Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    They will do what all tax and spend liberals do…….Spend it.
    Jerry Brown bragged about a surplus for the Ca annual budget, yet they haven’t touched the $130 Billion in debt.
    And that doesn’t even include future unfunded liabilities.
    But they’ll just keep spending….

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago


    California, if any state in the union can afford even that amount of debt (which I seriously doubt is the truth anyway). California has the ONLY GDP of any state in the US that is over $2 trillion dollars ($2.2 to be more exact). Which I also believe puts California among the top ten or so of all of teh actual countries of the entire world! If the other 49 states did as well, the entire GDP of the US would be over $100 trillion, or almost twice what the entire GDP of the world is. If Californians were to actually stop paying $1.00 into the federal treasury for every $0.78 in federal benefits we receive, the federal government could not possibly afford many of the so called red states that pay far less than they receive,

    Heck, just the agricultural value of the agribusiness in California is worth more than the combined agribusiness of the next three states worth combined!.

    And out at Mojave Airport the future is being developed by the private (yes, I approve of private over just government, but both working together is always the best) aerospace concerns. This business alone will eventually make any state or other local governmental entity eventually as relatively wealthy as the Middle Eastern Oil Conglomerates are now. Although California is going to be the lead (especially as the higher educational system in California is the best in the US, if not the world) we will be more than happy to share in those endeavors with such relatively conservative states as Texas and New Mexico.

    I have never disrespected ANY of the great states of the US, even those that are relatively conservative, so I grow tired of those that disrespect my own state!!

  3. ODon

    ODon said, about 3 years ago

    The cut taxes and ramp up spending approach sure failed.

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 3 years ago

    Budget “surplus”….what a crock.

    First you have to have an actual “budget”. You know, a plan that takes the amount you have and divides that amount up to take care of your “obligations”.

    California may have a huge GDP, one that rivals many countries BUT when your “plan” only pays the interest on debt AND continues to ADD to that debt with additional spending you do NOT have a “budget”.

    Robert Landers you are right to be supportive of your local government IMO. “As California goes, so goes the nation” or so they say. Certainly your state provides food, technology and entertainment for the rest of your fellow citizens. Still, California does not succeed without the rest of us – well according to your hero Obama of the “your did not build that” meme.

    What a short sighted plan it is to have succeeded in producing a “surplus” and then ignore the debt.

  5. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, about 3 years ago

    Not as long as libs have anything to say about it, with their stealing and wasting of vast amounts of tax money.

  6. CogentModality

    CogentModality said, about 3 years ago

    Plug (State Name) CAFR into any search engine for the real story!

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Flanders, I was not insulting “your state”, just the clowns that have ran it for decades.
    California has some of the most beautiful national parks, coastal highways and mountain ranges. It also has weather that cannot be beat.
    I just feel bad for all the Americans that flee all those advantages because they are taxed and regulated out of the state.
    They have the highest state income tax in the country, almost 10% sales tax, the highest gas prices and highest vehicle registration fees in the country as well.
    It’s becoming a great place for the rich to have their 2nd home and for all the illegals who service them. Oh and politicians to make boatloads of money.
    That’s a shame.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Those “unfunded liabilities” are spread out over the next 70 + years, so, how is the payment due, today? They DO need to work on methods to meet the payments, but it isn’t through eliminating yet more taxes on those already getting relief at the top of the top 1%.

  9. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    “If the other 49 states did as well, the entire GDP of the US would be over $100 trillion…” That’s about the size of America’s unfunded liabilities. Maybe we should stop spending and start paying off the debt.

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