Cutting waste and fraud, not raising taxes, is the solution
Why more taxes to balance the budget? Why is it that when California wants more of our money because it's "broke," it wants to raise taxes? The first thing it does is tell us cops, firefighters and teachers will have to be laid off if we don't raise taxes.
Really? What about getting rid of all the wasteful spending in other areas instead? Like getting rid of the Coastal Commission and its dictatorial staff? Or how about stop spending taxes on highway beautification? Stopping welfare payments to recipients who spend the money at casinos? Dumping new schoolbooks in the trash instead of giving them to a county that could use them? Paying for most, if not all, of a college education for an inmate who will never see the outside of a prison?
A California Taxpayers Association investigation reviewed 127
quantifiable cases of state waste, fraud, and mismanagement based on
government audits and media reports over the past 10 years. The largest
example of waste cited was $3.2 billion in cost overruns for the Bay
Bridge Retrofit project. That project has cost the Department of
Transportation a total of $8.3 billion since the project began in April
2001. In fact, the Department of Transportation accounted for the
largest total dollar figure, with over $4 billion in wasted taxpayer
dollars. I could go on but if you want to see more its right there for
all to see on the Internet.
Cops, firefighters and education should be the last places we cut
funding, not the first. Gov. Brown wants to tax us further because our
state government can't stop spending. Give them more now and they will
only cry "we are broke" again in a couple of years because they will
mismanage the new funds, too. It's time the elected officials in
Sacramento stop threatening us or scaring us into paying more taxes.
Start living within your means like your constituents have to.