Diary

Yet ANOTHER reason for the California Budget Mess

From the diaries by Erick (the other one):

California bashing is a nationwide hobby, and with good reason; it’s a self-inflicted mess which grows larger with every passing month.

Recently the Budget Conference Committee Chairwoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), made a statement nearing the end of the June 16th Budget Conference Committee session that floored even diehard Californians used to the spewing of the liberal elitists in charge.

She said “…there is this mantra out there ‘live within our means’, and while that sounds really nice, it sounds really simple, and it sounds really responsible, its meaningless. Our means are completely within our control.”

Full quote transcribed here;

Well, there is this mantra out there ‘live within our means’, and while that sounds really nice, it sounds really simple, and it sounds really responsible, its meaningless. Our means are completely within our control. And, as has been pointed out by numerous people, we have just recently given away huge corporate subsidies in February, we have given away other tax reductions over many many years we’ve created new tax loopholes, in good times we routinely give away taxes, and then in lean times we never replace those tax deductions or close those loopholes. We continuously borrow, which is an enormous cost that we shift on into future years, and we find ourselves now with a deficit that — an ongoing structural deficit that we simply can’t close. So, ‘live within our means’ doesn’t mean anything. The fact is, we have a state that has a population that have needs, that we have a moral obligation to provide.

I did some digging and found a way to download the clip from the California Channel site, which is carefully crafted to make download of clips difficult as the things they say are so profoundly stupid they really don’t want us being able to, well you know, use them to tell the side that the media won’t.

h/t John and Ken for making this public.