Written by Roger Hedgecock, former Mayor of San Diego
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
live in California. If you were wondering what living in Obama's second
term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there
California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democrat Left
enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and
state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The
unemployment rate is 12%.
California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added
so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it
"Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers,
with smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with
twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.
This week, the once and current Governor, Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, had to
confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was
billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than
the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.
After trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones
provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic
budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy,
law enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed
Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay
their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners
currently pays 50% of the state's income tax. CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE