posted on Jul, 29 2010 @ 08:37 AM
We never fixed the first budget crisis. Like the Federal Government patched over the symptoms of the budget crisis, California only bought time.
Schwarzenegger warned of this for years, but Democrat politicians refuse to cut and Republicans refuse to tax. California spends more and taxes more
than most other states already. We have tons of wasteful spending, a huge amount of fraud, and high taxes that drive out businesses and high earners.
The stimulus programs have built systems that California can't afford to support. Bay area bridge tolls just doubled for peak times, and the tolls
were originally just there to pay off construction.
California is also the number one destination for immigration from many countries, both legal and illegal. For legal immigrants, what I see in our
neighborhoods is not much time is spent paying into the system, but benefits are collected. Put $10 into the system and pull $1,000 out. For the
illegal immigrants, many work on a cash basis and don't put money in, and full benefits are also collected. The population load on schools and
infrastructure is huge. In California the percentage of illegal immigrants is not single digits, it's double digits. Entire neighborhoods are