Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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Got Your “Plan B” Right Here
tax, spend, tax, spend...
[Ray Haynes] 2/10/04
my Democrat friends in the legislature held an informational
the budget. The highlight of that hearing was a request
to the Governor’s staff for an alternative to the Governor’s
budget in case the bond proposed by the Governor for the March
2nd ballot fails. One member exclaimed “I want to be prepared” for
the “[economic] earthquake” that will occur if the
Let’s leave aside the most obvious comments about the
Democrats being in charge for the last five years, creating this “economic
earthquake” at the state level, and then insisting that
Governor Schwarzenegger (in less than 90 days) come up with endless
scenarios to solve it. Let’s also leave aside the fact
that their “Plan B” is a massive tax increase on
you and me, since by their definition, anyone who “has
a job” is rich. Those hits are too obvious, and too easy.
problem with their position is that they spent the whole hearing
more spending in every area of the budget.
It was a tag team match on the Governor’s staff unlike
any I have seen in a long time. First, one Democrat asks why
the Governor doesn’t spend more money on transportation. “Transportation
is essential to a strong economy. Our freeways are crowded.” True—except
that when they were in charge, they spent their money on commuter
trains and buses that nobody rides. It’s a little disingenuous
now to complain about bad freeways.
Democrat would then step into the ring and complain that the
is not spending enough on Higher Education. “Higher
Education is the key to a strong economy.” Tag the next
Democrat—“Why aren’t you spending more on health
care? Healthy children and families are important to a strong
economy.” Tag—“We need more money for the environment.
Money spent on the environment grows the economy.”
In fact—to hear the lefties in the legislature tell it—all
government spending is essential to economic growth. That, of
course, is why, after 5 years of the fastest growth in government
in California history, our economy is falling apart. Our economy
was stronger when we cut taxes, and our government was growing
enough to generate $12 billion surpluses.
I give the
Democrats one thing—at least they are finally
concerned about the economy. But after two years of complaining,
they have done essentially nothing about the rising costs of
workers’ compensation insurance. But they are concerned.
They said so!
Well—I have a “Plan B” for the Governor to
consider if the bond fails. Tell the Democrats you won’t
sign a budget unless it cuts state government by $15 billion,
and let them figure out how to do the cuts. They haven’t
proposed a budget plan in the entire 12 years I have been in
the legislature. All they have ever done is complain about the
Governor’s budget, saying that the Governor (whether it
was Wilson, Davis, or now Schwarzenegger) doesn’t spend
enough money on this program or that. If they choose not to propose
the cuts themselves, you should take their budget, and use your
line-item veto to get the $15 billion you need.
I know that
is difficult. I know all sorts of people will complain. In
the end, however,
if you cut $15 billion from the budget,
that budget will be the same size as it was in 1999-2000. We
had a $7 billion surplus that year; our economy was buzzing right
along. Nobody was ignorant or dying in the streets. Things weren’t
all that bad. We would survive. Some of the special interest
groups that have gotten rich on the backs of the taxpayers might
not, but isn’t that why we elected you in the first place?