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Fades in California
by Ray Haynes [politician] 9/6/06
is a fragile thing. A candlelight in a windstorm, if you will,
requiring constant vigilance to preserve. It is never safe,
as the old saying goes, as long as the California Legislature
(or Congress, for that matter) is in session.
That is because
the ruling class, that is, elected officials, bureaucrats,
and their allies in the private sector, get money, power and
prestige from bigger government, and bigger government is an
anathema to freedom. Therefore, those who are in charge of
protecting our freedom, (i.e. government officials) have a
vested interest in taking it away. Human nature being what
it is, everyone, including those in government, act to enhance
their money, power and prestige. The less freedom you have,
the more power the ruling class has.
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]
take a look at what the collectivists in Sacramento did this
to infringe on your freedom, and enhance their
840 by State Senator Sheila Kuehl, a socialist from West Hollywood.
SB 840 would create
a “single-payer” medical system
(that single payer being the government) so that “everyone” would
have “medical care.” Of course everyone means everyone,
whether they are in this country legally or illegally, and whether
they can afford to pay for it themselves or not, or whether their
boss is already paying for it. Essentially, you or your boss
would pay a tax to the state, and in return, you would get medical
The key problem is what kind of medical care you would get.
It would be rendered by government bureaucrats who have lifetime
jobs from which it is impossible to fire if they accidentally
killed you while rendering the care. And if the government ran
out of money, they could just tell you the care is not available.
Or, you would pay taxes for bureaucrats who earn six or seven
figure salaries, never see a patient, and who just sit around
all day and try to figure out how not to give you medical care.
Government created the problems in medical care. Creating bigger
government will only make the problem worse.
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez “attempted” to stop
global warming by presenting AB 32. If California doesn’t
stop greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (like carbon dioxide, which
is what we breathe
out when we talk), the whole world will collapse into a molten
pool of hot lava (or so Nunez contends). So let’s create
a large government bureaucracy, which will write a whole bunch
of reports and regulations (which, by the way, kill trees, trees
which would absorb carbon dioxide), and the world will be safe
Not to put too fine a point on it, but poppycock. The only GHG
we need to stop is from blow hard politicians who think they
can control the weather and the rotation of the Earth. This is
just an intrusion into our freedom.
Assemblymember Sally Lieber presented AB 1835 to increase in
the minimum wage.
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large chunk
of the hourly workers who get minimum wage are teenagers. So
your son, the one who takes his car out Friday night, and doesn’t
tell you where he is going, just got more beer money. Other than
that, a lot of other people are going to lose their jobs, because
the small business that hires them can’t afford to keep
them. Thanks a lot California government.
This is just a few of the bonehead ideas that have come out
of this Legislature under the guise of helping and protecting
you. The worst part of all is that each of these rules, regulations
and bureaucracies will take more of your freedom, and hand more
control of your life over to government in America, which is
supposed to be the guardian and beacon of freedom. Thank God
the Legislative session is over. CRO
Haynes is a California Assemblyman repesenting Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.