Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula.
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
Assembly Member Haynes
website at California Assembly]
The more a state provides, the more a state can take away
Each Memorial Day, we pause from our busy schedule to remember
those who sacrificed their lives so we can be free. Two recent
events had me thinking about liberty, and its slow destruction
here in California. First, I watched as the US troops moved into
downtown Baghdad and helped tear down the statue of Saddam Hussein.
Second, my father-in-law received the honor guard burial he so
richly deserved after his years of military service. When the
commanding officer of the honor guard handed the flag to my wife
and spoke the lines “On behalf of the President of the United
States, and a grateful nation…” I was reminded of
the reaction my father-in-law had to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He was serving as a tank battalion commander in Berlin when the
Wall went up. When it came down, he cried. He told me that he
had spent his whole life fighting the oppression that the Berlin
Wall represented, and knew, when that Wall came down, his work
had not been in vain. Those thoughts got me thinking about how
little many in Sacramento value our freedom.
Most people in this state, and in this nation, want to worship
as they please; work where they choose; speak their minds on the
issues of the day; associate with whom they wish; live where they
want and provide for their families. They want to do this without
interference from the government. Under Hussein, to do these things
would have gotten you shot. In most of the countries in this world
today, freedom is a foreign concept, elusive and incomprehensible.
Too many live under oppression that represses ideas and initiative,
and leaves people without dignity, self-respect or property. It
is incumbent upon us, as Americans, therefore to make sure that
the concept of freedom does not die in this world.
free enterprise, and political freedom are each necessary for
the other to exist. Every expandion of government comes at the
expense of at least one of thse concepts. Every shift in the balance
of power from the people to the government makes further expansion
of state power easier. The more a state provides, the more a state
can take away, and the state can use that threat to accumulate
even more power.
to the state budget, we have added some 43,000 new employees in
the last four years. We are feverishly building new buildings
all around the capitol to house these state employees. At a time
of record budget deficits, government continues to grow unabated.
To continue to fund this bureaucracy, the legislature has proposed
at least 100 ways to tax you under the guise of various fees and
assessments. These “user fees” are nothing more than
ways to avoid the two-thirds vote requirement the Constitution
requires to raise taxes.
Too often, we let them take our homes, our property and our freedom.
The cost of every home sold in this state is assessed at a minimum
between $30,000 and $50,000 to cover costs and fees imposed by
government. They decide where homes can be built and how big they
you out of your car and in mass transit so they build car pool
lanes, buy buses and lay more rail instead of widening or building
new freeways where you languish in traffic every day.
businesses who to hire and how much to pay them, while assessing
them worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance costs,
forcing many businesses to leave the state or close their doors.
you where your child has to go to school, and they determine what
they learn while there. Compared to other states we are nearly
dead last in reading, writing, reading, math, science and history.
Yet the system does not change, and we are forced to endure the
advocate ‘Ending Poverty’ in this state. The only
way to do that is to take from those that have and give to those
that do not. This is Socialism. Socialism enacted is the end of
freedom, the demise of liberty. Socialism is a cancer feeding
upon our citizens.
we stand idly by as a neighbor’s property is seized by government
without just cause or compensation; too often the silent majority
fails to be heard as freedoms are stripped away one by one; too
often taxes are raised again and again to feed the machinery of
bureaucracy without significant protest. California is not alone,
but it is quickly becoming the worst by far.
Let us not
forget why our young men and women have fought, and why many have
died. Not just to preserve this country, but to preserve what
we believe. Let’s not let Memorial Day become nothing more
than the first day of summer here in California.
My father-in-law knew that oppression had ended in Eastern Europe
when the Germans tore down the Wall. Iraqis knew oppression had
ended in their country when they tore down Saddam’s statue.
We in California will know that oppression in California has ended
when we tear up the books of regulations, repeal tyrannical laws
and eliminate oppressive taxes that now infringe on every part
of our lives.