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Understanding your priorities

Uploaded: Jul 5, 2012
It is very clear what's driving the Democrat-majority in the state Legislature as it heads toward adjournment for summer recess tomorrow—doing all members can to put the governor's tax proposal in the most favorable light with voters come November.
Earlier this week, Sen. Lois Wolk roundly criticized the $11.2 billion water bond as the "zombie bond" that just will not die. Despite her criticism, she voted to with the majority to delay the bond until 2014 so it would not compete with Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative to raise income taxes on high earners and the sales tax by one-quarter cent.
Unfortunately, that enthusiasm to get spending measures off the ballot doesn't appear to extend to the horrifically expensive high-speed rail project that also is supposed to be acted on before the recess. The governor continues to push this $69 billion project, despite having no clue where nearly $60 billion of the funding is going to come from.
It is an amazing case of playing roulette with the taxpayers' money in a way that no business or rational individual would.
Changing gears—one of Americans' greatest qualities is their generosity and their willingness to help others—with time, talent or cash.
Check out the response at the Alameda County Fair to the request to volunteer to pack emergency meals through Kids Against Hunger. The all-volunteer group, which normally ships meals to Third World countries struggling with food issues, instead packed emergency provisions that will be stored in a container on the fairgrounds.
The group had more than 1,500 signups for the volunteer day last Wednesday and ended up packing 130,650 meals that are stored in a container on the fairgrounds. These will be rotated after 18 months and sent to Haiti or the Philippines.
What's particularly impressive about this Pleasanton-based group is that it is entirely run by volunteers as a satellite site of the national group. The national group was founded in 1999 and now has 98 sites across the country where volunteers pack the custom-designed casseroles for shipment around the United States and the world.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Parkside,
on Jul 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

"The governor continues to push this $69 billion project, despite having no clue where nearly $60 billion of the funding is going to come from."
Of course he is. This is his legacy; his giveaway to the unions that supported his election effort. It's payback time for his masters feeding at the trough iof the remaining taxpayers in California.
Aside from his obvious ploy to 'create jobs' in the state (not to mention all the foreign mateerials that will be used for this project, along with illegal laborers), there's that nagging issue about a train to nowhere with no passengers to ride it.

We should start referring to this project as the 'ghost train'. If the train's horn blows throughout it's trip through the deserted central valley, will it make a noise, if no one is there to hear it?

Posted by Casanova_Frankenstein, a resident of Old Towne,
on Jul 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

Casanova_Frankenstein is a registered user.

Greetings, muchachos! It is I, Casanova Frankenstein!

I am here once again to sing the praises of Tim Hunt's latest post, very appropriately entitled "Understanding your priorities." Naturally, Tim stays focused like a laser beam on my priorities, which are the actions of Sen. Lois Wolk, high-speed rail, and sending meals to Haiti or the Philippines.

How is it that Tim understands my priorities so well? Is it simply because these are the issues that dominate both our national and local discourse? Or is he, perhaps, somehow stealing my thoughts and posting them under his own name? He could even be a spy! Look closely--he does have Betty Davis eyes, doesn't he? Hmm...

One thing is for sure, these are the burning issues that the lamestream media choose to ignore. However, the truthiest of Mr. Hunt's claims must be the following: "It is an amazing case of playing roulette with the taxpayers? money in a way that no business...would." Truthier words were never spoken! Businesses, as we know from Ayn Rand, are the moral compass of American exceptionalism, and I challenge any of you liberals to name one--JUST ONE BUSINESS--that would play roulette with taxpayers' money. Not Russian roulette, though--I mean the American kind.

So thank you, Tim, for having the courage to speak the Truth yet again!

Adios for ahora, hormigas!

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