Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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The Spending Machine
Paycheck Protection Initiative would make it tougher for
What causes budget deficits? Irresponsible spending - it's just
Government is heavily influenced by an inertial force that pushes
the budget debate towards always bigger government. Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger 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, trying
to make him capitulate to the forces of the status quo.
Last week, Schwarzenegger
released the so-called "May revise" of
his January budget proposal. The revision has not been available
long enough (as I write this) to allow analyzing its details,
but early reports indicate the governor is not giving up his
push for reform.
Other than proposing to repay, in order to help alleviate traffic
congestion, the money the state has taken from freeway construction,
he 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.
(In addition, during the last two weeks, he turned in the signatures
to qualify redistricting reform, teacher tenure reform and budget
reform, and is still pushing for merit pay for teachers.)
Real reform, however, makes the people who live off of the current
government system scream bloody murder.
Union bosses - those
running the teachers union, the welfare workers union, the
nurses union and all other government employees
unions - know this is a critical year in California history.
They've grown powerful by taking public employees' money (calling
it "dues" or "fair share fees"), then using
the money to manipulate the political process to serve their
interests. In this way, they helped create the budget crisis,
costing Gray Davis his job.
These groups put $30 million into politics last year, 90 percent
of it going to liberal Democrats. These unions' agenda is constant
expansion of government, which, to them, means simply more employees
paying more dues to expand the power of the union bosses.
These bosses hide
behind the skirts of the schoolgirls, the wheelchairs of the
disabled and 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 want to do anything
for the schools, the disabled or the environment - solving problems
takes away their reason for being.
Which brings us to the Paycheck Protection Initiative that also
qualified for a November ballot. It would stop the forcible collection
of dues for politics by these robber barons. Government union
bosses would have to convince government employees to contribute
voluntarily to support their politics of bigger government and
Paycheck protection, for instance, would mean the end of hearing
teachers union bosses bashing anyone who wants to make sure kids
learn something in school, the end of listening to people earning
$100,000 (or more) whine about skinflint taxpayers and stingy
government to explain their failures to do their jobs.
Paycheck protection would mean government workers would have
to work well, convincing ordinary Californians that continuing
to pay them made good sense.
That is, the people, not union bosses, would be in charge of
taxing and spending in California. CRO
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.