California: A case for rethinking the status quo- Globe&Mail

California: A case for rethinking the status quo…

come on people get vocal, read and learn that our world is in need of change.   California, Greece…whatever…the signs of a broken system are everywhere. Choose common sense.  Choose parliamentary democracy- the only hope for change and improved living standards without bloodshed.-Al Smith

“… Case files piling up by the thousands, phones ringing off the hook, forced midweek courthouse closings and occasional brawls as frustrated citizens queue for hours to pay parking fines.  “People think we’re becoming a Third World country,” said Ms. Sims, 55. “They don’t understand.”  It’s a story that’s being repeated all across California – and throughout the United States – as cash-strapped state and local governments grapple with collapsed tax revenues and swelling budget gaps. Mass layoffs, slashed health and welfare services, closed parks, crumbling superhighways and ever-larger public school class sizes are all part of the new normal.  ,,,, Think of California as Greece on the Pacific: bankrupt and desperately needing a bailout….
…Americans have been “brainwashed” into believing they pay a lot of taxes, Prof. Dreier added. In fact, they are among the least-taxed people in the Western World, particularly if they’re wealthy, he said….Warren Buffett, who advised U.S. President Barack Obama ….he wondered, can Washington deny California after saying yes to General Motors, AIG and dozens of banks….”


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