Sound Familiar?

“The time has come for us to decide whether collectively we can afford everything and anything we think of simply because we think of it.  The time has come to run a check to see if all the services government provides were in answer to demands or were just goodies dreamed up for our supposed betterment.  The time has come to match outgo to income, instead of always doing it the other way around.

“The cost of California’s government is too high; it adversely affects our business climate.  We have a phenomenal growth with hundreds of thousands of people joining us each year.  Of course the overall cost of government must go up to provide necessary services for these newcomers, but growth should mean increased prosperity and thus a lightening of the load each individual must bear.  If this isn’t true, then you and I should be planning how we can put up a fence along the Colorado River and seal our borders.

“Well, we aren’t going to do that.  We are going to squeeze and cut and trim until we reduce the cost of government.  It won’t be easy, nor will it be pleasant, and it will involve every department of government, starting with the Governor’s office.”

                                                      –Gov. Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 5, 1967

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