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Take a stand: No more waste in state government

Posted: August 9, 2008 7:28 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The Signal’s recent editorial on California’s budget crisis (Aug. 3) was really off the mark.

Indeed, each year, every year, Democrats and Republicans in our state wrangle over the budget. Last year’s budget was an astounding $145 billion.

The Signal’s editorial staff really “went out on a limb” in taking the stand, calling for “an executive order that says legislators should not get paid salaries, per diems, or any official expenses, and are not allowed to go on lucrative public speaking tours, until they deliver a budget.”

That’s really hard-hitting them, Signal. A pronouncement like that would make me quake in my boots if I was a member of the Assembly or Senate.

Hey, Signal! How about taking a real stand on this one? How about praising the Republicans for taking a firm stand on this issue? Year after year, the Democrats spent your tax dollars like drunken sailors on shore leave for the last time.

The Republicans have, and justifiably so, drawn a line in the sand. “No more taxes, period!”

California is among the most highly taxed states in the country. State revenues are up substantially, and it’s never enough for these out-of-control, drunk-with-power Democrats.

I applaud the minority Republican Party for not giving in to this madness. Every year, it’s the same thing. Spend, spend, spend, Always, more taxes to finance this folly. And with that money do we see improvements on our roads, more police, improved infrastructures? I think not.

There is so much waste in our state, It’s almost laughable were it not so tragic. Among two categories alone, K-12 education, $45.3 billion and Health and Human Services $38.1 billion. That totals almost $85 billion.

That’s 60 percent of the state budget in just two departments. The amount of state services provided in these two areas is stunning and sobering.

As a teacher in the public sector, I see the waste. I see the state’s paying almost $10,000 per year for each students in the K-12 category. I also see our state paying for medical expenses to uninvited illegal aliens who use and abuse our system.

Cameron Smyth and George Runner, you are doing a great job holding the line on the state’s unquenchable thirst for taxes. Do not cave on this one!

I would only wish The Signal would similarly support and encourage Republicans not to compromise on this issue. And Republicans, if you do give in on this, we’ll see you next year, same time, same station, and any even bigger financial problem on California’s horizon.

Let’s take a  lesson from  tiny North Dakota, which just balanced its state budget and realized a $750 million surplus. Way to go, Bismarck!


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