THE PROPAGANDA IS IN THE MAIL

The onslaught of campaign mailers leading up to the May 19th special election, are in the mail.  The latest one states “Local Leaders Agree:  It’s Time to Limit State Spending.”  Right off the bat, at first reading, I’m sure you’ll think “Yeah! Limit state spending.”  Also on the front page of the flier, it reads, “Stabilize California’s Budget and Economy.”

Yep, I certainly agree.  Limit state spending and stabilize California’s budget and economy.  (Then comes the shaft.)  “Vote Yes on Props 1A through 1F.”  So now, we take a look insde the flier to see just how voting “yes” can bring all this stabilization and limits on state spending to fruition.

The page reads “Get California’s economy moving again.  Vote ‘yes’ on props 1A thru 1F.  It states “These measures will LIMIT SPENDING, hold politicians ACCOUNTABLE and PROHIBIT PAY RAISES for legislator any time the state budget has a deficit.”

What it does NOT say:  Voters went to the polls years ago and took pay raises out of the hands of politicians and placed the duty in the hands  of a bi-partisan commission.  That commission determines when, and how much lawmakers salaries will be boosted.  There is nothing in 1A thru 1F that declares that commission’s decisions null and void– defict or no deficit.

The flier states that Props 1A thru 1F will STABILIZE THE STATE’S BUDGET by locking in a tight spending cap and force politicians to save money in a rainy day account.  Sounds vaguely familiar with Congressman  Wally Herger’s Social Security Lockbox bill.  That bill was designed to keep politicians hands out of Social Security Funds.  It passed the House…failed in the Senate.  result?  No locbox.

How about the voter-approved bill to tax the state’s millionaires to fund mental health programs?  Our lawmakers are in the process (by virtue of this upcoming election) to steal that money and transfer it into the general fund.  A spending cap?  With Democrats in control?  Never happen.  Rainy day fund, just for tough economic times?  Who and what determines when the time is ripe to raid that fund?  Democrats, who are in control?

And finally, the flier states:  GET ALIFORNIA BACK TO WORK by voting ‘yes’ on 1A thru 1F.  It states “These measures will help get our economy moving and put people back to work.”

In order to see through that charade, you must ask yourself…how does increasing state income taxes put people back to work?  Taking more money out of YOUR pocket means less eating out, less money for discretionary spending, less consumer spending altogether.  How is that suposed to get our economy moving and put people back to work ?  How is doubling the car tax going to put people back to work?  How is increasing the sales tax gonna put people back to work?

1A thru 1F, if passed by the voters, will increase the current pain of this recession.  Yes, I know, we should SHARE THE PAIN.  And I agree that we should share the pain, and I would be more than willing to share the pain if our lawmakers would share the pain equally.  But, unfortunately, they’re not even considering it.

Did you notice in the Sacramento Bee, the massive pay raises legislators have just bestowed up their staffs?  All the while, state workers are being forced to take unpaid furloughs

THE FED GIVETH – THE STATE TAKETH

On his radio address last month, President Obama said “I’m pleased to announce this morning, the Treasury Department began directing employers to reduce the amount of taxes withheld from paychecks, meaning that by April 1st, a typical family will begin taking home at least $65 more every month.  The aim is to put more money in the pockets of Americans and stimulate the economy by increasing consumer spending.”

Sounds good…but what the Fed giveth, the state taketh away to the tune of 1.8 billion dollars out of the pockets of California taxpayers.  To add insult to injury, voters are being asked to go to the polls next month in a special election and vote to increase the length of time the newly enacted state taxes will remain in effect.  We’re being asked to DOUBLE the length of time we’ll agree to be ripped off.

Being a native Californian, I would ordinarily be inclined to do my part by voting “yes” in order to help the state in its dire fiscal situation.  Ordinarily!  (Because we should all share the pain, right?)  People are losing their jobs, their homes, falling behind on their bills, while elected officials are secretly granting pay raises to their staffs.  Per diem sessions are gaveled to order in our state legislature, which adjourn, and lawmakers go home flush wth their tax-free per diem money in their pockets for having done NOTHING except show up for a few minutes.

Termed out (and defeated) politicians are given plush assignments to boards and commissions along with six-figure salaries;  boards and commissions that meet once or twice a month…sometimes only once a year.  Even the governor pointed out how the state’s Integrated Waste Management Board isn’t necessary, and recommended getting rid of it.  It’s members earn six-figure salaries–and as the Sacramento Bee pointed out, “It’s main purpose seems to be to function as a place for former legislators or gubernatorial staff members to land $132,000 a year jobs.”

A government task force put together a 25 page report recommending the elimination of 12,000 state jobs and hundreds of appointed positions, all deemed FRIVOLOUS, SUPERFOULAS AND UNNECESSARY.  The state would save 32 billiion dollars over five years.  Politicians kept most of the task force recommendations from being implemented.  Meanwhile, some lawmakers hire family members as “consultants”…at hefty salaries and benefits.

So, as of April 1st, Californians are suffering under a full percentage point increase in the sales tax, a .25% increase in state income taxes, a massive decrease in dependent tax credit (slashed from $309, down to $99.)  Translated, that’s costing you $210 per child.  On May 19th, the car tax will more than double…and yet…none of these new taxes was necessary.

There are multi-billions of dollars in obvious government waste that could’ve been slashed from state spending.  Our legislators know it, the governor knows it, the bureaucrats know it.  I personally think it’s time Californians FORCED them to do something about it instead of ripping off the taxpayers.  You can do your part by voting NO on all five ballot measures come May 19th.  At least, the rip-off would only last two years, not four or five.