Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Wheelchair Protesters of California
This from the SacBee a couple days ago...
"CHP cited fifteen protesters, most of them in wheelchairs, for blocking the hallway outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Capitol office Tuesday in protest of proposed cuts to health and social service programs.
The demonstrators were cited for trespassing and failure to disperse after they refused to leave when the building closed about 6:45 p.m. They were allowed to leave the Capitol without being taken to jail.
The protest, called People's Day of Reckoning, began about 1 p.m. Organizers said the event drew about 120 people at its height, but had dwindled to about 30 people before the arrests were made.
The protesters' wrath was aimed largely at Schwarzenegger, who has opposed increasing taxes and has proposed deeper cuts to the state's safety net than Democrats have supported thus far.
"Without this service," I'd be in a nursing home or an institution," Nick Feldman, a wheelchair-bound, 33-year-old Berkeley resident said of in-home support services for frail Californians that are targeted for budget cuts.
Some demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as "No More Cuts" and "Tax Big Oil." Nearly 20 of the protesters parked their wheelchairs in a giant semicircle to help block the first-floor hallway."
Okay, first of all, if you block access to public offices or demonstrate in public places you are subject to arrest. Wheelchairs or not-you dont get a free pass regarding this.
Secondly, Arnold is asking for there to be ACCOUNTABILITY with these in home health workers, such as fingerprinting, to aid in finding any fraud that may be happening, because California doesn't have the money to pay theives. Any questions? I haven't heard the word ELIMINATION of any disablity program(s)... But Im sure, Bass, Steinberg, Evans and the SEIU, are spreading this lie as a tactic to get what they want, as usual.
So, they get 10 million instead of 11 million dollars. Arnold is trying to stop that 1 Million in fraud from happening.
And, last...there is something very wrong with a disabled family member receiving SSI and Medi-Cal and another family member living under the same roof is being paid to care for the other.
Doesnt seem to me, after reading and researching, that Arnold (and Im no Arnold fan), is attempting to steal candy from a baby, he is attempting to get Sacramento spending in control and cut the fraud down which is costing taxpayers, including disabled people, billions.
Bass and company (especially the greedy ass Unions) don't want this to happen because that would mean less mula for them, and they certainly don't want us, "regular" type folk to figure out they're pitiful sneaky snakes who get votes by licking each others ass cracks. Too late Bass and friends, we know what you're up to. The jig is up.