Citizens Against New Local Taxes  (CANLT)

NATIONAL

Articles, Press and General Information about Taxes, from National News Sources,

with a particular focus on national articles about California.


 
US DEBT CLOCK (Real Time)
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   FEDERAL WORKERS EARNING DOUBLE THEIR COUNTERPARTS
[Source:  USATODAY.COM   8/10/2010]
    
  
   
PRIVATE PAY SHRINKS TO HISTORIC LOWS
AS GOVERNMENT PAYOUTS RISE

[Source:  USATODAY.COM   5/24/2010]
  

 
DEFICIT IN JULY 2010 TOTALS $165.04 BILLION
[Source:  Online.WSJ.Com,  8/11/2010]
   
  TWO MILLION+ FEDERAL EMPLOYEES CANNOT BARGAIN FOR WAGES OR BENEFITS. THEY HAVE FAR LESS POWER THAN STATE PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS

[Source:  Online.WSJ.Com,  2/24/2011]
Strassel:  Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me
"...Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a "right to work zone." Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal. ..."

 
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[Source:  WSJ.com  2/24/2011]
Strassel:  Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me
The two million+ federal employee unions have far less power than State public sector unions.  Federal employee unions do not have the right to collective bargaining.


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Source:  APNews.Myway.com.  9/28/2010]
FBI investigates prominent labor leader Andy Stern [SEIU Union]
WASHINGTON (AP) - "The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents. ..."





[Source:  PBS.org,  9/21/2010]
DEFENSE SPENDING BILL FAILS
Vote to Consider "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and "Dream Act" (included in Defense Spending Bill) Fails in Senate



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Source:  US News.com,  8/26/2010]
THE MOST FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT IN U.S. HISTORY


[Source:  Washington Post, 6/13/2010]
"President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to support the still-fragile economic recovery."  
[Click here for full article.]

      In classic "FIREMEN FIRST SYNDROME", rather than make public employees take [REAL] across the board pay cuts, bear more of their own benefits costs, and get less luxurious golden-parachute pensions (they're lucky to even have jobs in today's economy), instead they use the "Firemen First" card:  the threat to cut vital services including "teachers, police and firefighters" unless taxpayers fork over more money in higher taxes.  
     Virtually every level of government -- from President Obama on 6/13/2010, right down to the Las Virgenes Unified School District right here in Southern California in May 2010 -- uses this tactic/threat to "strong arm" the public into higher taxes.
     If the public sector all took REAL across the board pay cuts, bore a much higher portion of their benefit costs, and no longer got the golden-parachute luxurioius pensions that they currently do, there would be no need to cut vital public services.

In "LEAKY BARREL SYNDROME", sufficient tax dollars pour into the top of the "barrel", but there are holes all over the barrel, with tax dollars spilling out all over, through excess, greed, waste, and  abuse of tax dollars.  The public sector needs to "plugs the holes".  The (diminishing number) of taxpayers left are already "taxed out".




[Source:  New York Times, 5/31/2010]
"PATERSON NOW FOCUSES ON LAYOFFS TO CUT BUDGET"

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[Source: Reuters, 5/21/2010]

"CALIFORNIA PENSION POLITICS HEATING UP"
"... the state's three biggest public pension funds face a collective shortfall of more than $500 billion over the next 16 years". ...   
"Every additional dollar we spend on state employee pensions is a dollar we take from education, health, and public safety," Schwarzenegger said." ... 
"...the state's unemployment rate is over 12 percent." ...
"By Wednesday, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer prevailed on fellow Calpers' board members to postpone discussion of requesting more money from the state government in light of its fiscal woes."
[Click here for full article]
CANLT comment: LVUSD, and its unions, likewise, should not be asking local taxpayers for more money.



[Source: The Hill.com,  5/21/2010]
"UNIONS TO SPEND $100m IN 2010 CAMPAIGN TO SAVE DEM MAJORITIES"

[Click here for full article]



[Source: US News & World Report,  5/20/2010]
"POLLS TURN AGAINST PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS."
[Click here for full article]



[Source: Financial Times.com, 5/19/2010]
"US STATE PENSIONS BECOMING FEDERAL ISSUE"
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[Source: Wall Street Journal, 5/19/2010]
"DOW 28,000,000:  THE UNBELIEVABLE EXPECTATIONS OF CALIFORNIA'S PENSION SYSTEM"    Because Calpers failed to disclose pension costs and liabilities 10 years ago, taxpayers will be on the hook for hundreds of billions.  ...   SB 400 granted billions of dollars in retroactive pension boosts to state employees, allowing retirements as young as age 50 with lifetime pensions of up to 90% of final year salaries. The California Public Employees' Retirement System sold the pension boost to the state legislature by promising that "no increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements" and that Calpers would "remain fully funded." They also claimed that enhanced pensions would not cost taxpayers "a dime" because investment bets would cover the expense.What Calpers failed to disclose, however, was that (1) the state budget was on the hook for shortfalls should actual investment returns fall short of assumed investment returns, (2) those assumed investment returns implicitly projected the Dow Jones would reach roughly 25,000 by 2009 and 28,000,000 by 2099, unrealistic to say the least (3) shortfalls could turn out to be hundreds of billions of dollars, (4) Calpers's own employees would benefit from the pension increases and (5) members of Calpers's board had received contributions from the public employee unions who would benefit from the legislation. Had such a flagrant case of non-disclosure occurred in the private sector, even a sleepy SEC and US Attorney would have noticed.  ...
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[Source: US News & World Report,  5/14/2010]
"THE CRIPPLING PRICE OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS"

"The American public feels it is drowning in red ink. It is dismayed and even outraged at the burgeoning national deficits, unbalanced state and local budgets, and accounting that often masks the extent of indebtedness. There is a mounting sense that taxpayers are being taken for an expensive ride by public sector unions. The extraordinary benefits the unions have secured for their members are going to be harder and harder to pay."
Citing HJTA... "This article in U.S. News describes how the bullying of vulnerable legislators by large corrupt labor unions has lead to lavish government spending in California's public sector.   It describes a possible solution in creating independent commissions to battle the labor unions, before the state declares bankruptcy."
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(Source: FORBES.com 4/26/2010]
"THE MOST TAX-BURDENED STATES THE GOLDEN STATE?   MORE LIKE TAXIFORNIA"
"...California (score of 3.1) along with South Carolina, and New York are the lowest ranked states, combining a relatively large burden of government with a poorly structured tax system. This double-whammy strongly discourages residents from working hard, saving and investing, which again are the basis for strong and prosperous economies."
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