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  Starting with Schwarzenegger’s first day in office when he repealed the Vehicle License Fee, Arnold has played one game of fiscal gymnastics after another – leaving us with today’s budget deficit of $17 billion.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  And its all Arnie’s fault becuase he repealed the Car Tax.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?

Berzerkly to Marines – Get Out!

And to think that Marines have fought and died for over 200 years to allow these misbegotten idiots the freedom to say this:

Hey-hey, ho-ho, the Marines in Berkeley have got to go. That’s the message from the Berkeley City Council, which voted 6-3 Tuesday night to tell the U.S. Marines that its Shattuck Avenue recruiting station “is not welcome in the city, and if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”

In addition, the council voted to explore enforcing its law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation against the Marines because of the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy. And it officially encouraged the women’s peace group Code Pink to impede the work of the Marines in the city by protesting in front of the station.

In a separate item, the council voted 8-1 to give Code Pink a designated parking space in front of the recruiting station once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week from noon to 4 p.m.

If only our enemies were stupid enough to actually do something in Bezerkly. What am I saying – our enemies live there, work there, plot there, and hopefully will die there.  I mean, we know that the University of Califonia at Crazy is there, which concentrates the idiocy level.  But it looks like the inmates have taken over the government asylum too.

I think that putting up a nice big fence around this vile nest of human slime and making sure they can’t get out to the rest of America would be a good start. They don’t want to be part of America? Well, America doesn’t want them either.

Universal Healthcare Scheme Collapses Again

Of course, to a liberal nothing is impossible. You just have to close your eyes and click your heels and wish real, real hard.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “universal” health-care plan died in the California legislature on Monday, in what can only be called a mercy killing.
Like collapses in Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, this one crumpled because of the costs, which are always much higher than anticipated.

This reveals that liberal health-care politics is increasingly the art of the impossible: You can’t make coverage “universal” while at the same time keeping costs in check — at least without prohibitive tax increases. Lowering cost and increasing access, in other words, are separate and irreconcilable issues.

So the plan failed because it was too expensive — and because for some Democrats it wasn’t expensive enough.
Democrats also complained that the taxes the plan imposed on business, as high as 6.5% of payroll, weren’t high enough.
Voters are rightly concerned about health care, but they also don’t want to pay higher taxes to finance coverage for everyone.
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I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help – NOT!

And just think how well they will do at giving you “free” health care.

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LOS ANGELES – As wildfires were charging across Southern California, nearly two dozen water-dropping helicopters and two massive cargo planes sat idly by, grounded by government rules and bureaucracy.
It took as long as a day for Navy, Marine and California National Guard helicopters to get clearance early this week, in part because state rules require all firefighting choppers to be accompanied by state forestry “fire spotters” who coordinate water or retardant drops. By the time those spotters arrived, the powerful Santa Ana winds stoking the fires had made it too dangerous to fly.
“The weight of bureaucracy kept these planes from flying, not the heavy winds,” Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told The Associated Press. “When you look at what’s happened, it’s disgusting, inexcusable foot-dragging that’s put tens of thousands of people in danger.”
The spotters have 24 hours to report for duty, and it took nearly all that time for them and the National Guard crews to assemble.

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We Cannot Win the War – On Fire

Who will lead us out of this quagmire?

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After the all of endless days of the California fire quagmire, it’s time for America to admit that it can’t win this battle. We must immediately withdraw our forces and go home. But until our so-called “leaders” in Washington wise up to the folly of their current course, all we can do is ask ourselves, “why does fire hate us?”.
We think ourselves so sophisticated with our electricity and our central heating, but if fire hadn’t paved the way for us, we’d be lost.
We offend fire by occupying the holy lands of burnable, burnable forests with our “fireless” nuclear power plants, claiming that we are “better than mere flames”. We laugh at fire’s “primitiveness” and “simplicity”.
How foolish fighting fire is. And what a waste of resources in a country where there are children without health insurance.
I, for one, don’t blame it. And I am ashamed to be an American.
After all, it’s not called “the combustion of peace” for nothing.

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