The Obama policies in action: California fleeced by public unions, leads the way in liberal failure

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    The Obama policies in action: California fleeced by public unions, leads the way in liberal failure

    The public employee unions are out of control. Our future is as bankrupt as California's, given that Democrats do nothing but open the public treasury for looting by their corrupt union masters. 

    Nine years ago, California Democrat Gray Davis became the first U.S. governor in 82 years to be recalled by voters. The state’s 20 million taxpayers still bear the cost of his four years and 10 months on the job.

    Davis escalated salaries and benefits for 164,000 state workers, including a 34 percent raise for prison guards, the first of a series of steps in which he and successors saddled California with a legacy of dysfunction. Today, the state’s highest-paid employees make far more than comparable workers elsewhere in almost all job and wage categories, from public safety to health care, base pay to overtime.

    Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t curbed overtime expenses that lead the 12 largest states or limited payments for accumulated vacation time that allowed one employee to collect $609,000 at retirement in 2011. The 74-year-old Democrat has continued requiring workers to take an unpaid day off each month, which could burden the state with new costs in the future.

    Last year, Brown waived a cap on accrued leave for prison guards while granting them additional paid days off. California’s liability for the unused leave of its state workers has more than doubled in eight years, to $3.9 billion in 2011, from $1.4 billion in 2003, according to the state’s annual financial reports

    "California spends most of its money on salaries, retirement payments, health care benefits for government workers, and other compensation,” said failed former liberal Republican Schwarzenegger, who replaced Davis as governor. “State revenues are up more than 50 percent over the past 10 years, but still we’ve had to cut spending on services because so much of that revenue increase went to increases in compensation and benefits.”  Arnold is blamed, though he tried to get ballot measures passed to limit the crooked unions, and failed. He had little power over the Democrat Legislature's reckless spending.

    Per- pupil funding of the state’s public schools dropped to 35th nationally in 2009-2010 from 22nd in 2001-2002. Californians have endured recurring budget deficits throughout the past decade and now face the country’s highest debt and Standard & Poor’s lowest credit rating for a U.S. state.

    The story of one prison psychiatrist shows how pay largesse has spread.

    Mohammad Safi, graduate of a medical school in Afghanistan, collected $822,302 last year, up from $90,682 when he started in 2006...

    California inmates must need counseling, when they wonder why they are behind bars for theft, while thieving public employee union leaders visit the White House.

     
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    About 100,000 more people moved away from California in 2011 than relocated to the Golden State, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    So, where are these former Californians going?

    The Census Bureau calculates that the most popular destination is Texas (58,992), a state that is luring California companies.

    LOL....

    Moving out of California: self-reliant ambitious private sector workers going to a place that supports business.

    Moving into of California: millions of Auntie Zenuitis, going on the dole.

    The entire state of California will look like Detroit soon.

     

     

     
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    Re: The Obama policies in action: California fleeced by public unions, leads the way in liberal failure

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    Ah. I wasn't sure whether it was an invasive barnacle someone picked up in the utter cesspools known as the comments section to BDC articles or a well-established tape worm.

     

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    Re: The Obama policies in action: California fleeced by public unions, leads the way in liberal failure

    California and Michigan have been running liberal govts for decades and look at their current situations.

    Do we want that on a national scale!??

     
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    Re: The Obama policies in action: California fleeced by public unions, leads the way in liberal failure

    Sounds like the problem lies with the prison system itself, one of the largest in the known world and a tremendous waste of resources for little discernable benefit.

    Time to release all of those non-violent, non-crazy drug offenders...

    ...and then release the non-violent, crazy ones, too.

     

    And no, privatizing prisons is NOT a panacea.  Abuse, forced labor and civil rights violations are just as bad with the private sector as they are with the public sector and savings are often negligible.

     

     
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    California and Michigan have been running liberal govts for decades and look at their current situations.

    Do we want that on a national scale!??

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    Actually, Michigan legislature has had a republican majority for decades.

     

     
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    And no, privatizing prisons is NOT a panacea.  Abuse, forced labor and civil rights violations are just as bad with the private sector as they are with the public sector and savings are often negligible.



    The private prison lobby is a large force behind fighting any attempts to reduce penalties or shift to the much wiser approach to the drug issue of descriminalization of drugs and/or treatment for addicts.

     

    Along with the alcohol industry and ADA lobbies... 

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    Agreed about drug decriminalization. But if individuals have an autonomous right to take drugs and do as they please, why is there an obligation for the rest of us to pay for the results of people's choices to abuse drugs?

    The "treatment for addicts" lobby has the alcohol industry lobby beat, easily !  

    How many  public sector "drug counselors" are there on the public payroll, most of whom  are former drug addicts?
    Many unemployed college grads would have a better shot at a job if they put "recovering drug addict" on their resumes.

    Ah, yes "drug treatment" is the liberal answer. Take drugs recklessly, get sent to a warm weather resort for 30 days, where sensitive counselors will wipe your nose and tell you all about how it isnt your fault...Successful for the thousands of counselors,  successful to use the term "treatment", which sounds nice, but in reality there is really no "treatment".

    Only one small detail is often overlooked. Modern drug "treatment" doesnt work!

     
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