Editor’s note: Here’s what Rich Ulery of the local GOP Central Committee is writing on the local GOP website about Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to extend tax cuts. He ignores any GOP politician’s role (including our GOP governors) for California’s budget deficit problem. The highly partisan analysis reminds me why a growing number of people are registering as “Decline to State.” They’re done with party politics.
To Rich’s credit, he’s not a verbal ‘bombthrower’ or name caller like the minority of vocal locals who often fill the blogosphere. Over the years I never viewed political decision-making as “black or white,” or akin to rooting for a sports team. The world is too complex now, and different approaches and philosophies are required at different times. It’s no different from the business world. Some other perspectives to what Rich wrote are here and here.
“After reviewing the Democrat party’s justification for placing the tax extension initiative before the voters this June, I was reminded about a story my son told me a few years ago. He was in a store with my granddaughter when he firmly told her that there was no money for an item she wanted. Her response was ‘well, just go to the ATM!’ The Democrat Party has controlled the California legislature for the past half century. And what has that control given us? A $26B deficit, some of the highest personal income, sales, and corporate tax rates in the nation, unfunded billions in pension liabilities to our public employees, a dismal state credit rating, one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, an anti-business and regulatory environment that is driving employers out of the state, failing public schools, and a crumbling state infrastructure.
“The Democrat answer to their sorry management record is typical – go back to the taxpayers for more tax dollars! This despite the fact that the $10 billion tax increase imposed in 2009 was intended to be temporary, and California voters summarily rejected a one to two-year extension of those tax increases by a 2 to 1 margin a mere two years ago. Now the Democrats want the voters to decide on a five-year extension after they firmly said no to a two-year extension. If nothing else, I must admire the Democrats’ persistence – just keep going back to the voters year after year, hoping against hope that they’ll ultimately change their mind.”
The rest of the article is here.
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