Skip to comments.State's Future At Stake In May 19 Vote
Posted on 05/09/2009 10:21:37 PM PDT by Steelfish
State's future at stake in May 19 vote
John Wildermuth,Matthew Yi
May 9, 2009
If California voters reject a package of budget measures in next week's special election, it will set off a fiscal free-for-all that could set the state's course for years to come.
Defeat of the measures on the May 19 ballot would chop nearly $6 billion in expected revenue from next year's budget, on top of a projected $8 billion deficit left by shrinking tax collections.
Proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others to close that gap are driving a wildfire of criticism across the state.
Deep cuts in school and law enforcement budgets, billions of dollars less for local government and slashes in state programs all will be on the table as legislators look for the least painful alternatives.
"There are no good choices," said Tim Gage, former state finance director under Gov. Gray Davis. "There are options, but they're all really ugly."
After billions of dollars in budget cuts in the past two years, the easy trims have been made. Schwarzenegger, Democratic legislative leaders and unions such as the California Teachers Association are using television ads to lay out what they say are the dire consequences of voting down the budget measures.
"If these measures fail, Plan 'B' on May 20th involves even more cuts to education, health care and public safety," Jeannine English, California president of AARP, said in a statement Wednesday.
Papers prepared by the governor's financial team paint a grim picture of a post-May 19 budget, calling for deep cuts in school spending, prisons and fire protection, along with redirecting $2 billion in local property taxes to the state.
Although the property taxes would be repaid in three years, that's small solace to cities facing desperate budget problems of their own.
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Vote “NO” on Prop 1A thru 1F! Send a real wake-up call to the Dummycrats that run the State.
I will enjoy voting no on them all...Sacramento be damned.
God forbid they might actually have to balance their budget with spending cuts.
It will be NO<NO<NO<NO<NO<NO<
So goes California, so goes the country....
Like clockwork...they always threaten critical services, but never a word about cutting wacked out environmental agencies and other regulatory commissions whose only purpose is to make life more difficult than it needs to be. Cynical bastards, let 'em sweat.
CA is 0 COUNTRY!
You hit it!
Strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis
First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue a black man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. Following its publication, The Nation sold an unprecedented 30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when “the rest of society is afraid of them,” Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would “the rest of society” accept their demands.
The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state. Cloward-Piven’s early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. “Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1972 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one.
The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare — about 8 million, at the time — probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.” Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be “a profound financial and political crisis” that would unleash “powerful forces for major economic reform at the national level.”
Their article called for “cadres of aggressive organizers” to use “demonstrations to create a climate of militancy.” Intimidated by threats of black violence, politicians would appeal to the federal government for help. Carefully orchestrated media campaigns, carried out by friendly, leftwing journalists, would float the idea of “a federal program of income redistribution,” in the form of a guaranteed living income for all — working and non-working people alike. Local officials would clutch at this idea like drowning men to a lifeline. They would apply pressure on Washington to implement it. With every major city erupting into chaos, Washington would have to act.
This was an example of what are commonly called Trojan Horse movements — mass movements whose outward purpose seems to be providing material help to the downtrodden, but whose real objective is to draft poor people into service as revolutionary foot soldiers; to mobilize poor people en masse to overwhelm government agencies with a flood of demands beyond the capacity of those agencies to meet. The flood of demands was calculated to break the budget, jam the bureaucratic gears into gridlock, and bring the system crashing down. Fear, turmoil, violence and economic collapse would accompany such a breakdown — providing perfect conditions for fostering radical change. That was the theory.
Cloward and Piven recruited a militant black organizer named George Wiley to lead their new movement. In the summer of 1967, Wiley founded the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). His tactics closely followed the recommendations set out in Cloward and Piven’s article. His followers invaded welfare offices across the United States — often violently — bullying social workers and loudly demanding every penny to which the law “entitled” them. By 1969, NWRO claimed a dues-paying membership of 22,500 families, with 523 chapters across the nation.
Regarding Wiley’s tactics, The New York Times commented on September 27, 1970, “There have been sit-ins in legislative chambers, including a United States Senate committee hearing, mass demonstrations of several thousand welfare recipients, school boycotts, picket lines, mounted police, tear gas, arrests - and, on occasion, rock-throwing, smashed glass doors, overturned desks, scattered papers and ripped-out phones.”These methods proved effective. “The flooding succeeded beyond Wiley’s wildest dreams,” writes Sol Stern in the City Journal. “From 1965 to 1974, the number of single-parent households on welfare soared from 4.3 million to 10.8 million, despite mostly flush economic times. By the early 1970s, one person was on the welfare rolls in New York City for every two working in the city’s private economy.”As a direct result of its massive welfare spending, New York City was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1975. The entire state of New York nearly went down with it. The Cloward-Piven strategy had proved its effectiveness.
The Cloward-Piven strategy depended on surprise. Once society recovered from the initial shock, the backlash began. New York’s welfare crisis horrified America, giving rise to a reform movement which culminated in “the end of welfare as we know it” — the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which imposed time limits on federal welfare, along with strict eligibility and work requirements. Both Cloward and Piven attended the White House signing of the bill as guests of President Clinton.
Most Americans to this day have never heard of Cloward and Piven. But New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani attempted to expose them in the late 1990s. As his drive for welfare reform gained momentum, Giuliani accused the militant scholars by name, citing their 1966 manifesto as evidence that they had engaged in deliberate economic sabotage. “This wasn’t an accident,” Giuliani charged in a 1997 speech. “It wasn’t an atmospheric thing, it wasn’t supernatural. This is the result of policies and programs designed to have the maximum number of people get on welfare.”
Cloward and Piven never again revealed their intentions as candidly as they had in their 1966 article. Even so, their activism in subsequent years continued to rely on the tactic of overloading the system. When the public caught on to their welfare scheme, Cloward and Piven simply moved on, applying pressure to other sectors of the bureaucracy, wherever they detected weakness.
In 1982, partisans of the Cloward-Piven strategy founded a new “voting rights movement,” which purported to take up the unfinished work of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Like ACORN, the organization that spear-headed this campaign, the new “voting rights” movement was led by veterans of George Wiley’s welfare rights crusade. Its flagship organizations were Project Vote and Human SERVE, both founded in 1982. Project Vote is an ACORN front group, launched by former NWRO organizer and ACORN co-founder Zach Polett. Human SERVE was founded by Richard A. Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, along with a former NWRO organizer named Hulbert James.
All three of these organizations — ACORN, Project Vote and Human SERVE — set to work lobbying energetically for the so-called Motor-Voter law, which Bill Clinton ultimately signed in 1993. The Motor-Voter bill is largely responsible for swamping the voter rolls with “dead wood” — invalid registrations signed in the name of deceased, ineligible or non-existent people — thus opening the door to the unprecedented levels of voter fraud and “voter disenfranchisement” claims that followed in subsequent elections.
The new “voting rights” coalition combines mass voter registration drives — typically featuring high levels of fraud — with systematic intimidation of election officials in the form of frivolous lawsuits, unfounded charges of “racism” and “disenfranchisement,” and “direct action” (street protests, violent or otherwise). Just as they swamped America’s welfare offices in the 1960s, Cloward-Piven devotees now seek to overwhelm the nation’s understaffed and poorly policed electoral system. Their tactics set the stage for the Florida recount crisis of 2000, and have introduced a level of fear, tension and foreboding to U.S. elections heretofore encountered mainly in Third World countries.
Both the Living Wage and Voting Rights movements depend heavily on financial support from George Soros’s Open Society Institute and his “Shadow Party,” through whose support the Cloward-Piven strategy continues to provide a blueprint for some of the Left’s most ambitious campaigns.
It'll be a free-for-all, that's for certain: A mad scramble to try to make good when there's nothing in the state wallet, and all these dishonorable slugs squirming as they try to decide who not to offend.
So proud to say the El Hubbo and I have TWO sons voting this time around - we have doubled ourselves, not to boast but to rejoice. As far as I know we are all voting “no” all the way down the line. McClintock recommends a couple of yes votes, but I don’t know that we’re sold on that.
California is not in the United States anymore.
We left some time ago, about the time Antonio Villaraigosa was "elected" in Los Angeles.
I voted NO and frankly I don’t care if we as a state bleed.
CA leaders need to realize they work for me and every other resident of CA it is not the other way around.
They need to stop wasting our money, they need to start deporting people who should not be here, they need to be business friendly, the enviro crazy people need to go
We have an area where 60,000 people will be out of jobs in the agriculture business because of a fish this is crazy.
I pay 9.75% sales tax on everything I buy in my county right now, I pay high property taxes, I pay high State Taxes and frankly I am sick of it especially since I am not represented by anyone in Washington or my State Government.
CA will have a mass exodus of the TAXPAYERS and they just dont get it.
So we might suffer, we might see more people out of jobs, we might see more business closing but it is time they get a clue in the State of CA.
WHY CAN’T WE VOTE CONSERVATIVE IN THIS STATE THE OTHER WAY IS NOT WORKING........
I could go on but I won’t CA the golden state what a joke other than the sunny sky (and lately that is not what we have had) CA offers nothing...........I have lived here 50 years I know what I am talking about.
Socialist/Communist/Atheists need to lie and cheat to say, “Look! Capitalism has failed!”
What a shock ...
“Deep cuts in school and law enforcement budgets,”
Right. Nowhere to cut but cops, teachers and firefighters. The state government is lean and mean,
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I like McClintock the only one and I already voted NO that I could see a possible YES is the one where these jokers do not get a pay raise until they pass a budget.
But I say all in Sac need to be fired..........I went to Jr High with one of them and even he needs to be fired.
Here’s the appropriate “Plan B”...
1. Vote No on all six propositions
2. Force California to declare bankruptcy
3. Invalidate all state employee union contracts
4. Move from defined benefit pensions to defined contribution pensions
5. Set the level of contributions at what we can afford
6. Reduce the CA budget to a more manageable level (say $100B/year). That’s a 30% reduction.
7. Problem solved.
Absolutely! Screw’em! I cut back my business in 2009 and will rap it up in 2010. A nice loss in taxes to the State and a loss in sales taxes for the goods sold. Screw’em!
SCREW the DEMOCRATICALLY controlled Legislature in Kalifornia. Get rid of the Democrats here—that goes for all the City representatives as well they are all liberal here and they need to go!!!!!!!!!!!!! This means you Brandte Grotte-Jack matthews—Sue Epstein-—Fred Hasson
The Word is NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO just keep saying it.
Yeah, but I want to see the actual article. I've looked, and not been able to find it. Anybody have a link?
California voters should drop a fiscal bomb. The legislature, public employee unions, environmentalists, numerous special interests, and illegal alien lobby are out of control. The train wreck must be stopped now before it is even worse later.
Forgot one thing
6A. Make everyone working in the state or receiving benefits prove that they are in the state legally. All people who chose not to prove their eligibility for work/benefits are to be immediately reported to the INS.
They know what they are talking about. The terms they couch the crap in are “health care” and “public safety”. Regulatory regime is all bundled in public safety and health.
Education = indoctrination. I don’t even know how many of the budget items are not related to actual “education”. That is the real scam here. There is no clarity. Cuts in education are scary to average public. But, are they “really” cuts in education or indoctrination programs? Who knows.
Couldn’t alot of these departments be under one group?
What is this and why is it a state department? Okay I know it has to do with Mediation but why are we paying for it.
Mediation & Conciliation Service, State
Why can’t thing like Medi-CAL be under something to do with Health Care it is related.
Why do we have a CA commission on Aging and a Department of Aging isn’t it kind of the same thing.
God this list 1/2 could be cut
So, the 2009 and 2008 budgets are less than the 2007 budget?
Or is this just another lie?
Thank you!! This is the real point. The state government is bloated as hell not because they are providing the best “education”, “health care” and “law enforcement” to the citizens, but because they shifted resources to other irrelevant objectives and bloated those pieces of the government.
They are forcing hard honest workers and businesses out of CA.
My husband and I were just talking today about how much longer until we chucked it in and left the State.
My work requires me to travel 80%, and this year I have been grossly out of touch on these issues. Is there a Web link to the key propositions and why Tom is promoting YES on two?
Thank you! Appreciate it.
Yes and it is really a shame. All our children have left.
All university grads as well as their spouses and thusly the GrandKids with them.
We must get this whole thing turned around and the denial
of tax dollars is the only way. “NO” on 1A thru 1F!
Brilliant post, Hugin. The bloat of CA government is exactly the point.
No, the only ugly option is to confiscate money from people who actually work for a living to give to freeloaders and parasites.
Brilliant! I just copied it and sent it to a friends who want to vote for the Props because they “Don’t want important services cut”.
As I understand the law, a state cannot declare bankruptcy.
They have the power to tax and the power to cut spending, ergo, they have no excuse that their “situation was forced upon them.” A BK court would simply kick their request out and tell the legislature “Do your job.”
Why, it so happens to be a FR link!
El Hubbo just voted no on all of them, absentee, anyway.
Voting NO across the board here.
I've worked enough campaigns to know those keywords are used to manipulate.
Too true hinckley buzzard,
If you fail to pass this budget increase measure the CHILDREN will suffer. The sun will stop shinning and our food supply will vanish.
Life for democrats is tough on the backside of the Laffer Curve.
Simple math and the Laffer Curve show the limits of revenue. If Obligations, like pensions exceed possible revenue - checkmate.
I smiled at McClintock’s description of D and E as irresponsible rip offs of irresponsible rip offs. I was tempted to vote yes, but I finally just voted NO on all of them.
I read them and his view, and will vote NO.
By voting yes, I will implicitly be endorsing the original tax increases. That I will never do!
I had considered voting yes on them at one point because I hoped it would make the leftists heads explode to take money from one of their programs to give to another. But my final reasoning was that I didn’t want to keep feeding the beast either. So - NO on all six.