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We need more ‘no’ with state’s budget problem

Posted: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In his column advocating the extension of the 2009 temporary tax increase (“Regardless of party, we’re in the same boat,” Feb. 15), John Zaring parroted Gov. Jerry Brown’s threat to cut education and programs that assist the poor if the record-breaking tax increase isn’t extended.

This is the same tack taken by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sacramento a couple of years ago when the tax increase was originally imposed: a form of blackmail against the voters. Give us the money, or we cut schools and cops.

Why do we never hear anything about draconian cuts in the obscene salaries, pensions and other benefits bestowed on the unionized public-sector workers? Why don’t we hear a peep about cutting the budget-busting expenditures on illegal immigrants?

The last time this was tried two years ago with Propositions 1A­-1F, it was voted down by a 2-1 margin.
In the intervening two years, the economic situation in this state has only gotten worse, so I don’t see what Brown and Zaring think is going to motivate people to change their minds on this issue. Nor should they.

Temporary tax increase? Not if the liberals have their way, that’s for sure. As to the Republicans being the party of “no,” that’s what we need a lot more of in this state. Not only “no,” but “hell, no!”


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