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Roger Gitlin: Prop 1A will create more taxes

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:46 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.
The official sample ballot for the state special election on the propositions just arrived in my mail. The Proposition 1A  spending measure and five other propositions are up for vote May 19.

I oppose Proposition 1A and I hope you do, too.

Proposition 1A, entitled “Rainy day budget stabilization fund,” is misrepresentative of what its real intent would be: extending taxes.

Proposition 1A is also vigorously supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prop 1A proposes to limit the amount of revenue the state can spend and establish a “rainy-day fund” for emergencies. The measure would also allow the governor more authority to cut spending.

I am going to vote “no” on 1A because it would extend California’s outrageous, out-of-control taxes for an additional two years.

Wednesday’s April 15 anti-tax “tea party” rally in front of City Hall was attended by hundreds of individuals, many of them enthusiastically holding up “No on 1A” placards.

I was energized by the zeal of these patriots who braved the cold, blustery weather in a rally to vent their collective anger and frustration at government (both federal and state) seemingly oblivious to their constituencies.

I applaud those who attended, including City Councilman Bob Kellar, former Councilman Tim Ben Boydston, and Newhall County Water District board member B.J. Atkins, who I hope will one day be on the Santa Clarita City Council.

My distrust for Gov. Schwarzenegger and for those who wantonly squander our state revenues is profound. I regret to tell you I have zero confidence in what Gov. Schwarzenegger says.

He has proven to me unequivocally that he is not a person of his word. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected twice on a mantra of “no new taxes” — then stood vigil over and signed off on a huge sales tax/income tax increase and the doubling of DMV fees.

He was able to sign off on these taxes with the assistance of several Republican state Senate and Asembly members. Shameful!

If nothing else, one who purports to be a Republican should be a fiscal conservative. Quite obviously, the governor and the Republican turncoat members of the Legislature are “RINOS” (Republicans in name only).

Extending the sales tax to 9.25 percent in Los Angeles County, raising the income-tax brackets to exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income, borrowing an additional $11 billion, and increasing DMV fees for two more years (let alone two more days) is unacceptable and disingenuous.

Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich calls these recent tax increases “a raw deal” for Californians. The supervisor is absolutely correct.

Regarding the other ballot measures, 1B through 1F, these are very noble and admirable, and in another time I might consider voting for them. It will matter not if these propositions pass.

The first is the biggie, and if it fails the whole house of cards, smoke and mirrors, collapses.

It must be defeated if fiscal sanity is to prevail.

Roger Gitlin is a teacher and founder of the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views, not necessarily those of The Signal.


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