I had planned to come gently to this site and talk about how this is still the hibernation time of year. We don't need to beat ourselves up over what we may or may not be accomplishing. Actually there is never a time for that, but this is especially a time of year to be slow and kind.
I also thought I would pull out of the news, but then, I see that Schwarzenegger wants to authorize the closure of 9 state parks, many of them my favorites.
I don't mind paying taxes and I pay plenty of them, but I do want something in return. The park that I visit most often is the Tomales Bay State Park. It seems very natural. I'm not sure what the great expense is, and I don't see how the state government can close our natural landscapes to us.
I also see that he is cutting everything that matters. I don't agree with going into debt. I think that government should spend only what they take in, but it seems this state does take in a great deal of money. Why is there such a huge discrepancy? Someone commented on SFGate that this will make the state an even more unattractive place to live which will help bring the housing prices down. There is that.
Our schools are already poorly ranked. Are we going to be the richest state in the union with the poorest schools?
We could raise taxes or we could become more efficient.
On Sunday, I watched two Cal Trans trucks pull up to a small hole. One man got a small bag out of his truck and poured something into the hole. The two men with their two trucks, lights ablaze, stood there for 30 minutes and watched it dry. Is it possible there is some waste in our state government?