were met:
- SB 135 cost taxpayers 23,000,000,000 annually.
- Discussion of SB 135 cost legislators so much time and headache they could not possibly focus on the budget.
According to the analysis, SB 135 will not cost the state much of anything, certainly not anything that is going to put our state any deeper into the red zone. The bill flew through the Senate quickly and is marching on through the Assembly side at a quick pace too, so it isn't as if our legislature is losing sleep or time over SB 135.
Senator Florez, who introduced the bill, says:“stop tweeting his obsession with cow tails and start tweaking the Budget to move us toward a solution.”
Do people still say "Oh, snap!"? If they do, then have at it.