Californians would just as soon allow the meltdown-prone pop princess Britney Spears to run their family budget as they would leave their finances in the hands of their state legislators, according to a new poll.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would opt to have the Legislature manage their money, with 31 percent preferring to put Ms. Spears in charge. Thirty-four percent of those surveyed either didn't know or refused to answer the question.
"Instead of solving real problems, the Legislature seems to say Oops! We Did It Again and continues producing Chaotic budgets that rely on more gimmicks than a Circus," a press release sprinkled with Spears' song titles declares.
The poll, conducted by Wilson Research, was commissioned by Philip Tirone, a Los Angeles-based mortgage broker. Tirone has launched a campaign dubbed "No to Sacramento" to try to get lawmakers to repeal the temporary 10 percent increase in personal income tax withholding that was approved as part of the July budget revision (taxpayers who want to opt out of the extra withholding increase can do so by adjusting their withholding schedule themselves).
Tirone wrote on his personal Web site that he and his wife planned to invest $10,000 of their own money to ask Californians the Spears vs. state lawmakers question.
Photo: 2008 Associated Press file photo.