The writer of this letter to the Opinion section of the Poway Chieftain suggest that we should not vote Republican because they vote to cut. Yes, that is right in a lot of cases, but how are we going to even attempt to solve Sacramento’s budget woes if we don’t cut? Raising taxes and fees, especially during tough economic times, doesn’t make sense. The real problem is the LACK of fiscal constraint in Sacramento. Everyone promises the world to get elected. They know that if they started to cut these programs, that they face a serious chance of defeat (Creating and expanding programs in good years, and giving nice salaries and benefits to workers are a big part of this problem. BTW, I am a government employee who likes money and benefits, but I am also aware that too much was given to my fellow comrades in government).
So the writer of this letter (And sadly, there are lots of them out there), needs to grasp the seriousness of the problem. If they don’t want funding for schools to be cut, then they need to offer viable solutions to balancing the budget. Most informed voters understand that this budget mess is the fault of both the Democrats and the Republicans.
What we need is for Sacramento to learn to live BELOW their means, and that the “smoke and mirror” approach can no longer be used.
So I’d like to hear your ideas for balancing the budget without raising taxes or cutting education. Also, if you agree with this writer of this letter, I’d really like to know why.