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Saving California
Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 03/15/2012 4:01:15 AM PDT by Kaslin

In less than 50 years they ruined my home state.

They over-taxed it, over-regulated it and bankrupted it. They strangled its vibrant economy, destroyed its education system and let its infrastructure crumble.

Who are these people who've turned the Golden State into Greece?

Not Big Business. Not the rich. Not the poor. Not millions of immigrants from Des Moines or Juarez.

"They" are the career politicians in Sacramento. Their excessive lawmaking, taxing and spending have transformed California into a European welfare state with a grim future.

It's hard for me to believe how things have deteriorated in California since the late 1960s. I can remember when Ronald Reagan was governor. We had a surplus. He actually gave money back to the people of California.

The state once was famous for having the best education system, the best business climate, the best roads and infrastructure in America. It was a growing, dynamic paradise where people came to pursue their dreams and hopes.

Now California's a wreck that people and businesses are leaving in droves. And Gov. Brown and his gang are offering us more of the same this fall -- higher income and sales taxes and a bullet train no one wants but them.

To reverse its death spiral, California needs to return to a part-time legislature and turn its career politicians into part-time citizen politicians -- which is what they are in 41 other states and what they were in California until 1967.

Today the state's 120 legislators work year-round and their $95,000 salaries are sweetened by as much as $50,000 in tax-free per diem allowances. They are the highest-paid lawmakers in the country.

Compare California to Texas and Florida. In Texas they pay legislators $600 a month and the legislature meets 140 days a year. In Florida lawmakers get $30,000 a year and meet just 60 days.

The politicians in Texas and Florida do not make politics their careers. They have to have real jobs in the real world. When they're not in Austin or Tallahassee, they must live and do business under the same laws they have written.

Part-time legislators are what the founding fathers wanted lawmakers to be. My father Ronald Reagan was a citizen politician. Politics was not a career for him. It was a service. He gave of himself.

People have repeatedly asked me to run for the U.S. Senate against Dianne Feinstein. But I think that a new job I have -- chairing the "Citizen Legislature Act" -- is better for me and the state.

California citizens are in the streets collecting signatures now to put the initiative on the fall ballot. The act would return the state to a part-time legislature. Lawmaking sessions would be cut from 230 days to 90 days. And legislators would be forced to produce on-time, balanced budgets or not get paid. What a concept.

The act also would end politics as a full-time career in California. Legislators would be paid $1,500 a month. At $18,000 a year, they'd have to find real jobs and see what it's like to live under the dumb and/or bad laws they write by the thousands in Sacramento.

The "Citizen Legislature Act," which I will work hard to see become law, would shock the systems of the politicians. They'd have to start serving the people of California, not themselves. And I bet they wouldn't be passing any new bullet train legislation.


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1 posted on 03/15/2012 4:01:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think the 140 day limit in Texas is too much, lol.

I think they need to do 30 days to pass a budget and 30 days to consider other legislation. Three weeks before those sessions the appropriate committee members would hold their meetings.


2 posted on 03/15/2012 4:10:01 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

Kalipornia is going to have to hit rock bottom before enough of the locals who are left get a clue.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 4:10:54 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

The Texas legislature meets every other year on odd-numbered years.


4 posted on 03/15/2012 4:30:04 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (Newt: "The high price of gas is the deliberate strategy of the left.")
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To: Kaslin

Michael Reagan is being politically correct here. California’s problems are not the result of “career politicians”, it is directly the result of corrosive liberal policies.


5 posted on 03/15/2012 4:33:13 AM PDT by Obadiah (We are all Brietbarts now.)
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To: Obadiah
“Michael Reagan is being politically correct here”

You have that right, Illegal aliens getting a pass as well.

6 posted on 03/15/2012 4:40:58 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Kaslin

It’s definitely worthwhile to try to save it. If you don’t, they end up moving across the nation, right next door, and vote to raise your taxes and bring their “values” with them. Californication is to be avoided.


7 posted on 03/15/2012 4:44:26 AM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: Kaslin

I once loved California. It is beautiful but like Whitney Houston, who once struck me as about the most beautiful women I had ever seen, California caused its own destruction. Beautiful, full of talent and possessed of something wonderful; it’s a description for both Whitney Houston and California. Utterly destroyed and beyond hope? Well, perhaps California has a chance but I doubt it. It would be like trying to talk sense into Whitney Houston back in January. Possible but seriously unlikely. California will petition the nation for help and leftists will once again talk about “ too big to fail” and demand that the other 49 states bail it out.

The “ leaders” in about half of those states will, with a glance at their own balance sheets, agree and get behind the bail-out effort. Good bye federalism, hello feudalism.


8 posted on 03/15/2012 4:48:27 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: GeronL
Kalipornia is going to have to hit rock bottom before enough of the locals who are left get a clue.

I believe they've done that and are now drilling thru bedrock.

9 posted on 03/15/2012 4:58:53 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Obadiah
California’s problems are not the result of “career politicians”, it is directly the result of corrosive liberal policies.

a distinction without a difference,

10 posted on 03/15/2012 5:03:50 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan
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To: Kaslin
"Who are these people who've turned the Golden State into Greece? Not Big Business. Not the rich. Not the poor. Not millions of immigrants from Des Moines or Juarez. "They" are the career politicians in Sacramento."

Well, SOMEBODY kept voting those politicians back into office. Again and again and again........

11 posted on 03/15/2012 5:21:58 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Kaslin

I remember being stationed in CA in the 60s. Great tour.

Then in the 90s went there for some temp work and not only did I have to pay state income tax, but they tried to collect CA income tax on my retirement in VA and also on my wife’s income in VA.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 5:26:32 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

“California’s problems are not the result of “career politicians”, it is directly the result of corrosive liberal policies.’

Really, that is the problem with all failing governments.

You know why Kalifornia wants that hi speed rail train? It’s the only thing apparachniks are good at. Making the trains run on time.

It’s the only thing liberals can take credit for. And it is the only job that liberals should have.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 5:27:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Gd bless him. This is a good start.


14 posted on 03/15/2012 5:29:02 AM PDT by Yaelle (Santorum 2012 - we need a STEADY conservative President.)
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To: Kaslin

Yup. Prop 7(the tax freeze) was a great idea except for one thing. It did not account for the stupidity of intrenched politicians. The Sac crowd just kept on spending - mortgaging CA’s future - never once cutting back or trying to contain expenditures. Classic liberal attitude... giving money away is sooooo easy when its other people’s money.
Sad thing is that aside from LA and SanFran, most of the state is conservative but you would never know it.
Excessive regulation and queer bait policies drove me out of CA in ‘87 never to return... not even to visit. Moved my parents from there in ‘89.


15 posted on 03/15/2012 5:33:33 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Kaslin
California politicians are certainly part of the problem, but so are Federal politicians and judges who have forced Californians to pay for things they didn't want to pay for.

ML/NJ

16 posted on 03/15/2012 5:34:40 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Kaslin

Frankly, I think it’s too late for California. It cannot be arrested from the slide it has been put on. Best just to get out. Maybe after the collapse it will present good opportunities for cheap real estate.


17 posted on 03/15/2012 5:47:42 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
Part-time legislators are what the founding fathers wanted lawmakers to be.

This applies at the Federal level too!

18 posted on 03/15/2012 5:49:03 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

They want that bullet train, or any other major project financed by combinations of public, and private investment solely for the purpose of setting that money into motion under guise of a project. Once that money is “legitimately” set into motion it is difficult to track every penny, and easy as can be to pocket a considerable amount from the rapidly moving monetary exchanges. “They” report in the end “cost overruns”. Nobody goes to jail.

It’s an old political wealth accumulation trick, and why these so-called “representatives” are so insistant upon jamming such projects down our throats.


19 posted on 03/15/2012 6:14:18 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin

Barring the highly unlikely act of voters coming to their senses, bailouts might serve to delay the final crash so it coincides with the rest of this once great Nation.


20 posted on 03/15/2012 6:30:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Kaslin

If this gets on the ballot, unions (mostly public) will spend hundreds of millions of $ to defeat it. The full-time, bought and paid for CA legislature is a huge gravy train for them.


21 posted on 03/15/2012 6:37:09 AM PDT by jrp
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To: Kaslin

One of the channels this week was talking about the welfare numbers & they said that California has over HALF of the welfare recipients!!!

Glad I left there after 40 years.


22 posted on 03/15/2012 9:34:29 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: MulberryDraw

Nevada does the same. I think for 120 days only. Any ‘overage’ isn’t paid to politicians, either.


23 posted on 03/15/2012 9:35:27 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rockinqsranch

They want that bullet train, or any other major project financed by combinations of public, and private investment solely for the purpose of setting that money into motion under guise of a project. Once that money is “legitimately” set into motion it is difficult to track every penny, and easy as can be to pocket a considerable amount from the rapidly moving monetary exchanges. “They” report in the end “cost overruns”. Nobody goes to jail.”””””

There is a big reason why Warren Buffett bought out Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, IMO.


24 posted on 03/15/2012 9:37:47 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rockinqsranch

Also note the proposed route of the so-called bullet train (which keeps changing) is from nowhere to nowhere.

Chowchilla to Bakersfield? Only those going to visit prison inmates in Chowchilla will ride the thing. It will NEVER be viable, it will NEVER pay for itself.

Now the proposal is to have the bullet train go straight up the San Joaquin Valley, the advocates for this outrage and monstrosity claiming that “millions of people will be moving to the San Joaquin Valley in the next decades.” Nevermind that there are no JOBS there and that the SJV is agricultural, with lousy Hispanic majority schools and neighborhoods and businesses are fleeing Cal, not setting up here due to a hostile business climate.


25 posted on 03/15/2012 9:45:00 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: ridesthemiles

We left California after living there for 39 years.

The legislative passes so many insane laws.

Someone asked Who elects them?

I don’t know. I suspect significant voter fraud.


26 posted on 03/15/2012 10:01:57 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: rockinqsranch

Also note the proposed route of the so-called bullet train (which keeps changing) is from nowhere to nowhere.

Chowchilla to Bakersfield? Only those going to visit prison inmates in Chowchilla will ride the thing. It will NEVER be viable, it will NEVER pay for itself.

Now the proposal is to have the bullet train go straight up the San Joaquin Valley, the advocates for this outrage and monstrosity claiming that “millions of people will be moving to the San Joaquin Valley in the next decades.” Nevermind that there are no JOBS there and that the SJV is agricultural, with lousy Hispanic majority schools and neighborhoods and businesses are fleeing Cal, not setting up here due to a hostile business climate.


27 posted on 03/15/2012 10:10:46 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
It’s the only thing apparachniks are good at. Making the trains run on time

Historically, some of them have been very good at it. Eichmann, for instance.

28 posted on 03/15/2012 10:19:48 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: muir_redwoods

If Michael Reagan can’t see a difference between someone from Des Moines - a US citizen, and someone from Juarez- an illegal, then he’s not worth messing with any more.

Go find Chuck deVore’s column “California vs Texas” instead.


29 posted on 03/15/2012 12:44:17 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MulberryDraw

I love the every other year thing.


30 posted on 03/15/2012 12:49:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

It’s not clear to me that he can’t see a difference between a citizen and an illegal. What I hear him saying is the leftist response to illegals is what has caused the problem. If the laws as they were in 1965 were inforced as written, illegals would not be a problem. The liberals in Clownifornia decided not to enforce the law and, instead, voted to extend an endless stream of unpaid for benefits to illegals and others. It is the state government and the leftists who put them there that are the problem that will destroy the place.


31 posted on 03/15/2012 4:46:12 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Kaslin

California’s public unions seeking excessive tax dollars are the main source for funds for Democrat pols’ campaigning nationally.

A BK California. Whatever. It’s all in the plan.

Collateral damage.


32 posted on 03/15/2012 4:54:35 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: muir_redwoods

I remember that not too long ago he seemed to defend amnesty “like his dad” even though Ronald Reagan admitted it had been a big mistake.


33 posted on 03/15/2012 5:09:03 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: muir_redwoods

That isn’t quite accurate.

First, the federal government controls immigration and when they refuse to enforce the law the state doesn’t have a lot recourse. Ask Arizona...

Second, California voters have repeatedly tried to stop payments to illegals, remember prop 187?, and the Federal courts repeatedly strike them down.


34 posted on 03/15/2012 8:46:41 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

Federal judges are nominated by presidents. How often has California’s electoral votes gone to democrats? You reap what you sow.


35 posted on 03/16/2012 5:14:20 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: muir_redwoods

The same can be said for the country.


36 posted on 03/16/2012 10:22:35 AM PDT by DB
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To: DB
That's true but it is also true that Clownifornia is in much tougher shape than most of the rest of the country. It cannot be denied that California, for years, felt it could give benefits and perks to almost anyone who asked for them and would find someway to pay for it. California is the victim of a perfect storm of years of embedded leftist judges and the bottom dropping out of the economy. California can no longer afford to meet the demands the embedded leftist judges rule it must meet.
37 posted on 03/16/2012 10:27:34 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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