With the state facing bankruptcy, with voters having (just eight months ago) shown an aversion to tax hikes, even in San Francisco, a state Senator from that city, Jay Leno, er, sorry, thinking this story was a joke, I thought of another guy with the same last name, Mark Leno introduced a bill to create “a single-payer” health system which “would cost California an estimated $210 billion in its first year.”
And get this, Leno doesn’t know how we’re going to pay for this, so his “bill would create a commission to decide how to pay for the system, at a cost this year of more than $1 million.” No, I’m not kidding you. This is not material from the monologue of the other Leno. It’s from an actual news article.
So, we’ve got a state facing a financial crisis. A public turning against big-government initiatives, particularly on health care. And a California Democrat introduces legislation to move full-speed ahead on such a boondoggle. And Leno’s not alone: “The [California] Senate Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 along party lines, with Democrats in favor of the proposal, which will be considered by the full Senate next week.”
Maybe those Democrats are Rovian plants, voting this way in order to create a better atmosphere for Republicans in the Golden State. After all, just such a strategy worked so well in Massachusetts.
Or maybe it’s something else. “Old socialist habits,” writes Michelle Malkin, alerting us to this article, “die hard.”