Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lawmakers Are Outraged!

Republicans insist on cuts. House Democrats stood there and did nothing. Republicans then bragged about how they delivered this budget, and are now turning around and blaming the governor for the cuts. And if that isn't bad enough, they all are simply outraged, outraged I tell you! by the cuts to schools.

"We were able to cut $1.2 billion out of the budget," said Rep. Paul Opsommer, Republican from DeWitt. "And she simply doesn't like that and wants to raise more revenue."

Get out! You pass an underfunded and unbalanced budget that is going to cause devastation for some districts at $165 per pupil, and when the reality settles in that you have refused to do your job, both on time and in the correct manner, and now we can't pay the bills and the governor has to follow THE LAW and make even more cuts, all the while pleading for you to fund the schools... well, well, well... how dare she! And we haven't even gotten to the cops and firefighters yet!

Opsommer added: "Oh, obviously. If you're gonna tear the schools apart, kids should be upset, parents should be upset."


"They should be frustrated. I'm frustrated," said Rep. Barb Byrum, a democrat from Onondaga.

Ah yes, we finally hear from the worthless House Democrats on the subject. Your leader sold you down the river to cuddle up to Mike Bishop, passed a budget that a teabagger would love using majority Republican votes, a budget that you are now taking the "bipartisan" blame for...

"They're both at fault, folks," said William Mayes, executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators. "This needs to be resolved. This is so bad for the children who are in our system right now."

... and you're "frustrated". That's a shame. It really is. But that's what happens when you don't stand up for yourselves and you let the Republicans roll you. You would think 8 years of Bush would have taught you something. Oh, and one more thing. Most of the budget was passed around the 1st. The K-12 passed on the 8th. It is now the 24th. What, exactly, have House Democrats done in the meantime to "fight for schools, public safety, and health care", you know, like you promised you were going to do?

* crickets *

I think you all should resign in protest of your own actions. Really. Just pack up your shit, and get out of government. Right now. Please.

Do it for the children.