In a state desperate for funds, California continues to spend billions needlessly while calling it help for those who cannot help themselves. If you believe that rationale, I have a snowball to sell you as the globe heats up.
California passed Proposition 63 in 2004. It was intended to protect those with mental illness. Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars went their way to fund–as it turns out–art and drama classes, yoga, gardening, and horseback riding.
Some of the Prop 63 money was targeted for prevention. So, to prevent mental illness, the state would start with folks having no mental illness at all. Right? Surely, the Department of Mental Health felt justified in scheduling such self-improvement classes to anyone well enough to want them. Such wanton spending in a state flat out of cash simply knows no bounds.
This was the case before two Republicans called for a closer look at Prop 63’s effectiveness. Members on the California Assembly Health Committee, Assemblymen Dan Logue and Brian Nestande want to redirect wasted Prop 63 resources to where they are desperately needed. They will seek an audit.
And, for those who think such trifling oversight by two California legislators won’t matter much, think about this: Taxing million-dollar incomes at a rate of 1 percent brought California $7.4 billion, thanks to Proposition 63. What a convenient punishment for businesses earning big in the state.
Furthermore, as if hypertaxing the rich were not enough, some of the Prop 63 funds were earmarked for prevention of mental illness. Those stable souls who were mentally well through no fault of their own derived the benefit $1.2 billion of Prop 63 funds, hence the local yoga and latte lessons for the sound-minded.
Naturally, Democrat Senate Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg defended the flagrant spending. After all, he wrote Proposition 63! The L.A. Times, in support of anything labeled progressive, declared Prop 63 programs successful. Such good never falls as failure upon the eyes of bureaucrat beholders in la la land. More Californians are better now than the perfectly good wellness with which they began.
Imagine the good that California could do without the irresponsible spending of taxpayer dollars thrown in the paths of state government friends who do well on their own.
And, beware of progressive California lawmakers looking to legislate for your mental health, lest they think nothing of taking you away before you’ve lost your mind.