Once again, the ruling party in Sacramento is testing the endurance of California voters by plunging high speed ahead with a massive spending plan to show the world that we are on the cutting edge of innovation. Never mind that we are already billions in debt, the prestige of the state is at stake. We always hear the claim that California is the proving ground for ideas that eventually catch hold in less enlightened states like Neanderthalabraska. We are the guinea pigs of the world.
To maintain our status, we taxpayers are continually required to pony up more moolah to fund the legacy of politicians. In November there will be no less than three initiatives on the ballot demanding increases in taxes, or else all the schools will be burned to the ground and poor people will be forced to eat lawn clippings, if there are any lawns left after global warming and dam removal leaves us high and dry. And that’s just the state ballot; most local governments are pushing sales tax increases to keep themselves on life support. Add to that, rate increases for all utilities, skyrocketing food prices, and the promise of more pain at the gas pump.
To the affluent, this is a minor inconvenience. It’s more important to maintain their image as bold innovators. The money jugglers in Sacto promise that some of the money
extorted collected from energy producers will be returned to the poor to offset their bloated heating bills, but when the cash cow in Washington stops giving milk it’s more likely that those funds will be redirected at the bullet train and the general fund. Are there free blankets in our future? Ask an Indian how that one will work.
Note: My computer will be down for a few days for maintainance, so I won’t be responding to comments until sometime next week. Feel free to add to the conversation, but keep it civil, please. -RL