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California, A Shining Example

In California, 21 out of the last 25 years have been led by a Republican governor.  Going back to when Ronnie took office in the 60’s, there has only been 2 Democratic Governors.  We can no doubt look to California to illustrate conservative spending and low taxes on citizens.   

 Let’s see:
In California, the Governor releases his budget to the state legislature on January 10th (of each and every year).  

California has the sixth highest income tax rate per capita, according to the Tax Foundation.

The next biggest source of funds is the sales tax — at 8.25 percent, the highest in the country. 

California has over 400 “special funds” that also raise revenue.

IOU: California plans to issue a total of $3 billion by the end of July.

California has the worst credit rating of any of America’s 50 states.

Low taxes… that’s very interesting.  In addition, Cali has over 400 “special funds”.  Sounds to me like they just say stuff.   The worst credit rating, a whopping deficit, and high taxes (which are naturally still increasing to fight the deficit).

If this is the effect of them managing finances in the most populous state in the country (the 10th largest economy in the world), can you imagine if they ran the whole country?  It’d be a financial mess.  Oh, wait…

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_California 
http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/budget_faqs/information/documents/BUDENACT.PDF 
http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/12/smallbusiness/california_small_vendors_ious.smb/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31966634/ns/business-personal_finance/
http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/pdf/BudgetSummary/BS_SCH10.pdf
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5327474.ece

July 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

Noonan Describes Palin…Well

Peggy Noonan writes fairly accurately (and with awesomefulness) about Sarah in “A Farewell to Harms”.   I think Palin is good for the rebuilding process.  The more people like her are in the party, the more likely it is to see that it needs to rebuild itself.  The best way to eliminate the bible-thumping, science-hating, neo-con, “everyone has to see the world like I do” people…is to have them step right up to the front.   Bush & Cheney are helping eradicate the imperialism and hopefully Palin will help elminate the bible-thumpalism.  I can’t wait until she runs for President! 

Feel free to use my two new words, just throw me a bone! 

From A Farewell to Harms:

Sarah Palin’s resignation gives Republicans a new opportunity to see her plain—to review the bidding, see her strengths, acknowledge her limits, and let go of her drama. It is an opportunity they should take. They mean to rebuild a great party. They need to do it on solid ground.

In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn’t say what she read because she didn’t read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn’t thoughtful enough to know she wasn’t thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. “I’m not wired that way,” “I’m not a quitter,” “I’m standing up for our values.” I’m, I’m, I’m. 

In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying.

More: http://online.wsj.com/article/declarations.html 

July 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm 2 comments

Whitlock on McNair

Jason Whitlock always come through with good stuff! 
We can quit calling Steve McNair a great leader now. Leadership starts at home. 

And I’m no longer all that interested in hearing about the community service work McNair did in Tennessee and Mississippi. Service to community begins at home, too. 

 

 Stop reading now if your preference is sugar-coated, politically-correct, phony-ass pontificating. You can find plenty of that garbage littering the Internet. I’m going to get knee deep in this Steve McNair tragedy and what it really signifies.

Read the article here: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/9777174/Don’t-be-so-quick-to-make-McNair-a-hero

July 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm 1 comment


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