Thursday, February 19, 2009

Watch Arnold Break a Promise

Here's the governor in 2006:

"I've said it before and I will say it again, I will not raise taxes on the people of California, period."

6 comments:

Andrew said...

The tripling of the car registration fee (notice that they're saying "doubling" in the papers today) was what got Gov. Davis kicked out of office. Working families couldn't afford it. The fact that he's forgotten that and is signing this thing is a travesty. I'm not sure if Californians will actually tolerate this one.

Big Jay said...

I think there needs to be a highly focused, organized group of California citizens (not just California - but since that's the state this post is about) who demand that all public costs are organized on an open online database, accessible to everyone. The first thing that should go up online is the salary of every state employee.

Yesterday one of my co-workers pulled up a website that displays this information for the state of Utah. I immediately looked up everyone I knew in the state who might be listed. I was shocked to learn some people's salary, and perfectly satisfied with others, and felt that some people were probably underpaid.

Eventually any Tom, Dick, or Harry should be able to go line by line through the California budget and poke holes in it.

Then the hostility should be directed toward non-performing taxpayer expenses.

Anytime the subject of Scooter Libby comes up in any conversation, I always make it a point to say to everyone that the thing that makes me angriest about the whole scandal is that the Vice President has a chief of staff. For what? To schedule the funerals he goes to? To make sure he doesn't miss a tie breaking vote? To schedule him on Meet The Press? - - Oh wait...

Public employees should be compensated. But bureaucracy shouldn't expand to serve the needs of the expanded bureaucracy.

Mark said...

Actually, for CA there is a site that does this on the Sacramento Bee website.

http://www.sacbee.com/statepay/

Mark said...

Ah, here it is clickable: http://www.sacbee.com/statepay/

Big Jay said...

Okay then. Whats so hard about rounding up the political will to put these problems to bed? Republicans - here's your chance!

Better yet - Libertarians, this might be an opening.

Grovie said...

The revolution that is coming will probably start out there in California. If you need a place to stay in Colorado, let me know.