Transformation

“California’s new municipal bankruptcy law could be put to the test in its first trial, as the rumor mill is churning that the city of Stockton is preparing to file for bankruptcy. You may recall that under AB 506, local governments are now required to deal with a “neutral evaluator” for at least 60 days before seeking bankruptcy court protection. That being said, this mediation process can be avoided if a municipality declares a financial emergency.”

Unions, who would lose their sweetheart contracts and control of those making personnel decisions, can use the “neutral” evaluator to continue their gripe on the wallets of the citizens of Stockton.  Instead of the fiscal crisis being the deciding factor, it will be the control of special interests and unions.

The local government is facing a $20 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Stockton has also been voted the “most miserable” city in America, TWICE.

But you mess with the Public Sector Unions and their fat-cat, not “greedy” overly indulgent benefits and you’re asking for the gate of hell to open and the hounds to devour your carcass whole!

The city consented to a wide variety of bond agreements that have contributed to its increasing debt, but officials say that generous retirement health benefits and the increasing costs of maintaining them also threaten to cripple the city with insolvency. The city estimates that it will pay $9 million in retiree health care benefits in the 2012 fiscal year, and that the amount will double over the next 10 years.

Much of the harshest criticism of the current city administration has come from the police union, which has accused Mr. Deis of manipulating numbers. The union paid for billboards that proclaimed “Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California: Stop laying off cops!” and included a running tally of murders in the city and Mr. Deis’s (City Manager) telephone number, against a background depicting spatters of blood. Mr. Deis accused the union of harassing him after it bought a house next door to his. The union said the purchase was an investment and not intended to antagonize Mr. Deis.

Uh, huh..sure..whatever you say….

Denise Jefferson, a former city planner and the executive director of the Miracle Mile Improvement District, said previous administrations had ignored signs of problems for years, despite internal criticism from employees.

Everyone kept pretending that the problems were something the next generation could clean up, but there’s no way to clean this up anymore,” she said. “In high times everyone wants to grow, but the growth we had was never something we could sustain. We played the game, and now there’s no longer a game to play.”

Does this Sound like Congress and The President, anyone? 😦

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Daily Caller that federal employees should not have to “carry an undue burden” by paying more into their pensions to fund legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance for a full year.

Congressional negotiators had reportedlyconsidered requiring all federal employees to contribute an additional 1.5 percent into their pensions to partially pay for a package that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. At this point, they have agreed to require only new federal employees to put an additional 2.3 percent of their salaries toward pensions.

Pelosi also praised President Obama’s leadership in advocating for the payroll tax cut portion of the approximately $150 billion package without paying for it through spending cuts elsewhere.

“The payroll tax cut unpaid for, I think, responds to the argument that we have been making: Why are we paying for this when we don’t pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest people in our country? I just think this was something that happened because the public was fully aware of it and I salute the president for his leadership,” Pelosi said.

And: Tim Geithner said that the “most fortunate Americans” should pay more in taxes for the “privilege of being an American.”

Now that’s “shared Sacrifice”. 🙂

Oh, and being an American is now a “privilege”. 😦

So all rights are now “privileges” granted by a benevolent government. 🙂

I know I feel better….

Oh and this:

Democrats have a message for American job creators: Nice business you have there.  It would be a real shame if you donated to Republicans and something…unfortunate were to happen to it:

Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time. Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

One K-Streeter close to the Baucus operation said the senator considers a gift to Rehberg a contribution against him. Another Democratic lobbyist told a client to take his name off a Rehberg fundraising event because it would be hurtful to his company, according to sources. The case K-Streeters are making to their clients: It will be a hard sell next year to get Baucus’s support on business-friendly tax perks set to expire or the Bush-era tax cuts that must get through his committee.

Nothing like a Little Chicago-Style Blackmail to be “fair”. 🙂

{House Majority Leader Reid} has also been vocal at his weekly breakfast fundraisers — telling attendees that it’s important for Democrats to maintain the majority and support all of the Democratic candidates and take a broad view in political giving, according to sources familiar with the discussions. “Everybody is watching right now,” said Democratic consultant Penny Lee of Venn Strategies, noting that the majority in the Senate could be in play by just one or two seats. The former adviser to Reid said the Nevada Democrat has a special interest in Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s seat in Nevada, “but he’s also keeping a larger watch to see what happens.”
Ah yes, the ole’ electoral “broad view.”  Allow me to summarize: “Republican X might represent your interests better than that Democrat Y — who will probably vote to raise your cost of doing business, then demonize you in the press — but we Democrats have long memories and will use our power to retaliate against any perceived affront, so act accordingly.” (Guy Benson)

In short, Democrats are petty, vindictive, partisans and they will get their revenge in the most childish way possible if you cross them. 🙂

That’s the real “hot topic” here — whether a majority of citizens, in America as elsewhere in the West, are willing to “leave it up to the government” to make decisions on everything that matters.

And if the government has the “right” to dictate that you.

The Democrats surely think so.

Everything flows from the generous “compassion” of the government and the power to be the supreme being that should be worshiped for it greatness.

“There are those in the Oval Office who believe that’s not the case, that rights do, in fact, come from the government, and they have gone around convincing the American people that they can give you rights. We see what happens when government gives you rights. When government gives you rights, government can take away those rights. When government gives you rights, they can coerce you in doing things in exercising the rights that they gave you.”–Candidate Rick Santorum

Like Mandates that say you must do it because the Government says so.

Mark Steyn: The transformation of “human rights” from restraints upon state power into a pretext for state power is nicely encapsulated in the language of Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which states that everyone has the right “to receive free compulsory education.” Got that? You have the human right to be forced to do something by the government.

And So It Continues My Subjects. This is Big Brother Obama signing off for today… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

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