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Hood or the Sheriff of Nottingham?
by Ray Haynes [politician]
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides has made no
secret of the fact that he wants to raise taxes (if he becomes
Governor that is). Like all liberals, he talks about taxing
the rich to pay for government largesse. Liberals consistently
trot out tired platitudes and rehash failed ideas when it comes
to solving the problems of California. Just for the record,
we increased spending over last year by 12% with the recently
passed budget. But it is still not enough to placate them.
No matter how much they spend, it’s never enough. There
is always some social program for the poor that needs more
To be fair,
Angelides doesn’t actually want to raise “your” taxes.
He wants to raise “their” taxes; as in the rich
who aren’t supposedly paying their fair share. We have
heard this song and dance before. Taxing the rich is to Democrats,
what marijuana is to heroin addicts. Taxing the rich is their
gateway drug to taxing us all. Phil Angelides doesn’t
just want to tax the rich. He wants to tax YOU!
Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside
and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and
Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website
at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]
And why does he feel the need to raise your taxes? He says we
need to increase education funding, raise employee salaries,
and take care of the poor through dozens of social programs (many
benefiting illegal aliens).
Before we go any farther, I just want to give you some facts
(something sadly missing in the liberal diatribes). According
to Americans for Tax Reform, the top 20% of all taxpayers (those
making over $71,000 per year), pay 83.9% of all the taxes.
In 2001, at UC Berkeley (of course!), Angelides stated unequivocally
that he would like to see a weakening in the protections afforded
homeowners by Proposition 13. He supported the illegal tripling
of the car tax by Governor Gray Davis and criticized Governor
Schwarzenegger when he kept his campaign promise and repealed
it. In 2003-2004, Angelides proposed numerous additional taxes.
He wanted to raise the state sales tax rate, the state income
tax rate, the corporate tax rate, and institute a tax on farm
equipment and diesel fuel used in farming activities. Angelides
even sought to raise property taxes on commercial properties.
These taxes punish the lower and middle class working families,
not the rich. A friend of the working man he is not.
Congress levied a tax on the few wealthy Americans who had
to help fund the Spanish-American War. It
was “only” a penny per call. The war lasted four
months. The tax, which will finally die on July 31, has been
with us for 108 years. What started out as a scheme to “soak
the rich” at a penny per call morphed into a monstrosity
that taxed everyone three percent of their overall phone bill.
Once a tax is implemented, it’s with us for generations,
if not forever.
I don’t always agree with Governor Schwarzenegger, but
at least he has brought down the deficit without imposing any
new taxes. Phil Angelides, like all liberals, is addicted to
raising taxes. In his mind, he takes from the “rich” to
give to the poor, but he looks a lot more like the Sheriff of
Nottingham if you ask me. CRO
Haynes is a California Assemblyman repesenting Riverside
and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.