Sacramento Chooses Politics Over Economics.  The Middle Class Continues to Bleed

Imagine if California families and businesses had $100 BILLION it could spend?  That would end a lot of poverty, homelessness and hunger.  It would allow the creation of more job’s, better homes and a step up for kids going to college.  Instead Gavin Newsom, a multi-millionaire does not think you are smart enough to spend the money you earn.  He wants to spend it for you—to pay for abortions for women from Oklahoma, bring illegal aliens here and get a free education—including college.  He wants to use the money to limit our water and energy—while pushing us out of our cars.  In other words, Newsom thinks he is the coolest kid at the table—and you are just dumb.

Keep him in office and he will again prove how dumb you are.

“California’s state government is now flush with a $97.5 billion surplus (let’s round it up to $100 billion, shall we?), and in bygone eras that money would lead to lower taxes to allow individuals and businesses to choose to invest THEIR money in what THEY need the most.

But THIS Sacramento government led by Governor Newsom, who wants to tell Californians how best to spend their money, wants to redistribute the extra money in ways that SACRAMENTO wants its citizens to do.

Sacramento Chooses Politics Over Economics.  The Middle Class Continues to Bleed

KEN ALPERN, City Watch LA,  5/16/22 

THE DOCTOR IS IN – Maybe some of you reading this think inflation is great.

Maybe some of you reading this believe that the cost of gasoline and food shooting upwards is great. Maybe some of you believe that the shortage of affordable housing is great.  

I don’t. 

As ridiculous as it might seem, I’ve heard plenty of foolish and zealous (usually socialist or libertarian) wonks justify the above as “for the greater good” or “good in the long run” or “eyes on the prize”. 

We’re in a Demand-Pull Inflation, whereby a combination of (among other factors) demand surpassing supply (think supply-chain crises), increased government spending, and flooding the money supply with too few goods have nailed us with respect to inflation.

California’s state government is now flush with a $97.5 billion surplus (let’s round it up to $100 billion, shall we?), and in bygone eras that money would lead to lower taxes to allow individuals and businesses to choose to invest THEIR money in what THEY need the most.

But THIS Sacramento government led by Governor Newsom, who wants to tell Californians how best to spend their money, wants to redistribute the extra money in ways that SACRAMENTO wants its citizens to do.

So, the ways that Governor Newsom will dole out OUR money is as follows:

1) $11.5 Billion for Tax Refunds to (Supposed) Help Address Inflation–Californians, with every eligible registered vehicle owner getting a $400 check, capped at two checks per individual. 

Which will be nice for about a month or so. Lowering the gas tax to reduce the cost of a gallon of gas? Forget it!

2) $2.7 Billion for Emergency Rental Assistance–For low-income tenants who requested rental assistance before March 31.

Which will be nice for about a month or so. Incentivizing and enforcing rules and benefits for lowering rents in the long term? Forget it!

3) $1.4 Billion to Help Californians Pay Past-Due Utility Bills–Yep, the utility bills are indeed high. Lots to blame for the cost of water and gas going up.

This will be nice for about a month or so–investing in cost-effective energy and water policy? Getting over the zealots (usually wealthy) who don’t give a damn about the impacts of high utilities on the middle class? Forget it!

4) $933 Million for Hospital and Nursing Home Staff–providing up to $1,500 per hospital and skilled nursing facility workers who we need more than ever during COVID-19 and a worsening nursing shortage

Which will be nice for about a month or so…or maybe even just two weeks. Addressing the costs of training and hiring more nurses? Forget it!

The rest will go to free public transit, allowing more affordable health coverage, pausing the diesel sales tax (not for the unleaded gas most of us use), and childcare fees for low-income families.

Which will all be good for about a month…some will say a bit longer, but it’s still not addressing the problems with inflation, and how to fight it.

But that would be a job for front-line economists, just as public health policy would have to be a job for front-line physicians. 

And we will instead rely on politicians with little to no knowledge (or interest learning) of economics, physics, medicine, or anything else that strays away from political expediency.

And we just keep electing ’em, don’t we?

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Comments

  1. notluf trebor says

    STEVE,

    Who are the ” middle class” in America? I know. Others classify us Americans that way all the time…That excuse sometimes worked with my mother to blame things on my siblings. Maybe the question should be “Who are the “lower class”? Any American volunteers for that designation? “Class” sounds sort of communist don’t you think?

    We know the answer to “Who are the ‘upper class'”? They are those who condition us by calling on us to use their language in daily discourse..

    A suggestion. Let’s have all Americans hoping to climb the ladder (the real American Dream) say:
    “middle income”. Good idea?

  2. Terry L Gherardi says

    Is anyone paying attention to the border. You will not find that anyone seems to ask, much less know, what the border is costing U.S. and State of CA taxpayers. Who is paying for their medical care, housing, food, schooling, now, much less when another million of so come in over the next few months. !.3 million since October.

    Baby formula stockpiled in three warehouses on the border, and then have you seen what Homeland Security has put in place as far as tents etc, to handle the numbers when Title 42 is rescinded. And, here we are with new Covid cases across the country. Increases in foreign countries, and we end Title 42? Migrants don’t have to be vaxed or tested, but American citizens do when they travel.
    This all makes no sense….The Biden administration/cabinet, are a Circus side show, with an empty shadow of a man, as the ringmaster. Send in those cards & letters!

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