Taxes

Santa Ana considers taxing … free Skype calls! Oh, the insanity

Friday, April 18th, 2014
skype

California is known as the world leader in lots of things -- pop culture, technology and wacky lifestyles. Now the Santa Ana City Council is helping the Golden State be seen as the world leader in Maniacally Stupid, Excessive Taxation. This is from the Voice of OC: "The Santa Ana City Council Tues...

Tax Day lamentations

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Tax Day lamentations

Today is government workers' favorite day, the ultimate pilfering of taxpayers to pay for all the lavish public-employee pay, perks and pensions. It's the Day of Reckoning for the rest of us. Pay up or go to prison. Give our 50th Anniversary celebration of the Beatles coming to America, time f...

Subsidize opera?

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Subsidize opera?

I think everything should be privatized. But as the April 15 Day of Tax Doom approaches, if I'm going to be taxed to death, it might as well be for something useful, such as opera. The San Diego Opera is in trouble over some problem with government grants. I say: Just forget about it. And give th...

Puerto Rico experiments with tax cuts

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Puerto rico

California is experimenting with high taxes. Seventeen months after voters passed Proposition 30, which raised taxes $7 billion a year, California's unemployment rate remains high at 8 percent, fourth worst in the country. While the government got the taxes to fund 4.5 percent raises for state gover...

Californians: Government is a ripoff

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I've been wondering when most people would figure out that government is nothing but a ripoff, with the swag going to billionaire crony capitalists and highly paid public "servants." As the dreaded April 15 approaches, when government gets serious about the thumb screws and water torture to get our ...

CA media: GOP dysfunction bigger topic than mass poverty

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Los Angeles Times' news analysis about how recent controversies are likely to hurt California Republicans with two constituencies they are trying to woo -- Latinos and women -- isn't loaded or biased. It's likely true. Here's a bit of it: "On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory...

CA Dems back tax cut

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Hollywood sign, wikimedia

Will wonders never cease? Three years ago, Democrats in the Legislature were upset when Republicans denied them the two-thirds votes needed in the Assembly and Senate to put a tax increase on the ballot. Led by Gov. Jerry Brown, they then gathered signatures to put on the Nov. 2012 ballot Propositio...

CA taxes 150% higher than Washington state’s — to what benefit?

Friday, March 21st, 2014
taxes

A new survey of state and local taxes finds California and New York take the biggest bite out of their residents' pocketbooks. The average Californian forks over $9,509 a year; the average New Yorker, $9,718. Alas, the mainstream media coverage of the report features the usual superficiality. The...

Why Prop. 13 is more crucial than ever

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Howard Jarvis

Every year brings attempts to gut Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure. It limits yearly increases in property taxes to 2 percent of the assessed value, beginning when the property was purchased. The original rate is 1 percent of assessed value. Thus, someone buying a $300,000 condo th...

Refund illegal taxes?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Suppose you buy a new car with a GPS navigation system built in. But you drive it home and realize the system wasn't installed. Should you get your money back for the lack of the feature? Of course you should. And the dealer must refund you the money, or face fraud charges. Not so the Californ...