Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
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Taxes, Foghorn Leghorn And My Dog Skip
Democrats like things the way they are…
deadline has come and gone in Sacramento, and now we know the
for California in the next two years. The most interesting aspect of this agenda
is the stark contrast it makes with the Governor’s agenda. The Governor
is dissatisfied with the status quo, and wants to “blow up the boxes” in
Sacramento, so he has proposed a bold agenda, upending the special interests
that control our tax dollars and our government processes, making life difficult
for the average citizen who doesn’t have their political connections. The
Democrats, who want to make sure that things stay as bad as they are here in
California, have decided to defend the status quo, so their agenda is to tweak
the status quo, mainly by interfering even more into your individual liberty.
Three specific examples of ideas for new laws in California
show just how small the ideas coming out of the Legislative Democrats
First, AB 1103 would
impose a seven dollar fee on bicycles to fund a “recycling” program for bikes in California.
One of the ideas is to recycle bicycles to people who want to
ride them to work. I don’t think that there is any real
problem with bicycles clogging our landfills (although I think
I have five or six in my garage), but to tax ten year old kids
who like to ride their bikes to the park to pay for bicycles
for 50 year old long haired sixties liberals who don’t
care how they smell when they get to work is a little much. Seven
dollars can be a lot of money to a child, adding as much as 10%
to the cost of a kid’s bike on top of the 8% sales tax
they pay the government already, and may make it impossible for
them to buy a bike. Our children will be paying off the “Davis
Debt” our government spent us into for most of their adult
lives, so must we tax their tricycles, too?
Second, SB 662 would
regulate how farmers kill their chickens. The bill arises out
of a situation in Valley Center, California,
in the rural San Diego portion of my district. A farmer, whose
chickens no longer produced eggs, was not allowed by the government
to get rid of his chickens by moving them to a “kill farm,” because
of a statewide Newcastle Disease quarantine on the movement of
poultry. So, the farmer killed them on his own farm with a wood
chipper, after getting approval from the US Department of Agriculture.
Though not aesthetically pleasing, who can dispute that chipping
chickens is much more efficient than and at least as humane as
manually breaking the necks of 30,000 chickens one at a time
(which is one of the state-sanctioned methods). The preferred
method of the animal rights crew is to use carbon dioxide to
kill them. Of course, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, so,
if farmers use that, we’ll all die from global warming.
A real liberal dilemma—not to mention a serious waste of
time of the legislature.
Finally, AB 418 would prohibit dog ear cropping, a practice
prevalent for those who show dogs. American Kennel Club requirements
for some dog breeds actually require dog ear cropping, so those
show dog owners would actually have to move their dogs out of
state if they want to show their dogs, should this law pass.
Dog breeders and pet stores across the state would lose millions.
Another job killer, not to mention a really dumb idea in a state
like California where cosmetic surgery is virtually a residency
requirement amongst the human population.
These three bills
show just how small the Democrats’ agenda
for California really is. They like the status quo. They must
like the fact that you couldn’t buy the house you now own,
and that you are stuck on the freeway every day. I guess it doesn’t
bother them that your electricity and water prices, as well as
your taxes, could go up from policies they implemented. The groups
that keep them in power benefit from those policies. You don’t.
The Governor wants to change that by blowing up the status quo
and unseating these interests. We can only pray that it is the
Governor that prevails (with our help). CRO