Aanestad ducked out on state budget vote in Oct. 2010
In his column this morning, The Union editor/publisher reminds us why a growing number of residents call his newspaper the “Tea Party Gazette.” It’s becoming a well-earned moniker.
“I wonder how those who are cheering the cowardly and very anti-democratic acts by the band of 14 Wisconsin Democrats would feel if California’s 15 Republican state senators fled to Vegas rather than vote on Jerry Brown’s proposed budget?” he writes. He called them “brats.”
I guess memories are short. The article failed to mention how five Republican “brats” — including Sen. Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley — were absent from the vote last October for a Republican governor’s proposed budget, no less — keeping the rest of us hard-working citizens in the lurch.
“With two senators officially out sick, one who didn’t show up – and one who left early for a court date Friday – the state Senate had an especially tough time staggering toward final budget votes this morning,” as the Sacramento Bee reminded us on Oct. 8 2010. The article is here.
“Legislators in both houses, however, did manage to push their colleagues into voting for amendments to the main budget and trailer bills to benefit pet projects and satisfy certain interests.”
Added the Associated Press report at the time: “The budget’s final passage was delayed in large part because the Senate was short five members. Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, was absent for undisclosed reasons. Spokesman Bill Bird was unavailable for comment.”
Aanestad, a hero among the hard right here, spent his tenure in Sacramento pounding sand and complaining endlessly about the budgets.
His “claim to fame” was missing out on California’s record-long budget impasse, making Senate passage of the two-thirds majority more difficult. How “cowardly” and “anti-Democratic”!
Aanestad termed out and got whipped in the statewide race for Lt. Gov. Gee, what a surprise. We isolate ourselves from the rest of the state with our “electeds,” who are politically extreme and out in left (or in this case, “right”) field.
No bashing of the Wisconsin democrats should be complete without mentioning how Republicans turn to the filibuster to hold up actions in Congress.
Opposition Republicans used the filibuster — tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate — at a record-setting pace since Obama has become president.
In short, delaying tactics are used by both Republicans and Democrats when they don’t get their way — like brats. Many Americans think the actions in Wisconsin are nothing more than a “union busting” tactic.
The Union editor/publisher is at his best when writing about pets, not politics. It might be a better way to grow his business.
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