Just looking at the US tax rates… you’d be shocked at how high taxes are in the “home of the free”.
You hear politicians say that we don’t tax enough or that people are getting away with not paying taxes, but that’s because we have exorbitant tax rates for all and the federal government grants giant tax breaks to their “friends” (also known as campaign donors).
Let’s say you lived in California (That’s me!) and worked for a corporation and you made over one million dollars, by the time a dollar of income went through a corporation, to the employee and was used to buy a good, that $1 would now be worth $0.329423. That means that over $0.67 is taken out of each dollar as a tax.
That’s ridiculous. Over 66% of all income generated by private industry ends up in the pockets of the government (at different levels).
I don’t know why I still live here or why anyone would conduct business here. The only thing I can think of is how great the natural landscape is and that I was born here so I have human bonds that are hard to break. Other than that, I should be packing up and moving.
Why do we just assume that California is a Democrat state?
I always found it weird that everyone just assumes that California is a Democrat state.
We JUST had a Republican governor. In fact, we’ve had many republican governors run California.
California has put three men in the white house (Hoover, Nixon, Reagan) and all three were Republican and that came over the span of almost 60 years.
We have one of the largest if not the largest population of libertarians.
We also have huge gun culture in California. It’s shockingly big. California is one of the top four in number of background checks for gun purchases per year. Our per capita gun ownership is estimated at about 22% (which I think is way underestimated), but we’re one of the most populated states out there with 38 million people living here. That means the 22% actually translates to 8.3 million gun owners.
That 8.3 million is so large that if it became it’s own state, it would be the 12th largest in terms of population. We have more gun owners in California that 39 other states have in terms of residents. Think about that.
With all of these numbers in mind, I don’t understand how we can’t overturn so of these asinine laws that prevent us from owning certain types of guns and accessories and how we’ve failed to block so many of these baseless new laws from passing.
Do we lack proper organization and leadership? Is the NRA failing or is it to large of a system for them to support? Is the GOofA too small? What’s up, Cali? How do we fix this?
It’s always perplexed me that California is as far to the left as it is. We have so many gun loving, custom car driving, libertarians out here. Heck, if you asked me, Cali has more libertarians and AnCaps than any other state. Yes, even more than the Free State project and even more than Texas.
How the fuck did we let the fascists take over our state government?
Antonio Villaraigosa, the man that nearly burned down Los Angeles, plans to run for Governor. He either has zero insight into his own futility or he thinks we’re all dumb as fuck.
Hint: He thinks we’re all dumb as fuck.
California Proposition Voting Guide Nov-2012
30- NO. We already have the highest taxes in the entire fucking union. The reason why we are broke is because we tax like crazy and then hand that money off to special interests, unions, and wasted projects, like that dumb fucking train. California is the only state where the population is actually leaving and we’ve been voted the worst state to do business in 8 years in a row. There’s a reason for that.
We take all the tax money we collect and we GIVE IT to the 3 top industries in Cali. The top industries barely pay any taxes if any because if it weren’t for the tax breaks and subsidies, Cali is not a desirable place for business because the taxes are way too high.
We are literally paying the movie and tech companies to stay in California. And now they want more taxes? Get out of here if you believe that.
31 - NO. This prop takes the revenues from the smaller, well run districts and drops it into a pool where larger (read: bankrupt) cities can use money from. It moves gov’t from localized to a more centralized gov’t and it tries to do so by paying off the larger cities to give up power for money. Instead of promoting smarter planning and less waste, they are asking the majority to take from the minority in exchange for less local power.
Oh, and it moves the budget cycle from annual to biannual. Which means politicians have less work to do and lesss responsibility but the same pay. Lazy, scum bags. Terrible in all ways.
32 - YES. This doesn’t keep unions from giving money to politicians. This keeps unions from taking money out of union employees paychecks without their permission. Unions, individuals, corporations, charities, aliens, whoever can still donate to politicians or superPACs if 32 passes. That’s it. It’s that simple.
Unions are fighting it because they will no longer get to take money without authorization.
33 - YES. Why should you not benefit from your past actions? Especially when it involves a scam like government mandated car insurance.
34 - YES. Vote Yes so we end the death penalty. This is pretty simple. Killing to end killing is not logical, that’s like bombing for peace. Besides, think of how many cases have been overturned after years of unjust imprisonment due to new evidence. Our judicial system is not setup to punish the guilty, it is setup to ensure that the innocent stay free.
36 - YES. Repeal 3 strikes. Again, another stupid law which targets petty offenders more than anything, get rid of it. Vote yes.
37 - NO. This one I’m split on. But I’m voting No. You know how much I hate GMOs and how big I am on labeling and buying non-GMO. But here’s the thing, they already label non-GMO foods and I don’t believe in using the force of gov’t to get what we want. Instead we can all just buy non-GMO foods, stop buying GMO foods and we’d accomplish exactly what this Prop wants and maybe more without the added bureaucracy or waste of gov’t.
38 & 39 - NO. Again, more taxes. The only people this tax hits is those that make enough to pay the taxes but not enough to receive loopholes or exemptions. People are fleeing this state, do we want to give them any more reason to do so?
Prop 40 - YES. In reality, this Prop doesn’t matter because of ridiculous the distracting in California (or America) is. I’d vote YES simply to prevent any form of new change to the system which just adds more costs.
Prop B - NO. I’ll Let LALiberty tell you all about it.
There’s so many other Props on for the local level (Los Angeles) that I don’t know enough about but you can read about them here: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/la/meas/
And remember, anytime you have the opportunity to vote for less government, do it.