Steven Greenhut Left The Orange County Register for Sacramento, But His Poison Pen Still Stings Jim Silva

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The Orange County Register's longtime columnist and senior editor Steven Greenhut left the Santa Ana daily in 2009 to open a Sacramento news bureau for the Pacific Research Institute, a free-market, individual liberty think tank based in San Francisco. But it's obvious he misses Orange County, opinion writing and chastising our hypocritical politicians.

That's the takeaway from the opinion piece Greenhut filed for the San Francisco Examiner.

Assemblyman Jim Silva: unprincipled?
It takes a direct hit at Assemblyman Jim Silva (R-Huntington Beach) and two other Assembly Republicans for breaking party ranks and standing alongside--one dreads even typing this--unions opposing government cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), a program that keeps your grandma in her house and out of the nursing home.

"The three Republicans were perfectly comfortable standing in front of a union crowd that was chanting, 'No more cuts,'" fumes Greenhut, who was not too surprised by the participation of Silva and Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), since "These men didn't betray their conservative principles, given that they always were fairly unprincipled sorts."


The third amigo was Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), the Assembly minority leader's top lieutenant, who had this to say after Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address: "I stand firm in my commitment to not raise taxes, which is a critical component of the governor's plan to solve the $25.4 billion budget gap. We have to cut state spending to solve our fiscal crisis."

That Nestande would go on to attend the "No cuts" rally rattles Greenhut, as does the program the GOP brains want to spare from the budget ax. "It's a wasteful program that ends up subsidizing family members to take care of their own," he writes. "Support for this program undermines any claim of conservatism."

But pull up the websites of Cook, Silva and Nestande, Greenhut observes, and you'll "find all the usual Republican blather about limiting government and holding the line on taxes, but it's meaningless after this rally. If you can't cut programs, you have to raise taxes or increase debt, which is a tax on future generations."

He wonders what to do when Republicans act like Democrats, one imagines in the same tone Bill Murray's Dr. Peter Venkman uses in Ghostbusters when he vocalizes the notion of "dogs and cats living together."

Hmmm, we'll have to go put on our think tank cap for the answer.

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Sad that Steve Greenhut is so consumed with hatred of government programs that he fails to see that IHSS saves California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year over the cost of nursing home care. If he really wanted to help the taxpayers, Greenhut would support moving people out of nursing homes and into their own homes and communities with IHSS care.

Thank God Nestande, Silva and Cook have the courage to do the right thing for our state and stand up to the Rabid Right.

By the way, Carla, I'd love to hear how SEIU is responsible for putting grandma in a nursing home. LOL! And you might also want to get your facts straight. SEIU is not the only union who represents IHSS homecare providers.


Is the opposition to IHSS or SEIU? SEIU that wonderful union whose previous leader was found guilty of siphoning off union dues to pay for his upscale private country club membership, finance his film production and pay for his lavish lifestyle . If anyone is responsible for putting grandma in a nursing home, it is SEIU.

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