California Liberals Commitment to Taxes and Government to be put to the test
Original post made by Anna, Downtown North, on Nov 13, 2012
President Obama apparently is taking a very hard line on tax increases for those earning over $250,000. Democratic interest groups have been urging a hard line on any significant reductions in spending at the federal level. And it is apparent that regulation promulgation will accelerate as a result of implementation of Obamacare and the appointment of activists at EPA and other regulatory agencies.
Meanwhile, here in California, we've passed our own major add-on to taxes for the "wealthy" $250,000/yr earners, and Democrats will have a supermajority in the legislature meaning that Republicans will be powerless to stop or ameliorate even more taxes and regulation on a state business climate which routinely is rated the worst in the US.
In the past, liberal California voters could vote their conscience, but rely on the election of a sufficient number of conservatives so that the liberal project was neutralized somewhat in legislative maneuverings between the parties.
That won't be the case now: Liberals in California are going to get all the government they've been voting for - and more. The California "rich" - a group well-represented in Palo Alto - are going to see MUCH higher taxes and a comparatively activist policies. We're going to have a lot more government than we've ever had before.
Will this work out?
The next several years will provide pretty good evidence on whether the progressive policies that left-leaning advocates have been pushing for decades really will produce the nirvana they've claimed.
If it doesn't work out as planned, it will also provide a test of liberal voters' commitment to their principles. It may get very interesting.
One more week to vote!
Don't forget to cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.