No Schools For You

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California
Here is an idea for solving California’s budget crisis.
What if the California legislature temporarily budgeted for districts according to the wishes of the district’s legislators. If an Assembly or Senate representative demanded cuts to schools, fire, etc. then the schools, fire, etc. in that representative’s district receive the entire cut! This would be an honest application of representative democracy, allowing the citizens of an area to be governed according to their wishes without it affecting all of the citizens in the state.
Wait, you say, why should only certain districts be punished with cuts? Why should only a few citizens shoulder the burden of balancing the budget through cuts? The answer is because those are the people who elected the extremist minority who are forcing the cuts, while refusing to ask the rich to pay their fair share and actually cutting taxes for huge corporations. (Yes, the budget “solution” included a huge tax cut for the Wal-Marts and Exxons.)
With this plan the residents of Santa Clarita (the right-wing bastion of northwest LA County) could get their wish to have no schools, police, road maintenance, firefighters, etc. while the residents of San Francisco could keep their government services. And the residents of both areas would have what they want.
Or, at least, they would have the opportunity to understand just who they elected.
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3 thoughts on “No Schools For You

  1. Problem solving process
    – Create a strawman. The oppostion are anarchists
    – Assume away property rights. If they’ve got property and especially cash, tax it.
    – Assert moral superiority. Stand apart from the extremist who think they should retain their incomes
    – Dream big. Imagine that high tax progressive states are Eden

  2. Dave, I really think you deserve a better quality troll.
    I like this idea – it would be good political theater, if nothing else. Just as with Mark Sanford in SC, they don’t the guts to do it (although Sanford has the SC state legislature to bail him out).

  3. So your plan is to force the taxpayers who shoulder a greater tax burden per person and who vote the way they do because they realize that their taxes are being wasted to not have the services that they overwhelmingly paid for?
    How about this: force the taxpayers (the poorer ones) who don’t pay much in taxes but are always demanding more services to just STFU and deal with what they have paid for.
    But that would be just and fair and that’s not the America the chimp in Chief Obama promised them.

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