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Thursday, December 16, 2010

What Did the Five Fingers Say to Jerry Brown’s Face?


From the LA Times via Mish.  The best part of the whole article bolds by me:

“We’ll present a budget on Jan. 10. It will be a very tough budget, but it will be transparent,” he said. “We’ll lay it out as best I can. We’ve been living in fantasy land. It is much worse than I thought. I’m shocked.”

More deliciousness:

Brown has refused to publicly discuss his budget plans, but he has met privately with lawmakers and interest groups. People involved in the meetings expect him to enact an austerity budget in the spring, then hold a special election in which voters can decide whether to raise taxes or other revenues in order to restore services. He pledged during the campaign not to increase taxes without voter approval.

“This is really a huge challenge, unprecedented in my lifetime,” Brown told hundreds of educators, union representatives and parents who had gathered at UCLA. “I can’t promise you there won’t be more cuts, because there will be.”

Talk is cheap, of course, but to see Governor Moonbeam talk like this is just so satisfying on so many levels. 

A remark from “beecnul8r” in the comments section jumped out at me, because I think it’s a classic example why California is in the shape that it’s in now:

Cool part of all this hubbub is that retirees like me can get the heck out of CA and enjoy much less costly living elsewhere.  It is a huge problem that so many folks don’t pay one red cent in state income taxes.  Nice to tell OTHERS how to spend THEIR tax money as long as YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING.  We need a radical change so everyone pays something....then maybe they will realize how out beloved jokers in Sacramento blow it all on stupid programs.  Brown won’t make a dent in the shortfall because HE is PART of the PROBLEM, not the SOLUTION.  It was his programs that got us here in the first place.

As most inquisitive readers know, California’s pension system is a ticking time bomb that threatens to make the state’s budget go completely pear-shaped.  It’s not just the generous, gold-plated benefits a lot of these government workers recieve--it’s the fact that the state political machine THEY helped create, in many cases, isn’t even being supported by them in their retirement.  They cash out, move to a lower-populated state with a lower cost of living and friendlier tax structure, and proceed to disproportionately bend the cost of living upward in their new areas of residence.  So California (and others, like New York) doesn’t even get the “kiss from your sister” benefit of having these people stay in-state and put some of those taxpayer dollars back into the state and their communities.

Now, I don’t blame these people one bit for getting the hell out of Cali.  One of my ex-girlfriends and I split up in large part because I absolutely refused to move out there after she finished law school; I know damn well how fucked the state is right now, and you could not pay me enough to settle out there.  I don’t give a shit how nice the weather is.  What does bug me is when they move to these low-tax havens, and immediately begin agitating to turn their new communities in the high-tax, high-regulation, PC-hellhole that they just left, primarily because their very presence threw the previously sustainable economic scale these places had enjoyed completely out of whack--a phenomenon that’s seems to have been a trend in throughout the American West for the last 25 years.  If they loved that environment so much, why the fuck did they leave? 

All that aside, I’ll be interested to see how this plays out in the coming weeks.  The SEIU and AFSCME goons aren’t going to be happy at all if Moonbeam actually follows through on those spending cuts.

Posted by on 12/16/10 at 05:28 PM in Cullyforneah   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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