Trendily blazing the path for the coming America
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!”