Left wing challenges Jerry Brown’s tax boost

April 12, 2012 - By admin

April 12, 2012

By John Seiler

Our friend Ben Boychuk of City Journal California writes an incisive analysis of how Gov. Jerry Brown’s $9 billion tax increase initiative is being challenged — by a $10 billion tax increase from his Left. Ben:

Jerry Brown wants Californians to believe that the state, facing a current budget deficit of $9 billion, has a revenue problem. In fact, what the 30 million residents of the Golden State have is an entitlement problem. From health care to state and local public-employee retirement benefits, Californians face as much as $500 billion in unfunded liabilities for pensions alone. The state’s unfunded health-care liabilities top $62 billion.

Brown’s new budget actually proposes a 7 percent increase in spending, though it offers to cut some services. All of the governor’s plans assume that substantial, voter-approved tax hikes will provide billions in new revenue, helping to pay for the extra spending and shrinking the deficit. “I’m promising wine and roses,” he told reporters after a speech last month, “but not in 2012.”

Read the rest here.

Ben titled his analysis, “Guns and Roses,” a take on Brown’s phrase; also a reference to the rock group that was based here. Speaking of which, here’s a YouTube of G ‘n’ R’s “Welcome to the Jungle,” which describes California’s tax climate, especially the lines, spoken by the governor and Left-tax increaser Molly Munger:

In the jungle, welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your kn-kn-knees, knees
I wanna watch you bleed

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  1. Bob says:

    No matter how much they steal from us it will never be enough.

  2. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    The tax hikes are DOA, and unless Clown starts cutting pensiosn and other give aways there will ocntinue to be problems.

  3. queeg says:

    Never underestimate the power of the feed trough!!!! they want……. you will pay!!!

  4. Bob says:

    Mr. Dog, what do you base that assessment on? Last I heard the polling is showing the Clown tax increases pass by a wide majority. Earlier in the year the support was dwindling but still had a slim majority but now the majority has widened considerably. Never underestimate the idiocy of the Colliefornia populace.

  5. Pat says:

    Bob, the “polls” that have occurred are not of voters, they are of people (roughly from about 1200 in one poll to about 1700 in another… not at all representative of the VOTERS). The tax increases of 2010 also polled quite well, until the voters showed up……

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