Funding Failure

Originally published August 21, 2012 @ American Thinker

 

Jerry Brown has a problem. His state continues to spend billions more than it collects in taxes. Outlays for pensioners are starting to bite into day to day government functions. Unable to get higher taxes through his state’s legislature Brown is turning to the voters with proposition 30, asking the voters to raise their own taxes. Proposition 30 is being sold to the public as a way to balance the budget and prevent cuts to schools and public safety.

 

Brown parades around the state preaching that his citizens must accept the tax “for the children”. Already the most tax burdened state in the union according to a Pacific Research Institute study, more taxes just continues the status quo. The revenue generated will not do much to fill this years 16 billion dollar deficit, nor go to schools, or public safety. That money will be used to shore up a broken retirement system that is underfunded by hundreds of billions of dollars.

 

The other sad truth is that much of the income promised by this new tax will never be collected. With nearly 2,000 upper income Californians leaving the state every week the amount of money garnered from Brown’s latest “tax the rich” scheme is sure to be much, much, less than forecast.  California already has the worst business climate in the United States which makes raisingtaxes that much more damning. Businesses are leaving the state and with them taxpaying workers.

 

Proposition 30 is a smoke screen that will not balance the budget or come close to fixing California’s budget problems and what do Californians get for their money? With half of the general revenue required to go toward education by the state constitution, you’d think California students would be doing well in the most populous state in the union. In fact, California typically ranks among the worst as far as academic achievement is concerned. Pulling the data and comparing student outcomes to a state like Florida is enlightening.

  • 4th grade scores for Math & Reading In 2009
  • Florida – spending per pupil $8,760. Reading ranked 10th, Math ranked 27th,
  • California – spending per pupil $9,657. Reading ranked 46th, CA ranked 45 in Math
  • 4th grade scores for Math In 2012
  • Florida – spending per pupil $8,983. Math ranked 23rd
  • California – spending per pupil $9,313. Math California ranked 46th.

Californian’s spent nearly 1,000 dollars more per student than Florida in 2009, and has some of the best paid public school teachers in the nation. The result; students scored in the bottom ten percent compared to students in the rest of the country. With such poor performance is it any wonder that republicans in the legislature are adamant about blocking tax increases until real reform is implemented?

 

Special interest groups especially public employee unions have so corrupted the political system that changes through the legislative process are nearly impossible. California is in desperate need of fundamental structural reform of it’s pension system and education. Brown had a chance for real reform that could help his state survive the coming financial calamity by taking his case directly to the people. Instead he doubled down and decided more of the same will do. Subsidizing failure is what Brown is proposing in prop 30, and without real change, California is well on the way to fiscal collapse.

 

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Powerful New Romney Ad “These Hands” Hits Home

A new Romney political ad came out today and is especially powerful.

 

 

A stark reminder that one candidate is a collectivist at his core, while the other is a capitalist. The collectivist refuses to acknowledge that government services are bought and paid for by tax dollars. The collectivist talks about government services aimed at very specific groups, but that is only a pay off. President Obama is robbing from the successful to sustain political patrons. The practice is corrupt and unsustainable. There are two eventual outcomes from unsustainable collectivism; the first outcome is like Greece the second was the USSR. Neither option is palatable to the vast majority of Americans.

 

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Don’t Tell Mama


 

This one made us smile so we’re sharing it with you.

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A glimpse into the liberal mind

Originally published June 7, 2012 @ American Thinker

 

The recent victory for Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall election was a stunning surprise for the left. Polling had been predicting a tightening race but Walker ended up winning the recall by a wider margin than he did during the general election. Even with Democratic turnout up heavily. The surprise caught the left and especially the left in the media, completely off guard. The result is that election night coverage provided an unusually candid glimpse into the thinking of the über left in America.

 

Commentators as politically diverse as James Taranto and John Stewart enjoyed the spectacle and humor found in the on screen meltdowns over at MSNBC. Both men make their livings skewering the politics of the day and the media coverage of the Wisconsin recall election was a target rich environment. If you apply any objective analysis to the opinions on display it was two parts funny and one part pure madness.

 

Some examples:

 

One earnest union supporter claimed that democracy died today. While worthy of a guffaw, what does it tell us about the mind of that voter? What about the people that voted for Walker, are they not worthy of having their votes counted? Should votes only count when you for the “right candidate”? The special type of thinking that calls the democratic re-election of a democratically elected Governor the “end of democracy” reminds me of the one party elections held in the old communist Soviet Union. According to Pravda at the time, those elections were clear indications as to how democratic the USSR was.

 

Rachel Maddow was almost completely unhinged in her panic during election night. Claiming that if Democrats don’t win that it’s a short slide into a one party system, all Republicans all the time for Wisconsin (Think of Wisconsin becoming the polar opposite of California — quelle horreur!). To make that claim about a state that hasn’t voted for a Republican President since Reagan in 1984 is pure insanity. Her analysis revolved around who spent money on campaign ads. As usual from the hyper partisans there was no honest count of union money that flowed into the campaign. Her analysis also doesn’t take into account the favorable coverage from a media that is very friendly to union ideals. How much would the equivalent ad buy cost for the amount of air time covering both the protesters sleeping in Madison and the Democrats that fled the State be worth?

 

The consensus on the left is that Conservatives bought the race and the race was undemocratic. The undeniable premise of the left is that voters are easily fooled by political ads, or if they agreed with Walker, their votes didn’t deserve to count. This aligns well with such policies as “The Fairness Doctrine” which is about suppressing conservative voices.

 

It’s obvious liberals fear the ability of the right to make their voices heard. The Wisconsin recall election plainly shows that when presented with such clear choices, most Americans choose common sense over debt and depression. That is indeed bad news for liberals and they can barely hide their disdain for the everyday American.

 

 

A few minor grammatic edits were added after the original American Thinker post.

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“If I wanted America to fail” – Video from Free Market America


 

From: Free Market America be sure to check out their YouTube page.

 

Also be sure to check out Americans for Limited Government over at GetLiberty.org

 

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