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March 30, 2011 California Commentary It's The Spending, Stupid by Jan Coupal "Government is like a baby," Ronald Reagan was fond of saying. "An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." If the former California governor were observing Sacramento today, he would probably add that our state government functions more like "triplets," and has been doing so for more than ten years. Back at the beginning of the millennium, the California treasury was overflowing due to capital gains tax receipts from what has become known as the "dot.cam bubble." Almost everyone in the state understood that these tax producing profits were the result of a short- term business cycle, and the excessive flow of tax revenue would not be a permanent condition. Unfortunately, there were a small group of Californians who did not understand these basic economic principles, including the majority in the state Legislature and Governor Gray Davis. These officials responded to the increased revenue by spending it all and committing Californians to pay for expensive long-term programs, like radically increased pensions for government workers, that now have state and local governments facing nearly a half-trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities. This profligate approach to governing was a contributing factor to the successful recall of Davis. However, governor Schwarzenegger, and the party- hearty lawmakers that continued to dominate the Legislature carried on like there was never a problem. When the state came up short, they used accounting gimmicks that allowed them to carry on spending as if there were no tomorrow. Between 2003 and 2007, spending increased by one- third. Then the housing bubble burst, and these same suspects imposed the largest tax increase in the history of all 50 states. They had learned their lesson, they said, and pledged to taxpayers they would use the two years of massively higher taxes to buy time to reorganize and reform their spending ways. Two years later, and in spite of California families having paid about two-thousand dollars in extra taxes, the state is now facing a $26 billion shortfall. The "spendaholics" have fallen off the wagon, again. All of this could have been avoided if the malefactors, who clearly lack self-control, had been compelled to work under a hard spending cap. Because the politicians that control the Legislature and our current governor - the Department of Finance shows that Governor Brown's budget will grow 31% by 2015 - are still in a state of denial regarding spending, there is an urgent need to take measures to restore a strict spending limit on state government. This is why Senator Tony Strickland has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 10, sponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, that would impose a firm spending cap on lawmakers. The expenditure limit includes General Fund and special funds, and contains no exemptions for education or local government funding. It creates a reserve of up to 10% of spending; this reserve can only be tapped to backfill revenue shortfalls in the current budget year and to fund non-fiscally related emergencies. Funds could only be used by a Declaration of the Governor and two-thirds vote of the Legislature. Half of the excess revenues beyond the 10% cap would be used to pay off existing debt. Back when Bill Clinton was running for president, a big sign that read, "It's the economy, stupid" was placed on his campaign office wall. In an ideal world every member of the Legislature would be required to post a sign on their office wall that said, "lrs the spending, stupid." Sen. StfickMnd's SCA 10 is the taxpayers' way of sending" this message. Jan Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. R.ED. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian @ by Eric Stamets Free Bluetooth Implants Again At The Townhall This Tuesday Everyone realizes how convenient it is to have a cell phone these days and they can even make some dumb people think they're smart. In fact a system using cell phones may be the way our identification is done in the future, because not everyone has a driver's license. But the laws have changed regarding the widespread use of the phones in cars and now require a hands-free device in their ear. A lot of people, but not all, also realize how stupid they look with the current earpieces hanging off the side of their heads. Some of them still won't give them up because they think they're in a Star Trek movie or something. It is indisputable how ugly these things are that no amount of chrome or rhinestones can hide. After the success of the last program in Julian, we have finally been able to offer it again for those who missed out the first time. You can go to your favorite electronics store- it can be a big box, a medium or little box, it doesn't even have to shaped like a box- and buy the Bluetooth TM surgical implant kit. Do not Open it, as it is surgically sterile and bring it to the Townhall on this Tuesday. Funded by a grant, there will be a qualified implant technician there to carry out the procedure. To ensure privacy, the procedure will be done behind a big sheet that we will hang from the ceiling. The ensuing shadow show last time provided quite a bit of entertainment for those waiting though.. The procedure involves only a small incision behind the ear (you've been hurt worse), and either a new piercing through the ear oran existing one can be used for the microphone. There will also be a small replaceable battery dangling behind your ear, but it can be decoratively hidden. A new jewelry line for decorating the microphone tube and battery called Microcharms TM will be available. No more hunk of junk on your ear. by Mike Marland _. Do-T------ Tax Bill Input SFI' ,r,,, i, rwr.cr  ---1 [[|1 il... ( -' &'lrlCK'rt41tff t-,.,I continued from page 3 o e0o tax0a, ex0e.ence as -, customer friendly as possible. | Each year it starts with the tax L'J bill. Our taxpayers have been  very helpful in offering their ideas to us. We hope they will continue to help us", concluded McAIlister. Ideas and suggestions can be sent to: OfficeofDanMcAIlister@ sdcounty.ca.gov or call toll-free 877-829-4732. 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Priced to sell $429,900 Wynola Estates - Terrific home with a view - 3 bd. 2 I/2 bath, 2642 sq.ft., 2 car garage, workshop, newly painted, move-in ready on 2.5 acres. 19 21 24 "Leave It to Beaver" dad 25 Any moment now 26 Square dances 30 Greek vowel 31 Journal 32 "That feels so good" 33 Rump King CrCs00word This Cuyamaca Lake view custom home in Julian is on 4+ acres and has a wrap around deck and custom wrought iron railings with a breathtaking birds eye view of Lake Cuyamaca and Stone- wall Peak; full-time residence or part-time family retreat. The asking price is $1,375,000 $439,000 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft., 4.42 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. Great Locale, ample parking, easy access, well on property, 2 well maintained buildings and a 700 square foot cabin that can be used as an office or rental. Known as the Julian Feed Store. This commercial site has endless possibilities for your business. 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