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Gadfly Radio--Steven Greenhut and John Seiler will have lots to talk about this evening.
We'll talk about these stories by Greenhut and Seiler, from the Home page at CalWatchDog's Website and I want to share a little bit about my trip to Austin, Texas this past Friday and Saturday for the sixth Annual Latino Congreso (which if I'd named, would be called Congreso Latino)
MARCH 28, 2011 By JOHN SEILER If you watch politics long enough, you see everything. The latest is progressives acting like conservatives on the state budget deficit and the liberals' desire to raise taxes $12 billion. Last week a PPIC poll showed the tax increases would get wiped out by vo...
MARCH 28, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A new Field Poll found that a supermajority of Democrats has swung against tax increases and wants to halt what appears to be an unstoppable future state budget train wreck. In what should have been unsurprising to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Part...
MARCH 26, 2011 By JOHN SEILER There are a lot of problems with the list of budget demands Republicans proposed, such as retaining redevelopment. (The full list is here.) But at least they're finally getting a rise out of Democrats. To this point, the large Democratic majorities in the Legis...
MARCH 25, 2011 By JOHN SEILER The problem with Calfornia's $25 billion budget deficit is that state spending gushed upward in three wild splurges. I'll list
them here. As I do, recall if your pay was increased each year anything near as much as the California budget. Probably not.
The first splurge is one people often forget. When Gov. Pete Wilson’s 1991 tax increases expired in 1994, California finally joined the national economic recovery — two years late. Revenues recovered. And he spent the money. Expenditures rose 8 percent a year for four years straight fiscal years: 1994-95 through 1997-98. Then, in 1998-99, revenues went up another 9 percent.
The second splurge was when Gov. Gray Davis was elected in 1998. For his first two budgets, for 1999-2000, he increased spending an incredible 15 percent. And for 2000-2001, he splurged with an increase of an even more incredible 17 percent.Spending rose from $57.8 billion in 1998-99 the year before Davis became governor, to $78.1 billion in 2001-02, his second year in office. It was a 20.3 billion increase in spending in just two years — a 35 percent. (Click the title to read the article.)
CA GOP Is The Party Of Numbskulls
MARCH 28, 2011
by Steven Greenhut
California Republicans love to talk about limiting government, fighting bureaucracy and keeping taxes low, but March 17 they proved that this is nothing more than a rhetorical device. Given the opportunity to rein in the size and power of government in a tangible way, Assembly Republicans — with a sole exception — punted. They rallied to save some of the most abusive and wastrel government agencies around.
California voters ought to at least understand where the overwhelming majority of GOP Assembly members stand — in this instance, on the side of big government, higher taxes and uncontrolled debt and against property rights, individualism and freedom. As the party blathers about luring minority and working-class voters, let it be clear that the GOP sided with the developers and government planners, folks who usually want to drive minorities and working-class people off their properties.
The Democrats, awful as they usually are, may be right: The GOP is the party of big business and privilege.
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