posted on May, 14 2009 @ 10:23 PM
California has had irresponsible government for a long time. The legislature fights over the budget, creating millions in additional debt because
they can't come to a bipartisan agreement. California over pays it's state workers. If you don't think so, go to CalJobs and look up some of the
pay rates for entry level positions. It's obscene. The solution by the legislature, which is always a majority of the Democratic Party, is to find
a novel way to increase taxes. They are generally not called "taxes," but are fees or bonds. First, pressure and scare tactics are used on the
populace, like "we will have to reduce the police and fire response, close more schools, etc.". Of course, the public, like sheep, fall for this
political drivel out of fear, and vote more taxes. As the state reaches closer to socialism, and more state workers are hired, more regulations are
created making business more difficult to be conducted in the state. I have known many business owners who have moved out of state to less hostile
territories. Those who are "dug in" and unable to move are still here, putting up with ever increasing problems caused by the legislature. Arnold
had tried over and over, unsuccessfully, to create bipartisan agreement, but the stalemate continues. imho, this state is fiscally irresponsible. I
know people in the state who cheat the system. One of my family members was working in a wage labor condition, installing drywall and fixing up state
offices. He was a lowly worker. When his supervisors told him to work two hours and put in for 8, he balked. He said he couldn't do that. They
Another thing that makes me mad in this state is education. Politicians always come into office promoting better education, but the end result is
useless money poured into a defunct teacher-union frozen system. When the electorate put forth a proposition to home school, anti-home school ads
featured Wiccans on the steps of the capitol saying they were glad to get the voucher system so they could promote witchcraft instead of public
school. Hence, the voucher system initiative died. People were scared to allow Wiccans to have vouchers, so the other 180,000 home-schoolers had to
pay to educate their kids, on top of paying their taxes.
I honestly believe that the majority of the electorate in this state falls for the media babble instead of intelligent research and thoughtful
consideration of the issues. This electorate has been voting benefits for itself for so long, they think the benefits are rights.
One assemblyman was on the radio. He was upset with the waste. He said his child went to school about 30 miles from the Capitol. He said (around
1990) he voted $4500 for school funds, but by the time the funds reached his student 30 miles away it was reduced to $2500 by administrative costs.
That happens when your state government is overloaded with state workers. He said that in California, for every 100 students, there are 122
administrators over them. By comparison, in parochial schools there were 8, and in Catholic schools there was 1.
What is it with government? Don't they realize they are destroying themselves and us with them? If they don't keep these costs under control, the
system fails. There has not been a plan to prepare for times like these. There has not been a huge cash reserve building interest. I like to think
of the story of Joseph in Egypt. He saved during times of plenty for the hard times. It was prudent, important to do so, established stability, and
promoted peace and safety. When you have times of plenty, store up for hard times. Hard times will definitely come. Seems like each generation has
to reinvent the wheel. Don't people study and remember the problems of the past?
I can't believe that the tax and spend environment in California has come to this. It's like they have blinders on. Child Protective Services is
another corrupt branch. It is political suicide to do anything to stop CPS, so they keep increasing their size and influence in the state, under the
non-management of county supervisors. I personally know of a family who is going through CPS hell for no reason, yet the charges to the state budget
must be enormous for all those legal fees, foster parent fees, etc. Would you pick up and enslave a family if: 1. parents had no criminal record,
2. parents took child to emergency, 3. emergency room suggested rape kit, 4. children picked up, 5. rape kit showed no rape, 6. kids still in CPS
custody over a year later with no end in sight, after 5 court hearings. That is classic mismanagement of funds, especially when the funds are
desperately needed to help kids with real problems.
The education system in California is very poor. The teachers' union is so strong that it can prevent any improvement in the system. That union
makes increased wages it priority. Hence, California has some of the highest paid teachers in the nation, while the education ranks 44th. More money
did not solve the problem. If anything, overpaid state workers cause a problem for all of us in the private sector. First, it makes purchasing
increase. That drives up prices. Higher prices come to the average citizen as an after-tax. The average business in California pays seven types of
tax. Picture a hobo walking along with seven big bags on his back. Whenever there is a problem in this state, more taxes is the solution. Hence,
there is always a big problem between Rep and Dem parties to provide enough services for the dollar. A great inspection of the state government is in
order, with a sizeable reduction in jobs. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have been in a state office and workers are not busy. I honestly
believe that this electorate needs to understand that government is not the solution to every problem. Privatization is needed to control costs.
Start with education, then highway patrol and fire.
Well, if I were elected, I would make it happen successfully. For some reason I do not understand, politicians in this state are killing the state.
I believe in transparency, honesty, honor, trust.