Letter: Democrats taking state in wrong direction
Typical of the party of Gov. Jerry Brown is the notion that never is the budget adequately funded.
Immersed in countless possibilities, our state leaders have exhaustive plans for spending our earned dollars: better roads, bridges and schools; more government jobs leading to increased payrolls with provocative benefit packages; more bureaucracy independent of voter accountability; improved transportation, including the high speed rail, having an inevitable price far exceeding what voters approved; sending more Northern California water to create expensive, taxable paradise in the south state desert ... in a tunnel that will incur incredible costs on the backs of many who will see little benefit.
Of course, all of these projects carry muster with the liberal allies, environmental special interests, so that progress won't be hindered as it would for private enterprise. This progression reaches approval especially by unions of all flavors and has two undesirable common denominators: higher debt and increased tax burden. What better use of our money than to back union workers who, in turn, finance politicians who promote their selfish causes — conflict of interest? Our governor and state Democrat-controlled Legislature sum up their most recent prospects with Proposition 30!
They attest that new taxes, increased sales tax for all and higher income tax on those deemed rich, will highlight the recovery of our state from the recession. More money taken from those who earn it, extravagantly spent by those irresponsibly elected, may improve our infrastructure and educational system but will diminish hope of new jobs and productivity in the private sector where real wealth is created.
Imagine the scenario of our schools graduating more only to have them leave the state to find employment. Are we gaining on this investment in our community? Do we want to lose our youth to better opportunities in states less intrusive and restrictive to business? Can we afford the exorbitantly expensive ideals of our state's controlling regime? Many wonder why California is a national leader in taxation and business regulation, and yet proudly strives to add to those burdens. In assessing the mess our economy is in, perhaps we should emphasize the political party that has enjoyed a majority in the Legislature for most of our lives and emphatically denounce them!
Dale H. Henderson