Gov. Brown asks Calif to dream big, approve taxes

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Reduce spending and taxes is the way to go.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    "Dreaming big" is how California got into this horrendous mess. No one in government for decades has known how to avoid spending money we don't have. My parents used to have a saying for this: "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

    I'm dreaming of a gorgeous Victorian home in the best historic neighborhood in San Francisco, an escape home in Lone Pine, my own private helicopter to go back and forth, and two foundations I want to establish to save endangered wildlife and feed starving kids all over the world. They're wonderful dreams, but I don't have the money. Translation in plain non-politicianese English: I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. And I don't have a bottomless trough to get it from.

    Read my lips: quit spending our tax money that we don't have and continually coming back to the trough for more.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    Typical tax and spend Democrat who has enormous spending programs to fund. Fast rail sounds and looks good, but not one fast rail system in the world makes money. In fact the passenger ticket costs much less than the cost of the ride. Fast rail must be subsidized heavily by the tax payer. Taxes can go up just so much and revenue will not go up. Surprisingly for some lowering taxes produces more tax revenue. One must use dynamic tax analysis. The best solution for a cash strapped states is to lower expenses and this may mean reduction in state employees, reduced state salaries including teacher, police, firemen, etc. In California you cannot fire an incompetent teacher.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 18, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    "Gov. Jerry Brown outlined his plan Wednesday to raise taxes to pull the state out of its financial malaise"

    Translation: I don't intend to pay down California's debt but I do need more spending money. If you agree to approve new taxes now I promise I won't ask you for additional new taxes .... until next year.

    The public employee unions will be for new taxes to pay their employee benefits. The working man will pay more taxes and end up getting the shaft.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    Dreaming has turned into a nightmare. How much more taxes do you need? Why not take everything?

    California state government should lose accreditation for low performing economic test scores.

    Why make school kids accountable when you can't set an example? Same for the feds.