Landlords and government, or WTF Chuck Part Two


If you didn't get enough from my latest WTF, Chuck, Calitics has a nice addition. In a discussion about the governor's tax proposal and the likely opposition, Brian Leubitz notes that the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is going to run its usual playbook: Government is fat, government is bad -- oh, and here's a few examples of wasteful spending. Notes Leubitz:

Of course, take any large organization and you can find some dumb stuff going on. And, the California government is such and organization. But, just because there is a small stupid thing going on, doesn't mean that we should just toss the big, smart things that go on every day. Like, you know, educating our children, maintaining our streets, and so on. California government is simply too big to fail.

Yet, that is where we are headed. With the continued pessimism and me-first attitudes of the anti-tax organizations, we are stuck on a 20th century budget in a 21st century reality.

Yes: In San Francisco city government, there are small stupid things going on. There are overtime issues and (some) pension issues, and somewhere, somebody's probably getting an extra welfare check. You simply cannot have a $6 billion budget and not have some types of waste. Anyone who has ever run anything larger than a lemonade stand knows that.

And if that's what the press focuses on, then we're going to fail as a country, a state and a society.


Anyway, the principle behind the anti-tax movement (which, BTW, is hardly new it was developed in the 1970's and started with Reagan in 1981) is quite simply that - you're right - government is so big that there's waste, abuse and it's too big to manage.

So rather than try and micro-manage the beast, you starve it, Cut budgets across the board and then let departmental managers decide where to make the cuts. You don't have to know where to cut - you just cut at the highest level and let the stricter discipline "trickle down".

Reagan taught us that the government monster cannot be tamed. but it can be made leaner by cutting off the oxygen of it's bloatedness.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 18, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

What City do you live in?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 18, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

We are going to fail as a country, state and society if we continue to throw more resources at the corrupt government that screws the 99% to the benefit of their patrons in the 1%.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 19, 2012 @ 5:47 am

Some big stupid things are going on in city government, too.

Mainly, huge pension obligations that are going to bankrupt the city.

Posted by Troll the XIV on Jun. 19, 2012 @ 6:26 am

...while other cities like San Jose and San Diego tackle the problem. Lee is just another union hack.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 19, 2012 @ 6:53 am

Didn't he just agree to them getting a pay raise? Insanity.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 19, 2012 @ 7:29 am

Pensions and taxes and homeless, oh my!

Posted by marcos on Jun. 19, 2012 @ 7:26 am