In the wake of the voters’ rejection of budget-balancing measures last week, California wants a federal loan guarantee to deal with its $24 billion deficit. Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” columnist E.J. Dionne suggested an appealing deal: “California needs a bailout. And none of the states want the Gitmo prisoners. California agrees to take all of the prisoners, and then it gets its bailout.”
On CNN on Sunday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was cold to the idea of California taking detainees. “We only have one max security prison in California and it’s, right now, overbooked,” Boxer said. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also has nixed reopening Alcatraz.
If California doesn’t work out, there is always Hardin, Mont., which has an empty prison and has volunteered to take the detainees — though the state’s two senators oppose the idea.
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