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I’m morphing into a radicalized commie by the minute anymore. The mentality of our public officials regarding their responsibilities to society shows a utterly staggering disregard for the lower classes. The editor of the SF Bay Guardian, Tim Redmond, is equally incredulous at the world view of our ruling elites in the barking-mad basket case that is California:
The absolute most stunning statement of how messed up the state of California is emerged last week from the state director of finance, explaining why the proposed budget cuts fall so heavily on services for the poor. Let me quote directly from The New York Times:
“Government doesn’t provide services to rich people,” Mike Genest, the state’s finance director, said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. “It doesn’t even really provide services to the middle class.
“You have to cut where the money is,” he added.
Um … government doesn’t provide services to rich people? What about, say, the roads they drive on, and the airports they fly in and out of? What about the vast sums the state spends putting out fires that threaten wealthy enclaves in Southern California? What about the public education system, which trains workers for businesses? What about the entire criminal justice system, which exists to a significant extent to prevent poor people from taking rich people’s money?
Do you think Sergey Brin and Larry Page would have become Google billionaires if the Internet – developed and paid for by the government – didn’t exist?
You see, any money allocated to the rich or middle class is non-discretionary: It’s obligatory; whereas money allocated to the poor is totally discretionary. It’s not about maintaining society as a whole, but rather about maintaining the rich ones first (See Wall Street, where the rule of law has been utterly repealed).
Remember the yacht tax debate concerning the tax exemption on yachts bought by multi-millionaires that the ruling class failed to repeal in an effort to save Gulyvornya’s budget? AKA “The Sloop-hole?” Yeah, right. While Gulyvornya is tanking, the filthy Dex Dexter lugals rolling in lucre needed that tax loophole on their luxury weekend watercraft, whereas 900,000 poor children can afford to lose their health insurance.
And where do California’s burgeoning biomedical industries get all their free research from? The National Institutes of Health. First, you get taxed by the Feds to fund NIH and the National Science Foundation to execute massive basic and applied biomedical research, the results of which the pharmaceuticals then use to make their lucre, and then the benefit to you is high fucking prescription costs on proprietary drugs and outrageously expensive medical products and procedures (due in part to outrageous health insurance premiums, if you still have your job, Cobra, etc.).
The lugals then blow up the financial system out of sheer greed and everyone has a stress-induced heart attack. Then you pay $160.00 per month (for your Plavix alone) just to make their bottom line.