Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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Causes California's Budget Deficits?
Give you one guess…
I know that sounds too simple, but it is true. There is a certain
kind of inertia in government that pushes the debate in the budget
towards bigger and bigger government.
gets it, and, because he gets it, he is getting it big time.
The hundreds of thousands of people who
make money off of the government are devoting a considerable
amount of that money to beating him up on television and radio
statewide, in order to back him off, and try to get him to capitulate
to the forces that drive the current status quo. He releases
his “May revise” to the January budget this week.
At the time this is written, there has not been enough time to
analyze the details of the revision, but, from early reports,
it looks as though the Governor is not giving up on his push
Over the last two weeks, he has been turning in the signatures
necessary for redistricting reform, teacher tenure reform, and
budget reform. He is still pushing for merit pay for teachers.
He has indicated his budget will repay the money the state has
taken away from freeway construction to help alleviate traffic
congestion, but other than that, the Governor has indicated he
will not increase spending on the programs that caused the deficits
earlier this decade. If he sticks with that, California may just
pull out of this current budget debacle.
If he sticks with
that, however, the people who make money off of the current
government system will scream bloody murder.
The bosses in charge of the teachers’ union, the welfare
workers’ union, the nurses union, the government employees
union, and the entire myriad of other public employee unions
know that this is a critical year in the history of California.
They have lived by forcing government employees to pay them money
(calling them either “dues” or “fair share
fees”), then using that money to influence the political
process to maintain their power. Their influence created this
current budget crisis, and cost Gray Davis his job. They are
the force behind the constant push of the Democrats to raise
Of the over $30 million
these groups have put into politics last year, 90% of it went
to liberal Democrats. The sole agenda
of these government unions is the constant expansion of government,
more employees paying more dues, in order to maintain the ever
expanding power of the union bosses. These bosses hide behind
the skirts of the schoolgirls, or the wheel chairs of the disabled,
or the so-called “environmental crisis” to justify
their designs on your pocketbook. Their large resources make
it hard to counter their agenda of lies and deceit. Worst of
all, they really don’t care if they do anything for the
schools, the disabled or the environment, so long as the budgets
for these programs keeps growing.
Which makes the other
initiative that just qualified all the more important. The
Paycheck protection initiative would stop
the forcible collection of dues by these greedy robber barons.
These union bosses would have to convince government employees
to pay them money to pursue this agenda of bigger government
and higher taxes. If paycheck protection is enacted, no longer
would we hear the latest teachers’ union boss bash those
who want to make sure kids learn something in school. No longer
would we have to listen to someone earning $100,000 (or more)
whine about not having enough money. Paycheck protection means
we can bring these robber barons under control.
Spending causes budget deficits, but union bosses drive spending.
The only way to stop the spending is to defund the bosses. It
is just that simple.CRO
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.