Governor Brown insults hard-working Californians…
As we all witness the run-away Trump Derangement Syndrome is dropping more reporters than the 49er receivers are dropping footballs, other news… real news is actually happening.
While the likes of The New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post run with rumors and then try their best to pass them off as fact, the same alleged news organizations have given real news short shrift.
Prime example would be Joel Pollack of the Breitbart.com news portal reporting on the governor of California, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, recently referring to the already heavily taxed taxpayer of the Golden State as “freeloaders”.
“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit,” he said. Brown was speaking in Orange County, defending State Assembly newcomer Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who is facing a recall effort after voting for Brown’s new transportation taxes in April.
The new tax raises existing gas taxes — already among the highest in the nation — by 12 cents per gallon, with higher taxes on diesel, and slaps car owners with higher annual registration fees. Critics have pointed out that the burden of the tax falls most heavily on middle-class Californians.
The Orange County Register, which covered Brown’s remarks, adds that Brown is sparing no effort to keep Newman in office. “He’ll have whatever he needs,” the Register quotes the governor as saying.
Kira Davis, commenting at RedState, remarks:
The 1,000,000 citizens in Los Angeles county alone who collect food stamps provided by taxpayers are not freeloaders. The millions of illegal immigrants being harbored in California’s sanctuary cities to the cost of taxpayers are not freeloaders. Illegal immigrants being provided “free” legal help by the state on the backs of taxpayers are not freeloaders. The bloodsuckers in the Sacramento legislature who get paid $178 a day in per diem funds on top of their bloated salaries just for walking in the door to their job every day are not freeloaders.
No, you – the burdened, law-abiding taxpayer are the freeloader for simply asking the government of California be more fiscally responsible with the money they already have instead of stealing more of your money without your consent to pay for programs that are already funded but have been raided for pet projects and personal enrichment.
To further illustrate just how lousy the situation is for middle-class Californians, The Sacramento Bee has all the straight scoop on Moonbeam’s latest brick around the neck of those already struggling to keep their heads above water;
Existing: The base excise tax is 18 cents a gallon. A price-based excise tax is currently set at 9.8 cents a gallon, for a total rate of 27.8 cents a gallon.
Nov. 1, 2017: The base excise tax will increase to 30 cents a gallon.
July 1, 2019: The price-based excise tax will reset to 17.3 cents a gallon, about half-a-cent more than the rate the Brown administration projects will be in effect by then anyway.
The 47.3-cent combined excise tax in effect July 1, 2019 will be adjusted for inflation beginning July 1, 2020.
Average annual revenue: $2.4 billion
Existing: The base excise tax is 16 cents a gallon. The state also collects two categories of sales taxes on diesel fuel: the regular state and local sales tax, which averages 8.44 percent, and an additional 1.75 percent sales tax.
Nov. 1, 2017: Base diesel fuel excise tax will increase to 36 cents a gallon. The 36-cent excise tax will be adjusted for inflation beginning July 1, 2020.
Nov. 1, 2017: The 1.75 percent diesel fuel sales tax will increase to 5.75 percent.
Estimated annual revenue: $1.08 billion
To even further hammer the point home, the good folks at Turbo Tax cite the Federation of Tax Administrators in their ranking of California “as the top taxer with a 12.3 percent rate, unless you make more than $1 million and have to pay 13.3 percent.”