Diary

Democrats - also RINOs - in Action OR The perils of washed-up action heroes and Kennedys hooking up

Facing a state budget crisis in July 2008, CA Gov. Arnold Shwarzenegger fired about 10,000 temporary and part-time workers and ordered the 200,000 permanent employees to be paid only the minimum wage of $6.55 per hour until the legislature passed a crisis-solving budget. A week later, however, the State Controller John Chiang pointed out that the state payroll records could not be changed to accomodate the cut because they were written in COBOL; an antiquated computer language. And, the only state employees who could programin COBOL were in the group of the 10,000 fired part-timers.