Tax and Spend, Tax and Spend

John Seiler:

Shouldn’t frugality be the order of the day? The state faces a $20 budget deficit and Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing a $9 billion tax increase.

Not for our Legislature! For them, the tax increases exist to waste even more money. It’s the same old “tax and spend, tax and spend, tax and spend….”

The Bee reports:

But this year Democrats are refusing to go along with Gov. Jerry Brown’s most controversial reductions, spurning his demand to have cuts in place by March.

They oppose Brown’s plan to halve the amount of time that unemployed adults can receive welfare-to-work benefits and to slash grants to children. Assembly Democrats have voted against his proposal to cut scholarship aid for 26,000 low-income students through higher grade requirements for Cal Grants.

“Brown wanted lawmakers to fast-track his cuts again because he said the state can save more money the earlier it reduces programs. But Assembly Democrats have rejected welfare and Cal Grant cuts, while Senate Democrats say they will wait until at least May before making any real decisions.”

Hey, it’s just the taxpayers’ money. All those people out there are bunch of greedy, money-grubbers who should be looted even more.

And notice when this is happening. The tax increases — Gov.Jerry Brown’s and legal activist Molly Munger’s — are being sold as funding education.

So, the Legislature is blowing more money now. That way, later on, the tax increases — if they pass — would be funneled to education.

It’s just a shell game.

March 27, 2012



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  1. Deb McCurdy
    Deb McCurdy 27 March, 2012, 09:40

    The PTA/Molly Munger initiative “Our Children, Our Future” IS about the schools. The tax runs for 12 years. For the first 4 years 30% of the revenue goes to pay down school bond debt. 70% GOES DIRECTLY TO SCHOOL SITES AND DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. This is actually a lot of money, since the broad based, sliding scale income tax (on net, not gross) will raise $10 billion a year. In year five of the tax, there’s no more payment towards bond debt reduction — 100% will go directly to school sites and not pass through Sacramento. Parent, teacher and community input re how the money will be spent is mandated. Written into the initiative is language that says the money cannot go towards raising current teacher salaries. It also puts a 1% cap on administrative costs. The money is for reviving our schools by hiring new teachers to restore programs that have been lost and to keep class sizes reasonable. It is about the students — and it is about time.

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  2. queeg
    queeg 27 March, 2012, 12:09

    The Pied Piper is alive and well!

    The increase in taxes brings the cliff closer and closer….you can paint it anyway you want….more money to government errodes your freedoms!!!

    Nice try though….

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  3. beelzebub
    beelzebub 27 March, 2012, 13:24

    Hope is never a good strategy when it comes to anything in life.

    Kicking the can down the road is never a good strategy. Sooner or later you run out of road.

    These bastards must learn to live within their means. Until they accept that fact we will always wind up behind the eight ball.

    You can’t spend more than you collect in revenue.

    Revenue in California continues to plummet even during the mythical recovery.

    You can’t continually overestimate revenue and underestimate expenses and expect to survive economically.

    Until those truisms are put into practice California will continue to speed ahead at 90mph on a direct collision course with an immovable object.

    One day Mr. Clown will hold a bond buying party and no buyers will show up.

    That will be the beginning of the end.

    Even a dummy like me can see the obvious. They know it too. They simply won’t admit it. They would rather push us right off the edge of the proverbial cliff.

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  4. Bob
    Bob 27 March, 2012, 14:28

    Deb McCurdy, Colliefornia (as Ahnode sez) already has the highest income taxes in the country.

    The 9.3% rate kicks in at around 47k. Colliefornia also has one of the highest sales taxes in the country.

    Why is it that other states have better schools yet they also have lower taxes?

    Did it ever occur to you that maybe the schools could be improved without taking even more money from taxpayers?

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  5. beelzebub
    beelzebub 27 March, 2012, 16:11

    “Did it ever occur to you that maybe the schools could be improved without taking even more money from taxpayers?”

    They waste it on free breakfasts and free lunches for the free crap crowd as well as on ESL curriculums for people who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place.

    Since somebody else foots the bill and since no one is held professionally accountable for wasting it……don’t expect anything to change voluntarily. It will take a full-on collapse. That’s when SHTF and it won’t be safe to walk down the street in broad daylight. That’s when the free crap crowd hits the streets and starts looting the stores.

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  6. queeg
    queeg 27 March, 2012, 18:32

    Get ready…high gas…service coolie jobs…no benefits….class envy…..what do you expect….hugs and kisses

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  7. Kris
    Kris 27 March, 2012, 22:20

    Why is it these corruptocrats can’t see themselves for what they truly are. They ought to be required to wear NASCAR jumpsuits with all their campaign and lobby sponsors on them. They have the nerve to find convenient excuses as to why “they” have driven the state into the ground, and like any true sociopath, they want us to keep paying for the damage they do. Simply vote no on any encumbant, and no on anything with their fingerprints on it.

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  8. Bob
    Bob 28 March, 2012, 14:00

    They ought to be required to wear NASCAR jumpsuits with all their campaign and lobby sponsors on them.

    And they’d look so sheek they’d make us shriek. 🙂

    But the cost of the sponsor patches just went up…

    California Democratic lawmakers up their fundraising price

    If ya wanna rub elbows with Darrell Stinkbug or Porky Perez it’s gonna cost ya more donuts.

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  9. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 28 March, 2012, 17:31

    Can’t wait until Obama’s 2012 campaign donors (and $amounts$) are disclosed. But we probably won’t see the list until the election is over and done with. Transparency is only exercised after the irreversible damage is done. That’s the American way.

    I wonder if Goldman Sachs will outdo themselves compared with their 2008 Obama for President contributions? That would mean $1M plus. 🙂

    $1M will buy you lots of ‘get out of jail free’ cards. That’s for sure! 😀

    Obama has no problem breaking his promises to the peasant electorate. But he honors ALL committments to the big boys – for a price, of course! 😀

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  10. queeg
    queeg 29 March, 2012, 09:38

    Envy solves nothing!

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  11. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 29 March, 2012, 09:57

    I just read that the average weekly wage in OC (the so-called bedrock for economic opportunity and capitalism in Cali)is $1036.

    How long would it take for a college grad to pay off a $75,000 student debt making $1036 a week (after 3-5 years experience on the job, of course).

    Let’s see. $75000 student debt over 20 years @ 5% int = $500/mo. Total payment = $119,000.

    Moderate living expenses per month for Mr. Former Student:

    Rent + utilities = $2000 (unless you chose to live in the barrio)
    Food/entertainment = $450 minimum
    Car and insurance = $200
    Medical = $300
    Student loan payment = $500
    Various taxes and fees = $500


    TOTAL GROSS PAY = $4000

    TOTAL NET PAY = $3000 – $3300

    Math: $3300 – $3950 = Negative $650/mo

    Good luck with buying a house and spawning little ones on that!

    Yep. They got us right where they want us!

    BTW, a college degree does not guarantee an $80,000 salary (unless you have an inside government connection). Those who think it does have never lived in the real world. There are millions of college grads waiting tables, driving busses and cabs, working as gopher clerks, punching cash registers and even waxing floors and cleaning carpets. $12/hr jobs.

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  12. Kris
    Kris 29 March, 2012, 20:49

    Beelzebum, very nicely layed out. The average college degree amounts to just about nothing anymore, yet, that’s exactly what “Goldman Hacks” has re-tooled itself to focus on, financially indenturing our young.

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  13. queeg
    queeg 30 March, 2012, 10:06

    Orange County is a urban morass…decaying, loaded with low skilled and few have true cash discretionary income let alone investment or deferred maintence fix up dollars…1/3 of residents have no health care coverage…about one million residents….there are estimated up to 40,000 homeless teens and young people…

    Job creation is primarily tourism, health care, retail service jobs with NO benefits….

    Check the numbers out there…stop drinking Kool Aid…..there are no boggie men…it is what it is!!!!

    Move for the true opportunities…you stay….you’ll end up in a Irvine Boxie Condo sharing a room with a sandle wearing Berkley grad….

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