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From the LA Times:
Reporting from Sacramento -- With deficit forecasts growing darker by the day, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering a plan to slash California's safety net for the poor by eliminating the state's main welfare program, health insurance for low-income families and cash grants to college students.
Of course California is known for having "sanctuary cities", $200,000 pensions for firefighters and in general providing largess to everyone - even those who aren't citizens.
This is a problem, of course, but it didn't bother all the bleeding hearts so long as all the high-flying people out there were flipping houses and running up their credit cards.
Now, of course, the credit card is dead and the home is being foreclosed on, much like the rest of the nation as a whole - but of course the Federal Government can run deficits so long as it can con China - California can't.
Its time to set an example here folks:
*No more "freebies" for illegals. Period. No free medical care, no free schools, not even jailing people - you get caught here illegally you get sent home. Period, end of discussion, full-stop. Start right now and enforce the damn law; a HUGE percentage of California's prison population are in fact illegal aliens. We pay twice - first for the crime, then again to jail them. Stop being stupid.
*Stop paying civil service jobs (firefighters, teachers, etc) $100,000+, more than twice the per-capita income.
*Fix the pension system so it can't be gamed and double-dipped to the tune of $200,000+ for that same firefighter when they retire.
*Stop subsidizing people who want to have 8 embryos IVF'd into their uterus when they can't personally cover the cost of BIRTHING those eight new mouths, never mind attempting to raise them.
*If you're "poor" and need help, make receiving that help conditioned on working. If nothing else I bet there's a bunch of trash alongside roads that needs to be picked up. If you're able-bodied, no help without working in exchange - for the general benefit of society. Period.
What's happening here is entirely predictable and in fact has been predicted. You can't spend more than you make for very long; eventually your credit card comes back "declined."
California is first in this regard but won't be the last.
Wake up America.
And in the meantime (and as a hedge if the government tries to be even more stupid) go buy a gun and some ammo. When the "entitlement" checks stop going to those who think they have a right to pop out eight kids and bill the state for the medical, I'll make book on riots and other forms of general civil nastiness.
If you're "poor" and need help, make receiving that help conditioned on working. If nothing else I bet there's a bunch of trash alongside roads that needs to be picked up. If you're able-bodied, no help without working in exchange - for the general benefit of society. Period.
Originally posted by redhead57
When they first announced the mess in Cali I knew we were headed for trouble. As far as I know benefits are still being issued to those on Public Assistance but when those checks are suspended.....watch out!
I remember a time a few years ago, okay many years ago when there was some problem with the welfare checks coming out on time, they were a few days late for some reason. It was bad, very bad. I saw Mail carriers getting cussed out and nearly assaulted for not bringing checks, heard people on the streets talking about rioting, and folks were just walking into stores blatantly stealing and daring store owners to do something.
If people thought the Rodney King riots were something....you ain't seen nothing yet! Imagine people with NO MONEY for rent, utilities, no money for anything...food stamps should cover their sustenance but with no place to live or utilities to cook...you get the picture. I can see National Guard troops stationed all over on the day the checks don't come!
What I want to know is what are they planning on doing with all these displaced people, sadly the vast majority of them are going to be children. Is there anything short of Martial Law that could handle thousands of angry and fearful people with nothing?
I already know NY is next so I have a nice little store of food to hold me over. When TSHTF I plan on reading a nice book and staying inside. Very bad.
Originally posted by detachedindividual
The thing is, while it's all very violent and ugly at the time, a period of reflection and rebuilding comes after, and that might be just what America needs.
If change doesn't come as promised (you see what I did there? ) then it will come about at a certain critical point by force of nature and social will.
It might be ugly, but a lot could eventually come from such a scenario.