Tax Me, Please. Enough is Enough!
A Special Guest Editorial to California’s Capitol
By Gus Turdlock
The hole is just getting bigger, now get rid of your shovels. It’s time to get on with it.
I pay a lot of money to the state each month in personal income taxes. But I’m willing to pay more, assuming everyone joins me, to end this monumental standoff in the state Capitol.
But, along the way, do some things to make sure this situation doesn’t happen again. Or at least greatly reduce the chances of it occurring again.
Look at history. New state taxes were actually imposed on Californians during the Great Depression. Republican Governors Reagan and Wilson increased taxes. And we got by.
What we are doing in scouring the budget for cuts ispitting programs against programs, groups against groups, Republicans against Democrats. The end result is that much of what made California what it istoday is threatened a sour the services that many of our residents depend on.
This is just not the state Legislature’s problem. Itis our problem. And it’s time to deal with it. Go ahead,make my day, tax me!
(Editor’s Note: As Mr. Turdlock points out, income tax was created in California during the Depression. It was also 15 percent at the time. The highest bracket is now 9.3 percent. Both the sales tax and bank and corporations taxes, the two other legs of the state’s revenue-stream stool, are also Depression babies.
(P.S. Looks like you may get your wish.)
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