Biggest problem I have with government is it spends whatever it likes, regardless how much I pay in taxes.
This. Why should we feel morally compelled to offer up MORE of our hard earned money to a group of people who are completely unable to responsibly handle what we already give them? Even if we turned over our entire yearly incomes and lived off the land, they'd still find a way to utterly piss it all away and we'd be in the same boat. Blaming *us* for the state's financial woes is blaming the victim. The state needs to get its own shit straight before they go pointing the finger at anybody else.
It's hard to have sympathy for the state's plight. When the state announced they were going to close 70 state parks private individuals donated money in an attempt to keep some of those parks open.
Then it turned out that up to $54 million was squirrelled away, for still murky reasons, that should of gone to funding the parks.
If CA finances are this much of a mess how can Californians in good conscious be asked to pay yet more in tax hikes?