Judge blocks furloughs in California
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick said there are “serious questions” connected to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order last month, and temporarily halted the move until a Sept. 13 hearing. The judge said the furloughs could create irreparable harm to the 156,000 state employees who would lose three paid workdays — or almost 15 percent of their salary — under the order, which would save the cash-strapped state $150 million per month.
This judge came to the incredible epiphany that, oh sheez, this is so complicated I’m sure most everyone will have a very difficult time understanding it. But, I will do my utmost best to word it in such a way that it makes some sense. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick came to the conclusion that paying people to work less causes them to not make as much money as they would have. I kid you not, he figured it out. I’m sure he had help since it took him over a year to come that conclusion. But he got it.
Do I really think Judge Brick is that dense? No. It just took them that long to find an activist judge who has absolutely no regard whatsoever for what 99% of the people would consider common logic. In the real world, the one I live and work in, when your employer runs out of money, you, as an employee, are SOL. I contract with quasi-governmental agencies. When they run out of money, I’m SOL. It’s in the contract ya see. “Availability of funds” is a bugger of a clause. However, it’s a seriously major part of the budget process. If it weren’t for that, there would be no budget process. In California, as of right now, there’s not one. As long as Judge Brick’s running California, bouncing checks and writing IOU’s will be the norm. There will be no need whatsoever for anyone to write a budget. I mean, why waste taxpayer’s time and money? Just hire a bunch of people at whatever rate you want and off you go. The state will just have to eat it.
So, in the last few months, judges have determined that 55% of the voters of California, the state legislature, and now the governor, have no say in California. It’s purely up to the individual judges to determine what can or can not be done in California. It’s pretty amazing to me that although a lot of Californians are more than happy to cede their individual rights to activist judges, they’re real pissy when other states try to protect theirs.