By From page A5 | August 13, 2014


I attended a taxpayers’ meeting this morning and came away confused. We heard from a state staff representative who pointed out that the problem with California is the other party. I noticed that many of the El Dorado citizens present came up with logical questions and suggested sound solutions concerning the state’s problems. They did not refer to anything that creates more government dependency or spends more money, just common sense solutions that our grandparents recited to us in days gone by:

1. Water runs downhill.
2. Never calculate the total with unknown costs.
3. There is no free lunch.
4. The only things that are certain are death and taxes.
5. Pay no more than what you owe.
6. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
7. Public office is a service.
8. The consumer ends up paying all bills.

I’d like to suggest a new term to describe the unreasonable state of California’s representative government. It combines legislation and insanity. If there are any level-headed people left in our government, surely they can address a problem without partisan finger pointing.

It’s OK for our representatives to seek help from the other side of the aisle. To oppose something for the sake of one party or another is not representative to constituents, it’s insanity. After all, we all live in California. I came up with “partisan-based leginsanity.”


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