The ‘demonic bitch-nanny'
The two-thirds budget vote requirement and Proposition 13 have saved California from complete economic ruin, despite Mark Gabrish Conlan [“Letters,” Aug. 19] suggesting otherwise. Incendiary language like “anti-tax zealots” is used to describe those of us concerned about unchecked, burdensome taxation, but, in reality, upstanding citizens are tired of having their paychecks raided in perpetually increasing amounts by power-hungry leftist elitist thieves to be pissed away on overpaid bureaucrats and unnecessary, ineffective social programs.
California already has some of the highest state taxes in the nation. Revenue is not the problem. There is no “fiscal crisis”; there is only a crisis of out-of-control spending and a lack of accountability and ethical choice-making at the governmental level. The “social safety net” doesn't resemble anything close to last-chance emergency funding that the phrase implies. The “net” has instead become a fortress of reavers.
Even though taxes might increase, revenue does not necessarily, especially not in the long run, because high taxation stifles the economy and drives taxpayers either out of work, into salary decreases or out of state—leaving only those more dependent on tax-funds, rather than those supplying “revenue.”
Also, it's pretty inane to refer to “term limits” as “draconian,” as if the voters that passed these limits are somehow oppressing the tyrants that supposedly have been elected to represent them. It pretty much shows just how utterly stupid these Democratic (or any) politicians are if they need multiple terms to “learn their jobs.”
Certainly California needs constitutional reform: All tax increases and budgets should need a three-fourths majority to pass; income tax should be capped at 10 percent; double-taxation via sales and property tax should be completely eliminated; and the state Legislature should be reduced to a part-time legislature (like most states have).
California government needs to learn to live within its means. The rights of the individual should be restored. California has become a demonic bitch-nanny with “leaders” bent on nothing less than complete domination of its citizens and businesses. Increased government control and taxation will only further lead this once-great state further into financial and moral bankruptcy. Salvation will only come in the breaking of bonds, not the forging of new, heavier ones.
Jason Thornton,University City
Arrogant and inaccurate
I want to express my agreement with the opinion stated in a letter to the editor in your Aug. 26 issue, written in response to your Aug. 19 editorial, “Kittle kaput.” As stated in your editor's note at the bottom of that letter (by Donna Orlando, Hillcrest), you may not have explicitly stated that conservatives and libertarians are the same “animal,” and you may indeed have intended to refer to a “distaste for business regulation as a conservative strain of libertarianism” at the U-T.
Here's the problem: In the original article, you said the remaining members of the U-T's editorial board are “still conservative-libertarian... zealously pro-business, anti-worker and anti-environment.” In my opinion, that statement is inaccurate in two ways: First, the statement or implication that the U-T editorial board members generally express opinions in their paper that reflect any sort of libertarian philosophy, conservative or otherwise; and second, the statement or implication that being “zealously pro-business, anti-worker and anti-environment” defines any “strain” or aspect of libertarianism.
I hope this clears up who is actually confused, as you arrogantly implied that Donna was.
Jesse Thomas,San Carlos
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