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Forum Post: Stop attack on California by both big business parties

Posted 2 years ago on May 22, 2012, 11:27 p.m. EST by OldCrow (22)
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Oppose Brown’s cuts in California

Statement of Jerry White, SEP candidate for US President 
22 May 2012

As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I call on workers throughout California to begin organizing mass opposition to the latest round of cuts demanded by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. With these cuts, workers in California are facing the same attack on social rights as workers throughout the world. As with their political counterparts in Spain, Italy, and Greece, the Democrats and Republicans are united in their determination to defend the corporate and financial elite by demanding a historic reversal in the wages and living conditions of the vast majority of the population. In his latest budget proposal, Brown is calling for over $8 billion in cuts, primarily to health care and social services. More than $2 billion will be cut from Medi-Cal and CalWORKs, the state’s Medicaid and welfare-to-work programs. This comes under conditions in which official unemployment is over 10 percent, and nearly 100,000 Californians were just cut off extended federal unemployment benefits. These cuts follow years of attacks against social programs upon which millions of people depend. Since the beginning of the economic crisis, $20 billion has been cut or deferred from the state’s education system, resulting in over 30,000 teachers being laid off. Tuition at public colleges and universities is soaring, and working class youth are being priced out of a decent education. Mental health services have been cut to the bone, leaving the mentally ill in jail instead of hospitals. Subsidized childcare has been slashed, leaving working mothers unable to find safe and affordable day care. With the willful collaboration of the states’s trade unions, Brown is also demanding further cuts in wages for government workers. “We are going to have to go much farther and make cuts far greater than I asked for at the beginning of the year,” Brown declared in announcing that the state’s anticipated budget deficit for next year had ballooned from $9.2 billion to $16 billion. Brown is packaging his attack on workers with proposals for increased revenue—aimed primarily at increasing sales taxes that disproportionately impact the working class. With typical cynicism, the governor is also proposing a slight increase in income taxes on the rich. This is merely intended to give political cover for cuts that go far beyond anything proposed by the previous governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the same time, if voters do not approve the tax increases, Brown is threatening further devastating cuts in public education. What is happening in California is happening throughout the country and around the world. If ranked as an independent country California’s economy would be the 8th largest in the world, and the state accounts for 13 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product. Brown’s cuts will be used as a model for every other state, where governors of both big business parties have already enforced deep cuts in essential social services….

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/cali-m22.shtml

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[-] 1 points by OldCrow (22) 2 years ago

Wellhungjury:

from the article: "...Brown is packaging his attack on workers with proposals for increased revenue—aimed primarily at increasing sales taxes that disproportionately impact the working class. With typical cynicism, the governor is also proposing a slight increase in income taxes on the rich. This is merely intended to give political cover for cuts that go far beyond anything proposed by the previous governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger..."

[-] 1 points by wellhungjury (296) 2 years ago

Brown also tied these cuts in with some tax increases specifically aimed at the affluent. As nutty as he can be, this seems to be a prudent approach. What is your alternative?

[-] 1 points by penguento (362) 2 years ago

I'm wondering if you have a proposed budget for California that we might peruse, and a taxation and revenue plan supporting it? It seems that if you oppose the funding cuts, that you ought properly to have an alternative plan for closing a what is, after all, a very massive shortfall in revenue.

[-] 1 points by OldCrow (22) 2 years ago

For starters: The tax increase on the wealthy is pathetically tiny. Raise that tax higher and on corporations, too. What about a state owned bank like N. Dakota has had for 91 years: ABC News: "When the recession challenged Pam Wanner's bakery, she found comfort in what might seem a surprising place: her bank, the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-owned bank in the country..." http://abcnews.go.com/Business/state-owned-banks-future-banking/story?id=10142189#.T78HDmgTuPQ

[-] 0 points by foreeverLeft (-264) 2 years ago

These programs have to be cut in order for the population of California to decrease. We are going to become home base for America's elite and we have to kill the middle class to force them to move to other states.

We need service people, janitors, gardners, maids, a strong, healthy public worker sector and not much else. Once the trash people have left CA will reach it's true potential of being the heaven on earth for our most precious resource, the rich.

Think about it! The whole state will be like Marin! Nancy Pelosi will be so pleased!

[-] -2 points by Cubs101 (-49) 2 years ago

California is broke spending on illegal aliens, welfare bums, Union pensions, and stupid bullet trains. At the same time, California is chasing businesses away. California needs a conservative revolution, not some socialist solution.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 2 years ago

I don't know how many I have to repeat that many other states, including Arizona, about as far right as the KKK, have greater budget deficits per capita than California.

You read but don't understand; California has the one of the largest economies in the world, yet the state's deficit per citizen is less than nutjob states like Arizona, which prefers to imprison people rather than assist them. Ask Sheriff Joe.

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[-] 1 points by OldCrow (22) 2 years ago

The fact that you are a conservative and are defending Brown illustrates one of the points in the article: how right wing even the Democrats have become. We've had a "conservative revolution" for the last 30 years. Before it started we had the one of the best educational systems in the world now we have one of the biggest prison systems. I took a trip down south (Salton Sea) several years ago and it seemed like ever 20-30 miles I passed an exit signed "something or other correctional facility".