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Gary L. Kirkland
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1. What does California need to do to address the current budget crisis?
The State Legislature, with the governor, need to make all state taxes voluntary so that citizens can donate as much as they want to state programs these patriotic citizens support. This would truly be a democratic and grass roots solution to the state's budget crisis.
2. What should the state's priorities be for K-12 education? For the Community College System?
The state should strive to make government schools at all levels similar to public restaurants. Parents and students should have the right to choose the best school for them. Parents should have to pay for their own child's education. The state can provide scholarships for those cannot afford the schooling costs. Benefactors can donate to the scholarship fund.
3. What measures would you support to address California's water needs?
California government needs to break the monopolies of all water agencies in the state. Water companies should have to compete with each other for customers.
Oil companies can go half way around the world to get crude oil (a liquid). Ship it to a processing plant. Process it in to a form I can use. Tranship it to my neighborhood and sell this oil, gasoline, to me at a price I can afford. They can do this with competition right accross the street and still make a profit.
My water company cannot deliver water to me unless it falls on their heads and they have never made a profit.
Remove their monopolistic position and make them compete. Water is one of the most abundant substances on earth. It is criminal that Californians suffer shortages.
4. What should the Legislature be doing to address the needs of Californians without health insurance?
The price of health care has soared because government interferes in the market place. If government eliminated Medi-care, Medi-cal, etc., the price of medical care would drop to the point that people would not need insurance to cover the costs. I have no insurance to cover car repair costs because government interferes very little.
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