Thursday, July 2, 2009

California's Broke -- So What?

It’s official. California is broke. In the next few days, the media will be full of stories of woe of people claiming they are harmed by the loss of state funds.

These people will all have something in common, whether they are welfare recipients, teachers or members of public service unions — all are feeding at the public trough and believe they have a special claim on the common purse.

What about those who foot the bill, the taxpayers? Every California taxpayer should ask themselves if they are harmed by the state running out of money. This is one of the highest-taxed states in the Union, and those who pay no taxes, about half the population, receive a disproportionate share of tax benefits.

I hear politicians claim that taxes must be raised to meet the services demanded by the people.

I have to ask, “Who is making these demands?”

I suspect it’s not those who have to pay the bill.

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