- The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
US editor (1880 - 1956)
SACRAMENTO -- The court-appointed overseer for healthcare in state prisons moved Wednesday to seize $8 billion from the California treasury, asking a federal judge to hold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Controller John Chiang in contempt of court.
With the state mired in fiscal crisis, J. Clark Kelso, the federal receiver, asked U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson to force officials to turn over the money he says he needs to raise healthcare in the state's prisons to constitutional standards after years of neglect.
Judge Kelso is seeking a paltry eight (yes that is 8) billion dollars (and 8 with 9 zeros after it) or 8 X 10 to the 9th to build new prison hospitals, hire competent professionals and in general improve the standards of care for incarcerated citizens, and undocumented "aliens". The State of California will be 'forced' to give prisoners better care than medicare or medi-cal recipients.
Think of it. "Declare Medicare "Bankrupt" and 'seize the treasury'.
As California goes, "So goes the Nation"
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