Following the initial publishing of "State of the Nation" by Brandon Jones at Desk of Brian -- original post here: http://sites.google.com/site/thedeskofbrian/state-of-the-nation/californianolongergoldenstatebankruptcygaymarriageillegalsfreetheprisoners
The old phrase "As California goes, so goes the nation" will spell disaster for America. Orange County alone is shackled with the burden an millions and millions illegal aliens and a verdict is pending to possible overturn the voice of the people on Prop 8.
57,000 individuals would disagree with me right from the onset as a federal judge has ordered the State of California, the "Golden State", to release these thousands of prisoners to ease the burden on the budget.
"This order, the latest intrusion by the federal
judiciary into California's prison system, is a blunt instrument that
does not recognize the imperatives of public safety, nor the challenges
of incarcerating criminals, many of whom are deeply disturbed." - Attorney General Jerry Brown
From an article by Guy Adams: "Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent redundancy notices to 20,000 government
employees and shut down California’s last remaining public works
projects yesterday, as state politicians failed to pass a budget that
will prevent his administration from running out of money."
The solution in the California State Senate is raise taxes.
In the middle of the worse recession in modern times and their cure (for the $12 billion deficit this year alone) is more taxes. Income tax revenues are in decline -- translation to Liberals: then there's room to tax them more; translation to a Conservative: more tax yields less activity so lower the taxes.
Meanwhile, across the state, Prop 8, the official amendment blocking recognition of gay marriage, is under siege. Similarly, the judicial system can overturn millions of voters, cost the state billions and ignore the constitution entirely.
Californians ignore the constitution, fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility.
There is now increasing cries for a "bailout" for California. A state cannot officially declare "bankruptcy" and President Obama (and Congress) have proved that 49 states can be required to carry the burden of one (see Nebraska's Medicaid clause in the proposed health care bill.)
"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax
revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the
long run is to cut the rates now ... Cutting taxes now is not to incur
a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy
which can bring a budget surplus." - John F. Kennedy, 1962
California, we hope you wake up. We don't follow you or have any desire to emulate your politics. I will push, protest, call and write any and every member of Congress: DO NOT BAILOUT CALIFORNIA!
California you have a few objectives that you need to wake up to: first, illegal aliens are just that: here illegally. They are an anchor around the budget and tax liability of the people. Start by sending them back through immigration to gain legal citizenship.
Next, acknowledge and obey the state Constitution. You can vote on measures, be unhappy with the outcome and then try backdoor, backhanded means to achieve the results you want. This is tyrannical and we all hope you can see that at some point. If you want gay marriage, then write another amendment and go do it properly.
Lastly, less government -- California, your state is proof to the rest of us that none of this "microtaxation" on cigarettes, soda, plastic bags, a ridiculous gas tax, etc...is the solution to anything.
I quoted JFK for a reason, maybe you'll see that.
Judge over release of 57,000 prisoners: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5190CB20090210
Stop 8 Pic: http://queertoday.ning.com/