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Share the burden = communism

Original post made by The Moleman on Apr 13, 2009

Let's reverse the financial situation right now: what if the state had a budget surplus? What if Pleasanton received an enormous windfall? Would the hard right-wingers of this town echo Obama's oft-conveniently-misinterpreted "share the wealth" notion that they so often and stridently railed against as communism? Do capitalist ideals only suit them when they have something to gain? Because it seems that all of a sudden they're tree-hugging liberals when they promote the socialist ideal that all--including teachers--must "share the burden" when corporate America screws up.

Discuss

Comments

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

Stacey is a registered user.

That's what government does. It takes the windfall it receives and finds a way to spend it that doesn't proportionately increase the services/benefits to taxpayers. Did you remember getting more bang for your buck in government services during the boom years?


Posted by Carl, a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 13, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Moleman -

The phrase 'Shared Sacrifice' was first mentioned by a member of the PUSD Budget Advisory Committee. It has been used by other PUSD and Measure G supporters, most recently by Dr. John Casey at the 4/7 Budet Workshop, and by Debbie Look at the 4/8 Measure G Town Hall meeting.

See the first minute of the video blog on the Save Pleasanton Schools website:

Web Link

Who is really out in public 'promoting the socialist ideal'?


Posted by Carl, a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm

To be more clear, the question should have been:

Who is really out in public 'promoting the socialist ideal' and not fully implementing it?


Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 14, 2009 at 7:01 am

I was struck by the title of this post and knew it had to have an Obama slant to it. Then I immediately wondered if one could or would apply the same logic to the parcel tax proposal.

Apparently both connections were made. IMHO, if one can't believe in "spreading the wealth, " then the way to vote on the Parcel Tax should be crystal clear.