THE STATE OF THE STATES
Nearly every state in the nation is out of money. California alone has a shortfall of over $31 billion. In my state (Missouri) general revenues declined in 2002 for the first time since 1955. The 50 states have a total of red ink of over $95 billion. Unlike the federal government that just keeps printing money as it raises the debt limit, states are required to have balanced budgets. The first thing governors think about when needing money is to raise taxes, but tax increases are difficult to pass. Most taxpayers are already paying more taxes than they believe they are receiving in services. Several states are considering raising "sin" taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, tobacco and states without legalized gambling are looking towards a state run lottery.
Is the problem really too little revenue? Has anyone considered that it may be too much spending? Twenty-nine states have already imposed across the board budget cuts; eight states have laid off workers, yet 24 states are proposing tax hikes. California wants to triple the fee car owners pay to renew license plate tags. Tennessee is considering eliminating the wetlands acquisition fund used to buy private land for parks and buffer areas. Some states are cutting budgets by spanking less on promoting tourism. Several states including Illinois and Missouri are closing prisons by allowing low risk inmates early release. Nebraska approved a temporary income tax increase. North Carolina's budget is balanced but only after eliminating 1,835 jobs.
Lon T. Mabon writing for NewsWithViews.com says, "The true nature of the liberal is clearly seen in the present financial crisis in the state of Oregon. Their intention was to cut critical services while leaving intact the funding for the killing of pre-born human babies in their mother's wombs. They are willing to cut emergency and crime protection, but leave intact "diversity," meaning pro-homosexual programs and training. Seemingly, to advance immoral behavior is their number one priority."
In the early 1990's Texas had a budget crisis and considered a state income tax. Instead of going for more taxes, the state assembled more than 100 budget analysts, auditors and efficiency experts who recommended over 1000 ways to cut expenditures and made recommendations that saved nearly 2-1/2 billion dollars annually.
Jacie Juntti (taxpayersnetwork.org) says, "There are not budget shortfalls; the problem is OVERSPENDING AND TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT. It's time to reduce the size of government and to reduce the money they have access to. Time to force those expansion minded politicians to read the constitution to see how far they have overstepped the bounds of what the core functions of government are. That is the biggest problem - government doing what it SHOULDN'T and charging us for their violation of that simple fact.
QUOTE: "Find out just what the people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." -Frederick Douglas (1857)
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Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical
business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout
the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site: www.derrybrownfield.com
"Is the problem really too little revenue? Has anyone considered that it may be too much spending? Twenty-nine states have already imposed across the board budget cuts; eight states have laid off workers, yet 24 states are proposing tax hikes. California wants to triple the fee car owners pay to renew license plate tags."