Schwarzenegger Takes My Advice, In California

(Thanks to Gila Courier for the head’s up!)

I’m no prophet but the day after I suggested that the Arizona Legislature eliminate AHCCCS, speak of the devil! (Well maybe the devil next state over.)

According to today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times,

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest  residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.

The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion.

Revisiting this notion, I’m taking it a little more serious now. Why shouldn’t we refuse federal money for AHCCCS and beat both California and the federal government to the punch? If California does indeed wipe out their entire welfare program what’s stopping their welfare dependents from a mass exodus to Arizona only to overwhelm our system and collapse our state budget completely? But then again, if the fed is going to jam some massive universal health care down our throats why should Arizona duplicate it at our taxpayers’ expense.

In my opinion, the state needs to get out of the health care business.


On a side note, one of our commenters made a sarcastic comment on my earlier post on how “it’s a ridiculous idea and not excessively caring for someone who professes to be a member of a religion that advocates loving thy neighbor.”

There’s nothing more compassionate than the federal government banging on your door and demanding that you hand over your money to it under threat of imprisonment. To these folks that think that it is government’s duty to run the health care industry, I’ve got news for you. Government only got into the health care industry in the last 30 years and has completely ruined it.

Once upon a time, the government didn’t demand as much from its citizens and respected them to give freely through their churches, synagogues and other non-profit charities so that these institutions could really take care of the poor, downtrodden and needy. We have gotten away from that and now the government has replaced religious institutions that once played a phenomenal role in helping the poor.

If I can quote the Apostle James,

A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)

So to those of you who want to eliminate religion, the church or more specifically, Christianity from society, keep in mind that your approach would effectively make the state replace these religious institutions and the key roles they have played in caring for the poor over many centuries. The state effectively becomes the church.


  1. Health Care? says

    Would this include the $53,000,000 in tax dollars that Maricopa home-owners give to the County Hospital – or the $600,000,000 that will soon be asking for to build a new hospital — all in competition with free- enterprise, tax-paying Doctors?

    Or just AHCCS?

  2. EXACTLY!!!

    The beauty is that when it is handled through individuals, charities, and religous institutions it is done faster, directed better, and more of the money is put to the work instead of a beauracratic mess.

    I couldn’t agree more.

  3. The over-dependence on the state has not only replaced the church but families and community. If I were a very skeptical person I would say BO, and Dems in general, understand this very well. As a former community organizer, he knows just how to make the masses look to him for all things.

    Back to the point…what does become of the county facilities or do they become a cost center with potential for self-sufficiency? That will never happen. The old folks like me who remember the pre-AHCCCS days know the connotation “county hospital” has and the indigent services it was designed to provide. ?????

  4. Basil St. John says

    I don’t see why we can’t just provide people with leeches for whatever ails them.

  5. This is simple Econ 101 supply & demand. We have too much demand on our personal income by the state.

    This is caused by a surplus of poor, sick people and we need to figure out a way to reduce them quickly before we lose all our money.

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