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Friday, December 22, 2006

Arnold, abandonning reform, capitulates to states "prison industrial complex"

When Schwarzenegger ran against Davis in the recall, he talked of prison reform. He vowed to take on the prison guard union. He vowed to cut prison populations.

But this kind of headline looks just like the way Davis used to do it:

Gov. calls for prison growth


"Schwarzenegger's $10.9-billion plan would add 78,000 beds to state prisons and county jails."

Despite the fact that the prison guard union deeply distrusted Arnold, and even amassed a $10 million war chest in the last election for prospective campaign ads, there has been a lot of front-door and back-door dealing between the Governor's office and reps from the prison "business." Read this Washington Post article from last June to see where things stood then, and how they came to be where they are today: with Arnold completely capitulating to the state's prison "industrial complex."

California's prison system already costs taxpayers here $8 billion a year---as much as it spends on higher education. Our state also has one of the most powerful prison guard unions anywhere, and one of the best-organized prison lobbies.

The voters expect the talk of population cuts, correction, and real reform fulfilled. They do not expect more debt, more costly stimulus projects that line the pockets of the few.

California already has the largest penal colony in the world commensurate to population. Do we really have the most criminal population on the planet? Or do we simply have the most buyable politicians?

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

lets get zuma dogg that gas money to go to sacramento. and where's the ZD thread about LAUSD? I can't wait for that one.

December 22, 2006 8:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Arnold wants fix the healthcare system and the Metro-Sexual Fabian Nunez is jumping on the bandwagon. Illegals get FREE healthcare yet hard working Americans usually have to pay for part of their benefits.

To reach the estimated 6 million residents who lack health insurance, Nuñez proposed building on an existing system — 71% of California employers already offer health insurance benefits. Experts say most of the state's uninsured work low-wage jobs

December 22, 2006 8:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like Mailander is "abandonning" spell check.

December 22, 2006 9:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Fabian a metrosexual. Too Bad, I wanted a hump.

December 22, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous David Cain said:

I think it's the most buyable politicians. Most people who would make good leaders, don't want the job or if they get into office they are out numbered by the corrupt.
If we put a good man/woman in office we have to be willing to back them up.
And question the propaganda that the corrupt machine puts out to sway us from our goals.

December 22, 2006 9:52 AM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Looks like Mailander is "abandonning" spell check.

That's one I abandoned long ago!

Hey, when you're a blogger, you do your best to make the text look bloggy...

December 22, 2006 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ship the illegal alien criminals back to Mexico!! Oh wait, they'll just sneak right back in.

December 22, 2006 12:17 PM  

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