“No politician ever threatens to cut welfare grants, health services for the poor or other programs that don’t affect middle-class voters,” Walters writes; “instead, voters are told that their personal safety and/or their children’s futures would be at risk.”
The only trouble is, all of this is either untrue or misleading.
&c. Paul cites three compelling reasons why Walters is in error here:
- Indeed, Schwarzenegger threatened to cut these things. Entirely.
- Cuts to Medi-Cal indeed affects middle-class voters. Especially.
- And cuts to schools are not threats; in fact, on the natural, they'll begin with a ten-percent drop even before legislators get to them.
Paul concludes: "Is it politically risky to deliver that news? Probably. But somebody has to. We’re apparently not going to get the news from Dan Walters." Ouch.