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!

Taxes – We Want More Taxes

Well, some flaming idiots in California apparently have never heard of the other idea about balancing a budget – stop spending like drunken sailors.  But I love the way that the Governator is blamed for all the problems with the California Budget by this twerp:

Arnold’s executive order laying off 10,000 state employees – and slashing another 200,000 paychecks to the federal minimum wage – is not just insulting because he’s punishing people for the actions of others.  It’s that the budget crisis we’re in is largely his fault, and the Governor refuses to take responsibility.  Starting with Schwarzenegger’s first day in office when he repealed the Vehicle License Fee, Arnold has played one game of fiscal gymnastics after another – leaving us with today’s budget deficit of $17 billion.

Now think about that for a minute.  This is not at 17 billion dollar budget in total – they are overspending their income by 17 billion dollars – in one year!  And its all Arnie’s fault becuase he repealed the Car Tax.  Well that and:

But Republicans in the legislature – whose votes are needed to get a 2/3 majority to pass the budget – simply refuse to acknowledge we have a revenue problem.  All 15 GOP State Senators and 31 of their 32 Assembly members have signed the infamous Grover Norquist pledge to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  Schwarzenegger refuses to bring them in line – and now wants to punish state workers with layoffs and pay cuts.

Those mean-spirited Republicans.  Why doesn’t Arnie just assume his Terminator personality and KILL THEM ALL!  So they can be replaced by gentle free-spirited Democrats who know that taxing the life out of everything that moves (or doesn’t move) is the only way that will bring peace, happiness, tranquility, and more government to everybody.

Go ahead California – tax yourselves into oblivion.  Soon the only people in California will be hippies, the hopeless, the stupid, and government employees.  And then who will you tax?

But I must say that I just love the interesting slant presented by Mr. Tax and Tax.  Some of this language is just lovely”

painful set of budget cuts coupled with reasonable tax increases.

Painful budget cuts – yeah right.  Just what does that mean?  The typical Federal budget dodge?  Instead of increasing spending by 10% it will be pared back to a painful 8% increase?  That’s called a cut in progressive-speak.

And any tax increase is simply reasonable.  Any reasoned person is GLAD to give more money to the all-knowing, beneficent bureaucrats so that they can go on some week-long retreat on the Monterrey peninsula to reflect on how they can gouge more money out of the suckers next year.

And who can not chuckle at this?

In 2003, on his first day in office, Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed the Vehicle License Fee.  This modest tax had been around since 1935 – where car owners paid 1.5% on the purchase of a new automobile.  Governor Earl Warren raised it to 2% in 1948, but the state temporarily lowered it in 1998 because of excess revenues (understanding that it would be restored when the state hit hard times.)  In one fell swoop in 2003, the state lost $5 billion in revenue for the first year – with increasing losses each successive years.

Yes – its just one of those modest taxes which only raped 5 billion dollars – in actual numbers that is $5,000,000,000.00.  That is $13 million bucks every single day of a 365 day year.  Its $570,000 bucks an hour for every hour of a year.  Its a little short of demanding $10,000 for every single minute of every single year–with built-in escalators since the value of new cars is higher than older ones that are replaced, plus completely new cars.  Just a cute, teeny, tiny, non-important, modest little tax.  God only knows what a slutty, skanky, immodest tax would look like.

And this wasn’t just some one-time shot fee.  This was paying 2% of the value of your car every year.  So just because you had a car, on which you paid sales tax when you bought it, gasoline taxes which you paid every time you filled it up (more in taxes per gallon than the refiner makes in profit by the way), paying for new plates every year, sales taxes paid on anything else you bought for it like tires or oil changes or repairs – after mooching all that tax money off you California decreed that you had to pay 2% every single year just for the privilege of owning the stupid thing.  And this one was paid by everybody every year – it couldn’t be hidden behind some “tax the rich” rhetoric.

No wonder people were completely fed up with that.  And that car tax was one of the driving forces behind the recall of Gray Davis that put Arnie into office in the first place.

So the thing they want to propose is to bring this idiotic tax back – just in time to make sure that the Republican governor would be blamed for it to give that extra little push to get some Democrat elected governor next year.  Of course that has absolutely no place in their calculations.  All they want to do is make sure all the poor, hard-working nurses and prison guards are taken care of and paid more than the federal minimum wage.  Well that and all those hard-working leftists at Bezerkley who are needed to indoctrinate the next generation of “public servants”.

But the tax was only “temporarily reduced”.  No tax ever actually goes away.  They might throw a head-fake to the plebs and reduce one a teeny tiny fraction, but will always reserve the right to return to rape and pillage whenever we “hit hard times”.  Isn’t that just so touching?  Its not our fault that we always, always, always spend more.  Has California EVER spent less in absolute dollars from one year to the next?  It’s always some outside force that hits us – hurts us – causes us to cry little girly tears.  And demands that we tell you to bend over and give us your wallets at a rate even higher than before.

Because you don’t want to have some blind, arthritic, wheelchair bound senior citizen to suffer do you?

“In a year when we’re asking the blind, disabled and elderly not to take a cost-of-living adjustment,” explained Leno, “it’s fair to also ask businesses not to benefit from an accounting allowance.”

Yeah, that’s it.  Its all greedy businesses getting accounting allowances while crippled senior citizens are forced to eat dog food.

Because even Republicans want to increase taxes.  Well according to this poll they do:

* 65 percent say they think Republican Legislators should work with Democrats to achieve a compromise including budget cuts and revenue increases.

* 54 percent support increasing the top bracket of the state income taxes from 9.3 to 10 percent for families with taxable income over $272,000 annually and to 11 percent for families with more than $544,000 a year in taxable income.

* 56 percent support the sales tax to entertainment such as concerts and sporting events.

* 64 percent support a bill to prevent people who purchase yachts and luxury vehicles from avoiding sales taxes on these purchases.

The fact that this poll was taken by the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) California State Council – the people who make their livelihood off the sweat and blood extorted by the state as taxes from others – well, that’s not an important fact.  Its simply important to know that increasing the state tax income rate to 11% (eleven freaking percent) is supported by 54% of the 800 registered Republicans they found in San Francisco or some other “progressive” area of the state.

And as an aside, I would love to see just how slanted they had to put these questions to get those percentages.  And just what “Republicans” were included (would you consider yourself to be an open-minded individual?  even if you are a Republican?) and what kind of low-forehead nose-picking conservatives were excluded.

Hey – tax yourselves silly.  Why don’t you prove that it is possible, for the first time in history, to tax yourselves into prosperity.

And in the meantime we will start putting fences around California to make sure the crazies there don’t leak out into actual civilization.

Boo Hoo – Illegals Finding Work Scarce

The slant of this article is sickening:

Times are tough for the 27-year-old illegal immigrant and day laborer

For the most part, Rodriguez says, he’s doing what hundreds of other day laborers are doing these days: Standing around and waiting for jobs in Santa Cruz instead of actually getting them.

The bad times are trickling down to the lowest rung of the work force: the illegal labor pool, 

And somewhere in Mexico a wife and a family are having a rougher go at it than usual. 

A couple of questions:

1.  If its so tough in the US, why not go back home?  This article implies that the poor illegal hasn’t had regular work since last summer.  How in the wide wide world of sports is he able to live here?

2.  If there’s no work at home – why not?  Just when did it become America’s issue to deal with unemployed Mexicans?

And most of all this:

“Everybody is going to suffer in a recession — from the top on down,” says Patti Decker, a branch manager with Labor Ready in Soquel, whose number of Spanish-speaking customers, she added, has been on the rise in the last few months, in part due to the poor economy.

Labor Ready is an “employment contractor”.  Just why are they able to break the law with impunity and knowingly hire out illegals?