The California (Anti)Taxpayers Association

Oct. 24, 2012

By Steven Greenhut:

California taxpayers can hardly get a break. The Democrats who have ironclad control of the state government are constantly looking for ways to hike taxes and the state’s business leaders epitomize the crony capitalist model, as they throw average taxpayers under the bus and seek out special privileges for themselves. The California Chamber of Commerce is no friend of small business or any taxpayer, and even some of the so-called taxpayer groups are basically crony capitalist big-business types who claim to be taxpayer advocates. The chamber has taken no position on Prop. 30, the Jerry Brown massive tax hike. Gee, thanks. When I called the Chamber and asked about it, they were adamant to say they are not “neutral” on the matter, but that they have instead taken “no position.”

This is the kind of unprincipled hair-splitting that goes on at the Chamber and among other business groups that lack the courage to stand up for the state’s business community.  Small businesses concerned about the state’s quickly disintegrating business climate better not count on this group of spineless favor seekers.

Note also the California Taxpayers Association. It’s amazing the group still exists given that it actually opposed Prop. 13. How can one be a taxpayer group and oppose a historic measure that limits property taxes? In the current election cycle, the group has opposed Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30 but it has taken no position on Prop. 32, the paycheck protection initiative that will defund the public-sector unions that are at the root of the state’s fiscal problems.

Even the hapless and unprincipled OC Taxpayers Association — check out the leaders of this group and you’ll see that it is more of a subsidy-promoting big-business group than a taxpayers group — managed to support Prop. 32. Fortunately, Californians who want to save their state from disaster, rather than simply cut insider deals with the lunatics who are destroying the state, still have the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to stand up for them.

The Jarvis group’s foundation released a report last week showing that public employee compensation has been soaring between 2005-2010, mostly through an increase in pension costs. That’s the real reason for the state’s current fiscal problems. Maybe some of the state’s business leaders could muster the courage to point that out. Hope springs eternal.




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  1. Julian B Duron
    Julian B Duron 24 October, 2012, 08:42

    Zombies have majority control of State assembly because California will do nothing about Illegal Aliens voting. All Democrats have to do is keep promising MO FREE SH&T and they will get re-elected. The State Assembly will never address a Drivers License that indicates citizen or non-citizen because it is their votes that put these Zombies back in Office. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO VOTE and the State Assembly will change for the better.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 October, 2012, 10:13

    PACK AND SHIP….the party is over doomers!

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  3. Tax Target
    Tax Target 24 October, 2012, 10:16

    I recommend to any taxpaying citizen living in Kalifornsky to start the process to move to Arizona, Nevada or Texas. It is time to send a clear message to the Central Committee in Kremlinmento that those that earn a living are not going to standby and take a financial-procto.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 24 October, 2012, 10:26

    Tax….we having moving specials for miserable people like you…..we can relieve your pain!!!

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  5. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 24 October, 2012, 12:07

    Ulysses –

    The important things happen at the margin. Not everyone picks up and moves all at once (though it would be good for your bidness). See Wayne Lusvardi’s story today.

    It’s bit by bit, drip by drip.

    Take a look at New York. No, not just the part between 110th Street and Battery Park. I mean the rest of it. Metro New York has basically flatlined since the 60s. And go upstate – meaning basically everything north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. That’s not a recession they have going on there. A recession is cyclical. It’s beyond even secular. It’s glacial.

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  6. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 24 October, 2012, 16:07

    Julian B. Duron said – “Zombies have majority control of State assembly because California will do nothing about Illegal Aliens voting”

    Hate to disagree with you on this Julian, but illegal alien voters don’t determine Kalifornia’s political climate. I’m all for cleaning up the voter rolls but that won’t solve the problem by itself. The truly alarming fact is that there are just too many ignorant & irrational legitimate voters in this state.

    Take Ulysses Uhaul for instance. There must be millions of Blue Team zombies just like him. To really fix Crazyfornia, you would have to pack and ship all of them somewhere else. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem like a realistic solution. Maybe we could compromise and give them half a vote 🙂

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 24 October, 2012, 18:10

    I wanted to see just how easy it was with voter fraud. I got the registration form with my drivers license renewal form last month. I filled out the voter registration form with a false name, false $$# number and just added an apartment number to my address.

    Two weeks later I got my voter packet, my voter card that they sent AND now am getting advertising junk mail under my fake name.

    I was floored, thinking the registrars office would catch this some where along the line but they didnt. I dont think they even tried.

    So, its that easy folks!!! Read it and weep.

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  8. a frequent reader
    a frequent reader 25 October, 2012, 22:31

    exactly my point

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  9. C.J.
    C.J. 25 October, 2012, 23:25

    You can also add the Silicon Valley “leadership” Group to the list of so-called business groups that love to support anything that raises taxes, hires more union workers, or supposedly “invests” in our future.
    These are all business leaders who have one hand constantly groping taxpayers’ pockets for loose change.
    It’s a sickening orgy of quid pro quo incest.

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  10. Bob
    Bob 29 October, 2012, 21:34

    Pogo the precocious possum said, “I have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo was so right. Thanks to Pogo’s creator, Walt Kelly for his wisdom. The real problem is that we are so vastly outnumbered by this insidious enemy. So what can we do other than sandbag our lives and affairs to mitigate the disaster and to trust less in government and more in God, our family and our friends.

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