Reason 142,339 Why California Is Going Broke

Today the Governator signed a new law:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on Tuesday a bill that extends voter-approved mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in California and could affect living conditions for birds nationwide.

Prop. 2, however, applied only to hens in the state. The bill signed by the governor means that farms outside California will have to abide by the Golden State’s humane treatment law if they want to sell eggs here.

“By ensuring that all eggs sold in California meet the requirements of Proposition 2, this bill is good for both California egg producers and animal welfare,” the governor said.

OK – 1)  how are they going to enforce this idiocy?  2) how much will it cost to have egg inspectors?  3)  and they will be enforcing chicken conditions everywhere in the world?  4) and who will pay?  yet more of the idiots who continue to live in California apparently.

Here’s an idea.  Stop worrying about chickens and start acting like adults and pay your bills.

P.S.  What about the chickens you eat?

Left Coast Loonies

Want to know why California is absolutely idiotic when it comes to taxes?  How about this one:

A drop in property tax revenue wallops the state, because it is obligated to make up any significant loss to the schools. The Legislative Analyst’s Office projects the state will have to pony up almost $1.5 billion to K-14 schools over the next three years to compensate for declining property taxes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already said the state will have to make up $430 million this year for school funding because property taxes have lagged projections.

“That $430 million in essence will get built into every year going forward,” Ross said. “More school costs will shift onto the state.”

Emphasis added by me.  So if houses start losing value, the schools don’t even have to worry.  The state MUST make up any funding difference.  Now this might be just a question from somebody looking at things from a sane level, but if the teachers and the administrators know that they are guaranteed more money – every single fracking year – do they really have any incentive to review their operations and look for how things might be made more efficient and cost-effective?

And this tax burden goes to the state and then next year its that – plus the shortfall in property taxes next year, and the next year and the next year.  Does anybody think this is a system that is setup to fail unless you have continually increasing home values?  I certainly do.  But even then Prop 13 doesn’t allow the government theives to re-value your house until you sell it.  This was the practice that was forcing retirees and people who didn’t get 15% annual wage increases out of their homes.   And, of course, the one thing that the government employees want is to get rid of Prop 13:

“Maybe we need to revisit not just Prop. 13 but our entire funding formula for local government,” he said. “As bad as it gets, that’s when it forces people to think and to move outside their comfort level and outside the box to address the crisis. Maybe we need to revisit these antiquated ways in which we deal with revenue streams to local government. At some point, it’s going to take an initiative, and it would have to be one from the people. It took an initiative for Prop. 13, and it’s going to take one again.”

Can’t let these crises go to waste, eh?

Bezerkley’s Newest – Save the Planet Support Groups

Just when you think the busybodies and nannies of Bezerkley can’t get any crazier you find stuff like this:

To meet its ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Berkeley is encouraging all 100,000 residents to join support groups to help individuals fight global warming.

Like Alcoholics Anonymous and Weight Watchers, the groups are part social, part confessional and partly about accountability.

Join a support group and save a polar bear.  I wonder if people will be driving to these groups?  And in that case doesn’t that sort of defeat the whole purpose?  After all, who wouldn’t want to:

The program encourages participants to meet four times over a month to calculate their carbon footprints, create individual goals and help each other meet those goals. The goals can range from giving up driving to insulating one’s hot water heater to eating more vegetarian meals.

The program allows much leeway with the details. Some groups meet for wine and cheese or a potluck, some meet during an office lunch break, others meet after church services.

This would obviously be The First Church of the Bush-Haters and Mother Gaia Lovers.  I think they give the whole thing away with that wine and cheese line.  This is just a hip way for ultra-liberal kooks to get together and drink a “nice full-bodied Napa Cabernet” and honk down some goat cheese.

As for doing anything to “Save the Planet” – by their own standards the only thing they could really do that would help is to kill any rugrats they have expelled, followed by ritual suicide. 

Unfortunately they never seem to actually follow through on their beliefs.

The Berkeley Navy Paddes to the rescue of Mother Earth

The Berkeley Navy Paddes to the rescue of Mother Earth

Memo to California

We keep hearing about how you have budget deficits and now can’t even cut tax refund checks since you are out of money.  So here’s an idea:

  • tax gasoline
  • tax electricity
  • tax every house
  • tax empty land
  • tax every place of business
  • tax every minute of work by every citizen in the state
  • tax every item sold
  • tax every car
  • tax every truck
  • tax every motorcycle
  • tax every property transaction
  • tax movie tickets
  • tax sports tickets
  • tax food
  • tax every service provided by every productive (non-government) person
  • tax water
  • tax minerals
  • tax oil
  • tax the very breath expelled by each of your citizens

What’s that?  You say you already do that?  or you will soon?  Then what are you going to do?  You are only driving out 250,000 citizens every year.  You obviously need to do something that will continue to encourage everyone who works that living in this state is like living in an insane asylum where the inmates (Democrats) are in charge.

And pleeze don’t give me that Arnie is a Republican crap.  You know just as well as I do that he’s just a millinonaire who married into the Kennedys and he doesn’t give two hoots about what the state takes or spends.  He gets to smoke cigars in the tent outside the Capitol and that’s enough for him.

Here’s a few more wealth and economy destroying ideas for you:

  • continue to encourage every lawyer in the state to sue every business.  Court fees will increase and it will give your unelected idiots with the Messiah complexes (judges) more chances to make up laws that will make more people and buisnesses leave
  • mandate mileage monitors in every vehicle and charge taxes by the inch travelled.  Including forcing people from out of state to stop at the state line to have their monitors installed.
  • shut down every nuclear power plant
  • insist that the Federal government close every military base in the state
  • mandate that every college (including private colleges) must accept anyone who applies regardless of their qualifications
  • ammend the state constitution to indicate that every person anywhere in the world is automatically a citizen of California once they set one toe on your soil.
  • change marriage laws to not only include gays, but polygamy, polyandry, pedophilia, and necrophilia.  Be really inclusive.
  • outlaw English as a language of government

Fiscal Liberals

Interesting that with Kaleefornia having a raft of tax-raising, green power mandating, budget busting initiatives on its ballot, Pravda By the Bay finds fiscal problems with these two:

Prop. 6 would increase an array of sentences on crimes related to street gangs, drug dealing and guns. For example, a gang member convicted of a violent felony would get an extra 10 years in prison. Accomplices in crimes in which a gun was used – such as a drive-by shooting – would be subjected to the same enhanced penalties as the shooter. It would increase the penalties on gang-related graffiti and prohibit illegal immigrants arrested for violent felonies or gang crimes from being released on bail without a hearing.

Prop. 9, designed to strengthen the rights of victims and to make it more difficult to release inmates from prison, also would have an enormous budget impact. It expands the victims’ rights that were approved by voters in 1982.

Now, their opposition isn’t to the idea of putting and keeping criminals in prison.  That just sort of skates by.  The big problem that Pravda has with this is it would cost money to keep these thugs in prison.

May I ask a question here – if its too expensive to provide safety for your citizens, then just what in the world do you think government is for?  Its rather obvious that keeping the murderers, rapists, and thugs out of the society of those who want to live in lawful peace just is too much of a stretch for a government that sponsors state-paid day care.

Again – we only hope that Kaleefornia keeps up the crazy.  Raise taxes, put impossible mandates in place, increase regulation, implement the whole of the progressive agenda.

We can always use the business here in Colorado.

Gimme Society – California Style

This is presented as a heartbreaking tale of the horrors of the California State budget impasse:

Kathy Sapp, who operates a state-funded day care center in her East Oakland home, has been running on fumes since the state Department of Education – its purse strings tied because of the budget impasse – stopped paying her and hundreds of other child care providers in California in early June.

To trim costs as she waits for her $4,000 monthly payments, she has stopped taking field trips to restaurants, has reduced the kids’ milk portions and sometimes uses beans instead of meat. She’s dipping into her savings, but she might have to take out a loan to cover groceries, her mortgage, her utility bills and her insurance if the 50-day stalemate drags on much longer.

On Monday afternoon, three preschoolers she is caring for woke from a nap after a trip to the library and ate a snack of cheese sandwiches, apple juice and bananas.

OK – so this is state-funded babysitting.  But what is actually missing from this report?  Parents.  As in – if this woman is having problems taking care of their children why doesn’t she go to the parents who are entrusting this woman with the care of their children and get the fracking money from them?

Of course then it wouldn’t be “free” would it?  But can anyone explain where in the US or California Constitution a “right” to “free” babysitting?  Just how did the instutions that were created to promote and protect the freedom of its citizens become a big babysitting entitlement machine?  The complete and utter degradation of what it means to be a free citizen in a free society has come down to hundreds and hundreds of taxpayer funded babysitting services.

So as the taxpayers of California are being raped to the tune of 8 to 11 percent of their salaries, each and every year, remember that you are paying for essential babysitting services.

Work harder – millions on welfare depend on you!