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Pelote is wrong

Posted: June 5, 2009 4:13 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On Sunday, May 24, The Signal published a column by Willie L. Pelote offering suggestions on how to balance the budget in light of the May 19 defeat of Propositions 1A through 1D.

It’s instructive to note that Pelote is an executive for a government-worker union, because his agenda then becomes crystal clear.

One of the most onerous burdens on public-sector spending — what our taxes pay for — is the legacy costs directed toward unionized government workers, the same economic burden that destroyed America’s auto industry.

Those are the costs associated with the gold-plated retirement, pension and health care plans demanded by the unions and accommodated by the political hacks in Sacramento.

Further, those unions also demand — and get — job security guarantees unheard of in the private sector. Just try to fire a teacher or prison guard and see what happens.

Note that Pelote doesn’t mention any cuts to those programs anywhere in his column. Instead, we see more of the same tired old nonsense that drove this state to ruin in the first place: raising taxes, including taxes on carbon dioxide.

That’s the very air we breathe, folks. Maybe we should just stop exhaling.

The only exception is his suggestion to cut spending on prisons, presumably releasing convicted criminals into our midst.

Pelote and his ilk apparently are incapable of understanding that higher taxes are exactly what the people of California voted against, by a two-to-one margin.

In that respect he joins Assembly Speaker Karen Bass in flouting a willful and intransigent refusal to acknowledge and accept that Californians are sick to death of being taxed into oblivion to support the liberal/socialist agenda constantly promoted by the drones in Sacramento.

Cut the legacy costs associated with unionized government workers, similar to what Reagan did when the air traffic controllers tried to go on strike.

Eliminate their absolute job security, and make them have to compete just like everyone else in California. Eliminate spending directed toward providing support for illegal aliens.

Then stand back and watch the budget fall right back in line.


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