Skip to comments.CA: State policies work against good fiscal management
Posted on 05/23/2009 10:21:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
Reporting from Sacramento -- In this economy, every state is hurting. Unemployment is in double digits, tax receipts are taking a dive and deficits are piling up. But, once again, California seems to be in a class of its own when it comes to financial dysfunction. The problems here eclipse those elsewhere.
California has the distinction of being the only state that is constantly running out of cash. California is the only one pleading with the federal government to backstop an emergency borrowing plan. California is the only state that never completely closed its deficit from the last economic downturn ..
The state has become a laboratory for what not to do when it comes to managing finances. The online news journal Stateline.org, which state government wonks look to for news on the latest policy trends, recently published a guide of sorts for bureaucrats and analysts who want to keep their state from becoming another California. Rest assured, the piece advised, most states are not likely to find themselves as troubled as the Golden State any time soon.
Size is a factor. "You are talking about the eighth-largest economy in the world, so the numbers involved are just so monumental," said Sujit CanagaRetna, a senior fiscal analyst with the Council of State Governments in Atlanta. "The largeness of the problem makes it more intense."
But there is also so much more.
The oft-cited waste and abuse is a problem, but the deficit is bigger than the entire state bureaucracy.
California could fire every state employee -- including those well-paid prison guards and university professors -- close every government office, stop all travel and even cease the purchase of paper clips without closing the budget gap. The government would be gone but the deficit wouldn't.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Looks like if someone were gonna build a fiscal Doomsday machine, they need only look to California.
Well, I think you have the solution right there
The alternative to spending the money is releasing tens of thousands of inmates and parolees.
Load them up on buses and drive them to the border
Bread and Circuses is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the Plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader - the barbarians enter Rome.... Mine was a lovely world till the parasites took over.
Hmmm... I don't see spending cuts on the list. Surely, just an oversight. /s
The time is ripe to divide California into several smaller states. The problems of the welfare county of LA would be their own to deal with...
California provides a welfare benefit for children after parents have maxed out their benefits or have failed to preform welfare to work requirements. Oregon has no such benefit. We are in a border county with Oregon. Our family resource centers see a steady stream of potential welfare folks coming down the I-5 corridor attracted by California’s benefits.
The public has got to accept that we will always have the poor. The progressive utopian dream of everyone with a house, a full belly, health care, a car and a big screen tv has been an unrealistic one throughout history. As a child of the 50s and 60s, we were always taught that civilization happens when the majority of the population supports a class with time to create, learn, research, etc. If we divide the wealth equally, we are all poor. Life isn’t fair. Get over it.
In the past, much of the support for the poor, elderly, disabled has been a strong family, community institutions, churches and charities. We need to foster and encourage the re-growth of these non-governmental institutions rather than the growth of government.
Through the free enterprise system, we have been able to create those advances that have improved everyone’s standard of living - medical improvements, higher crop yields, better communication, etc. We should chronicle that before we go chucking it out in exchange for the empty promises of Marxism.
or the Federal government... Yikes!
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
All of that has been destroyed by the state, unfortunately when the state takes these responsibilities away from the individual they cheapen the church and its members.