Skip to comments.Glenn Beck: Media ignores Alaska's fiscal success during economic crisis
Posted on 02/18/2009 9:38:48 PM PST by smokingfrog
GLENN: Can anybody see that this stuff doesn't work? I mean, do we need to look past California? Can we stop and just look at California for a second? The entire state is near a shutdown. Lawmakers now can't come to an agreement on how to patch the gigantic hole in the budget. They are one short, one vote short to pass the budget. The state is poised to start laying off as many as 20,000 government workers. So you have some concept, the hole is so big, if they fired all employees, all state employees, they would only have half of what they need. If they shut down all prisons, that's only an extra 25%. They would still be 25% short.
But what I don't understand is how come California doesn't use Obamanomics? I mean, I really don't understand how come California just doesn't spend more. If they would just spend more, they could create more jobs.
How is this being portrayed in the media? Quote: Ideological Republicans won't adapt and are blocking progress. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Republican and he helped negotiate this budget. Ideological Republicans won't help it pass. Of course in reality they're just saying, you know, the Republicans, "We can't cure our obesity by another year at Pizza Hut. Maybe we should hit Saladworks. Let's give that a whirl."
Well, there are some cuts in the budget, $15 billion worth, not insignificant. If you haven't believed me before when I say this is a crisis that is growing out of control, what else do you think would get Californians to cut their budget by $15 billion?
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I just saw this thread, and you beat me to the reply! I heard Glenn Beck say this on his show today, and I wanted to scream. I’ve been pointing out the Tax Foundation numbers on Alaska for a long time now. Glad someone else caught it, too.
Maybe Alaska, that greedy oil-rich Alaska should bail California out. Well, they are. Alaskans are sending their money to Washington and Washington is sending it to California!
He's wrong. Just the opposite has been happening for decades. States like CA have been sending more money to Washington than they receive in return, while Alaska sends less than it receives. So, for decades, states like CA have been sending money to Washington, and Washington has been sending it to Alaska (not the other way around).
California politicians are to blame for putting the state in its current situation. But Alaska was never the independent state everyone seems to believe.
Edison wasn’t the guy you think he was...he actually “invented” very little. His genius was in perfecting the inventions of others. This is nothing to sneeze at, but it isn’t pure science, not even pure technological design.
The agencies you named aren’t in the science business.
And, too, I’m not saying that gubmint is the only entity that can or should do R&D. I am saying, that they have made contributions.
To be honest, I don’t begrudge these states, like Alaska, the federal money. Not only are we all Americans, but to not give them the money would be a hugely disruptive thing. You’d have even depopulation problems in these debtor states. In Kansas, for instance, they’re giving away land to people who want to live there and can prove they can make a living. Imagine that multiplied by a thousand.
Are you looking for a job?
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I’d be curious to see those numbers without military spending.
Libs always trot out those figures because many conservative-leaning states have lots of military bases. They don’t talk about HI, which, like AK, is a small (population) state with a large military component that skews the numbers.
If Alaska declares independence, it will be annexed by RUssia.
It’s a hornets’ nest to start factoring in military numbers. You have to assume that the vast majority of those bases are of importance, just as you need to assume that a transportation infrastructure of roads is of importance.
Do you really want to get into a discussion of what military expenditures are justified and which are not? It’s not a road I’d like to go down.
...also, many of those states are absolutely dependent on military spending. If the military were to pack up and move out, the shortfall would have to be made up from somewhere else —
That’s a pretty specious argument. You could say the same about any Federal dollars.
Uh, yeah — that was my point. Money is fungible. It doesn’t matter if the cash that goes into a system comes from military payroll or welfare checks or the private sector.
However, you could make the argument and say, I don’t mind paying military salaries, but I dislike paying welfare folks to sit around and do nothing. That road leads you down a bad path to — I don’t mind building prisons, but hate building schools, etc. etc. etc.
Arnold OK’d BILLIONS in EMbryonic Stem Cell Research.....God will NOT be MOCKED.....Goodbye Calif.
They ‘ignore’ a LOT of stuff that fails to fit their template.
I think it’s McAllen. It was on the local Fox morning show a few weeks ago.
That said, in terms of raw employment growth between December 2007 and December 2008, here are the top 15 major metropolitan areas, and the only ones in the Department of Labor stats to show net job growth. Please take a look at who’s in the top 10 and where they are.
1. Houston, up 57,300 jobs
2. Dallas-Fort Worth, up 43,300 jobs
3. San Antonio, up 14,900 jobs
4. Washington, up 11,800 jobs
5. Austin, up 9,600 jobs
6. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, up 7,700 jobs
7. New Orleans, up 6,600 jobs
8. Oklahoma City, up 5,800 jobs
9. El Paso, up 5,300 jobs
10. Baton Rouge, up 4,000 jobs
11. Durham, N.C., up 1,700 jobs
12. Omaha, up 600 jobs
13. Greensboro, up 500 jobs
14. Tulsa, up 400 jobs
15. Raleigh, up 200 jobs
15. Seattle, up 200 jobs
Take out the above average Defense element and you will find that this is not true any more.
Take out the above average Defense element and you’ll find those states in a desperate situation.
Are you accusing God of cooking California’s books?
Makes you wish for his old style pillar of salt, locusts and plague days.
I heard one of the panel who vetoed it say that drilling would dissuade going for the green or some such.
I hate that CA does the stupidest crap in the world and now wants us to bail them out so they can do more. They are freaking incredible.
Crist is trying to lead us there in FL.
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