Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Government Fat Cats Get Fatter

I'm REALLY pissed off.

It started last night while watching the news. The news tends to do that to me, especially when I'm watching a story about politicians.

Last night several news programs announced that the new California Speaker of the House, John Perez, gave his staff considerable pay raises. By considerable, I mean freaking massive pay hikes. His Chief of Staff alone received a whopping $65,000 pay raise! She now makes more than the top three state positions, including Governor Arnie. According to the news, Perez did this to bring his staff's salaries in line with those of the staff of the outgoing speaker.

Hey, Perez, wake up! That's hardly a sound reason given the current state of California's budget. Maybe "outgoing" is the key word for you to notice here.

But Perez is not alone. Minority leader Martin Garrick also gave big raises to his top staffers. Perez is a Democrat. Garrick a Republican. So it's not like I can throw stones at one party and not the other.

For those of you not paying attention to what is going on in California, let me bring you up to speed. We are freaking broke! Services are being cut, state agency offices closed, employees laid off and those that remain are often forced to take furlough days (days off without pay). Some government employees are forced to take three unpaid days a month. That's a lot of pay loss. Even the Governor's staff is under the furlough program and the State Senate is under a pay freeze.

Given the economic times, these pay raises are unconscionable.

Common Cause, the government watchdog group, says these pay raises give the impression that the state government is out of touch.


Personally, I haven't had a pay raise since 2008, but I'm not complaining. I have a job. A good job. And I'm not being forced to take furlough days. Then again, I don't work for the dumb ass government.

Perez and Garrick need someone to beat some sense into them. Like maybe an old woman who can't buy her medication, or a father of four who was laid off from his job, or school children who are in overcrowded classrooms without proper books and programs.

Oh, and by the way, Perez is also claiming he's going to cut the Assembly's budget by 15%. I guess the money for those whopping raises has to come from somewhere.

Hey, Perez, how about dumping those raises AND cutting the budget by 15%?!

I'm watching you...


Mark said...

I would like to be making $65K, period.

I am so disgusted with the politians of both parties right now, it isn't even funny. Can we vote them all out and vote in people who actually have had to run a business and live on what they make? Please?

Brittanicus said...

For interested parties a new caucus is being formed called , "RECLAIM AMERICAN JOBS.? The American people need to fight back against the illegal immigration occupation, before it too late. Our nation is suffocating under the relentless invasion, that our politicians have ignored for decades. For reasons beyond most peoples understanding, they have blocked any successful way of restrictions of foreign nationals, that have swarmed into every community in this nation. The numbers from government sources and other biased sources proclaim there are only 10 million, with numbers dwindling. However nobody in there right mind believes these numbers, as they have drudged up consistently over the last 10 years ago, without any change.. Tuscon Border Agency says for every one person, that is apprehended 9 disappear into our country. My guess by that, the numbers are infinitely far more. In the neighborhood of 20 to 30 million. 8 million illegal workers at the least escaping detection in the job market and that's why we need E-Verify?

Perhaps that is why our government has sided with the business sector, to just identify--ONLY--new hires. Therefore, millions are not discovered, because they are already working somewhere.undetected. Federal, state county and city don't want you to know, who has already slipped past any enforcement process. I suggest that's why E-Verify has become a menace to corporate welfare. But E-Verify had gained plenty of momentum, and the Democratic leadership led by Sen. Reid, Speaker Pelosi couldn't slip it past public awareness or popularity amongst HONEST BUSINESSMAN. Even Republicans cannot shift the whole blame on Democrats, as equal indifference must be attributed to both politico's.. Of course we always need exceptional highly skilled engineers, scientists, technical personnel, but we certainly do not require semi-skilled workers, or non-skilled, low income, poor foreign nationals who will become a public taxpayer charge, as it is now?

Now we the American people must contend with another Amnesty, Assuming President Obama can force it through. but who pays for the millions already here, or those who try to slip past before the signing. Another amnesty just means more will try to get here, thinking a third will be past at some future date. Not just the overworked border agency, but expired tourist and students at airports. So much is involved in processing new immigrants, that the whole weight falls on the taxpayers. Once here they can sponsor more family members, including those who would spend uncompensated time in emergency rooms. Another burden for luckless taxpayers. Just read the predicament the Sanctuary State of California. http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2010/03/shocking-reality-of-los-angeles-under.html

Brittanicus said...

This really is the time when jobless American or any citizen and legal resident needs be a member of RECLAIM AMERICAN JOBS caucus. Only together can we stop this travesty of our immigration laws? Whatever our party consideration, we need to make it clear to all politicians that America belongs to THE PEOPLE-not to the open border demented fools, pariah businesses or the politicians themselves. There are three main enforcement tools within the United States. E-Verify, 287(g) local police alien enforcement and ICE raids. Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Gary Miller (R-CA) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) have formed the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus to raise public awareness of the connection between illegal immigration and unemployment. To pressure the Obama Administration to vigorously enforce the laws against the employment of illegal aliens, work to implement legislation that will protect U.S. jobs from the impact of illegal immigration (especially to make E-Verify mandatory) Working to defeat legislation that will put U.S. jobs at risk from the impact of illegal immigration (especially to defeat amnesty.)

The Tea party movement have many objections to the Republican usurpers and the majority certainly don't agree with Dick Armey. But then Steve Poizner would be a great win for California, as he promised he would halt the draining of public entitlements to illegal aliens and give full reign to ICE to investigate and place in detention the millions of foreign families living illegally there. Certainly Governor Schwarzenegger did nothing and allowed this epidemic to spread statewide. California taxpayers have been shoved to the back, when they voted for Proposition 176--eliminating benefits to illegal families. The schools system has slowly deteriorated to the bottom rungs of performance with crammed classes of illegal immigrant children and the inability of teachers to offer a decent education to the offspring of American parents. In the last decade the prison system has been the place of last resort, for the rising crime rate of illegal immigrants from across the globe. Border state hospitals including California are overrun by illegal alien families who cannot afford to pay, leaving the bill for the taxpayers to collect the tab.

Go to numbersusa.com to learn the ropes. Don't forget to call your Senator or Representative at 202-224-3121. Don't forget to give your state incumbent lawmaker an ultimatum; NO RE-ELECTION VOTE. We are a sympathetic people, but Americans must come first and any lawmaker who represents the illegal immigrant, must be kicked out of office. This is not mean-spirited, this is survival of our nation, our flag and our language. American jobs for American people. Learn about the rampant corruption at Judicialwatch.org. OVERPOPULATION is another hidden issue, that will cause major environmental problems by 2040.

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