Government octopus strangling state

August 20, 2012

By Katy Grimes

If forces are at work quelling America, the best place to start would be right here in California.

California used to be the 6th largest economy in the world, with rich natural resources, prime agricultural land, the innovations of Silicon Valley, and a once envied education system.

But the land of milk and honey has turned sour and bitter, full of entitlement, resentment, and class warfare, burdened under the nation’s highest taxes, the highest debt, and one half a trillion dollars in unfunded pension liability. California has the worst credit rating in the nation, the most illegal immigrants, and the most welfare recipients in the nation.

Whether there are “forces” or not working to dismantle the great American experiment, the government is doing it for us–and California is first up at bat.

California: on the brink

State government, with the help of the feds, dried up California’s Central Valley, the world’s agricultural Mecca, through a myriad of absurd water regulations, high taxing and environmental regulations, and managed to devastate the state’s primary resource. Adding insult to injury, Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to reuse much of the rich agricultural land for a $100 billion publicly funded high-speed train that no one in California wants.

As if enough economic damage hasn’t already been done to the state, Brown recently announced that he would tear up the unique and plentiful Delta region in the state, and replace much of it with water tunnels to funnel Northern California water to the southern part of the state. While the southland needs water, tearing up more agricultural land isn’t the way to accomplish this — not if one is a sincere steward of the unique natural resources California has to offer.

This is just more proof that Democrats are not conservationists, but extreme and irrational environmental posers. And they are so beholden to labor unions and other extreme interests, they are causing the deterioration of the golden state.

In doing all of this damage to the state, Brown has ensured that the dwindling businesses will pay the price.

Multicultural California

Destroying California’s schools was easy. Instead of teaching everyone in English, California politicians and educators claimed they were “celebrating diversity,” and allowed English as a Second Language courses to take over schools.

Instead of allowing and encouraging all immigrants to keep and maintain their own languages, politicians have downgraded and degraded all education in the state.

“It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual,” former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm said in a speech.

“Diversity” was not the charge of government education, nor was the goal high-paying jobs and employment for adults.

But liberals hijacked the schools, and on the way forgot about educating kids. Today’s California public schools are ranked last in the nation, but the teachers are paid really well.

Manufacturing: the last frontier

In California, those who sit in government offices have labeled people who create businesses “polluters.” Lawyers and bureaucrats, who receive government paychecks and create nothing other than impossible hurdles for people in business, are behind the regulations. And they do this in order to keep government growing.

I worked in manufacturing for 20 years and witnessed first hand the strangling regulations California bureaucrats impose on manufacturers. Even when business owners comply with the regulations, bureaucrats up the anty and impose more impossible regulations. And it is our politicians allowing this.

If politicians were sincere about their hatred of bullying, they would first look within government and end the bullying of business owners by petty government bureaucrats.

The government fog

Government is like a fog, filling in every possible crevice with its cold, wet, harsh fingers.

Look at government — it’s everywhere. The owner of a property can’t even turn the power on in his own building without applying for a permit from the city before calling the power company.

We can’t travel without the Transportation Security Administration breathing down our backs, and dumping out our hairspray, shampoo and lotions–rules imposed by lamebrain bureaucrats.

Our public schools have become detrimental to many kids, instead of the wonderful, safe , stimulating halls of learning they once were.

As the private sector has deteriorated under the imposition of government rules, regulations, taxes, and cheating, bureaucrats and politicians are getting rich, living well beyond their pay grades, and making secret deals with faceless power brokers for future wealth.

Public corruption is killing the private sector. Government is run by men and women who largely base their decisions on how they can grow government, and personally benefit from it.

“In short, our top pundits, our political elites, our very president all believe that they can blast the unfairness of high capitalism while doing everything in their power to enjoy its dividends — and demand an ethical standard from others that they habitually do not meet themselves,” said Victor Davis Hansen.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 20 August, 2012, 12:01

    There is little fog out there. Jerry has a simplistic plan, unfortunately, most posters on this site are blinded by Norquist, Moorlach and Laffer.

    Look through fog at the distant neon sign:

    RAISE TAXES…..CALIFORNIA WILL PROSPER

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 20 August, 2012, 12:04

    Queeg: You are amusing!

    — John Seiler

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 20 August, 2012, 12:42

    Tongue and cheek stimulation makes for pithy posters’ rebuttals!

    Queeg keeps ya grounded.

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 20 August, 2012, 12:47

    Hmmm Queeg………..you make $100 a week. You owe the state $5 out of that. Then the state now says they want $10 from you. Exactly how does going from $95 to $90 make you prosper since now you have less money?

    Ive already done the math for you, so this should be a no brainer.

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 20 August, 2012, 13:15

    Simple. Jerry has collectors who are salaried and buy donuts and Pepsi creating jobs. Welfare people spend every nickel creating jobs too. It comes down to targeted spending for the common good instead of lobster rolls and Pinot for the well off at yacht and golf clubs. The rich simply are daft believing voodo economics and laughing curves create more rich guys.

    The days of ripping of Indians and other minorities and poor people are numbered!

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 20 August, 2012, 13:33

    I used a different “fog” analogy when I was in the working world. I used to say that getting production out of a bureaucracy was like trying to puch fog!!

    Queeg, save the race baiting for your La Raza and commie rally’s. 😉

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  7. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 20 August, 2012, 13:58

    “It comes down to targeted spending for the common good…….”

    And therein lies the problem, Queeger. Everyone know the vast majority of spending in our sunny dystopia does not come anywhere close to meeting that definition.

    It is shunted off to protected classes, siphoned to buy votes, and placate a huge underclass. Roads and bridges….that noble “common good”….get the leftover table scraps.

    Our priorities are completely FUBAR. Thanks, 40+ years of Democratic legislative control!

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  8. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 20 August, 2012, 14:20

    Here’s a perfect example of the Octopus:

    “SACRAMENTO – Large campuses in the University of California and California State University systems are bracing for the implementation of new state rules that will force them to cut carbon emissions or pay as much as $28 million a year to offset their greenhouse gases.”

    More evil polluters! On campus no less!

    This is insane…..state agency CARB is going to fine state agency UC and state agency CSU. On the other hand – State Parks must be sitting pretty….don’t they get to count all those thousands of acres of forest as offsets?

    If this entire AB32 charade were simply some amusing computer game scenario, a “green” version of Dungeons and Dragons played on campus by neo-hippie Environmental Studies majors it would be amusing.

    Guess what. It’s not amusing.

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/million-369041-state-cap.html

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  9. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 20 August, 2012, 15:59

    well done Queegster!

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 August, 2012, 19:17

    Donkey common good is inclusive…for far to long we have too many second class citizens….a caste system or serf system…perpetual underclass.

    Globalism is a bummer for minorities; manufacturing jobs with benefits are caput. AND you try and feed a family on a low ender service job.

    There is no race baiting only the stark reality many humans are treated badly by capitalists.

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  11. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 20 August, 2012, 20:57

    Ulysses: the free market would weed out the bad employers if government wasn’t involved on so many levels, and “leveling the playing field,” as Democrats love to legislate.

    Supply and demand doesn’t mean fairness–it does mean that people go where the jobs are. It’s not an employer’s responsibility to feed a man’s family. Employers do however, pay high or low wages based on supply and demand. Today, the demand is being squelched and regulated by the government instead of the free market.

    Katy

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 August, 2012, 23:19

    Perhaps, if you ate mashed potatoes for dinner as a kid during WW2, or your family job was to look for ration coupons on grocery store floors, or your repeatedly was told at all levels of your education you will never make it….you have the wrong name… …..you would have a tender spot for struggling citizens begging for fairness.

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  13. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 21 August, 2012, 00:51

    Employers do however, pay high or low wages based on supply and demand

    Then tell me why does gov pay $250K per FF with overtime when they have 5K applicants per opening??

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  14. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 21 August, 2012, 08:24

    Ulysses – your argument is purely emotional. Attacking employers is the very worst thing to do, since all you are doing is encouraging and approving more government intervention. And the government do get anything right.

    You can thank the government for forcing manufacturers to take their companies overseas. Government has squeezed manufacturers so tightly through regulations and taxes, if they made 1 percent profit it was a good year. Without profit, manufacturers can’t invest back in the company, equipment, or pay benefits, bonuses, etc.

    You need to read Friedrich Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom,” but start here http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr-nd-gd.html

    Katy

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  15. Edward Steele, Chief Investigator
    Edward Steele, Chief Investigator 21 August, 2012, 15:38

    LOL Katy— You mean the gov offshored all that US industry?
    I thought it was the biz owners looking for cheap labor to make a buck at the expense of our society! Oh silly me!

    I’ll tell you one thing– I don’t need to asee Mitt’s tax returns, I trust him!

    You fit right in Katy ! Enjoy! And thanks for the American Exceptionalism!

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