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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Scratch My Back, and I’ll Ignore Yours

Democrats in Sacramento have made it abundantly clear that they aren’t being held accountable for their actions, and they like it like that. The Democrat-dominated legislature has once again missed its budget deadline, even while a $19.5 billion deficit looms overhead.

The Democrats are a relying on their lack of accountability to glide around the budget. But the truth of the matter is these legislators are supposed to be our public servants. They’re supposed to be working for us, not the other way around. California’s economic plight has been a reality check; most responsible citizens have made the necessary cutbacks, tightened our belts, and have become much more fiscally responsible.

So why is there such an outcry when we expect our public servants to do the same thing? The simple answer is, Democrats and the state worker unions have been in bed together for so long, they’ve forgotten anybody else is in the room. They’ve forgotten why we, the people who hired them and put them in Sacramento to serve the people, to protect the common good, to exercise wisdom, restraint and responsibility especially in times of distress.

Apparently, Sacramento Democrats have lost the statesman mentality.

Statesmen are elected officials who exhibit a quality of selflessness, the spirit of caring for the whole. But that’s not the image that comes to mind when I think of Sacramento Democrats. All I see from Democrats today is runaway spending, the call to implement more taxes, more empty promises, and long winded speeches full of excuses but devoid of solutions.

It is time we hold the majority party accountable for the government they’ve made unaffordable for you and me. If millions of Californians can cut back expenses and still carry on, so can state government. No one should be exempt from saving the state and keeping it from becoming the next Greece. But this is going to be tough. As bed partners, Democrats and unions have poisoned the state’s work force to believe they’re entitled to regularly scheduled raises and pay increases. Yes, I said entitled.

You should know that for the average state worker, a raise is something drastically different from a cost of living increase. For most of us, a raise is something we earn. For state workers, it’s something fought for by their hired thugs at the bargaining table. For them, a raise should be automatic, that they’re losing money if they don’t get one. And the grip they have on the Democratic lawmakers who ratify their union contracts is tighter than a Bob Etheridge headlock. The instant anyone tries to draw a connection between getting a raise and increased productivity, the Democrats become more charmingly evasive than a used car salesman.

I can’t take that ride.

It’s about time Democrats ask themselves what THEY can do for their state, not what their state can do for them. Everyone is responsible for California; Democrats are no exception to the rule.


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