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Friday, January 29, 2010

PART OF FACING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS WE ARE IN!

The following is a response to the article on "The Highest Paid Salaries in the City of Woodland".
We  believe it shows insight worthy of your consideration, and with the author's approval, we are sharing it with you.

"I do not condemn public servants for negotiating higher take home salaries than I earn. I DO condemn those who agree to pay beyond our means for the services rendered. The government services we receive are all probably a good idea. They may even be WORTH the prices demanded for them. But, an indicator of wisdom should be to recognize that we cannot always afford to pay for something just because it is a good idea!

Government employees (local, state and federal) now outnumber private sector employees. Taxes on production by Americans in the private sector can no longer pay for the cost of top heavy government.

As Margaret Thatcher once pointed out, "The problem of 'socialism' [our apparent destination as a "progressive" country] is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Something has to give! Will it be the taxpayers? Or the government?

Personally, I believe that the system outlined by the Founders in the U.S. Constitution is not the cause of our race toward failure. Instead, I believe that our failure to respect and follow the guidelines of the Constitution is responsible for the problems we face."

Bert Brooks, Woodland

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TONIGHT AT 6:00

President Obama will give the State Of The Union address tonight at 6:00.
Please listen carefully. If you do, you will find that it will be his perception of a solution, not necessarily based in reality.

He will talk about "Spending Freezes" that really don't exist, or will have little if any impact in solving our current situation. He will talk about expanded or new programs that will require more money that we will have to borrow to pay for.

If he doesn't use the phrase "Let me be clear" at least once in the speech, I will be amazed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

WHAT DOES 1.9 TRILLION LOOK LIKE?

$1,900,000,000,000.........................



The Democrats yesterday proposed to raise the debt limit to 1.9 Trillion Dollars to pay its bills, a record increase that would push the debt limit to 14.3 Trillion.

This allows the govenment to go out and sell more debt, in essence adding more to the already drowning economy.   The problem, however, is that the pool of lenders is shrinking, as China pulls back on its own debt, and we are fast becoming a high risk borrower.

We will soon be out of business, and at the mercy or our creditors,  and all of the promises made by the Feds through so-called Stimulus payments will not be honored, leaving us stuck with the debt as they go off into the Sunset.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Highest-Paid City Positions Woodland vs Sacramento

One component in analyzing City of Woodland Expenditures is how much we are paying Woodland Officials.

According the Business Journal and the City of Woodland Web-Site, the following are the top paid positions, comparing those of Woodland with Sacramento.

According to the U.S Census bureau, as of July 1, 2008, the population of Woodland was estimated at 54,567 in Woodland and  463,794 in Sacramento  
(W) (S)
  POSITION                                      
CITY MANAGER
$185,400(W)  $187,357-$281,035(S)
POLICE CHIEF
$113,687-$148,296(W) $142,446-$213,668(S)
ASST. CITY MANAGER
$113,184- $145,308(W)$136,021-$204,031(S)
FIRE CHIEF
$110,616- $142,008(W)$ 113,532-$153,324(S)

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?  EXPRESS YOUR OPINION AND TAKE OUR POLL.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Exacerbate the Bleeding

The vote of the WJUSD Board of Directors last night to join the Memorandum Of Understanding for Woodland's participation in the "Race to the Top" is a case in point about how we got into the current financial crisis.  Stop obligating the District to spend money they don't have,  and have no guarantee's that they will ever have.  Read the full story at the "Read the Newspaper On-Line" link on the right side of this blog.

I suspect the California Teacher's Association, in opposing this, has their own agenda.

STOP THE BLEEDING!

Our goal in 2010 should be to "STOP THE BLEEDING". 

The year 2009 was a year that set in motion spending measures that will cause our nation to "Bleed Out".  If you can't stop the bleeding, you eventually run out of blood. Sure, you can temporarily put off the inevitable by putting more blood in the system, but there is a point when you can't put enough blood in fast enough to keep the patient alive.

THE PATIENT IS RUNNING OUT OF BLOOD!

Point in Fact:  Our governor just implemented another school program, which on the surface is working in the right direction, but along with that is of course more money, which for the District is an Unfunded liabilty if they participate.  There is no guarantee that they will receive the funds, not unlike many other unfunded and underfunded mandates from the State. If underfunded or not funded the budget deficit worsens.

Since the State is already "Broke" financially, the Governor appeals to the President for Funds to help us out.
The President has to raise the deficit ceiling in order to cover the "credit card payments" for the programs he has and will propose, and goes to China and Russia (yes Russia) and other countries to see if they will lend us the money. Coming soon we will spend more on interest payment on this debt than we spend on the actual cost of running the major components or our government,  and those who have lent to us in the past will stop lending, and /or more devastating to our economy, they will call the debt..

We can say the same for Yolo County and the City of Woodland.  More important than the amount going in is the amount going out in each of the above examples. Either we take measures to stop this, or it will consume us. We are bleeding to death!






 

 

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010- "SHOW ME THE MONEY"-2010

In 2010, we are faced with un-surmountable debt and the
solution, we are told, is to create more debt. 
We are also faced with a spending crisis, and we are told that we need to spend more as the solution to the problem.

Both of these solutions defy even the most na├»ve logic. 

We need to stop treating the symptoms and identify the cause in order to find a cure.

Over the next weeks, “The By Hell Chronicles” will attempt to identify the cause of these problems and suggest possible solutions at the Local, City, County, State and Federal levels. Some are applicable across the board at all levels.

We hope that you will participate in the discussion, as your involvement in the debate will reveal the cause and possibly the cure.

If you do not agree that we are facing a crisis, good luck!