California faces “drastic” cuts to universities, schools and social programs if revenue continues to trail budget forecasts, the state controller said after July collections fell short by about 10 percent.
A series of “triggers” written into the most-populous state’s $86 billion general-fund budget would cut spending on universities, home care for seniors and the disabled, libraries and other programs if revenue falls $1 billion short of plan. A $2 billion gap would mean a seven-day cut in the school year and an end to busing subsidies…
The reason I bring this up is to point out that Big Government always gets it wrong. When faced with having to cut spending or pretending that enough money will come in, Big Government will invariably opt for pretending…or, lying, if you want to be strictly accurate. We here in Nevada have the same problem – though on a much smaller scale – where our budget was “balanced” because we’re pretending that we’ll have a big increase in revenues (anyone driving around Las Vegas can see that we’ll be lucky if revenues don’t crash through the floor…things are just lousy out here, and Las Vegas accounts for the majority of Nevada’s revenues). We also have this problem – on a much larger scale – nationally, where our recent budget deal was predicated upon projections of revenue which are laughably optimistic (remember, official projections are based upon official data which indicates we are officially in economic recovery mode). This means that, just like California, we can expect revenues to fall short of what we predict, and thus we’ll have a larger deficit than expected.
The dishonesty of Big Government is endemic – there is nothing it can do but lie because the basic concept is false. You can’t make the majority – or even a large minority – of people happy, free, safe and prosperous if you are trying to do it by government action. You can certainly enrich a Ruling Class of politicians and their crony-capitalists, but you can’t do anything worthwhile for most of the people.
This is because no government, no matter how well disposed, can ever figure out what people need, nor what people want. Government can play a role in assisting people who have determined, on the local level, what they need but they can’t command results from on high. There just isn’t – and never can be – sufficient knowledge for such results. The lies we see in the budgeting process are just one part of it…you can also see it every time some Big Government booster speaks of a grand plan. Remember, we have a Department of Education because our education was bad in the 70’s and the Department was supposed to figure out what education needed and wanted and fix everything up. How has that worked out? Just apply that same standard to all Big Government activities and you’ll get the same result.
Dismantling the beast of Big Government is a necessity – it is the only way we can restore freedom and prosperity in our nation. And the sooner we get at it, the better.