Where are the ‘moderate’ Democrats?

Donkey - WikipediaFeb. 15, 2013

By John Seiler

Now is the time for moderate Democrats to step forward. Controlling every statewide office and with supermajorities in both houses of the California Legislature, Dems rule the roost. But unchecked power devours itself.

Steven Greenhut writes on Bloomberg about the problem for the Donkey Party:

California taxpayers have nothing to fear from the new Democratic supermajorities in the state Assembly and Senate. That’s the assurance we keep hearing from the political class and interest groups in the Golden State, where Republican legislators are now reduced to irrelevancy and Democrats control two-thirds majorities to pass anything they want….

“The deadline for filing new bills for the next state legislative session is a week away, so we will soon see how restrained the Democrats will be. Yet a look at the background of these moderate lawmakers shouldn’t ease high-earners’ concern about rising tax bills in California.

“For instance, Henry Perea, a Fresno Democrat who leads the Assembly Moderate Caucus, has written a bill to increase or extend $2.3 billion in automotive-related fees. This is one of the Democratic majority’s first big maneuvers for the year, with committee hearings expedited….

“At a recent Democratic retreat in Sacramento, the leadership urged a moderate, or at least measured, course, warning legislators that they will be held responsible for anything that goes wrong in California, according to Correa. Reach for the stars, legislators were told, but do so slowly and carefully.

“Republicans would complain that Democratic legislators rushed back to the Capitol and began assembling plans for raising taxes and changing the state constitution. Many of those who will join this session’s new taxing, spending and government-building efforts will call themselves moderates.

“Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway told me that, as she called the new Democrats to welcome them to the Capitol, they all told her they were fiscal moderates. Conservatives won’t hold their breath.”

We’ll soon find out. And if the economy tanks and revenues drop because of all the federal and state tax increases already imposed, as I expect, there likely will be a reflexive action among the supermajority Democrats to increase taxes wherever they can. Their spending constituencies will demand it.


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  1. Behind the tax increase proposals
    Behind the tax increase proposals 15 February, 2013, 10:10

    Gas tax increases, oil and natural gas severance taxes, VLF increases: the Democrats need more money ASAP for the High-Speed Rail. Private-public partnerships aren’t happening and federal money isn’t going to flow in as hoped. They need money fast or else the rail line won’t happen.

    The next ten years in California will be dominated by the High-Speed Rail albatross. Guaranteed.

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 15 February, 2013, 11:49

    John and his Tea Bagger buddies believe that anyone to the Left of Rush Limbaugh is a “Socialist”. They wouldn’t recognize a moderate if he or she bit them in the butt.

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  3. Tax Target
    Tax Target 15 February, 2013, 13:28

    Hey SteveFromSacto – I think your Tea Bagger description is very insulting. Are you must be an asswipe democrap?!

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 February, 2013, 09:25

    Hey Stevie, fiscal conservatives, like myself, are not Rush Limbaugh ditto heads, never have been so stop the libel.

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  5. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 16 February, 2013, 09:27

    If opinionating were Libel, your home would be a jail cell, Rex.

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 16 February, 2013, 10:23

    Just like SeeSaw to want to increase the population of the RAGWUS run prisons with political prisoners. How about locking up the “red-necks” while you are at it SeeSaw? Yea lock up the citizens that disagree with the feeders right to steal from the children. 🙂

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  7. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 16 February, 2013, 11:08

    If opinionating were Libel, your home would be a jail cell, Rex.
    seesaw, you have no idea how much that hurt Rexie 🙂

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  8. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 16 February, 2013, 11:29

    You need to accept, “tongue in cheek” comments sometimes, Donkey. I have told you previously that I do not support the incarceration of any human being who does not represent any danger to another human being, anywhere. That does not mean I do not believe in punishment for wrongoing. There are ways to eck out punishment without incarceration.

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 17 February, 2013, 00:38

    SeeSaw says:
    That does not mean I do not believe in punishment for wrongdoing
    So you would support tossing yourself in jail for defrauding and stealing from the taxpayers!!!!!!

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  10. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 17 February, 2013, 21:54

    Rex, someone who defrauds and steals is breaking the law. I have broken no laws. Therefore, I don’t have to opine on such a stupid suggestion. You sink a little lower with every post. You must be in the depths of depression, over your failure to achieve even 15 minutes.

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