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The Prop 30-38 Murder-Suicide Pact

Liberals will actually have to decide whether Prop 30 or Prop 38 is best for their causes on Nov. 6; only one can pass.

Propositions 30 and 38 are both humongous and liberal tax increases on Californians -- yet only one can win.

So what is a bleeding heart liberal to do?

The "feel good" way out for liberals and socialists is to vote "yes" on both.

But, according to the California General Election guide, the one with the most votes wins providing they both get over 50 percent. That means liberals and socialists will actually have to use some brain cells on Nov. 6 and pick a side if they actually want one to win.

As a conservative, I view this like the Iran-Iraq war...or maybe a Raiders-Cowboys game. I want both sides to go down to defeat in the bloodiest political war imaginable.

Prop. 30 is Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown's tax increase. If passed, we will be highest-taxed state in even more categories than we are now.

Prop 38, funding by uber-lib Molly Munger, bypasses Sacramento and sends money to school districts. For people drinking the education lobby Kool-Aide, this is the measure which will really give more money to schools.

Never mind that both measures would skyrocket the express train of taxpayers and businesses out of California, or prevent the real reform schools actually need; liberals are determined to feel good about themselves by soaking the dwindling number of millionaires who pay most of our taxes already.

Moonbeam pulled some tricks this year so his tax increase would be the first prop voters see when voting. Munger paid for ads that attacked Prop 30 as a Sacramento inside job.

Liberals, if they are true to education, should vote "no" on 30 and "yes" on 38.

Me?

I'm voting "no" on both so Sacramento will actually have to make some hard decisions about cutting spending instead of soaking taxpayers for even more money.

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Gregory Brittain October 27, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I have a relative who is a teacher. ~1/3 of the teachers are conscientious and try hard. However, they get all paid the same based on seniority regardless of how hard they work or how well they teach. That is corrosive to quality. Please see Fran Tarkenton, What if the NFL Played by Teachers' Rules? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204226204576601232986845102.html If every football player was paid based on seniority and could not be cut from the team absent very serious misconduct, what would happen to the quality of the game? More generally, government employees keep their jobs and get raises regardless of how hard they work and what they individually or their agencies, departments, schools or districts accomplish. It is practically impossible to fire a government employee for doing a lousy job, never mind merely mediocre. In the private sector, we have to produce goods or services that other people will voluntarily purchase. At least with education, there is a perverse incentive. When the government schools do a lousy job, the Dems, education system and GEUs can say our kids need a good education so the government needs to spend more money on the (lousy) government schools. Without accusing them of trying to provide lousy education, people and systems respond to financial incentives.
Gregory Brittain October 27, 2012 at 07:52 AM
“CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading.” http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/calfacts_010511.aspx page 36”
Gregory Brittain October 27, 2012 at 07:53 AM
"The study, conducted by the Center for Government Analysis (CGA), found that total expenditures by the State of California to finance salaries and pension benefits for State workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/10/alarming-compensation-trends-for-state-workers/
Gregory Brittain October 27, 2012 at 07:58 AM
I believe that if either tax increase passes, it will make CA’s budget deficit and education funding worse. Added to CA’s anti business polices, the tax increase will drive more successful people and businesses out of CA. The wealthy are most able to move themselves or their money out of CA, e.g. make the second home in Incline Village, NV their primary residence. Leaving tax increases aside, for those worried about more money for schools, why don’t you work on improving CA’s terrible business climate to attract more business and jobs and hence tax revenue? One telling statistic, "From 2007 through 2010, 10,763 industrial facilities were built or expanded across the country — but only 176 of those were in CA. So with roughly 12% of the nation’s population, CA got 1.6% of the built or expanded industrial facilities." http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/09/breaking-bad-california-vs-the-other-states/ CA has to compete with other states and counties for investment and jobs. CA should be the #1 place to start or expand a business. If CA had a business climate to match its natural (weather) climate, [if Romney and the Reps win the national election, that would be a big help b/c 1.3% national growth limits what any state can do] you would see an explosion of growth, jobs and tax revenue to CA government. Chasing tax revenue with higher tax rates is a futile, losing exercise.
John F. Berry October 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Amanda....I'm still waiting for your reply...

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