Well, Teacher X, it will end when you quit voting for the Democrats who keep running this state down the economic drain. It will end when you stop supporting a political party that chases businesses and jobs out of the state. It will end when you stop killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. It will end when you quit voting to take from the productive and give to the unproductive out of some misplaced and misguided sense of "fairness".
Here's how bad it is:
Gov. Jerry Brown warned Californians on Thursday to brace for another round of difficult budget cuts as he hand-delivered boxes of petitions to election officials requesting that his proposed tax hike be placed on the November ballot.Remember, California's budgets are now passed by a simple majority, not a 2/3 majority, meaning they pass without the need for any bipartisanship or a single Republican vote. Democrats own this mess--have for years, really--and don't seem to be doing such a good job at getting us out of it.
Brown, who is expected to unveil his revised budget proposal Monday, said he needed far more than the $4.2 billion in spending reductions he asked for in January. And he continued to raise the specter of even deeper wounds to public schools, colleges and other state services if his bid for tax hikes fails.
So, Teacher X, it's not going to end any time soon. But I'll bet I know how you're still going to vote this November, all the while wondering why we're in this mess.
Update, 5/13/12: This is how we roll in California:
Brown says that, now that the "real" numbers are out, he's going to have to present a revised budget featuring more of the dread "draconian cuts." He promises that cuts will fall heavily on public education spending, prisons, state parks, and other areas that the average person considers to be basic functions of state government. Meanwhile, it will be full speed ahead on high speed rail, the Air Resources Board, the DREAM Act, six-figure pensions to 55-year olds, and welfare benefits and "free" health care to illegal aliens.
Of course, says Brown, we can avoid all that by passing his "temporary" (hah!) tax increases on the November ballot. Brown really is a social democrat. He obviously thinks "austerity" means cutting essential services and raising taxes while keeping the welfare/redistributionist state intact. It hasn't worked in Europe, so why the heck does he think it'll work here?