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An Open Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) January 13, 2011

I hope you all enjoy this.

Gov Brown.

First things first.
1. I did not vote for you

2. What you allowed the Nurses Union to do to Meg Whitman was the the iconic show of how low a politician will go to get a vote.

OK now on to the the budget.  Read this sentence over and over again.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend millions of tax payer dollars on a special vote to ask taxpayers for millions of dollars.

Let me repeat that.

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend millions of tax payer dollars on a special vote to ask taxpayers for millions of dollars.

That my friend is absolutely the dumbest thing I ever heard of. Especially when the taxpayers already told Sacramento NO in 2009.
The Tax and Spend Liberal Marxist Socialists in power in Sacramento now have all but destroyed the business climate in California.

I’ll save you the millions of dollars on a special election for a tax extension.  THE ANSWER IS NO TO THE TAX EXTENSION.

OK then what should you do? A lot of people always complain about what the politicians are doing wrong but never offer a solution as to what they should be doing.
Eliminating Cell Phones and getting rid of unnecessary state vehicles…….Nice bandages. But the those motions are only short term and will be over and done by the next fiscal budget expiration date.
Here are my suggestions:

1. There are going to be thousands of California State Workers that are in line to get huge golden parachutes in the form of pension payments for the rest of their lives and free or heavily subsidized health care for the retirees and their families for the rest of their lives. These entitlement programs are unsustainable as by shear statics of there not being enough taxpayers in the future to fund this future financial train wreck.
What should be done in the future?  Simple. All new Employees of the state starting July 1 will not get a pension, instead they will get a matching fund 401K just like any other company.  When a state employee not longer works for the state either by early choice or retirement, they get their 401K at the end of employment and the state owes the ex employees no more money after termination date.
So now you are saying But what about all the pensions that are intact now.  This is easy, well sort of. The state Comptroller will have to figure out a formula for what each pension is worth today for every state employee.  That is the hard part…or maybe not.
Then by let’s say January 1 2013 all employees will have their pension rolled into a 401K. Again the long term fix is elimination the legacy costs for ex state employees or retirees. This is the long term fix. Not a bandaid like cell phones or state vehicles.

2. SEIU cannot hold a gun to the State Government for future entitlement programs. The same solution above applies to all State Union Workers.

The problem with Government entitlement programs is that it give a false sense of hope to the employees by eliminating the responsibility for the employee to be responsible and save for their own future retirement.
In addition to a Government matching 401K the government should also promote that the employees contribute to a personal IRA in addition to the 401K. No they cannot take the IRA contributions as a tax deduction as long as they are contributing to a 401K, But in the end they will have a comfortable savings so they they will not have to depend on tax payer dollars for the rest of their lives to live on.
The same condition with baby boomers will also apply to Social Security and Medicare. There simply will not be enough people to subsidize those entitlement programs in future years with payroll taxes.
Keep in mind when FDR came up with the entitlement program of Social Security People were only living to maybe 65 or 70. So FDR was betting that after a life time of contributions to Social Security an individual would not live long enough to drain the Social Security System. Social Security turned into a Huge Ponzi Scheme that now when people want to get paid for their investments there will not be the money there to pay back the people that are part of it when they live to 80 or 90 years old.

3. Illegal immigrants.  I know the unions and illegal immigrants voted you in.  What do you think that not one illegal immigrant voted for you?  LOL they either did with false documents or highly influence legal voters to vote for you. The State of California has to stop funding people that enter this country from all over the world illegally.
The state of California has to discourage more people from entering the US Illegally. The State of California can no longer be safe harbor for people that disregard the laws of the United States.  You really need to follow in the foot steps of AZ Gov. Jan Brewer.

4. Lower sales tax to 5% so people can start to spend money again on goods and service. More jobs will be created in the PRIVATE SECTOR.

5. Lower Corporate taxes by at least 20% to entice companies to expand or even start in California to create jobs.

6. Lower the maximum personal income tax bracket to 6%.  Again if more people spend then more jobs will be created.

7. Here is the most important role you can play to get California financially stable again.   You have to become California’s Business Ambassador to the world. Your job it to entice companies to start or expand businesses here in California to create jobs with generous, permanent tax break incentives.

Jerry, if you want to fix the financial condition of California you have to get the unemployment rate down to 5% or less.  If you continue the bad business attitude that Sacramento has had over the years then everything you do, all the bandaids that you put on the wound will not help the wound heal.

8. Finally it is sad that the majority of people that voted you in either were not born yet or did not even live in this country during your last time wrecking the economy in the State Of California.

If you don’t do the things mentioned above then you will be as ineffective as Arnold, Gray and Pete were.  I hope you do not want that reputation to follow you.

I wish you the best in these hard decisions.
RJ
PS incase you are wondering.
I am a Libertarian and I follow the small government, personal freedom, and the opportunity to be everything good that I can be without big government intervention creed.
RJ

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Socialism: A Failed Social Economic Business Model. January 11, 2011

December 11, 2011

It is now time to pay the piper as they say.  California and Illinois have the worst credit ratings than any other state in the Union.

Both of these states have been dominated by Liberal/Socialist/Democrats for years that are pro union and anti-business.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D. CA) has announced draconian cuts to welfare related entitlement programs through out the state (I. E. Greece and Ireland).

This will affect the poorest of the poorest in the state that the  Liberal/Socialist/Democrats proudly tout in campaign speeches to represent and protect so that these economically challenged people will vote them back into office year after year.

Even though Jerry Brown is proposing these draconian cuts he is not planning on cutting the HUGE Government/SEIU entitlement/retirement costs that at least California suffers from.

Here is a hardcore fact. There are thousands and thousands of “Baby Boomers” that work for the State of California as well as other states.  Starting this year (2011) Baby Boomers turn 65 and are starting to retire.  When they retire they are going to collect sometimes up to 80% of their salary for the rest of their lives along with health coverage that is 100% funded by tax payer dollars.

This is unsustainable going into the future. Simple math. A growing number of “Baby Boomers” retiring and a dwindling number of people paying taxes compared to people collection pension money and healthcare from the state.  Keep in mind this same scenario that exists at the federal level.


This employee pension time bomb. is going to force two things.

1. California declares bankruptcy that will make all government and Government Union contracts Null and Void.

2. The Fed starts to print money (Inflation that will not lead to new jobs subsequently not generating a new tax base.) to prop up California’s economy.

This will put California’s financial burden on the US tax payer.  That means that someone in Vermont,
Massachusetts etc. are paying to bail out California and maybe Illinois.

The poor get massive cuts and the government employees and government unions are allowed to be paid the crippling entitlement programs that are the biggest costs in running California Government.

Here is Jerry Brown’s Plan, Ready for this?: Jerry Brown wants to spend millions of dollars for a special vote in June to ask taxpayers for millions of dollars in tax increases.

Does that make sense to you?

Jerry Brown has been Governor before for two terms.  The majority people that re-elected him were not even born then or did not even live in this country during his last term of Governor.

So they have no idea of the damage that he did the last time.

Here in California we have a very unusual proposition that was passed on June 6, 1978.  Proposition 13 helps home owners to able to afford and keep their homes.

Jerry Brown states that he has no intention of dismantling Prop 13, however he wants to attack the subsequent affects of Prop 13 to allow local counties and cities to collect additional taxes to shift the tax burden from the state to county and local municipalities. What exactly does that mean?

People are losing their homes and could be subject to additional property taxes that will further exacerbate the rate of home foreclosures in the state of California.

So instead of being an ambassador to business and courting businesses to start and expand businesses with tax incentives in California creating jobs to increase the tax base,

Jerry Brown has decided to punish poor people with entitlement cuts and even worse punish the responsible working class with tax hikes to pay the unions and fund the state pension train wreck.


The bond rating for California has dropped significantly,  Reason? You need taxpayer dollars to payback municipal bonds. When a municipal bond is issued it has to be backed by tax payer dollars to repay the bond when it is due. If the state is broke it can either raise taxes, issue municipal bonds or cut government spending. Those are the choices. There are only bandaids in the interim  to temporarily patch the fiscal budgets of the state of California.

Stay tuned to what happens in California. As they say “As California goes, so goes the rest of the country.”

ST Marie.

 

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 August 19, 2010

I want to talk about the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009.

In my travels I came across this project in Pismo Beach, California

Ok so let me start by saying that I am all for improvements for local municipalities. It is really nice to see improvements that are about safety and are visually and ergonomically pleasing.

However I do not want these improvements to be paid for by federal tax payer dollars.  This project being built is using money from a tax payer in Detroit, Michigan or Beloit, Wis or what ever other town or city that federal tax payer dollars come from. I want local projects to come from either local county, city tax payer dollars or local bond measures.

Ok so why federal tax payer dollars and not local taxes or bonds?  Well as you know California just like so many other states is broke. We have a liberal government that has run this state for years that believes in high taxes, and very strict EPA restrictions. In other words California is not necessarily business friendly. As our economy fails in California so does the tax base from which projects like this are funded locally. To make matters worse the state of California’s credit rating is very very poor.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2009/02/california-cred.html

So what does this mean?  Well if California’s credit rating is bad then investing in any local or municipal bonds would be a very bad investment.  Why? There is not enough tax revenue to pay back the bond to the bond holders.

Why is there not enough tax revenue? Because there is high unemployment, upwards of 12.3%

http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/pdf/urate201007.pdf

OK so you read this and say, Well the EDD says the number of unemployed is down, Isn’t that good?  Well no.  The problem is that the EDD can only count the people that are actively collecting unemployment. The EDD cannot count the people that have dropped from the EDD system and have given up on looking for a job. So the real unemployment rate is more like 15-18%. If you count those that have dropped out from the system.

Ok so where am I going with this?

Did this grant money from the ARRA create jobs.  Yes it did. It created temporary union construction jobs that will end when this project is done.

Did the grant money create any full time sustainable jobs?  Sort of.

Notice in the plans above there are no provisions for any private owned businesses on the  pier.  Bait Shop, Restaurant, Souvenir Shop etc. Something that will employ people and generate sales tax income for the city of  Pismo Beach.

So what jobs did this create?  Well someone has to maintain this facility, paint, bathroom cleaning etc.  So maybe it will create a few CITY GOVERNMENT jobs to be paid with either state, county or city taxes to maintain this facility.  But where is that money going to come from?  Another hand out from the federal government?

There is always the possibility that the City of Pismo Beach could hire an outside contractor to maintain this facility.  That would create jobs in the private sector……but that maintenance contractor would still have to be paid with local or state taxpayer dollars.

If there was an outside contractor hired to do the maintenance on this new facility, how would they get the contract?  How much would they charge and who is the contractor? Will this be another SEIU involved organization that will continue to rape and pillage the local and state governments? Is there any Nepotism involved here?

Why would I even think of Nepotism?  LOL I was born and raised in Chicago and I have been surrounded by corrupt, usually Democratic politics my who life and now we have it running rampant in Washington DC.

Again I love the idea of new and improved public facilities funded by local tax dollars.  I just have to ask the person that is reading this that lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut how are they going to enjoy the fruits of their federal tax payer dollars being spent in Pismo Beach, CA?

ST Marie

 

The Big Picture. August 17, 2010

It is very obvious that Barack Obama and his lame crew do not have any vision for the future and if they do it is a very damaged understanding of what is really going to happen.  This video has the vision of what will really happen in the future.

Please watch and comment. I will accept reasonable, intelligent comments either in favor or not in favor. I will consider “flames” as junk and will not accept those comments.

Enjoy,

STMarie

 

Barack Obama’s Destructive Business Agenda July 13, 2010

So today I went to go to my favorite Sabarro Pizza at

1731 N VICTORY PLACE

BUILDING R9

BURBANK, CA 91506

This is what I found.

So what happened here? To be honest I really don’t know.

I do know that Sabarro is a franchise organization.

So why did it close?

1. Land lord raised the rent beyond what the restaurant could sustain.

2. Franchisee was a bad business person and did not run the store properly.

3. Business was just down and could not survive.

4. Local business taxes were to high.

4. All of the above.

Here are the things that I do know that happened.

1. A franchisee lost his/her livelihood and business dream.

2. A given number of people lost their jobs.

3. A great number of future jobs were lost. (Unless the landlord is lucky enough to lease the space to another business.)

4. Loss of future jobs for High School Students or potential future Sabarro franchisees that would have been working there.

5. Loss of sales tax revenue for the City of Burbank, CA

6. Loss of sales tax revenue for the County of Los Angeles.

7. Loss of sales tax revenue for the State of California.

8. Loss of revenue for the food purveyors that supplied the food products that were served.

9. Loss of federal income tax collected from the owner and employees.

10. Loss of Medicare tax collected from the owner and employees.

11. Loss of California State Income tax from the owner and employees.

Ok so here is my point. Barack Obama wants people to think that everything is getting better. Tell that to all the people and their families that lost their job at this Sabarro and all the other business that continue to close everyday. Are new businesses opening up? Of course, But it is safe to say that more businesses are closing than opening.

In the meantime Barack Obama focuses on pissing away tax payer dollars for things like lawsuits against Arizona SB 1070 instead of concentrating  on bolstering small business and creating new jobs.

ST Marie

 

The Unpatriotic Anti American Barack Obama et al. July 7, 2010

I just don’t understand what is wrong with America. What have we become? The idea that we are allowing another nation to illegally invade the United States and supporting the invading country on top of that by granting amnesty to the people that enter this country illegally.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a PATRIOT. She has championed AZ SB 1070.  This woman is an American Hero and unfortunately will be erased in history books by liberals that are Marxist Socialist Democrats.

In addition, Barack Obama will not support H.R 1868 that would prevent “Anchor Babies” from becoming US Citizens. I have been saying for years that as time goes on and more illegal immigrants enter the US, The harder it will be to stop the progress.  It seems that by the “lamestream media” supporting this invasion by not pointing out how bad the situation is, is just making it even worse.  All politicians know that Hispanics have the capability to controlling this country now. That is a fact. OTM’s (Other Than Mexican) have lost control of this country.  I have to make myself very clear here. I have nothing against Hispanic people as long as they are in this country legally and have gone through traditional lawful procedures to enter this country.  Ever since September 2008 I have said that Obama has an agenda that he is not letting the public know about.  He is an evil misguided person. Just think about what is happening.  Instead of being an American Patriot and defending our borders by supporting AZ SB 1070, he is seeking to destroy this law that allows a state to protect it’s sovereignty, safety to it’s citizens and economy.   It is obvious that Barack Obama has an agenda that is not in the best interest in the safety and sovereignty of the United States of America. Barack Obama and the Marxist Socialist Progressive Democrats have to be ejected from office and never, ever allowed to run for office again.

ST MARIE

 

A Time For Change Is At Hand. 6/29/2010 June 29, 2010

As my retirement years approach I have become very concerned. Many years ago I did my financial planning with the thought that Social Security will be a thing of the past when I retire. With those intentions I proceeded to plan as if there will never be a Social Security Check in my mail.

The current numbers are beginning to prove that for many reasons.

1. High unemployment which simply means that a great and growing number of people are not contributing to the Social Security System.

2. Significantly lower wages which again translates into less money being contributed to the Social Security System.

3. A rapidly growing number of Illegal Immigrants that are working but because of their status of living an illegal lifestyle they tend to live in a “Cash Society” were taxes are not taken from their pay. Rather they are paid in cash at the end of the day or week.

4. We have Barack Obama as president that is very, very anti business and has no desire to give anyone any incentive to become successful. Being financially  successful allows an individual to earn a significant amount of money for a head of a household to be able to keep a house and support their family without relying on the government for help with government entitlement programs.

5. After having conversations with my personal physician, He has indicated that soon he will not take on any more Medicare patients as the government does not pay enough or sometimes not at all for services rendered to senior citizens. This means that I will probably have to stay on private insurance through my senior years to get good healthcare.

So next question is how can this problem be corrected?

I believe that we as a nation should strive to return this nation to a two party system.  A two party system run by the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party. We should work towards banning the Marxist Socialist Democratic Party from ever running again for office.

People have argued with me that the US was always a two party system made up of Democrats and Republicans.  Well that is so far from the truth it is not even realistic.

Here is a list of political parties that have been influential in the molding of the United States of America.

I admit that most of these parties were dysfunctional at best. However they did exist and at one time offices were held in the name of these parties.

Federalist Party (c. 1789 – c. 1820)

Anti-Federalist Party (c. 1789 – c. 1792)

Democratic-Republican Party (1792 – c. 1824)

Toleration Party (1816 – c. 1827)

Anti-Masonic Party (1826–1838)

National Republican Party (1829–1833)

Nullifier Party (1830–1839)

Whig Party (1833–1856)

Liberty Party (1840–1848)

Law and Order Party of Rhode Island (1840s)

Free Soil Party (1848–1855)

Anti-Nebraska Party (1854)

American Republican Party (1843–1854)

American Party (a.k.a. “Know-Nothings”) (c. 1854 – 1858)

Opposition Party (1854–1858)

Constitutional Union Party (1860)

Radical Democracy Party (1864)[1]

National Union Party, (1864–1868)

Readjuster Party (1870–1885)

Liberal Republican Party (1872)

Greenback Party (1874–1884)

Anti-Monopoly Party (1884)

People’s Party (a.k.a. “Populists”) (1887–1908)

Silver Party (1892–1902)

National Democratic Party/Gold Democrats (1896–1900)

Silver Republican Party (1896–1900)

Social Democratic Party (1898–1901)

Home Rule Party of Hawaii (1900–1912)

Socialist Party of America (1901–1972)

Independence Party (a.k.a. “Independence League”) (1906–1914)

Progressive Party 1912 (a.k.a. “Bull Moose Party”) (1912–1914)

National Woman’s Party (1913–1930)

Non-Partisan League (1915–1956)

Farmer-Labor Party (1918–1944)

Progressive Party 1924 (1924)

Communist League of America (1928–1934)

American Workers Party (1933–1934)

Workers Party of the United States (1934–1938)

Union Party (1936)

American Labor Party (1936–1956)

America First Party (1944) (1944–1996)

States’ Rights Democratic Party (a.k.a. “Dixiecrats”) (1948)

Progressive Party 1948 (1948–1955)

Vegetarian Party (1948–1964)

Constitution Party (United States 50s) (1952–1968?)

American Nazi Party (1959–1967)

Puerto Rican Socialist Party (1959–1993)

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (1964)

Black Panther Party (1966–1970s)

Youth International Party (a.k.a. “Yippies”) (1967)

Communist Workers Party (1969–1985)

People’s Party (1971–1976)

U.S. Labor Party (1975–1979)

Concerned Citizens Party (1975–1992)

Citizens Party (1979–1984)

New Alliance Party (1979–1992)

Populist Party of 1980s–1990s (1984–1994)

Looking Back Party (1984–1996)

Grassroots Party (1986–2004)

Independent Party of Utah (1988–1996)

Greens/Green Party USA (1991–2005)

New Party (1992–1998)

Natural Law Party (1992–2004)

Veterans Party (2003-2008)

Christian Freedom Party (2004)

I admit that most of these parties were dysfunctional at best. However they did exist and at one time offices were held in the name of some of these parties.

So why not the Libertarian Party?

Did you ever read the party platform?

“The Party of Principal”

At this time I think the United States is defiantly on the wrong track to Socialism and Communism.  History has proven time and time again that Socialism/Communism has failed time and time again.”

In 2009 the socialist party PASOK led by George Papandreou has won the election in Greece. They picked up a 160 seats in parliament and the results are seen as a strong endorsement of the party, despite an election process in which the majority of Greeks polled indicated that they trusted neither party.

And the results of this election:

GREECE UNDER NEWS BLACKOUT: Here’s How An Eyewitness Describes Today’s Riots June 29, 2010

My friends this is the road we are headed to.  This is what happens when a Socialist government promises entitlement programs to the citizens of the United States that the government no longer has the money to provide.

I have said this time and time gain.  “The major problem with Socialism is that the government eventually runs out of OTHER people’s money.”

The end.