With a deficit of over $26 Billion and growing, California has essentially run out of money and is now handing out IOU’s. Financially speaking, California is without a doubt “upside-down”. So the question obviously becomes, “how do we fix the mess the democrat-lead legislature and RINO (republican in name only) governator has created?” Here’s where things get really backwards.
Unemployment in the state is around 11.5% and the nation is in the midst of a “great recession”. It would seem obvious that the last thing you’d want to do is kick Californian’s while they’re struggling to keep their homes out of foreclosure, with an estimated 1,000 families in Orange County alone are living in motels. Yet that is exactly what the democrats (and a few republicans) in Sacramento have done by passing the largest tax increase in California history. As a result, business are leaving the state and consumers are holding even tighter to their money, which results in less-than-projected tax revenue and a bigger deficit. So what are the dems suggesting now…more taxes! It truly is a shameful time to be a democrat in California.
With our state legislatures, teachers, and other state workers being among the highest paid in the nation, the majority have experienced virtually no real downsizing or pay-cuts (with-holding pay increases is not the same). Instead, the primary solution being offered are furlough days. Why not address the root of the problem instead of temporarily addressing the symptoms? Instead of releasing prisoners as suggested, why not attempt to address the inflated cost per prisoner? Selling state-owned properties such as the LA Coliseum may not be a horrible idea in itself, but it is only a desperate and temporary solution that is still only addressing the symptoms.
Californians spoke loud and clear last May by destroying tax measures 1A – 1E. The only acceptable solution, as far as CA voters are concerned, is to make real cuts and for the government to start living within their means. With all their threats of releasing prisoners, closing schools, and letting wild-fires burn, we’ve had enough and have called their bluff. If you can’t do what you gotta’ do on your over-inflated budget, we’ll find someone who can.
With the increase of the size and spending of the state government we’ve experienced with Davis, Schwarzenegger, and the dems (relative to population growth and inflation)…finding significant and reasonable cuts throughout the system should not be an impossible task. However, it would be absurd to ignore the $10.5 billion spent every year in California to provide health-care, education, and incarceration for the criminals living here illegally. That’s nearly half of the entire deficit!
As I mentioned in a previous post, the responsibility ultimately lies upon the voters. We are the ones voting in and empowering legislatures who run our local, state, and federal government. We can continue to vote for liberal tax-and-spend democrats that support criminal behavior (illegal immigration) and forcing “green” initiatives to address the speculative and unknown issue of climate change…all at the detriment of the economy. Consequently, we can expect to see the utter failure of California and the rest of this nation to follow suit. Alternatively, we can elect and support conservative leaders like Chuck DeVore and George Runner who will basically do the opposite and see how that works for a while.
*For the sake of this post I have focused on economic policies and their consequences. I have admittedly omitted other ideologies such as foreign policy and other social issues that some may feel have more or less significance than the issues raised herein.