Debra J. Saunders

In the run up to a June election, meanwhile, Sacto Dems would have to give up blaming Republicans for all the state's woes. It's time for them to start working on an even bigger state problem -- California's obscenely high unemployment rate of 12.4 percent.

Back to the budget. For too long, Californians have been sending mixed messages.

"That's the argument that tolerates date rape," Norquist responded.

Clever. Too bad the Norquistas didn't go after both Democrats and Republicans who busted the budget with spending increases and gimmicks that helped dig California's $26 billion budget hole. No, they only get tough when a Republican is willing to deal.

Debra J. Saunders

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