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]
Can You Spare A Nickel?
Liberal illusion: tax cuts cause deficits, not overspending
[Ray Haynes] 7/8/03
last four or five months, some of my Democrat friends have
been complaining that, since 1997, Californians
have received $26 billion in tax breaks, which, they claim,
is almost equal to our budget problem. They add wistfully
the legislature had not cut taxes, the state would not have
a budget problem.
fact is that the total yearly amount of those tax rate reductions
cost state government only
about $5 billion
per year (assuming that letting you
keep your money costs government anything). These math wizards get the
$26 billion number by adding up the tax saving you got each
one on top of the other
to get the $26 billion number. Using that logic, California state government
has spent $148.6 billion more since 1997. What do you think caused the
$26 billion per year deficits? $26 billion total in tax cuts
$148.6 billion total in spending
increases? Or, to compare apples to apples—what do you think caused
our $8 billion per year overspending problem--$5 billion in tax cuts or
in spending increases?
understand that in the new, new math that my more liberal friends
want to teach in schools, kids won’t
be required to do simple calculation drills, like 20 minus 5 is 15, which
means that we have spent $15 billion a year
more in expanded government programs than we have in letting people keep
the money they earn. Our school system is going to teach our children
mathematical concepts. Well, here is a concept—20 is
four times bigger than five. How about this one? An $8 billion
deficit cannot be caused by $5 billion
in tax cuts,
because 8 is bigger than 5, even in the new, new, new math.
the new Superintendent of Public Instruction proposed getting
rid of the high school exit exam, an exam that would make sure that
which eats up over $50 billion of the money we spend, is actually teaching
kids basic math skills (among other things). The Superintendent is
he doesn’t care if the schools are doing their job or not, and
we should just let the kids go into the world without proving that
they have ninth grade
I am not
a conspiracy theory kind of guy. But, if the children we are
graduating today don’t have basic math skills, they would
never figure out that the Democrats are lying to them about the budget
numbers. Is eliminating the test
a coincidence, or a conspiracy—you decide?
I can compare
mathematical apples and oranges to make my point just as easily
as they can: The
Democrat’s recent budget proposal increases state spending
over last year by $2 billion. To do that, they want to raise your
car tax by at least $500 in many families. The Republican’s
recent budget proposal asks the largest government in state history
to give up just one nickel of every
dollar it spent last year. Five cents v. Five Hundred dollars.
Even after this nickel reduction, most of the programs in this
still be bigger than
they were in 1998, when Gray Davis took over as Governor.
If I had
my way, I’d take a dime out of every program’s dollar.
Even at this rate, most programs would still be larger than they
were in 1998. There
is at least a dime’s worth of fraud, abuse and waste in most
government programs, but, in the spirit of compromise, I’ll
settle on a nickel, as will just about all my Republican colleagues.
It is better than raising taxes
on drivers by $500. Anyone can figure that one out, even if they
pass the high school exit exam.