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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Schwarzenegger Wants to Tax the Poor to Fix the Budget
Can this please be the LAST TIME people fall for an unqualifiedRepublican Hollywood actor for Governor? What were people thinking??!! The State of California is even more in the hole than expected, like $11B. First he tried to reduce the SEIU employees to slave-wage status and illegal union busting and now he wants to slap all of us with a 1.5% increase of the state sales tax. It would go from the super high 8.5% to the uber ridiculousness of 10%. That would increase the expenses of every person by several thousand dollars per year. Add that to the cash-strapped, out of work citizenry and I see a massive riot on the horizon. I will definitely take to the streets for this one!
This guy was supposed to 'save' us remember? He was smart, married to a Kennedy and promised to shake things up. You cannot tell me with all his connections and resources that he didn't see the pending housing bubble implosion. He has access to information we could have used to prepare ourselves. He based the state budget on revenues from over-inflated sources. It was never going to last. I bet he was hoping it would until he left office then like Bush he could dump the entire mess on the next person to take office.
Leaders are supposed to LEAD. I am tired of the Republican excuse of "gov't spends too much" to cover the fact they can't balance a budget. As far as I'm concerned he should not be allowed to get away with this. Find another way, Arnold. Reduce the per diem for state employees already making more than $100K. Better yet - get rid of it. They'd still have their jobs and right now they should be glad for that. Sell more bonds. Kick in some of your money, but stop hitting the pocketbooks of the least amongst us by cutting vital services AND raising taxes.
I urge EVERYONE to PROTEST!!! I wish we could hold a recall election but it's too late.
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