From the Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2011,
"Citing the pro-democracy unrest in Egypt and Tunisia, Gov. Jerry Brown called it “unconscionable” that GOP legislators are vowing to block his attempt to ask voters to extend tax hikes to balance the budget.
“When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the world, we in California can’t say now is the time to block a vote of the people,” Brown said in his first State of the State address in nearly 30 years".
Only a man known as "Gov. Moonbeam" could justify a tax hike from riots half a world away.... The ousting of a dictator in Egypt is hardly justification to confiscate more personal wealth. The real justification for this action is that California's legislature lacks the discipline or the personal honor to do what is right and proper which is to cut taxes and cut expenses to help jump start their economy and to preserve the job base.
Here in Virginia, we bit the bullet and massively cut expenses and taxes. We audited departments of government in order to have an understanding where the money went and how it was spent. As a result of this enlightened, conservative approach, hundreds of millions were found and people in charge were held accountable and we now have a budget surplus of several hundred million dollars to show for the effort.
As further consequence of this proper fiscal attitude, Virginia also has the highest bond rating of any state in the nation, while California sits at the bottom, with only Illinois ranking lower.
Are we in Virginia better than those in California? Are we some kind of superior species to those on the left coast? It is hard not to think so when we see the just how badly things are being done in the so-called "Golden State", and just how inane the political leadership is acting.
One thing more..... No bailouts for California- EVER!!! Your collective hubris got you there and your corrupt, "bought dog" leadership is keeping you there and we in the rest of the country will not readily consent to pay for your irresponsibility. Not now.... Not ever... Sic Semper Tyranis!!