Governor Blames ‘Crazy’ Judges For California’s Budget Problems


After railing against labor unions, waste and fraud in the past, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday found a new target to blame for California’s budget woes: judges who “are going absolutely crazy,” reports the Sacramento Bee. He said judges – especially on the federal level – are preventing California from solving its problems. He complained in particular about judicial actions that have struck down some state worker furloughs, required reductions in the prison population, imposed restrictions on water delivery and blocked cuts to in-home care.

“They are going absolutely crazy,” Schwarzenegger said of judges. “So we have to have a very serious conversation with the federal government, because they have to let us run the state.” “Whenever they agree with me, they’re right, very simple,” Schwarzenegger said wryly when told they sometimes rule in his favor. “When they don’t agree with me, they’re wrong and they’re interfering with our governing of the state.”

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