We have seen the future and it is Detroit.
Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 04:44 PM
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Citizens are fed up with runaway expenditures and want to rein them in, including taking back some of the power that public sector unions have over the states. Wisconsin and other states hired Governors and legislators to do just that when they elected conservatives into office.
Other states throughout the U.S. including Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, Idaho, Tennessee, Kansas and others have voted and are attempting to rein in expenses including trimming the power of public employee unions. Their backs are against the wall as they are faced with cataclysmic deficits. Although the left and their political allies would have you believe it is about union busting in general, but private sector unions are not a part of this battle.
In the conservative tidal wave that rolled through the U.S., California seemed to buck that trend. This state not only returned it's very liberal legislators, the voters even decided to vote back the very person who started California's downward spiral over 30 years ago, Governor Jerry"moonbeam" Brown....Could it be to return to the "Golden State" that he mortally wounded those many years ago and give it a final bayonet thrust?
While Governor Brown was in office the first time, he set a Utopian course for California by canceling dam projects and new aqueducts. He established the California Energy Commission to block new power plants. He put the brakes on new highway construction. He established the California environmental protection agency that required bakeries to put scrubbers on their exhaust in order to protect the public from the smell of freshly baked bread!
But the most damaging was the 1978 legislation signed by then Gov. Brown allowing collective bargaining for public employees. No single act has changed California for the worse more than this one. No political faction wields more power than California's Public employee unions and the resultant 500 billion pension deficit.
California once the envy of the world with modern freeways, cheap and abundant power, plenty of clean water, a welcoming business climate and sound fiscal policies. Is now facing constant drought, power shortages, clogged/ antiquated freeways and a very unfriendly business climate, with radical environmentalism being a major theme.
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