Monday, February 01, 2010

Socialist Math and the State Budget

Mike at EIA has a fantastic observation:

The state budget is perennially in the red (this year's deficit is some $20 billion) and the state teachers retirement system is short $43 billion.

But that's in the real world. Back in Slumberland, the California Senate spent its time passing a bill to create a government-run, single-payer health care system. The bill's author admits it will cost $200 billion, but that it could be paid for with "existing state and federal money and a payroll tax, coupled with increased efficiencies from a government-run system."

Are these the same efficiencies that gave us a $20 billion deficit?

Yet another reason I'm not a socialist.

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