Columnists live for the day when they have a simple, clear-cut, and reasonable answer to a problem vexing fellow Americans. And it’s even better when the people helped are also residents of my home state of California.
A recent survey of 1,702 adults by the Public Policy Institute of California asked respondents their views on the amount of tax they pay.
The results sounded like Texas.
Sixty percent — a new record — said they pay “much more” or “somewhat more” in taxes than they should. Since the survey was taken before the Day of Doom: April 15, there is a very real chance the percentage feeling overtaxed would be even higher today. Fortunately for these Californians who have revenue they don’t want to share, there is a simple, three-word solution.
Stop electing Democrats!
Taxing and spending are the foundational pillars of the Democrat Party and it starts at the top. Americans for Tax Reform reports that President Obama, during his five-plus years in office, has proposed 442 tax increases.
Is it any wonder the state of California is plagued by over taxation when we note it’s run exclusively by Democrats in every statewide office and holds punishing majorities in both houses of the legislature? (And that’s with three members of the legislature taking indictment vacations.)
Finding a Democrat politician who doesn’t want to raise taxes is like trying to find an environmentalist that has factual evidence of global warming.
But before you get too optimistic regarding a future turnaround in California politics, I’m afraid I have to give you the bad news. The 60 percent feeling taxation’s bite are true Democrats: They want state government to continue to spend and deliver the goodies. They just don’t want to pay for it.
Instead — responding like the products of an education system captured lock, stock, and barrel by the left — they want government to increase taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
Is it any wonder 60 businesses have moved from California to Texas?
If California government squeezes the golden goose any tighter the state won’t see more golden eggs; it will see a small cloud of dust as the goose flees for a jurisdiction run by a less-rapacious state government. Business, people, and wealth are mobile, not self-destructive. Teenagers crushed by circumstance may cut themselves as a plea for help, but the wealthy will cut and run.
The other pressing concern identified by the poll was diminishing supplies of water. Which means this too is similar to the tax question. Because if both tax revenue and water completely dry up, California voters may be forced to change their ways.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
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