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I imagine you were all glued
to the tube this morning or, like me, linked in via webcast to hear our
Governor deliver his 'State of
the State' speech. No? Am I the only one with no life here
and a jones for politics?
Well, you didn't miss much.
Really. It was over and done in about 10 minutes. At a time when our
state faces some of the gravest challenges to our economy, jobs,
HOUSING, etc., the Governator spoke for just over 10 minutes. Didn't
have much to say anyway.
After spending the first
couple minutes sucking up to President-elect Obama, Arnold proceeded to
let us know what we were in for:
will not give the traditional State of the State address today, because
the reality is that our state is incapacitated until we resolve the
budget crisis. The truth is that California is in
a state of emergency. Addressing this emergency
is the first and greatest thing we must do for the people. The
42 billion dollar deficit is a rock upon our chest and we cannot
breathe until we get it off. It doesn't make any
sense to talk about education, infrastructure, water, health care
reform and all these things when we have this huge budget deficit.
Hmmm, well can't disagree
with him there except that IMHO he missed a golden opportunity to put
some pressure on the people who are standing between our state and a
functional resolution - namely the Democratic lackeys to the states
major unions. It's no mystery how we got here, why our budget growth
has outstripped our revenue growth by tenfold during the past 5 years
and why we can't address the core issues. Both houses of our
legislature have been controlled by Democrats for more than 2 decades
and the excess spending that occurred during our last two housing booms
and our dot.com boom has become institutionalized with most Democrats
owing their careers to the unions that bought their seats.
Here's what the Governor did
citizens do not believe that we in government are in touch with their
needs. These needs are not unreasonable. At the end of the day, most
people do not require a great deal from their government.
expect the fundamentals.
want to live in safety.
want a good education for their children.
want to breathe clean air.
want water when they turn on the faucet and electricity when they turn
on the switch.
they want these things delivered efficiently and economically.
That's all true, isn't it? MOST
people do not require a great deal. However SOME
people do. And given the rampant race to socialize and
the bail-out mentality at the federal level, MORE
people are demanding MORE. And at our
state level, maybe most people don't REQUIRE
a great deal, but that hasn't stopped our legislature from
GIVING them more.
The culture of entitlement is alive and well in Sacramento and their
largesse is well appreciated in certain circles.
But let's look at his
comments more closely - they want to live
in safety. Hmmm - isn't most public safety
provided by our LOCAL police forces? Aside from the CHP and
the massive amount of money funneled into the states most lucrative
union the Prison Guards, what is the cost to the state for safety?
education? Absolutely. But as a state we spend more on
education alone that most states spend on their entire budget. The
Teachers Union owns large voting blocks of our legislature. Yet our
state consistently ranks in the lower 3rd on national test scores. The amount
of money we are throwing at this problem doesn't seem to help much.
Oh yes, please. We want jobs. But is it the states job to create jobs?
I mean aside from creating more bureaus to oversee the committees who
study the groups that work with the commissions - does the state
actually create jobs? Howzabout reducing taxes so companies quit
leaving California? How about eliminating red tape and whacked-out
environmental requirements so companies can start-up here, or expand
their operations? Private enterprise creates jobs - not
air. Oh Brother. The government's in the clean air
business? Along with keeping mylar balloons and plastic grocery sacks
out of my hands - they enact legislation aimed at driving even more
industries out of California to comply with some pipe dreams Jerry
and electricity? I'm sorry. Aren't those services provided
by private utilities? Again, isn't it the
government whose actions have endangered the Sacramento Delta water
shed, cut our water allocation 85% this year to preserve the Delta
Smelt, prohibited off-shore oil exploration, prohibited cross-state
transport of LNG, administratively eliminated development of nuclear
energy while making it cost prohibitive to develop wind or solar energy
even though they claim that's what they want?
So out of all the basic
services he described this morning, the majority aren't even things
provided by the state, should not be messed with by the state, or
wherein the state is only giving us marginal bang for our bucks. Nothing
there that would justify a $148 Billion dollar budget.
NOTHING that should require you
and I to pay more taxesto make up a $42
Billion shortfall caused not by us, but by the legislature. But we will
have that dubious honor anyway unless I miss my guess. And I rarely
miss guesses like this.
Wunderlich - Selling Southwest California Homes including
Temecula, Murrieta & The Southern California Wine Country
Remember, Don't wait to buy real
estate - Buy real estate and wait.
' California State of the
State - Short but Missing The Point'
opinions in this commentary are strictly Gene Wunderlich's personal
opinions. While any reasonable and/or rational indivdual should agree
wholeheartedly, the opinons reflected herein may not necessarily be
those of SRCAR/GADBLOG, ActiveRain, Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage, The Valley Business Journal or any local or state government
or other mental institution.
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