Paul R. Hollrah
Mad Max Threatens California
film which tells the story of
murder, and mayhem in post-apocalyptic Australia. The film
tells the story of the violence and bloodshed that can be expected when
civilized society is deprived of necessities such as food, water, or
energy supplies. It is an orgy of violence and bloodshed that present
day Californians should be thinking very seriously about.
A January 17, 2009 story in the Los Angeles Times by Evan Halper
and Patrick McGreevy is headlined "California controller to suspend tax
refunds, welfare checks, student grants.” It tells the story of
California’s ongoing financial crisis, brought on by years of liberal
and Democratic dominance in California politics. But more importantly,
it provides a chilling glimpse of what is in store for the people of
America if Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are permitted to
impose their ideal of what America is all about from their respective
perches in Washington.
According to the Times, State Controller John Chiang said he had
"no choice but to stop making some $3.7 billion in payments in the
absence of action by the governor and lawmakers to close the state’s
nearly $42 billion budget deficit. More than half of those payments are
tax refunds.” The state expects to be $346 million short of funds in the
month of February, and by March the state could find itself totally
The controller anticipates that the suspended payments could be "rolled
into IOUs” if California still lacks the cash to pay its bills by March
or April. In a most unfortunate choice of words, the Controller said
that it pained him to "pull this trigger,” but that it was a "critically
necessary” action. California officials have already designed an "IOU
template” and are now negotiating with banks to determine whether
taxpayers, students, and welfare recipients would be allowed to cash or
deposit them, if and when they’re issued.
Just ask yourself... Who but a bunch of liberal Democrats would even
dream that banks would exchange cash for a worthless piece of paper that
is backed by... nothing? If you think that’s a good idea, you might also
think it would be a good idea to elect a young, inexperienced, radical
leftist of questionable citizenship as President of the United States.
The Times tells us that, "The payments to be frozen include
nearly $2 billion in tax refunds; $300 million in cash grants for needy
families, blind, and disabled; and $13 million in grants for college
students.” The state will continue to pay more than $6.6 billion in
school and healthcare bills.
In the face if this looming disaster, the governor is asking for tax
increases, spending cuts, the relaxation of some environmental
regulations, and legislation to allow private companies to do some
government construction. The governor has ordered non-essential state
employees to take two days off each month... without pay... and most
state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, is to close
on those two days.
(If you’ve never lived in California and have never visited a DMV office
to acquire a drivers license or car tags, you have no idea what that
According to the Times, the state has also stopped payment of
bond money covering more than 5,300 public works projects in progress.
276 of those projects have been exempted because they are nearly
complete and the cost of shutting them down would be greater than the
cost to finish them. In the meantime, contractors are warning of the
unintended consequences of stemming the flow of public works funds,
suggesting that such action would be taken at significant cost.
Caltrans Director Will Kempton estimates that the state would incur an
estimated $350 million in legal costs, breach-of-contract claims, and
expenses for securing dormant construction sites.
To say that California is a state teetering on the brink of anarchy
would be an understatement.
What happens when welfare checks and student aid funds are cut off and
public works projects are suspended? Democrats in Sacramento will almost
certainly find a way to ram tax increases through the legislature and
the governor, threatened with another kind of "cutoff" by his liberal
Democrat wife, will sign them into law.
But tax increases are exactly the wrong prescription. As corporate taxes
increase, businessmen across the state will react. Some will lay off
workers, increasing the ranks of the unemployed, while others will
simply close their doors and announce a move to Arizona, Texas or
Oklahoma. College students from San Diego to Sacramento will stage
violent protests, shutting down most colleges and universities and
overtaxing police and National Guard forces.
Taxpayers due refunds and public works contractors demanding payment for
work already accomplished will clog the courts with lawsuits. California
will become the first state in the nation to experience a shortage of
lawyers. Public employees, forced to take 10% pay cuts will go on
strike, bringing all state services to a halt, while the state's most
powerful newspapers and TV stations... including Obama propaganda organs
such as the LA Times and the San Francisco Chronicle... will close their
But the worst fear of all is that welfare recipients, including two or
three million illegal aliens, will create massive insurrection, looking
for food wherever they can find it. In the early days they'll savage the
close-in communities of the rich and famous... Beverly Hills, Brentwood,
and Bel Air... before moving up the coast to Malibu. Many of Barack
Obama's wealthiest and most prominent supporters... Rob Reiner, George
Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, and Bill Mahre among them... will likely
escape inland as other Obama supporters, the not-so-prominent have-nots,
pillage their opulent estates for food and anything else of value.
The most sought after prizes will be the Bentleys, the Rolls-Royces, the
Maseratis, and the Ferraris that illegal aliens will need to make their
way back to the peace and quiet and the relative economic security of
their native Mexico.
It promises to be a repeat of the Watts riots and the Rodney King riots
in South Central Los Angeles, but with statewide implications. The
insurrection, if it comes, will be so widespread and so violent that
local and state police and the National Guard will simply look the other
way... choosing instead to remain in the relative safety of the college
State officials will likely demand a bailout from Washington. But
California, with roughly 12% of the U.S. population is not about to get
a large enough share of the current economic stimulus funds earmarked
for state aid ($160 billion) to solve its problem. Lawmakers from other
hard-pressed states will not be too sympathetic to California’s pleas.
It is Mad Max in double time. It is exactly what is predictable when
liberals and Democrats are allowed to tax, spend, and set public policy,
undeterred by common sense and true American values. For those Americans
who thought it was a good idea to elect Barack Obama and to give Harry
Reid and Nancy Pelosi strong majorities in Congress, you might want take
your eyes off the bread-and-circuses in Washington and focus your
attention on California.
Those white liberals and moderates in California who thought they were
accumulating points in the black community by voting for Barack Obama
will soon find that, when anarchy reigns, anarchists don’t often stop to
ask how you voted in the last election.