and Kings and Kooks
California's liberals legislating…
Ray Haynes] 9/12/05
Do you wonder
what the California Legislature is doing? I feel like I’ve
fallen through the Looking Glass. They are doing everything
but what needs to be done.
It is the
last day of session, and you are hours away from being safe
from the intrusive hand of government. But before they dismiss
session your Legislature has to inflict as much damage as possible.
The last week of session is always insane, with the Legislators
violating all of their own rules, breaking numerous laws, ignoring
the Constitution, and doing whatever it takes to get what they
want, no matter what the people of this state want.
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][go to Haynes index]
the Legislature argued about what kinds of foods were natural
or nutritious, whether illegal
aliens should get
driver’s licenses, whether men could marry men, and whether
or not rich movie producers should get welfare.
Of course, none of these issues had anything to do with the
real problems of California. Our houses cost too much, our freeways
are overcrowded, our budget is out of balance, and we are running
out of water, gasoline and electricity. Yet the Legislature has
expended hundreds of hours, spent hundreds of millions of dollars,
used up hundreds of thousands of pages of paper, (killing tons
of trees) to accomplish absolutely nothing of consequence for
the people of this State.
We argued about whether cling peaches were nutritious
for our children. The Democrats said there is too much sugar.
only use fresh fruit so our kids won’t get fat. They wanted
to spend 10 cents per student per day to make sure each student
ate at least one piece of fruit. I’ve got an idea, why
don’t we spend that 10 cents on a telephone call to their
parents and ask them to buy an apple for their child, and make
sure they eat it. Why spend government money on it, or debate
about what specific fruit they ought to eat? Perhaps the time
could have been better spent discussing what how to actually
improve our failing educational system.
Hours were spent arguing about driver’s licenses for
illegal aliens. Now that was rich. Foreign nationals break our
laws, and the response of the liberals in our Legislature is
to give them a driver’s license and $4 to $5 billion welfare
per year. And then we wonder why our borders are out of control.
History has no meaning for these folks. Have they forgotten that
this was why Governor Davis was recalled? Did they not hear you
when you signed petitions to qualify a referendum to repeal it
the first time it was signed?
Next, we argued about whether men could marry
men (or women marry women). Over and over, they stressed it
was about ‘love.’ The
fact that nearly 62% of the people in this state voted for Proposition
22 to define marriage as between a man and a woman is irrelevant
in their eyes. We don’t know what this will do to marriage,
or to our children, or to our society in general, but that didn’t
stop the Legislature from passing it. Fix our freeways, not today.
It’s more important to pass same-sex marriage. Fortunately,
the Governor has at least indicated he’ll veto this one.
And let’s not forget that we gave welfare
to rich movie producers. Now, I like tax breaks as much as
the next guy, but
giving movie producers tax dollars seems a little over the top.
It takes care of a bunch of liberals in Los Angeles, but doesn't
do a whole lot for the rest of us. So much for our pro-business
Legislature. I guess you just have to be the right kind of business.
Everyone else can go to Nevada if they want to be profitable.
Cling peaches, illegal aliens, gay marriage, and movie producer
welfare. These are the things that your Legislature thinks are
important to you, these and thousands of other intrusive, socialistic
bills, which find new ways to take your money and redistribute
it to their political supporters, keeping them in power.
That is your Legislature at work. While the
Governor is busy trying to fix the state budget, control the
break the liberal’s power in Sacramento, and improve education,
the liberals are trying to figure out how to mess up California
even more. Soon you will be able to sleep well, they won’t
be in Sacramento, at least not until next January, when I assure
you the process will repeat itself. CRO
Haynes is a California Assembleyman representing Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.