Students Sue California for Public School Failures; Teacher’s Unions in Opposition

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I’m frankly surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner, but students are suing California for (allow me to paraphrase) having a crappy educational system.  FOX has more…

Amidst ongoing national debate, nine public school students in California are suing the state over its laws governing teacher tenure, seniority and other protections they say keep bad educators in the classroom.

The Los Angeles Times reports the lawsuit – filed on behalf of the students and their families by a group called Students Matter – argues such laws violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection because they lead to a “gross disparity,” in the quality of education received by all students.

“It is virtually impossible to get (bad teachers) out of the system,” said Theodore J. Boutrous, who is joined on the plaintiffs’ legal team by Theodore B. Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who argued Bush v. Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2000 presidential election.

“It is virtually impossible to get (bad teachers) out of the system.”

– Attorney Theodore J. Boutrous

Meanwhile, both teachers unions and the state are gearing up to meet the legal challenge, head-on.

You can go over to FOX for the rest.

I love the last line of my excerpt.   The unions, of course, couldn’t care less about the kids.  In fact, like in this case, the teachers unions, by protecting bad teachers, and even child molesting teachers, they have proven themselves to be perhaps the greatest enemy of children in the public schools.  I mean, so what if they can’t read?  At least they have learned that God isn’t real, and how to call planned parenthood to get an abortion!

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California Raises Taxes, Lose Revenues…Again!

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They say that they definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.  If that is indeed the case, California’s tax policies make them the official land of fruits and nuts, as they are proving the insanity axiom to be most true.

On March 15th of this year, we took a look at the fact that after yet another failed tax increase…

One of the greatest weaknesses of the statists is that their efforts at creating a fantasy world. more often than not, create the exact opposite of their stated intent.  They try to engineer unicorns that fart rainbows, and they create a stillborn jackalope.  You would think that they would learn from such infamous failures, but they seem to double-down instead.  The latest example of this comes from Califailure.   Knowing, and probably denying, the long history showing that tax increases  cause a decrease in revenues, they have stuck with the highest tax rates in the country.  Breitbart has the predictable results.  

State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011.

While California Governor Brown promises strong economic growth is just around the corner, Chaing proves that the best way for Sacramento politicians to hurt the economy and thereby generate lower tax revenue, is to have the highest tax rates in the nation.

California politicians seem delusional in their continued delusion that high taxes have not savaged the State’s economy. Each month’s disappointment is written off as due to some one-time event.

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So then, they raised taxes, and lost revenue.  If one did something and it hurt, you’d think that they’d stop, or at least never go back for a repeat hurting.  However, the electorate in California hasn’t shown that very basic level of what the rest of us would call “common sense,” or more simply…Duh!  Since they don’t possess the sense of “duh,”  they chose to double down on stupid, with the same results.  Breitbart has the totally unshocking and completely predictable aftermath…

California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget. 

Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already “voted with their feet” by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.   

Passage of Proposition 30 set off euphoria and expectations of higher spending for public employees. The California Teachers’ Association (CTA) trumpeted: “California students and working families won a clear victory today as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions.” 

This one is funny, because the results were instantaneous.  However, the reality remains-you tax something, and you usually end up with less of it to tax.

But don’t worry, it’ll be someone else’s fault, I’m sure.

 H/T:  Doug Ross

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California on the Brink: 144,000 Pay 50% of Income Taxes

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Imagine the situation in which California finds itself.  Out of all the income taxes collected by that state, 50% of it is paid by by only 144,000 people.  Far less than one percent of the population.  Doug Ross has more on the issue…

California residents already contend with one of the most progressive tax codes in the country. Not only does California have high marginal rates, those high rates kick in at relatively modest income levels. California’s middle class residents earning $48,000 a year, for example, pay a state tax rate of 9.3%. Millionaires in 47 other states don’t even pay that high of a marginal rate. However, one of the state tax code’s greatest flaws is it’s over-reliance on upper income households and the revenue volatility it creates, and that is a problem that Prop. 30 would further exacerbate.

As of 2010, the state relied upon 144,000 households, 1 percent of taxpayers, for 50 percent of total state income tax… [With Proposition 30’s passage,] the top 10 percent of earners would be responsible for over 80% of the projected income generated – a fact that Gov. Brown and other advocates of the bill readily acknowledge.

Um. we’ve documented that businesses, both large and small, are exiting California at an accelerating  rate.  What exactly is California going to do when a large percentage of these people leave?  Where will the money come from then? Or, as Thatcher would suggest, what are they going to do when they run out of other people’s money?

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California Raises Taxes and Revenues Decrease: Who Saw That Coming?

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One of the greatest weaknesses of the statists is that their efforts at creating a fantasy world. more often than not, create the exact opposite of their stated intent.  They try to engineer unicorns that fart rainbows, and they create a stillborn jackalope.  You would think that they would learn from such infamous failures, but they seem to double-down instead.  The latest example of this comes from Califailure.   Knowing, and probably denying, the long history showing that tax increases  cause a decrease in revenues, they have stuck with the highest tax rates in the country.  Breitbart has the predictable results.  

State Controller John Chaing continues to uphold the California Great Seal Motto of “Eureka”, i.e., ‘I have found it’. But what Chaing is finding as Controller is that California’s economy as measured by tax revenues is still tanking. Compared to last year, State tax collections for February shriveled by $1.2 billion or 22%. The deterioration is more than double the shocking $535 million reported decline for last month. The cumulative fiscal year decline is $6.1 billion or down 11% versus this period in 2011.

While California Governor Brown promises strong economic growth is just around the corner, Chaing proves that the best way for Sacramento politicians to hurt the economy and thereby generate lower tax revenue, is to have the highest tax rates in the nation.

California politicians seem delusional in their continued delusion that high taxes have not savaged the State’s economy. Each month’s disappointment is written off as due to some one-time event.

During the last three years, how many times did we hear “unexpected” when confronted with negative economic news?  It got to the point where the message went out to stop using the word “unexpected.” Of course, the only people caught by surprise were government stooges and the MSM-we knew it was coming.  Just as it is with California.

But, the problems for Califailure continue.

Spectrum Locations Consultants recorded 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state in 2011, 26% more than in 2010 and five times as many as in 2009. According SLC President, Joe Vranich: the “top ten reasons companies are leaving California: 1) Poor rankings in surveys 2) More adversarial toward business 3) Uncontrollable public spending 4) Unfriendly business climate 5) Provable savings elsewhere 6) Most expensive business locations 7) Unfriendly legal environment for business 8) Worst regulatory burden 9) Severe tax treatment 10) Unprecedented energy costs.

Vranich considers California the worst state in the nation to locate a business and Los Angeles is considered the worst city to start a business. Leaving Los Angeles for another surrounding county can save businesses 20% of costs. Leaving the state for Texas can save up to 40% of costs. This probably explains why California lost 120,000 jobs last year and Texas gained 130,000 jobs.

So, part of the decrease is caused by people leaving…due to the causes  mentioned above.  Of course, even though this type of thing happens very consistently, do they learn?

Not so much.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s answer to the State’s failing economy and crumbling tax revenue is to place a $6 billion tax increase initiative on the ballot to support K-12 public schools. He promises to only “temporarily” raise personal income rates by 25% on any of the rich folk who haven’t already left.

Thereby chasing even more of them away.

Of course, for the moonbats that consistently induce failure, the downfall is always someone else’s fault.  Even though it’s predicted, and even when it comes to pass as predicted, there is always some other factor that caused the doom.  No matter what, it’s never their policies, and if you point out the truth, you’re a racist, or something like that.

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Twelve Counties to Secede from California?

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For some time now, I’ve called on productive people to abandon California, allowing it to sink into it’s own socialist failure.  Apparenltly, some folks in Sounthern California had the same idea, but with a twist…

They’re going to leave, but take some of California with them!

Does this plan have a snowball’s chance in Hades of being successful?  Of course not! But, it does show that there is enough discontent in California to bring up the discussion.  Taxes, excessive regulation, rampant illegal immigration, and all the other ills of socialism are having their way with California, and it’s residents.  In that context, it’s natural that some, or even, many, would want to secede.  Of course, anyone who proposes, or supports it will be portrayed as a racist, but that should be expected.

On the slim chance that it would be successful, it would, once again, show the contrast between free states and more socialist ones.  “South California” would be successful, and Calipornia would still sink further into failure and collapse.

I have to admit, it would be fun to watch.

H/T: That Mr. G Guy

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