A friend forwarded an e-mail he received from Equality California (EQCA), the Golden State advocacy group which “works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people.” In that missive, the supposed gay rights’ group aligns itself with those who would increase the power of the state government in Sacramento, making it easier for legislators to raise taxes while supporting measures which all but ratify the state’s ever-expanding budget.
Once again, this gay group stands with the public employee unions and other special interest groups which oppose real reform of our bloated state budget:
Our friends in the LGBT Legislative Caucus asked EQCA to send out this important message about Tuesday’s election. Although EQCA PAC has not taken a position on these measures, below please find the unanimous recommendations of our LGBT legislators for your consideration. And remember to vote on Tuesday, May 19.
So, if they’re not taking a position on these measures, why did they feel compelled to send out this e-mail to their listserv?
Perhaps because in the letter, the gay and lesbian legislators attack Republicans and “right-wing hardliners,” the demons whom gay groups must always malign (it’s an article of faith to them):
Because of an arcane rule that gives Republicans veto power over our state budget, we have already been forced to make drastic cuts to vital state programs such as health care, education and environmental protection.
If these measures do not pass, the right-wing hardliners are determined to “starve” state government by slashing schools, health care and hard-fought social and environmental protections will only be encouraged.
Note that these criticisms have nothing to do with gay issues. Note also how they repeat the left-wing lie about how the state legislature already made “drastic cuts” to “vital state programs.” Drastic cuts? Hardly? With the highest tax rate in the nation, the Golden State has the biggest budget gap. It’s failure to make such cuts which has caused that shortfall.
If they define those who want responsible state budgeting as “right-wing hardliners,” then come next Tuesday, they’re going to see that a majority of voters in this very blue state belong to this intransigent group of conservatives.
Once again, the gay groups ally themselves with the political left–on issues not related to our sexuality, a sign that they’re more interested in advancing left-wing ideology than in promoting the rights of gay and lesbian citizens.