Trendily blaz­ing the path for the coming Amer­ica

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - Tony Favero

I com­mend Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers for be­queath­ing us with one of the high­est sales tax rates in the na­tion. To para­phrase a pop­u­lar ad, such success leaves pro­gres­sives ‘hap­pier than a witch in a broom fac­tory’.

High sales taxes in­spire work-around con­se­quences. I risk be­ing sum­mar­ily ex­co­ri­ated in re­veal­ing that a lo­cally pur­chased $14.00 prod­uct can be pro­cured on the in­ter­net for $10.00 with free de­liv­ery to your door sans sales tax. An­other web site, for tri­fling ex­pen­di­ture, pro­vides a sales tax free out-of-state ad­dress to re­ship any items pur­chased any­where. I sus­pect that lo­cal con­trac­tors and oth­ers are al­ready ex­ploit­ing such strat­a­gems to sus­tain their bot­tom lines.

Fur­ther Cal­i­for­nia bril­liance: Cap and Trade tax on green­house gases to in­dulge the cli­mate change fan­tasy that en­cum­bers the com­mu­nal pro­gres­sive judg­ment; fur­ther erod­ing spend­ing in­come with rate in­creases for elec­tric­ity, gas and con­struc­tion. Even ven­er­a­ble Ap­ple shuns Cal­i­for­nia to con­struct a $280 mil­lion cam­pus in Austin, Texas to cre­ate 3,600 jobs.

Yes, it is laud­able to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal econ­omy, but the last elec­tion pro­motes pro­longed re­gres­sion. A 10.3% un­em­ploy­ment rate, one-third of Amer­i­cans on wel­fare re­sid­ing here, rank of 48th from the Tax foun­da­tion’s 2012 State Busi­ness Cli­mate In­dex, $68 bil­lion high-speed rail boon­dog­gle to nowhere, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing credit rat­ing, un­re­strained unions and $6 bil­lion raised by Propo­si­tion 30 al­ready spent and per­form­ing zilch to di­min­ish the deficit. Wel­come to Cal­i­for­nia: the Amer­i­can Greece. As in Greece, re­joice in the Pyrrhic vic­tory, hoist a glass of ouzo and shout “Opa!”

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