Your elected officials and journalists agree; you are very stupid people for rejecting tax hikes.
Since you people put these politicians in office, I’d have to agree. But hey, I’m just a blogger who escaped from the Golden State in 1999. These folks are looking out for your best interests.
First up, the Sacramento Bee, which deleted the article but was reconstructed courtesy of forensic blogger Director Blue.
You wanted to show the state’s politicians just how mad you are at them. And you did. Boy, did you ever.
Proposition 1A with its taxes and its spending limit? Too much of one and not enough of the other, you said (or was it the other way around), and voted it down. Never mind that the taxes go into effect anyway. You showed ’em.
The point is that you’re sick and tired of all this political mumbo-jumbo. So you showed those politicians who’s in charge. You. You’re now officially in charge of a state that will be something like $25 billion in the hole for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
So, now that you’ve put those irksome politicians in their place, maybe it’s time to think about this: Since you’re in charge, exactly what do you intend to do about that pesky $25 billion hole in the budget?
Lay off some state workers? Which ones? And how many? Remember, the entire state payroll is about $25 billion. You could lay off every last one of them every Highway Patrol officer, every prison guard, every state firefighter, [Caution, trope alert! -ed] every health inspector, every professor in the UC and CSU systems, every DMV employee and every nameless, faceless paper-shuffling bureaucrat and the state would only be barely in the black. But if you want to do that, go ahead. You’re in charge, remember.
Gateway Pundit shares with us California Rep. Karen Bass (D [duh] LA [double duh]). People aren’t tired of spending – they’re just confused. Her listening tour didn’t turn up a single soul which said you must cut spending. They told her, we elected you, you make the decisions. Apparently, her constituents are Mrs. Wilson’s 5th grade class.
Finally, straight from Silicon Valley’s paper of record, the San Jose Mercury News.
There is truth to that. But why fund the pool in the first place?
And remember, when you give those b*stard voters the reigns, look what they do.
“If you factor out voter initiatives and court suits, the remaining part of state government grew at or less than inflation and population growth,” said John Laird, a Santa Cruz Democrat who served as Assembly Budget Committee chairman from 2004 to 2008.
This from a Santa Cruz Democrat who hasn’t seen a social justice expense he wouldn’t undersign.
However, this paragraph reveals a more complete picture.
Keep your eyes on California. As Big Hollywood reminds us, “So goes California, so goes the nation.”