Wait, what state do I live in again?
Seems there's nothing new under the sun, in California, North Carolina, or anywhere else for that matter. The playbook remains the same.
First Gov. Arnold comes up with what looks at first like a good idea; a flat tax. I say looks good at first because the proposed tax rate would be 15% which is substantial considering the max rate on those making over $47,056 is at a nationwide high of 10.55% already, the same rate applies to incomes all the way up to one million per year.
In an interview with the Sacramento Bee which was in a three part video he began by defending illegal aliens, saying;
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday disputed claims that illegal immigrants caused California's $24.3 billion deficit, while he praised their economic contributions and said he is "happy" they have access to services.
"You know something, as far as I'm concerned, I'm happy that they can get the services," he said Friday. "Because I would like to have the services if I'm somewhere in another country … if I have an accident with a motorcycle and I go to an emergency room, I don't want someone to say, is he here legally?"
In response to dozens of questions from readers who say the state ought to wipe out the deficit by eliminating services for illegal immigrants, the governor said it is a "myth" that those immigrants are to blame.
He said the cost of services to illegal immigrants, which has been estimated at $4 billion to $5 billion annually, is a "small percentage" of the deficit California faces.
"Yes, it is something that ought to be dealt with, but the fact of the matter is, I think it's an easy scapegoat for people to point the finger and say, 'Our budget is out of whack because of illegal immigrants.' "
I don't recall anyone exclusively blaming the illegal immigrant for all the state's fiscal woes, more the legislature for heaping benefits that attract illegals to California, and then make it hard once addicted to those same benefits to ever want to go home again.
He went on and on extolling the hard work and economic contributions of the illegal worker including;
"Everything we eat today is picked and created by undocumented immigrants, to a large extent," he said. "And every time we go to a restaurant and every time we go and move into a building, a lot of those buildings are built by undocumented immigrants' hands."
He forgets about the last part (which I emphasized), because a lot of US workers were unable to find work due to being replaced or had their wages reduced by those same workers.
Already shaking my head at this point I went to Twitter and started aimlessly clicking on things posted by people I follow (ADD surfing in other words) and ended up at an article called "The Big Scam" which because of problems linking directly to the article itself I include here;
"I'm very serious about tough, hard cuts." –Governor Bev Perdue, yesterday
After all, if they'd ever really meant to make 'tough, hard cuts' – that pier would be history.
A couple of weeks ago Governor Perdue tripped down to the beach, hoisted a shovel of sand and dug the first scoop at the ground breaking for a fishing pier.
But not just any pier. The Taj Mahal of fishing piers with a 16,000 square foot clubhouse (sitting right in the middle of it), a restaurant and a ballroom (that seats 200) for wedding receptions.
The cost: $25 million. Who paid the bill: North Carolina taxpayers.
Now it would seem under almost any rational definition of "tough, hard cuts" – that pier would qualify. And as soon as it reached the Governor's desk that appropriation would be toast. Gone.
But it isn't – in fact, when it comes to getting 'fully funded' that pier has triumphed over teachers, schools, health care – and just about everything else.
Plus, the Department of Commerce is sending a troop of Secretaries and Under-Secretaries over to Paris for the Air Show. They're going to bring back, they say, a couple of million European jobs – and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The other news out of the Governors press conference, yesterday, was her saying, Well, er, maybe… it looked like she might possibly be forced to reconsider and change her mind about raising taxes;—this is the great Democratic semi-annual scam.
It works like this:
Step 1: There's a budget crisis. A real crisis.
Step 2: Democratic legislator's (and the Governor) proclaim there's no how, no way, no time they're going to raise taxes. Never.
Step 3: Then the legislature proposes to gut every sacred cow in sight – education, health care, pre-school programs for kindergarten children. All get cut.
Step 4: Legislators sit back and wait for all hell to break loose – because these are cuts that hurt.
Step 5: The pressure not to throw the kindergarteners out in the street builds to the boiling point – then legislators (and the Governor) announce, reluctantly, that, well, maybe, they've got no choice but to raise taxes.
Step 6: A couple of billion dollars in tax increases whips through the legislature in the blink of an eye – and before the inks dry on the page the legislators high tail it out of town.
Step 7: A year later the recession ends and the taxes stay.
Are the Democrats really that clever?
I'd say the proof they are is that $25 million fishing pier.
Of course, I thought they were talking about California and I'm thinking "What pier?" It all clicked with the California situation except Step 7, because the California recession is never going to end and neither will the taxes.
Then I finally noticed the Governor Perdue quote. Add a German accent and it could have been Arnold.
Oh, and why would North Carolina taxpayers be paying for a pier in California?