A Model for Dysfunctional Politics - Give Our Founding Fathers Some Credit.

Real Estate Agent with 1st Action Real Estate
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balanceA couple days ago I wrote an article about the budget mess in California entitled 'Call EE 4 Kneeya - It's All About the Balls'. If you didn't read it, you probably should because it's a ready-made primer on what happens when you combine tax & spend leadership with a tax & spend legislature - what some of you are proposing to do in November. It's not a pretty picture and if you think the nations current economic problems are tough, just give it a few years under a tax & spend regime. (By the way, the accompanying graphic is part of a current Democratic fund raising effort specifically stating - Deliver a Filibuster Proof Majority to Obama. This graphic is the Republican response).

What has happened to California is not fun. Our legislature has been dominated by ultra-liberal Democrats for years and for much of that time has also been governed by a Democrat. The result has been a rush to fund every social program conceivable, to kowtow to union demands for funding and retirement benefits, to raise taxes to the point where California is the 2nd leading state income tax gatherer in the country, (#1 in business taxes), and a place where oversight on this spending is non-existent. We have become the poster child for dysfunctional government.

The California Association of Realtors runs one of the strongest legislative advocacy teams in the country out here by necessity. Private property rights are assailed almost daily by fringe environmental groups. The trial lawyers association wants to dictate how we do business; liberal lawmakers are only too happy to tack point-of-sale mandates onto every home making them increasingly unaffordable to prospective buyers, especially first-time buyers; developers and environmental groups are able to attach private transfer taxes to properties without limit, without oversight and, until this year, without even informing homeowners they had done so; hundreds of thousands of acres are confiscated in deference to Kangaroo Rats, Checkerspot Butterflies, Fairy Shrimp, Toads, Minnows, ad naseum, without concern for the rights of the owner of the land; the Coastal Commission is given power to regulate water usage and rights well out of their historical jurisdiction up into the Sierra's and out to the Salton Sea - and the list goes on. It's a nightmare and there's no end in sight.

My question is - why would you want to inflict this on the whole country? Our nations founders specifically set up our government the way they did to provide a balance of power and a methodology for checks & balances between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. (Of course they also had visions that regular everyday people would run those branches, not career politicians who have never held a real job or been off the public dole.)

balance2But we have seen what can happen if an unassailable majority in the legislature is allowed to run amock without a strong executive at the helm. We've seen it in California, we've seen it with George Bush - why would we knowingly set ourselves up for it again? Because if the Democratic leadership of the legislature has learned nothing else about Obama in his brief tenure in their midst, they have seen that he is readily malleable and that he can be bought. He lacks the experience and the fortitude to stand up to either the tenured Democratic leadership or to special interests. His stated game plan is taken directly from the pages of the time-honored Democratic playbook including redistributing the wealth of the nations most successful capitalists to the least successful, increasing social programs, reducing defense spending and continuing our dependence on foreign energy resources. Democrat leaders know that an Obama win puts a weak link in the executive seat who has not only proven to be more liberal than most of them but would also be an easy roll-over to his more experienced colleagues.

I urge you to study the California model of dysfunctional politics as it exists today. There's a reason we have two political parties and probably should have more. The world is a stronger place when there are two or more balancing powers, our country is a stronger place if a balance and separation is maintained between our ruling powers. The next four years will not be easy ones under the best of circumstances - your choices in November will have a profound impact on the degree of difficulty we experience.

Well, that's my opinion - I could be wrong. (Not bloody likely)
Gene Wunderlich - Selling Southwest California Homes including Temecula, Murrieta & The Southern California Wine Country
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Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
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So you are saying you don't want another conservative/republican appointed on the Supreme court?

Sep 20, 2008 05:59 AM #1
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Gene- I love your application of Nvu:) Looks great.

You are a brave Californian to speak up. As a native Californian transplanted many times throughout the country and the world is still saddens me to witness what has come of California.

I just discussed this with Jeff Atwater our area's Florida Senator. In Florida we have NO state income tax, our sales tax on good is only 6%, we have NO tax on groceries, we have a full blown excellent state health insurance for all minor children with copays as low as zero to $5. per visit and monthly premiums as low as $15 per month for all the kids in one family. The state takes none of the money from the property taxes. We have NO tax on business services. We are very friendly to small business.

Now, get this part! Last year our state budget was 72 Billion and it was a balanced budget. Now you know how bad we have it here with the mortgage meltdown and foreclosures. This years budget is 66 billion dollars and we were only 1.8 billion shy of making it balances, but instead of going into a deficit, we are taking it out of the state savings. Yes, the state has a savings account. I doubt California does.:)

Contrast this to California who has a 15 Billion dollar deficit! Where is this money going to come from.

This is living proof that the more you tax people, the more you spend. California will never be able to tax people enough to pay its bills. This is irresponsible. The state must make cuts in spending, it must learn to balance expenses and learn to be frugal. You spend less than you earn and save some.

I am surprised that we don't use state models of success and move it to the federal level. Besides, there is a question of the constitutionality of all these money grabbers. Did you hear Biden tell the interviewer that he is going to TAKE more from those that make more? Do you know how many Realtors fall into that catagory? A lot of the people I coach fall into that and so do we.


Sep 20, 2008 06:23 AM #2
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

Kevin - Unfortunately the judiciary has been politicized right along with everything else. I would prefer a justice who does not attempt to legislate from the bench - I could care less about their politics as long as they leave it at the door when they are interpreting constitutional law.

Nestor & Katerina - This is an amazing state. There is so much right about it but so many things out of whack as well. Our legislators can decide to elimiate plastic bags and outlaw mylar balloons and dedicate a holiday to Harvey Milk - but they can't come close to passing a real budget, making the tough calls where spending is concerned or improving our transportation or energy inrastructure. You've just got to laugh about it because otherwise you'll spend all your time crying. It's why most people tune it out and then wonder why they're getting taken to the cleaners.  I take it you're not feeling that patriotic calling that Joe Biden put out? Shame on you fat cats.

Sep 20, 2008 08:51 AM #3
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Gene ~ You my brother are hysterical. I truly love you and your posts.

Sep 20, 2008 11:01 AM #4
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

Thanks Nicholas - I like to put the fun in dys - FUN - ctional.

Sep 20, 2008 11:30 AM #5
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Gene - from an unpatriotic ex-Californian, I am sorry brother. Let's hope for a non-filibuster proof senate and/or a McCain presidency.

Sep 20, 2008 11:31 AM #6
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Gene .. thanks for your article.  It's true that the Democratic leadership of the US legislature should have learned that Obama is malleable and can be persuaded easily.  Best wishes. Harrison

Sep 20, 2008 04:19 PM #7
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