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OPINION: Why California can't be governed
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | June 25, 2009 | By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine

Posted on 06/25/2009 9:49:45 PM PDT by thecodont

Afew [sic] hours after California voters approved his Proposition 13 tax-cut measure on June 6, 1978, a bibulous and exultant Howard Jarvis dropped his pants for the benefit of a few reporters gathered in his suite at the L.A. Biltmore Hotel.

A reporter had asked Jarvis why he was limping, so his ostensible reason was to show a large, ugly bruise, which he'd suffered in a fall a few days before, on his ample, boxer-clad behind. The surprise gesture, however, also afforded the earthy and profane Jarvis a chance to display his contempt for the press and, by extension, the political class that had mocked him and opposed his cherished measure.

Thirty years later, the ghost of Jarvis and his legacy initiative still aim antipathy, scorn and disdain at California's government and its leaders. Proposition 13 was the first, and most far-reaching, in a cascade of political decisions over the last three decades that have shaped the dysfunctional structure of governance in the state.

Simply put, California today is ungovernable.

As state and local officials struggle to weather the state's fiscal crisis, they wield power with the damaged machinery of a patchwork government system that lacks accountability, encourages stalemate and drifts but cannot be steered.

In this system, elected leaders carry responsibility, but not authority, for far-reaching policies about public revenues and resources. That's not governance -- it's reactive management of a deeply flawed status quo.

Here is a look at six key factors that have made California impossible to govern.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: accountability; budget; calbudget; gerrymandering; prop13; ungovernable; violins; whine
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"Six key factors, including Prop. 13 and term limits, have brought California to the brink."

* Proposition 13
* Budget initiatives
* Gerrymandering
* Term limits
* Boom-and-bust taxation
* The two-thirds vote

1 posted on 06/25/2009 9:49:45 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Its the socialist Democrats and the unions that have trashed this state.


2 posted on 06/25/2009 9:52:20 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld (A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone-Henry Kissinger)
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To: thecodont

Only the leftwing LA Times could make a list of the top six reasons California’s budget is out of control.

And not mention even once, the word “unions”.

Unbelievable. The LA times is worse even than the NYT, as far as a raving leftwing agenda.

They’re just lost.


3 posted on 06/25/2009 9:52:50 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (This message so far uneventfully brought to you by, Windows 7 Beta)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
They’re just lost.

In reality....they won.

4 posted on 06/25/2009 9:55:49 PM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: Roccus

Just this time.

They’re already fishwrappers.

Just like the network nightly news shows, buggywhips, and typewriters.

They just don’t know it yet.


5 posted on 06/25/2009 9:57:16 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (This message so far uneventfully brought to you by, Windows 7 Beta)
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To: thecodont

Uh, what do you expect when you let your state be overrun by parasitic foreigners, who chase out the middle class and leave only the parasites and the very wealthy? California is taxing its middle class out of existence. Proposition 13 indeed. No wonder that paper is circling the drain.


6 posted on 06/25/2009 9:58:01 PM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

> Only the leftwing LA Times could make a list of the top six reasons California’s budget is out of control.

And not mention even once, the word “unions”.<

BINGO! That’s why I never take that liberal rag seriously. The only publication worth reading here is the LA Downtown News and IBD, and unfortunately they’re both weeklies. The rest are commie/leftie papers. The LAT Business section is more than average though.


7 posted on 06/25/2009 9:58:07 PM PDT by max americana
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To: thecodont

“Proposition 13: The fiscal effect of Proposition 13 itself is only part of the damage the initiative did to California. Even worse have been the methods Capitol politicians devised to try to lessen the measure’s financial impact.”

It’s all in the second sentence: the pols try and ignore the wishes of the electorate. The rest is fluff.


8 posted on 06/25/2009 10:00:10 PM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: max americana

The OC Register is pretty good.

Sort of the print version of Fox News Channel, on a small scale.

Once heard it derided by a socialist whiner as a “fascist rag”, which I figured coming from that person was a pretty strong endorsement. :)


9 posted on 06/25/2009 10:01:49 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (This message so far uneventfully brought to you by, Windows 7 Beta)
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To: thecodont

2/3rds reqt has been around for about a 100 years. That’s not it. Prop 13 has been around for 30 years. Problems in the last 10 or so, so its not it. Term limits - not a problem. Maybe we’d be better off like NV with a part time legislature so they couldn’t pass so many job killing laws. Boom and bust? Not a problem, spend less than you take in and save it to smooth the downturns. Families do this all the time. Budget initiatives? Somewhat, but in general they’re not the big culprit.

Real problems? Political class enthralled to unions. In general CA is a high tax state. Revenue is not the problem. Spending is. Real solutions? Throw out the illegals. Cut welfare rates (CA has about 3 percent on it, most states about 1 percent). Cut state worker wages and pensions, and hey, we can get by. No pol wants to come up with those answers because they don;t buy any votes.


10 posted on 06/25/2009 10:02:38 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: thecodont

This deserved a barf alert!!

What he fails to mention is that california has become ungovernable ever since the dems took over. (And don’t bring up Arnold as a republican).

They want to get rid of the 2/3 vote for new taxes - hell no! What they need to do is have a 2/3 vote for new spending as well!!

That together with a part time legislature would fix a lot of problems - the last thing we want is a hard working legislature!


11 posted on 06/25/2009 10:02:46 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: thecodont

Prop 13 isn’t the problem, but killing the 2/3 majority to raise taxes will finish CA off.


12 posted on 06/25/2009 10:04:40 PM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: thecodont

The communists at the L.A. Times haaaaaaaate the idea of less taxation.


13 posted on 06/25/2009 10:05:16 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: thecodont

My three heroes are Ronald Reagan, Al Bundy and Howard Jarvis.


14 posted on 06/25/2009 10:05:55 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: La Lydia
Over 50% of Latin American ( adult ) immigrants are without the actual equivalent of a High School diploma. This is what we absorb into this country each and every year.

The cumulative effect on the state, over the last 40 years, has been devastating.

15 posted on 06/25/2009 10:06:39 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: thecodont

“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a “warm body” democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction….

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.”

To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Robert A.Heinlein


16 posted on 06/25/2009 10:07:09 PM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy = Oprah = Clinton = most elected Democrats, successfully feigning compassion for money&power)
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To: thecodont
The numero uno reason why California is ungovernable:

The state has been diversified by third world immigration into becoming a third world country over the past 30 years.

No indigenous white majority—> no consensus, no common cause = no manageability

17 posted on 06/25/2009 10:07:37 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: thecodont

Prop 13 helped hold off the slavery of too high property taxes, anyone who thinks it is bad, isn’t thinking straight.


18 posted on 06/25/2009 10:07:56 PM PDT by calex59
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To: La Lydia

I had an interesting exchange with someone this afternoon. Regarding the impending state budget crisis (and the issuance of “IOU” slips in lieu of regular checks) he began chanting “If only the Republicans weren’t in deadlock over this, we need to get some revenue-generating legislation enacted.” I asked him, “When was the last time the state was solvent? What were the conditions that made that possible?” He had no answer for me. I almost felt like getting up and grabbing him by the lapels, yelling “And where do you think the money is going to come from?” but I did not. I think he—and many others like him—have not given these matters a great deal of thought.


19 posted on 06/25/2009 10:08:57 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont
The only 6 reasons

UNIONS UNIONS UNIONS UNIONS UNIONS UNIONS
20 posted on 06/25/2009 10:09:44 PM PDT by Fred (Obama Throws the Iranian Citizens Under the Bus)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

ALL OF THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS ARE LEFTWING!
Not Liberal, they’re leftwing.

The NY Post does not count, it is a tabloid.


21 posted on 06/25/2009 10:09:51 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: thecodont
No mention of one-party rule?

-PJ

22 posted on 06/25/2009 10:10:16 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
And not mention even once, the word “unions”.

Or illegals or excessive taxation

23 posted on 06/25/2009 10:11:38 PM PDT by clamper1797 (FUBO ... the Anti-Reagan)
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To: vbmoneyspender

>>My three heroes are Ronald Reagan, Al Bundy<<

I do not think The Gipper would have any respect for that vulgar fictional character from a TV series that was defamitory of American Family Life.


24 posted on 06/25/2009 10:12:27 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Don’t forget illegal aliens.


25 posted on 06/25/2009 10:13:30 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott ABC News and their parent company The Walt Disney Company)
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To: calex59

They’re not stupid, they’re evil.


26 posted on 06/25/2009 10:13:53 PM PDT by Buchal ("Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .")
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To: vbmoneyspender
Lets Rock


27 posted on 06/25/2009 10:14:07 PM PDT by Fred (Obama Throws the Iranian Citizens Under the Bus)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Thanks. I’ve read it a couple of times and though smaller in scope, a breath of fresh air.


28 posted on 06/25/2009 10:21:04 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Osnome
You must not have watched the show.

Al Bundy is an archetype of the blue collar American family man - and as such he follows in a long line of much beloved fictional American heroes such as Ralph Kramden and Archie Bunker.

The reason Al Bundy is a hero is because he works in an unheroic job in order to provide for his family. He does this day after day and year after year with relatively little complaint. And even though times can get tough and his efforts may go unappreciated, he never gives up and he never leaves his family.

Aside from that, anyone whose favorite movie is Hondo is alright in my book.

29 posted on 06/25/2009 10:31:02 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: thecodont

Get rid of prop 13 and California would be a little more like New York, no better off. If the state is compared to a state with similar demographics like Texas the solution is obvious.

1. Get rid of the full time legislature, make them get a job. The legislature just stands around thinking of ways to tax and kill business.
2. Stand up to the unions, which will never happen and why Cali will BK.
3. Get rid of the ridiculous pensions. Make them get a job.

Cali needs bankruptcy to break the unions and deal with the pension problem. Until then nothing will be solved.

They say as California goes so goes the nation. I hope not.


30 posted on 06/25/2009 10:39:05 PM PDT by Dennis M.
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To: flowerplough

>>“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a “warm body” democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction….

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.”

To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Robert A.Heinlein
<<
That simplistic cynicism shows Heinlein lack of faith in America, and Democracy in particular.
He did not think we would last this long.
In his book ‘StarShip Troopers’(1959) he predicted that the North American Republic would colapse after 1987.

I could say the same about Science Fiction in general for its’ UnAmerican Cynicism.

Many factors brought about the ruin of democracy, many factors bring about the ruin.


31 posted on 06/25/2009 10:41:06 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: vbmoneyspender
>>The reason Al Bundy is a hero is because he works in an unheroic job in order to provide for his family. He does this day after day and year after year with relatively little complaint. And even though times can get tough and his efforts may go unappreciated, he never gives up and he never leaves his family.

Aside from that, anyone whose favorite movie is Hondo is alright in my book.

<<

Point well taken.
When that show first came on the air I liked it very much, but it went on and on, got more vulgar and ludicrous.

In the end I could not believe in a show, even a comedy, where a guy who works as a shoe salesman can afford a two story three-bedroom house in the Chicago Suburbs.
Not possible!

32 posted on 06/25/2009 10:51:56 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: thecodont

Propostions only came about due to the incompetence of the government of the State of California. Peole wouldn’t resort to the proposition option otherwise. I see the LA Times did not include the Civil Rights Initiative. Why not? They love race discrimination.


33 posted on 06/25/2009 10:53:11 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: All
i am sick of hearing about california - they won't allow power plants but want to suck down power - they pay for sea otter hemorrhoid research but say they need my texas tax dollars or criminals will be freed and fire stations closed

here is an idea on a new government that might work

wall off the state, open the prison gates and air drop millions of guns - see what happens - couldn't be anything but an improvement

(attention cali freepers - texas is open for business and no state income tax - with a budget surplus - git yourself on over here)

34 posted on 06/25/2009 10:56:05 PM PDT by sloop (pfc in the quiet civil war)
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To: thecodont

Prop. 13 did no damage to the State whatsoever. Not one bit! The damage was done by thirty years of politicians who have refused to admit that Prop. 13 passed. They have carried on for all these years as though the former revenue stream was still there; as though property owners would continue playing saps and pay through the nose for the privilege of being governed by the rabble in Sacramento.


35 posted on 06/25/2009 10:58:10 PM PDT by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Osnome
Heinlien makes sense to me. If raising taxes were a simple majority vote, this state would have been in the ditch years ago.

The pols go along with the insane spending to get re-elected by the 'plebs' who benefit, and are rewared to higher office as well.

If they spent more time on this state's future needs (energy, water, etc.) rather than it's income redistribution scheme they'd be doing what they were elected to do. Today, it's tax the productive and give it to the un-productive (unions, schools, welfare, state employees, etc.)

36 posted on 06/25/2009 11:03:29 PM PDT by budwiesest (The truth is about to set us free. Won't that be nice?)
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To: thecodont

The LA Times thinks California can’t be governed because of the inability to raise taxes faster.

They should be true to their thinking and increase the price of their paper to see how that helps their budget situation.


37 posted on 06/25/2009 11:12:58 PM PDT by NoLibZone (North Korea? The only buildings in Hawaii at risk of destruction are those housing Obama’s records!)
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To: thecodont

I love it. They list “six key factors” that make CA impossible to govern and yet CA had NO PROBLEM in during the 30 years of Prop13 to raise spending over and over and over again.

Only now, when the chickens have come home to roost and spending has to be reduced, does it become a “problem” due to lack of flexibility.

Strange, I see the main problem as overspending.


38 posted on 06/25/2009 11:14:45 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (ABC-AP-MSNBC-All Obama, All the time.)
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To: budwiesest

A gang banger gets shot goes into an ER and gets 40 grand worth of FREE medical.

Goes home, after a few weeks; the same gang banger returned with multiple stab wounds and again received 100% free health care worth tens of thousands.

If he requires additional long term care it can possibly be hundreds of thousands of dollars in care- FREE!

My wife saved his life twice.

His care alone would have built a pretty nice state of art computer lab at four High Schools.


39 posted on 06/25/2009 11:20:22 PM PDT by NoLibZone (North Korea? The only buildings in Hawaii at risk of destruction are those housing Obama’s records!)
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To: budwiesest

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The pols go along with the insane spending to get re-elected by the ‘plebs’ who benefit, and are rewared to higher office as well.

If they spent more time on this state’s future needs (energy, water, etc.) rather than it’s income redistribution scheme they’d be doing what they were elected to do. Today, it’s tax the productive and give it to the un-productive (unions, schools, welfare, state employees, etc.)
<<

Maybe you are right- -

I have just posted my thoughts on the decline of Rome in the SMOKEY BACKROOM

They are my considerations.


40 posted on 06/25/2009 11:27:26 PM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: thecodont
Wow, the scumbags' press surrogates are pulling out all the stops. I love the way these two pissants conclude their "story" with this quote:

"The public is making a statement, loud and clear, that they expect action."

LMBO!!... As if normal, traditional American families in California will give a rat's behind if government shuts down... Right. Only the Democrat parasite class cares about government, because it is the Democrat parasites who depend on government to confiscate tax money from their neighbors and "redistribute" it to them. Sorry, parasites, the well is dry.

41 posted on 06/25/2009 11:29:11 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: NoLibZone
My wife saved his life twice. His care alone would have built a pretty nice state of art computer lab at four High Schools.

No offense, but it sounds like your wife needs to get her priorities straight.

42 posted on 06/25/2009 11:31:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: thecodont

What total BS.

Californians pay more in state taxes than just about any other state.

Yet somehow it is all prop 13’s fault because it limited tax rates...

It is real simple. The California legislator loves to spend money. Lots of money. Roughly 1 in every 100 is directly on the state’s payroll. And then we have to provide food stamps, health care, education and law enforcement for millions of illegals...

STOP SPENDING ALL OUR DAMN MONEY!


43 posted on 06/26/2009 12:00:14 AM PDT by DB
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To: Lancey Howard

I very much doubt she gets to set her own priorities.


44 posted on 06/26/2009 12:01:49 AM PDT by DB
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To: Osnome

simplistic cynicism? How ‘bout the bit that’s usually attributed to Tytler, tho he pro’ly didn’t write it: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

Or maybe this from “Industrial Management in a Republic,” delivered in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria at New York during the 250th meeting of the National Conference Board on March 18, 1943, by Henning W. Prentis,

“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.

At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas. Usually so-called new remedies are not new at all. Compulsory planned economy, for example, was tried by the Chinese some three milleniums ago, and by the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era. It was applied in Germany, Italy and Russia long before the present war broke out. Yet it is being seriously advocated today as a solution of our economic problems in the United States. Its proponents confidently assert that government can successfully plan and control all major business activity in the nation, and still not interfere with our political freedom and our hard-won civil and religious liberties. The lessons of history all point in exactly the reverse direction.”


45 posted on 06/26/2009 12:51:06 AM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy = Oprah = Clinton = most elected Democrats, successfully feigning compassion for money&power)
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To: Lancey Howard

She has to save them!

She can’t let them expire based on political beliefs.

Letting people die for economic reasons is what Dems do via abortion.


46 posted on 06/26/2009 1:08:23 AM PDT by NoLibZone (North Korea? The only buildings in Hawaii at risk of destruction are those housing Obama’s records!)
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To: Osnome
I thought you might enjoy this Al Bundy quote:

You think I'm a loser? Because I have a stinking job that I hate, a family that doesn't respect me, and a whole city that curses the day I was born? Well, that may mean loser to you, but let me tell you something. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I know it's not going to get any better until I go back to sleep. So I get up. I have my watered-down Tang and my still-frozen Pop Tart. I get in my car with no gas, no upholstery, and six more payments. I fight honking traffic just for the privilege of putting cheap shoes onto the cloven hooves of people like you. I'll never play football like I wanted to. I'll never know the touch of a beautiful woman. And I'll never know the joy of driving through the city without a bag over my head. But I'm not a loser. Because, despite it all, me and every other guy who'll never be what they wanted to be, is out there, being what we don't want to be, forty hours a week, for life. And the fact that I didn't put a gun in my mouth years ago - that little fact makes me a winner, baby.

47 posted on 06/26/2009 1:42:38 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender

“I’ll never know the touch of a beautiful woman.”


I always had the hots for Peggy... :P


48 posted on 06/26/2009 1:47:14 AM PDT by chasio649
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To: thecodont

If not the highest, we have damn near the highest state taxes in the nation. (California) Despite this, Pravda on the Pacific laments the fact taxes can’t be raised some more.

At some point our taxes became what they are today. And you know what, even with some of the highest taxes in the U.S., California can’t live within it’s budget.

Okay, lets say we decided to double our taxes. That would put our sales tax near 20%, and our income taxes, well God only knows... Is anyone under the impression this would alleviate the financial woes of California?

Only a person with an IQ of 55 would come away thinking the state’s politicians wouldn’t spend themselves into another corner even then. So why bother doing it.

Even if it causes the staff of Pravda on the Pacific to cry a river that washes all of Southern California away, there has to be an end to his madness at some point. There has to be a time when the citizens of this state simply stand up and tell the LA Times and our state elected officials to go F themselves, we’re getting off the tax paying treadmill.

I’ve got my own list of six reasons why this state is ungovernable.

1. The Legislature will not stop their spending madness
2. The State Senate will not stop their spending madness
3. The Governor of the State will not stop his spending madness
4. The Unions only give a damn about unions, F everyone else
5. The Teachers in the state would sell their grandmother and her little dog too, if they could only raise their budget 10% each year until the universe collapses
6. The media in the state is going crazy trying to figure out which schtoop to suck on first, a legislator’s, a Senator’s, the Governor’s, a union leader’s, or just your average Democrat on the street. That’s it’s primary goal. To hell with the average Joe Blow stupid enough to try to work, raise, a family, and support a mortgage in this God forsaken state.

No, He didn’t forsake us. Our state officials forsook him, and us.

The state leaders and the media can’t here this clearly enough, “We’re damned sick of this s—t, and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

Do you understand that Los Angeles Times? We pay enough taxes, so screw you! It’s over, and the sooner you get that through your fat heads, but better for the state.


49 posted on 06/26/2009 1:53:19 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (_res__ent of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: calex59

The big lie about Prop 13 is that it freezes property taxes forever. It doesn’t. I does set a limit on property taxes after the property changes hands. Then it can only go up so much, but at the time it sells, the property taxes are adjusted upwards. The new owner pays a much higher rate than the last owner.

The problem with no limits on what property taxes can be, is that you have retired people having to sell their homes, because they can’t afford to pay the property taxes, even if the home has been paid off for decades.

The Democrats who always hawk the idea they stand up for the little guy, are angry as they can be that they can’t swindle Mom and Pop out of the homes they retired in.

Black Bart had nothing on these leeches.


50 posted on 06/26/2009 1:56:34 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (_res__ent of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama)
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