San Diego: Finally the state’s budget crisis is truly beginning to hit home. The latest budget impact statement from the school was beyond grim. Best case scenario is that the community college system will “only” be cut $100 million this year and worst case (and most likely case) it will be cut $300 million. In our program we have reduced adjunct loads and cut so many sections already that any more section cuts will pretty much equal an adjunct position per section cut. This grim and ugly reality is so likely to happen that Dave and I are drafting a note to the adjuncts to tell them to start exploring any options that might be out there for them. fortunately many of them are also professional photographers but the market in San Diego is not the best at the moment.
I am truly blessed at the moment in being pretty secure since it will take at least Dave and me together to keep the program going at all though pay cuts may be in the offing if the state does not sooner or later realize that their priorities are truly screwed up. So many groups pleading victimhood and entitlement “rights” have been promised so much money beyond the State’s ability to pay since the revenue to back the promises was never likely to materialize, that the core mandate of any government entity is now threatened while the fluff gains status and priority.
The government — any government — really only needs to do a few things. It needs to provide for the infra-structure under its control such as roads and utilities. It needs to provide protection for its people via police and firemen (and military). And it needs to provide for its future by assuring that high quality education is available to train tomorrow’s future workers, i.e. future taxpayers. Beyond that, everything else is simply add-ons to be done when possible and not when the money does not allow it. The government is not responsible for the consequences of people’s bad choices because, in the end, the government is a fiction. If we believe our own founding documents then WE are the government which acts to represent us and maintain an environment in which our unalienable rights are assured. Government did not create those, it merely recognized them. The founding fathers then created a few more civil rights but they never created a system where an illegal alien with a felony conviction can get free medical care and a US citizen cannot. They never created a system where people who break the laws and go to prison live in an environment that costs more per year to provide food and lodging per person than most law abiding citizens earn doing legitimate work. They never created a system where the government was seen as having to provide a public feeding trough. When the government agrees to “pay” for something what they are really saying is that WE the constituents will now be forced to pay for that. Certainly there are cases where good people have been blind-sided by the derailed train of local or national economy. But the first order of business for the government is to fix the problem. If it spends its money carrying the victims it has none left to fix the problem and then there will simply be an unending line of victims needing to be carried and that means politicians are secure because as long as they promise to carry the people the people will vote for them to continue in office. That is brilliant security planning by them but not very good for their constituents.
Whoa, back that train up. I never voted for them to do that. I’ve worked hard for my money over the years, putting in far too many hours to try to provide for my family; so much so that in the end it broke that family apart. I do not believe I owe a single penny to keep a law breaker in any environment that is not so uncomfortable as to make them not want to ever go back. I do not owe a penny to someone who decides to drop out of the system and live off of my handouts. I do not owe a penny to support someone whose first act on entering the country was to break the rules about entering the country. Frankly i do not owe a penny of the money I earned to anyone, including the government, to support anything other than those core needs. If I have extra and choose to contribute to worthwhile attempts to help those in need then I am free to do it, but I should never be required to do it. And I am sorry if i offend anyone but I believe an educated populace is of more importance to the future of the state and country than the Delta Smelt or Snail Darter. But then I believe the work that good teachers do is of more value to the state and country than the efforts of sports figures and teachers should be allowed a tax deduction every year for “donating” the difference in their salaries compared to average ball players (foot, base, and basket).
But California is just a microcosm to the country and indeed the Federal crisis is already hitting home. The America I knew growing up is going, going, nearly gone and in its place is looming something I very much oppose. When we have two major parties composed of incompetent but entrenched cowards and self serving goals, led by the chief of incompetents with a vision to “transform” America then the end is truly near. i do not want my country “transformed;” I want it fixed and put back together as it was intended and clearly spelled out in our founding documents and the voluminous writings of the people who created it.
So what would that transformed America that I oppose look like? It would look like this:
- The Fed would keep interest rates at close to 0 (zero) percent, then prints $1.5 trillion in new money one year, and then would loan that new money to itself and would become the biggest holder of its own Treasury notes.
- The U.S. would become so indolent and spend crazy as to become the largest debtor nation on earth owing close to our entire GDP to other countries to float our ship of state while spending on programs that do not serve the core needs of the government.
- The treasury would help create a scam-oriented financial system that penalizes savers and rewards the biggest risk-taking speculators.
- Government would create mandates for giving everyone a home loan that would result in a giant debacle as financial systems create complex and, in some cases, illegal conveyances in order to be able to comply resulting in home prices plummeting and when it all collapses it would leave honest homeowners holding the bag while those that capitalized on the government’s mandate and put nothing of their own into the homes they got on phony data would be the ones bailed out..
- The government would decide it can take over the car manufacturing, home mortgage, financial services and health care industries while it cuts back on education.
- The dollar would be worth more than 30 percent less than ten years before.
- Unemployment would be actually over 17 percent, but the government reports it as 9 percent.
- The Fed would report that inflation is under control but the biggest parts of a personal economy, prices for food and oil, spike due to inflationary influences with no end in sight.
- When local governments would try to correct the situations in their own states they would face protests (like in Wisconsin) against politicians propose spending cuts. The protesters would not be able to stand the thought of not riding on the taxpayers’ gravy train.
- People would be too stupid or too self serving to see that there is something wrong when the people who approve an agreement are put in the position of approval by contributions from the people whose agenda they are approving. Even the God of the left, FDR, knew this was a bad idea and kept it from happening at the Federal level.
- The President would take it upon himself to decide what is constitutional and what is not and therefore what the justice department will pursue or not. No one would seem to notice that he gave himself more power than monarchs around the world and trashed democracy and the constitution.
- A political idiot like Michael Moore would be able tell people that made money that it is not theirs but the people’s while he himself does not seem to be contributing his own fortune back to the people and is actually suing to get more… for himself. (When he endows a hospital or college or even elementary school then maybe I’ll rethink my appraisal of him.)
- Our country’s leader would be so clueless or cowardly as to avoid making any decision on whether or not to help a revolution (in Libya) that he encouraged to take place. Of course that same leader would decry empire building and regime change and interfereing in the internal policies of another country but turn around and tell the tyrant du jour he has to leave his own country. Then when the UN finally decides to move and encourage action, it would, in this imaginary upside down world, be the French who are the most bellicose and the U.S. who is still wringing their hands over what to do. (As you have read before, I am opposed to us getting involved, but we need a decision made, either way, that is then sold to the people. And if we ARE going to get involved we need to be especially clear and decisive. We do not need a rudderless ship of state under a clueless captain that waits to see what others will do before he will take a stand and set a course.)
- The Administration, with unemployment of the oil workers following the BP oil spill and the rising cost of oil impacting everything from gas to food to consumer electronics, would not allow US companies leases to explore or drill for oil off of our own continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico but would allow a foreign company, seeking oil for its own people, a deep water lease to operate there.
- Our country would lose its moral and ethical core and its sense of its own history, turn tolerance into cowardice, and embrace groups wanting to see us destroyed into our own fold while holding allies off at arms length. We would deny our own historical ethical founding in order to accommodate the ethics of those who want to replace both our historical and current culture with one devoted to abusing women and all non-believers.
Oh wait… all of that has already happened and is happening now as this is being written. This is not the America I was raised in. The question is no longer when will it happen: it is happening now. The question is can we ever undo it and get us back on track before all is lost and though the name may remain, the America embodied in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution is a concept and culture that exists only in the history books?
While we the people have slept with our bellies full and our minds clouded by the stupor that resulted from overindulging in the slop poured out into our public troughs, and instead of waking up to say, “Wait a minute… what has happened here? This is not right!” we seem to simply want to roll over, steal the blanket off of the person next to us and ask pitifully, “Please Sir, may I have some more slop?”
As Clinton was preparing to leave office I wrote that in my opinion, we had two more presidential cycles to set our course in stone: at that time we would either have irrevocably set us on the road to ruin and loss as other great civilizations have done before us, or we would be back on track to once again be that “shining city on the hill” that was a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. That date is now 6 years off and I fear it is the former course i see setting up.