The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
— The Merchant of Venice
Speaking of Shylock, Arnold Schwarzenegger has set his yachts upon the sea. And the people’s little ship is sailing forth, while Bob Dylan’s words echo in the haunts in the harbor.
Making good on a promise to trim the state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated a $55-million program Friday that advocates say has helped thousands of mentally ill homeless people break the costly cycle of hospitalization, jails and street life.
None of the cuts elicited a more virulent outcry than the elimination of the program for the homeless mentally ill.
The program had been on the chopping block all summer. Advocates, including the architects of California's effort to overhaul its troubled mental health system, had staged a furious lobbying effort to stave off the cut.
One official was quoted: “A $45-million tax break for yacht owners stays in the budget. And a nationally recognized, incredibly effective program to end homelessness for those living with mental illness gets thrown under the bus.”