Skelton: Tax, Tax, Tax, Tax, Tax

John Seiler:

In his column on the budget disaster, L.A. Times columnist George Skelton continues with his perpetual mantra: tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax….

Of course, he loves the budget because it was passed under Proposition 25, which dropped to a majority from 2/3 the threshold in the Legislature for passing a budget. That way, Republicans had almost no input.

He laments that the Republicans supposedly lost out when they refused to deal with Gov. Jerry “Jobs Killer” Brown on pension and other reforms as a way to get Brown’s tax-increase proposals before voters. But they were willing to deal. It was Brown who was intransigent, obsessed as much as Skelton with raising taxes — and putting no reform measures on the ballot.

Skelton’s conclusion: “We need a Son of Prop. 25 — a ballot measure that reduces the vote requirement for raising taxes to a simple majority. Allow the majority party to function and hold it accountable.”

That way, taxes could be raised to infinity and every last private-sector job and business driven from the state. Then Skelton and his government buddies would have the state all to themselves, drawing up imaginary budgets and tax revenues.

June 30, 2011

 

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  1. Sol
    Sol 30 June, 2011, 09:43

    Skelton’s conclusion: “We need a Son of Prop. 25 — a ballot measure that reduces the vote requirement for raising taxes to a simple majority. Allow the majority party to function and hold it accountable.”

    That would be the last nail in Cawleefornia’s (as Ahnode calls it) coffin.

    What do you think the state sales tax would be if Darrell Steinburg and John Perez had their way? Maybe 10%? So LA’s sales tax would be around 12%?

    And instead of a 9.55% income tax kicking in around $47K what would the rate be? Maybe 12%, maybe more?

    Then you could count on higher fees of all sorts – vehicle registration, smog certificate, etc.

    And there is no doubt there would be tax increases and all sorts of new taxes on businesses.

    If that wouldn’t drive out a large portion of the remaining productive people in this state I don’t know what would.

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  2. Eric in Santa Rosa
    Eric in Santa Rosa 30 June, 2011, 13:30

    And maybe this the whole idea in passing a son of Prop 25, raising taxes “to infinity and beyond!” (apologies to Buzz Lightyear), and driving every last private-sector job and business from California–in the name of protecting the environment and cutting greenhouse emissions down to insanely ridiculous levels. “Stick it to those eeeevil corporate polluters!” while actually making this place uninhabitable for all of us who are still in our right minds.

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  3. Eric in Santa Rosa
    Eric in Santa Rosa 30 June, 2011, 13:35

    And let’s not forget CalWatchdog’s amazing expose of “California’s Energy Future: The Road to 2050” (http://www.calwatchdog.com/2011/06/08/ca-enviro-plan-channels-pol-pot/) that, coupled with requiring only a simple majority to raise taxes all the way to the remote corners of the universe, will turn California from the world’s 8th largest economy to something on the order of Ethiopia’s.

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  4. RObert
    RObert 30 June, 2011, 22:17

    The economy will stall for years. Too many service jobs and a booming underground economy atypical of a command economy…

    Fear not. You can move. Stop sweating it!

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