Tag Archive for Taxes

Why I Love Conservative Talk Radio’s John and Ken Show

If you’re happy that Rush Limbaugh has been giving headaches to Republican leaders trying to find a popular political stance for their shrinking party, you’ll be thrilled to hear about the migraines that a conservative-libertarian talk radio duo named John and Ken are giving to the leadership of the Republican Party in California. While Limbaugh…

Four Obama Inspired Lessons for California Democrats – Part Two

Last week I wrote that the Obama campaign should serve as a master class in winning elections for Democrats, but, unfortunately, not enough California Democrats are playing attention to the Obama campaign’s most important lessons. We’ve dealt with the first two lessons — (1) Blame Republicans and Present a Democratic Solution, and (2) Use the Internet. The remaining two Obama inspired lessons are (3) Expand the Electorate, and (4) Champion the Middle Class. Let’s tackle them now.

End California’s Hostage Crisis

On this morning’s radio talk shows, following the early morning passage of California’s budget, Democratic legislators have finally taken up the political fight against the Republicans and are urging revision of the state’s dysfunctional budget process. This is a budget the GOP can be proud of, because it’s a profoundly conservative budget. Because they hold a conservative veto over it. And they get the best of both worlds – they don’t have to vote for the budget en masse so they don’t have to own it. In short, the hijacking worked. This is the most important issue facing California – and it’s time for a change.

Let California Fail

Since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places), why should Democrats support it? Why isn’t the state Democratic Party telling the voters that this disaster has been caused by the Republicans? Why are the Democrats not seizing the ideological moment by calling this budget disaster a Republican disaster? We ought to insist now on a budget that is fair — and if that fails, we ought to go to the voters and tell them that the Republicans have caused their state government to fail.
Only then will we have the chance to get real change in California.

Local Budget Shortfalls

Here’s a quick summary of the announced budget shortfalls for our local governments.  Revenues are general fund revenues. Brea  - Revenues $54.8 million, Gap $2.3 million (4.2%), Revenue mix  33.3% sales and use taxes, 19.8% contract to provide police services for Yorba Linda, fees, 11.5% charges & other revenue, 10.4% property taxes  Buena Park - Revenues   $56.4 million, Gap…

SacBee: Budget Deal Reached

A combination of spending cuts and tax increases have led to a deal between the state legislature and the Governor to close California’s $40-billion budget gap.  Details are here. But you know the tax increases will mean bitching and whining from the Republicans and Conservatives throughout California.  Let’s see Jon Fleischman follow through on calls…

Progressive Econ 101: Tax Theories

To say we are in an economic funk is being charitable.  Unfortunately, the debate is breaking more along party lines than is really good for the country.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the ideas about taxes (and therefore government!) that are out there. The Classic Idea – Taxes are a Deadweight Loss…