Thingish Things

Brown’s Coup de Grâce in California

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - May• 14•12

California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t done with California yet. Not while it’s still breathing. 

The man who has held just about every public office in the Golden State short of dog catcher is facing a $16 billion budget deficit — he estimated it to be $9 billion last month.  Brown’s answer?  Hike taxes again. Mr. Brown is asking voters to approve an increase in sales taxes, and of course on income taxes for families making $250,000 a year. (What’s a a tax fight without a little class warfare to rile up the masses?)

And why have taxes in California been raised again and again? To pay for public employee union perks and pensions that legislators gave away in exchange for political support. Those pension payments, as elsewhere in the nation, are eating up discretionary dollars, and, in time, will bankrupt the state. 

Governor Brown lacks either the courage or the the power to address the real problem. So he seeks to hike taxes again, which will chase even more business out of the Golden State.  He must have one hell of pension amassed from all those public offices he’s held. 


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