Let’s see if I’ve got this straight: California, which is broke, is being given money by the federal government, which is broke, to build a high-speed rail system that isn’t in great demand.
Additionally, a spokesman for state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, stated in a recent article that the merit increases for 1,000-plus Legislature employees occurred because their pay had been frozen for years.
Where did the funds come from for these pay hikes? Did it matter that the state has been insolvent for years?
Based on the above examples, I can only conclude that our leaders in Washington and Sacramento lack two basic virtues: frugality and wisdom.