With apologies to John Lennon, everybody in California sing along,
Imagine there is no Government,
It’s easy if you try, Just essential services
No bureaucratic lies
Imagine all the people keeping more of their dough,
You may say I’m a dreamer…
Unfortunately for the people of the former Golden State the budget just passed. I love how absolutely apoplectic lawmakers get when they run out of money. I think their primal fear is that if the government does shut down that people will realize how easily the vast majority of citizens can function without big brother. The really crazy thing is that when the government shuts down the payroll doesn’t. The State of California passed a budget and state worker avoided being “laid off”. Being laid off for a government employee isn’t the same as when you get laid off in the real world. When governments send people home because they are broke, when the workers return they get back pay. If I were a state employee in California I would have been praying for an impasse. In the real world we call that a paid vacation.
California RHINO Governor Schwarzenegger has been like a Star Wars junkie camping out to be first in line for a handout from the feds. I feel that if GM and Chrysler have to submit a plan in order to get my money then states that take federal bailouts should do the same. The problem with the California deficit is that there is no plan other than to raise taxes in a state that has some of the highest taxes in the country. If you make over $44,815 your state income tax rate is 9.3 percent, add into that state and local sales taxes that equals almost 10 percent, 63 cents a gallon gas tax, a federal tax rate of 25%, about 9% for social security and Medicare (sixteen percent if you are self employed) and you aren’t even the majority partner in your income anymore. That’s before we even think about property taxes, local income taxes, water district “fees”, sanitation “fees”, license and registration “fees”, tolls and god knows what other hidden taxes and fees you pay.
Illegal aliens eat up about 10 billion a year of the California budget and while that isn’t the whole problem it would be a start. The California government has been trending towards socialism for twenty years now so in a way what is happening there is a preview of our national problem. So here is my suggestion, since we don’t seem to have the political will to make government smaller let’s make it shorter! All government employees in California now get Fridays off! Close down the state government one day a week and adjust the payroll. If the workers don’t like it they can always go into the private sector and get a real job.