The US has more in common with heavily indebted southern European countries than it might like to admit. And if the country doesn't reach agreement on deficit reduction measures soon, the similarities could become impossible to ignore. The fiscal cliff looms in the near future, and its not just the US that is under threat.
For Republicans unhappy with Tuesday's election, we have good news--at least most of you don't live in California. Not only did Democrats there win voter approval to raise the top tax rate to 13.3%, but they also received a huge surprise--a legislative supermajority. Look out below.
So now Californians will experience the joys of one-party, union-run progressive governance. Mr. Brown is urging lawmakers to demonstrate frugality and the "prudence of Joseph." As he said the other day, "we've got to make sure over the next few years that we pay our bills, we invest in the right programs, but we don't go on any spending binges." That's what all Governors say. Trouble is, merely paying the state's delinquent bills will require tens of billions in additional revenues if lawmakers don't undertake fiscal reforms.
With no GOP restraint, liberals can now raise taxes to pay for all this. They'll probably start by repealing Proposition 13's tax cap for commercial property. Democrats in the Assembly held hearings on the idea this spring. Then they'll try to make it easier for cities to raise taxes.
The silver lining here is that Americans will be able to see the modern liberal-union state in all its raw ambition. The Sacramento political class thinks it can tax and regulate the private economy endlessly without consequence. As a political experiment it all should be instructive, and at least Californians can still escape to Nevada or Idaho.
...and bring their Califiorniasims with them. It's not stopping expansion, it's just metastaism. Spreading the disease elsewhere. Californians don't stop being Californians just because they move away.
Interesting you should say make that point gromky. I was just talking to a friend who lives in a lovely inlet, coastal community in SC. Over the past few years, they've been facing an influx of new retirees from NY and NJ. Quite a WTF moment for the locals. No, they ain't a'changin!
There are a number of californias that are fleeing because of the liberal nonsense and would not bring it with them. If I wasn't trapped with a mortgage i couldn't unload if I tried I'd be packing for Texas already.
One little known aspect of Prop. 13 (which I believe was carried out years later): real estate which was largely made tax-exempt (for all intents & purposes) is now allowed to be bequeathed to descendants of the original owner, along with the tax-exemption. This is setting up a feudal aristocracy.
I live pretty close to the bone, am retired, own a low-price home, bought a new car this year. I still pay more for real estate taxes than I pay in either income or sales taxes (including tax on new car).
I drive 15 miles north on I-81 every morning. For the last two days from roughly 7:30 am to 8:00 am I have seen 5 or 6 convoys of 4-6 utility or tree trucks heading south. They are leaving a lot sooner than they did for last year's Halloween snow storm. Or are they being turned away? I sure don't get the impression from the news that they are no longer needed.
Good story. The money will run out soon and all those dependent will go nuts. No control over that crowd especially in Urban areas. LBJ really managed this problem. Put it on the back burner.
Only works if you can buy them off.
CAIRO -- American Mohammedans have hailed the downfall of candidates known for their hostile tone against the sizable minority and their religion in Congressional elections this week.
"These encouraging results clearly show that mainstream Americans reject anti-Mohammedan bigotry by candidates for public office and will demonstrate that rejection at the polls," Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the umbrella Council on American-Islamic Relations ... the Moslem Brüderbund's American arm ... (CAIR) said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
Congressional election on Tuesday, November 6, saw the fall of candidates known for their hostile rhetoric against Mohammedans.
In Florida, Republican Representative Allen West lost to his Democrat challenger Patrick Murphy.
West has once described Islam as a "totalitarian theocratic political ideology" that is a "very vile and very vicious enemy".
Another Islamophobic politician, Republican Adam Hasner, was voted down by voters in Florida.
Hasner is known for championing events to taint the image of Mohammedans.
In 2009, he sought to block a day, "Florida Mohammedan Capitol Day", that marks Mohammedan achievements.
Two years earlier, he sponsored the screening of a documentary that scares Americans away from Islam and Mohammedans for state politicians.
The documentary "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West", which presents what it describes as radical Islam's campaign against Christians, America and the West, was shown on college campuses across the country.
It features interviews with commentators famed for their notorious anti-Islam views, including Martin Gilbert, Daniel Pipes and Steve Emerson
A third Islamophobic candidate, Terry Kemple, was also defeated in his bid for the Hillsborough County School Board.
Kemple's main issue in the race was seeking to keep Mohammedan speakers out of local schools.
The left-wing has demonized religious people and evangelicals in the U.S. Wait until the left experience a Taliban-like or Iranian theocratic nightmare. They will love it. No music, no Springsteen, no rap or hip hop, no Hollywood films, no women rights, no art.
Wait until the left experience a Taliban-like or Iranian theocratic nightmare
Of course the left firmly believes that they will somehow be exempt. That the same Islamists who hoist up homosexuals by their necks in Iran and elsewhere will suddenly develop a love of Homosexuals when it comes to them. That the same Islamists who allow for the beating, torture and rape of women and banning them from driving or being outside without their owner will somehow come to love the so called 'feminist'. That the same Islamists who abhor atheists and treat them even worse than the 'people of the book' (Christians and Jews) will suddenly develop some deep understanding and respect for the godless left.
Where can you go when you've gone too far? Hard to enjoy lounging by the pool at the Dubai Motel 6 if you're worried about the waiter putting a bullet behind your ear as payback for your rat-bag dictator ways.
We really need some sort of theme park or wildlife preserve where superfluous dictators can retire to live out their days in safety.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.