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As California Goes…

Kudos to the voters of California who turned out yesterday and overwhelmingly rejected all 5 ballot initiatives that would have further leveraged the state’s fiscal future. In fact the only ballot initiative that passed (by a huge margin I might add) was Proposition 1F which makes it illegal for legislators to give themselves a pay raise when the state is struggling financially – now there’s some Common Sense!

So, what does this mean for California going forward? Put simply, it means they are in the kind of economic turmoil that this blog has been warning about for months. The kind of turmoil that was at the root of the Tea Parties back in April (despite the media’s idiotic attempt to tell you otherwise). The really bad kind of turmoil. Just read some of the highlights from this story by CBS’s Los Angeles affiliate (my emphasis added).

California’s chief banker said the state has been scraping by on loans and deferring payments for a decade.

The recession has revealed the depth of the structural imbalance between the revenue the state takes in and its spending obligations. Voters themselves are partly to blame, approving initiatives in years past that have created or expanded programs without identifying how to pay for them.

“One thing we do know is the voters’ wish list is a lot longer than the ‘I’m willing to pay for it’ list. People are going to have to rectify the two,” state Treasurer Bill Lockyer said.

As Carol Platt Liebau so effectively points out in her recent article, we can learn a lot from California. The state has legislated itself into a corner from which there may be no recovery topped by a $42 billion budget shortfall in fiscal year 2010 (yes, that’s billion with a “B”).  How did they get there? Some of the highest tax rates and most stringent business regulations in the country, extremely tough environmental standards that make it nearly impossible for business to operate profitably, rampant illegal immigration and a legislature who believed it was appropriate to spend the money of law abiding tax payers supporting those illegals, a teacher’s union that has become so powerful it practically runs the school system, and on and on.

Does any of this sound at all familiar? Here are a few hints straight from the Democratic Congress and President’s current agendas: Tax increases for the “wealthy”, Cap & Trade, immigration reform, the Employee Free Choice Act. California’s current crisis was brought on by an extremely progressive agenda; an agenda the Democrats in Washington now want to push on the entire country. Apparently they believe if it doesn’t work, just expand the program and the results will magically improve!

*Here’s another take from the Washington Times.

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Another Bail Out?

If you are at all like most people you’ve spent the past few months wondering who the Government is going to bail out next?” Well, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has your answer and it is… wait for it – the U.S. Newspaper industry. It seems many of the nation’s most well known newspapers are in serious financial trouble. The New York Times is a reported $133 billion in debt and its subsidiary, the Boston Globe,  is expected to lose $85 million this year. Major daily papers in Seattle and Denver have been shut down completely and the LA Times, Chicago Tribune and many others are seeking bankruptcy protection.

Whether one is in favor or opposed to the financial and automotive bailouts by our Government (and I’ll admit, I go back and forth), there is little doubt that there are complex issues at play and it’s a tough question. Perhaps the experts are correct and a collapse of the financial system was imminent, and potentially catastrophic, had the government not stepped in. Perhaps there is more to be gained than lost by saving the U.S. auto industry, although I doubt it. But newspapers Senator Kerry? Really?

Apparently Mr. Kerry wasn’t listening on April 15th when hundreds of thousands of American citizens took to the streets at 800 tea parties around the country to demand that this government stop throwing money away, money it doesn’t have to begin with. Although the incompetent U.S. media (some of the same ones who apparently now need a bailout) tried to portray these peaceful rallies as anti-tax, the key issue for these concerned citizens was out-of-control spending. Now Senator Kerry wants Congress to consider spending even more.

Consider the political ramifications of such an action. Afterall, journalists although they rarely act like it in these partisan days, were once known as the Fourth Estate for their ability to provide one more check and balance on government. So, I ask the question that is obvious to everyone except John Kerry; how does a newspaper honestly report on a government that is subsidizing their very existence?

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Is There a Journalist In the House?

For those who don’t know “Teabagging” is a relatively disgusting sexual expression that conveniently for the comedians impersonating journalists at CNN and MSNBC doesn’t happen to be banned by the FCC, although most people would find the act it describes more repugnant than many sexual innuendos the FCC does restrict. You’ll have to Google it for more information; my mother occasionally reads this blog.

On Wednesday both “news” networks chose to use this off-color humor (CNN example, MSNBC example) to insult a group of citizens expressing their political views, something I was under the impression we encouraged in this country. When you repeatedly insinuate that tens of thousands of your fellow citizens have genitalia in their mouths, you irrefutably demonstrate your complete disregard for anyone with a conservative perspective and exactly why calling yourself a journalist is out of the question, not to mention your complete lack of class!

These hacks went on to insinuate, as Nancy Pelosi did yesterday, that the entire Tea Party concept and events were organized and promoted by Fox News and/or America’s wealthy to keep the conversation on taxes. What they failed to do (heck, they failed to even attempt to do it) was to support this claim with any actual reporting. They didn’t interview anyone who could validate the claim. They didn’t produce any emails or letters from an organizer to support the claim. No, they didn’t even pretend to have an unnamed source that could corroborate their version of reality. Just throw it out there – some people will fall for it, right.

Meanwhile, in a slightly subtler but significantly more deceptive tact, both networks talked repeatedly about the events as if they were protests of high federal income taxes and how ridiculous that is because the President just lowered everyone’s taxes. Of course, they knew better than this, but the truth doesn’t fit their agenda. The truth is these were protests about out-of-control government spending first and foremost. They were protests of Congressional earmarks and bank bailouts and illegal immigration. And yes, they were protests of higher taxes; maybe not today, but in the years to come. Is there anyone out there so delusional as to think all this spending will get paid for by taxing just the “rich”? This is a simple bait and switch by the Obama administration – it’s the “offer” from the credit card company to skip your next 3 payments, meanwhile the interest keeps accruing. Average Americans will pay for this spending in the end!

CNN and MSNBC know this. At least I don’t think their so stupid as to not know it. But, it doesn’t fit the agenda. So they’ll keep insulting conservative minded Americans, giving a major nationwide political rally limited coverage and dropping perverted sexual innuendos; anything to distract you from the glaring lack of actual journalism.

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American Sued by Illegal Aliens

You can’t make this stuff up! I wish it were made up, but it’s very real. This story is a few weeks old, but I am still so outraged by it that I can’t seem to let it go. The U.S. court system recently allowed 16 illegal aliens to sue an American citizen for “violating their civil liberties” while they were trespassing on his property in an attempt to illegally sneak into this country. I am dumbfounded. How the heck can you have civil liberties while in the act of committing at least two crimes, one of them federal?
I am convinced that the men who threw the tea into Boston Harbor in 1773, were they alive today, would storm the courthouse and quite possibly burn it to the ground.  And I must say, while I don’t advocate violence as the answer, they’d be quite reasonable to do so.  Our courts have thrown out all reason and any semblance of Common Sense in an effort to race each other to the bottom in the name of “progressiveness”.
The Government can’t manage to protect our border as thousands of foreigners “break in” to this country every night.  Many of them cross the property of private citizens on their way into the country and in the process often steal or cause damage to the property of American citizens.  This leaves these people with no choice but to attempt to defend themselves and their own property.
Ironic isn’t it?  The government refuses to do one of the very few things they are actually empowered to do (protect the borders and the citizenry) and then has the nerve to allow criminals to turn around and sue American citizens who were simply protecting themselves and their property.  Where does the insanity end?

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