L.A. Times November 27, 2012
Saying it had little choice, the San Bernardino City Council voted to cut $26 million in spending in an effort to keep the bankrupt city from dissolving and being governed by the county. The city is already in bankruptcy proceedings and facing a $45.8-million budget shortfall. The $26 million in cuts will help the troubled city stay afloat.
The austerity plan is a required step in the federal bankruptcy process. It freezes vacancies in the Police Department even as the city deals with an increase in violent crime. The Fire Department’s overtime budget also was slashed by 35%.
The city already had stopped making payments to CalPERS, the state's public employee pension fund, since filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Aug. 1, a move city officials estimate will save San Bernardino more than $12 million.
“This is a document that I’m holding my nose and voting yes on,’’ said Councilwoman Wendy McCammack. To Read More……
My Take –Oh California, you have always been such a leader. Thank you citizens of California; your innovative thinking regarding taxes, social change, abandonment of traditional values and regulations keeps showing the world …..”The Way”!
For without the implementation of your vision the expressions of the normal people of the world could only be classified as speculation. But now....now..... we have you……you with your unending penchant for the extreme provides absolute scientific evidence....evidence that is proof positive that as the world’s laboratory what is good and right for society ...... you are a failure. Now all the rest of the world has to do is the opposite of whatever it is you are doing, and success will be assured.
Thank you once again and keep up the good work!
Oh wait….I just had a terrible thought….You aren’t letting economic catastrophe weaken your emotionally irrational thinking so that you might become ….well….. conservative…. are you? Pleeeeeease don’t do that! Your willingness to do all the stupid things you do to destroy your economy, and your society, is essential for the world’s understanding on socialism, central planning and what impact discarding traditional values has on humanity.
Stay strong! Stay stupid! IT IS YOUR DUTY! May Gaia be with you!