Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 2 years ago

    The Spendacrats in Ca will do what they always do.
    “Rainy day fund? What’s that?”
    And then they will just raise taxes again because having the highest taxes in the nation is not enough for the looney left.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    @ReFlex-76

    Safest? FBI statistics don’t support that.

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, almost 2 years ago

    Conservatives: WHINE about deficits. WHINE about surpluses. WHINE about EVERYTHING.


    (But do nothing.)

  4. Captain Colorado

    Captain Colorado said, almost 2 years ago

    “You ARE dinner!”

  5. bgarner

    bgarner said, almost 2 years ago

    California has finally got their financial house in order. Is this a bad thing? If there are Spendacrats on one side they are opposed by the Greedhead Extractive Party.

  6. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, almost 2 years ago

    The surplus is a joke…and a lie. CA is so far in debt all this means is they took in more this one time period than expected. Until they can pay all their current bills AND all debt is paid off there is no such thing as a surplus. Of course, the libs will spend it foolishly anyway, applying it to high speed rail, illegal alien funding or some other such lunacy.

  7. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    What the anti-California ultra conservatives on this site never seem to is just how important the California Economy is to the entire USA!


    California is the twelfth largest economy in the world, and the only state economy in the USA with a Gross Domestic State Product (GDS) greater than $2 trillion, at some $2.2 trillion. Not too shabby, for a state with tree-hugging left wing (supposedly anti-business) environmentalists in charge! And due to a powerful OSHA California workers are the safest in the USA, although that would not be an FBI statistic. And it is those relatively safe and well educated workers that are keeping most of the more high tech industries (that without well educated workers could not even exist) in California, despite relatively high state taxes. Up and coming businesses such as Elon Musk’s spacex, Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, and many other new aerospace space entrepreneurs out at the Mojave Spaceport are just one part of that increased economy. Then there are traditional manufacturing concerns such as Haas Automation Inc. the largest manufacturer of CNC machine tools in the western world (and possibly in the entire world as well) out at Oxnard City in Venture California. I know there are those that will then point out the mass exodus of bushiness from California. But if you look up the truth that number comes out to less then 500 such businesses per year, which is just noise. I can drive down Pacific Coast Highway past literally 10,000 or more bushiness (both small and large) within a 50 mile drive!


    And that higher educational system itself? It consists of the largest Community College system in the US, the largest State College system in the US, and the University of California, one of the largest and most respected University systems in the entire world, let alone the USA. With such world renowned private Universities as The University of Southern California (USC), Stanford University, and the most respected high technology institute in the US (if not the world) in the California Institute of Technology out at Pasadena.


    On top of all this there is also the fact that California has the largest agricultural base in the entire USA. An agribusiness that is worth more than the agribusinesses of the next highest three states combined!


    And all of this combined with the simple fact that Californians pay $1.00 to the federal government in such as taxes, and only receive $0,78 back in federal services, which compares quite favorably with just about every other “Red State” in the USA. So, just who are the makers and who are the takers for the federal government? Perhaps all of those ultra conservatives living in the red states should be praying that California never does what the southern stated did in succeeding from the US. No real need to worry though, we so called liberal Californians will see to it that never happens. And you are all welcome!!

  8. kccaz01

    kccaz01 said, almost 2 years ago

    I think I should move to CA. I enjoy paying higher taxes, union dues, food prices, gas prices, housing prices, and all this with lower wages.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    OK let’s look at this mathematically.

    From an LA Times Article.

    “State coffers contain about $4.5 billion more than expected in personal income tax payments.”

    “Business taxes have also rebounded and are likely to be $200 million ahead of projections”

    OK so we have 4.7 billion in “surplus”.

    “State law may require much of the surplus to go to schools and community colleges.”

    I wonder how much. 50%? Let’s use that figure for grins. And does that mean that education will get the surplus in additon to the funds already budgeted?

    So we still have 2.35 billion in “surplus” funds.

    “The tab for various borrowings during years of budget crisis is expected to be almost $28 billion by the end of June, according to state officials, and will take years to erase.”

    Oh my! 28 billion in debt. And the “surplus” goes to education for the most part. Now the math part. Hmmmm (counts on fingers) 28 billion minus 2.35 billion leaves 25.65 billion in debt left to pay. But never fear.

    “Gov. Jerry Brown will reveal his latest spending plans this month. the pressure on the governor will be intense from lawmakers and advocates eager to restore money to programs that were sliced to close deficits. But Brown has already cautioned that there may not be much cash to spread around after education funding requirements are met.”

    So much for a “surplus” Mt math shows CA still in the RED not out of the woods yet. And the democrates are going to NOT spend itand just let it go to pay off the credit card? Right. LOL

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/02/local/la-me-state-budget-20130503

  10. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Chillbilly

    The Conservatives do something. They give the surpluses away to their big money bosses.

  11. TheTruthHurts

    TheTruthHurts said, almost 2 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Sounds like ‘To BIG to fail’ ! Consider seceding from the Union. Everybody wins !

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @TheTruthHurts

    I knew that somebody would suggest such an insanity! However, California is one of the few states within the US that could survive such a leaving of the Union. Not only would that directly affect the economy of the rest of the states, but California could then charge whatever tariffs (as California is also by far the largest importer of goods for the rest of the US from the Pacific Rim Asian countries to the US) it then wished. Making such goods cost more for the rest of the US while just about eliminating any financial problems for California. In fact, that is just exactly what is one of the main selling points of our own brand of Texas style secessionists here in California. Luckily for the US and the rest of the states, they are just as small a minority here as they are in Texas. Once again, the rest of the US is very welcome. At least by someone as patriotic to the US as I am, at any rate!!

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    Well, I read it because Robert usually makes sense and is for the most part civil.

    Sure, CA is a money making machine. Yep, contributes more than it takes from the Feds (my question is why does the fed get anything at all but that just me) And yes, the state has a well establish profitable economy. I understand why there is a lot of “stuff” the legislators want to do and that the money is there to do it.

    But why brag about a first year surplus that is only 15% of the amassed debt? Further, the surplus “must” be spent of education not paying off the debt. Further still, the legislators want to bring back some of the things that were cut to create the “surplus” and if they do the “surplus” will go away.

    Shouldn’t we all – even government – plan to NOT spend more than taken in?

  14. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    First of all, thank you for your kind remarks. You have also impressed me as being one of the more thinking and civil conservatives on this site yourself, for which I am personally grateful!


    If you have a long term debt 15% (or even half of that at 7.5%) would not be unreasonable to pay such a debt off eventually. Consider that you pay about 3% per year on a 30 year home mortgage. And if as many Americans as have that kind of debt were willing to pay it at that rate, then why not a state debt also?


    You know it is funny to me, but a lot of people (not necessarily thinking conservatives such as yourself) seem to be constantly worried about the governments debt levels (the US itself as well as certain states such as California). But what they do not seem to realize, is just what is the governmental assets ratio to those debts? I have read that the US governments’ worth is anywhere between some $150 to over $200 trillion dollars. Would that not be sufficient collateral to loan such an enterprise a mere $20 trillion or more? Every time the fed has a sale of US governmental bonds, other countries practically go to war to fight to buy such bonds! I mean the federal government owns some 45% of all the land in the US! What is that much land actually worth in the long run? And California is in almost the same position. In fact, most of the states of this great nation have that same kind of collateral wealth available to them!


    Now, I would be the first to agree with the moderate conservatives that if California does have such a surplus, then it would be indeed prudent to not just go out and spend the state into relative financial ruin.. But Governor Jerry Brown does not have a history of being so imprudent. So, I am at least hopeful that the condition of surplus to debt will indeed continue for the state that I love so much. Now, if the country that I also love so much could within a reasonable time, do the same, then I would indeed be a happy camper!!

  15. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gore Bane

    “And if you pass through New Mexico on your way, stop for awhile, see our gorgeous state, spend lots of money, but don’t plan on staying.”

    Looking at how NM ranks nationally for education, poverty, the number of uninsured, general health, violent crime per capita, suicide, and teen birth rate, I can guarantee you I won’t staying in your state.

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