This one comes from today’s OpinionJournal’s Political Diary (subscription required):
Over the past several years, more than $200 million of tobacco tax money that is supposed to go to early childhood education has been siphoned off by public relations and advertising firms. Republicans in the legislature we talked to say they are outraged at this misappropriation of funds and are considering an investigation. Here we have an example of real life imitating TV. In the ’70s, the Meathead spouted every liberal cause under the sun while showing himself to be the ultimate unemployed free-loader, forever raiding Archie Bunker’s refrigerator. Now he raids the California taxpayers’ refrigerator to finance his pet causes.
A lot of bureaucrats, activists and consultants are doing very well in California under Rob Reiner’s taxing initiatives. Too bad so few of them are “the kids” he claims to care so much about.
The LAWeekly’s Bill Bradley (who is following the money) joins me at 4:20 today to add some details to the story, and one of the big networks has contacted me about the package they are preparing. You simply can’t play fast and loose with all or even some of 230 million in taxes and not expect folks to eventually notice.
Lefty Marc Cooper adds a kick or two, though The Real Ugly American thinks Cooper is too generous to the Los Angeles Times’ story. Rick Moore wants Reiner gone today. Shark and Shephard has more. So does McGehee.
Arnold needs to replace Reiner asap, which Arnold can do with a stroke of a pen. Hollywood friendships should not trump the public interest, and the public has a big interest in stopping the use of taxpayer funds to support Reiner’s private political passions and public initiatives.
With the docs in Bill Bradley’s hands, the bleed out has begun. Reiner could save us all a lot of time if he’d do the right thing and quit.