On April 15th somewhere around one million Americans protested big government, they demanded that government spend less and tax less. These grass roots protests where laughed at by the present administration, the democratic party and the liberal mainstream media. The protesters were not bi-partisan, they were non partisan. Their target was not one party or another, it was government in general national and local. In the month since the tea parties government has continued to ignore the will of the people, or governments have continued to spend money like drunken sailors and the media has continued its assault on the protesters, calling them racists etc.

Yesterday, the people of California took another shot across the bow of big government. They refused to accept higher taxes and sent the legislature back to make cuts.  The rest of the country better wake up and smell the pork, because yesterday’s vote on the west coast is another indication of voter anger, the tea party revolt will only grow here. More below:

Legislators acknowledge voters’ fury

By Steve Harmon
Contra Costa Times

With the defeat of five of six ballot measures Tuesday, Bay Area lawmakers said they got the message from voters: It was wrongheaded to ask the electorate to make the hard decisions for them. The Legislature is now facing a $21 billion deficit, and painful cuts are looming.

Here’s how legislators reacted to the vote:

Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland:

“It’s clear the public has serious budget fatigue. It’s a statement that they do not want temporary solutions. They really want us to fix this, particularly when many are in their own personal crises, and we can’t continue to push the ball down the road. The yes vote on 1F is a statement of no confidence on the solutions offered by the governor and Legislature.”

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley:

“I don’t feel it’s appropriate to read this as California saying, ‘We don’t want to address the budget through revenue increases.’ There are revenues the public supports, such as the oil severance fee and returning the income tax rates for the highest rate individuals to the level they were under Pete Wilson. There was no blanket no-new revenue statement in this vote.”

Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch:

“I fear for the children of California who will suffer cutbacks in programs and education. $22 billion is a huge gap to close. The quality of education our kids should expect to have will be threatened. I’ll be arguing against cuts to education, but with education being 45 percent to 50 percent of the budget, they’re a big target.”

Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont:

“The governor staked his legacy on these initiatives and the public rejected, once again, his vision for the state. I think the governor should exit stage left and let us come up with a solution to this $20 to $25 billion deficit.”

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo:

“We need to eliminate what doesn’t work and streamline what does. We see families tightening their belts, foregoing expenditures on big-ticket items. They expect us to tighten our belts, too. The cuts will be extremely painful to education and programs that support the disabled and the neediest, but we don’t have a choice.”

Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose:

“It looks like we’ll have to go back and pick ourselves up and get to work. I plan to look at the budget from top to bottom. It’s going to be a budget that’ll entail cuts. There might be an opportunity to raise fees, but mainly it’ll be cuts. And there will be no more easy cuts.”

Sen. Leland Yee, D-S.F.:

“When voters are confused and not clear about what they’re voting, they vote no. If you read the ballot statements, it was difficult to understand what it all meant. So, voters are saying, ‘Don’t ask us to do your job.'”‰”

Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Mountain View:

“I was hoping they’d pass. It would make our job easier. Now we have to go back and think of new, creative ways to solve the budget.”