So, in an article in the San Jose Mercury News today titled "Dems and Brown agree on budget" it was reported the California Legislature's failure to pass a balanced budget may be coming to an end. However, this comes with bypassing a special election this year of which Dems know they cannot put a vote to the people that will increase taxes because they know it will fail. Instead, Governor Brown is focusing on pushing an initiative for the November 2012 presidential election because "Democrats and their labor allies said would offer more ideal conditions to win on taxes."
That said, in this article Governor Brown is quoted as saying "I thought we were getting close, but as I look back on it, there is an almost religious reluctance to ever deal with the state budget in a way that requires new revenues." The key words here that inflame me are “new revenues”. That is an amazing slant to “higher taxes”. I’ve never looked at higher taxes (which Californians pay some of the highest) as revenue, but more stealing from our pockets to feed their bad spending habits.
Now let me address the term “new” that was used by Gov. Brown. Hmmm…I like new cars, new houses, new apps for my phone, but new taxes. Really? As if new taxes are something innovative, yet somehow they accomplish this amazing feat every legislative session. That’s like Lance Armstrong boasting that he’s going to learn to ride a new tricycle this year. Anyway, I will get off my political soap box now because I have to find NEW ways of keeping bureaucrats from picking my pocket.