Steinberg: Raise Taxes For Dems!

Steven Greenhut: California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, last week called on the state government to raise taxes — but only in the Democratic districts where voters have been clamoring for tax hikes as a way to fix the state’s budget problems. OK … I’m kidding. He didn’t really do that, but he did call for something equally noxious — for cuts in state funding for GOP districts, per his answer to a question here. For some reason, it’s OK to target Republicans for fewer services (actually, I’d be OK with that given that there are only a few government “services” that are particularly useful and virtually none that are cost-effectively provided), but it would be viewed as outrageous for a Republican to call for tax hikes on Democratic areas only. Yet Steinberg’s argument is identical. What’s the difference between denying people services or raising their taxes based on their political predispositions?

But maybe this has potential. Maybe if we get enough Libertarians in one district, we can cut a deal to be allowed to privatize the few useful services, slash all the unuseful ones and keep almost all of our money. If that were the case, I’d say that we’d be seeing more Libertarian districts in the future.

MAY 2, 2011


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  1. John Seiler
    John Seiler 2 May, 2011, 13:41

    There’s a Free State movement of people favoring less government moving to New Hampshire.

    We need a Free County movement in California of people favoring less government moving to Orange County!

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  2. Tylerle13
    Tylerle13 2 May, 2011, 15:10

    You may have a better chance of colonizing Stockton since most of the homes there are abandoned anyway, you wont have any resistance.

    Think about it, you have Major Shipping Lanes, Major Freeways, cheap real estate, fertile agricultural land, and close proximity to the Socialist Fantasy Factory(Sacramento). You could probably even get “Financial Incentives” from California & the Feds.

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  3. Steven Greenhut
    Steven Greenhut 4 May, 2011, 16:04

    Not a bad idea … and Stockton has many good points. We could probably fix the one bad point (high crime) with a reinvigorated 2nd Amendment and outsourcing of police services away from the unionized department that does such a poor job policing the city.

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