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Modoc county: cogntive disconnect

2009-06-30 14:56:20.602626+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Speaking of cognitive disconnect, here's an article about California's budget crisis with emphasis on Modoc county, highest recipient per-capita of state funds, Republican stronghold:

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber (Tehama County), vice chairman of the Assembly budget committee, represents Modoc County. He said cutting social services is not what he has in mind when he talks about deficit reduction - it's chopping other things, such as regulatory oversight committees and government employees.

He said health and road services cost more per capita in rural places like Modoc because they're remote and expensive to reach. So don't blame the sticks for consuming more funding per person, he said.

Uh. Yeah. So it's a lifestyle choice to live out there, and they're independent and all and don't need your government services anyway, but that lifestyle and location is just naturally more expensive so they're entitled to all that money and shut up about it?

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-30 16:36:59.367056+00 by: ziffle

Ok. but look - you 'all are arguing over who gets what from the largess of government give outs - remember Atlas Shrugged and the disputes over who gets what when its from those who have and to those who have need? This is the fallacy of communism - or Californiaism as it is known. The answer is to stop the madness. Stop all the services except those of the courts and police and then there is no conflict.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled California nightmare. (soon to be at a town near you in other parts of the country it appears)

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-30 17:11:26.79261+00 by: jeff

"Stop all the services except those of the courts and police and then there is no conflict."

Zif--doesn't that sound a bit like a police state? Or a tongue-in-cheek comment?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-06-30 17:54:43.989568+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ziffle, I'm certainly not arguing that we should keep subsidizing those folks up there in Modoc county.

Except perhaps for education, mostly as a matter of self-preservation.

#Comment Re: Education in Modoc made: 2009-06-30 21:48:06.922336+00 by: mvandewettering

Not too surprisingly perhaps, Modoc county has less than half as many college graduates per capita as California average.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-07-01 03:04:08.393536+00 by: ziffle

jeff: the only valid purpose of government is the proection of individual rights, which require an objective third party; this then requires police and the courts. In our age it certainly is easy to see why this might be contrued as the parts of a police state, though.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ...

#Comment Re: Burney Falls made: 2009-07-01 11:21:33.695201+00 by: jeff

I hope the state is able to pass a budget and not shut down many of the state parks. Burney Falls is just outside of Modoc County, and is one of the better kept natural wonder secrets in the state.

In a bit of irony, I remember my only visit to Modoc County (2001). It was during that same trip to Burney Falls that I stopped in a small restaurant/bar for dinner in the town of Alturas. A couple next to me recounted how they could no longer "make it" in the state, and were leaving.