I’ll take a California on the rocks, please

California’s broke and can’t print money so spending cuts are on the way. One can quibble over some of them: closing 80% of the state’s parks doesn’t seem designed to save money so much as to inconvenience as many people as possible, but if the budget crisis accomplishes nothing else, it’s done this: forced a politician to tell the truth:

“Government doesn’t provide services to rich people,” Mike Genest, the state’s finance director, said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. “It doesn’t even really provide services to the middle class.” He added: “You have to cut where the money is.”

Our country’s been playing at class warfare for almost 100 years but for most of that time the middle class was suckered into believing that they were on the side of the poor and against “the rich”. In California, they’ve discovered the reality of the situation and have rebelled. It will be interesting to see what happens when that realization emerges in other states, too.

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5 responses to “I’ll take a California on the rocks, please

  1. Retired IB'er

    Wait til the US government back stops CA bonds so that the state doesn’t have to cut as much and instead Schwarzeneger (sp? but who really cares)can keep up his approach of borrowing against the future.

    Once again following our politicians’ tried and ture method of kicking the debt/spending problem down the road for when they are out of office collecting their own fat pensions at the taxpayer trough.

  2. anonymous

    Good to see

    As an affluent Californian taxpayer, never go into public parks anyway; enjoy view of pristine, undeveloped hills/mtns along SF Peninsula; can easily own one’s own “private park” with a well-situated and landscaped 4+ acre lot in a desirable suburb like Woodside; have no desire to pay for overpaid government workers to supervise these parks in Podunk

    Besides, use the money to repave the damn roads that everyone uses for daily commutes; everyone who matters already uses private schools, etc anyway; we ask very little of the worthless public sector and its overpaid “workers” despite the billions in tax revenues wasted or stolen from hard-working taxpayers, not voters

  3. anonymous

    IBer, doubt blame really lies w/Arnie; he’s worth ~$500MM and flies around CA in his own Gulfstream (?an old G4) and is a fairly rational capitalist guy (more capitalist than 99.9+% of politicians)

    Just compare vs Bloomie: richest guy in Manhattan (even vs billionaire hedgies), yet can’t prevent NY’s gvt unions and politicians from imposing a ~13% income tax rate on NYC/Westchester “rich” (vs CA’s ~10% rate)….and CA’s inimitable weather/topography/lifestyle/intellectual&innovation culture (esp Silicon Valley) can easily justify a few points of its income tax rate….

  4. Retired IB'er

    anonymous
    May 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Arnie from day one has taken the easy way. He had one big fight with the Dems and then took the approach of accounting gimmicks and borrowing more and more money to pay for the out of control spending.

    He, like the rest of his Rep. friends, are no longer true Reps. They are not commited to smaller government. Full Stop.

    The only difference between Rs and Ds is not on the spending side, but on how to pay: Rs borrow and Ds threaten to raise taxes. Neither focuses on the real problem and that is SPENDING.

  5. Tall K in CA

    Our state sales tax just jumped up 1% on April 1st, and all the income tax tables were revised to begin withholding more taxes from every single working employee! These changes effect every single one of us who works or buys anything at the retail level.

    What happened to all the lottery money that was supposed to go the schools? People around here are signing petitions and planning to fight the sale of the OC Fairgrounds. Nobody likes government in their own backyards.

    I guess this is what we get when we elected a guy we all knew from the movie theaters!

    ps…missed saying goodbye…hope you are well!