Dear Friends: I wanted to offer more detail on the positions regarding the May 19th special election in California, especially Proposition 1A. The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, LLC wants to inform voters of the election, and present the following arguments against Proposition 1A.
For citizens desiring fiscal responsibility from government, a “NO” vote on Proposition 1A (the erroneously named “Budget Stabilization Act”) is the best, and only, choice. During their rush to pass enormous tax and fee increases (making Californians the most highly taxed population in the United States), our state’s representatives deftly included a legislative act that extends these raises IF the voters agree via the special election held May 19th. To entice voters to keep these confiscatory taxes, the politicians in Sacramento word-smithed Proposition 1A with the clear intent to confuse voters, and failed to highlight the tax extension. The Sacramento political class touts this proposition as a “spending cap” providing a “rainy day” fund. The spending cap is not effective and the rainy day fund can be raided by the associated Proposition 1B. 1A is a wretched, amoral political dirty trick.
Let’s be transparently clear: A “YES” vote on Proposition 1A will extend for as long as four years the approximately $16 billion tax increase that is part of the budget deal struck in Sacramento this February. Included in the proposition would the retention of the raised sales tax (up from the current tax of 8% to 9%), the current doubling of the state’s vehicle license fee, and the new increase of 0.25% in the state’s personal income tax on every tax bracket. Not only will it keep the recently approved tax increases going for another 2 years, 1A removes a tax credit of $200/year per child, which will burden California families even more. Proposition 1A is criminally confusing and highly deceptive. Voters should not only reject this proposition, but Propositions 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E as well (the last being so egregiously written, the ballot-preparers were brought to court in an effort to present the material more truthfully). Then, they should go and reject the Democrat and Republican representatives that offered this ballot.
There is much fat that can be trimmed from the state budget, but the politicians still seem content to spend as if there is no tomorrow. For example, a Democrat assemblyman just proposed a bill that would result in about $26.8 million a year going into the special fund for non-profit programs like dance troupes and youth symphonies, instead of going into the general fund. Other examples of California waste include Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s expenditure of $580,000 for leasing office space for four years that wasn’t being used and General Services wasting $3,000 by paying a private vendor for emergency preparedness training in Los Angeles (even though the California Highway Patrol provides the training free of charge). This type of spending does not make any fiscal sense in a recessionary period in which ALL business and families have to trim the “extras” and “waste” from their own spreadsheets. It would be nice if our politicians spent OUR money with as much care as we spend the little we are able to keep.
As a voter, I say not one dime more of my money goes to waste, fraud and corruption. I hope many other of my fellow Californians join me and send a much needed message to Sacramento. Proposition 1A – Just Say No.
The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition is hosting the No-on-1A Tea Party.
Day: Saturday, May 16th.
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Place: Spanish Landing Park, San Diego, CA
(On North Harbor Dr. across the street from the north end of Terminal 2 for the airport; GOGGLE MAP HERE)
Following the rally, the Tea Party group will gather to caravan to the John and Ken Tax Revolt at Tom’s Farm in Corona (23900 Temescal Canyon Rd, just off I-15; GOOGLE MAP HERE). We are encouraging everyone to bring their signs and be prepared to have fun. John and Ken is the 640AM Radio Talk show that hosted to 15,000-attendee rally in Fullerton this March.
More Hot Links: Tea Parties are maligned by the Mainstream Media; the Anchoress has a wonderful analysis of a comparison of their treatment of the current President to that of the previous administration. Her conclusion: the press is like a pack of 14-year old girls. Can’t say that I disagree, which is why I am a member of the new media. Michelle Malkin has an outstanding critique of the California GOP and its leadership — which is a MUST read for all Californians. Founding Bloggers gives us an example of Americans who already have access to “Universal Health Care” — Native Americans. Apparently, the system is an EPIC FAIL!