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Thoughts on our California fiscal crises

Posted: July 14, 2009 8:04 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
Here are some thoughts about California’s fiancial crises.

1. The Legislature has failed the people of California miserably.  

2. I firmly believe the crisis is a result of a spending problem and not a revenue problem.

While it may not make a difference in light of the magnitude of the problem, the Integrated Waste Management Board is representative of the fiscal failure.  

As long as this board exists and we pay termed-out, washed-up career politicians to sit on the board I will never support a penny of tax increase for any reason.  

3. If the United States were a sports league and each state were a team, we would be in last place in a 50-team league.

While we may have a few stars in the Legislature concerned about their own stats, collectively they have failed us.

Republicans blaming Democrats, Democrats blaming Republicans — California will never get on the right track until members of each party care more for our state than they do for their party.  

There is no denying that the good of the party prevails. The perpetual votes along party lines bear this out.

4. Nothing gets done by an individual. It takes a consensus of the Legislature.

So while there may be individuals whom I support, I think it’s time to get rid of every incumbent until we have a team capable of moving California out of 50th place in the league of states. We need a team that has the courage to face fiscal matters head-on.

5. The next time there is a “bubble” that enhances revenue (i.e. dot-com, housing, etc.), here’s a news flash: Every bubble bursts.  

The Legislature was either blind to this fact or chose to ignore it. Either way, it was a clear validation of collective incompetency.

6. This state has been run into to the ground, and while members of the Legislature can point fingers at the opposition party, or tell their constituents that they didn’t vote for this or that, in the end it doesn’t matter.  

Going back to the sports analogy, the defense can blame the offense, the offense can blame the defense, but as a team, if you’re in last place, you’re losers.

We’re a little past AYSO, where everyone is a winner just for participating.



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