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  government power grabs

California’s New Democratic Supermajority Promises It Will Do ‘Nothing’

Is something broken in California? Anything? Well, it is probably because of the 1978 passage of Proposition 13, which requires a 2/3 majority vote in the legislature to raise taxes, and capped all property taxes at a ridiculously low base level. The caps on property taxes even apply to income properties and commercial holdings, due to some loophole that no one seems very interested in closing. But it’s ok! you can breathe a sigh of relief because THANK GOD, Democrats in California finally have a supermajority so they can do things that they have really WANTED to do but that the Republicans blocked. So what will they use this power for? Will they close the loophole on commercial property taxes? Will they try to pass universal health care? No, of course not, there will be a backlash if they do things that they were elected to do, so to stay on the safe side they will do “nothing.” Literally, this is their plan — to do nothing. They couldn’t do anything before because the GOP blocked every effort and now that the GOP isn’t blocking their efforts, they’ll just go ahead and stand in their own way THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Read more on California’s New Democratic Supermajority Promises It Will Do ‘Nothing’…
  history's worst monster

Fox’s Dana Perino: California Gov. Jerry Brown Is A Dictator Because He Made A Youtube

Did you hear that California — the Golden Dream by the Sea — is having a wee little problem with its economy? What happened was a million years ago some proto-Grover Norquists made it impossible to ever raise taxes in the state, both by requiring a two-thirds supermajority in the Lege and by mandating that property taxes could never go up ever. Then, on top of that, Arnold Schwarzenegger took a ballpeen hammer to a car to symbolize SMASHing the Vehicle License Fee, and whoops! The very next year, California was in the red by … the exact same amount it had foregone in Vehicle License Fees! But everybody got $134 back to go spend at Wal-Mart, so good trade! This has been a problem for California, because it is no longer able to pay for things like world-class educational systems that used to draw people to it, but obviously, all current and historic budget shortfalls are Jerry Brown’s fault because he used to be a hippie, and did you know also Al Gore invented the Internet? Haw haw haw. Anyhoo, now Jerry Brown has announced additional cuts to education and services (he has been pretty Austere already) and also plumped for an infinitesimal rise in the sales tax, and three percent more in income taxes for Facebook founders. How did he do this? In a YOUTUBE. And that makes him just like Evita Peron. Don’t cry for him, Sacramento, etc. Here is Dana Perino, blahing about it on Fox News: Read more on Fox’s Dana Perino: California Gov. Jerry Brown Is A Dictator Because He Made A Youtube…
  apocalypse

Tragic California Budget ‘Fix’ Awaits All Other Bankrupt U.S. States, Too

Huzzah for the Golden State, where crazed prisoners will soon wander freely and the poor will wrestle for rat crumbs and all the parks will be closed and all the counties will be robbed of various monies and the GOP threatens to wreck even this rotten deal, because there is still a chance to make things even worse. Feeling smug out there, rest of America? Don’t. You’re next. Read more on Tragic California Budget ‘Fix’ Awaits All Other Bankrupt U.S. States, Too…