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Chicken Little: 'The Sky is Falling!'

A Redlands Tea Party Patriot gave up counting the lies Thursday when big-government liberals "informed" the public about why we must approve tax increases and unionist protection measures in November.

A panel of Chicken Little unionists trotted out the predictable “sky is falling” predictions Thursday night about what would happen if we voters aren’t smart enough to approve  Jerry Brown’s tax increase on the November ballot.

Criminals will take over Redlands! Kids will go stupid! Panic in the streets! People won’t know what to do! The only prediction the big-government types didn’t parade out is closing the Department of Motor Vehicles.

It was clear Thursday night at Citrus Valley High School that the Redlands Unified School District and the city's public-employee unions have once again joined forces to hose taxpayers so they can keep their high-paying jobs and benefits while the rest of the state struggles with a sour economy.

There were so many lies that I just gave up counting.

The most laughable moment went to Paul Scott of the California Teachers Association who, with a straight face, claimed that union contributions go to politicians as part of an open and democratic process.

Prop 32, a ballot measure the panelists are opposing, would prohibit the mandatory contributions of union dues for political causes. Workers have the option to opt into political causes instead of having to opt out of the process. Overall, about 40 percent of union workers vote Republican, yet more than 90 percent of union money goes to liberal politicians.  In states where similar measures have passed, union member dues have plummeted to the low teens or single digits.

The panelists also supported Prop 30 that, if passed, would make California the No. 1 state in income taxes. We are already No 1 in sales and gas taxes, yet No. 2 in income taxes just isn’t enough for some people.

According to the US Census Bureau, California’s state and local employees are already the highest paid in the nation.

I included those inconvenient truths in questions I wrote cards that were handed to the moderator. My questions focused on why does government always try to get more money from taxpayers instead of cutting back – as the private sector has done. As predicted, my questions were never aired.

(And, by the way, according to the Wall Street Journal, California’s public school teachers are already paid 35 percent over the national average – so I didn’t buy the predictable “poor me” cries that flowed from the stage.)

The forum was billed as an informational evening, yet none of the panelists or materials in the entry way advocated positions against Prop 30 and for Prop 32. They just droned and moaned about how stupid we all are if we don’t for Prop 30 and against Prop 32.

By coincidence, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots, of which I am a proud member, published our voters guides for the fall election on Thursday. We are recommending a “yes” vote on Prop 32 and a “no” vote on the other 10 measures.

And, just to be a brat, I left some on the back table as I left the high school.

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Gregory Brittain September 15, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Dem politicians always set up their tax increases by claiming we’ll have to cut public safety and education if you voters don’t agree to increase taxes. For some reason, they never threaten to cut welfare (CA has 33% of the nation’s welfare recipients with 12% of nation’s population), or benefits for illegal immigrants, or overly generous salaries and pension benefits for government employees. I almost wish CA voters approve Dems’ tax increases. That will teach a valuable lesson to CA voters and all of America about increasing taxes. Just remember who was for the tax increases and who was against the tax increases. Dems and the government employee unions are responsible for Prop 30 and deserve all of the credit or all of blame for the results.
David Rempel September 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Counting the dollars, its 28 million against and 5 million for Prop 32, with the top 5 donors against being the public unions and the top 5 donors for being private individuals. Pretty obvious how important this is to the unions, and how opposed the interests of the union and the private individual are. Yet the brainwashed think anything with a union label must be good. http://votersedge.org/california/ballot-measures/2012/november/prop-32
Claire Frémont-Hampton September 16, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Cap all public employee's benefits, with the exemption of police and firefighters, to levels equal of those in the private sector. Ask to have Jerry Brown's head examined if he cannot grasp the concept.
SBSWZ September 16, 2012 at 04:27 AM
brown's brain is empty...how can you examine emptiness?
Claire Frémont-Hampton September 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Oh, I don't think it is all empty space, there must be a few cells carrying images of campaign contributions, and possibly an image of a Kardashian girl under the mistletoe. Since our tax dollars paid for the Hubble Telescope, I suggest we ask that it be redirected at Sacramento for just one day. Then posters can be made and sold of what is actually inside of that head, creating at least a few jobs hopefully non-union of course, and giving us all a bang for our tax bucks.

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