Free Markets, Free People

There Is A Solution

Although many people don’t want to hear it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger on the situation in California:

“People come up to me all the time, pleading ‘governor, please don’t cut my program,'” he said. “They tell me how the cuts will affect them and their loved ones. I see the pain in their eyes and hear the fear in their voice. It’s an awful feeling. But we have no choice.

“Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. Our credit is dried up.”

Then. Cut. Spending.

For real this time.

~McQ

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9 Responses to There Is A Solution

  • Somebody compiled an alphabetical list of all the programs California has running. He took a break at I when he hit 106 programs.

    Does California really need an Acupuncture Board? Or the California Commission on Aging AND the Department of Aging? Are dead people better served through the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau? And are Californians better coiffed thanks to the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology?

    Many redundant departments. The vast majority of those roles could be better served through private enterprise. Too many of them are nothing more than money sucking barriers to entry for many businesses (can’t pass the Indoor Air Quality Program’s licensing tests? Too bad. I guess the other A/C companies who happen to sit on the board will have to take your business instead).

    But alas, Californians voted for these boondoggles and now they’re realizing how foolishly they’ve spent their money. One would hope that they would wake up, but alas too many people have become dependent on the milk from the governmental teats that they can not wean themselves. They’d prefer the other guy got cut off rather than having to actually work for a living under the same competitive conditions the rest of us have to.

    • “But alas, Californians voted for these boondoggles and now they’re realizing how foolishly they’ve spent their money.”
      ———-
      Actually, like the rest of us, they wanted to spend OTHER PEOPLE’S money.

      Frederic Bastiat aptly pointed this out over 160 years ago when he stated:

      Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

  • Then. Cut. Spending.

    Well that’s just silly-talk…

  • If we allow ourselves to become dependant on government, and then government runs out of money because of that ‘generosity’, whose fault is it?
     

  • “People come up to me all the time, pleading ‘governor, please don’t cut my program,’” he said. “They tell me how the cuts will affect them and their loved ones. I see the pain in their eyes and hear the fear in their voice. It’s an awful feeling. But we have no choice.”

    I’m sure that a drug dealer feel exactly the same way when a junkie comes begging for a fix and he’s just sold his last bag.

    As a nation, we’re hooked on government programs.  Time to go to rehab.

  • How about cutting medical funding to illegal immigrants

    How about cutting in state tuition to illegal immigrants.

    Gee that could save millions right there

  • Here’s two simple cuts that should save us $850 million a year:

    1)  abolish the California Energy Commission – $500 million.  These guys should be called the “Anti-Energy Commission” since they block real sources like coal and nuclear and coerce you to not consume energy

    2)  cut the California Air Resources Board by half.  They spend $700 mil a year so that would save $350 more.  They still have some function but they can stop telling us what color car to buy.

  • “Our wallet is empty. Our bank is closed. Our credit is dried up.”
    Maybe they should’ve thought of that before expanding government so much. And like the post says- then cut spending.