It’s no secret that California is one of the most liberal states in the country. Not only do they consistently vote overwhelmingly Democrat in national elections, but their state has some of the most liberal tax and spend policies at the local level as well.
To put it mildly, Californians are overtaxed and over regulated. But that didn’t stop some of the liberals in the California legislature from trying to suck even more money from their hardworking taxpayers. However, this time Californians said enough is enough, even initiating a recall of the assemblyman who spearheaded the effort.
California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown was none to happy to hear his citizens didn’t want to pay even more taxes. In fact, he held nothing back in a recent tirade about his own citizens. According to Brown, the state’s taxpayers are “freeloaders”….. seriously.
California Governor Jerry Brown referred to taxpayers as “freeloaders” last week for objecting to his new gas tax and car fee hikes
“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.
If you’re having a hard time trying to understand the governor’s logic, you’re not alone. By definition, taxpayers are the exact opposite of freeloaders. That point was summed up nicely by Kira Davis from RedState:
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.
It’s hard to imagine Californians taking kindly to the comments. Even in liberal states, people eventually get pushed to the breaking point with taxes. It appears California’s actual taxpayers have reached that point. Accusing them of being freeloaders isn’t likely to convince them otherwise.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]