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December 14, 2011 Califgrnia Commentary Why We Don't Trust Politicians by Jon Coupal Ask any of the politicians in Sacramento if they believe in government transparency, full disclosure of their official actions and the open and honest operation of state functions, and they will, to a man and woman, answer with a resounding, "yes!" Yeah, right. That must be why Speaker John Perez has struggled mightily to block the release of documents that would show how much each Assembly Member spends on their office Perez has handled this as if lawmakers' budgets were a top secret matter, revelation of which could have dire consequences for national security. More likely the only dire consequences will be for the public image of the spendthrift members of his flock. Perez has been so intransigent about keeping the Assembly's books closed to the public that the Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times were forced to file suit under the 36-year-old Legislative Open Records Act. The court has just issued a ruling agreeing with the newspapers, and compelling release of the records. As the documents become front page news, the speaker may find himself doubly embarrassed First because of the revelations of wasteful spending of taxpayer supplied funds and, secondly (and perhaps even more damaging) because of his efforts to conceal this information from the public. The Assembly leader would have done well to abid6 by the principle espoused in the old oil filter commercial, "You can pay me now or you can pay me later" when it will be a lot more expensive. However, the idea of doing the right thing in the first place is often lost on the Sacramento political class Of even greater consequence to average Californians is the shell game Governor Brown is orchestrating to impose a $3.2 rejected by a bipartisan vote of the State Senate The tax is called the "Public Goods Charge" and the nomenclature is another example of how Sacramento likes to mislead and confuse the public. This tax extension would have been tacked onto Californians' utility bills. Politically-connected g.reen energy interests lobbied hard for passage so they could continue to receive handouts for themselves at the expense of rate payers The tax extension measure needed a two-thirds vote but did not muster even a simple majority. A casual observer might think that this was the end of the matter and $3.2 billion would now be sGcure in taxpayers' wallets. Wrong! After the Legislature voted down this tax, Jerry Brown immediately engaged in sleight of hand. He sent a letter to his friends at the Public Utilities Commission asking them to approve the tax "administratively." Expect this "pea," or charge, to magically reappear on utility bills shortly. It may be named something else and laundered in a way to bureaucratically circumvent the requirement that state taxes be approved by a two-thirds vote, but no matter what it is called, it will be a $3.2 billion burden on California utility users And finally, in a story reported in both the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, the High Speed Fail, or, Rail Authority has wasted millions of dollars on an extensive public relations effort seeking to bolster the flagging public support for this massive boondoggle. Despite overwhelming evidence that this project can never be built, it appears that the only people getting rich are politically connected p.r. hacks. Meanwhile citizen taxpayers are stuck with the bill. At a time when automatic spending cuts to the state budget billion energy tax. are, d out to ggered, our A shell game is, of c0Ui'se, not Le~l*'sJ~ure co~ues- to et this a game at all. It is a confidence fiscal disaster Continue. Even trick The operator of the swindle Jerry Brown has doubled down appears to place a pea under one on High Speed Rail stating that of three walnut shells and quickly the project has his support. shuffles them about. The sucker, These three examples are only or mark, is urged to triple his a small part of what is wrong with money by betting on which of the governance in California today. shells covers the pea. The mark Is it any wonder that people don't neverwinsbecause, in fact, using trust politicians? The Julian News 13 HOMES . CABINS LAND . RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS www.julian-realestate.com -P Lovely 3 Bed/2 1/2/Bath home in beautiful Wynola Estates. All level, beautifully landscaped 2.7 acres. 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