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Dem Interest Groups Use Taxpayer Dollars To Lobby CA Legislators

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:18 am - March 11, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,California politics

For a quick explanation of why California is in the mess it’s in, just follow a link on Instapundit to see the extent to which Democratic interest groups have been using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to lobby the state government.  The top two “special interest groups . . . trying to influence California public officials and voters” are the California Teachers Association and the California State Council of Service Employees.

Together, these groups spent nearly $320 million dollars, all of it skimmed off the salaries of people drawing income from Golden State taxpayers, more than three times as much as the next biggest spender, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

No wonder California is in the hole it’s in; we’ve got special interest groups using taxpayer money to lobby for greater state expenditures.  And to raise that revenue, they’re taxing those who actually produce the wealth, causing many to produce less of said wealth or leaving the state for jurisdictions, like say, Texas, where they’re not penalized for productivity.

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  1. The other day I overheard two white, middle-aged, apparently-liberal CA women saying to each other that when Schwarzenegger is replaced by a Democrat, the CA economy will grow again. I could not believe the sheer ignorance of their remarks. Committed left-liberals have got to be the stupidest, most ill-informed and uneducated people in America.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 11, 2010 @ 11:22 am - March 11, 2010

  2. (cotninued) Which is reflected in liberal discourse around education in CA. CA liberals endlessly, obsessively talk about how we need to spend more money on education, including teacher salaries. No, we don’t. CA already has the best-paid teachers in the nation… and some of the weakest education results. We need to freeze teacher and administrator salaries (so the state doesn’t go bankrupt), introduce competitive pressures via school vouchers at least, and fire incompetent teachers and the vast, excess layers of administrators that have accumulated over the years. But, to the point of Dan’s post, teachers’ unions have everyone hoodwinked.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 11, 2010 @ 11:29 am - March 11, 2010

  3. I will start calling Obama President Ahab. He is searching for his “white whale” of socialized medicine because it is the perfect way to change forever the citizen’s relationship with the state.
    It is wrong to call Obama the first African-American President.
    He is the first European style socialist President.
    At best, he wants to painlessly put America to bed as a super power seamlessly like Britian went from an empire to an elder statesman on world affairs. The problem with that is that the UK had the USA to walk it off stage. We and the world have China and the Islamic world. A post-American world WILL NOT be a golden age but a new “dark age made more sinister and protracted by the lights of perverted science” as the last great Victorian born British PM once said.

    Comment by Rob — March 11, 2010 @ 2:55 pm - March 11, 2010

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