California’s golden budget surplus...
Shawn Black] 1/12/06
all know and understand that budget management and leadership
requires flexibility, common sense and cooperation. Representing
common principles and conviction, Republicans and Democrats
were elected to positions of trust and have sworn to serve
many in Sacramento have forgotten their pledges, or ignored
I am speaking
about our state budget fiasco, irresponsibility and double
talk we have sadly grown accustomed to. We all remember the
golden “surplus years” in California. California
Republican Governors have historically; overcome huge and impossible
budget deficits. They proceeded to prepare for the future and
to protect a golden surplus for Californians in time of need.
We all remember the Loma Preita and Northridge earthquakes.
How about the fires that ravaged southern California and countless
other situations in which we all will certainly face again.
Moreover, I have not even begun to think of the funds needed
to help Californians in the event of a terrorist attack like
the one on New York. In the near future, we will need that
surplus to protect and to help rebuild California.
Black is a Military Veteran with the 82nd Airborne
Division and Former Federal Agent with the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security. He is a Republican
speaker, supporter and consultant. He recently returned from Service in Iraq
and is founder of www.projectprayerflag.org .
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Do we all
acknowledge the painful truth of the situation? The Recent
State of the State address given by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
hardly scratched the surface.
Let us start
with the truth that we are spending more than we are taking
in. Plain and simple.
Let us acknowledge
that we must still repay the accumulated outstanding debt that
we continue to incur on a daily basis.
debt of billions of dollars, and costly labor laws, serves
as an anchor around the neck of California. Moreover, we wonder
why so many companies are packing up and leaving California
for good. Let us accept the fact that we must curtail drastically,
politically motivated pork barrel projects and “Improvement” programs
that are wasteful vacuums of the State finances.
70 billion dollar bond measures as suggested by the Governor,
fails to address the realties of the motivations and fiscal
responsibility. The new bond measures inevitably will add billions
more to our state principal and interest payments and will
eventually be passed down to you and me in the way of new “tolls
or water fees.” This is not fiscal responsibility. This
is politics at the expense of the people!
accept the truth that until we really “Cut spending and
reject the deceptive accounting shell game of “hide the
debt”, that we will begin the reality of restoring the
We all should
have one goal in mind: eliminating the deficit. When we accept
the truth and come to the realization that we as Californians
need to roll up our sleeves and go to work, we can begin to
do the job. We have done it before, and we can do it again.
Moreover, that work begins with cutting the Government waste
have always been there. Let us began by cutting state spending
and paying off our existing debt. Plain and simple. Sacramento
must be committed to this task. A “Cut” means a
cut, not clever schemes that result in pay increases, and ever-expanding
Let us begin
to work by slashing our excessive spending in our California
Prison system on the care of our convicted Illegal Immigrant
populations. With the exception of the violent and condemned,
let us send them back home where they belong. Their vacation
in California is over.
Let us work
by streamlining government and eliminating mismanagement by
contracting out cumbersome and repetitive administrative services.
In addition, let us reexamine our State Lottery distributions
and payment expenditures.
in Sacramento should reexamine their motives, and come to the
agreement that we must restructure our ineffective welfare
and Medicaid system. Waste, accounting issues and fraud, continue
to take a toll across the state. In addition, we must put new
and expensive projects on hold until we have eliminated our
debt, not hidden it.
should look back at our purest beginnings, our example of devotion
among this nation’s first founding fathers and leaders.
We all recall that it was John Jay, the President of the Continental
Congress, who argued so eloquently and in passion, concerning
the virtues and principles regarding the ratification of the
New Federal Constitution. It was John Jay who stated in the
the mild season of peace, with minds in cool, uninterrupted,
and daily consultation; and finally, without having been awed
by power, or influenced by any passions except for love of
their Country, they presented and recommended to the people
the plan produced by their joint and very unanimous councils”
that the people of this great California Republic are ready,
able and willing to “roll up our sleeves” and work
in repairing our state budget disaster. We also expect those
in Sacramento to do their part, in fervent passion, and principled
in devotion. CRO
2006 by Shawn Black