You could try figuring out what words mean, you know. The Senate ceased being the representatives of the moneyed classes when they became nothing but officials elected by the same people voting for Congressmen. Hence, no longer a Republic, and not coincidentally, the Wilson Presidency is the time when the nation started going to hell in a go-cart.
I'm all for a representational republic. When are we going to get one?
They just have to have monied snobs telling them what to do?
That's worked well, hasn't it?
What we need to dispose of is the class of people willing to spend my money to get others to vote for them.
You have a problem with that?
Only saps can't see what's going on right now.
Only saps can't see that it's what happens with every budget cycle.
I'm perfectly reasonable.
Government in free societies exist to protect freedoms, not perform au pair services.
Eliminate the au pair functions of the California State Government and the financial problem becomes one of cutting taxes enough to prevent huge budget surpluses.
Canceling all the nickel and dime activities will save tons.
working up to the two-bit and four-bit articles will save even more.
What is the state supposed to provide from general funds?
State police, state courts, highways and roads, water management issues, some stuff like that.
Well, roads are paid for by gasoline taxes, there should never be a shortfall there. State police are paid for by state taxes, and aren't a huge budget matter, regardless.
Parks? If the state wants to run parks, that's fine. Raise the day-use fee to that level necessary to balance annual traffic against annual operating costs.
Welfare? Well, ain't no one got a right to demand someone else's money, let them beg on the streets or move away, I'm easy.
Water management? Paid for by....water use fees. Oh, these things are soooo difficult to figure out, aren't they?
As if anyone wanted to read an infinite progression of stale goonion praises again.
The people obeying the immigration laws only want to be able to work, make money, and get by, too.
Why are you discriminating against them in favor of law breakers?