I keep hearing a commercial on the radio. “As California goes, so does the rest of the nation.” That is more truth than anything. Just look at this bankrupt state. Now look at what Obama is doing. The path he is taking is exactly the same as was done in California. California is about to go bankrupt because of its love of the left’s idea of socialism. Guess what? The canary is the mine just died.
California is Liberalism’s “Canary in the Coal Mine”
by Carol Platt Liebau
Once, California was known as the “Golden State.” No more. It’s struggling with a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. And voters are so disgusted with the ineptitude and waste of a state legislature dominated by liberal Democrats that they are poised to vote down a $16 billion tax increase and a slew of propositions allegedly intended to beat back fiscal Armageddon.
If residents of the other 49 states haven’t focused on California’s plight yet, they should. In a real sense, California has become liberalism’s “canary in the coal mine.” It is an instructive – and frightening – warning of the toll exacted by the kind of leftism now in vogue in Washington, D.C..
Contra Costa’s budget woes impacts Sheriff’s department
by Howard Nemerov
California residents have long assumed that they could successfully transfer responsibility for their safety to the professionals in law enforcement and criminal justice. But the state’s economic downturn has led to drastic drop in property and sales tax revenues, and now municipalities are being forced to cut public safety budgets to the point that Californians must confront a harsh reality.
A recent article noted how fiscal issues required Contra Costa County to cut back on both Sheriff’s services and in the prosecutor’s office. Fortunately, last-minute negotiations, along with a voluntary pay cut by District Attorney Robert Kochly, averted the proposed policy of not prosecuting certain misdemeanors. However, there is only enough funding to continue prosecutions for another four months. Nor was there any eleventh-hour miracle for the Sheriff’s Office.