Time for a revolution?


They just don’t get it in Sacramento, do they? After telling them in no uncertain terms last May that we are taxed enough and won’t tolerate any more until the state gets serious about controlling spending, the Mandarins of the Golden Dome and their creatures in the Franchise Tax Board have decided to do it anyway, but by a different route. Instead of raising taxes, they’ll lower the breakpoints between rates so that, without ever getting a raise, we can qualify for a higher rate:

While Californians are still feeling the sting of income and sales tax hikes signed into law earlier this year, now comes news that state tax authorities plan to take a little more from their pockets.

For only the second time in 30 years, the tax board is lowering the point where each tax bracket begins, bumping many people into a higher category. At the same time, officials are cutting back some deductions.

Everyone will pay more, even people whose bracket or income doesn’t change.
The extra sums will total as much as $140 per family, on top of the increases previously enacted.

Bear in mind, as the cited article mentions in passing, this comes after other measures to “enhance revenues:” a deal to end last year’s budget crisis raised income taxes to nearly 10% at the top rate and sales taxes to 9.75% in many counties. Then the government decided it needed the money faster, so it decided to accelerate the rate of withholding. And now this latest move makes it a trifecta.

Think about this: the nation is in the worst recession in nearly 30 years, and California is worse off than most – state revenues are crashing and unemployment has reached 11.9 percent. (PDF) Businesses are fleeing the state to escape the high cost of doing business here – and taking jobs with them. Many who haven’t lost their jobs are facing pay cuts.

So what do these morons in Sacramento do? They decide to take even more money from the people and from businesses, money that instead could have been used to buy goods and services – and create productive jobs. Genius, sheer frakking genius!

Not ever do they even consider doing what’s truly necessary: reducing expenditures to meet revenues, lowering taxes to let more money flow into the economy, and generally removing the barriers to doing business and creating jobs. Yes, reducing expenditures to meet revenues would hurt – a lot. A lot of people dependent on state subsidies in one way or another would be hurt as the subsidies are cut off. A lot of state workers would have to be laid off and state services curtailed. It would be painful as Hell.

But because of the insane spending and borrowing binge this state has been on for more than a decade, using short-term revenues to make people reliant on promises of social nirvana but not having the means to pay for it long-term without more taxing and more borrowing, there is no other way to restore California’s economic health in the long run. Like a chronic alcoholic, it has to go cold-turkey or it will never break the habit.

But the oligarchs in Sacramento won’t do it. They have neither the desire nor the political will, after years of selling the people a social-democratic acid trip. And since they won’t do what’s required, the only thing left is a revolt at the ballot box. Off with their political heads!

We started it last May, voting down those tax-increasing ballot measures. Evidently they still don’t think we’re serious, so it’s time to show them how serious we truly are. It’s time to vote them all out of office and replace them with true representatives, men and women who understand what the state needs and what the people want – and who don’t treat the people as terrorists.

So, as the 2010 campaign approaches, talk to the candidates for the Assembly, for the State Senate, and for statewide office. All of them, of whatever party. Ask them where they stand on taxation, spending, and borrowing. Don’t accept weasel words – demand specifics.  And let them know that, if they want your vote, you want their personal commitment to a break with the past and a return to sensible, sane governance.

California can’t afford any more of this madness.

LINKS: Hot Air.

4 Responses to Time for a revolution?

  1. I agree that it’s time for a revolution along the lines of the one depicted in the graphic at the top of the post.

    We need to tax the living hell out of the rich and lower taxes on small businesses and workers. Don’t people get it? The problem is that wealth distribution has reached French Revolution levels, with a super-wealthy class owning everything and everybody else poor. There’s only a certain amount of wealth, and when it’s concentrated at the top, it’s not flowing through the economy by definition. This is not to say that people shouldn’t be allowed to be rich; they should. But the distribution needs to be more equitable.

    • Porkchop says:

      Dude, when your attitude (from your blog) is this:

      “Letting potential employers contact me is my new MO. In fact, the ONLY employer I’m interested in talking to is the one who reaches out to me. Why should I chase them down? An employer willing to pay a premium for quality and who actively seeks the same is the only employer that interests me.”

      it becomes super-clear why you’re unemployed. You should enlist in the military: it’ll give you a job and help straighten you out.

  2. Porkchop says:

    “There’s only a certain amount of wealth”

    Really? So there’s a fixed pie-size that never gets bigger? The amount of “wealth” in the world is the same as it was 200 years ago?

    “This is not to say that people shouldn’t be allowed to be rich; they should. But the distribution needs to be more equitable.”

    Let’s say you create wealth: you grow something you can sell, you dig something out of the ground and sell it, or you write a novel and it catches on, eventually spinning out into a movie, earning you millions while creating thousands of jobs. Why should you give that to someone else? What’s stopping them from growing something, digging something up, or writing the next great American novel?

    Or let’s take another example. You work two jobs. Your friend only works one job, and spends the extra time doing something else (playing Xbox, for example). If you’re working two jobs to earn more money, why should you have to give money to your Xbox playing friend who isn’t working as hard? Shouldn’t you be able to use that money the way you think is best?

  3. rwisher says:

    May I say several things here.

    1. The recession may have done us all a favor by lowering the tide of fake cash enough for us to see the behind the door shenanigans being done by both sides. When they were “creating wealth” with weird accounting practices and funny derivatives in order to further hide their thefts and corruption, much like a Ponzi scheme running out of new investors, the recession pulled the drain and we got to see what was going on below the surface. Hopefully, we’ll be stung enough and angry enough to remember and act accordingly.

    2. All governments have trapped us, and it is our fault, into believing they can do all for nothing. I expect uneducated people to buy in, but a number of supposedly intelligent ones did to. Now you see states like California doing what any parasite will do in a time of life threatening stress, feed off the host with an increased ferocity. Instead of dying or sharing, it will kill the host to survive.

    3. At my website I dwell on one of my favorite lines in a movie. There will come a time when enough is going to be simply enough. Our “leaders” really don’t get how close they are to real unrest. There is only so much any person, man or woman, can take. And it is bad enough they rob us, steal from the future of our children, try to indenture us, but to do it with glee and arrogance and the air of superiority makes the salt in the wound burn.


    In the end I hope our nation rises up and throws out a bunch on both sides of the aisle- just start tossing handfuls at a time. I would love to see some major players who thought they were immune take it in the shorts. Reid comes to mind.

    The people involved in this are not slowing down, even now they are being exposed. I think they are simply switched from a nice paced jog into a sprint in order to finish before the you know what hits the fan. Here is an example of progressives on both sides continuing to work under the waterline- the cyber-security bill working its way through Congress.


    There are people and groups inside our own nation at war with our way of life. Maybe the recession’s one redeeming quality was it exposed the players now, while we have a chance to react.

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