California legislature doing what it always does: spending money

posted at 10:55 am on March 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

One might thing that having a $50 billion shortfall for 2009 might have convinced California legislators to adopt more fiscal responsibility during an economic downturn.  Instead, they continue to spend money in a fashion that insults drunken sailors everywhere and makes Imelda Marcos look like Ebenezer Scrooge.  The Sacramento Bee reports that legislators faced with the additional, unplanned $8 billion deficit will do their best to widen it:

California’s recession has not stopped lawmakers from proposing nearly two dozen bills that would dip into taxpayers’ pocketbooks for causes from trauma care to domestic violence.

The measures would affect millions of Californians in ways ranging from legalizing and regulating marijuana to charging for shopper carry-out bags or requiring sterilization of pet cats that roam.

Before you accuse the legislators of piggish thoughtlessness, they have a reason for this spending.  They want to do some social engineering:

Most of the Democrat-driven proposals target specific groups of people, such as millionaires, pornography buyers, teenage drivers, motorcycle owners, cigarette smokers or liquor drinkers.

The goal typically is to alter risky behavior, reduce pollution or to raise money for education, roads, shelters, emergency services or other vital services in a cash-strapped state.

“It’s other people’s money and they can dream up every single good cause in the world to justify the further rape of the California taxpayer,” said Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

What happens when they run out of behaviors they want to modify?  After attacking millionaires, porn customers, teens, motorcyclists, smokers, and drinkers … who’s left?  Teetotaling, childless Prius drivers?

California has enormous fiscal problems precisely because of this kind of legislative overreach over the past few decades.  Government pulls more and more capital out of the pockets of its residents, which makes it more and more difficult to keep the economy in motion.  Instead of lowering taxes in a recession and living within its means, the state of California wants to take even more money out of Californians’ pockets to fund more and more pet projects.  They’re trying to divide the electorate by issuing punitive taxes on people who won’t get as much sympathy, such as smokers, motorcyclists, and millionaires, as a means of confusing people long enough to make a clean getaway with their money.

The Golden State is rapidly becoming the most dysfunctional state in the Union.  If a “going Galt” movement starts anywhere, look West, young man.


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Most of the Democrat-driven proposals target specific groups of people, such as millionaires, pornography buyers, teenage drivers, motorcycle owners, cigarette smokers or liquor drinkers.

So, mostly just people from Hollywood and the music industry…

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

I hope a chunk of Californians do Go Galt. Hopefully, they don’t do it by moving east and infecting other states, like is being done to Nevada.

Vashta.Nerada on March 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Prius drivers?

Never Prius drivers Ed. Never Prius Drivers…

Ed, clearly you haven’t been gone long enough to forget how wacky this state is.

I’ve got a grand idea – how about a two year moratorium on new spending. In fact, how about a two year moratorium on any new laws? Do we really need a hundred or so new laws in CA a year? I guess they need to show the people that they are doing something

juanito on March 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Pigs at the trough!! As long as there’s food there, they’ll eat til they explode.

AubieJon on March 17, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The pathway to hell is paved with liberals.

drjohn on March 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Mark Levin reported yesterday that California government continues to grow. No lay offs, employees being hired, and new positions created. Not much of a surprise. The previous governor had a hiring freeze but still managed to hire 20,000 new state employees in four years. State employees = democrat voters and donors.

It pisses me off to no end that people are struggling in this state while the state is wringing every nickel out of people to stuff into their own pockets. This also includes the cities and counties that are also democrat controlled.

Blake on March 17, 2009 at 11:04 AM

How anyone can willingly live in that State anymore is beyond me. Pity, it did have so much potential but stinkin’ politicians are going out of their way to destroy that State. I’m half tempted to suggest ceding that dysfunctional money pit back to Mexico.

Yakko77 on March 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM

They’re trying to divide the electorate by issuing punitive taxes on people who won’t get as much sympathy, such as smokers, motorcyclists, and millionaires, as a means of confusing people long enough to make a clean getaway with their money.

Isn’t this just a small scale of Obama’s 3.2 Trillion FY 2010 budget?

Rovin on March 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

who’s left? Teetotaling, childless Prius drivers?

Teetotaling = not paying booze tax = bad
Childless = not ensuring future generation to pay for social welfare programs = bad
Prius driving = not paying gas tax = bad

Tax these selfish TCPDs!

rbj on March 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

If they started taxing Botox and plastic surgery they’d close their deficit. Just from Nancy Pelosi.

ctmom on March 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Build walls around LA and the Gay Bay Area and CA returns to Great State Status.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM

These people are NOT incompetent they are CORRUPT there is a difference. Why does everyone think the TEA PARTYS have taken off? The people who know who was in control of Congress when they voted last Nov also know when they are being had.

Dr Evil on March 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Build walls around LA and the Gay Bay Area and CA returns to Great State Status.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM

This seems to be a Sacramento problem.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

This seems to be a Sacramento problem.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Partially true, friend. I should have included the capitol…..but it lives and thrives off those locales.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I would suspect that in the mind of the Sacramento Pols is that if they make the problem big enough the Feds will step in and fund them.

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Just wanted to make sure they were included in the walling off.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The amazing thing is that the people who elect these morons, other liberal fools, get fed up with the taxes and regulations that they themselves demanded and move to places like Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. Where they promptly start agitating for more “social engineering” in their new found haven and trying to turn it into a tax-and-spend cesspool just like where they came from.

On the East coast we’ve to the same fed up people from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey et al moving to the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and bringing their tax-and-spend social engineering desires with them, thus screwing up those places as well.

Liberalism really is a mental disease.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Just wanted to make sure they were included in the walling off.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM

You got it. I’ll bring the spackle. You bring the taser.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

How about a moratorium on 75% of the old spending as well just to balance the books. How about a poll tax and test to weed out the stupid voters?

larvcom on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

California is what Libs want America to look like. Just that simple.

marklmail on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

How about a moratorium on 75% of the old spending as well just to balance the books. How about a poll tax and test to weed out the stupid voters?

larvcom on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

After what happened in November I could get behind a requirement that you have to pass a civics test or own property or something in order to vote. Just like I’d like to see a rudimentary physics test to get a driver’s license.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Besides the obvious fruits and nuts mentioned above no one really touched on one huge problem we have here on the Left Coast – the State is being bled dry serving illegals.

Before anyone calls me a Xenophobe, I have read study after study pointing out the cost of illegal aliens when it comes to education, emergency services, welfare, etc…. It’s huge. The gutless idiots up in Sacremento won’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

And poeple are complaining about AIG, Sheesh.

loudmouth883 on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Wow – who would have thought that nitwit politicians would carelessly continue to spend money like drunked sailors when there is no money to spend? Never saw that coming.

Oh, by the way, I am in the market to purchase a bridge. Anyone have one for sale?

King of the Britons on March 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Just like I’d like to see a rudimentary physics test to get a driver’s license.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Brilliant!

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

i have already side stepped their taxing of my smokes, Indian casino’s = no tax . to hell with the dems and their pocket picking bs . I’ll work twice as hard to get around them.

Mojack420 on March 17, 2009 at 11:21 AM

California is what Libs want America to look like. Just that simple.

marklmail on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Yeah, some of the comments in the Bee article were actually proud of the spending. To some, govt truly is the answer to everything. Such thinking is completely alien to this conservative/libertarian.

Yakko77 on March 17, 2009 at 11:21 AM

As a former Navy man who quite often got drunk while on liberty, I take offense at being equated with the free-spending rogues who currently rule California.

Yes, I spent money but it was my own and if I ran out, I suffered until the next pay day.

Drunken Sailors…we will be silent no longer!

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

And poeple are complaining about AIG, Sheesh.

loudmouth883 on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Yes, if left to their own devices, free market capitalism, they would either fix their own problem or go bankrupt. So what do the geniuses in DC do instead? Pass a bill, without reading it, to bail them out — then find out they have contracts to pay bonuses, and then start bitching about it.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I’m in CA and I feel like I’m living in the final battle of Platoon, you know the one where the NVA overrun the firebase and the CO tells USAF to lay it on top of them.

Could someone in a red state please nuke us? Us conservatives who live in the outskirts, who have stocked food and ammo, will survive and can rebuild.

SPCOlympics on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

The goal typically is to alter risky behavior, reduce pollution or to raise money for education, roads, shelters, emergency services or other vital services in a cash-strapped state.

The only “risky” behavior I see is an out of control government that keeps spending money on problems they created. Who in the hell are these people to force behavior modification?

When will people rise up and throw these asses out? They should be given two choices … either cut government spending drastically, or be dragged from their offices kicking and screaming.

darwin on March 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM

You bring the taser.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Um, about that… I am not entering California without live ammunition.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Just like I’d like to see a rudimentary physics test to get a driver’s license.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Brilliant!

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Yesh, you know the really tough concepts like ‘two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time’ and ‘an object in motion will remain in motion …’ and other difficult things like that.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Oh, by the way, I am in the market to purchase a bridge. Anyone have one for sale?

King of the Britons
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Right here! Where do I need to fax the deed?

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Build walls around LA and the Gay Bay Area and CA returns to Great State Status.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM

This seems to be a Sacramento problem.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM

The problem in Sac is that the politicians from the bay area and LA can get there.

Count to 10 on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

My apologies to drunken sailors everywhere. To be compared to a politician is indeed a low blow and for that, I profoundly apologize.

King of the Britons on March 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Yesh, you know the really tough concepts like ‘two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time’ and ‘an object in motion will remain in motion …’ and other difficult things like that.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Well, they do test on the “energy is proportional to velocity squared” concept, but I don’t remember if they connect that to stopping distance.

Count to 10 on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Political hindsight seems to be 60/20.

loudmouth883 on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

The problem in Sac is that the politicians from the bay area and LA can get there.

Count to 10 on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

They don’t need to, their tentacles reach your wallet, they can certainly reach Sac.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

so millionaires are criminals?

Phoenician on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Right here! Where do I need to fax the deed?

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Fax the deed directly to the White House, as I intend on having everyone else pay for it. ;)

King of the Britons on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

As a former Navy man who quite often got drunk while on liberty, I take offense at being equated with the free-spending rogues who currently rule California.

Yes, I spent money but it was my own and if I ran out, I suffered until the next pay day.

Drunken Sailors…we will be silent no longer!

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

This former Squid stands with you!!!!

Yakko77 on March 17, 2009 at 11:28 AM

so millionaires are criminals?

Phoenician on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Yes, except if they are CongressCritters or Democrat supporters. Ask Barry to explain it to you.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:29 AM

so millionaires are criminals?

Phoenician

Not yet. But in the city of chicago homeowners are. Come June they have to be finger printed to sell a house.

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Did I also mention the leading Douche from Kalifornia, Maxine Waters, in my post above? Maxine, along with Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Nostrils (Henry) Waxman are another reason we’re thought of as Tofu eating tree hugging nitwits here in the Peoples Republik Of Kalifornia. I won’t even start on the RINO up in Sacremento – Ahhnold Shwarzenegger.

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

“The goal typically is to alter risky behavior”

By legalizing marijuana. Classic California logic.

KS Rex on March 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

If California isn’t the most dysfunctional state in union, I would like to know which one is. Our state legislature is INSANE. On both sides of the isle. And believe me, if it weren’t for the fact my kids live with their mom here I would leave here in a heartbeat.

oddjob1138 on March 17, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Maxine Waters, in my post above? Maxine, along with Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Nostrils (Henry) Waxman…

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

When you actually list the names together like that, instead of just picking on them individually…

My G_d, we are so screwed.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM

This former Squid stands with you!!!!
Yakko77 on March 17, 2009 at 11:28 AM

You see, Ed, there are a lot of us former sailors standing silently in the shadows, biding our time and waiting for the opportunity to strike…and strike hard.

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM

There are already too many “going Galt” to Colorado. They’re turning Colorado into the next state that will crumble under the weight of socialism.

Why are Democrats to stinkin’ blind? The only answer I can think of is they truly hate prosperity and they love it when everyone is living paycheck to paycheck, and they dwell in government housing.

kirkill on March 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM

They are masters of the frog in a pot screw job.
All the liberals and renters approve measures that add a little here and there to your property tax bill.Ours come with 2 pages of “assessments” for all these deadbeats and their “programs”.
Oh, and of course raise the sales tax- it’s only an extra 1/2 percent. Won’t effect sales-right?
We’ve become Michigan with an ocean view.

jjshaka on March 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Prius, are you kidding? Prius is made by a company named Toyota. Does that sound like a domestic company?

burt on March 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Why are Democrats toso stinkin’ blind?

kirkill on March 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM

It won’t change till states and fed goes bankrupt. Why not speed it up?

lorien1973 on March 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

You see, Ed, there are a lot of us former sailors standing silently in the shadows, biding our time and waiting for the opportunity to strike…and strike hard.

Bishop

Why wait? Why don’t you guys load up those pols in a 62′ chevy and launch them off the deck of the Nimitz? Done right Ted Kennedy wouldn’t even notice…

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Did I also mention the leading Douche from Kalifornia, Maxine Waters, in my post above? Maxine, along with Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, and Nostrils (Henry) Waxman are another reason we’re thought of as Tofu eating tree hugging nitwits here in the Peoples Republik Of Kalifornia. I won’t even start on the RINO up in Sacremento – Ahhnold Shwarzenegger.

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Look it’s bad enough we have to take responsibility for the rest of those morons, but please don’t lump McKinney in as a Californian. That crazy B!$@#$ is from Georgia. Pardon my French.

oddjob1138 on March 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

“The goal typically is to alter risky behavior”

By legalizing marijuana. Classic California logic.

KS Rex on March 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

And to those things they have their double-speak ready, “Marijuana never killed anybody”, or “They’re going to do it anyway, might as well tax it”.

kirkill on March 17, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Could someone in a red state please nuke us? Us conservatives who live in the outskirts, who have stocked food and ammo, will survive and can rebuild.

SPCOlympics on March 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Still stocking up right now , I can last 90-120 days.

Mojack420 on March 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Look it’s bad enough we have to take responsibility for the rest of those morons, but please don’t lump McKinney in as a Californian. That crazy B!$@#$ is from Georgia. Pardon my French.

Take McKinney off the list but add Pete Stark, the a**hole from my district.

SPCOlympics on March 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Liberalism really is a mental disease.

johnsteele on March 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM

And apparently it is infectious. And spreading.

iurockhead on March 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

so millionaires are criminals?

Phoenician on March 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Unless they work for AIG…or are Millionaire Community Organizers.

kirkill on March 17, 2009 at 11:45 AM

California has enormous fiscal problems precisely because of this kind of legislative overreach over the past few decades.

There’s another part to that problem: California’s governor has a line-item veto. Arnie could kill those crazy spending bills with a few strokes of a red pen and dare the Democrats to override him; he’d have just enough votes from the Republicans to hold the line.

But that only happens if Arnie cares about fiscal responsibility more than being popular. We know likely that is.

irishspy on March 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Cheer up, California. At least you’re not Michigan.

Percy_Peabody on March 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Why wait? Why don’t you guys load up those pols in a 62′ chevy and launch them off the deck of the Nimitz? Done right Ted Kennedy wouldn’t even notice…
Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM

And waste the Chevys? I don’t think so.

Nope, they get to straddle the catapult shuttle bare-ass naked, launched into the sea like bags of trash.

Bishop on March 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Before anyone calls me a Xenophobe, I have read study after study pointing out the cost of illegal aliens when it comes to education, emergency services, welfare, etc…. It’s huge. The gutless idiots up in Sacremento won’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

The last time I checked it was about 14 billion dollars a year. That only covers those we know who are here illegally, not the ones who are receiving services through fraudantly representing themselves as citizens.

Years ago, there was a huge article in the LAT Sunday magazine about emergency rooms closing in southern California and there was not one mention about the problem of illegal immigrants using ERs as their family doctor.

Blake on March 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Heh, oops.

oddjob1138 on March 17, 2009 at 11:50 AM

This seems to be a Sacramento problem.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 11:12 AM
Partially true, friend. I should have included the capitol…..but it lives and thrives off those locales.

Patrick S on March 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Believe it or not Sacramento county voted for Bush over Gore and Kerry………the only real problem is inside the capital.

Rovin on March 17, 2009 at 11:52 AM

And in the meantime, we are out of paper in my department at work, and say what you will about budget cuts–which I would likely agree with–public schools should not run out of paper halfway through the school year.

Bob's Kid on March 17, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Believe it or not Sacramento county voted for Bush over Gore and Kerry………the only real problem is inside the capital.

I am hoping that this mess inside that beautiful white building will swing Sacramento County back into the red range–deep dark, RED.

It’s purplish blue these days, but that, as you said, is fairly recent.

Bob's Kid on March 17, 2009 at 11:58 AM

When will people rise up and throw these asses out? They should be given two choices … either cut government spending drastically, or be dragged from their offices kicking and screaming.

They are never going to be voted out as long as the ratio of taxpayers to freeloaders continues to shift in the favor of freeloaders. Revenue to Sacramento has plummeted as taxpayers and businesses flee the state, putting pressure on Sacramento to either cut costs or fill the increasing demand of the freeloaders.

Our state legislature is filled with people with tunnel vision. They see revenues plummeting, so their logical course of action? Raise revenue! Increase taxes! They can’t raise taxes on the freeloaders, the same people who continue to vote them back into office. So their answer is to continually raise taxes and fees on a shrinking tax base. Taxpayers and businesses continue to either cut costs or leave the state.

It’s a vicious cycle that will not end until California starts bouncing their checks.

TheMightyMonarch on March 17, 2009 at 11:58 AM

And in the meantime, we are out of paper in my department at work, and say what you will about budget cuts–which I would likely agree with–public schools should not run out of paper halfway through the school year.

Bob’s Kid

Find the grants administrator and fire their ass. The salary saved will fund your paper. They are the reason you don’t have any.

Dr. Dog on March 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I’m all for a moratorium. The state legislature cannot meet for the next 10 years.

GarandFan on March 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Believe it or not Sacramento county voted for Bush over Gore and Kerry………the only real problem is inside the capital.

A lot of people outside of California don’t realize that if we could somehow eject Los Angeles and San Francisco into the Pacific Basin (a recurring dream I keep having), it would be an entirely different state.

TheMightyMonarch on March 17, 2009 at 12:06 PM

TAX MY PORN!!

You have gone too far, sirs. This means War.

pseudonominus on March 17, 2009 at 12:10 PM

All the liberals in this country should really look at what’s going on in Kalifornia. This is what the rest of the nation can look forward to with Obama and the current Congress.

GarandFan on March 17, 2009 at 12:13 PM

One might thing that having…

Ed,

Nit. Edit that to say “think” (with a K).

Geministorm on March 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Here in IL, we’re $11 billion in the hole (that we know of). Blago’s replacement Quinn and fellow D’s will raise the state income tax 50% and the state gas tax 25%+.

Not one dime of spending cuts in a state with over 7,000 agencies to choose from.

MarkT on March 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM

The icing on the cake…last November we were already aware of the impending budget implosion, yet California voters approved a bond to build a high-speed rail line.

Better yet, the bond DOESN’T EVEN GENERATE ENOUGH REVENUE TO BUILD THE FREAKING THING. As insane as most voters are out here, I can’t bring myself to believe that more than half of the voters approved of this. I call shenanigans.

TheMightyMonarch on March 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

The whole idea of liberty has been thrown away, because your behavior and/or actions are being judged and penalized by the government.

Exit Question #1: How long before California starts taxing/penalizing people for having more than 2 kids?

Geministorm on March 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

So here we go…they don’t want to pay AIG bonuses because they are not responsible stewards of their money…but they will give California billions to waste…

right2bright on March 17, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Those states not yet sunk by migrating libcusts have to put in their State Constitution tax and spending limitations on their Legislatures, supermajority requirements like 70 percent and then approval by state referendum. Of course the one item that could drastically reduce the spending, that in order to vote for state legislators you have to own or rent property and if not disabled, pay income taxes would be tossed out of court.

eaglewingz08 on March 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Look, this is what the Country may decsend to if The One continues to be led by the ear by Pelosi.

California legislators are controlled by a South Central L.A. cabal that only has one purpose, self and their myopic view of “community”.

Their special interest does not serve mine. Poor Governator, he never had a chance.

FireBlogger on March 17, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Before anyone calls me a Xenophobe,
greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Calls you…we can’t even spell it…what the h*ll is a Xeno?
Do you mean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xena_Logo.jpg?

right2bright on March 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM

I hope a chunk of Californians do Go Galt. Hopefully, they don’t do it by moving east and infecting other states, like is being done to Nevada.

Vashta.Nerada on March 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Well, its not like they/we can move west LOL

I would think that most of the people moving out of California are small business owners, large business owners and more conservative-leaning individuals who are fed up with the high cost of doing anything in this state.

The libs still don’t realize that there’s anything wrong around here.

RedbonePro on March 17, 2009 at 1:27 PM

What happens when they run out of behaviors they want to modify? After attacking millionaires, porn customers, teens, motorcyclists, smokers, and drinkers … who’s left? Teetotaling, childless Prius drivers?

I’m sort of lost here. How do they attack motorcyclists? Is there a new tax on actors riding Harlies?

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Ya know, I just realized how long it’s been since I’ve heard or read anything like this post that comes from within the state! There are some talk show hosts who go at it, but it seems as though the California Republican Party doesn’t know how to maintain a “PR” campaign for their side of things.

I’ve grown so used to the silence, the seemingly bad selections that challenge Boxer and Feinstein (who knows if they’re any good? The Dems slaughter them in the media department) and no push-back of any kind philosophically…it’s amazing. It’s almost as if conservatives out here have to just take it…without KY!

cranbone on March 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Look it’s bad enough we have to take responsibility for the rest of those morons, but please don’t lump McKinney in as a Californian. That crazy B!$@#$ is from Georgia. Pardon my French.
Take McKinney off the list but add Pete Stark, the a**hole from my district.

SPCOlympics on March 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I hate to say it but Cynthia IS our latest import. She is establishing residence here. I’d love for her to return to Georgia but she won’t go.

greasywrench on March 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Here in Los Angeles, they’d rather spend our money on bottled water instead of hiring new police officers.

The Ugly American on March 17, 2009 at 4:14 PM

If a “going Galt” movement starts anywhere, look West, young man.

Already in process, Ed. I’m a second-generation life-long Californian, on my way out.

PersonalLiberty on March 17, 2009 at 9:26 PM

“Marijuana never killed anybody”

Really?

Guess they haven’t been paying attention to North Mexico lately.

DSchoen on March 17, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Nope, they get to straddle the catapult shuttle bare-ass naked, launched into the sea like bags of trash.

Ya mean the “burn bags” right?

DSchoen on March 17, 2009 at 10:29 PM

And in the meantime, we are out of paper in my department at work, and say what you will about budget cuts–which I would likely agree with–public schools should not run out of paper halfway through the school year.
Bob’s Kid
There is no frigging way in hell CA schools could be short of money.

Prop 98, 40 cents of EVERY dollar the state collects goes to the schools.

60 cents of every dollar from property taxes goes directly to schools.

And that’s on top of the “normal” budgeted money for schools.

DSchoen on March 17, 2009 at 10:42 PM

I’m sort of lost here. How do they attack motorcyclists? Is there a new tax on actors riding Harlies?

I think he means, “off road vehicle permits”.

Its like the normal vehicle registration for cars.
It was started in 1973, allegedly to generate funds to “buy” areas for off road vehicle use.

Millions (if not Billions) have been paid, anyone wanta guess how much land has been bought?

DSchoen on March 17, 2009 at 10:55 PM

The California Legislature makes AIG, Obama and even Tim Geithner look like financial geniuses by comparison.

All those stories about Californians being complete nuts couldn’t be true, could it?

MaiDee on March 18, 2009 at 8:38 AM