Democrats now have super majorities in both the state Assembly and Senate, meaning they can pass state tax increases without a single Republican vote. Voters got a head start on tax increases when they passed Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raises the statewide sales tax as well as income taxes on upper incomes.
It’s the first time since 1933 that a single party has controlled two-thirds of both the California Senate and Assembly and the first time since 1883 the Democrats have had such majorities.
Yet an October Reason-Rupe poll saw that Prop. 30 was leading and asked likely voters across the state: “Suppose these tax increases in Prop. 30 are approved but do not end up eliminating California’s budget deficit, what would you like the legislature to do next?” Nearly three out of four, 74%, said they’d want the state to cut spending to balance the budget. Just 15% said raise additional taxes to eliminate the deficit and 4 percent said borrow more money.
A 3/4 majority wants the state to cut spending and yet they vote for to fill the legislature with Democrat Super Majority, passing Bills that will be sent to Democrat Governor for signature? This has to be the new definition of insanity.
If Democrats don’t tackle the real causes of the budget deficit – state spending, is there any chance lawmakers may find something most would never envision: California voters calling for Wisconsin-like budget and pension reforms?
As difficult as it may be to imagine, there is a chance that California sobers up after they hit rock bottom. Earlier this year, just before Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election, which was prompted by organized labor’s fierce reaction to cuts to government workers, the Reason-Rupe poll asked Wisconsin voters: “For new government employees who have not been promised pension benefits, would you favor or oppose shifting them from guaranteed pensions to 401(k)-style accounts?”
In Wisconsin, 69 percent of voters said they’d like to shift new government workers to 401(k)s. A few weeks ago, Reason-Rupe asked the very same question of California voters and got the very same result: 69 percent said shift government workers to 401(k)s.
Change is the ONLY hope for California and the rest of U.S.
The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.