The Californication of Texas

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God’s blessings y’all, and what a fantastic Veterans Day yesterday! Well, except for the snowflakes at the University of Virginia who disrespected and dishonored our fallen heroes by canceling the 21-gun salute to honor them. Ya just gotta ask, when will adults step up and tell these whiny little kids to grow up? What an utter embarrassment! Then again, Virginia is now run by the progressive socialist left.

Speaking of a state that is an embarrassment, run by the leftist incompetence.

Some would say it is a broken record, but if we do not continue to hammer the point, it will be forgotten. To what am I referring? Well, the June 2019 article in The Economist called “Texafornia,” where the premise was that the future of these United States of America will come down to either the path of California or the way of Texas.

Those of us who reside in the Lone Star State see exactly what is happening. Texas is a victim of its own success in that so many businesses, corporations and people are fleeing failed economic states like the not-so-Golden State, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. As we profiled a conservative California couple last week, some are moving for all the proper reasons, economic growth, opportunity, prosperity. That couple who moved to McKinney Texas had enough of the progressive socialist, central economic policies of the left coast, and fled. As a matter of fact, states like California and the others are bleeding population, and there were even rumors about California implementing an Exit Tax!

There is an age-old adage that says, when you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging. That maxim has been lost on the delusional stuck on stupid legislators in California.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced he’s backing a campaign to raise taxes on business properties in California, joining powerful unions in supporting a proposal that would raise money for schools and local governments. The proposed ballot measure would change the state’s 1978 law known as Proposition 13, which limited property taxes by basing them on value at purchase, as opposed to current assessed value.

The so-called split roll proposal Garcetti is backing would undo that protection for business properties worth more than $3 million and instead tax them on current value. Garcetti says the proposal has appropriate exemptions to protect homeowners and small businesses from tax hikes. The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates it would generate $7.5 billion to $12 billion each year.

 “I am proud to strongly support the Schools & Communities First campaign, which prioritizes our kids and communities over corporate tax loopholes,” he said in a written statement released by the campaign. “It’s time we had the resources needed to invest in thriving schools, safe neighborhoods and vital local services that benefit all Californians.”

Business groups have come out swinging against the proposal, which they argue doesn’t protect small businesses and will force them to raise costs. “The split roll property tax measure will be a sledgehammer to brick and mortar retail and will harm working families across California as it will drive up costs for the goods and services we buy every day,” California Retailers Association President Rachel Michelin said in a written statement last month. “This measure will make our state even more unaffordable and hurt all Californians.”

The typical progressive socialist response to any problem — of their own making — is to raise taxes. Now, we have shared with y’all the fact that California has the nation’s highest state income taxes at 13 percent. California also has the highest state poverty level at 20 percent, and I do not think that poverty number includes the homeless and illegal immigrants. So, with all the problems facing Los Angeles, what is the solution? Raise taxes on businesses, especially small businesses? This is no different from the insidious proposal from the Seattle City Council of a Head Tax. Yes, an additional tax on each employee in corporations that are worth a certain amount, I believe over $10M in revenues. That was such a “brilliant” idea that even Jeff Bezos of Amazon put the kibosh on that idea.

Let this be a warning to those of us in Texas, where we have no state income tax . . . yet we had to vote on a constitutional amendment to solidify that. Reason being, far too many leftist legislators infecting Texas. In Texas, we do have property taxes, and you can bet that if the progressive socialist left makes any gains in the Texas State House, “Katie Bar the Door,” this foolishness will come our way.

Just think about it, maybe Garcetti and his ilk in Los Angeles should stop giving taxpayer free benefits to illegal immigrants? I mean who can take this statement seriously,

“I am proud to strongly support the Schools & Communities First campaign, which prioritizes our kids and communities over corporate tax loopholes,” he said in a written statement released by the campaign. “It’s time we had the resources needed to invest in thriving schools, safe neighborhoods and vital local services that benefit all Californians.”

Really? Whenever the left wants to pick hardworking taxpayers’ pockets, they say it all goes to schools. And yet the schools under the administration of the progressive socialist left continue to fail . . . look at any major urban center in America, most of which are under Democrat (socialist) control.

Y’all hear that? Yep, that is the sound of more U-Haul vans, trailers, and trucks loading up and heading out of California. But, to those fleeing this failed state, please, remember why you left where you were . . . and why you came to a place of economic empowerment and promise.

As we head into 2020, there has never been a more clear delineation of the choice that we have in America. And the lunacy of California is being echoed in the economic plans of the Democrat [Socialist] presidential candidates…wealth tax? Yes, to the left, the tax code is nothing more than a weapon of mass destruction, and a means to institute their ideological agenda.

I humbly ask y’all to engage your kids when they come home for Thanksgiving. We need to flush out their brains that have been poisoned by the mind-numbing leftist rhetoric of college and university professors. Give your kids this quote, and discuss it with them over the holiday season, “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Raising property taxes in order to “invest” in local government? Boy, that is dumb. That is California, and we do not want our Texas to be Californicated!

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